The ancient name for dragonfly was 'kachimushi'. 'Kachi' means 'victory' and 'mushi' means 'insect'. Therefore samurai used to like to use the motif of the dragonfly as a symbol of victory.
Nelson Alers - Kyoshi
Sensei Nelson was born in Puerto Rico. He served in USA Army, and received honorable discharge in 1984. Sensei is a life member of The American Legion Post no. 0945 and the Disabled American Veterans Philadelphia Chapter # 14. He studied in the Inter- American University of Puerto Rico and was inducted to the Hall of Fame of the North America Federation Of Martial Arts in 2006 and the Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honor in 2012. Mr. Alers has won several major competitions in various parts of United States and the Caribbean. Sensei Nelson Alers is the president of the USA Traditional Karate Federation affiliated to the World Karate Confederation (WKC). He is a member and coach of the USA National Karate-Do Federation. Sensei Alers has been selected to help all the students of the JTBC achieve the highest instructions in the Delaware valley. Sensei Alers holds the rank of Schichi dan (7th Degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate-do and the instructor title of Kyoshi (Knowledgeable person) by the WKC (World Karate Confederation) but he also has ranks in kendo, judo and iaido. (the use of the samurai swords). He is currently the number one competitor in the NSKA, WKUHOF for the year 2006, 2007 and 2008. Sensei Nelson Alers was promoted to 7th degree by AKA (American Karate Association - AKA ID 07-3175) in April 2013. The Georgia National Karate Federation (GEO-1770) has tested and validated his rank internationally on January 25, 2017.
"I love to teach and learn. I train everyday because Karate is a life long journey. Karate is like hot water, you have to apply heat to keep it hot. Karate for me is not a sport but a way of life. My life's dream was to build an affordable school where the students don't need to pay a crazy amount of money to learn karate-do. I don't water down my teachings, it is raw and uncut, so everybody learns the real thing. The best thing about karate is that contrary to baseball, football or any organized team sport is that you never sit at the bench. I invite everybody young and old to come and try Shotokan Karate. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain". Sensei Nelson Alers.
Sensei Amelia H Lint (Sandan) National Champion 2013.
My name is Amelia Lint and I am currently a 7th grader. I started karate when I was in 2nd grade becouse my friends were doing it. They quit but I continued becouse I love doing Karate. That is when I join Team Ronin.That was the best decision I have ever made. I love being part of the team and the members are very supportive of each other. I also love to play soccer and swim but karate is my favorite activity. I like what karate teaches me. It teaches me not only how to perform katas but it also teaches me dicipline and patience.
Sensei Tayara has been practicing shotokan Karate for the past 5 yrs. She hold the rank of Nidan (2nd dan black belt). Sensei Tayara is the captain of Team Ronin.