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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).

Photos on Karate Promotion and Joint Training (2/6/10)

It’s been a year .. JKA NorCal passed our first year anniversary 2/1/10. What better way to celebrate this milestone than to stand up and train! And train jointly with our Prime Time karate kids – to get to know them better, role model and demonstrate good techniques and training discipline they can aspire for. It was also a great opportunity for their family to meet & greet the rest of JKA NorCal members.

Many thanks to Prime Time for the pizza & cake for this celebration. And congratulations to all who received their new promotion ranks and acknowledgement for good training!

Photos are up from the promotion and joint training!!!

Album Name: Karate Promotion and Joint Training

To receive a copy of any image, please email Kore Chan at jkanorcalphotography@gmail.com with the album name and photo number of each desired photo. (Photo numbers can be found in the captions of each image)

Samples displayed below:

Photos on Belt Promotion (1/23/10)

The pictures from the exam are finally up!!!

To receive a copy of any picture, please email Kore Chan at jkanorcalphotography@gmail.com with the album title and picture number  of each desired photo. (Photo numbers can be found in the photo captions)

Album Title (Pre-exam ranks):

Before Examination (Click to view)

White Belts

Yellow Belts

Orange Belts

Green Belts

Purple Belts

Brown Belts

After Exam

Sample of images below:

All South Karate Championship

The Louisiana Karate Association hosted their “All South Karate Championship” last weekend and featured Sensei Khim and Sensei Christina on the flyer! See the link below to check out the great action shots:

Here are the photos:

Sensei Christina is happy to demonstrate this punch to anyone sparring with her.
Standing around on one leg? Sensei Khim is going to sweep you!

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

Kyu Testing Results (1/23/10)

Conratulations to JKA NorCal’s students on their new belt promotion:

(1 )  – RON DRABKIN
(1 )  – BRIAN NG
(2)   – JOHN-BAPTIST ANDRE
(2B) – JOEY MAYEN
(4 )  – JUSTIN HUWE
(4B) – AUDREY DURAZZO
(5 )  – BRIAN LEE
(5 )  – PATRICK LEE
(5 )  – BIANCA YEPEZ
(5 )  – CHRISTIAN YEUNG
(5 )  – GARREN LUM
(5 ) – CAMRI STUHLER
(5 ) – CIARA STUHLER
(5B) – ISABELLA EVANS
(5B) – MATHEW ENG
(5B) – RILEY HUGHES
(5B) – JOHNNY SUSOFF
(6 ) – DEVON RAMOS
(6 ) – IRMA SCHLEUSZ
(6 ) – JOSHUA ALDANA
(6 ) – ZURI YUP
(6 ) – JEFFREY WITZ
(6 ) – BRENDAN BROWN
(6 ) – GABRIELLA SCHLEUSZ
(6 ) – JACK HICKEY
(6 ) – WILLIAM URRUTIA
(6B) – SOPHIA ALARAJ
(6B) – AIDEN DENTON
(6B) – NICHOLAS BALCH
(6B) – IVAN ALVARO
(6B) – MELINA SHAPIRO
(7 ) – DANTE DAMONTO
(7 ) – BETHANY LUTZ
(7 ) – PATRICK HOSKINS
(7 ) – JOSEPH LEE
(7 ) – CYLIE STUHLER
(7 ) – ASHER WHITTEN
(7 ) – CHRISTOPHER YU
(7B) – BRETT KUWAHARA
(7B) – ALI ALAOUI
(7B) – JUNJUN CHAN
(7B) – ASHLEY GONG
(7B) – HANNAH GONG
(7B) – MIA GREEN
(7B) – GABRIEL SHERR
(7B) – CHERILYN YU
(8 ) – CAMERON COWAN
(8 ) – LIAM MCGRATH
(8 ) – SONNY BATASIN
(8 ) – DOREEN BAIRES
(8 ) – CARRIE LEI
(8B) – ADEL GHEZARAT
(8B) – LILI GHEZARAT
(8B) – LAINE SCHLEZINGER
(8B) – KYRA SCHLEZINGER

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The belt promotion is at 1pm on January 23rd at Primetime in Burlingame.

After the promotion is the Little League shotokan karate tournament, at 3:30pm.

Talk to Sensei Khim for details about these events. Please be early for both events to allow time for warm up!

Osu!

JKA NorCal 2010 Calendar

JKA NorCal 2010 Calendar
Sensei Christina has put together a 2010 calendar for our students and members with some great photos from last year. There are photographs from our grand opening demonstrations, Kata performances, Sensei Takayuki Mikami’s visit and belt testing, the Prime Time karate league, JKA NorCal team at Nationals… On the calendar, Sensei has added many of the coming year’s events including dates of this year’s belt promotions. You can download and print it from the link below:

JKANorCal_2010_Calendar.pdf (5.5MB download)

(You’ll need Adobe Reader to open or print the file.)

Printing instructions:
To make a wall calendar with a printer that prints on two sides, set it to print flip on long side. Add spiral binding along the top long side and it can flip up and hang on the wall with the photos above the calendar.

Have a great year training and Happy New Year!

JKA AF Nationals 2009

Congratulations JKA NorCal for an impressive showing at JKA American Federation 2009 National Tournament in New Orleans, LA. Dedication to training and commitment to excellence resulted in awesome results for the team. And best of all, we made our goal – everyone came home with a medal:

JKA NorCal team

Sensei Khim – 2 Bronze (Individual Mens Kumite & Kata); 2 Silver (Team Mens Kumite & Kata)

Hideaki Hayashi – 1 Silver (Team Mens Kumite)

John Sam – 2 Silver (Team Mens Kumite & Kata)

Shin Ikuno – 1 Gold (Youth Kata) and 1 Silver (Youth Kumite); 1 Silver (Team Mens Kata)

Rosh Torres – 2 Gold (Children Kumite & Kata)

Yuki Torres – 2 Bronze (Children Kumite & Kata)

Garren Lum – 1 Bronze (Children Kata)

Silvia Fernandez – 2 Silver (Womens Adult and Womens Collegiate Kata)

Christina Foo – 2 Gold (Senior Women Kumite & Kata); 2 Silver (Individual Womens Kumite & Kata)

(see full results of tournament at JKA AF site)

A huge thank you to our friends & family who came on the trip with us and made the experience memorable! Esteban Arcuate who showed persistence and good cheer despite a hectic travel to our venue and taught us to make the best of a situation and enjoy the moments. Nan Santiago and Grande Lum who took care of us as “superb” parents of the team and was there in almost every ring helping us get footage of memorable moments. Hermina Fonticiella who gave helpful advice for a sick boy and a keen eye/feedback for karate. And Mike Gomez for your generous friendship when celebrating at ACME’s Seafood – hope to see you again soon.

JKA NorCal family

We look forward to more of our students sharing this wonderful experience with us and exploring more of New Orleans people and cuisine next year!

(check out JKA NorCal 2010 calendar that photo documented our trip)

A nice article on our event published in Prime Time Athletic Club Newsletter in “Athlete of the Edition”.  Here is the original with more pics and quotes from Nan.

Prime Time Karate Program instructor and members bring home medals at National Championships in New Orleans, LA (Nov 7-8, 2009)

Instructor Khim Torres, a seasoned competitor who has represented both his native Philippines and the US National teams, began teaching at Prime Time’s Karate Program in February 2009. Sensei Khim comes from a three-generation karate family.  He began training at the age of four with his father, Sensei Ruperto, and now instructs his sons Rosh and Masayuki.  Khim has a degree in Psychology and worked as a health, music and physical education teacher before migrating to the United States in 2002.  He is now a full-time karate instructor.

Khim led a team of nine Prime Time members to the Japan Karate Association American Federation’s National Championship in New Orleans, LA – and everyone returned home with a medal!   Part of the lifetime discipline of training and wellness in the martial arts program, Sensei Khim brings his experiences in competition to the curriculum by inspiring a higher aspiration beyond belt promotion among our kids and members.

SenseiGarren

This year, the Santiago-Lum family took on the challenge by bringing their son Garren to New Orleans for his first National tournament as a green belt.  Their commitment to this endeavor included attending extra Saturday tournament training classes a month before the event.  Garren came home with a bronze medal for sparring and a renewed confidence and attitude for life.

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I enjoyed being a part of this journey! Garren had a blast too! He is even more responsible when we came back from the trip…taking the doggie out for her doggie business in the AM. Karate has done wonderful things in terms of discipline for him.” – Nan Santiago-Lum.

“The whole experience of the tournament was very exciting.  It is my first tournament and I will try my best to do well so that my parents will take me again next year.  The food was very good too, especially ACME seafood.” — Garren Lum

We look forward to many more successes in our Prime Time Karate Program in 2010.  Congratulations to Sensei Khim and our members for all of your hard work!

Happy Training!

JKA NorCal team arriving on the day of the JKA AF National Tournament

The 2009 JKA American Federation National Tournament is this November 7 and 8th in New Orleans!  A group of your fellow students, practioners and friends will be going to represent JKA NorCal this year.  Below is the information for our flight, hotel and more details about the tournament.  Please feel free to contact Sensei or any of your Sempais for more information.  We welcome everyone to come out to participate or cheer us on.

Osu,

John

Tournament Brochure

Flight

Air Trans Airway

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Flight 38 [Non-Stop]

Departing San Francisco, CA (SFO) at 11:59 PM

Arriving Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 07:35 AM

— Connecting To —

Friday, November 06, 2009

Flight 463 [Non-Stop]

Departing Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 09:30 AM

Arriving New Orleans, LA (MSY) at 10:03 AM

Monday, November 09, 2009

Flight 447 [Non-Stop]

Departing New Orleans, LA (MSY) at 04:08 PM

Arriving Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 06:33 PM

— Connecting To —

Monday, November 09, 2009

Flight 67 [Non-Stop]

Departing Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 08:40 PM

Arriving San Francisco, CA (SFO) at 11:12 PM

Hotel:

(Sempai Christina Foo is getting more information on a group discount, so more information to come)

Ramada Limited Metairie

www.ramada.com

2713 North Causeway

Metairie, LA 70002

(504) 835-4141

Kyu Testing Results (8/29/09)

Congratulations to JKA NorCal’s students on their new belt promotion:
JKA NorCal Kyu Testing on 08/29/09
(2B) – KIM MASAYUKI TORRES
(3 ) – JEAN ANDRE BAPTIST
(3B) – JOEY MAYEN
(3B) – JOYCE WONG
(4B) – SILVIA FERNANDEZ
(5B) – AUDREY DURAZZO
(5B) – JUSTIN HUWE
(5B) – CHRISTIAN LEUNG
(5B) – BIANCA YEPEZ
(6 ) – BRIAN LEE
(6 ) – PATRICK LEE
(6 ) – CAMRI STUHLER
(6 ) – CIARA STUHLER
(6B) – ISABELLA EVANS
(6B) – GARREN LUM
(6B) – RILEY HUGHES
(7 ) – JOSHUA ALDANA
(7 ) – DEVON RAMOS
(7 ) – IRMA SCHLEUSZ
(7 ) – GABRIELLA YUEN
(7 ) – ZURI YUP
(7B) – SOPHIA ALARAJ
(7B) – NICHOLAS BALCH
(7B) – BRENDAN BROWN
(7B) – AIDEN DENTON
(7B) – JACK HICKEY
(7B) – GABRIELLA SCHLEUSZ
(7B) – MELINA SHAPIRO
(7B) – WILLIAM URRUTIA
(8 ) – HARMONIE AHUNA
(8 ) – IVAN ALVARO
(8 ) – DANTE DAMONTO
(8 ) – BETHANIE DEAN
(8 ) – PATRICK HOSKINS
(8 ) – JOSEPH LEE
(8 ) – CYLIE STUHLER
(8 ) – ASHER WHITTEN
(8 ) – CHRISTOPHER YU
(8B) – HARLEE AHUNA
(8B) – ALI ALAOUI
(8B) – JUNJUN CHAN
(8B) – CAMERON COWAN
(8B) – ASHLEY GONG
(8B) – HANNAH GONG
(8B) – MIA GREEN
(8B) – MARK MANGANO
(8B) – LIAM MCGRATH
(8B) – KATHERINE SCHMIDT
(8B) – GABRIEL SHERR
(8B) – CHERILYN YU
(8B) – ETHAN YUEN

For those who challenged themselves at our first JKA NorCal Junior League, congratulations to you!