We are having our traditional “Kangeiko” (literally “cold training”) January 12-18 (Sunday through Saturday), 6:30-7:30am each day). The traditional Kangeiko involves a short jog (if raining, calisthenics in the dojo) followed by training at the dojo. Each day’s training is typically led by a different instructor, working up in seniority. Hope to see you there!
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Our grand total for the week-long kick-a-thon event: 114,520 kicks + 26,260 punches = 140,780 reps! And that is just counting the official group kicking & punching events. Additionally, some students did a total of well over 1000 kicks while at the dojo, outside of regular classes. And some people did many extra kicks at […]
Since our secret has apparently been revealed, we might as well admit it… Silicon Valley Karate is proud of its status as the official Elf-Defense Training Center. Santa’s most elite elf security guards train with us this time of year to help protect Santa and all the presents.* *Please note that these special sessions are […]
We are now studying Tekki Sandan (鉄騎三段) 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 […]
We are now studying Tekki Nidan (鉄騎二段) in our Saturday classes. 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 one stance and combine a solid foundation […]
Our annual charity kick-a-thon event took place the week of December 13-19. As a group, we once again surpassed 100,000 repetitions. The finale was on Dec 19, where the adult class participants each performed 2020 kicks + 2020 punches. This year’s fundraising effort is for ChallengeDay. Challenge Day is a social emotional learning experience that […]
WTKO members from around the country gather for their annual national camp, this year held in Nashville, TN. Classes are divided by rank and this year will also involve invitation-only instructor sessions. Sensei Jon Keeling is the Director of the US National Technical Committee for the World Traditional Karate Organization. He has taught at all […]
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For many years, members of our dojo have worn pink belts in October to build awareness. Please contact Sensei Keeling if you would like to order a belt for just $5.
We are now working on the kata Unsu (雲手). This is the last in our syllabus kata, so after this we will soon start the cycle over with beginning kata (Tekki Shodan for Advanced). The name Unsu means literally “cloud hands.” You can see techniques that look like hands parting the clouds in the opening of the kata. […]
Sensei Michael Berger will again be visiting our dojo on the weekend of November 16-17. As many SVSK members already know, Sensei Berger is a very highly-regarded, highly-skilled instructor, known not only for his traditional Shotokan skills, but also for his knowledge of practical applications and Chinese martial arts. Sensei Berger trained in Japan in the […]