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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.
  

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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.

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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: 

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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.

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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

Black Swamp Dojo Promotions

White House, Ohio;  On August 16th Rick Smith was promoted to ShoDan.  Rick has been a long time member of the dojo and has worked diligently over the years to reach this goal. Judges were Mike Galose, Ron Henderson and Ed Myers

Visalia Karate-Do 1st Term Event

The Visalia Karate-Do holds promotions 3 times per year, in April, August, and December.  The event is typically preceded by a recital with individual students demonstrating a kata of their choice in front of a large audience of relatives and friends.

 

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Participants; First Row (L-R): Patrick Gaytan, Madison Wiley, Rebecca Bibb, Grayson Wiley, Ruben Rodriguez, Evan Kimura, Mary Reitz. Second Row (L-R): Daniel Ramirez, Madelyn Pace, L. Jay Ayson, Leslie Zuniga, Ben Pace, Jared Rubio, Clarissa Ramirez, Third Row (L-R): Dan Ramirez, Mike Reitz, Bret Bibb, Ed Soliven, Kevin Soliven, Troy Pace. Fourth Row (L-R): Saul Velazquez, Nigel Faustino, Dan Taylor, Rachel Reitz, Rudy Vargas, Malachi Kirkman.

    However, the first term of the year ended with an Applications recital instead of a Kata recital.  Students paired together and pre- sented outstanding demonstrations of bunkai and kumite.  The bunkai demonstrations, performed by advanced students, showed the versatility of Goju-Ryu kata by including jujutsu applications from both standing and ground situations.  The kumite demonstra- tions, performed by both beginning and advanced students, showed the progression from basic formal one-step Kihon Yakusoku Kumite to advanced Randori Jiyu Kumite.  It was a very impressive sight.

 

 

Participants;  First Row (L-R): Patrick Gaytan, Madison Wiley, Rebecca Bibb, Grayson Wiley, Ruben Rodriguez, Evan Kimura, Mary Reitz.  Second Row (L-R): Daniel Ramirez,  Madelyn Pace, L. Jay Ayson, Leslie Zuniga, Ben Pace, Jared Rubio, Clarissa Ramirez, Third Row (L-R): Dan Ramirez, Mike Reitz, Bret Bibb, Ed Soliven, Kevin Soliven, Troy Pace. 

Fourth Row (L-R):  Saul Velazquez, Nigel Faustino, Dan Taylor, Rachel Reitz, Rudy Vargas, Malachi Kirkman.

 

 

Aum Dojo Israel - Fall Gasshuku 2009

Image     On Thursday October 15 we gathered at the See Sport Center in Caesarea, on the coast of the Mediterranean to conduct our annual two day training seminar.

Training on the first day included basics, kata and prearranged sparring (one step).

     On Friday morning at 06:30 AM, we went down to the beach for some warm up exercises, kata and meditation (after a good dip in the sea).
     Later on this morning, we continued our training with a ground work class, a reality based self-defense session and some intense free style full contact sparring matches.

     The main emphasis of this seminar was individual practice and improvement in familiar exercises. 

 

Several members of the dojo were deservingly promoted:

Mr. Ofer Feldman – 1 Kyu Mrs. Efrat Ben-Tovim Feldman – 2 Kyu

                        Ms. Na'ama Arie – 3 Kyu                        Mr.  Ran Shaham – 4 Kyu

                        Mr. Shraga Lapides – 4 Kyu            Mr. Randolf Benka – 6 Kyu

It was an excellent work out and a great social gathering. The most important feedback from our dojo members was – "We don't have to work so hard for a good BBQ dinner"

 

Visalia Karate-Do Holds Annual Event

     The Ninth Annual Visalia Karate-Do Winter Gasshuku was a tremendous success. Students of all ranks participated in part or all of this great Southwest GKK Tradition.

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