House of the Samurai Hosts Annual Tournament

Apr 04, 2013 No Comments by

Traditional karate students from across the United States will come together at the Londonderry High School Gymnasium on April 6, 2013, for the 32nd ShidokanUSA Traditional Invitational Karate Tournament. An annual event, the tournament is hosted by Londonderry’s own House of the Samurai and directed by 10th degree black belt Richie Bernard.

Master Instructor, Jose Dimacali, and his student, Ben Genaux, train in preparation for the House of the Samurai’s upcoming tournament.

The tournament will begin at 10:30 AM with a Master’s Group Kata demonstration featuring fourth degree black belts and above. This year’s guest of honor is Bruce Heilman, accompanied by his wife Anne-Marie Heilman, from Reading, Pennsylvania. Mr. Heilman is a 10th degree black belt, a five-time National Champion and a three-time World Champion in Kobudo. He holds the teaching title of Hanshi, meaning Chief Grand Master Instructor, and will perform an electrifying demonstration. Competition will begin immediately following the demonstration.

During the day, competitors age four and up will compete in four different events, including Kata (form), Kumite (sparring), Kobudo (weaponry) and Synchronized Team Kata. Competitors are placed into different divisions according to age, rank or experience level, and sometimes gender.

Generally, over 350 competitors from as far as Alaska, Hawaii and Bermuda attend and compete in the tournament. The tournament’s defending Grand Champions are Jose Dimacali, formerly of Fairbanks, Alaska, and now the House of the Samurai’s Chief Instructor, and Ms. Jennifer Bauchman, a senior student at the National Karate Institute of Salem, New Hampshire.

Thus far, registered karate schools to compete include Alpha Martial Arts Academy, North Chelmsford, MA; Academy of Traditional Karate, Wilmington, MA; Path of the Samurai, Barnstead, NH; Kaizen Academy, LLC, Raymond, NH; Rising Sun Martial Arts, Newport, NH; National Karate Institute, Salem, NH; The Way of the Dragon Martial Arts, Hampstead, NH; and the House of the Samurai, Londonderry, NH.

The net proceeds from the tournament are donated to the Londonderry Rotary Club each year. Members of the club run a concession stand during the competition. Over the years, the tournament has raised well over $50,000 for the Rotary Club. All of the raised monies are donated to various charitable organizations within the community.

Spectators are welcome to attend the tournament and encourage competitors. Admission is $7 per person, with children 5 and under and Senior Citizens free. Tickets are purchased at the door. For more information, email Bernard at Hanshi(at) or call the House of the Samurai at 603-434-2265.

House of the Samurai is owned and operated by Hanshi Richie Bernard, 10th degree and highest ranking black belt in the state of New Hampshire. House of the Samurai is located at 28 Buttrick Road.


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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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