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 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

Summer Day Camp Karate Academy July 2012

December 25, 2011

Making plans for children in this day and age requires advanced planning! USA Karate Academy is officially announcing it’s Summer Day Camp Karate Academy for July 15-July 20, 2012. Save the date!

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.

If an eligible testing candidate misses testing, now what?

December 4, 2011

Most of the candidates scheduled for testing on December 3, 2011 passed their tests, some missed,  and there are a  few students who were present that did not fulfill all the requirements to pass.   A makeup test may be available for those who missed but arrangements must be made and cleared with Shihan Joni Sharrah.   Advanced students require more time for assessment so students currently High Blue and above that missed their evalution may need to wait for the next full testing cycle to present their skills to the Board of Black Belts.  Those few students who were not able to demonstrate all the required technical skills to pass and graduate to their next belt rank are being encouraged to arrive to the dojo at least 15 minutes prior to their regular class start time,  are invited to practice at Open Gym, and strongly urged to practice at home at least 15 minutes on the off days so that when the necessary skills are demonstrated, the student will be able to complete their test and earn their next belt rank.  Each case is different so it is essential for those with questions and concerns to address Shihan Joni Sharrah directly for help in understanding the options available to you or your child.

Congratulations Graduates You Rock!

December 3, 2011

Traditional karate testing is intended to help a student learn something they did not know about themself, the lesson is priceless when the lesson is lived and learned. It is true; with a willing mind anything is possible!  Inspiring demonstrations were observed yet, more importantly, confidence was born in the candidates who submitted themselves to the rigor of intense assessements and grading that demanded correct form, a positive attitude,and an intense fighting spirit, all under the microscope of a public demonstration among peers, family and community members, some known, some not.  We at USA Karate Academy value the art of traditional karate-do and acknowledge and appreciate the families that treasure the same values.

Buddy Week November 7-12

November 2, 2011

Bring a buddy to the dojo and earn buddy bucks just for bringing a friend to try karate. Your buddy and you will practice warm ups, stretching and strengthening exercises, basic martial arts skills with a focus on self defense.  Your buddy must not have been a buddy or member before.  When your buddy joins USA Karate Academy, earn more buddy bucks as a thank you from us for referring your buddy.  Share your enthusiasm of karate training. 

Participants should wear something loose and comfortable, be prepared to sign a participation form before trying class, (18 and under buddies need a parent’s signature). Contact USA Karate Academy with questions or to notify us of your buddy’s intention to try karate classes.  Our classes are appropriate for all ages with special focus on family values.  See you in class!

PN AAU Karate Invitational Practice Tournament October 22, 2011

October 17, 2011

All students, parents, family members and friends of USA Karate Academy are invited to attend and participate in the PN AAU Karate Invitational Practice Tournament. Find all the details by clicking here: 2011 Flyer & Fact sheet .  Registration Forms can be found here: 2011_Registration_ConcussionForm

ALL participants that attend classes at USA Karate Academy are strongly encouraged to attend the event as part of learning the aspect of sport karate.   Classes on Saturday will not be available on Saturday, October 22, 2011, due to this family focused on fun event.

We invite everyone to bring their own light snacks, water and sport drinks, ONLY WATER is allowed in the Gymnasium, there is a snack area that is designated for consuming snacks.   

Immediately following the event, there will be a Pizza Party at the dojo. 


What do our students and their family need to do?  They need to sign up to volunteer as time and score keepers for this event.  There is a sign up sheet on the display cases at the dojo.  They also need to register as soon as possible if they plan to participate.

Is it too late to register?  It is not too late to register, but the sooner you do, the smoother the competition day will run. 

Want to compete, but don’t feel ready? This tournament is the perfect one for you because it is a practice event that will allow each participant to get their feet wet and experience a tournament without the fear of failure.  The greatest obstacle students must overcome is the fear of the unknown, but class content has been geared toward preparing for this event, so everyone should give it a try.

We need more details or have questions not answered yet? Talk to Shihan Joni, Sensei Tony, Sensei Justin, Sempai Anel or Jan.  Each one of our staff members will try to answer your questions and help you understand the process.

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