On Saturday the PMA sent its younger students to compete at the annual Pacific Southwest Association AAU tournament at UCSD. This is a very good quality tournament and serves as a qualifier for those intending to compete later in the summer in the national championships of AAU or Amateur Athletic Union. There is a lot of interest just now in tournament karate as students see the possibility of competing some day in the Olympics at Tokyo in 2020. In the photo Elis Morris is receiving a medal.
The tournament was really well organized and flowed smoothly thanks to the efforts of Alfonso Gomez and Ophira Bergman of the AAU. They had the volunteers, referees and students all in place. There were some really excellent students from the region competing, some of whom already have been to the nationals and won medals there.
Students from LA and Riverside also joined in. The PMA team consisted of Ethan Diep, Eli Morris, Elias Malouf, David Chell and Michael Kaminski who won the black belt division in short weapons, the tonfa. Mr. Chell and Mr. Morris also won a medal in their divisions in kata. Acting as coaches were Yuri Gorokhov and Heather Graves. Our young students performed very well in this first event of the tournament season and are looking forward to our next outside event on March 11th in Lynwood CA up in the LA region.
Mr. Kaminski also took part in the refereeing of the tournament. Master Devine pointed out that developing a solid team of performers usually takes two years and about eight tournaments to develop the necessary expertise. PMA does not focus much on tournaments since we view the philosophy and self defenses aspect more important. Nevertheless, competing in tournaments can be very helpful to progress, athleticism and conditioning, and seeing how the rest of the martial arts world share what we do.
We are planning to take a team of about 12 to the Lynwood tournament on March 11th. PMA always is well respected by other schools at these tournaments. At this tournament Master Devine was singled out and introduced to the audience and competitors by recognizing his pioneering efforts in developing the AAU karate here in San Diego.
PMA is keeping busy recently with a community self defense clinic held for the DZAP corporation at our Old Town dojo. Students were introduced to a wide array of defense techniques such as escaping from grabs and choke holds, in addition to discussions about being more alert to possible bad situations. Special thanks go to the instructors who guided the students such as Becky Black, Michael Brown, Margaret Izotov, Heather Graves, Michael Kaminski and Seth Brown.
A black belt retreat was held overnight at Lake Cuayamaca where students engaged in seminar discussions and also study the kata Bassai Sho.
Coming up this next week is belt testing and promotions for the junior students. In a few more weeks is the annual winter camp (kangeiko) to be held at Lake Moreno.
Thanksgiving is that special time we appreciate and give thanks. One of those things is our freedom to practice karate and join with others in training for the common cause. This photo is special since it is a group of PMA students holding the night before Thanksgiving workout and also the surprise visit from back east of senior Michael Kaminski (center) leading the drill of these dedicated students. So often throughout the year during some holiday, the prevalent attitude is that a holiday means taking time off from everything that includes work, regular clubs, sports, and particularly karate. I like to think that with the holiday time off students will value the chance to have more time to train. If one likes to eat chocolate for example, having a holiday such as President’s day does not mean to go without chocolate, it does mean you may have more time free to enjoy chocolate. And so it is with karate-do training. So even if you are traveling on this great day, take ten minutes out somewhere and do a kata to reinforce your dedication and commitment.
Great day at the Burk Invitational last Saturday.! Here are the results as well.. Thanks especially to Brown Sensei, Black Sensei, Carol Sedlacek and Peter Grootenhuis for coming to referee all day, you were busy and brought some expertise to things. All the students did such a great protocol job and put the PMA in a good light.
2nd row left to right are Brown Sensei, Ms. Sedlacek, Ms. Brown, Black Sensei, Master Devine, host Master Burk and Sifu Moses honored guest.
Results of Events (about 30 trophy places, nice job.)
Brandon Diep - W 2nd/K 1st/S 4th
Ethan Diep - W 3rd/K 2nd/S 3rd
Rohan Shinkre - W 2nd/K 1st/S 1st
Isaiah Brown - W 1st/K 1st/S 4th
Sarah Brown2 - W 1st/K 3rd/S 4th
Emma Rose Denton - K 2nd/S 1st
Ian DeGrood - K 1st
Seth Brown1 - W 2nd/K 1st/S 4th
Colin Metcalf- W 4th/K 3rd/S 3rd
Elias Malouf- K 4th/S 2nd
Jeff Platt - W 1st/K 1st/S 2nd
David Chell - K 4th/S 2nd
Eli Morris - K 2nd/S 3r
Colin Metcalf performing weapons kata.
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.
How is your SDQ or self defense quotient? Free back to school clinics so you might be better prepared to look after yourself.Do not neglect this part of your back to school! Aug. 23, 24, 27, 29th
- College Kid Self defense strategies!
- Help prevent the quiet bully action against your child!
- Family awareness!
This summer the PMA is offering a series of free clinics for you and your kids going back to college or to regular school to help them be more aware and have some usable skills to protect themselves.
If your college kid is going away in a few weeks they can use this material or even as a refresher to their current knowledge to make them more confident and ready for bad situations.
For elementary and high school kids, they can face the bullying aspect that occurs at school and can endure this for a period of time without saying anything or being ill equipped to handle it.
Come to our safety and awareness clinics this summer and be more ready. The clinics are fun and very empowering.
You will need to sign waivers, be in good health, and have a cooperative attitude.
What do we teach you? We show you defensive skills such as escaping from grabs, choking, on the floor attacks, and threatening situations. We also teach the mental side of self awareness such as being alert, what to look for, how to extricate, recognizing possibly bad situations and more.
Join us at 2266 San Diego Ave in Old Town on one of these dates!
Aug. 23, 24, 27 of 29. You need to register at least two days ahead of the date, no walk ups.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-752-7515
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.