Kyoshi Patrick Donahue

Sensei Stician Samples

 As a youth, Sensei Stician Samples was introduced through his parents to the work and wisdom of several notable practitioners of martial arts, including T’ai Chi Master Chungliang Al Huang, founder of the Living Tao Foundation;  Aikidoka George Leonard, President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute, and Thomas Crum, founder of Aiki Works. Although most of his interactions with these martial masters and holistic educators did not include formal training, the impression these men left was lasting and would serve to put his feet on the Martial Path later in life. Sensei Samples began his formal training when he was sixteen years old, first a year of Wing Chun Kung Fu, then several years in Shotokan Karate. Following a break of several years during which he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, working as a mental health crisis counselor, Sensei Samples moved to Brattleboro, VT, in the Spring of 2002 and began training in earnest as a student of Kyoshi Patrick Donahue at the Brattleboro School of Budo, while completing his Master’s Degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management at the School for International Training. In June of 2009, Kyoshi Donahue granted Mr. Samples the Title of Sensei in Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do and Shibucho (Branch Director) of the Rockingham School of Budo. Sensei Samples currently holds the rank of Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kiyatake-ha Shorin-ryu, and is also pursuing greater understanding of the “Stop-Weapon Way” through Kobudo, Goju-ryu karate, Aiki Jujutsu, and Russian Systema with the guidance of Kyoshi Donahue.

Over the years, Sensei Samples has had the opportunity to train with many great teachers through various retreats, workshops, and seminars, including (in no particular order):

* Soke Mike Pabst (Aiki Budo)

* Sensei Sali Azem (Russian Systema, Shorin-ryu, Aikijujutsu)

* Sensei Thomas Crum (Aikido)

* Master Teruo Chinen (Goju-ryu)

* Master Zenpo Shimabukuro (Seibukan Shorin-Ryu)

* Sensei Yoshio Kuba (Goju-ryu)

* Sensei Ron Martin (Goju-ryu)

* Sensei David Poulicakos (Okinawan Kenpo)

* Sensei Dennis Palumbo (Hakkoryu Jujutsu)

* Sifu Scott Rodell (T’ai Chi)

* Kevin Secours (Combat Systema)

* Sensei Brian Brown (Aikido)

* Sifu Lew Henderson (Running Fist Kung Fu)

If interested in taking classes in the greater Rockingham area, please contact Sensei Samples via phone: (802) 380-8391 or email: 

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