- Written by Dan Taylor
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
- Written by Ed Myers
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
- Written by Dan Taylor
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.
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.
- Written by by Nimrod Astel - GKK Israel
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"
- Written by Mark Cramer
On Saturday, December 12, fifty-six students went up for promotions. The Assessment panel consisted of Mr. Mark Cramer, Mr. Chris Perry, and Mr. Daniel Trumble
- Written by Eric Naujock
Cory earned the most outstanding improvement award. Brandon received most improved and Tori received the outstanding effort award.
Each student works very hard in each and every class and they make me proud to be there to teach them.
Again congrats to each of them.
Matt, promoted to 5th kyu are Josh Welch, Cory and Joel Graska, promoted to 7th kyu are Brandon Bennett and Tori Jensen.
by Dan Taylor
On December 17, 18, & 19, the GKK dojos of Visalia and Bakersfield, California, held their annual Gasshuku with Yamakura Hanshi. It was a time of new and renewed learning for all. Hanshi taught all aspects of training in kihon, kata, bunkai, and kumite. Additionally, he gave in-depth instruction on the nature and development of ki.