It is my pleasure to announce that as a result of a recent evaluation Mr. Bill Handren was promoted to go-dan in Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.

Bhadresh Dave Promotion photo

“On August 14th 2013 Bhadresh Dave was promoted to Roku Dan by the GKK headquarters promotional board.  Sensei Bhadresh is the co-National Director of India.  He currently has 11 dojo(s) with 48 Dan(s) and 153 Kyu(s).  Please extend your congratulations on a job well done. “

Vipool Dasani

     On June 4th 2013 Vipool Dasani was promoted to Roku Dan by the GKK headquarters promotional board.  Sensei Vipool is the co-National Director of India and has been a member since 2002.  He currently has 6 dojo(s) with 17 Dan(s) and 75 Kyu(s).  Please extend your congratulations on a job well done. 

This year’s trip to Cumberland Gap for camping and training was even more fun than last year’s trip. This year my wife Paula, my son Andrew, and I took our 4 grandchildren, Paula Kay, Brittany, John, and MaryAnn, along with us. We moved up a little this year and rented a camper that included sleeping quarters for each of us and air-conditioning. This was a real treat after last year with setting up tents and sleeping on the ground.  With the camper, we just backed it into the site and hooked up the electric and we were done ………. Nice!!!

      We arrived on the 6th around 2 PM and met up with Mr. Kim Barrington and Tricia Ballweg. They were the first ones to arrive, so after we set up at our site, we spent the afternoon waiting for the rest of our group to show up.  Everyone else started arriving around 4 or 5 PM. Mr. Ken Maunz and his group were the next to arrive.  By the time everyone was moved in and set up, it was a little late to train, so we just passed a little social time and called it a day .

by Ken Maunz

The twins first started karate at seven years old During their training they were in and out a couple of times. They earned their green belt while training with  Rich and Jean Stamper, and spent about 3 years with me.

The girls ran track, and kept great grades in school. They turned eighteen in April, took their Shodan test May 7th and will also graduate high school in May. For two young 95# ladies they are tough and hard working. With their likable nature on they go to college.                       

I'm happy to be part of their life. Kudos on Shodan and everything you ever do.

Best always to Alex and Alyssa  from Ken.


by Frank Matt

Brandon Bennett was promoted to 5th kyu, Beth Julia and Stephanie Spelter were promoted to 9th kyu.

All three worked very hard and by the smiles on their faces are kind of proud of themselves.

I know I'm proud of them. Each and every class they come to learn ,and it shows.


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.

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.


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.