by Kim Barrington

On Nov 21st, the Springfield GoJu Karate Club held  a promotional. A lot of students showed up to help out and give support to those who tested. It was a good workout. I would like to thank Charles and Xavier Camp for helping me run the promotional. Without their help, it wouldn't have run as smooth. Charles helped even though he was testing He pulled double duty. I'm so proud of them and all their hard work.
Promoted ; Charles Camp - 5th kyu - Green 2 stripes,
Cody Miner - 6th kyu - Green 1 stripe, Chenise Cottreau - 6th kyu - Green 1 stripe, Jim Bolt - 7th kyu - Yellow,
Nate Wirsing - 7th kyu - Yellow, Jordon Jones - 7th kyu - Yellow, Charles Kunz - 7th kyu - Yellow, Austin Grant - 7th kyu - Yellow, Adam Kunz - 7th kyu - Yellow, Tyler Too - 8th kyu - Orange/Yellow, Jacob Bolt - 9th kyu - Orange

Springfield Promotions, November 2011

by Deb Crawford

On December 10th and 11th Springfield Goju-Ryu will be hosting a GKK workout. We hope you will be able to join us. On Friday evening the black belts will be working out from 6 - 9 pm. On Saturday we will be starting at 9:00 am where everyone is welcome to work out but it will be focused on the children who attend. This session will end at 10:30 with a 15 minute break to prepare for the adult session. From 10:45 to 12:00 will be for all ranks. At 12:00 we will break for lunch, which will be served on the premises. The workout will resume at 1:30 and continue until 5:00, again for all ranks. To end this event we will have dinner at a local restaurant.   

There are several motels close for those needing a place to stay for the night.
Baymont Inn and Suites;  (217) 529-6655 5871 S 6th Street Rd
Motel 6; (217) 529-1633,  6011 S 6th St, I-55 at Exit 90/Toronto Rd.
Ramada Limited South Toronto Road; (217) 529-1410 5970 South 6th Street/I55 at Exit 90/Toronto Road

Everyone is welcome to attend but we need everyone who's coming to RSVP so we can have enough food for lunch.

Please contact Sensei Kim Barrington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-891-6242 or Deb Crawford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-341-0163.

by Deb Crawford 

The Springfield Goju Ryu celebrated it's fifth anniversary with a promotional and seminar on October 10 and 11.  Sensei Ken Maunz provided insight and worked with the brown and black belts on Friday evening.  Sanchin kata, proper breathing during kata and the building of power and endurance were emphasized.  Mr Maunz also discussed the influences and origins of Goju Ryu.  After class, everyone enjoyed wings at Show Me's Restaurant

On Sept 26th, we held a promotional at the First Nazarene Church, Springfield, Illinois. Senseis Dave Shaneman and Gary Mazzotti graded the adult students and Trish Ballweg and Shelia Leggett graded the children.

      I would like to say how proud we are of our students and how well they performed at the promotional.  They have worked hard to get where they are today. 

 Image    Two students, Patric Crawford and Kayla Sharp have shown what practice can accomplish.  Patric has come a long way in his karate training.  I am proud of the maturity he has shown during and after the promotional.  Great job young man!  Kayla is a young lady who always works hard.  Her drive and determination to perform well really shows.

     Thanks to all those who sat on the promotional review boards and a special thanks to Deb Crawford for her assistance during the children's promotional

     Congratulations to the following students;

Adults:     Deb Crawford - Ni Kyu,    Kayla Sharp - San Kyu,     Patric Crawford - Yon Kyu,     Pete Kraovic - Shichi Kyu

              Alex Willams - Shichi Kyu

Kids:              Alexi Blakeman - Shichi Kyu,     Nolan Burkhart - Shichi               Kyu ho,    Collin Blakeman - Shichi Kyu ho

For the 5th anniversary of our club, we will be holding a seminar and promotional on October 10th. and 11th.  at the First Church of the Nazarene, 5200 South 6th St. Rd. , Springfield, Illinois.  Sensei Ken Maunz will be leading the seminar. 

Friday night  will be a brown and black belt workout from 6 to 8 PM, then to Show-me's for dinner.  Sensei Maunz will be working with everyone on basics, katas includ- ing Sanchin, sparring techniques and different bunkai.
Saturday morning, at 9:00 AM.; Sensei Maunz will work with the children on the art of punching and kicking for 45 minutes.


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