Registration continues for the 32nd Annual ISKA Summer Camp to be held August 13-15th in the beautiful coastal redwoods at the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, CA. This year's camp will feature Special Guest Instructor, Rick Hotton Sensei of Sunday Morning Keiko and the West Wind Dojo located in Sarasota, FL. Please click the button below to learn more about the ISKA Summer Camp and to register.
The ISKA Black Belt College will return to
in-person training on Sunday, July 18th in Sacramento.
Hosted by Sensei John Leggett
This training will be indoors - please be vaccinated. Masks will not be required for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals and those who wish to should continue to wear masks.
Free Zoom Access: https://wsgc.zoom.us/j/94009445464
Since this session will be our first return to in-person seminar training, we are offering complimentary Zoom access for this session only for observation only as this training will be focused on those who attend in-person. Training will not be geared for virtual participants and no recording will be available afterwards.
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Join us for an outdoor training session on Saturday, June 12th from 11am-12:30pm at Lockridge Park located at 2601 Eureka Rd, Roseville, CA 95661. Free to join. All levels welcome.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as we are looking for a headcount for pizza afterwards. Please plan to bring your own beverage of choice.Click here to join the Facebook Event.
Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing us email@example.com.
We will be hosting a virtual Black Belt College on Sunday, May 16th from 12:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Time, via Zoom, featuring Sensei Robert Stevenson and Sensei Armando Jemmott. Training will be geared towards brown belts and above, but others are welcome to join the virtual session.
This virtual training is being offered free, but donations are being accepted if you feel so inclined. Please click here to donate.
Unfortunately, Sensei Bernardy had to have emergency surgery yesterday, and while non-life threatening, this surgery has rendered him unable to join us this weekend.
We wish him a speedy and full recovery and look forward to hosting him for a future seminar.
We have amended the Gasshuku schedule to the following:
Session 1 - Sensei Rick Llewelyn
10:00am-11:15am, PT (1:00pm-2:15pm ET)
15 minute break
Session 2 - Sensei Steve Borkowsky
11:30am-12:45pm, PT (2:30pm-3:45pm ET)
15 minute break
Session 3 - Sensei Rick Hotton
1:00pm-2:45pm, PT (4:00pm-5:45pm ET)
Wrap Up & Q&A
2:45pm-3pm, PT (5:45pm-6pm ET)
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
With Covid lockdowns persisting this spring throughout the world, we are again organizing a unique virtual training event with four wonderful instructors. We are extremely honored to have special guest instructors Sensei Pedro Bernardy, Sensei Rick Hotton, and Sensei Steve Borkowsky join us for this special event. In addition, ISKA President, Sensei Rick Llewelyn will also present for the ISKA Spring Virtual Gasshuku.
Offered at a very reasonable cost ($40 per participant) to train with four top-level instructors, we invite you to join us by clicking the button below to learn more and to register.
ISKA is once again organizing an Annual Kata Review, split into two sessions - one for "Tier 1" kata and one for "Tier 2" kata. Both sessions will be virtual and are open to all Karate practitioners, but kata will be mostly Shotokan based. There is no cost to join but donations are gladly accepted to support contributing instructors.
Please join us as we review and celebrate each kata and the unique techniques, body dynamic, theoretical applications therein, as well as the capacity of kata to serve as a tool for self-discovery and meditation.
Instructors will include:
Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn (Benicia Shotokan Karate Academy)
Sensei Steve Borkowsky (Greenpoint Shotokan- Brooklyn, NY)
Sensei John Leggett (Sacramento Traditional Karate)
Kyoshi Peter Johnson (Dojo USA - San Bruno)
and Special Guest Instructors for each session.
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The ISKA wishes you a Happy New Year
2020 is in the Rear View, Smoother Ride in 2021!
We are glad that 2020 is in the rear view mirror and excited to have a positive outlook for a smoother ride in 2021. Even though Covid-19 created a lot of unexpected twists and turns in 2020, we learned and successfully launched new virtual events. In 2020 it became obvious that as a Karate organization, you Zoom or Doom. The ISKA Zoomed!
The ISKA’s track record of delivering excellent seminars and events allowed us to pivot those events to a virtual format without skipping a beat. ISKA 2020 sponsored events for members and friends included:
Our outlook for a smoother 2021 includes:
To our members, we thank you for your belief and support of the ISKA during this past crazy year!
To past and future members, let’s discuss how the ISKA can assist you in your Karate development in 2021 and beyond. We look forward to your participation in ISKA events in 2021 and the future.
Please visit the ISKA website or Facebook Page to follow our planned activities or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries and questions.
ISKA Black Belt College
to be held via Zoom
Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2020 12:00-2:00pm, Pacific Time
Open to All Black Belts and Brown Belts
Free to Join • No Registration Necessary
Featuring ISKA Sensei
Peter Johnson, Dojo USA
John Leggett, Sacramento Traditional Karate
Topics to include:
Oji Waza (Response or Counter Attack Techniques)
Kihon, Kata, and Motivation
Moderated Discussion on Navigating Teaching in the Virtual World:
"Virtual Training with Real Results: Without Intention, there is no Attention"
ISKA Master's Seminar
featuring Sensei Avi Rokah
Saturday, November 7th, 2020
10am-3pm, Pacific Time
Join us in memory of Master Hidetaka Nishiyama and Hanshi Vincent Cruz
as we host Sensei Avi Rokah for the 34th Annual ISKA Master's Seminar.
About the ISKA Master's Seminar
Normally, this would be a 2 day in-person seminar, but on account of the pandemic,
we are adapting by offering a one day virtual seminar to honor the memory of
Sensei Nishiyama and Sensei Cruz. Please join us.
Polish your kata, sharpen your body dynamics to increase your power.
Explore fundamental principles of Traditional Karate.
You can't afford to miss this opportunity to train with one of
the World's leading experts in karate!
The 34th Annual ISKA Master's Seminar is being held in memory of the late
Grand Master Hidetaka Nishiyama as we celebrate his life and teachings.
It takes a lifetime to learn Karate...... There is no limit!
Many traditionalists from all parts of the world will be attending.
For the serious Martial Artist!
The Tradition lives on!
The Covid-19 lockdowns have provided us all a challenge as we cope with altered routines, staying safe and healthy, and trying to remain optimistic despite the circumstances. We were disappointed to have to cancel our annual Summer Camp amongst the redwoods in La Honda, especially after 31 straight years of holding an annual ISKA Camp, but the safety of all of students and Instructors is paramount.
We feel that this year's circumstances, while not what we are used to, provides a very unique opportunity to bring together a group of instructors not limited by geography or the expense of travel. We are extremely honored to have special guest instructors Sensei Rick Hotton, Sensei Mina Yamazaki, and Sensei Steve Borkowsky join us for this special event. In addition, ISKA President, Sensei Rick Llewelyn will also present during this not-to-be-forgotten Virtual Gasshuku.
Registration is limited. Book early to guarantee your spot. See important details below.
A video was recently shared on YouTube about some of the major figures in the development of karate in Panamá and we wanted to share it with the greater ISKA community. After being in the Strategic Air Command in the mid-to-late 1950's, Master Cruz was then transferred to the Canal Zone in Panamá, where he spent a few years and taught hundreds of students. There has been a long lineage of great karateka from Panamá. This is not a complete list, but mentions many of the most famous players in the last 50 years.
For Black Belts and Brown Belts Only • Free to Join
Please Reserve your spot via the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/258967531881108/
Limited to 100 Participants - be sure to join early
Meeting ID: 854 7423 5731 Password: 942832
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Tips for Productive Virtual Training:
ISKA members and members of other dojos that practice traditional Shotokan karate are invited to join. Fees are $10 per class or if you want to join all sessions for the remainder of the month, the cost is $95. Payment can be made through Venmo or through the link below and a link to join the Zoom session will be emailed to you. These classes are best suited for ages 9+.
At this point, we intend to continue training virtually in California through at least May 31st. We will continue to send out regular updates regarding reopening of the dojo and cessation of virtual classes.
Update: Monday, March 9th, 2020
Due to Covid-19 outbreak, we are cancelling
The 23rd ISKA Winter Seminar on March 14th
Dear ISKA Family,
In light of recent developments related to the Covid-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 23rd ISKA Winter Seminar, scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, 2020 in San Bruno, CA. We feel that the benefits of canceling this event at this time far outweigh the potential risks and we are heeding the advice of local and national health agencies. The health and safety of our instructors and students is paramount in our minds.
This was a difficult decision, since the genesis of this event was an annual seminar conducted by Hanshi Vincent Cruz at the Shotokan Karate Academy, Benicia, 23 years ago, and we have continued holding this annual event to keep his legacy alive.
We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause and look forward to you attending future ISKA events. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and will communicate regarding potential impacts to other future planned events. Please visit our website at www.santenkarate.com for regular updates.
We will issue full refunds to anyone who has already registered for the ISKA Winter Seminar online. We will send an email in the next couple of days to confirm that your refund has been issued. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanshi Rick Llewelyn and Hanshi Robert Stevenson
The 23rd Annual ISKA Winter Seminar
Saturday, March 14th, 2019 at Dojo USA, San Bruno, CA
The 23rd Annual ISKA Winter Seminar will be taught by Hanshi Rick Llewelyn, Hanshi Robert Stevenson, and Special Guest Instructor Kyoshi Steve McCann, 7th Dan.
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