self-defense-dzapPMA 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.

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.

 

 

Autumnfest tournament results 2015

The Autumnfest in house karate tournament was held on October 24th and the results posted below.

The day featured both competition and a hot dog barbecue to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the PMA as well. Unfortunately the grill broke down so our responsive volunteer parents and students managed to boil up the hot dogs and everyone got fed chips, hots dogs and sodas.

This event is a practice event that gives students experience in competing so they can later do well in the bigger Stars and Stripes tournament of the PMA in April. It also opens a pathway to be a member of the PMA competition team that competes in outside tournaments that includes the national championships.

A final thought for all students to know about competing, when you spar or do kata at your current level, you may not be the best at your level just yet. You are improving day by day in karate so at some point in the future you may very well prove to be among the best competitors. Tournaments however cannot measure properly your self defense skills, the best kicker, the best puncher, your willingness to help and teach others, your sense of respect that you gradually are learning, your developing self confidence, and much more. Tournaments should be enjoyed for what they are, a fun event of competing with classmates for the day…. much like we might get together and play cards, shuffleboard, a baseball game, etc. What you learn from entering is far important.

Results:

♦Red belts: kata in order were Isaiah Brown, Ethan Diep, Emma Rose Denton and Elias Malouf

In sparring: I. Brown, E. Malouf,  E. Denton and E. Diep

♦Advanced Boys:

Kata were Ian DeGrood, Adam Nguyen, William Herman and Kieran McConchie

Sparring: I. DeGrood, Wm Herman, Sebastian Salazar, Frank Abellon

♦Ninja White kyu  Belt Boys:

Kata: Isaac Cook, Levi Johnson, Aryk Saldivar, tie 4th were Chris Boksanske and Nick Popa

Sparring: I. Cook, L. Johnson, A. Saldivar, tie fourth were N. Popa and C. Boksanske

♦Ninja Advanced belts:

Kata: Brandon Diep, Brian Herman, Parker Simpao, and Joshua Thompson

Sparring: B. Herman, P. Simpao, B. Diep, J. Thompson

♦Girls Divisions:

Advanced belt Kata: Kaavya Senthil

Advanced sparring vs boys: K. Senthil

♦Lower belt girls

Kata: Edith Robinson, Hayley Smith, Coral Popa, Christiana Caldera

Sparring: C. Caldera, E. Robinson, H. Smith, C. Popa

♦Shogun Advanced Belts below Brown:

kata; Rohan Shinkre, Eli Morris

Sparring: Eli Morris, Rohan Shinkre

♦Shogun Lower belts:

Kata: Aarya Mishra, Neel Mukavilli, Nitya Mukavilli

Sparring:  A. Mishra, Neel Mukavilli, Nitya Mukavilli

♦Black Belt division

Executive division winner in kata and weapons Carol Sedlacek

♦Open division:

kata… Yuri Gorokhov, Seth Brown, Javed Osmani

weapons…

Black belts did not spar.

PMA karate starts fall term

Welcome back to all the fall classes. PMA is now on four school campuses including Blessed Sacrament, The City Tree, Albert Einstein Charter and Old Town Academy Charter. We are holding classes in the Carmel Valley area as well as at our headquarters of San Diego at the Old Town dojo. The new Saturday class at 9AM features sparring and megasparring (jiujitsu) for all junior belts and ages. At 10AM the specialty weapons class is held at Old Town. Good training and remember ‘we teach attitudes first.”