Next weekend is a big one for us at USA Karate!
4.13 – This clinic is going to be held at USA Karate, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This clinic will cover all of the AAU tournament rules. Officials for our tournament the following day are highly encouraged to attend this clinic. We will need athletes during the clinic as to help the officials get adequate judging practice.
Six time consecutive Ippon Kumite National Champion, Valecia Cigar, is coming to USA Karate to teach a Kumite Seminar! Register at the link above.
April 15th: 9:30 – 11:30am
Shihan Joni has been teaching Women’s Self-Defense for decades, this will be a class that you won’t want to miss. This class is open to the public; no martial-arts experience required.
Register at the link above.
Note: this class will cover mature content. Teenagers and above are welcome.
April 21st 1:00 – 2:30pm
As I look forward to my 37th year in martial arts, I am grateful for all martial arts has enabled me to achieve as a person and to offer to our great community. It was a blessing in disguise letting go of our Annual Pacific Northwest Karate-do Classic tournament this year as it allowed us to host an in-house tournament for our very own dojo members.
Our in-house tournament gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the art and sport of karate-do in a fun, non-intimidating environment. All our students’ karate skills shined brightly at every level. Newer students were able to get a glimpse of what a karate tournament is like and parents of our students had a chance to get to know one another.
The new leaders of our dojo (senpai) were able to practice judging, officiating, refereeing, and organizing.
For those of you who may have missed the event, we announced that Sensei Justin Wilson is returning to the dojo as our new Program Director. After 4.5 years, Sensei Justin returned from living in Japan where he worked in private education. He is eager to utilize his experience in education to refine our classes and operations at the karate school. Sensei looks forward to getting to know our dojo family, so please introduce yourself if you haven’t already.
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Download In-house tournament 2017 results.
The dojo will be closed this Saturday, Nov 11, to observe Veterans Day.
The dojo will also be closed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays, Thursday through Saturday, Nov 23 – Nov 25.
Enjoy your holidays.
In-House Tournament at the USA Karate Dojo
1535 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155
On November 4, 2017
Events begin: 9am
Entry Deadline: Register ASAP Registration accepted at the door
$40 Flat Fee – one division or all!
Payment Options: Pay at the Dojo — Cash, check made out to USA Karate Club, or credit/debit forms of payment are available.
Events: Kata, Kumite, Kobudo, Synchronized Kata
Rules: Modified AAU rules will be in effect. See aaukarate.org.
Dress Code: Athletes must wear a solid white gi. Females must wear white tee or sport tank beneath the gi jacket. Sleeves and pants must be hemmed to appropriate length. Official Itosu- Ryu patch may be worn on the left chest. Officials must wear a solid white gi with appropriately hemmed sleeves and pant legs. An official Itosu-Ryu patch may be worn on the left chest.
Mandatory Equipment for Kumite Participants: Helmets with attached face shields for athletes under 18. Mouth guards and naugahyde fist pads for all, groin cups for male fighters of all ages.
Questions? Contact us via email: email@example.com, phone: 206-440-5533 or Joni’s direct line: 206-228-2392, or come in the dojo!
This is a good time to commit to consistent attendance and practice so you/your child can achieve your goals. Often, I ask students in class to identify, in one word, their main goal in karate training. You would be surprised to hear many young students say they want to “be a black belt” or “be a sensei”, “protect myself from bullies”, or “have self- esteem”. I am amazed so many students have concrete ideas of what they want to achieve in their martial arts training, yet their parents haven’t heard of their child’s intrinsic goals.
Progress in karate can only take place with consistent participation in prescribed classes, along with personal practice outside the dojo. Additionally, preparing for and taking part in karate testing and tournaments, which are typically outside your/your child’s comfort zone, enhances development and motivates students to practice.
Twice a year, we conduct tournaments to provide opportunities for our students to compete. The fall tournament is normally in early November. The spring tournament is two weeks before or after Easter depending on the availability of the venue. While we view our twice yearly tournaments as mandatory events for all dojo members, some students don’t participate, most commonly due to fear of failure.
Unfortunately, when a student or parent(s) declines tournament participation for reasons such as ‘not feeling ready’ or ‘wanting to try when they are more prepared’, that athlete will eventually enter tournaments at a bigger disadvantage. Students, with the same time in training, who didn’t ‘wait until next time’ have more competitive experience. Our divisions are categorized by time in training, not experience in competition, i.e. beginner = less than 1 year, novice = between 1 and 2 yrs, intermediate = between 2 yrs and 47 months, and advanced = 4+ yrs training.
Another block to motivation is when students, invited to participate in testing, do not attempt to test. We check several basic minimum requirements that must be met before we invite a student to test for rank. These areas are: consistent attendance, attainment of skills for their rank as demonstrated in classes, and a positive attitude. Some students do not feel ready to perform, but opting out of testing prevents the student from the possibility of promotion. Lack of promotion feeds into fear of failure, which eventually becomes a reality. Lastly, I notice high ranking students who are invited to move up into advanced classes be unwilling or unable to make schedule adjustments. In my experience, students who remain in lower classes ultimately lose their desire to attend because they are under-challenged. Progress is once again delayed, and so is the sense of gratification from working hard toward achieving something worthwhile.
I encourage you to reach out to me directly (206-228-2392 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns about you/your child’s progress. There are times when you/your student may want or need to discuss strategies to improve motivation or overcome obstacles that hinder development.
Shihan Joni Sharrah, Owner/Chief Instructor
Upcoming Dojo Closures
9/1-4 Labor Day Holiday
10/31 Happy Halloween!
11/10-11 Veterans Day Holiday
11/23 Thanksgiving Day
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We are looking for items or sponsorships for our upcoming Silent Auction to offset travel expenses and entry fees. ALL proceeds from the auction will go toward the athlete travel fund and, with your help, we can help these athletes achieve their elite- level competition goals.
Item donations and auction purchases may be tax deductible and we welcome cash donations made directly to the fund. We will highlight all the businesses and individuals in our marketing efforts as well as recognizing contributors at the event.
The Road to China Dinner and Silent Auction supports the student athlete travel fund. People can donate items or services, attend the auction, and/or donate directly to the USA Karate Club. (Flyer for dinner attached). Procurement forms are available in the dojo or via email in pdf form.
Both items (donate by July 27) for the auction of August 4, and sponsorships are welcome. For details, please download PDF.