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The GKK regularly gets asked a number of questions. Here are a few of the common ones and the answers to those questions.

This coming May 30, 31, and June 1 Great Lakes Seiwa Kai JKF Goju Kai will be hosting a series of Seiwa Kai Seminars and the Seiwa Kai Friendship Tournament. The Seminar will be taught by Vassie Naidoo who is President of both the USA Seiwa Kai (7th Dan) and the JKF Goju Kai USA. Not only does he serve as the Chief Instructor of the USA Seiwa Kai, he also teaches seminars throughout North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Take advantage of this opportunity to train with one of the world’s great instructors of Goju Ryu.

Did you know our USA Director, Mr. Dwight Scales, retired a few years ago but now serves forty hours per week as Character Coach for a charter school in addition to teaching karate classes?  As Character Coach he handles conflict resolution, provides counseling, offers support, and encourages as needed.  He also provides general services in whatever capacity is required.  Role models are sorely needed today and Mr. Dwight’s strength, compassion, and humility provide an excellent example for the kids at the school.  And for those of us in the GKK as well.

Save the date; November 16, 2014, for the USA Karate Federation Championships and the Sports Jujitsu Alliance Championships! Other Important Dates;

-International Training Symposium – February 14-16 in Richfield, Ohio
-First TAFISA Martial Arts Games at Richmond Olympic Stadium near Vancouver, Canada, 10-14 September -WUKF Youth World Championships Poland October 2014
-Campeonato Sud Americano De Karate CPKI – WUKF “Dias 30 e 31 de Maio e 1oo de Junho de 2014 – São

Paulo-Brasil (May 30-June 1)
-5th World Championships for Children, Cadets and Juniors – WUKF. Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Country: Poland City: Szczecin 


March 22 & 23,2014, Franklin, Ohio. This event will qualify you to compete at the USA-NKF National Championships and the Team Trials selection July 8 – 13 in Reno, NV

Saturday Mar 22, 2014 USA-NKF Rules Class Kumite and Kata Sunday Mar 23, 2014 USA-NKF Qualifying Competition

For more information; www.rittermartialarts.com 


I am pleased to announce that on November 30th we held the First GKK Karate Tournament in Argentina named Miyagi 2013. It was very successful since a good number of our students, children, teens and adults as well, participated.

The system we used for children allowed all of them to get a medal, following the concept that they are all winners, as a means of helping them overcome the fears of their first competitive event.

For the older crowd, we offered prizes for the first, second and third places in each category. The Tournament had two main activities organized for the different ages of the participants:

Kata Competition in Teams and Individual Kumite
Everybody enjoyed the Tournament, and we were supported by many families who came to share the event with our competitors.

On October 26, 2013, we had a house tournament at the Windsor YMCA, Canada. It was a well attended event for a Sunday morning with almost 40 participants and representation from all the local clubs. For me it was a great experience as I'm sure it was for everyone else.  The event flowed smoothly. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, while exhibiting good sportsmanship and having fun. All participants received a medal, but results were tabulated as attached.


"This is why my athletes do almost no “conventional” aerobic training. All of our aerobic work is a by-product of our anaerobic work. My athletes or clients can get their heart rate in the recommended aerobic range for 15 to 20 minutes, yet in some cases, they do only three minutes of actual work.".....Mike Boyle


It is gratifying that coaches are finally accepting what weightlifters have known for several decades. Consider a weightlifter with a heavily loaded barbell across his shoulders about to do squats. He draws a deep breath, holds it and descends all the way down.  The breath holding or "Valsalva" maneuver is necessary to maintain spinal stability when using heavy weights.  Anyone who says a lifter should inhale smoothly on the way down and exhale smoothly on the way up has never had anything heavier than a broomstick across his shoulders.     


by Rich Stamper

An Excerpt From: The Character of Goju-Ryu
Kata Implications for Experienced Practitioners

Chapter 12 - In The Beginning -  Movement

Movement is pretty basic to martial arts practice and often taken for granted.  By movement I mean stepping from stance to stance, but I will also discuss movement within a stance.
We tend to emphasize the completed stance – the posture, balance, weight distribution, being locked in, being rooted and so on.  We tend to neglect the transitions from stance to stance or within a stance, and tend to view these as simply the movement required to get from one good stance to the next.  When doing this we severely limit our effectiveness for practical, actual application.  
Most instructors teach a smooth, quick transition from stance to stance.  This is good and appropriate.  But then many of the instructors insist upon a fully established stance prior to executing a hit, kick or block.  This becomes a sequential action and the momentum of the stance movement does not carry into the technique.  This reduces the effectiveness because it uses strength only, not a combination of strength and momentum.

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