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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

Kyu Testing Results (01/30/16)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon

BELT PROMOTION RESULTS: Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – looking forward to a strong 2016!

KYU:
(1 ) – Lili Ghezarat
(1 ) – Adel Ghezarat
(1 ) – Riley Ho
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(3 ) – Inaaya Omer
(3 ) – Brody Kelley
(3 ) – Aidan Kelley
(3 ) – Charlie Michael
(3 ) – Sean Lai
(3 ) – Alicia Tam
(3 ) – Ryan Malik
(4 ) – Reece Ho
(4 ) – Mason Hoh
(4 ) – Maria Duquette
(4 ) – Tomas Salas
(4 ) – Lai Theng Leong
(5 ) – Wade Kingsbury
(5 ) – Maria Vaca
(5 ) – Nicole Louie
(5 ) – Lisa Summerfield
(5B) – Amir Batshon
(6 ) – Amelie Wiegand
(6 ) – Connor Lai
(6 ) – Ryan Teh
(6 ) – Brandon Collins
(6 ) – Bailey Collins
(6 ) – Nicole Leon
(6 ) – Bobby Ciardella
(7 ) – Alejandro Cardenas
(7 ) – Maya Dolmage-Heath
(7 ) – Santiago Bravo
(7B) – Gilman Wong
(8 ) – Noah Chin
(8 ) – Selina Zhu
(8 ) – Jalen Zhu
(8 ) – Aliyah Zimmer
(8 ) – Adam Zimmer
(8 ) – Augustin Santos
(8 ) – Kaitlyn Chow
(8 ) – Nicholas Duquette
(8B) – Olivia Feldman
(8B) – Madeline Enriquez

Kyu + Dan Testing Results (09/26/15)

Kyu Testing on Sat Sep 26, 2016 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 this year. And thrilled to have brand new black belts for our dojo.

DAN:
(Nidan) Brian Ng
(Nidan) Doug Mazur
(Shodan) Sammi Yeung
(Shodan) Polina Zamalin
(Shodan) Christopher Yu
(Shodan) Cherilyn Yu
(Shodan) William Urrutia

KYU:
(3 ) – Joshua Hanson
(3B) – Cillian Cray
(4 ) – Jake Fon
(4 ) – Cary Yeung
(6 ) – Aayan Omer
(6 ) – Ashwin Reganatan
(6 ) – Henry Faillace
(6 ) – William Richardson
(7 ) – Brandon Collins
(7 ) – Bailey Collins
(7 ) – Bobby Ciardella
(8 ) – Gilman Wong
(8 ) – Santiago Bravo
(8 ) – Alejandro Cardenes
(8 ) – Maya Dolmage-Heath
(8 ) – Caitlan Kingsbury

Kyu Testing Results (05/30/15)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon

BELT PROMOTION RESULTS: Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – keep up the training over the summer as we prepare for dojo tournament in September when Sensei Mikami will be here.

KYU:
(1 ) – Sean Kelley
(1 ) – Alan Roper
(1 ) – Abdallah Batshon
(1 ) – Tyler Ho
(1 ) – BingXi Chan
(1 ) – Joseph Ciardella
(1 ) – Cole Christie
(2 ) – Riley Ho
(2 ) – Adel Ghezarat
(2 ) – Lili Ghezarat
(3 ) – Zachary Hanson
(3 ) – Gabby Galleti
(3 ) – Kavi Singh
(3B) – Luke Wiegand
(4 ) – Aidan Kelley
(4 ) – Brody Kelley
(4 ) – Charlie Michael
(4 ) – Sean Lai
(4 ) – Alycia Tam
(4 ) – Ryan Malik
(4 ) – Inaaya Omer
(5 ) – Katie Shaw
(5 ) – Thomas Salas
(5 ) – Maria Duquette
(5 ) – Adeajal Dotson
(5 ) – Mana O’mia Tito
(5 ) – Mason Hoh
(5 ) – Reece Ho
(5 ) – Hanady Batshon
(6 ) – Genevieve Klein
(6 ) – Anders Gauther
(6 ) – Jace Cook
(6 ) – Amir Batshon
(6 ) – Wade Kingsbury
(6 ) – Karen Barrolaza
(6 ) – Asher Manzur
(6 ) – Lisa Summerfield
(6 ) – Maria Vaca
(6 ) – Nicole Louie
(7 ) – Jason Louie
(7 ) – Jennifer Louie
(7 ) – Ryan Teh
(7 ) – Ian Shaw
(7 ) – Amelie Wiegand
(7 ) – Connor Lai
(7B) – Nicole Leon
(8 ) – Miguel Rodriguez
(8 ) – Macie Cook
(8 ) – Brandon Collins
(8 ) – Bailey Collins
(8 ) – Ella Marie Ayacaba
(8 ) – Bobby Ciardella
(8B) – Dylan Frakes
(8B) – Gemma De Ranieri

Kyu Test 05/30/2015
Kyu Test 05/30/2015
Thank you Ms. Acayaba for sending the picture.

Kyu Testing Results (01/31/15)

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon

BELT PROMOTION RESULTS: Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – a good start for 2015

KYU:
(2 ) – Ethan Tam
(4 ) – Cillian Cray
(4 ) – Joshua Hanson
(5 ) – Jake Fong
(5 ) – Cary Yeung
(5 ) – Lai Theng Leong
(5 ) – Reiko Murakami
(7 ) – Ayaan Omer
(7 ) – Henry Faillace
(7 ) – Ashwin Reganatan
(7 ) – Asher Mazur
(7 ) – William Richardson
(7B) – Lisa Summerfield
(7B) – Maria Vaca
(7B) – Nicole Louie
(8 ) – Jennifer Louie
(8 ) – Jason Louie
(8 ) – Ryan Teh
(8B) – Niall Madigan

2014 Funakoshi World Karate Cup

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.

JKA NorCal representatives in the USA team (from left): Zuri Yip, Sensei Christina Foo (coach), Sensei Khim Torres, Phillip Hu, Ciara Stuhler
JKA NorCal representatives in the USA team (from left):
Zuri Yip, Sensei Christina Foo (coach), Sensei Khim Torres, Phillip Hu, Ciara Stuhler

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.

USA Team and coaches
USA Team and coaches

Here are some pictures of the USA team Kata:

USA Team Kata

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Sensei Khim Kumite
Sensei Khim team kumite match.

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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.

Tournament Results:

  1. Philip Hu – placed 6th in kata, boys 9 yrs old
  2. Ciara Stuhler – competed in kata & kumite, girls 12-13 yrs old
  3. Zuri Yip – placed 6th in kata, female 16-18 yrs old
  4. Rosh Torres – tied to 4th/5th place in kata, male 16-18 yrs old
  5. 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!

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Kyu Testing Results (08/30/14) and League Results

Kyu Testing on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at noon

BELT PROMOTION RESULTS: Congratulations to all who passed their belt promotion – especially our brand new Shodans! Your hard training and preparation showed through on Saturday – thank you for showing strong spirit competing at our league and helping with the event.

We are so very proud of you all.  Sensei Mikami was impressed with our dojo spirit.
When is your black belt party? 🙂

SHODAN:
– Doug Mazur
– Daejin Abidoye
– Paul Breslow
– Joyce Wong
– Christian Leung
– Cylie Stuhler
– Carrie Lee

KYU:
(1 ) – Polina Zamalin
(1 ) – Mark Guerra
(1 ) – Sammi Yeung
(2 ) – Cameron Cowan
(2 ) – Cole Christie
(2 ) – Joseph Ciardella
(2 ) – BingXi Chan
(2 ) – Tyler Ho
(2 ) – Abdallah Batshon
(2B) – Sean Kelley
(3 ) – Kian Aimi
(3 ) – Riley Ho
(4 ) – Zachary Hanson
(5 ) – Charlie Michael
(5 ) – Ryan Gong
(5 ) – Luke Wiegand
(5 ) – Sean Lai
(5 ) – Alycia Tam
(5 ) – Inaaya Omer
(5 ) – Brody Kelley
(5B) – Aidan Kelley
(5B) – Ryan Malik
(6 ) – Mason Hoh
(6 ) – Reece Ho
(6 ) – Mana’Omia Tito
(6 ) – Adajai Dotson
(6 ) – Maria Duquette
(6 ) – Thomas Salas
(6 ) – Hanady Batshon
(7 ) – Jace Cook
(7 ) – Anders Gauther
(7 ) – Genevieve Klein
(7 ) – Kazen Barroloza
(7 ) – Wade Kingsbury
(7 ) – Charley Quivey
(7 ) – Lucas Kirk
(7 ) – Amir Batshon
(8 ) – Sean Conley
(8 ) – Seth Conley
(8 ) – Conor Lai
(8 ) – Cade Caricone
(8 ) – Asher Mazur
(8 ) – Amelie Wiegand
(8B) – Patrick Madigan

Cert of Participation

Dear Sensei/Friend,
First, I would like to thank you for you kind support to the JKA NorCal invitational tournament. It was a great turn out and it wouldn’t be possible without all your help. It was such a great time to see that we all worked together in attempt to unit the Shotokan Karate community. I’m extremely honored that you made it to this event and hoping to see you all again in the future. 
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OSS!
Khim Torres
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A huge thank you to our JKA NorCal/Prime Time students and family volunteers.  We could not have pulled this off without your help and support!  A special call out to Tammy Meza of Prime Time Athletic Club who has been working hard behind the scenes to make this event a success.  And sincere thanks to John of Prime Time Athletic Club who has generously sponsored our event T-shirts!
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Tournament proceeds go to our JKA NorCal/Prime Time competitors attending the World Tournament in Japan (10/17-10/19) thank you all …
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LEAGUE RESULTS:
KATA White Belt:  (1) Asher Mazur-JKA NorCal   (2) Seth Conley-JKA NorCal   (3) Conor Lai-JKA NorCal
KATA Youth Yellow Belt:  (1) Jett Boggess-JKA LasVegas   (2) Zoe Boggess-JKA LasVegas  (3) Cyan Tracton-SV Karate
KATA Adult Yellow Belt:  (1) Madeline Boggess-JKA LasVegas   (2) Carlos Payan-JKA LasVegas
KATA Youth Orange Belt:  (1)  Mason Hoh-JKA NorCal   (2) Hikaru Orita-SV Karate  (3) Adajai Dotson-JKA NorCal
KATA Adult Orange Belt: (1) Alex Rojas-Tokon Karate  (2) Mildred Haubenstricker-Petaluma Karate  (3) Sarah Haubenstricker-Petaluma Karate
KATA Adult Green Belt:  (1) Aaron Chiem-AMAS   (2) Joseph Peceli-AMAS
KATA Youth Blue/Purple Belt: (1) Melissa Mangornong-Tokon Karate  (2) Andres Cisneros-Tokon Karate  (3) Drew Beaver-Tokon Karate
KATA Adult Blue/Purple Belt: (1) Hunter Gustason-Tokon Karate  (2) Carl Acosta-JKA LasVegas  (3) Sean Kelley-JKA NorCal
KATA Youth Brown Belt:  (1)  Carrie Lei-JKA NorCal   (2) Cylie Stuhler-JKA NorCal  (3) Jasmine Ohki-AMAS
KATA Women Adult Brown Belt:  (1) Sammi Yeung-JKA NorCal  (2) Ananya Murali-SV Karate  (3) Polina Zamalin-JKA NorCal
KATA Men Adult Brown Belt:  (1) Daejin Abidoye-JKA NorCal  (2) Cole Durham-Petaluma Karate  (3) Christian Leung-JKA NorCal
KATA Men Youth Black Belt:  (1) Philip Hu-JKA NorCal  (2) Yuki Tores-JKA NorCal  (3) Justin Huwe-JKA NorCal
KATA Women Adult Black Belt:  (1) Zuri Yip-JKA NorCal  (2) Ciara Stuhler-JKA NorCal  (3) Reana Tulawan-AMAS
KATA Men Adult Black Belt:  (1) Rosh Torres-JKA NorCal  (2) Shin Ikuno-JKA NorCal  (3) Brian Ng-JKA NorCal
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TEAM KATA Youth Green/Purple Belt:  (1) JKA NorCal Team 4 (Luke/Sean/Charlie)  (2) Tokon Kodomo (Rachel/Lex/Marcus)  (3) AMAS Team F (Kaelin/Angelina/Sierra)
TEAM KATA Youth Brown Belt:  (1) JKA NorCal Team 1 (Cylie/Carrie/Cherilyn)  (2)  JKA NorCal Team 3 (BingJun/Joey/Christopher)  (3)  JKA NorCal Team 2 (BingXi/Cole/Tyler)
TEAM KATA Adult Black Belt:  (1) JKA NorCal Team 2 (Rosh/Brian/Yuki)  (2)  JKA NorCal Team 1 (Zuri/Ciara/Sammi)  (3)  Tokon Sovereign (Hunter/Andrea/Melissa)
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KUMITE Yellow Belt:  (1) Natalie Boggess-JKA LasVegas   (2) Jeff Boggess-JKA LasVegas  (3) Madeline Boggess-JKA LasVegas
KUMITE Orange Belt:  (1) Alex Rojas-Tokon Karate   (2) Zoe Boggess-JKA LasVegas  (3) Adajai Dotson-JKA NorCal
KUMITE Women Brown Belt:  (1) Polina Zamalin-JKA NorCal  (2) Sammi Yeung-JKA NorCal  (3) Joyce Wong-JKA NorCal
KUMITE Women Black Belt:  (1) Ciara Stuhler-JKA NorCal  (2) Amy Wong-JKA NorCal  (3) Reana Tulawan-AMAS
KUMITE Men Youth Black Belt:  (1) Yuki Torres-JKA NorCal  (2) Justin Huwe-JKA NorCal  (3) Philip Hu-JKA NorCal
KUMITE Men Adult Black Belt:  (1) Rosh Torres-JKA NorCal  (2) Brian Ng-JKA NorCal  (3) Tanner Durham-Petaluma Karate
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“More important than sport karate is good spirit, good attitude, good etiquette …
  It was a good competition with good technique and quality and fair officials.” ~ Master Takayuki Mikami

 

5th JKA NorCal Shotokan Karate League

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.

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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.

Tournament Rules Registration Form Invitation Letter

DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th, lpm
LOCATION: PRIME TIME ATHLETIC CLUB, 1230 Rollins Road, Burlingame, Ca. 94010

EVENTS:

1. Individual Kata
2. Individual Kumite
3. Team Kata (Intermediate & advanced)

YOUTH DIVISION: (Boys & Girls Combined)
1. WHITE BELTS KATA ONLY
2. YELLOW BELTS (8th kyu) = KATA & GOHON KUMITE, (JODAN & CHUDAN ONLY)
3. ORANGE BELTS (8th kyu) = KATA & KIHON IPPON KUMITE, (JODAN & CHUDAN ONLY)
4. GREEN, PURPLE & BROWN BELTS (6th kyu – 1st dan) = KATA & JIYU KUMITE (SHOBU IPPON)

ADULT KATA & KUMITE DIVISION: (MALE & FEMALE) (Shobu Ippon for all adult kumite events)
1. BEGINNERS DIVISION = WHITE, YELLOW & ORANGE BELTS (9-7 kyu)
2. INTERMEDIATE DIVISION = GREEN TO PURPLE BELTS (6-4 kyu)
3. ADVANCED DIVISION = BROWN & BLACK BELTS (3rd kyu- 1st dan only)

MANDATORY KUMITE GEAR:

YOUTH: (6-12 YEARS OLD)
1. Green to Purple Belts (6th Kyu – 4th Kyu) = (head gear, white hand pads, foot gear & mouth guard)
2. Brown & Black Belts (3″‘ Kyu – 1“ Dan) = (hand pads & mouth guard)

ADULTS: (13 YEARS OLD & ABOVE)
1. Beginners to Advanced Belts = (hand pads & mouth guard)