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.

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

 

Jeff Platt earns his black belt

Platt2On 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. 

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Great weapons tournament

 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.

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.

Stars and Stripes on April 23rd

The annual Stars and Stripes karate tournament will be held on Saturday April 23rd at the Coronado High School Gym. PMA students gather and in a unique format, the c62f6-1students are drafted onto teams that compete against each other over several rounds. This gives everyone a lot more things to do such as several katas, several kumite matches and also partner pairs. “Players” get points for their team when they win their various matches. Students are generally matched by age and belt rank to make it all fair. MVP players are also picked by a panel so that there are awards for best kata and best kumite in the various age divisions.

The PMA may be the only dojo that does this type of unique event in the whole country. It allows all students a chance to be on a winning team.

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

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.

It’s 2016 for you Polar Bears!

Pacific  Martial Arts always starts the new year with a Polar Bear class and this one was at Coronado. Hardly polar since the thermometer hit almost 70 degrees under sunny skies. The class was traditional stance and kicking drills on the grass of Sunset Park, with partner drills of the Kata Garuma series. About 35 students and 30 parents showed up for the event which was followed by pot luck. We played the emperor game with foam combat swords  where teams defend their royal leader against the attackers. Then we all trooped down to water’s edge where groups braved the cold water up to waist level to do punches, kicks and kata. The finale was doing push ups in the water.

Master Devine spoke briefly to the students about the need to strive for excellence rather than just ‘good’ or ‘average.’ Since we often fall short of our goals, it is better to shoot for excellence or more in every training session, because when we fall a little short under stress, at least we will be good to excellent in all we do.  It was a great day for karate. Happy New Year.

(The pictures tell most of the story, can you find your self in these?)