PMA team competes at Irvine California

PMA Irvine teamThe PMA karate team entered the AAU Southern Pacific district championships and again performed very well as they gain more and more experience in tournaments.

Results of the AAU qualifier tournament in Irvine CA on Saturday May 13th.

Ms. Izotov: 1st kata, 1st kumite
David Chell: 1st kata, 1st kumite
Mr. Malouf: 2nd kobudo
Mr. Morris: 3rd in kata
Mr. Shinkre: 2nd kata, 2nd kumite, 1st kobudo
Ms.  Mishra  team manager
Mr. Kaminski and Ms. Graves were referees and also acted as coaches for our team.

PMA competes in the PSA tournament at UCSD

On Saturday the PMA sent its younger students to compete at the annual Pacific Southwest Associationmorris-tournament 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.

Free August self defense clinics!

 

SDcmmiHow 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.

pma@pmakarate.com or 619-752-7515

 

Camps and Trips

Just returned from Florida after competing in the national AAU championships are Yuri AAUteamGorokhov, 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.

Services were held for Master Chaney

Chaney service 2Memorial services were held for Grandmaster Chaney  at Pala, CA just north of San Diego. In a celebration of life ceremony attend by hundreds of family, friends, and students, service had various ebbs and flows from fond memories, sad moments and uplifting moments. Pastor Tim Bales from Las Vegas gave the opening remarks and spoke of the spiritual nature of Bob Chaney, He admired the efforts of Master Chaney to always try to reconcile differences he my have had with individuals in his life and that was one of his many strength. He spoke of the strong connection between Master Chaney’s christian beliefs and his relating these to his martial arts day to day actions. Next The five Buddhist monks from Thailand led by Wat Ratanapanya gave an enlightening speech followed by a beautiful haunting  chant that had the large audience somewhat mesmerized and feeling tranquility and harmony. The monks were present because Mrs. Chaney’s spirituality also lies there and Bob Chaney had great appreciation for the culture. The podium area featured a very large formal portrait of Master Chaney, flanked by flowers on one side and flanked by the urns of his ashes on the other.

After a beautiful song dedication by Scarlett Derousse, eight speakers came to the podium in turn to tell their personal recollections of Master Chaney. They were long term friends and colleagues and each was able to relate to his background. Their seemingly common theme that more than all the hundreds of trophies won, the skill, the producing of champions, the success in business and more, that is was the Bob Chaney of care and sharing that he brought to everyone’s lives. Also disclosed among the talks were his propensity for the prank, or his incredibly speeding driving, or inability to locate a location. His daughter Erica and two grandsons JT and Robbie also spoke their emotional goodbyes from the podium. Then Mrs. Chaney thanked everyone for their support and presence. She spoke fondly of some past memories, like how she first met her husband and when she first had the job of being a translator and a bodyguard for him. This grew to be a loving and life long relation. The ceremony ended with a video review of many events in his life showing the many friends and students as well. Finally  all the many current and some past students dressed in their uniforms formed an honor guard march in front of the assembled guests and gave reverent and respectful salutations and bows to the Grandmaster, the family and the guests.

The service ended on a most comfortable note, with attendees lining up to pay personal respects and comments to Sarinda Chaney. It was truly a feeling of having had our lives made better by having Master Chaney in our lives.

(With special appreciation for the many students and volunteers who worked behind the scenes to set up this memorial service. There were ushers, food preparation people, student helpers, as well. We want to note that many teachers, colleagues, friends and others were on hand. The constraints of time obviously meant that only a small number of speakers would have to represent the assembly in making the formal comments. Among the masters, promoters, friends, students who spoke formally were Burt Ward, Dennis Warner, Allen Sarac, Eddie Flash Newman, Terry Wilson, Jerry Devine, Cecil Peoples, and Nick Blumberg.)

 

Master Chaney passing is a great loss to all of martial arts

It is with great regret and sadness that we let you know that Grandmaster Bob Chaney has passed away and this is a truly great loss to all martial artists. His fifty years in the arts saw him rise to the top as a competitor, a teacher and a promoter. His expertise was in several areas that included karate, taekwondo, muay thai, kickboxing, and full contact. He was highly noted for his endless energy and his great patience in teaching students of any age. At the PMA Master Chaney would come to the winter and summer camps and teach all levels the joys of learning how to kick better, practice strategy and perform katas. Every student was equally important to him so it is no wonder he earned and valued the respect and appreciation that was directed his way. He personally touched the lives of so many PMA students and will be very missed.

He was a great promoter, often holding huge tournaments and also being involved in major professional and amateur full contact matches throughout the US and Thailand. He was an excellent coach and produced many widely recognized world champions  in karate and in the full contact and muay thai fields.

Bob Chaney was a mentor to the PMA, passing along many wonderful techniques and concepts. He helped guide the dojo forward. He traveled extensively around the world doing seminars. At one point in Las Vegas he directed seven karate studios. Later he moved back to the LA area, then on to Murrieta with his talented wife Sarinda Chaney, a most talented and accomplished martial artist as well.

The memorial service is being held Saturday April 9th in Pala, CA. Many outstanding and dedicated teachers,  colleagues, friends, past and present students will join in remembering and honoring his memory and legacy. Master Chaney will be truly missed.

PMA junior team competes at LA

As we approach and prepare for our annual tournament Stars and Stripes on April 23rd, I wanted to share what our tournament team was doing. The PMA  team sent some students to the Lynwood City Championships in LA. As your karate kid makes progress, I hope he or she will one day be on the team as well.LynwoodKarateTour_0014

The tournament was fairly high caliber. Three of our seven students came home with medals. Shown here doing kata are David Chell, Colin Metcalf and Manuel Lacarra. Others on the team  were Javed Osmani and junior members Ethan Diep, Eli Morris and Elias Malouf.Most of the PMA students were basically first timers in outside tournaments and learning the ropes as they faced the best performing students from LA, Las Vegas and other

southern California schools. LynwoodKarateTour_0039

Meanwhile here in San Diego our teachers are getting all our students primed to compete in kata (forms), sparring, and partner pairs. Plan on having all the family and friends join us in April for this large and fun event. Demonstrations, competition, prize draws and more.LynwoodKarateTour_0056

Winterfest tournament & Scholarship Awards

Scholar medalOur 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.

Winter camp is coming soon!

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.

 

 

Historic black belt weapons awards

weapoonsgroupThe last promotion for black belt in kobudo or weapons was made in 2007 at the PMA. On January 9th six new black belt awards were made. Earning a degree in weapons is usually done by a small minority of the black belts. It takes specialized training and mastery in three or more weapons areas such as the bo, the bokken, hanbo, sword, and more. This moment is a great historic accomplishment and indicates the depth and dedication of students to study long years to reach a new goal.

Current active dan holders are Michael Brown Sensei (4th dan), Eric Rosado Sensei (2nd dan) and Becky Black Sensei (2nd) dan and recently awarded, and of course head instructor Master Devine. The new first dan holders are Peggy Teng, Marc Adams, Yuri Gorokhov, Andrew Vaughn, Peter Grootenhuis and Seth Brown. The study of weapons in the PMA is quite distinct and although in the general classes we do teach the short stick hanbo and long staff bo, generally separate classes are held for the other weapons. At the current time students must hold a black belt in open hand karate in order to advance to black belt in weapons study. Everyone on the list has at least thirteen years in karate studies. Seth Brown is the youngest at seventeen years to earn this rank in weapons.

The ceremony to give out the awards was held at Island Palms Resort on Shelter Island Sunday January 17th. Each candidate picked a special friend or family members to award the certificate in conjunction with Master Devine. This award concept is to let the friends and families know we appreciate their large supportive role in the progress of the students.

The ceremony featured a short dedication of karate to the new awardees by some junior members that included Sarah Brown, Ian deGrood, Ethan and Brandon Diep, Isaiah Brown, and Emma Rose Denton. The Polynesian buffet was outstanding.