News & Announcements

Upcoming Class Changes and Special Events

Current/Upcoming Events/Announcements: COVID-19 update: We have been offering virtual training options using ZOOM since even before the official shutdown. Virtual classes Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat, with classes in the dojo Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat and first Friday of the month. Currently, we have 20+ classes/week; 11 youth classes and 5 adult classes (older/experienced teens can attend these) and 4 combined adult/youth […]

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Current Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Sochin

In our advanced kata sessions on Saturdays, we are currently studying Sochin (壮鎮). The kata name translates as something like “Magnificent Calm.” It features low, solid stance, mostly fudo-dachi, and slow, powerful moves alternating with explosive speed. It’s excellent practice for developing strong, solid technique and connection to the ground. You can see excellent examples of […]

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Another New Black Belt!

Sonali passed her shodan (first degree black belt) as a result of her re-exam this Thursday evening.  She is still a teenager but has already been teaching kids’ classes for a while. Her 9+ years of dedicated training have, and continue to pay off. Silicon Valley Karate is proud of Sonali’s accomplishments and her promotion […]

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Kata of the Month: Chinte

We are next moving to Chinte for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes, from May (Heian Nidan for the basic kata). Our last kata-of-the-month was Gankaku. Gankaku very closely resembles its predecessor kata, Chinto. This next kata is Chinte and some historians believe the two kata to have been linked in some way but […]

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Training Self-Tests

Training Self-Tests   (This article originally appeared in the August 2006 issue of Shoto-Mag.) Some of us, particularly those who are teaching others, often do not have enough time to train with other people, as much of our time is dedicated to helping others improve. And even when we do get a chance to work […]

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