Back by popular request is the video of the rollovers! The hanbo rollovers are performed by Yuri Gorokhov (bearded) and Seth Brown at the recent Conway Sensei Memorial Tournament as part of the demonstration displaying various weapons. In the hanbo rollovers one gets to see elements of karate, jiujitsu and weapons in the performance. This demonstration on May 21st was part of the show that involved bo staff, shindo wooden sword, tonfa, and rattan escrima by the PMA students.
Just returned from Florida after competing in the national AAU championships are Yuri Gorokhov, Margaret Izotov and Heather Graves. Heather was the coach and manager. Margaret managed to take a 2nd in sparring and Yuri got through to later rounds in kata. The competition was tough with over 60 national level black belts from around the country taking part. Meanwhile the dojo gets ready for the annual summer camp at Julian CA to be held July 20th to the 31st. Many students will come up a day earlier and train a day later as they immerse themselves in karate activities such as workouts, seminars, entertainment and good food. Days are hot which is why we call it ‘schochugeiko’ which is a Japanese term for training in the hottest art of summer. PMA has always used the theme that ‘black belts are born at camps’ and the camp really does challenge one in all aspects of endurance and mental stamina, not to mention getting the equivalent of several months of material packed into a short time. This year students will be housed in nearby houses and sleeping on floors as well.
On July 11th Jeffrey Platt was presented with his new black belt, the culmination of 10 years dedicated training in the PMA. Mr. Platt has been a driving force both in class and at the schools outside events such as camps and tournaments.He has worked his way through athletic injuries and more and always find the time to commit to regular training. Behind the scenes he is a great organizer in setting up work details at the many camps ranging from cooking, set up, clean up and transportation. He is a regular attendee at the Sunday informal workouts in the parks. Mr. Platt first was introduced to martial arts in LA where as a child he started in judo some fifty years ago. He likes the art of breaking and excels when given the chance to compete. He is the 91st PMA black belt promotion in the PMA history. In the photo we see part of an outstanding karate demonstration at his ceremony before about fifty guests who were intrigued by the power performances, as Colin Metcalf takes down Seth Brown. Excellent food and beverages followed the event.