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.
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!
This year’s Japan Karate Association American Federation summer camp in New Orleans will be held June 8-11, 2017. The 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.
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.
The 5th JKA NorCal Shotokan Karate League will be open to outside dojos for the first time this year. The tournament will be held on August 30th at the Prime Time Athletic Club. This year, the proceeds of our league will help fund our Youth US Team Members to compete in Gichin Funakoshi World Cup in Tokyo, Japan in October 2014. We will also have Shihan Takayuki Mikami (9th dan and chief instructor of JKA/American Federation) as our guest.
This tournament will be pre-registration only. Registration forms must be postmarked no later than August 22nd. (Prime Time karate members can register at the front desk). With your help and support, we expect this league to be another great success. We will be awarding medals for lst, 2nd and 3rd place.
We look forward to seeing you and we thank you in advance for your support.
The 2013 JKA/AF National Camp was hosted in New Orleans by Sensei Takayuki Mikami (9th Dan) with guest instructor Sensei Tatsuya Naka (7th Dan) from the JKA headquarters in Japan. It was a fun three days of training with most classes opened by Sensei Mikami and then continued by Sensei Naka.
Sensei Naka is a great communicator, brilliant technician and dedicated teacher, and his enthusiasm was contagious. Everyone really appreciated his classes. We learned about (and practiced) hip vibration, rotation, counter-rotation; about body positioning and forming correct alignment; about concentration (he had some exercises that were mind twisters); about speed and directness of motions; about kata interpretation; and much more. The camp also included testing for judge certification, which Sensei Naka used as an opportunity to provide further insight and teaching on judging.
The last day of the camp was black belt testing. Sensei Khim passed Godan (5th degree), Mathew passed Sandan (3rd degree) & Philip Hu passed Shodan (1st degree).
JKA NorCal competed in the Ozawa Cup and did very well. This international event was held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and had over 800 competitors. Our dojo is listed as one of the Top 5 schools with most Gold Medals as well as in the Top 12 schools with the most number of medals.
Men’s Kumite Team photos at the awards ceremony:
The Philippine youth team came to visit our Dojo before the event, and also competed at the tournament.
Sensei Jose Ferrand of Miami Shotokan, JKA 6th Dan and a coach to the US Team, will be in San Francisco from August 9th until August 11.
There will be three clinics, and the Prime Time league tournament:
Fri 8/09/13 7:00p-8:30p PrimeTime Athletic Club (Studio 2) Sat 8/10/13 9:00a-11:00a Prime Time Athletic Club (Studio 1)
Prime Time League (tournament) on Saturday after class. All are welcome! Sun 8/11/13 9:00a-11:00a PrimeTime Athletic Club (Studio 2)
Please contact Sensei Khim or Sensei Christina for more information.
We had a great time in New Orleans for the JKA / AF Nationals 2012.
Fourteen students and both senseis from our dojo competed in New Orleans this year. Most of the competitors brought home medals in their divisions:
Cylie Stuhler: 1st place Kata, 1st place Kumite
Yuki Torres: 2nd place Kata, 1st place Kumite
Ciara Stuhler: 2nd place Kata, 1st place Kumite
Camri Stuhler: 3rd place Kata
Rosh Torres: 2nd place Kata, 1st place Kumite
Brian Ng: 3rd place Kata
Zuri Yip: 2nd place Kata, 3rd place Kumite
Christina Foo: 2nd place Kata (Sr Black Belt), 2nd place Kumite (Sr Black Belt), 3rd place Kata (Black Belt), 3rd place Kumite (Black Belt)
Hans Schultz: 2nd place Kata, 1st place Kumite
Khim Torres: 2nd place Kata, 2nd place Kumite
Emerson Malalos: 3rd place Kata
Youth Team Kata: 3rd place (Camri, Ciara, Zuri)
Men Team Kata: 2nd place (Khim, Emerson, John)
Women Team Kumite: 3rd place (Christina, Jenn, Joyce)
Men Team Kumite: 3rd place (Khim, John, Mathew)