Home

April Yamakura Shihan Seminars and Toledo Area Promotions

by Kevin Forsyth
 
We will be holding the Spring Promotions and Yamakura Shihan Seminars in the Toledo area on April 13th and 14th.

Promotions will be held April 13th at 7:00 PM. All students in the area testing for San Kyu or above should plan on attending if possible.

School Leaders, please contact me to let me know which students you will be bringing to the promotions. All blackbelts in the area are welcome to attend and sit on the review board. Both the promotions and the seminars will be held at 8235 Adler in Lambertville, MI. This is a large residential property, generously made available to us by one of our members, Mr. Frank Borgelt.

The seminars on Saturday April 14th will be led by Shihan Yamakura. The fee for each Seminar is $10, or $20 for all three. Families may register for all three for $50 regardless of the number of family members. All attendees from outside the local area may wave the registration fee. Any instructors that have students with financial hardships should send me their names and they will added to a "prepaid" list so that they may still attend the seminars.

Noon - 1:30 PM for all ranks
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM for Green Belts and above
3:30 - 5:30 for Black Belts

6:30 - Dinner and Annual GKK meeting. Traditionally we have held the dinner meeting at the En Japanese restaurant. We plan to use that location again, though it is subject to change.

Check the GKK Events list for details.

Frank Matt Promotion

by Nancy Ault

When Mr. Frank Matt, sensei started Goju Ryu karate in 2001 I knew right away he was a talented karateka and would someday be a great instructor. In 2006 as a Shodan he moved from Maine to upstate New York. It was my loss but a big gain for the GKK. He soon started his own dojo at the YMCA in Corinth New York. We still drive the six hours to train with each other when possible. Recently on April 4th and 5th he returned to Maine to test for Nidan. We started Friday night with a vigorous workout covering basics and beginning training katas. Saturday morning began with my regular class and with Mr. Frank teaching my higher ranks, as he only has white belts in his dojo thus far. After class we continued his nidan testing and by lunchtime he was done and wiped out. Mr. Frank is a powerful man and always gives 110%. He dislocated a knee one time but finished testing. Saturday evening we all gathered at a student’s house for a congratulations party. Our intense interest in Goju Ryu karate is mutual. There aren’t many people I can spend a combined eighteen hours in a car talking about karate but Mr. Frank is such a friend. Congratulations to our newest GKK Nidan!

Roger Bartnick Promoted

On May 1st Mr. Roger Bartnick was promoted to Godan and Renshi, and  Mr. Luke Kwiatkowski was promoted to Shodan in Ken  Maunz's Dojo. 

Bedford GKK Spring Promotional

by Mark Cramer 

Temperance, Mi. -- On June 7, the Bedford GKK held its spring promotional. The grading began at 9:00 AM and ended at 1:15 PM as forty-three students went up for promotion. Mark Cramer, Mary Meade, Chris Perry, Brad Geiner, and Daniel Trumbull officiated with the assistance of four junior black belts -- Stephen Dick, Becky Herroon, Molly Herroon, and Andrew Trumbull.

Read more: Bedford GKK Spring Promotional

Bedford GKK Fall Promotions

On December 6, 2008 the Bedford GKK held its fall promotions from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. The promotional board consisted of ten GKK dan ranks (Mark Cramer, Mike Galose, Mary Meade, John Barnes, Chris Perry, Brad Geiner, Stephen Dick, Daniel Trumble, Andrew Trumble, and Alex Perry). They evaluated fifty-three students who went up for promotion for ranks from ninth kyu to sho-dan.
  

Read more: Bedford GKK Fall Promotions

Spotlight On Southwestern Region's GKK Women

The Southwestern Region of the GKK has 3 dojos located in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley.  I would like to take an opportunity to briefly note three of the outstanding women in this Region.

Read more: Spotlight On Southwestern Region's GKK Women

Bedford GKK Winter Promotions

     On March 21, 2009 the Bedford GKK held its fall promotions from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. The promotional board consisted of eight GKK dan ranks (Mark Cramer, Chris Perry, Brad Geiner, Stephen Dick, Daniel Trumble, Andrew Trumble, Alex Perry and Alec Vaughn). They evaluated the following fifty students who went up for promotion for ranks from ninth kyu to sho-dan. The results are as follows: 

Read more: Bedford GKK Winter Promotions

Bedford GKK Spring Promotions

On June 6, 2009 the Bedford GKK held its spring promotions from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. The promotional board consisted of seven GKK dan ranks (Mark Cramer, Chris Perry, Daniel Trumble, Andrew Trumble, Alex Perry, Alec Vaughn, and Zack Ott). They evaluated the following forty-two students who went up for promotion for ranks from ninth kyu to junior sho-dan.

Read more: Bedford GKK Spring Promotions

Visalia Karate-Do Promotions

     On 8-27-2009 the Visalia Karate-Do held its end of the term promotional ceremony. The new children’s division (7-9 Yrs) celebrated the event for its first time.  Rank was awarded as follows:

 

Brown Belts;              Saul Velazquez, 1st Kyu,  Mary Reitz, 1st Kyu,  Daniel Ramirez Jr, 2nd Kyu, 

                        Daniel Ramirez Sr, 3rd Kyu

 

Orange Belts;              Rebecca Bibb, 7th Kyu,  Evan Kimura, 7th Kyu,  Ruben Rodriguez, 7th Kyu,  Grayson Wiley, 7th Kyu

                                    Kevin Soliven, 8th Kyu,  Clarissa Ramirez, 8th Kyu,  Leslie Zuniga, 8th Kyu,  Neil Mercer, 9th Kyu

                                    Mitch Van Loon, 9th Kyu,  Madison Wiley, 9th Kyu Ho,  L. Jay Ayson, 9th Kyu Ho,

                                    Brandy Leyva, 9th Kyu Ho

 

Yellow Belts;              Jerrod Aguilar,  11th Kyu,  A J Anaya,  12th Kyu Ho,  Kyle Boone,  12th Kyu Ho,

                                    J C Carrasco, 12th Kyu Ho,  Alexander Fierro, 12th Kyu Ho,  Jesus Magallan, 12th Kyu Ho

                        Joel Morales,12th Kyu Ho, Alyssa Rios,12th Kyu Ho, Diego Soto, 12th Kyu Ho,Isaac Soto, 12th Kyu Ho