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.
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)
There is a website for the nationals: http://jkaafnationals.org/travel/
Checkout TRAVEL INFO for discount codes.The registration packet will be forthcoming. Here are the details for our San Francisco team going to Miami, FL.
Due to the time change and getting acclimated before competition, we recommend leaving on Thurs (11/10) returning on Mon (11/14). We have a 5% discount with American Airlines (current published RT airfare of $390 with discount). NOTE: non-stop “red-eye” overnight flight, leaving on Thu night and arriving Fri morning.
11/10 (thu) AA 272 SFO 8:50p – MIA 5:10a
11/14 (mon) AA 431 MIA 8:30a – SFO 11:20a
11/13 (sun) AA954 MIA 8:00p – SFO 10:50p *Alternative return flight – for those who need to leave early, it is a non-stop getting back to the Bay Area Sun night, it will cost more though.
Or if you don’t flyining into Fort Lauderdale (35 miles away from Miami), Virgin America flies direct from SFO-FLL. But you will need to fly during the day on Thursday. You will most definitely need to rent a car. Virgin America’s itinerary below is priced at $359.38 for roundtrip.
11/10 (thu) VS 342 SFO 8:35a – FLL 4:55p
11/14 (mon) VS 345 FLL 10:30a – SFO 1:55p
HOTEL: Holiday Inn on 1350 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146 www.hicoralgables.comis across the street from the university campus. It is non-smoking with free parking, wireless high-speed internet and outdoor pool facility. They have offered us a group rate of $99/nt Group Code: JKA). This location is ideal if you are not renting a car and can walk across US-1 highway to the tournament. It is also walking distance to nearby Sunset Place shopping area and directly across MetroRail station. T:(305)667-5611
Country Inn & Suites on 11750 Mills Dr, Miami, FL, 33183 www.countryinns.com is close to Miami Shotokan Karate Club dojo (2.5 miles, 7 mins away) and from the university (8 miles, 14 mins away). Current advanced purchased internet rate is $82/nt – it is a cheaper alternative for those who have transportation. Also a good location in Kendall with shops, restaurants and movie theatres within walking distances. It has high-speed internet, a suite setting with microwave and fridge in room.
We are gathering a team from JKA NorCal to participate in 2010 JKA AF National Tournament held at the University of New Orleans the weekend of November 13th – 14th. Please let Sensei Khim know if you are interested in joining us.
We’re back from Vegas after a very successful tournament for JKA AF/NorCal at this year’s 2010 Ozawa Cup (April 1-4). It is an International Karate Tournament to honor Shihan Osamu Ozawa – a popular open tournament promoting Peace, Unity and Harmony amongst karatekas training in any style of traditional karate (a core value which our dojo embraces). Additionally, we represented JKA AF team in support of our JKA AF Chief Instructor Takayuki Mikami who is officiating at this event as Advisor & Chief Referee. For more details, check out www.ozawacup.com
Our training plan these past few months have paid off – our dojo brought in 12 medals totaling JKA AF’s 16 medals at this tournament. A commendable performance for a team of 10 competitors. Many thanks to Sensei Mikami who treated us to dinner after a successful “finals” on Sunday.
An an added treat for this experience is getting to know and train with our new team mates in JKA AF from Miami and New Orleans (Andres, Ray & Holly). Good training, good cheer, good camaraderie and celebration. Looking forward to reconvene in June at 2010 JKA AF National Camp in New Orleans …
And many thanks to JKA NorCal’s Brian Ng & family (Kenneth, May, Yvonne and Melinda) who were so supportive driving in from Bay Area to share in Brian’s new experience competing at an international tournament and cheering on the JKA NorCal team at the venue. We had great fun at CircusCircus to celebrate with the kids – thanks for taking us there. We wish them more fun days during their Spring Break visiting the Grand Canyon!
JKA AF/NorCal Men’s Team Kata (Gold) – Khim Torres, John Sam & Shin Ikuno
JKA AF Women’s Team Kumite (Bronze) – Christina Foo, Raymunda Semana & Holly Damico
Khim Torres – Individual Men’s Kumite (Gold) 18-34yrs Christina Foo – Senior 1 Women’s Kumite (Gold) 35-45 yrs; Senior 1 Women’s Kata (Silver) Raymunda Semana – Individual Women’s Kata (Silver) 18-34yrs; Individual Women’s Kumite (Bronze) John Sam – WKF Men’s Kumite (Bronze) 18-34yrs Shin Ikuno – Youth Male Kumite (Silver) 15-17yrs; Youth Male Kata (Bronze) Kym Yoroshiku Torres – Junior Male Kumite (Bronze) 10-12yrs; Junior Male Kata (Bronze)
Brian Ng – Junior Male Kata & Kumite (brown belt participation) 10-12yrs
Kim Masayuki Torres – Junior Male Kata & Kumite (brown belt participation) 8-9yrs
Congratulations to all the hard work and training JKA NorCal team!
Thank you Sensei Mikami for the celebratory dinner at Flamingo’s Paradise Buffet …
Thanks to folks from Doctor Hoy’s – love that healing potion on our aches & bruises …
And Debbie Eidelman, thank you for the nice excursion to Las Vegas Chinatown. We had a nice departing meal at Sam’s BBQ …