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.

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

 

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.)

 

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.

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.

 

 

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?)

 

December gets busy at PMA

Many activities in the dojo happen in December. On Sunday the 13th are two holiday parties at the main dojo for the PMA karate students. The first is the junior party at noon with lots of food, games and song. Later at 4 pm the senior party begins.

On January 1st we have the annual Polar Bear beach class at Coronado and karate families are encouraged to join us for the class, the wade into the surf and sharing some food.

Many juniors are being belt tested in December and January. Those being tested will receive nomination papers.

Currently testing over several days is taking place for six students trying to earn their black belts in kobudo or weapons studies. They demonstrate knowledge and skills and three weapons are tested…. the hanbo or short stick, the bo or staff, and finally the bokken (wooden sword) paired with the four foot staff.

Advanced belt symbols represents one’s training

MaloufAn advanced belt symbol from nature is chosen by the student to represent his training. When Mr. Malouf chose ‘gale’ or ‘kyofu’ in Japanese  he expressed strongly the relationship between his approach to training and what a gale can be. The student goes before the class, reads his short essay and then dedicates a performance kata to the symbol chosen. In the photo, he displays the kanji for the Japanese word which he then gets to stencil onto his uniform lapel.

Later, the student will choose a character symbol, something like integrity, honesty, perseverance and others that represents a relationship of his training to that word. This more extensive essay is usually done around the time one is ready for brown belt.

In his presentation of gale, this student writes prosaic words … “my fellow warriors of PMA remember me when you see the wind blowing your banners as you charge into battle,  and think of me when a child is filled with wonder seeing a kite fly.”

Choosing symbols to represent one’s training in the dojo causes the student to reflect on his training in depth, why he is  are training, the benefits of training, and the good that his training might bring to the community. For many teens and adults, presenting a symbol is often a first time event and a nervous one usually, to get up in front of peers and seniors and express concepts of training. It might be akin to the knights of King Arthur’s day standing up to proclaim their honor and duty to the causes of being a knight. Students take this seriously and I believe it reinforces not just their training, but their other undertakings in life, even if they do not have to choose symbols. For example a student who chooses diligence as representative of his character symbol, by publicly outlining what that means is a way to establishing that virtue in other undertakings such as job, school and family.