Shugoro Nakazato Sensei
5th Dan Karate
3rd Dan Kobudo
*Denmark International Seminar 2013
* President of the Boys & Girls Club of Vista (Present)
* 2008 Academy of Masters Hall of Fame Inductee-2008
* Internationally Certified Instructor Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan
* Recognized by the United States Congress August 30-2007
Bill Horn San Diego Board of Supervisorsn jan-21 2009
* Graduated Top of his class "Trailblazer" in the United States Army Feb-1996
* Founder of the Karate After School Program
of the Boys and Girls Club of Vista
* Instructs our Police Officers
* Instructs our Fire Fighters
* Instructor of US Armed Forces
* World Karate Champion
* International Karate Champion
* Team KKIA Director
* 2008 Channel 10 Leadership Award
*2008-2009 Karateka of the Year "Shorinkan"
* 2010 FOX 5 NEWS
my grandparents. A few years passed and my parents moved to Sicily to join me. Till my parents joined me i was blesses with the
opportunity of experiencing the same life style that my parents had has children growing up in Sicily (Italy). As a child I helped with the
farming of Olives that would produce this thick beautiful rich oil, grain for the flour, and grapes for the wine. Today, i always share the
memories i had as a child and always look forward to a nice glass of wine while cooking up great meals. I learned a lot about
farming; after all, it was my grandparents source of our income. As life continued, my parents had decided to move back to the Unites
Sates to offer my brother and I better opportunities, other than farming.
At the age of ten, when my family and I came back to America, I realized I had a passion for soccer. However, I was unable to play
on a team due to financial circumstances. At thirteen we moved to San Diego. My parents worked a lot, so I began spending time after
school at a local Boy's Club; which happened to be just up the street from where we lived. It was a great outlet for a boy with lots of
energy. It was at the Club that I met many people whom I still call friends today. They also have stories of what a big impact the Club
was in their lives. One of my favorite things to play was soccer, and since most of the Club members were Spanish it worked out well.
"Soccer was in their blood as it was in mine .Soccer at the Club was what glued us together despite our different cultures. .
Once outside of the Boy's Club doors the only outlet offered were gangs, and I was in the right neighborhood for that too. But my
parents taught me better than that. I had been going to the Boy's Club for about six months when I thought I knew all the programs the
Club had to offer... Except for one. The Club offered a karate class which was held on Thursday nights. I had first learned of this class
by accident. One day my brother and I stayed at the Club a little later than usual. I was walking into the gym when I heard lots of
screaming and shouting. I wondered what was going on so I walked into the room which was always locked, and I saw someone
who looked like Chuck Norris and a bunch of kids doing karate. I got so excited, yet I was suddenly saddened because I new of the
home finances. Regardless, I sat down and watched the class.
I returned the following week. The Sensei (teacher), Sensei Randy Langawski, asked me if I wanted to try out the class. I had to
refuse because I knew I was unable to pay. As I sat there, I could not help myself and I did more than watch the class from where I
was sitting. I jolted my arms and legs with the same motions as the class and did it with the karate students every "kiais"(Shout). After
class, Sensei Randy waited for me outside the class room. Instead of asking me if I wanted to try the class he said, "Karate is free if
you're a member of the Boy's Club." He must have read right through me. When I heard that, I officially became the happiest kid in the
world! Inside I was crying happy tears, and it was at that moment that my life would change. "Till this day I steal tear when thinking of
that moment" Thank you Sensei Randy For changing my life.
" I became a martial artist." I studied with Sensei Randy for six years in the system of Isshinryu. My brother and I became his two
highest ranked students ever to date. It was with Sensei Randy that I had learned most of the traditions, morals and discipline that the
art has to teach, much like the karate and Ninja movies that we grew up with. Sensei Randy taught me a lot on how one should carry
themselves, he was teh one who also taught how to punch and kick. The art of Isshinryu sums up how a person should carry
themselves with these few words, "The whole heart method." Sensei Randy donated many of his years teaching karate to children like
myself. I pledged to do the same, to give back the same gift that was given to me. Due to health problems Sensei Randy had to stop
teaching karate and thus karate at the Club existed no more.
I started working at the age of 13 in a local Italian Restaurant as a busboy, I learned a lot about the business and now owner of an
Italian restaurant myself. I attended college with the hopes of becoming a physician assistant, but later realized the medical world was
not for me, so I studied business with a minor in Japanese. I'm also a certified masseuse. On occasion you can find me singing
karaoke or playing the guitar to some Italian songs. I love languages and the music world.
When I was seventeen I walked up to a park and Aikido was one of the arts being taught. The price was right so I studied with
Sensei Jerry Jamel for two years. To me, Aikido was a graceful way of practicing the art. It can be seen performed by one of the top
ranked martial artist in the Aikido Federation. This person is Steven Seagal, but most of his movies portray a harder form of Aikido. In
the summer of 1995 I studied Goju karate with Sensei Gabe Renaga, who is a North American champion.
I like to get myself involved in many things. Thus this involvement is was set me out to join the US Army in October, 1995 and
graduating top of my class. In the Army I was an engineer and a chaplain's assistant. While in the Army I continued my studies in the
Juun-Ryee system. I even tried out for the All Army Karate Team but as luck would have it I broke my ankles. In late 1998, I got out of
the military and focused the next four years of my life working a vigorous sixty hours a week, attending college full time and maintaining
karate. In 1999 I trained with Sensei Johnny Killer under Master Alonso Wilson. By 2000 I Returned to my original roots of Okinawa
style. Now studdign the art of Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan karate.
I have also spent a lot of time in the tournament circuit. My first big competition I was sure that I would get last, but I cried as the
judged game me my 1st place trophy. The arts made me believe what I always knew but never practiced- if you put your heart into it
you can achieve anything your heart is set on. I had won not only "The International Tournament", but also a "Regional Tournament"
and in 2001 "The World Championships."
My Martial Arts training began in 1989. I have been taught numerous arts under great teachers, and in most cases, only achieved
the rank of brown belt. Due to circumstances I was unable to be ranked any further. I was beginning to think that I was cursed and
was never going to earn a black belt. The color belt a person wears is not of importance, but after fifteen years it was a chapter in my
life that needed closure. In 2003, I was called and told I would be tested for my black belt. I waited nearly 14 years for this day. It was
a day I will never forget. I took a good beating during my testing, but it did not matter because I was numbed by the feeling of what it
would be like to finally have my dream come true…and it did. I passed my test and was ranked shodan (black belt). I was now one
among the ranks of black belts. I was always a martial artist in my heart, but I was now honored in the eyes of my Senseis to join
them in their rank. I have studied Kendo, which is the art of the sword. I study Shorinkan Shorin-Ryu karate under Kyoshi Nabil
Noujaim, a great man who is widely respected and has many accomplishments in the martial art world and who studies under 10th
Degree Shugoro Nakazato Sensei.
After many years I held true to a promise. I took the place of Sensei Randy at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista and now teach
classes. I want every child to realize that they can reach the stars no matter what their story might be. It's easy for a child to believe that
he/she does not have equal opportunities in life, especially when living in an area in which mentally does not offer positive ideas. I fell
into these sad beliefs but thanks to the opportunity the Boys & Girls Club gave me I managed to turn myself around. I realized I could
achieve more in life if I follow my heart because I truly believe, "you can do what ever you set your heart on". It's an intense feeling
teaching karate; this gift that was once passed on to me. It's a part of my life as I hope it becomes that to someone else.
What the Boys & Girls Club of Vista has done for me I cannot put in words. Sometime in 1992 when I was going to the Boys &
Girls Club as a member I was selected as Youth of The Year. It felt nice being the one recognized out of thousands. I also realized
that not everyone can be chosen. Learning karate gives one a feeling of importance, and they are because they are learning an
ancient art that goes back thousands of years. One of my biggest goals is to own a home on my private vineyard. Another one of my
goals is to become the Mayor of Vista some day. My heart is not set on it but I have thought about it. You never know what calling God
has for us. For now I can put my time where my heart has always been and that's with the Boys & Girls Club of Vista.
My life Journey of the Martial Arts as led me to Kyoshi 8th Dan Nbil Noujaim, a great Man and a Wonderful mentor.
"Thank you all."
teacher with hopes to create masters. I invite you to learn this gift and create a master within yourself!" - Sal Cirincione
|Sensei Sal Nominated for
Sensei Sal Receives the
2008 Channel 10