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As of today, the TKRIblog will redirect to the Fight Sciences Research Institute blog. For readers familiar with our former TKRI blog and identity, you can expect the same high level of quality original research and articles, training information and ideas, discussions, and accurate resources about the fighting arts and sports.

We invite you to follow us as we kick off a wider exploration of the fighting arts and combat sports and all related topics. If you found our old site useful, the new one will be packed with even more research, news and training ideas.

And we’re just getting started.

The FSRI Virginia club will once again be hosting the annual FSRI Summer Training Camp in Ferrum, Virginia. Camp will run from June 24th-26th (Friday-Sunday). As always, all comers are welcome, regardless of what they practice.

The rough theme for the weekend will be “Train Smarter to Fight Harder.” Instruction will feature:

Robert MillerNASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness for Fighting Arts Certified Trainer

David Campbell– chief instructor of the TKRI Virginia club

Randy Simpson– NASM CPT, Fitness for Fighting Arts Certified Trainer. Simpson’s classes will explore Gentile’s taxonomy of motor skills as a method for planning instruction and analyzing the complexity of fighting skills, and present partner drills to foster development of game skills for close range fighting in a variety of environmental conditions and action goals.

This year’s camp will reflect the transition that TKRI has been making away from “traditional” karate and towards a broader approach to the elements of training for fighting skills and self defense. We invite boxers, wrestlers, judoka, MMA students and competitors and other martial artists who have an open mind and the desire to explore methods of pursuing the goals common to all fighting arts. The skill-based training sessions will focus on practical, intuitive responses to violence, rather than historical or theoretical conjecture.

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The 2010 TKRI/Seijinkai Summer Camp was a blast- and boy did it ever go by quickly! Under the direction of Mssrs. Robert Miller, Harry Cook and Elmar Schmeisser,  we plowed our way through timing and slipping drills, Aiki-jutsu-inspired partner work, instruction in core stabilization and corrective stretching,  agility and reactivity drills, a lesson in basic Capoeira, a shodan grading, a sandan grading and a godan grading,  a panel discussion on the future of karate, and a whole lot of happy jamming in the key of “thump and grind.” It was a great weekend with great people and great training.  I think that I speak for all of us when I extend a huge thanks to all who participated, taught,  and helped with the meals and organizational details.

The annual TKRI/Seijinkai Summer Training Camp will be held in Ferrum, Virginia from June 25th-27th. Our star-studded cast of instructors will be on hand yet again to put campers through the wringer:

Robert Miller, CPT CES, TKRI Chief Instructor

Harry Cook, Seijinkai Chief Instructor

Dr. Elmar Schmeisser, author of Advanced Karate-do: Concepts, Techniques and Training Methods

Campers of all training backgrounds are welcome, regardless of style, rank or affiliation. We hope to see you for another weekend of top-notch progressive karate training, friendship, tasteless jokes and beautiful pastoral scenery!

General Information

Camp Registration


Camp Schedule

TKRI and the Rocky Mount, VA FitClub gym are pleased to announce the upcoming Fitness for Fighting Arts seminars, to be held on Feb. 20th and 21st.

Registration and  Schedule information, FAQ and Flyers are available here:


Seminar Schedule



To clear up some confusion that a couple of readers have mentioned: this is going to be a one-day seminar; it will be offered on Saturday, and again on Sunday.  Both days will present the same seminar- when you register, you are only registering for one day, there is no need to register for both days unless you wish to do it twice. All attendees must register by the deadline. We hope to see you there!

Friday June 26, Saturday June 27, and Sunday June 28, 2009

Ferrum Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Three days of training and fellowship at the scenic and secluded mountainside Kitterman Farm and TKRI-VA headquarters in Ferrum, VA

Instruction by Harry Cook (Seijinkai/ISOK), Elmar Schmeisser (ISOK), and yours truly (TKRI/ Seijinkai).

With supplemental instruction provided by:
David Campbell–TKRI-VA Chief Instructor
Randy Simpson–Ferrum College Chief Instructor

Participation is not limited to TKRI,  Seijinkai, or ISOK affiliates.
Register today (all the cool kids will be there).

For more information and a schedule of events for the weekend click here.

The Missouri and Virginia branches of the Traditional Karate Research Institute are pleased to announce the upcoming:

TKRI/Seijinkai Summer Gasshuku

June 26, 27 and 28, 2009

For the 4th year running, the camp will feature a trio of the finest karate instructors around:

-Robert Miller

-Harry Cook

-Elmar Schmeisser

Details will be posted soon to this blog and to If you can make it, we always welcome new campers regardless of style, rank, or affiliation. Join us for 3 days of training and camping in the pastoral setting of a private farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with plenty of karate, food, music, good people and bad jokes!

"Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a karateka you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best ask yourself whether you too may not be failing to practice with diligence. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he perceives in others and avoid the bad."
Funakoshi Gichin


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