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Congratulations Nidan!!!

New Nidan:

Yxyru Aikido would like to congratulate Ms. Katlin Hecox and Ms. Andrea Rorer on successfully passing their test for Nidan on July 1st, 2018. We welcome the two Nidan (2nd degree Black Belt) into our teaching lineage.

Excellent work ladies and best wishes for your future!

More on Jack Mumpower from the Web

Here are some more clips on Jack Mumpower from around the internet (credit is given as best and where it can be given)

Peter,

My training experience that is relevant to the topic is Shodokan Aikido — None. Hence my use of the term Tomiki Aikido instead of Shodokan Aikido. While the Shodokan is the largest organization it is not the only one that traces its roots back to Tomiki. We (the group I train with) trace back to Tomiki through Jack Mumpower, who trained with Tomiki and Oba in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Mumpower was trained before there was a Shodokan, before Tomiki developed randori, and before the 17 randori techniques were developed. Mumpower is a difficult man on his best days and organizations have never been his thing. At some point Mr. Tomiki dispatched a senior student to the US to teach Jack the 17 so we are familiar with them but prefer the 15.

Mark Jakabcsin
Dojo: Charlotte Systema, Charlotte, NC

And then there’s this:

He studied under Kenji Tomiki and Hideo Ohba in Japan in the late-1950’s, four nights a week for more than two years with no intermediate instructors. In 1960, he returned to North Carolina with Mr. Tomiki’s blessing and opened the very first Tomiki Aikido dojo in North America. At 81 years of age, Mr. Mumpower continues to teach the exact same principles that he was taught by Mr Tomiki himself

-Jesse Boyd (Vale, North Carolina)

Next up is a link to a You-Tube of Jack Mumpower and Hideo Ohba demonstrating Koryu no Kata (video):

This footage from 1960 reveals Jack Mumpower and Hideo Ohba demonstrating the Basic 15 (as originally taught by Mr. Tomiki) as well as Randori and some parts of Old Style 3. Jack Mumpower trained under Mr. Tomiki and Hideo Ohba at Fuchu Air Force Station in Japan four days a week for more than two years and then opened the first indigenous Tomiki Aikido dojo in North America in Charlotte, NC in 1960.

Finally, there is this from Eddie Wolput (who was the first, I believe to publish one of Jack’s Video Demonstrations on YouTube)

Pioneer of Tomiki Aikido Jack Mumpower trained with Kenji Tomiki, Hideo Ohba and Senta Yamada in Japan four nights a week for more than two years while serving in the United States Air Force. Upon returning home in 1959, he opened the first Tomiki Aikido dojo in the United States in Charlotte, NC. Basic 15 is a part of Tomiki’s early training system.
During his time in Japan, Koryu no kata was not yet formalized, but all the techniques were already practiced. Mumpower made a videotape with Koryu no kata Dai 1 & 2. On this tape there are many other “Waza” and also “old style” free play with and without weapons.

Jack told me one time, personally, that he opened the first Aikido dojo in the United States in Mint Hill, NC. Charlotte NC is close enough to Mint Hill, I suppose, though they are quite different in character. Mint Hill was an important historical location, gold having been discovered there in Goose Creek. I have panned there, myself.

Jack grew up north of Charlotte near a place known as Huntersville in Northern Mecklenburg County. Huntersville NC is important to Early American History.

repost from the web

I found this post about Jack Mumpower on a website recently. It’s quite dated but I thought I would share. It is credited to HD Stewart.

20 years later and Aikido still rocks

 It seems like yesterday, my daughter was born and I was balancing a life of fatherhood and work.  Working in sales, this took most of my week but I managed to travel to Gerton, NC to study with my Sensei, Jack Mumpower. The trip was always eventful and never a bother, two hours spend building relationships with different friends and Aikido students. How did the trip always end with choco tacos or a pizza from Dominos? My brother will probably never forgive me for always trying to strike him in the throat, while I was driving. The trip was never a burden, learning Aikido from a true master was one of the greatest joys I have ever had. Entering the Mumpower house and walking down the spiral metal stair case was like entering the bat cave, there was always a sense of excitement. If you ever had a chance to meet Mr. Mumpower, you may be perplexed; he’s a tall, thin man who is an introvert that becomes alive when he begins teaching. It was as if a mystery was revealed every time we trained. Some of the greatest life lesson I ever learned, the most important was that a dojo was for training, not testing the “what if’s”,  a lesson all Martial Art instructors need to know. Another important lesson was, Martial Arts are dangerous, and beginners will hurt you if you let them.

 Students began to ask me to train them, which led to the renting of the Van diver dump on high way 115 in Huntersville, NC, that was 20 years ago this month. We started out with flotation foam and covered it with 4 pieces of carpet that had to be taped together and then rolled up after class so the dance studio could do their thing. Two nights a week and Saturday we were taking these foam rolls and carpet up and down. This was a simple time in my life; I worked hard, played hard and was always greeted by a round faced little girl with uncombed curly hair.  Life was great. As the school began to grow, I would get a 15 passenger van and take trip to the mountains with the group to train with Mr. Mumpower.   On several occasions, Mr. Mumpower would make the trip down and teach a class or grade students. It was a simple time; Aikido had become part of who I was. A gift I have always been grateful for. As life became more complicated, I forgot the important lessons of movement and avoiding conflict.  A key element to true Aikido is the ability to blend with an opponent or be the bull fighter, not the bull. Lessons life must teach, just like going after the master only to find yourself on the floor wondering if you will be able to swallow that much pride. 20 years later, I still have too much pride to swallow. I guess the lesson to learn is that life  is cruel. Friends come and go, family loves you one day and hates you the next and the people you love the most, you will hurt. The only way to live is to have a balance, to learn when to move and when to enter. Aikido is just a Martial Art but it does teach important lessons when dealing with pride and personal strengths. A lesson that will continue to master me.

In conclusion, i  wish to thank Mr. Mumpower for allowing me to study under one of the true masters of Aikido, you are truly a gem. Secondly, I want to thank my daughter, you were and are always a special person for giving me the time to train.

HD Stewart 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Aiki Dojo with Humble Beginnings

Yxyryu Aikido has been in the area for a while now, though we purposely try not to make any waves. Our first classes were conducted out at the farm where we had some old mats but no building. Classes were conducted out-doors and it had to be in suitable weather.

Eventually we got together with a Gungfu instructor at the Yoga Center (when it was on Main Street in Danville). The Yoga Center was in a lovely old mansion but we were just sure that the vibrations from throwing would tear the floor joists out. So Gungfu and I screwed up our courage and approached the Director of the YWCA (just down the road at 750 West Main Street). Carol Lawson, the very able Director made us negotiate right hard and in the end exacted more concessions than Gungfu was willing to concede so Yxyryu Aikido ended up being the only class that was approved by the Board. Thus began Aikido in Danville under the name Omoryu aikijutsu.

Yxyryu Aikido studio at YWCA 1

We had several joyous years at the Danville YWCA until it closed (around July 2, 2012?). We taught right up until the doors were shut for the final time.

Early Yxyryu Aikido home - ywca outside (1)

Almost immediately, we secured another arrangement at Body Dynamics Gym in Yanceyville, NC. This was right there on Main Street almost on the Town Square. A number of years went by there under the name ‘Aikido of Yanceyville’. We taught numerous local characters, in addition to our core roster of Senpai.

kuzushi- Yxyryu Aikido

Body Dynamics eventually moved out and so did we, completing our circle by ending up teaching out of Danville Yoga Center (who had since moved out of the lovely old mansion into a larger facility on Westover Drive in Danville). To be honest, the move was quite refreshing as the Yoga Center has good wholesome energy.

And so, coming full circle now to our early beginnings, we have a new home and a new name; conducting our operations under the heading of Yxyryu Aikido.

Feel free to join us at 2000 C Westover Drive, Danville VA 24541. You can reach us through the ‘Contact Us’  page or through our Facebook Contact info at the ‘About’ section:

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Newest Inductees (Black Belt, 1st Degree)

Congratulations to the Newest Inductees to Yxyryu Yodansha: Mrs. Katlin Hecox of Danville, VA and Ms. Andrea Robbins (Rorer) of Dry Fork, VA. Both completed their Koryu Dai Ichi in Tomiki Ryu and Yodansha in Makotoki with verbal testing and demonstration on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Yxyryu is both proud and honored to have these two inducted to our Roster of Mastery.