Our annual awards day and the Winterfest tournament are being held on Saturday, February 27th at the Old Town dojo. Students who turned in either deserving report cards or community and citizenship summaries will be receiving the special shoulder patch to wear on the gi along with a certificate award from the PMA. A pot luck luncheon will follow the award presentations. One of the items in our conduct code is that outside achievement reflects upon the whole dojo and this ceremony is a way of recognizing those accomplishments.
The Winterfest tournament which includes kata and kumite is a practice event that helps students develop in experience as they prepare for the big Stars and Stripes Annual Championships on April 23rd. It also helps to give the referees more practice in judging.
The annual winter camp starts on Friday Feb. 5th and runs to Sunday. This year we are holding it at the Mt. Empire High School near Campo. We take over the school campus and run classes in the gym, on the fields and do academic seminars inside. This year the emphasis is on perfection of technique in detail. Black belts will get new katas and focus on academic material as well. Lower belts will be learning a wide variety of material including special sparring techniques taught by guest instructor Grandmaster Floyd Burk.
The Japanese term Kangeiko means training in the coldest part of winter but given our geography it will likely be 65 degrees and sunny. Some years however we have snowstorms during the camps.
These major PMA camps are held both in winter and summer and this is the 38th winter camp. Students are coming this year from San Francisco, LA, Portland and of course San Diego. Training starts at 730 AM with a meditation walk, then workouts, seminars that run until 11 PM at night. There is even a star gazing class. Plan ahead for the summer camp next August!
Special advance thanks go to some of the organizers for so much behind the scenes work to get this ready. Plaudits go to Heather Graves, Becky Black, Mac Low, Marc Adams, Jeff Platt, Allison Smith and Jim White.