A HUGE thank you to all the Judges, Volunteers and Competitors who made this tournament a success. This was the first time JKA NorCal hosted Nationals. There were over 210 competitors from 26 dojos in 63 events. Congratulations to all.
Prime Time Athletic Club (1730 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010)
Tournament Check In:
(10am-8pm): Pre-registered competitors & officials.
No late Registration: Registration closes Nov 1st – but register early to get a discount.
(10am-12:00pm): hosted by Master Isami Shiroma. Registered Tournament judges/officials only – ring assignments will be confirmed. Mandatory for all registered judges.
(10am-11:30am): hosted by Sensei Donnie Abel for all ranks (www.martialartsintelligence.com). Sign-up on-site $25 ($20 with JKA membership).
(1:30pm-3:30pm): hosted by Master Takayuki Mikami and Master Yoshizo Machida for all ranks. Sign-up on-site $60 ($50 with JKA membership).
(4:00pm-6:00pm): Only pre-registered (JKA Shodan to Yondan).
Come and see some of the greater San Francisco Bay Area with a day trip to Napa. You can register for the wine tour here: https://jkanorcal.org/event/wine-tour
The wine tour price will include chartered bus to and from Napa and Wine Tasting at two wineries. You can bring your own pack lunch, or buy lunch at the lunch stop.
Bus pick-up at Doubletree Hotel (9:00am), vista stop at Golden Gate Bridge for photos en route to Napa …
I. Wine tasting and appetizers at Paloma winery
II. Lunch purchase and at picnic on grounds at V.Satui winery
III. Wine tasting at V. Satui
Bus return to Doubletree Hotel (~ 4:00pm)
Registration is now closed.
All participants should try to check in on Friday Nov 8, 2019 at Prime Time Athletic Club (1730 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010) between 10:00am – 8:00pm.
There will be limited late check-in on Saturday Nov 9, 2019 at 8:00am at the tournament location. To speed up your check-in, please download, print and sign the waiver:
Men, women, children, all ranks and organizations are invited!
Spectators are welcome!
Late Check In: No registrations accepted on this day.
National Anthem and Competitors Oath
Competition starts in 4 rings.
I. Youth Divisions
II. Adult Divisions + Eliminations
III. Adult Divisions + Eliminations
IV. Youth Divisions
5:30pm Finals in 2 center rings.
Banquet at Doubletree Hotel (doors open at 7:00pm)
Awards presentation and closing
All registration for this tournament must be completed before November 1st! Register for the tournament, testing and judging online at:
The list of all current registered competitors and divisions is here:
Registration closes November 1st – but register early to get a discount. Early registration discount $15 off price below on individual events ends October 14th midnight!
|Youth Division||Individual Single Event $55, Two Events $65|
|Collegiate Division||Individual Single Event $45, Two Events $50|
Collegiate & Adult: 3 Events $65, 4 Events $70
|Senior 45+ Division|| Individual Single Event $55, Two Events $65|
Senior & Adult: 3 Events $80, 4 Events $85
|Adult Division||Individual Single Event $55, Two Events $65|
|Team Kata & Kumite|| $65 for whole team, One or Two Events.|
One person registers for the whole team.
|Goodwill Team Events||Free. One person registers for the whole team.|
tournament rules & regulations
This tournament will be following the JKA tournament rules and regulations:
American Airlines promo code is 55N9BL, DISCOUNT OFF: 8% off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares)
Travel Dates : 03Nov19-16Nov19
Destination City: SFO or SJC
There is a discounted group rate for attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport. The special room rate will be available until October 6th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Group Name: JKA National Tournament
Group Code: JKA
Booking Deadline: Book by October 14th 2019
Hotel Address: 835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, California 94010-9949
Hotel Phone Number: (650)373-2221
Clinics & Testing
Primetime is an approximately 12 minute walk from the Millbrae BART and Caltrain station.
Parking is limited at the site, so if driving you may need to find street parking. Burlingamer is an 8 minute walk from the Millbrae BART and Caltrain station.
A fun time was had by all and we have some new Shodans!
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!
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!
The JKA American Federation National Tournament is coming up November 14-15 at University of New Orleans, and our team is preparing to go. More information will be posted at the JKA/AF web site.
A great turn out! Thank you to everyone that supported our very own JKA NorCal (US team members) who participated in the recent Funakoshi World Karate Cup held in Tokyo, Japan. This is a world tournament that is held every 3 years – hosted in Japan this year. 53 countries participated with estimated numbers of more than 1200 world-class competitors.
Our JKA NorCal team performed very well when considering most are first-time competitors in a world level tournament. The team was headed and coached by Sensei Christina Foo (5th degree black belt), who is an experienced, world-class karate-ka herself.
Here are some pictures of the USA team Kata:
Our team fought hard and everyone had a great time in Japan – making new friends from different countries and sharing experiences and cultures. These were memories to last a lifetime for our young team.
- Philip Hu – placed 6th in kata, boys 9 yrs old
- Ciara Stuhler – competed in kata & kumite, girls 12-13 yrs old
- Zuri Yip – placed 6th in kata, female 16-18 yrs old
- Rosh Torres – tied to 4th/5th place in kata, male 16-18 yrs old
- Sensei Khim Torres – placed 6th in men’s team kata with team mates from Chicago (IL) & Miami (FL)
Once again, thank you all for your kind help and support. We are already setting our sights for the team to work hard towards preparing for the next world championship!