Update: March 3rd, 2018
After much planning, we decided to cancel the ISKA Panamá Camp at the Decameron and we are postponing the seminar with Sensei Avi Rokah in Panamá until a later date.
Instead, we will hold a special 2-day seminar with Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn and Hanshi Robert Stevenson to be held in Panamá City at the Country Inn Suites, Panamá Canal on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd.
The seminar is open to local and international karateka.
ISKA founder, Hanshi Vincent Cruz created a whole series of different kata. One of his favorites was a kata called, "Shimei." It is a very short, compact kata, with a linear embusen pattern, so it is easy to learn, yet difficult to master. Watch the video below to learn more about this little gem of a kata that has a special place in ISKA history. At the end of the video, Hanshi Llewelyn discusses what he knows about the history, meaning, and intention of the kata.
Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions or anything to add. Osu~
Save the date for the next ISKA Black Belt College Session:
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 1-4pm
Join us for the next ISKA Black Belt College session,
to be held at Sensei John Leggett's dojo in the Sacramento area!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first Black Belt College session of 2018 in Martinez on Sunday, February 11th. Special thanks to Sensei Tom Kubiak for hosting (at Family Martial Arts of America).
The theme for this session was Fluidity. Topics included:
The next Black Belt College session will be on Sunday, April 8th, from 1-4pm in Sacramento, to be hosted by Sensei John Leggett. The dojo has moved since last year. The new location will be Gold River Racquet Club, 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River, CA 95670.
Check out the episode:
and check out one of his articles from his "Unbeatable Mind" website:
"What is Mental Toughness and Why is it Important?"
(I love "Embrace the Suck"...)
For those that are interested, the Ozawa Cup is scheduled for Friday, March 29th through Sunday, April 1st this year in Las Vegas. This is a big tournament and can be fun to go as a competitor and spectator.
Please see details below.
From “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court” by Coach John Wooden, with Steve Jamison. Page 55.
Read more about Coach Joh Wooden and his impact on sport, sport psychology, and leadership.
Coach John Wooden with his UCLA team. Image from this NYT article.
STARTING OFF THE NEW YEAR
We had a good turnout for the Competition Team training on Jan. 27th. If you didn't catch us live on Facebook as we streamed the days activities, you can check it out here and here. Our training consisted of agility ladder training, kata, and kumite drills.
Coach Sensei Kevin Little is encouraging everyone to sign up for the AMAS Tournament, coming up on Sunday, March 25th in South San Francisco. This is a well-organized, medium-to-large local tournament for kids and adults featuring Kata, Kumite, Team Kata, & Team Kumite categories.
For more upcoming tournaments, look here.
Next Training Session
We will likely have two more training sessions before the March 25th tournament date. The date has not been definitively decided yet, but will likely be Feb. 24th and March 17th. Please email Sensei Little to RSVP for the trainings or with any questions. (email@example.com)
Current ISKA Membership Required to join Team Trainings
We request that all members have a current ISKA Membership for participation. Please make sure your membership is current. An annual ISKA Membership may be purchased for $35 online or at the event. These trainings are FREE, as a benefit to ISKA Members in preparing them for competition opportunities through precise training methods, experience, and performance feedback.
Learn more about the ISKA Competition Team.
UPDATE: JANUARY 28th, 2018
Good News & Bad News:
Bad News first - On account having low interest in attending this year's ISKA Panamá Camp, we have decided to cancel the 2018 ISKA Panamá Camp as of Jan. 28th, 2018. We realize that students may not be able to attend every year that we offer this amazing training experience, but we hope to try to offer it again next year, and with ongoing interest, on a multi-annual basis.
The Good News - Despite choosing to cancel the ISKA Panamá Camp for 2018, we are still proceeding with the Avi Rokah Seminar, slated for Saturday & Sunday, April 21st & 22nd, to be held in Panamá City, Panamá. So if you were highly disappointed by the cancellation of the ISKA Panamá Camp, you still have a great training opportunity in Panamá, with Kyoshi Avi Rokah. If enough people are interested, we will try to coordinate some sight seeing adventures in addition to the weekend training.
Please email us ASAP with your interest in attending the Kyoshi Avi Rokah Seminar on April 21st & 22nd, so we can begin making arrangements. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.
Join us on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Benicia Shotokan Karate Academy or by Conference Call to learn more about the 2018 ISKA Panamá Camp. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the session or call Hanshi Llewelyn at (510) 599-0581.
ISKA Panama Camp Info Meeting Conference Call Details
Phone: +1 (786) 535-3119 Access Code: 545-232-861
Or use VOIP on computer, tablet of smartphone by clicking on this link
This year's camp follows an extraordinary revival of the camp last May. We are hoping to have an equally awesome camp this year and even more fun activities and sightseeing opportunities in mind for participants before or after the camp.
The ISKA Panamá Camp is THE PREMIERE DESTINATION MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING CAMP in Central America and Panamá is certainly one of the most interesting country in the region - a hub for maritime commerce, financial activities, and exchange of culture.
Thanks to all those that joined in the Advanced Kata Review on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at the Benicia Shotokan Karate Academy. 👏🥋 A few others came who didn't stay until the end, and David unfortunately cannot be easily seen in the group photo. 😒...photographer fail....sorry about that. 😬
Read more below...
The kata review served to remind us about lots of techniques and transitional moves.... It's easy to forget how much variety of techniques there are in Shotokan. Many of us, especially if we have mixed belt classes, tend to focus on the beginning kata (i.e.- Heian Kata mostly) a majority of the time. More obscure kata like Wankan, Ji'in, and Meikyo often get neglected - and difficult kata like Unsu and Kanku Sho tend to get glanced over if one doesn't feel comfortable with the acrobatic jumps - but these are not good reasons to not practice them - you can always adapt - and it's good to incorporate more open handed and less linear techniques in our kata and focus on the some of the other stances besides fudodachi and zenkutsudachi - and work others like sanchin dachi, sochin dachi, and hangetsu dachi a little more. Good training stances.
#KarateEatSleepRepeat #KarateComeDuermeRepite #osu
What is your #tokuikata? Tell us in the comments below.
2017 was a great year - we had many new events including the ISKA Black Belt College series, Panama Camp, and Kata of the Month. We look forward to what 2018 will bring and look forward to training with each and every one of you.
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We wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year! Let's Train!
We're starting the New Year off with reviewing the Shotokan Kata - continuing to "keep the water in the kettle boiling..."
This year, we're going to separate the review into two sessions.
The Benicia Shotokan Karate Academy is located at 949 Grant Street, Suite B, Benicia, CA 94510.
Dojo Phone (707) 745-1275.
Beginning Kata Review: Saturday, January 6th, 2018, from 10am-1pm
Advanced Kata Review: Saturday, January 13th, 2018, from 10am-1pm
Thank you to all of the students who were able to join us for the for the last Black Belt College session of 2017. Special thanks to Sensei Mike O'Connor (KUGB) for joining us in Benicia and for sharing his rich karate knowledge and anecdotal stories, including many of Sensei Enoeda. Over the last three weeks that Sensei Mike has been visiting California, he has shared a lot of bunkai, kata technique, kumite strategy, and general enthusiasm for karate. His contributions to this Black Belt College session were equally rich.
This session was the finale to a series of 6 sessions this year aimed at providing more advanced training for our Yudansha, and aspiring black belts, to further refine their technique in kata, kumite, and kihon as well as character development. We intend to continue with these bi-monthly sessions next year and will continue to hold them at different locations throughout the year. We have not finalized the schedule and locations just yet, so please stay tuned for updates; The first session is tentatively planned for the weekend of February 10 or 11th, 2018. If you are interested in hosting a session, please contact us at email@example.com.
We continue to intend to keep these sessions affordable and accessible at $20 a session for ISKA Members with current memberships and $40 for Non-members. We encourage others from non-ISKA affiliated dojos to attend - we are open to anyone practicing traditional Japanese or Okinawan Karate-dō and occasionally will cover topics that do not fall strictly within our discipline, but which we feel would help develop some aspect of training in the traditional art, such as Yoga, Muay Thai, Chi Gung, Wing Chun, Strength Training Strategies, and other synergistic disciplines.