Satori-Ryu Budo is the creation of my Sensei, Soke Dale Kirby, who trained under Japanese Masters in multiple styles of Martial Arts. The term Satori translates into “Spontaneous Enlightenment”. The term Budo translates to the way of the warrior. Being a warrior is not about fighting, it’s not about who is toughest in a fight. Being a warrior is about taking care of your responsibilities. Responsibilities come from many different directions and areas of your life. Those can include, but are not limited to Spiritual Beliefs, family, country, employers, and society. How you deal with those responsibilities define who you are.
Satori-Ryu Budo, the Way of the Enlightened Warrior, is about pursuing the Lifestyle of the Modern Samurai. The Modern Samurai is not one who goes around seeking violence and confrontations. The Modern Samurai is one who is responsible and accountable for their own actions, one who takes care of responsibilities, accepting the hardships and the rewards equally. Students who demonstrate those standards are recognized by awarding them the title of Modern Samurai.
Rochelle Stiles has earned the title of Modern Samurai. She is a student of Satori-Ryu Budo, holding the following rank: A Brown Belt in Satori-Ryu Iaido, a Green Belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate, an Orange Belt in Satori-Ryu Kobudo and an Orange Belt in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo. In addition, she is a Certified Assistant Instructor for Satori-Ryu Budo.
Rochelle became a student of Hanshi Lance England Ed.S., at the University of Tennessee where she is a student majoring in Chemical Engineering, with a Minor in Material Science and Engineering. She began training in Satori-Ryu Budo in the Spring of 2021. In addition to being a student, she has been a hairdresser and Makeup Artist for twelve years. She has also trained in Aerial Arts, plays the Guitar and the Ukulele, and she enjoys Video Games. Her favorite color is seafoam.
In addition to the above she has been a sideshow performer performing aerial arts, fire breathing and fire eating, fire dancing and glass walking. She has also performed the Bed of Machetes, Bed of Nails, The Human Salad and Knife Throwing.
These accomplishments are impressive, but that’s not all. She has been accepted to Virginia Tech into the Doctoral Program for Chemical Engineering! Even more impressive is that she has been recruited for a Research Assistant Position at the aforementioned institution.

Rochelle Stiles has demonstrated, through the fulfillment of her responsibilities and her accomplishments, both inside the Dojo as well as outside the Dojo, that she is a Modern Samurai.

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