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Kyu Testing Results (09/23/17)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon
BELT PROMOTION RESULTS:
Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – keep up the training!

Primetime:
(1 ) – Cary Yeung
(1 ) – Inaaya Omer
(2 ) – Hanady Batshon
(2 ) – Nicole Louie
(2 ) – Mason Hoh-Pham
(2 ) – Thomas Salas
(3 ) – Aayan Omer
(3 ) – Ashwin Rengarajan
(3 ) – Amir Batshon
(3 ) – Henry Faillace
(3 ) – William Richardson
(4 ) – Bailey Collins
(4 ) – Santiago Bravo
(4 ) – Ryan Teh
(4 ) – Maya Dolmage-Heath
(5 ) – Bobby Ciardella
(5 ) – Brandon Collins
(5 ) – Madeline Enriquez
(5 ) – Olivia Feldman
(5 ) – Connor Lai
(5 ) – Aliyah Zimmer
(6 ) – Adriana Carranza
(6 ) – Oliver Sun
(6 ) – Lily Peters
(6 ) – Graham Powell
(6 ) – Cassius Greene
(6 ) – Olivia Khoury
(6B) – Sayuri Hughes
(7 ) – Liam Cafferkey
(7 ) – Jasmine Cheng
(7 ) – Megan Clendenin
(7 ) – Pallas Wu
(7 ) – Jaxon Montenegro
(7 ) – Apollo Betz
(7 ) – Kaleo Criolo
(7B) – Luke Easley
(7B) – Daniel Ingalsbe
(8 ) – Eliana Lau
(8 ) – Finn Baumgastner
(8 ) – Marlo Baumgastner
(8 ) – Rafael Bravo
(8 ) – Ekuterina Radeva
(8B) – Timmy King-Byrnes
(8B) – Ryan King-Byrnes
(8B) – Alexander Regelmen
(8B) – Gabriel Carranza
(8B) – Mason Portillo
(8B) – Benjamin Wu

JKA NorCal:
(8 ) – Ari Lee

JKA American Federation Nationals 2017 announcement

The 2017 Japan Karate Association American Federation National Karate Championships and Goodwill Tournament will be on 10-12 November 2017.

JKA AF Nationals + Goodwill Tournament 10-12 November 2017
JKA AF Nationals and Goodwill Tournament 2017

Male and Female, all ages, ranks and organizations are invited. For more information please go to jkaaf.org and follow the JKA American Federation on facebook. The tournament will be held at:

Grace King High School
4301 Grace King Pl
Metarie, Louisiana

2017-JKAAF-Nationals-Tournament-packet
2017-JKAAF-Nationals-Individual-registration

2017 JKA/AF National Training Camp: Dan and Qualification tests

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.

JKA NorCal with Sensei Imura Takenori

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!

JKA NorCal Enjoying New Orleans food at Rons Gumbo
Celebrating Rokudan: Crawfish by the pound (after two dozen oysters)!

Kyu Testing Results (06/03/17)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon
BELT PROMOTION RESULTS:
Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – keep up the training!

Primetime:
(1 ) – Luke Wiegand
(1B) – Charlie Michael
(5 ) – Adam Zimmer
(5 ) – Selina Zhu
(5 ) – Jalen Zhu
(5 ) – Kaitlyn Chow
(5 ) – Amelie Wiegand
(6 ) – Teri Cheng
(6 ) – Ryohei Tanoue
(6 ) – Shunsuke Tanoue
(6 ) – Skye Cheng
(6B) – Richard Li
(6B) – Salma Van Mechelen
(7 ) – Adriana Carranza
(7 ) – Lucas da Costa
(7 ) – Oliver Sun
(8 ) – Edward Li
(8 ) – Jackson Montenegro
(8 ) – Daniel Ingaslbe
(8 ) – Francisco Vieira
(8 ) – Luke Easley
(8 ) – Apollo Betz
(8 ) – Jolie Quan

JKA Marin:
(6 ) – Daniel Allan Lazarus

JKA East Bay:
(4B) – Ronald Lastrilla

Kyu Testing Results (01/28/17)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon
BELT PROMOTION RESULTS:
Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – keep up the training! It was delightful to have Sensei Khim check in on the dojo and see the progress. Hope you enjoyed the special training he gave us.

JKA NorCal:
(2 ) – Lisa Summerfield

Primetime:
(1 ) – Ethan Tam
(1 ) – Kavi Singh
(1 ) – Zach Hanson
(2 ) – Brody Kelley
(2 ) – Aidan Kelley
(2 ) – Joshua Hanson
(2 ) – Ryan Malik
(2 ) – Alicia Tam
(2 ) – Charlie Michael
(2 ) – Inaaya Omer
(2 ) – Cary Yeung
(3 ) – Mason Hoh-Pham
(3 ) – Thomas Salas
(3 ) – Nicole Louie
(3 ) – Nicole Leon
(3B) – Hanady Batshon
(4B) – Amir Batshon
(4B) – Henry Faillace
(4B) – Ayaan Omer
(4B) – William Richardson
(4B) – Ashwin Rengarajan
(5 ) – Alejandro Cardenas
(5 ) – Santiago Bravo
(5 ) – Bailey Collins
(5 ) – Ryan Teh
(5 ) – Maya Dolmage-Heath
(7 ) – Lily Peters
(7 ) – Riva Sanjay
(8 ) – Salma Van Mechelen
(8 ) – Adriana Carranza
(8 ) – Lucas da Costa
(8 ) – Richard Li
(8B) – Oliver Sun
(8B) – Olivia Papalilis
(8B) – Genevieve Borba
(8B) – Kaleo Chirolo
(8B) – Pallas Wu

JKA Marin:
(7 ) – Haden Mateo Berlinsky
(7 ) – Daniel Allan Lazarus

JKA East Bay:
(5B) – Ronald Lastrilla
(6 ) – Nicole Tran
(6 ) – Emily Tran
(6 ) – Adreanna Dones
(8 ) – Alexis Dones
(8B) – Raedin Dones

2017 JKA/AF Summer Camp Announcement

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.

Here is the latest updated camp packet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzqpPoxUWyhJeHRkT2FMVWxhX2c/view?usp=sharing

Imura Takenori
General Manager of Technical Division

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.

Sensei Khim Visit and Clinic

Sensei Khim Torres visited and gave a clinic on Saturday January 28th in the morning, followed by belt testing.

The two hour clinic was held at the same time as the normal Saturday morning class in the basketball court and had great attendance.

Senpai Sean leads a warmup
Sensei Wauriman consults with students before the test

 

Kyu Testing Results (10/01/16)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon
BELT PROMOTION RESULTS:
Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – keep up the training!

JKA NorCal:
(3B) – Lisa Summerfield
(5B) – Asher Mazur

Primetime:
(6 ) – Noah Chin
(6 ) – Kaitlyn Chow
(6 ) – Madeline Enriquez
(6 ) – Olivia Feldman
(6 ) – Augustin Santos
(6 ) – Selina Zhu
(6 ) – Jalen Zhu
(6 ) – Adam Zimmer
(6 ) – Aliyah Zimmer
(7 ) – Terri Cheng
(7 ) – Karina Choi
(7 ) – Shyla Cora
(7 ) – Cassius Greene
(7 ) – Olivia Khoury
(7 ) – Ryohei Tanoue
(7 ) – Shunsuke Tanoue
(7B) – Skye Cheng
(7B) – Sofia Pinaeva
(7B) – Graham Powell
(8 ) – Megan Clendenin
(8 ) – Lily Peters
(8 ) – Riva Sanjay
(8B) – Liam Cafferkey
(8B) – Owen Carroll
(8B) – Jasmine Cheng
(8B) – Luke Doss
(8B) – Victoria Santos

JKA Marin:
(4B) – Beejay Reyes Paredes
(7B) – Robert Bliss
(8 ) – Bradley Parker Marwick
(8 ) – Haden Mateo Berlinsky
(8B) – Juan Miguel Reyes Paredes

JKA East Bay:
(7 ) – Ronald Lastrilla
(7B) – Aiyana Petelo
(7B) – Nicole Tran
(7B) – Emily Tran
(7B) – Adreanna Dones

2016 JKA/AF National Training Camp qualified JKA NorCal instructor/judge/examiner

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!

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JNC at camp
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Kyu + Dan Testing Results (05/21/16)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon

BELT PROMOTION RESULTS: Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – keep up the training it was a privilege to have Sensei Mikami preside again this year. And thrilled to have brand new black belts for our dojo.

DAN:
(Shodan) Sean Kelley
(Shodan) Alan Roper
(Shodan) Michelle Paredes
(Shodan) BingJun Chan
(Shodan) BingXi Chan
(Shodan) Tyler Ho
(Shodan) Cole Christie
(Shodan) Joseph Ciardella
(Shodan) Abdallah Batshon

KYU:
(1B) – Ethan Tam
(2 ) – Kavi Singh
(2 ) – Luke Wiegand
(2 ) – Zachary Hanson
(3 ) – Cary Yeung
(3 ) – Lai Theng Leong
(4 ) – Lisa Summerfield
(4 ) – Nicole Louie
(4 ) – Maria Vaca
(4B) – Hanady Batshon
(5 ) – Ayaan Omer
(5 ) – Kazen Barrolaza
(5 ) – Anders Gauther
(5 ) – Henry Faillace
(5 ) – William Richardson
(5 ) – Ashwin Rengarajah
(5 ) – Nicole Leon
(6 ) – Gilman Wong
(6 ) – Santiango Bravo
(6 ) – Alejandro Cardenas
(6 ) – Maya Dolmage-Heath
(7 ) – Noah Chin
(7 ) – Selina Zhu
(7 ) – Jalen Zhu
(7 ) – Augustin Santos
(7 ) – Nicholas Duquette
(7 ) – Kaitlyn Chow
(7 ) – Aliyah Zimmer
(7 ) – Adam Zimmer
(7 ) – Olivia Feldman
(7 ) – Madeline Enriquez
(8 ) – Cassius Greene
(8 ) – Ryohei Tanoue
(8 ) – Shunsuke Tanoue
(8 ) – Olivia Khoury
(8 ) – Velen Yopp
(8 ) – Quinn Kinsburn
(8 ) – Shyla Corra
(8 ) – Karina Choi
(8 ) – Terri Cheng
(8B) – Skye Cheng
(8B) – Sofia Pinaeva
(8B) – Graham Powell

Belt Promotion 05/21/16
Belt Promotion 05/21/16