Ubl Sensei is returning for a seminar set on May 27-29: Friday, May 27, 7-8:15pm (all ranks), 8:15-9:00pm (brown & black belts only) Saturday, May 28, 10-11:15am (all ranks), 11:15am-12:00pm (brown & black belts only), 2-3:15pm (all ranks), 3:15-4:00pm (brown & black belts only) Sunday, May 29, 10-11:15am (all ranks), 11:15am-12:00pm (brown & black belts […]
News & Announcements
We are now studying Tekki Shodan (鉄騎初段) in our Saturday classes. As with the Heian kata, the Tekki kata came to Japan from Okinawa, based on the Naihanchi kata. Tekki means “iron horse,” referring to the characteristic kibadachi (literally “horse-riding stance”). There are three Tekki kata, which may have all been one kata at one time. The Tekki kata focus on […]
We had a couple of our brown belts compete in today’s fairly large tournament in South San Francisco. Akiko was in the 35-year-old+ women’s division for kata, which was half black belts. She placed first. Kostas was in the 35-year-old+ men’s division for kumite, which was mostly black belts. He placed second. Congratulations!
We will be giving a demonstration at Cubberley Community Center on Saturday, March 19, during their “Community Day” event. Lots of activities – mostly for kids – along with various demonstrations, food and fun! Our group is scheduled for 11:40am. For more information on this event, please see here: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/events/cubberley_day.asp
We are excited to announce that a new class will be added to our already extensive offering from March 2. On Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45pm, we will have classes at our Cubblerley location specifically for youth colored belt members, to work on kata & kumite. Anyone ADULT yellow belt level or higher, from our kids’ or teens’ […]
This Saturday we will start Heian Yondan (平安四段), the fourth kata in our regular syllabus. The Heian kata came to Japan from Okinawa, where Funakoshi Sensei gave them their Japanese name. Heian means “peace and safety.” These kata were developed from the advanced kata to play the same role we use them for today: as a gateway into […]
We are pleased to announce that Princeton Shotokan’s Kitagawa Sensei will be teaching here in March. Kitagawa (Takeshi) Sensei has been teaching karate for over thirty years in both Japan and the United States. In Japan, he worked alongside Nagaki (Mitsuru) Sensei (father of WKF World Champion, Nagaki Shinji) in Ehime Prefecture and was a […]
Ethan P! Congratulations! We had quite a few very good images submitted. But this one was voted best by our impartial 12-year old judge. Nice effort by all who entered the contest.
This Saturday we start Heian Sandan (平安三段), the third kata in our regular syllabus. The Heian kata came to Japan from Okinawa, where Funakoshi Sensei gave them their Japanese name. Heian means “peace and safety.” These kata were developed from the advanced kata to play the same role we use them for today: as a gateway into karate training for beginners. Heian Sandan introduces […]