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Updates on 2014 Events

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

Next up, AKA members will be doing a demonstration at the Japanese Speech Contest on Sunday, April 14th, at Arizona State University.

There will be a Kyu Exam at AKA on April 18th, 2014, at the dojo at 7:30pm (immediately following Evening Class).

The next major event will be the JKA/WF Americas National Camp and Master Takashina Tournament held in Panama City, Panama in June.

The Payson Summer Camp date was tentative; the camp will be July 18-20.

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 lookforward to seeing you at some of this year's events!

Kangeiko 2013

Kangeiko Meaning and Purpose

The “Curtain” for 2013 has opened and the Performance has started!

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 1st, 2nd , and 3rd in our Phoenix Central Dojo. Please 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. 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 we have encountered divisive elections, government stalemates and a hesitant economy. Globally, Europe continues to be beset with financial and employment problems with the Middle East continuing to have problems with nuclear weapons and continued political and social strife.

We often ask “why” but we should not ask “why;” we need to find a way to solve the problems and to take action to resolve issues and find solutions that do not crush people and their spirit.

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 year’s challenges and as it does we need the experience, and challenge of the pain of winter training to help us endure life’s challenges.

I hope you will participate in our Kangeiko, and expand your own mental and spiritual youth. Please join us in this celebration of Winter Training. We are hoping to have students from Arizona, Imperial Valley, CA, El Paso Texas, Hermosillo Mexico, and Chihuahua Mexico. This is a great opportunity to train with old friends once again.

The training schedule will be as follows:

Friday Feb 1st : 6 to 7am (1 hour)

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

Saturday Feb 2nd : 6 to 7am (1 hour)

4 to 6pm (2 hours)

Sunday Feb 3rd : 6 to 7am (1 hour)

Price for Kangeiko Training - $ 80.00



Arizona Karate Association 2014