Author Archives: Nick Lagrasta

About Nick Lagrasta

Chief instructor, Classical Martial Arts Centre, Umaka Dojo, Shelburne Ontario

The Essence of Karate

  By Sensei N. Lagrasta, Classical Martial Arts Centre Shelburne “The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants ” … Gichin Funakoshi What is the whole point … Continue reading

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CMAC Seminar June 9th to 10th 2012, Grey Highlands

CMAC Seminar held on June 9th to 10th, hosted by Sensei J. Bassels and Sensei C. Dixon at Mr. Lagrasta’s farm in the Grey Highlands. There were several hours of intense training in Classical Arnis stick fighting by Sensei Bassels, … Continue reading

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Like We Need Another Excuse…..

As Christmas approaches once again, I can’t help but notice that the holidays have become less about giving, family, friends and being together and more about spending, buying, and yes, “CONSUMING.” Increasingly I hear the term “consumer” being bandied about; … Continue reading

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The Journey

A short story by Nick Lagrasta   Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Grand-pa-pa, happy birthday to you!” Dozens of faces, both young and old, surrounded the old man as he sat at the head … Continue reading

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Life is a Kata….

The sun began its slow ascent into the new day, breaking the night sky with a faint sliver of yellow light. Soon, the jungle would be alive with all manner of sounds from seemingly every conceivable corner. A herd of … Continue reading

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The Mountain and the River

A long time ago, there was a great mountain.  It had been there for as long as time had been, unmoving and stoic, reaching high into the heavens. To look upon it was to gaze at strength and power, for … Continue reading

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Umaka Dojo Opens September 6th 2011!!

The Umaka (Firehorse) dojo is finally up and running!  Classes will be commencing on Tuesday September 6th 2011 at 5pm.  Click on the Schedule section to see the full schedule. Features a beautiful 2000 square foot training area complete with … Continue reading

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