Shihan Joni on Taxing Marital Arts Schools, and the March Newsletter

March 2, 2017

I am so grateful for the regular participation and support of our students, their family members, and friends. As you know, the State of Washington is looking for every cent big or small to cover shortfalls in the State Budget. While USA Karate Academy has not increased tuition fees since 2008, the State of Washington has classified all martial arts activities conducted in any facility that is NOT a community center, as a retail sales item. Due to this unintended taxation, our students are subjected to an increase of fees due to the new tax.

Most of you know that since October 2016, I have been actively involved with a grassroots group, the Washington State Martial Arts Association, which banded together to get the taxation repealed. Some of you have sent money, testified, signed petitions, written letters or emails, or called your representatives, to compel our representatives to bring Senate Bills and House Bills to the floor for lawmakers to repeal the unintended tax. Thank you for your continued support.
Because Martial Arts training is an excellent catalyst for students to develop healthy life-styles, as well as skills for personal protection, and a host of other great benefits, the effort to fight this taxation without representation, is well worth it.

As our school continues to face the financial pressure of increasing fees from the retail sales tax that has been passed onto our students, I assure you all that we are committed to continue offering martial arts training to our community.
In a last ditch effort to right this wrong, please contact your Senator to make sure SB5220 or SB5205 gets a hearing, out of committee and a vote in the Senate. Ask your Representative to make sure HB1032 gets out of committee and a vote in the House of Representatives.
Your legislator isn’t going to answer the phone so don’t worry. Tell their staff member, leave a voicemail, send an email, send a letter. Ask your friends to do the same.

With the support of you, our students, families, and friends of our dojo, we can continue to be a place of positivity, and personal growth now and in the years to come.

Download the March Newsletter.


April 1, 2017 – Pacific Northwest AAU Karate District Championships

February 25, 2017

When:
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Check-in: 8:00 am
Events begin: 9:00 am

Where:
Lynnwood High School
Gymnasium
18218 North Road
Bothell, WA 98012

Rules Clinic:
Friday, March 31, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm
USA Academy
1535 NE 177 St, Shoreline, WA 98155

Cost 
1 event: $55, 2 Events: $65, 3 Events: $75
 Synchronized Kata: $30 per team, or $10 per person
Registration after March 25, 2017: add $25.

Entry Deadline: 
By mail, postmarked by March 25, 2017. 
Online registration deadline is 7:55pm, March 29, 2017.

Please Pre-register online (2017 PN AAU Karate District Championships & National Qualifier) if you can.

If you can’t pre-register online, pre-register by mail:

Make checks payable to USA Karate Club  (Check or Money Order, only; Credit Cards are accepted for only online registration (see above). No refunds.). $25 fee for returned checks.

c/o USA Karate Club
20126 Ballinger Way NE
PMB 222
Shoreline, WA 98155

Spectator Fee: $5 for 11 and up,
$3 for 10 and under and seniors 62 Yrs. and Up

Divisions: KATA, KUMITE, KOBUDO, SYNCHRONIZED KATA
All Ages and All Skill Levels
(Age, on July 1, 2017, determines division)

AAU Membership required: AAU Youth membership must be obtained before the competition begins except where the event operator has a laptop available with an internet connect. Be Prepared: Adult and Non Athlete memberships are no longer instant and cannot be applied for at event. Please allow 10 days (14 days is better) for membership to be processed.Participants are encouraged to visit the AAU web site http://www.aausports.org to obtain their membership.

Rules: Modified AAU Karate rules will be in effect.

Further Information: 206.440.5533

Lodging:
Download lodging information:

Visit http://www.aaukarate.org for a complete listing of tournament rules and regulations.

Download tournament flyer.

Download registration forms.


April 1, 2017 – Pacific Northwest AAU Karate District Championships – Save the Date!

February 7, 2017

Save The Date! April 1, 2017

More information is forthcoming.

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Classes operating on regular schedule today 2/7/17!

February 7, 2017

The dojo is open today on the regular schedule. Drive safely. There are still icy spots, so beware.


Classes postponed for inclement weather/February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017

When the Shoreline School District closes for inclement weather, the dojo closes as well. Please stay safe out there. Hope to see everyone back at the dojo on Tuesday, February 7th, weather permitting.

 


February, 2017 Newsletter

January 28, 2017

Some highlights from the February newsletter:

  • Testing on Friday, January 27, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • Shihan shares news on tax on martial arts dojos.
  • The Pacific Northwest AAU District Championships and regionals Qualifier is on April 1, 2017 at the Lynnwood High School. Save the date.

Download the Newsletter.


January 2017 Newsletter

January 4, 2017

Success: I typed the heading as 2017, a small victory to begin the new year.

The newsletter informs us that we have a couple of special closures in the next two months:

1/16 ­ Martin Luther King Jr Day and 2/20 ­ Presidents Day.

Also: on 1/14, ­ Black Belt Training 11:30­1:30pm

And the temperature gauge tells us to be mindful of closures due to snow. As ever, If the schools are closed, the dojo is closed.

For more information: download our january-newsletter-2017


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