JKA NorCal Summer Seminar

JKA AF 2010 National Camp

In early June, JKA AF invites JKA instructor Sensei Kurasako (7th Dan) to 2010 JKA AF National Camp in New Orleans, LA (June 3-6). We are privileged to have elite JKA instructors here in the US each year to promote the high standards of traditional Japanese Shotokan karate. Sensei Kurasako is one of the respected Vice General Manager of Technical Division. It would be most enlightening to learn from him and understand his perspective of the art. This event, open to all martial arts organization, will offer learning opportunities from high level instructors as well as qualifications to JKA certifications for Dan ranking and Instructor – Judges – Examiner grading. Above all, a wonderful venue for karate-kas to build community in a learning environment!

For our west coast karate friends, Sensei Kurasako will be stopping in the Bay Area on his pacific route back to Japan for a 2-day JKA NorCal Summer Seminar (June 12-13). Check out the details for this event.

There has been few and far between opportunities for us karatekas here in the Bay Area to train with these elite JKA instructors locally. Most of the time, it is only afforded by those who have the time and resources to travel to the various national camps around the country and internationally. JKA NorCal aim to lean on JKA AF’s annual national camp and invite Sensei Mikami with visiting JKA headquarters instructor here to the SF Bay Area during their scheduled USA tour each summer. The plan for our Annual JKA NorCal Summer Seminar is a 2-day curriculum with classes for both students and instructors (June). Our venue/event will be a smaller setting and likely a more personal experience than a typical week-long camp. We are encouraging all our karate friends in the area to attend – it will be a program that will allow students and instructors to train with and meet our JKA instructors. We also hope to provide a memorable visit for our guest instructors – especially showing off the sights and scenery here in beautiful Bay Area!

2010 JKA NorCal Summer Seminar

We’ve just concluded a successful seminar … thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more exciting events with the JKA …

Happy Easter everyone – Spring is in the Air as we move into a new season of karate this quarter

We’ve had an exciting first 3 months of 2010 with much of our hard work in training and conditioning rewarded by a successful event at Ozawa Cup in Vegas this past weekend (April 1-4). This is a testimony to our discipline of good instruction, commitment and planning our curriculum for the year. Not only was it a good benchmark for our development and goals, it gave us a good perspective and appreciation for other styles, kobudo (weapons) and non-traditional martial arts. Additionally, it is at these events that afford us the opportunity to bond with our JKA AF team mates (namely Raymunda Semana, Holly Damico and Andres Fiallos) whom we typically compete with at a national level. This venue gave us a chance to get to know each other, have good laughs, share best practices and take ownership in helping Sensei Mikami build up JKA AF as one community!

JKA AF Team @ Ozawa Cup with Sensei Mikami
JKA AF Team @ Ozawa Cup with Sensei Mikami

Sensei Koyama once gave a lecture on the “Seasons of Karate” that struck a chord for me and inspired us to be mindful on the balance of our training. It is not healthy nor sustaining to be only training for competition all year round.

This quarter, we move from competition to a “Learning & Training” mode – in the dojo, across the country, overseas – attending camps and seminars to hone our karate skill and broaden our experience. And bring it back to share our learnings with our students and members.

Upcoming at the end of April in Guilford, UK there is a Spring Camp hosted by JKA-England featuring world class JKA instructors Sensei Ohta (6th Dan), Sensei Naka (6th Dan), Sensei Osaka (8th Dan) and Sensei Mori (8th Dan). Anyone interested in joining us, please reach out to Christina for more details. See Christina’s blog on the event (for more pics and details).

Happy New Year 2010 students, parents, members and fellow karate-kas!

Hope you are all well rested and from the holidays and ready for an exciting year ahead. We are back in full schedule of training at our dojo in Prime Time Athletic Club. Please do stop by and join us.

Patrick, John, Sensei Khim, Christina, Shin, Kore
Patrick, John, Sensei Khim, Christina, Shin, Kore

We started the year with 1st training of 2010 on 1/4/10 – an invigorating class and kicked off the 1st series of 12-week Conditioning Program (adaptation of PX90). John Sam’s leading us in conditioning to keep us in shape through March and right in time for next tournament in Las Vegas for the Ozawa Cup (4/3). Join us for last half an hour after MWF classes 8:15-8:45pm.

So many programs are planned for this year. Check out our new JKA NorCal 2010 Calendar, click on Blog link to print the pdf copy for yourself to keep up to date on the events for the year and enjoy the photos from last year.

Click on link on BLOG to print out calendar
Our forthcoming Belt Promotion is on Saturday Jan 23rd (1pm) which is followed by our Little League (3:30pm). So exciting to see everyone progressing nicely and honing their skills! Also a bit of fun enjoying healthy competition during our Little League that introduces tournament to our kids twice a year (January and September) following our Kyu Tests.

We approach our JKA NorCal 1st Year Anniversary on Feb 1st, 2010. A productive and foundational year for our dojo – we will celebrate with Prime Time Karate Program students on Saturday Feb 6th (Noon) at our Joint Advanced Training followed by the presentation of new belts and party at the Cafe after class.

For the month of February, we are having Joint Advanced Training every Saturday at our 10-11:30am class to introduce our new higher belt students from Prime Time to advanced kata & kumite training with JKA NorCal Advanced belt students. Inspiring more mentoring, teaching and learning …

We will also be hosting a Self-Defense Class at the end of March (Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm) for all members in Prime Time to learn more about self-defense, martial arts and discipline of training.

Sensei(s) Taniyama, Osaka, Torres at 2009 JKA AF National Camp