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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Autumnfest karate tournament

AUTUMNFEST KARATE PMA 2015
CHAMPIONSHIPS

Here is Margaret Izotov (black belt) showing off a trophy won at the national competitions this year. You can develop to this level as well. It all starts with these smaller in house tournaments.

Izotov trophy

At the Old Town studio where we have the space to run things quickly and all at once. (2266 San Diego Ave. 92110)

October 24th Saturday
From 2:00 PM to approximately 3:30 PM

A PMA tournament with competition in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring.) Come and cheer your favorite students to victory. Competitors must be current members of the PMA as this is an in  house tournament.

Juniors= ninjas or samurai 6 to 12. (White belts without stripes are not yet ready to compete.)
Seniors= shoguns 13 and up

♪Sparring gear, helmets and gloves required., boots optional

Students compete in age relevant and belt rank relevant groups.

Registering on time:
in order to make up competition lists and draw sheets, awards, etc. we must have your entry by Wednesday, Oct. 21st. On line applications are done  by using pmakarate.com payment link.

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You can enter two events, and if you a senior, up to three.

Kata ¨ Kumite (Sparring) ¨

Shogun option Special kobudo weapons ¨ for seniors only, a 3rd optional event

COST: $15 total

Options to pay or register:

1. go on line to pmakarate.com and use a credit card

2. or write a check or cash in an envelope to PMA and give to instructors or use the drop box provided in the lobby.

3. YOU CANNOT REGISTER AT THE DOOR, NO ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN AFTER October 21st.

♪Competition can be great fun. Autumnfest is intended to give everyone extra practice and preparation before the big and mandatory Stars and Stripes tournament to be held in May next year. Keep in mind that winning only means you had the best kata that day in your division. It does not mean you are the best warrior, the best student, or the next black belt. Have fun first! Learn from being first or tenth! It’s part of life and part of training.