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Amos Sensei Seminars & Dan Exam April 28-30

Richard Amos Sensei will be visiting our dojo April 28-30 to teach seminars and administer a dan (black belt) exam. Amos Sensei is Chief Instructor for the World Traditional Karate Organization.  He spent many years honing his skills in Japan, including in the exclusive JKA Instructors’ Course. He is an amazing technician who exemplifies the highest standards of Shotokan […]

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March Tournaments

We had two competitors at a tournament on March 5. And those two each won silver. We had five competitors at today’s tournament and came away with a 4th place (out of a division of 19), a bronze, two silvers and a gold. We are expecting many more to compete in the April 9 tournament […]

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Kata of the Month: Gankaku

We are now studying Gankaku for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. (back to Heian Shodan for the basic kata) Gankaku is another old kata that, like Empi (our last kata-of-the-month), is meant to conjure an image of a bird. In contrast to Empi’s darting in and out and jumping up like a swallow, […]

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Kata of the Month: Empi

We are now studying Empi for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. (Heian Godan for the basic kata) Empi means “flight of the swallow” and contains movements that resemble a small bird darting in & out, up & down. This kata is derived from a very old kata, Wanshu, which may have been brought […]

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Kata-of-the-Month: Kanku-sho

We are now studying Kanku-sho in our Saturday classes. The predecessor kata on which Kanku-sho was derived, Kanku-dai, is very old and versions of it are practiced by people in various styles of Karate. Older versions may go by the name ‘Kushanko” and the -dai suffix was added when a secondary version (-sho) was created […]

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Happy New Year!

We had a very eventful 2016, including opening our new Honbu (headquarters) dojo at Cubberley Community Center. We had many guest instructors and our Chief Instructor taught at many other locations, including the WTKO International Summer Camp in New York. In December, we held our annual charity kick-a-thon event, through which we raised thousands of […]

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