History of Teiydo (Taiyodo) Dojo
The history of the Hakkoryu Teiydo Dojo started in 1980. Being the first school in Phoenix, Arizona. As a student and instructor Shihan Ramirez began studying the Hakkoryu system in New York, Long Island, under the tutelage of Sensei Ted Rossi, Yondan in Hakkoryu. Continuing the course of study in Hakkoryu, Shihan Ramirez studied under Shihan Kaiden Sandaikichu Palumbo for the next twenty-five years and is currently under Master Shihan Kaiden Sandaikichu Joseph Miller.
In establishing the first school in Arizona, Shihan Ramirez wanted to pay tribute to Master Ryuho Okuyama and his philosophy of Hakkoryu. Master Okuyama used the “Sun” as a symbol to show how a person develops and gains character. He talked about the sun having rings and how the eighth band symbolized the warrior, honor and respect, but there was a ninth band, which was purple. This band signified the ultimate in personal development. Not having any experience in the Japanese language the word “TEIYDO” was developed to represent the word “Sun- Way” which is incorrect according to Japanese phonetics. Although the word is incorrect, the Hombu recognized the error. The correct word for “Sun” is “Taiyo”. So, to correct the mistake we have incorporated Taiyodo in our material.
In 2014 the Teiydo Dojo continues to represent Hakkoryu in Arizona. The current network of practitioners and instructors are expanding to reach Europe and South America. With the guidance and instruction of Shihan Miller a new generation of tradition and practice has resurfaced throughout the globe.
New ranking format has been adopted eliminating various colors and instructing students directly into the Shodan Gi, black belt category. Previously color systems from yellow to brown belt were given for promotions. Today, with the new process in place students reach greater understanding in techniques, as well as a practical effectiveness of Koho Shiatsu in the Goshin Do application of self-defense. The expedience of our training method provides quicker results in application and protection. Videos and training manuals are also share with students to enhance their learning experience. Practice and attending class assures students that their protection is always available.
Class schedules are flexible and thorough. Students are encouraged to have journals to record their own experiences and have as a reference guide for future review.