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.
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"
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.