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!
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!
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.
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.
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)