The annual silver awards were announced last week in honor of the Oct. 24th and 38th anniversary of the PMA. Trophies are awarded for what is considered over the year the best in the category. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners who were selected by voting. Generally the nominees are from San Diego PMA. The awards have been an annual event in San Diego since 2002.
Trophies from left to right:
Grootenhuis Bushi (young person) Award
Ian DeGrood, Elias Malouf, Isaiah Brown, Eli Morris, Rohan Shinkre, and winner Sarah Brown.
McEuen Teacher Award
Peter Grootenhuis, Andrew Vaughn, Michael Brown, Heather Graves, Manuel Lacarra, and winner Becky Black
Linda Shishido Cultural Award is to be announced next January and will be decided upon by cultural entries open to all students.
Pine Tree Competitor of The Year for tournament attitude and performance
Manuel Lacarra, Yuri Gorokhov, and winner Margaret Izotov
Grandmaster Devine Award (a student of the year type award)
Manuel Lacarra, Becky Black, Ian DeGrood, Sarah Brown, and winner Peter Grootenhuis
James Conway Service Award (for service, organization, duty, etc. to the dojo)
Jeff Platt, Carol Sedlacek, Robert Graff, James White, Mark Adams, and winner Heather Graves.
Wednesday night at 7 pm to 8 PM the PMA is featuring its new fitness karate-jujitsu class which is aimed at new students along with current students desiring a more fitness based workout. It will be taught by a team of four young black belts who will guide the students through challenging fitness exercises incorporated into traditional martial arts. Students will be practicing a number of self defense drills, karate and jujitsu, partner drills, and even traditional karate kata forms. For new students this is a once per week eight week course module and will allow the student to decide later to become even more involved in the training programs. In today’s most busy world, people are often leery of getting involved into the challenging demands of a long course, so these modules provide a convenient way to get a strong understanding of basic martial arts are along with a lot of fitness, which certainly we can all use. Students are each brought along at their own pace. The cost for the module is very reasonable, and students are provided with a special pullover karate top and belt to fit right in. Make a point of calling Master Devine at 619-752-7515 and get your questions answered.
Years pass fast and on October 24th the PMA celebrates its 38th founding anniversary. Much of the celebrations will be held on Sunday October 23rd with the Autumnfest tournament. Also included will be the presentation of the special best of the year awards for the following categories…. Teacher, young student, Competitor of the year, Service award, cultural award and the Grandmaster award for overall student of the year. Special silver trophies are on display for this.
There will be a barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages, and pot luck food outdoors (it apparently has never rained in forty years on this date!) During the week there will be dedication katas, tea ceremonies at all classes, and more.
We all should try and reflect on what our karate careers at PMA has brought into our lives at various times and been of value to us and to our classmates.