Pacific Northwest AAU Karate District Championships, 2012

February 24, 2012

USA Karate Academy of Shoreline, WA, will host the 2012 PN AAU Karate District Championships and National Qualifier. All participants must be members of the Amateur Athletic Union. Become a member or renew your membership.

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Check-in: 8AM
Event begins: 9AM

Where: Edmonds Heights Gymnasium (Former Old Edmonds Woodway High School)

How much:
One event – $40
Each additional event – $10

Team Kata – $30 per team or $10 per team member

After April 18, 2012: Add $15

Questions: 206.440.5533

Download the Tournament Flyer and Fact Sheet.

Download the Registration Form, Waiver, and Concussion Information Sheet.

Download the Team Kata Form if you are planning to compete in Synchronized Kata.


Anxious About Competing in Tournaments?

February 18, 2012

This next weekend we will be taking some students to Walla Walla to compete and for some of them it is either their first tournament or their first tournament in a long time. There are others who are not attending for various reasons. I know going to tournaments can be very intimidating if it’s not something that you do on a regular basis, and to be honest with you, that’s just a part of competing and something that you get to face and conquer by going out there and doing your best.

The reason most of us are in karate, is because it’s fun. We go to tournaments because they’re fun, because we meet new people who are just as passionate about our art as we are, and we make new friendships that often last a lifetime. We go to tournaments because we are proud of what we do and what we’ve accomplished on a personal level and want to share our passion. We go to tournaments because they make us better martial artists and better people, and did I mention that they’re fun? The students and teachers at http://floridagenbukai.com share our philosophy on tournaments.

I’ve heard so many students say, when asked why they are apprehensive about going to tournaments, that they’re “afraid to lose” or “afraid to do bad”. This is all a matter of perspective. We love karate, it’s fun. Why does a tournament have to be anything but? Winning or losing should not be your main focus. Yes, it’s fun to win. I’ve won a lot in my karate “career” and I’ve also lost a lot. When I won, I didn’t learn half as much about myself as I did when I didn’t win. It’s the times when I’ve lost that made me want to go back to the dojo and train harder. I learned what I could do differently, I learned my strengths and weaknesses. As a result, I was able to get better.

What if those statements or thoughts could be changed to “I’m going to demonstrate my best karate”, “I’m here to have fun”? What if we eliminate the word afraid and the negativity/fear that accompanies the anxiety about winning or losing? Then going to a tournament doesn’t seem so scary, it now sounds like something we may want to try.

I encourage you to re-evaluate your perspective on any issue that you find you’re holding back from due to fear or anxiety. What if you just changed your lens with which you see the situation, and put a positive spin on your approach? I’m not saying lie to yourself, but be honest with yourself and harness your positive energy. I guarantee you’ll have many more fulfilling experiences and will learn a great deal about yourself and others. You just might have fun…

  • Sensei Tony Sharrah

USA Karate Academy Observes President’s Day

February 13, 2012

USA Karate Academy will be closed Monday, February 20, 2012 to observe President’s Day.  All students are invited to make up missed classes as soon as they are able in a class that suits their schedule.


Principles, Code of Ethics, and Five Fold Path

January 2, 2012

Principles , Code of Ethics and the Five Fold Path provide moral reminders for students of USA Karate Academy of Shoreline.  While each member receives a complete copy of these affirmations and character building quotes and sayings in their new student “Welcome Packet” this post was requested by parents, and former students alike.  As we welcome the New Year, it is a good time to reaffirm our beliefs in harmony within oneself, striving for personal development each and every day, and making a commitment to being a positive influence even  in the most difficult situations.  Happy New Year!


Karate photos are in!

December 14, 2011

Mr. Duke Tirschel our preferred professional martial arts photographer has done it again!  The karate pictures that Mr. Tirschel promised would be done in time for the holidays have arrived and students who ordered karate photos from Mr. Tirschel can pick up their packages at the USA Karate Academy dojo.  This week the dojo is open on Thursday, December 16 from 4pm – 8pm, Friday December 17, 6pm – 10pm (for parents night out), and Saturday December 18 8:00am – 12:00pm.  Pick up your photos as soon as you are able.


PARENT’s NIGHT OUT! This Friday, December 16, 2011

December 11, 2011

This coming Friday, December 16th, parents can bring their child(ren) to the dojo from 6PM-10PM. 

Special activities such as;  dojo dodge ball or battle field chivalry, sport karate agility exercises, complete with a Pizza Dinner, water, organic juice drinks, and an age appropriate movie…under the watchful eyes of Sensei Tony, Sensei Justin, and Senpai Anel. 

Registration costs: $25.oo for the 1st child – $10.00 for each additional.  Sign up at the dojo to reserve your spot!

If your child has special dietary needs or restrictions let us know so we can plan accordingly.


Secret Sale at USA Karate Academy

December 5, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011 is the USA Karate Academy “Secret Sale” whereby the dojo will be open from 6pm – 10pm for holiday shopping.  Special prices and packages will be offered.  BBC members who order items on or before the Secret Sale will receive 25% off regular priced items regular members will receive 15% off regular prices under the same parameters.

Orders must be placed on or before the special shopping date and all purchases must be paid in full.  (Restrictions may apply). 

Why purchase items from the dojo when you can purchase similar equipment online and for lower prices?  Most items used in the dojo are specifically recommended to meet the guidelines for safety as set forth in the AAU Karate handbook. 

Since safety is of our utmost concern for students that train in our dojo, it is essential to wear the approved equipment when required.  Your personal safety is far more valuable than the cost of a $3.00 mouthguard, an $8.00 groin protector, or a $76.00 helmet with faceshield.  Hand pads are priced from $25.00 to $40.00 depending on the brand.   

The dojo does not make much of a profit on the items sold yet, the small margin helps the dojo meet its’ general operating costs. 

With great discounts being offered for your holiday shopping, now is a great time to invest in the safety of yourself or your treasured karate kid.


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