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Payson Summer Camp July 18-20th

Payson Summer Camp will be held at the Tonto-Apache Recreation Center, as it has for the past several years.  The Recreation Center is located on the South end of Payson on Highway 87(Beeline Highway). The Recreation Center shares a parking lot with the Mazatzal Casino.

Training begins at 4:30am on Friday, July 18th for optional Zen training.  For Zen training, we meet no later than 4:15am at the Chevron Station east of Majestic Mountain Inn on Highway 260. The full schedule is below. Remember, training starts promptly at the times listed, so please be early to warm up.

Summer Camp is not only for adults! Children are absolutely welcome, and it’s an opportunity to take a kyu exam if they are ready.

Staying in Payson

There are quite a few hotels in Payson, so where you stay is up to you.  We recommend using a travel site like Kayak or Hotels.com to get a good deal. Prices range from $53 to $103.  As soon as you know you will attend the camp, make your hotel reservation as it is high season and hotels can fill quickly.

The camp fees are unchanged from last year.  The cost, depending on membership and number of sessions:

1 Full Day (1-2 sessions): $120 JKA, $130 non-JKA

2 Full Days (3-4 sessions): $130 JKA, $140 non-JKA

3 Full Days (5 sessions): $140 JKA, $150 non-JKA

You can download and return the registration form here.

Life’s Road Signs by Shojiro Koyama (with Michael Pietrobono)

Time has an interesting way of speeding up and slowing down depending upon the situation and the person(s) involved.  Just yesterday it seemed like I was writing the 2010 essay for the Payson Summer Camp.  It is already 2014 and time is flying by.  As one ages, the time seems to speed up and events seem to fly by.  It is through age and experience that we tend to understand life’s road signs and react accordingly.

We are very different people when we are young compared to when we age and gain wisdom and experience. One needs both; wisdom and experience.  They are mutually exclusive and not guaranteed to us simply because we age.  We must do the right things in our life and take notice of life’s road signs in order to have the opportunity to gain wisdom and experience.

When I train in my back yard, I see the orange tree that is watered and receives sunshine every day.  The flowers blossom and eventually fruit is produced.  When I see the blossoms start to grow, I say “hurry hurry” but I know that it takes the required time for the tree to produce quality fruit that will be healthy and delicious.  It does not happen in an instance.

I see young foreign Sumo wrestelers that have immigrated to Japan and train in the Japanese Sumo schools and how they become successful.  They embrace the culture and the language with humility in order to be successful.

I now understand that earlier in my life, I had not given a priority to learning the local language, thinking that I did not need to learn it.  i was not as humble as I should have been.  

In Konosuke Matsushita’s book The Way, Matsushita speaks of learning to read life’s road signs like the signs used at a shooting gallery to notify the shooter of how they are doing after they take each shot; whether they are too high, too low, off to the right or off to the left.  Matsushita talks about recognizing life’s signals or signs and being humble enough to take heed and act upon them.

So I say to you, learn from my mistakes and your own mistakes and use these experiences to find your path and be successful.


Payson Summer Camp Training Schedule

Friday, July 18th

4:30-5:30am: Zen Training (optional) (meet at Chevron east of Majestic Mountain Inn on Hwy 260 no later than 4:15am)

6:30-7:30am: Training, Tonto Apache Recreation Center

10:00-11:00am: Optional Training, Tonto Apache Rec Center

2:00-4:00pm: Training, Tonto Apache Recreation Center

5:00-7:00pm: Pizza Dinner at 1305 N. Camelot, followed by Koyama Sensei Lecture

Saturday, July 19th

4:30-5:30am: Zen Training (optional)

6:30-7:30am: Training, Tonto Apache Recreation Center

10:00-11:00am: Optional Training, Tonto Apache Rec Center

1:00pm: Dan and Kyu Exam. Everyone must attend as afternoon training begins immediately after the exam and goes until 4pm. Tonto Apache Recreation Center

6:30pm: Banquet at Rumsey Park, Ramada #3. Awards and Exam Results.

Sunday, July 20th

4:30-5:30am: Zen Training (optional)

7-8:30am: Training, Tonto Apache Recreation Center 



Updates on 2014 Events

AKA would like to thank JKA El Paso for an amazing Spring Camp!  

Next up, several AKA members will be traveling to the JKA/WF Americas National Camp and Master Takashina Tournament held in Panama City, Panama, June 5-8th.

The Payson Summer Camp will be July 18-20, with the first training the Friday morning zen training at 4:30am.  Look for a full schedule, downloadable brochure, and registration here soon.  

AKA Events 2014

2014 is going to be an exciting year!  It is the 50th Western States Karate Championships, which will be held on November 1st.  Put it in your calendar now!  Here is a list of this year’s important dates:

Matsuri Festival: February 22-23

Kangeiko (Winter Training): February 28, March 1-2

El Paso Spring Camp: April 4-6

JKA/WF America National Camp and Master Takashina Tournament: June 4-9

Payson Summer Camp: July 18-20 (confirmed)

Funakoshi Cup, Tokyo: Oct 17-20

Western States Karate Championships Clinic: Oct 31

Western States Karate Championships 50th Annual Charity Tournament: November 1

Dojo Christmas Party: December 13


In addition, we hope to be regularly posting the kyu exams so that students can have some advanced notification that an exam will be happening.


Kangeiko 2014: February 28-March 2

Kangeiko will be held at the AKA Phoenix Central Dojo on February 28-March 2.  

Kangeiko means to train during the coldest time of the year, which is usually in February.  We hope that you will join us for this special training.  

When we are young, we are able to train our bodies hard, and even the cold temperatures of winter do not affect us much. As our bodies age, of course, they decline, and we are not always able to do what we could do when we were young.  However, as long as we continue in karate training, the mental and spiritual can be maintained. The challenge of the pain of winter training helps us to endure life’s challenges. This is a great opportunity to train with old friends once again.

The training schedule for Kangeiko is as follows:

Friday February 28th:             6-7am  (1 hour)

                                             5:30-7:30pm (2 hours)

Saturday, March 1st:              6-7am (1 hour)

                                            4-6pm (2 hours)

Sunday, March 2nd:                6-7am (1 hour)


The fee for Kangeiko training is $50 for one session, and $80 for two or more sessions.  Please click here for a PDF of the registration to fill out and send to the dojo.

From Sensei Koyama:

Kangeiko means to train during the coldest time of the year, which is usually in February. This year we are holding our Kangeiko on February 28th, March 1st , and March 2nd in our Phoenix Central Dojo. Please join us for this special training.

Last year I wrote a 2013 Kangeiko essay concerning the difficult world environment and our personal day-to-day struggle. Life is not happy and easy and there continue to be many problems. But do not complain and think negatively.

When we are young, we are able to train our bodies hard, and even the cold temperatures of winter do not affect us much. As our bodies age, of course, they decline, and we are not always able to do what we could do when we were young. As long as we continue in our karate training, the mental and spiritual can be maintained.

Domestically and worldwide, we have been faced with many problems. In the United States our government remains in a contentious mode of operation and our economy remains hesitant. Globally, Europe continues to be beset with financial and employment problems with the Middle East continuing to have problems with civil war and chemical and nuclear weapons. Fortunately, worldwide communication is the best it has ever been and quicker actions are taken to resolve these issues and with more cooperation between nations and peoples. Our society is climbing out of the past years’ challenges, and as it does, we need the experience, and challenge of the pain of winter training to help us endure life’s challenges.

In the martial arts world, Karate is not booming like it once had. Cage fighting and Mixed Martial Arts is popular but Traditional Karate lags. Traditional Karate is not a game, nor a sport. Traditional Karate incorporates the actions of relaxation, tension, stretching; everything. Please try to achieve balance. Balance is important and so is blood circulation.

I know that healthy living and having a healthy body is not interesting, but it is vitally important. Young people do not realize how important good health is. Interesting, fun, exciting is a young person’s object to seek. But as one struggles through life’s hurdles and as one ages, good health is most important. No Pain, No Gain!


Annual Dojo Christmas Party December 14

The Annual Dojo Christmas Party! Please join us as we remember 2013, honor Sensei and celebrate his birthday, and prepare for 2014!


When:  Saturday, December 14, 2013  6:00pm social hour 7:00pm dinner

Where: JACL Hall 5414 W Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ 85301

Price: Adults $20, Children $10, Dojo Alumni $30 (Catered dinner, dessert, and soft drinks) Beer & Wine $3

Menu

Pork/Shrimp Wonton

Sunny Citrus Salad

Tri Tip Beef with Mushrooms

Teriyaki Salmon

Mashed Potatoes

Rice

Asparagus with Red Pepper 

Cake



WSKC 2013 Results.pdf

49th Annual Western States Karate Championships

The 49th Annual Western States Karate Championships will be held October 12, 2013, at the Phoenix Convention Center.  On October 11th, there will be a clinic and JKA Dan exam.  

If you are making reservations at the Hilton Garden Hotel, the correct code is WSK13.  Please use this to get our discounted rate.

Online registration will be open until 8pm on Thursday, October 10th, at regular rates. 

Please click here to read the waiver; you will be asked to acknowledge reading and agreeing to the terms on the registration form.


You can download the whole registration packet here.


Having problems with the form? Email us. 

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JKA/WF America National Camp and Tournament

The JKA/WF America National Camp and Tournament will be held in Santa Fe, NM on June 6-9.  A copy of the camp brochure is here.

The basic forms you need to register for the camp are available at the dojo.  We are planning to submit all of our registrations together; please bring completed forms and payment to the dojo and give to Jackie Martinez or Lisa Anderson no later than April 24th.  All materials for those testing for dan rank or qualification must be submitted with the group package so that they arrive in time for the May 1 deadline.


Instructor Training

The next Instructor Training class will be March 23rd, from 9-11am. The subject of this class is teaching, especially instructing youth.  Instructor training is open to individuals with the rank of Nidan and above who enroll in the Instructor Training Program; individuals with the rank of Shodan may audit the class.

If you would like more information about the IT program, please ask Sempai Bobby Quihuis.

Overview: AKA Events 2013

The Arizona Karate Association has scheduled our events for the 2013 year.  They are:

Kangeiko (Winter Training): February 1-3

Matsuri: February 23 at 3pm and February 24 at 3:15pm

*Spring Camp (El Paso dojo event): April 5-7

*JKA/WF America National Camp, Santa Fe, NM: June 6-9

Payson Summer Camp:  July 19-21

Western States Karate Championships Clinic: October 11

Western States Karate Championships: October 12


We look forward to seeing you at some of this year's events!


MoŠ Arizona Karate Association 2014