Welcome to JKA NorCal Shotokan Karate!

We are a traditional Shotokan Karate club affiliated with the Japan Karate Association American Federation. To find out more about the karate club, go to the about us page. We have kids & adult karate classes six days a week, at the Prime Time athletic club in Burlingame, about 20 minutes south of San Francisco. If you’d like to train with us, please see our schedule and contact us to find out more.

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2017 JKA/AF National Training Camp: Dan and Qualification tests

June 15th, 2017

This year’s Japan Karate Association American Federation training camp at the University of New Orleans (UNO) featured guest instructor 8th Dan and general manager of the technical division Sensei Imura Takenori. There were about 80 participants for the four day camp, with nine representing JKA Nor Cal. Sensei Imura’s crisp technical excellence and athletic prowess had everyone astonished. His sharp eye for details and sense of humor (for example: He picked out five people’s yoi position in Bassai-dai and drilled us all on which four were wrong) really added to the educational value of this camp.

JKA NorCal with Sensei Imura Takenori

Sensei Imura covered basics – including a series of clever drills starting with open hand striking techniques and leading up to kumite – and drilled down to details and bunkai in kata. He also had a class specifically on judging kumite and kata matches. Sensei Mikami lead classes on ashi-barai, and kumite applications of sweeping and balance, and answered our questions with humor and depth. Every one of us learned and clarified many questions.

Sensei Mikami and Sensei Imura presided over the Dan exams and JKA qualification exams for instructor, judge and examiner. Our JKA NorCal instructors and students passed their dan exams and certification tests – congratulations to:

Christina Foo – Rokudan
Wauriman Borges – Yondan and JKA “C” Judge and “C” Instructor
John Sam – Yondan
Mathew Bittleston – JKA “C” Instructor and “D” Examiner
Amy Wong – JKA “D” Judge and “D” Instructor
Michelle Paredes – Nidan
Sean Kelley – Nidan
Ed Miranda – Shodan
Abdallah Batshon – Team note taker and Tournament Competitor

If you have any questions about the camp, talk to Abdallah: He took copious notes and will be teaching a class based on what we learned. Thanks again to Senpai Sean for arranging and coordinating AirBnB lodging and driving us about town; and to Senpai John (dojo chef) for another scrumptious meal. Now we can look forward to more dan parties!

JKA NorCal Enjoying New Orleans food at Rons Gumbo
Celebrating Rokudan: Crawfish by the pound (after two dozen oysters)!

2017 JKA/AF Summer Camp Announcement

Thursday June 8th, 2017

This year’s Japan Karate Association American Federation summer camp in New Orleans will be held June 8-11, 2017.┬áThe summer camp is the yearly event for all of us to get together and get acquainted with JKA AF and its members beyond the confines of our dojos and regions. JKA NorCal plans to attend the camp – talk to Sensei Wauriman or Sensei Christina for more information.

Here is the latest updated camp packet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzqpPoxUWyhJeHRkT2FMVWxhX2c/view?usp=sharing

Imura Takenori
General Manager of Technical Division

The JKAAF is excited to announce that Sensei Imura Takenori from Japan will be Guest Instructor at this year’s summer camp in New Orleans. Sensei Imura is 8th Dan and General Manager of the Technical Division in the Japan Karate Association. He is currently the second-most-senior instructor at the JKA headquarters https://www.jka.or.jp/en/instructors/

In addition, all proceeds from the camp after expenses will support the US Team members representing us at the JKA Funakoshi Cup (Shotocup), August 18-20, in Ireland.

Sensei Khim Visit and Clinic

Saturday January 28th, 2017

Sensei Khim Torres visited and gave a clinic on Saturday January 28th in the morning, followed by belt testing.

The two hour clinic was held at the same time as the normal Saturday morning class in the basketball court and had great attendance.

Senpai Sean leads a warmup
Sensei Wauriman consults with students before the test

 

2016 JKA/AF National Training Camp qualified JKA NorCal instructor/judge/examiner

Monday June 13th, 2016

We had a really nice event at University of New Orleans (UNO) this month at JKA/AF’s National Training Camp. This year’s guest instructor was Sensei Okuma who was so very passionate in his teaching and inspiring as an instructor.

Not only were his classes invigorating, his quick wit and humor was quite enjoyable since he taught his classes in English! Additionally, he took time to review with us JKA’s gold standard judging principles and best practices. Sensei Mikami and Sensei Okuma presided over the Dan exams and JKA qualification exams for instructor, judge and examiner. All our JKA NorCal instructors passed their certification – congratulations to:

Doug Mazur – JKA “D” Judge and “D” Instructor
Wauriman Borges – JKA “D” Judge and “D” Instructor and “D” Examiner
John Sam – JKA “C” Judge
Christina Foo – JKA “C” Examiner

This year was special to attend national camp welcoming Sensei Wauriman to JKA NorCal; introducing our camp experience with our brand new Shodans Sean Kelley and Alan Ropers and building new skill set with our budding instructor/judges Doug Mazur and John Sam … all under our beloved instructor Khim Torres’ leadership before he takes off for his adventure with JKA Maine!

Thanks to Sean (dojo concierge) for arranging a beautiful setting with AirBnB lodging and driving us about town. And Alan (dojo photographer) for photo documenting our experience. And John (dojo chef) for the scrumptious meal – you gave some of you for our culinary delight!

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JNC at camp
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