Sunday, December 28, 2008
TO: All SKIF-USA Members (High Priority!) The 10th SKIF World Tournament, along with Yudansha Kai training sessions and SKIF dan grading under Kancho Kanazawa, will be held in Athens Greece , from July 21-26, 2009 . Once again, SKIF-USA hopes to send a strong team to the 10th SKIF World Tournament. There is detailed information on the 10th SKIF World Tournament on the SKIF-Japan website, which you can link to from our SKIF-USA website (www.skifusa.com) or by going directly to www.skif.jp.
All the tournament rules and divisions are listed there. Because it is important to have our team roster set as soon as possible, YOU MUST LET US KNOW BY JANUARY 12, 2009, IF YOU OR ANY OF YOUR STUDENTS PLAN TO PARTICIPATE AS MEMBERS OF THE SKIF-USA TEAM. WE NEED THE PARTICIPANTS’ NAMES, ADDRESSES, AGES (dates of birth), DIVISIONS THEY WANT TO COMPETE IN, AND WEIGHT IF THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A KUMITE WEIGHT DIVISION. YOU MUST RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL VIA EMAIL BY JANUARY 12, 2009 OR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SKIF-USA TEAM. The only limitations on the number of participants will be in the 20-39 year old “Senior Divisions.” (See the information on the website for details on this.)
However, we do need to know who is planning to compete in all of the divisions by January 12, 2009. With respect to the 20-39 year old “Senior Divisions,” if we have more competitors who want to compete than positions available, the SKIF-USA Board & Technical Committee will select the team members based on their participation and placement at our SKIF-USA Nationals in Florida, and on their past competition and training records, just as we have done in the past. This is another reason we need to know by January 12, 2009 if you or any of your students plan to be on the team. At this time, I am unsure how much travel planning SKIF-USA will be able to do on behalf of the team but I hope to be able to send you more information on this via email after January 12, 2009. In addition, we will probably hold a team training seminar led by our SKIF-USA Board & Technical Committee members sometime in the spring, and we will send out more information on this in early 2009. Finally, we wish you Happy Holidays, and we look forward to receiving your responses to this email by January 12, 2009.
SKIF-USA General Secretary
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Unlike tournament kumite, match-style kumite does not adhere to any special rules, such as those stipulated in competition regulations. One's conscience dictates the only rules that exist for this type of kumite and, within the framework of these rules, practitioners call on the mental, physical, and technical faculties that they have developed and polished through daily training.
The shiai-kumite of karate-do is characterized by attacks of deadly force that are controlled to stop a mere inch in front of their intended target. Mastering the control of one's body and limbs facilitates the control of one's spirit, which fosters self-discipline and contributes to the building of character. Because there are no formal rules, the threat of serious injury poses a genuine risk. Accordingly, shiai-kumite relies heavily on not only the participants' sense of responsibility, but also on mutual trust.
The true essence of karate-do boils down to how to control a strike that is powerful enough to kill with a single blow by delivering it so that its explosive force culminates at the instant before it reaches its target. This ability can only be achieved through the diligent and steady training of first tanren (training) kumite, followed by kihon (basic) kumite, and then yakusoku (promise) kumite
Saturday, December 13, 2008
In last Wednesday night's class (Nov. 19), we practiced Ten No Kata. I'm going to try to briefly summarize it. A complete description is contained in Gichin Funakoshi's Karate-do Nyumon.
I. Ten No Kata Omote (solo exercises, without a partner).
A. Attacks - starting from shizentai (natural stance), alternating sides of the body, returning to shizentai after each attack.
1. Oi zuki chudan (middle-level lunge punch).
2. Oi zuki jodan (upper-level lunge punch).
3. Gyaku zuki chudan (middle-level reverse punch).
4. Gyaku zuki jodan (upper-level reverse punch).
B. Defensive combinations - also starting from shizentai, alternating sides of the body, stepping back to block, returning to shizentai.
1. Against chudan oi zuki:
a) Gedan barai (down block), chudan gyaku zuki, both in front stance.
b) Uchi ude uke (inside-to-outside forearm block), chudan gyaku zuki, both in front stance.
c) Shuto uke (knife-hand block) in kokutsu dachi (back stance), chudan nukite (middle-level spear hand) in zenkutsu dachi.
2. Against jodan oi zuki:
a) Jodan shuto barai (upper-level knife-hand block) in kokutsu dachi, grabbing the punching arm and pulling it to your hip as you change to zenkutsu dachi, jodan gyaku zuki.
b) Jodan age uke (rising block), chudan gyaku zuki, both in zenkutsu dachi.
c) Jodan uchikomi (bottom-fist block against the outside of the punching arm - looks like an upper-level soto uke, outside-to-inside round block), chudan gyaku zuki.
II. Ten No Kata Ura - done with a partner in the manner of Kihon Ippon Kumite (basic one-step sparring), with the attacker executing either jodan or chudan oi zuki from front stance and the defender using the defenses described above.
Scott Monroe Instructor,
Austin Shotokan Karate
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Beginning from down block position in front stance:
1. Stepping forward into front stance, triple punch, face-stomach-stomach.
2. Stepping backward into front stance, rising block, reverse punch stomach.
3. Stepping forward into front stance, outside round block (soto uke), reverse punch
4. Stepping backward into back stance, inside forearm block (uchi uke), moving front
foot to change to front stance, reverse punch stomach.
5. Stepping forward into back stance, knife-hand block (or strike), front-leg front kick,
moving front foot to change to front stance, reverse spear hand stomach.
6. Hands at sides for kicking (mae geri gamae), rear-leg front kick, leg back.
7. Front-leg front kick face, rear-leg front kick stomach, stepping forward.
8. Move rear foot behind front foot to change to side stance, facing to the rear. Step-
ping across, side snap kick.
9. Turn to face the other way, stepping across, side snap kick with the other leg.
10 Turn to face the other way, stepping across, side thrust kick.
11. Turn to face the other way, stepping across, side thrust kick with the other leg.
12. Turn to face the other way (you should be facing in the opposite direction from
the starting position), change to fighting stance (jiyu gamae). Rear-leg round
kick, stepping forward into front stance, front-hand backfist strike-snap face,
reverse punch stomach
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Teruyuki Okazaki Hirokazu Kanazawa Hideo Ochi Yutaka Yaguchi Masaru Miura
ISKF/US 10th Dan SKIF/JAPAN, 10th Dan ISKF/US 9th Dan JKA/EUROPE 8th Dan SKIEF/ITALY 9th Dan
The 43rd ANNUAL ISKF MASTER CAMP INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL JUNE 12 - 19, 2009 CAMP GREEN LANE, PENNSYLVANIA USATOURNAMENT featuring some of the finest Sensei in the world will be again be held at Camp Green Lane. This international karate camp is open to all Shotokan practitioners, regardless of affiliation. It is a full week of instruction for beginners to black belts with separate training facilities and instructors for each rank.No other Shotokan camp is comprised of such high-ranking internationally well-known masters and is attended by Shotokan karate-ka from over 40 countries. A Pdf flyer for the camp is linked here.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"Seek Perfection of Character -Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto."
Basic logic states that perfection of anything is ultimately impossible and is in essence something God-like. The reason why is simply because if you can put a value on something then that value can always be bigger, better, more, higher, longer, etc., and ultimately infinite in nature. If the world and the universe is infinite, then perfection can not possibly exist. Many people have differing opinions on this of course.
So if perfection is impossible, then why are we striving for ‘perfection of character’ anyway? Isn’t that a waste of time? Some people would say yes but I disagree. The point being that by striving for perfection we constantly improve and polish ourselves. Our techniques become stronger, faster and more focused. Our etiquette and spirit improve and we become calmer and more in control of our lives and our emotions. Essentially all we are doing is getting closer to perfection than we were before, despite knowing that the ultimate goal may be unattainable.
Indeed it is perhaps the fact that our ultimate goal is unattainable that the challenge of Karate will never diminish and actually gets harder as we gain more experience. After passing my 3rd degree black belt I wrote in my notes that “the more I learn the less I know” and this just underlines further the point I am trying to make. Our path in Karate and any martial art is that of the exponential graph that starts off slowly, picks up speed but as it gets closer to the goal it takes longer to get there. Just like the graph we will never quite reach perfection but at least by trying we too get closer and closer to our goal.
This is the true meaning behind striving for “perfection of character”.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
For our youths 13 and under, we will be holding an art contest. All the drawings will be displayed at the tournament site throughout the weekend. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners and all participants will receive a certificate.
We cordially invite you, your members and representatives of your organization to participate in this world class event. The promotion of respect for each other’s cultures through our shared vision and appreciation for the art of karate can be an experience that unites us. Please invite other Karate dojos and colleagues to join us as well.
If you will be needing an official letter of invitation (international competitors need to include competitors’names and passport numbers for US Embassies) you may e-mail your name, mailing address, phonenumber and number of competitor packets needed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel: Springhill Suites Chicago/O’Hare: 8101 Higgins Road, Chicago, Il 60631USA Phone: 773-867-0000 Fax: 773-867-0001 http://www.marriott.com/ Rates are $84 per night, plus tax.
Shihan M. Bambouyani Dr. Charles Guengerich
ITKA Chairman Wright College President and Co-sponsor
The week’s events include seminars (youth and adult) conducted Tuesday and Wednesday (7/21/09 - 7/22/09) with elimination rounds of the tournament starting Thursday 7/23/09 and concludes with the final rounds on Sunday, 7/26/09. According to information from SKIF Greece, they are suggesting we book our hotel rooms by the end of January. The tournament is being held during a peak tourist time and hotels fill up fast. Also, the hotels in the P Faliro district are the closest to the event center.
To ensure a smooth tournament registration process, all registrations for the SKIF-USA National team will be handled through SKIF-USA Headquarters. We will be sending out additional information regarding registration shortly. To accommadate each persons budget and schedule, we are asking everyone to make their own travel and hotel arrangements.
We will be contacting everyone with updates and additional details as they are received. We are looking forward to see you in Greece!
SKIF-USA Board of Directors
I had the good fortune to be able to attend several trainings under Nishiyama Sensei. He helped me to start to appreciate the do in karate-do. He strove to leave the world a better place than he found it. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.
Oss!Scott MonroeInstructor, Austin Shotokan Karate
The International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) is in mourning today following the passing of their President and Chairman, Hidetaka Nishiyama at the age of 80. Mr. Nishiyama was a world renowned karate master well known for his steadfast dedication to the preservation and protection of the Martial Art of Traditional Karate. “Mr. Nishiyama passed away peacefully following his struggle with cancer”, a family spokesperson said.
Mr. Nishiyama dedicated his life to the Budo principles on which his beloved Martial Art of Traditional Karate is based. As a Charter Member of the Japan Karate Association and founding President of the Japan Karate Association International of America and the International Traditional Karate Federation, his influence on the modern day practice of Traditional Karate is unparalleled. “He was truly one of a kind”, said Acting ITKF Chairman, Rick Jorgensen. “He has greatly influenced and impacted the lives of those who practice Traditional Karate.” “His vision was very broad. It included people of all ages and all styles of karate”, said Jorgensen. “Sensei Nishiyama strongly held the belief that the Martial Art of Traditional Karate was a path of self development. School children, adults and seniors can use the principles of Traditional Karate to achieve their highest potential through the human development of mind, body and spirit.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, on October 10, 1928, Mr. Nishiyama had a long history of Martial Art training beginning at a very early age. He began training in Kendo under the instruction of his father, an accomplished Kendo master, at the age of 5. At the age of 10 he began his training in Judo and in the Shotokan karate dojo where he achieved his first degree black belt in 1946 under Master Gichin Funakoshi. Regardless of where Mr. Nishiyama traveled, he left his mark as a leader. He was named captain of the Takushoku University Karate Team and was co-founder of the All Japan Collegiate Karate Federation. He received a Master of Arts degree in economics from Takushoku University and in 1951 he co-founded the Japan Karate Association and was elected to its Board of Directors.
In 1960 he published his first book: Karate: The Art of Empty-Hand Fighting. Today, his book still remains one of the foremost authoritative writings on the Martial Art of Traditional Karate. In 1961, following his move to the United States, Mr. Nishiyama formed the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF). He later formed the JKA-US that set standards for the practice of the JKA style of karate. In 1973, he formed the International Amateur Karate Federation (which later became the International Traditional Karate Federation) and in 1976 submitted the first application to the International Olympic Committee for recognition of Traditional Karate on behalf of its athletes representing different styles of Traditional Karate.
In 1999, Mr. Nishiyama received an American flag which had flown over the Capitol Building in his honor on October 10 – the date of his birthday. The flag was in recognition of his unwavering effort on behalf of Traditional Karate and to acknowledge his significant contribution to the physical and psychological health of Americans. In 2000, Mr. Nishiyama was honored by the Emperor of Japan who presented him with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Republic of Poland also honored Mr. Nishiyama in 2001 with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, which was presented in Warsaw by the nation’s President, Aleksander Kwaśniewski at the opening ceremony of the first Traditional Karate World Cup.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
In June several Austin Shotokan Karate members participated in a 3-day SKIF-USA seminar in Houston at the Post Oak YMCA (hosted by Shadi Barazi, Sensei) covering kata, kumite and kihon. Pictured above are Kancho Kanazawa, SKIF President, Gerald Mendoza, Norman Scott Monroe, Sensei (Instructor of Austin Shotokan Karate) and Joe Formica, Sensei.