The Shin Dojo Director, Robert M. Rivers (6th Dan, Shihan - USA Honbucho, ISKU) is a Master Instructor with License (Shihan), Karatedo International Seishinkai Karate Union Dai Nippon Butokukai. He is also Shito Ryu Karate- Renshi, 6th Dan and Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo- 5th Dan, Okuirisho as well as Sogo Kempojutsu, 4th Dan; Jujutsu, 3rd Dan; Tanjojutsu, 1st Dan and Shihan Rivers holds a 5th degree black belt or higher from 3 Japan-based organizations.
This is rarely seen outside of Japan. He has black belt grades in 8 different arts spanning 20 years of constant training. He has teaching licenses from Japan. He has received commendations from the US Senate, US House of Representatives, the Virginia Senate, and the Romanian Ministry of Sport as a member of the World Champion USA Kempo Karate team in 2003 at the IKF World Championships in Bucharest, Romania. A former nationally ranked competitor, he is now a martial arts historian, sought after seminar teacher and lecturer, dojo leader, and mentor.
He has studied the Shito Ryu, Motobu Ryu, Shorin Ryu, and Goju Ryu Karate methods extensively for many years. Sensei Rivers tries to take the mystery out of classical training and provide classes to the local area that transcend a hobby or day care. Just a few minutes with Sensei will convince anyone that martial arts are indeed a way of life.
During the day, in an altogether different world, Sensei Rivers is an engineer with a consultant firm in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mixed Sword Art | Edged Weaponry enthusiasts of both East and West do not want to miss Sensei Rob Rivers embu because he is a true *STAR* of swordsmanship.
Join the 2011 Swordfest in Alexandria Virginia (15 South Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA) on the 13th through the 15th of May. Our itinerary is included below. These are "indoor events." Saturday 14 May is FREE - all demonstrations and exhibits take place on Saturday. The rock stars of the Mixed Sword Arts and Edged Weaponry from the East | West will be featured throughout Saturday's demos. Friday 13 May and Sunday 15 May are training sessions and while they are filling up quickly - some seats remain available. Observational seating at reduced fees will be available at the door. So don't miss this, our Sixth Annual event.
On Saturday 14 May all demonstrations and exhibits are "free." Please reach out to us for a training schedule to ensure your seat at "nominal" rates ($10.00 to $20.00 per hour-long session) for Friday evening 13th of May or Sunday morning 15th of May.
Our basic itinerary is presented for your reference here:
Friday 13 May 2011 – Training Schedule
05:45 pm 06:00 pm Welcome to 2011 Swordfest Training Session #1
06:00 pm 06:30 pm Shakuhachi Flute
06:30 pm 07:30 pm Nakamura Ryu Happo Giri Toho
07:30 pm 08:30 pm Shin Shin Sekiguchi Ryu Iaido
08:30 pm 09:30 pm NoVA Budokai Kendo
08:30 pm 09:30 pm Aratashii Naginata
10:00 pm 12:00 am Washington DC Activities | Sedan Service City Tours
Saturday 14 May 2011 – Exhibitor Schedule
09:15 am 09:30 am Welcome by Sensei Drawdy
09:30 am 09:50 am Northern Virginia Budokai, Kendo - Brian Sherry Sensei
09:50 am 10:10 am Northern Virginia Tendokan, Aratashii Naginata - Fran Vall Sensei
10:10 am 10:30 am Capital Area Jodokai, Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo - Dan Pearson Sensei
10:30 am 11:00 am New York Historical Fencing Association - Michael Edelson Lead Instructor
11:00 am 11:30 am Shin Dojo, Mugai Ryu Meishiha - Rob Rivers Sensei
11:30 am 12:00 pm Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Hyoho - Paul Manogue Sensei
12:00 pm 12:30 pm Lunch Break--------------Lunch Break
12:30 pm 12:50 pm Shakuhachi Flute Playing - Raymond Sosnowski Sensei
12:50 pm 01:20 pm Virginia Kenshinkai Nakamura Ryu Batto Do - Dave Drawdy Sensei
01:20 pm 01:50 pm Byakkokan Dojo, Toyama Ryu, USBDF - Sang Kim Sensei
01:50 pm 02:20 pm NVA Assalto - Steven Reich Lead Instructor
02:30 pm 02:50 pm Shutokukan Dojo - Meik Skoss Sensei
02:50 pm 03:20 pm Shin Shin Sekiguchi Ryu - Dan Keupp Sensei
03:20 pm 04:05 pm Hobyokan Dojo - David Hall Sensei
04:05 pm 04:35 pm Northern Virginia Kyudo Kai - Bill Reid Sensei
Sunday 15 May 2011 – Training Schedule
06:30 am 07:30 am Exhibitor Registration and Move-In
07:45 am 08:00 am Welcome to 2011 Swordfest Training Session #2
09:00 am 10:00 am New York Historical Fencing Association
09:00 am 10:00 am Toyama Ryu, US Battodo Federation
10:00 am 11:00 am Gekken Sparring
10:00 am 11:00 am NoVA Assalto, Spadone Large Sword
11:00 am 12:00 pm Sekiguchi Ryu Kenjutsu
11:00 am 12:00 pm NoVA Budokai Kendo
12:00 pm 12:15 pm Closing Thoughts (Ketsumatsu)
Washington DC Activities | Sedan Service City Tours (late evening)
About the Virginia Kenshinkai: a 501(c)(3), Virginia Kenshinkai provides student training and education, sponsored trips to international and national venues, and facilitates appreciation of Japanese culture and history centered on Japanese Sword Arts. Invitations are extended to elicit further tradition, participation, education, community awareness and market capabilities. This year we will be accepting donations to aid our friends in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. These are to be remitted to affiliate organizations within Japan to use at their discretion in restoration and renewal.
We appreciate community support and look forward to your participation. Join us in Alexandria for an outstanding 2011 Swordfest. If you have any questions regarding exhibition, training, sponsor, vendor, marketing and literature distribution opportunities - please contact Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you 13-15 May!
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