Hidy Ochiai Karate - Northern Virginia Grand Opening Celebration for their new Martial Arts School
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Friday, October 26th at 3:30pm and an Open House on Saturday, October 27th from 10am-12:00pm
By: Hidy Ochiai Karate - Northern Virginia
About the School
Hidy Ochiai Karate's new school includes beautifully designed locker rooms with showers, a vast family-viewing area, and a 3,000 square foot traditional wood training floor, built with cutting-edge gym floor construction. It is ideal for martial arts classes and instruction. They outgrew their original location in Old Ashburn in less than 3 years, and this new facility is now the 2nd largest solely dedicated to martial arts instruction in all of the Hidy Ochiai Karate schools across the nation.
About the Event
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th - The Grand Opening began with a Ribbon Cutting with Master Hidy Ochiai, Vanessa Wagner of Loudoun Economic Development, and Tony Howard, President of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, officiating the event. Following the Ribbon Cutting, Master Ochiai signed copies of his new book, "Art & Theory of Self-Defense."
A free introductory karate class was offered to members of the community and to current students, all of whom were captivated by Master Ochiai's world-famous instruction. He stressed the importance for children and adults to learn self-defense techniques, while simultaneously highlighting the need to cultivate one's potential and seek harmony with oneself and with others. He spoke to children about bullying, inner-strength, respect for their parents, and living a healthy life.
SATURDAY, October 27th - The Open House began with opening remarks by Master Ochiai, who stated that "his gifted legacy in martial arts instruction will continue in Northern Virginia for generations to come under the tutelage of the school's Chief Instructor, Sensei William Max Winkler. Sensei Winkler has studied with me very closely for nearly 20 years and is among my most-trusted Certified Instructors. Our school of traditional martial arts emphasizes non-violence, self-development, and the importance of following certain principles as we walk through life—such as respect, self-discipline, concentration, self-confidence, patience, and perseverance."
Following Master Ochiai's words, there was a martial arts demonstration by the school's students ranging in ages from five to 65 years old. At the close of the event, Sensei Winkler added, "I am proud to bring an authentic Japanese Martial Art to Northern Virginia and honored to continue to work and study under Master Ochiai. Our Grand Opening Celebration has been such a great opportunity to showcase our gorgeous new dojo and what we offer in our classes for both children and adults. We are so pleased to be able to celebrate with our community and look forward to many, many years of teaching martial arts right here in Ashburn, Virginia."
A Benefit for LAWS
The Celebration was also a fundraiser to support LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter). The Silent Auction of Master Ochiai's traditional Sumi-e brush calligraphy and a 50/50 Raffle raised over $500 for LAWS. Master Ochiai donated a copy of "Art & Theory of Self-Defense"
About Legendary Master Hidy Ochiai
Hidy Ochiai's mastery of the martial arts has been featured on ABC's Wide World of Sports, ESPN and frequently on the covers of top industry magazines, including Black Belt Magazine, Martial Arts Illustrated and Martial Arts Professional. Master Hidy Ochiai brought his style of traditional Japanese martial arts, called Wa-shin Ryu Karate-do, to this country in 1966. It is based on the principles of Budo (the martial way) – respect, honor, and self-development.
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