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
Sunny Citrus Salad
Tri Tip Beef with Mushrooms
Asparagus with Red Pepper
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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
Saturday, December 15th, 9-11am: Instructor Training Class
Instructor Training is open to all students at the rank of shodan and above; however, to be a registered participant, you must be at least nidan rank.
For registered participants, the class fee is $20. For unregistered participants, the class fee is $30.
Sensei Koyama encourages all students who hold the rank of nidan or above to register as instructor trainees. Students at the rank of shodan who are interested in developing their karate-do, learning karate more deeply, and who are interested in becoming instructor-trainees once they achieve the rank of nidan are encouraged to attend.