For seminar information or to schedule your seminar, please feel free to e-mail me at: FlyFishingDojo@Me.Com

Celebrating my almost fifty years kata experience, I offer the following NO-risk in person seminars. You’ve heard “no risk) before but I stand by my word – how? My seminars are the ONLY seminars where you pay at the end! That’s right, you pay when the seminar is finished. If you’re not happy for any reason, you can pay less than the suggested price or nothing at all. There is zero, none, no risk at all!

So, here’s a look at the seminars I am proud to offer:

Kata-RX For Wellness & Mindfulness Seminars 

(Three seminars are available to ALL)

  The First Kata-RX Wellness Course is FREE!

(ALL are welcome – No experience necessary)

  • If you are in northern and central New Jersey, you can arrange for an in-person FREE seminar for your group of 6-12 persons using the e-mail above.
  • If you are outside of that geographic area, you can learn the entire first Kata-RX course online for FREE using this link, simply enroll in the school and click on the first course: ).

    The Advanced Kata-RX Wellness Course

(You must have completed the first course before registering):

The Advanced Course is available to groups of 6-12 persons for a suggested fee of $ 55. per person for one session or $ 60. per person for two sessions – the fee is payable at the end of the seminar only if you are satisfied. (In the case of the two session seminar, $ 30. per person is payable at the end of each session).

Again, if you live outside of New Jersey, the course is available online for the same fees and contains a 30 day satisfaction guarantee – if not satisfied in 30 days, your fee is refunded. You can use this link to enroll:

    Kata-RX Wellness & Medical Cannabis Seminar

(available to those students that have completed either the free course or the advanced course and have been prescribed medical cannabis).

In conjunction with either course, you can explore the ceremonial ritual combining medical marijuana & my Kata-RX, which I call “Katannabis.”™

This seminar is available either in conjunction with any of the above two courses or as an “add-on” for those students that have completed either course.

For seminar information, please feel free to e-mail me at: FlyFishingDojo@Me.Com

 Kata Laboratory  

(For the karate practitioner & working with your kata curriculum)

Will my unique Kata Laboratory benefit you?


Do you desire more from your kata experience?

Are you bored with the study of kata?

Why does kata never seem to flow seamlessly with kumite?

Am I merely dancing when I perform a kata?

Has my kata education been nothing more than a morass of “technical corrections”?

What are the spiritual aspects of kata?

Isn’t it time for you to self-discover and build upon the kata, that you already know?

I am so confident that you will find my approach knowledgeable and refreshing when compared to the old paradigm of “technical corrections” that I make an offer no other person has – You do not pay for my seminar in advance, rather, YOU ONLY PAY AT THE END IF TOTALLY SATISFIED. How many “masters” that offer seminars will do that?

Finally – a kata seminar using the kata of YOUR system, as YOU perform them as a means for you to SELF-discover the hidden treasures that lie within the science of kata.

How is this possible?

Having one year shy of fifty years years in karate-do I have always enjoyed not just kata, but what I call the “science” of kata. By the science of kata, I mean the study of kata, bunkai and related topics from not only a physical experience, but also one of the spirit. I have been extremely fortunate to have shared the experience of kata with many persons from distinct backgrounds and styles. I had enjoyed this very social experience since my earliest days of karate-do.

Then, in 2004, after a geographic relocation, my kata experience was transformed from the social, public experience to a private, introspective, personal one. My years of private, introspective, almost monastic, sweat-filled, devotion and practice of kata has enriched not only my physical understanding of kata but also my inner spiritual self as expressed through kata.

Intrigued? Here is a sample of topics and training drills from the seminar which include, but are not limited to:

Exploration of the small group dynamic as it limits one’s individual ability to understand kata;

Practical, hands-on methods to practice the relationship between kata and kumite;

3. Drills to learn to utilize kata in jiyu-kumite (free-style kumite)

4. Examination of and drills to deconstruct systemic kata so as to reconstruct kata as individualized within systemic demands as it relates to the martial ideology of Shu-Ha-Ri;

5. Unique approach to unifying kata and bunkai practice in one methodology;

6. Applying kata, kumite and goshin-jitsu (self-defense) as one methodology;

7. Procedures to construct a foundation upon which to explore the inner, spiritual aspects of kata-jitsu.

You can also preview a few of the Kata Laboratory articles and videos that I have made available to the public free-of-charge using this convenient link:

In addition to the seminar, each attendee that pays the seminar fee will receive a complimentary training manual (approximately 80 pages in length) featuring the seminar drills, commentary and narrative to continue your training.

For seminar information, please feel free to e-mail me at: FlyFishingDojo@Me.Com

My best to you all,

Sensei John Szmitkowski

Nana-Dan (Seventh Degree Black Belt)

Karate-Do No Kyoshi

Goshin-Do Karate-Do

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2 Responses to “SEMINARS”

  1. Don Foote June 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi John,
    Don’t know you but trained at Sensie Toms do jo in Pal Park 1968-1972 moved to Tempe in 72 saw your Kata at the lower Salt River. Small World. Don Foote Jr.

    • Sensei John June 19, 2015 at 6:35 am #

      Hello Sensei Foote – Thank-you for the comment. I started at the Pal.Park dojo in 1971 in the Junior Division under Sensei Nick D’Antuono and Sensei Dave Church, so our paths never really crossed; however, your name is familiar to me as custodian of the dojo records and files which I’m compiling into an “E-Museum.” In November 2014, I relocated back to NJ. Ten years of Arizona summers was enough for me. As you can see from the videos, I did very much enjoy the Lower Salt River, Canyon Lake and a few others. More videos coming this year – many featuring Hanshi Van Lenten and Hanshi Jerry Thomson. Thanks Again for the comment. – – – Sensei John

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