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 Sensei Rick Noss, Renshi
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu Kai
  • 4th Degree Black Belt World Union of Karate-Do Organizations (WUKO)
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Kenshin-Ryu Kobudo
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Yamanni-Ryu Kobudo
 
Sensei Rick Noss began his karate training in 1972 at the age of 15.
In 1996 he received his 5th Degree Black Belt in Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu Kai from the late Grandmaster and Soke (founder) Teruo Hayashi of Osaka, Japan. Later that same year, Soke Hayashi presented Sensei Noss with the title of Renshi (skilled expert).

Along with his older brother, Shihan Reed Noss, Sensei Noss was an assistant instructor in the mid-70s for Sensei John Dieterlie. He became senior assistant instructor in Ohio under Shihan Timothy Brooks in 1975. Sensei Noss was Chief Instructor of the Drake University Karate Club (Des Moines, IA) from 1976 – 1979. Upon his return to Ohio in 1979, Sensei Noss became Head Instructor over dojos in Centerville, West Carrollton, and Miamisburg, Ohio, under the authority of Shihan Timothy Brooks of Ft. Myers, Florida. Upon moving to Minnesota in 1991, Sensei Noss founded a Hayashi-ha dojo in a suburb of St. Paul where he taught for 4 years. During this period, Sensei Noss also had dojos in Iowa and Chicago. Over his teaching career he has instructed hundreds of students, trained several National Champions, and advanced over 75 to the 1st Degree Black Belt or higher.

Sensei Noss has studied kobudo (traditional Okinawan weapons) since 1974. Beginning in Soke Hayashi’s style of Kenshin-ryu, Sensei Noss began augmenting his kobudo training with Yamanni-ryu under Shihan Kiyoshi Nishime of Cincinnati, OH, in 1989. Upon moving to California in 1996, Sensei Noss has continued his Yamanni-ryu training under Shihan Toshihiro Oshiro, who recently promoted Sensei Noss to 2nd Degree Black Belt. He has also studied Yang style Tai Chi Chu’an since 1981, and yoga since 1999.  In 2005, Sensei Noss began his study of Kyudo (Japanese Archery) under Sensei Eileen Sasaki in Sacramento, CA.

Sensei Noss was honored to be the selected as a demonstration partner in kumite waza (fighting techniques) with Soke Teruo Hayashi on three occasions. In 1987 he was also chosen as a demonstration partner for Soke Shogo Kuniba of Seishin-Kai at the prestigious Ozawa International Karate Tournament in Las Vegas, NV.

After 25 years in executive management within a Fortune 1000 company, Sensei Noss became President and CEO of GreenVision in 2008. He is currently a Vice President and Account Executive for Adrenaline Experience Design Agency, and an In-Store Solution Specialist for XCEL Products, Inc.
 
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Sensei Noss during one of many kojin (private Lessons) with        Grand Master Teruo Hayashi


Soke Teruo Hayashi
 
Founder Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu Kai
 

Hayashi-ha is a style of Shitō-ryū karate developed and founded by Teruo Hayashi in Osaka, Japan in 1970.

Hayashi studied under Kōsei Kuniba, a chief disciple of Shitō-ryū's founder, and briefly under Kenwa Mabuni before leaving for Okinawa for additional training. Hayashi learned the bulk of the Shitō-ryū syllabus, and as such it was the Shitō-ryū versions of the Naha-te kata that Hayashi was taught and incorporated into his school.

In Okinawa, Hayashi was a practitioner of Dojo Yaburi (dojo challenge), in which he would enter a dojo and challenge the students and sensei to a match. The man that issues the challenge must first fight the lowest ranking man at the dojo. If the challenger defeats the man then he is granted the right to fight the next lowest ranking man, and so on until the challenger is defeated or has himself defeated the dojo's sensei. Hayashi became infamous for defeating all the students and the sensei of many dojos and was consequently barred entrance to many martial arts schools. If Hayashi was beaten at one of these schools he would stay and ask for training.

His primary teachers while in Okinawa were Shōshin Nagamine and Nakaima Kenko. From Nagamine he learned both the Shuri-te and Tomari-te lineages of kata. These kata tend to emphasize long linear stances and quick motion between stances. It was from this man that Hayashi learned the Fujian White Crane form, Hakkaku.

From Nakaima, Hayashi learned an obscure family art called Ryuei-ryū. This style is a southern tiger style imported from China four generations prior to Hayashi's arrival on Okinawa. Hayashi-ha incorporates much of Ryūei-ryū's theory in its practice.

On his deathbed Kuniba asked Hayashi to run his organization until his young son, Shōgō, reached a level of maturity to assume leadership of the organization. Hayashi became President of the Seishin-Kai until 1970 at which time Hayashi handed the leadership over to Shōgō Kuniba.

Teruo Hayashi, at age 80, died on September 24, 2004 at 8:30 AM in Osaka, Japan from complications from lung cancer. He had been ill for several months and had more or less recovered from lung surgery 6 months prior to his death.



Shihan Toshihiro Oshiro
 
Renowned Master of Yamanni-Ryu Kobudo (Kobujutsu)

Chief Instructor, Oshiro Dojo San Mateo
Chief Instructor, Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai

Shihan Toshihiro Oshiro, Chief Instructor, has actively studied Okinawan martial arts for over forty years, earning advanced degrees in karate, kobudo, judo, and kendo. He has been teaching in the United States since arriving here in 1979.

Shihan Oshiro was born in Haneji, Okinawa and began training in karate as a young man. He had the opportunity to learn karate and kobujutsu from many masters of Okinawan martial arts, including Sensei Shoshin Nagamine, Sensei Chogi Kishaba, Sensei Masao Shima, and Sensei Seigi Nakamura.

In addition to being appointed the chief instructor of the RBKD by Sensei Chogi Kishaba, Shihan Oshiro holds 9th dan in Shima-Ha Shorin-Ryu karate, and 8th dan in Yamanni-Ryu kobudo. Shihan Oshiro is considered a top authority on Ryukyu martial arts, and frequently travels nationally and internationally to teach Okinawan karate and kobudo. He has published numerous articles and interviews in martial arts publications in Japan, Europe and the U.S.