About Oregon Roppokai
Desmond Harpster. I moved to Okayama Japan for employment July 1990. In the fall of 1990 I joined Roppokai and began studies. I trained with the Okayama group and began to experience training from Okamoto Sensei when he came to Okayama or when I visited Tokyo. In 1993 I received Shodan and in 1994 I moved back to Oregon. About once a year I would travel back to Okayama and Tokyo to study Roppokai. Around 1997 my training was exclusively at the Tokyo home dojo (hombu) under the direction of Okamoto Sensei. In 2002 I received Nidan. In 2009 I received Sandan. In 2016 I earned Okugi Sandan. I continue to return to Hombu almost annually for training. Oregon Roppokai along with Texas Roppokai also sponsors a US seminar about every other year and is open to all Roppokai members.
My other martial arts training:
Prior to Roppokai training I studied Shobyashi Shorinryu Karate Do under John Murphy Sensei.
While I lived in Okayama Japan I began studies in Eishinryu Iaido under Fujiwara Masahiro Sensei. I continue to study Iaido in Tokyo and infrequently with the kind permission of Dr. Glenn Stockwell Kacho. I am also a member of and train with Japan Karate-Do Ryobu kai.