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Kangeiko (Winter Training) Jan 29, 2023

We are having our traditional “Kangeiko” (literally “cold training”) January 29 (Sunday), starting at 9:00am. The traditional Kangeiko normally 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. That said, this year we will […]

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Outstanding!

Silicon Valley Karate black belts Sonali & Keira get recognized as a “Star Student Athletes”: https://patch.com/california/paloalto/palo-alto-star-student-athlete-excels-karate https://patch.com/california/redwoodcity-woodside/redwood-city-star-student-athlete-keira-excels-karate  

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Current Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Hangetsu

Our current kata-of-the-month is Hangetsu (半月). The kata name means “Half Moon,” which refers to the way we step in the kata’s signature stance, hangetsu-dachi. In contrast to fudo-dachi we used in Sochin, with Hangetsu we practice gripping the floor and connecting with an inward squeeze in hangetsu-dachi and neko-ashi-dachi. You can see good examples of Hangetsu performed by Osaka Sensei here and by Kanazawa Sensei here. And […]

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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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