I can not begin to express how gratifying it was to see the hard work and dedication of so many amazing students pay-off yesterday at the 2017 United Uechi Invitational. I felt like I was beaming with pride as I witnessed the great sportsmanship and positive attitudes demonstrated by the competitors, teachers, and their families throughout the day. The level of competition displayed at the tournament spoke for itself and the intensity of the competitors was palpable. I was beyond impressed with the technical precision and spirit of the performances. One thing is for sure – the future of Uechi-Ryu is in good hands! Of course, I would be remiss not to recognise the officials for their hard work and commitment to this event. Your countless hours of training to prepare for judging showed in your professionalism and objectivity. You ARE the reason why this event is the premier Uechi-Ryu karate tournament in New England, and I’m grateful for your support. Lastly, I would like to extend a very special thank you and congratulate sensei Robert Spoon, sensei Andrew Moores and sensei John Scully for their tireless work in helping to create and make possible this extraordinary event for the future generations of Uechi-Ryu. Arigatogozaimashita!
The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, said it best – ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’
Intention is powerful, but it’s different than action. Taking action, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant, is the essence of true living. Without action nothing can begin. Every extraordinary accomplishment in life started the exact same way – with the first step.
I reflect on this every time a new person walks into the dojo for the first time.
It’s meaning is profound and for a time, I considered inscribing the words permanently on the dojo’s entrance.
Dear Parents and Families,
I am very excited to share with you that we’ve officially begun our preparation for the 3rd United Uechi Open Karate Tournament being held on March 18th at Gordon College. This will be our dojo’s third year co-hosting the event and we are thrilled to be able to once again provide our students with a rare opportunity to participate in such a high quality event. We’ll be working hard over the next eight weeks preparing for the tournament and look forward to seeing the progress and growth that accompanies our efforts as all the students begin their preparations.
This tournament is open to all children in the Karate Kids program as well as all adult students. I sincerely hope that you will encourage your child to participate or participate yourself in the tournament so that all our students can fully benefit from the process of preparing to participate in such an event. We will be looking for parent volunteers as well to help fill some supporting roles the day of. If you haven’t picked-up a tournament registration form at the dojo, I’ve attached one to this email for your convenience. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance in filling it out. We’ll be spending a lot of time over the next eight weeks educating students about how the tournament will be run and how to best prepare for their kata performance.
If you have any questions about what the tournament entails and how both you and your children can get involved, please feel free to contact me. Below I’ve also included a list of FAQ’s which I think will answer many of your questions. We’re really looking forward to making this a fun and exciting event for everyone involved! Thank you in advance for your support and assistance.
Sensei Chip Quimby
United Uechi Open
FAQ – Children’s Divisions
- What is United Uechi Open Tournament exactly?
The United Uechi Open is an opportunity for three different dojo’s in the area to come together and offer students a venue to test their skills, build confidence and meet new karate friends.
- What are the other two schools like?
North Shore Karate Academy and Atlantic Karate Training Center are dojos very similar to our own in that they too practice Uechi-Ryu karate and have high standards. Both dojos have been established for many years and are lead by highly competent professional instructors.
- When is the registration deadline?
- Is there parking?
Yes, plenty of parking at Gordon College.
- When and where is it?
The tournament will be held March 18th at the Gordon College Bennett Athletic Center, located at 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984. The tournament will start at 10:00 am with kata divisions.
- How can my child get involved?
Children may be eligible to participate in Individual kata and or Team Kata. In the individual kata division students will demonstrate their rank-specific kata. Beginners (white, yellow, orange belts) will perform Sanchin, Intermediate and Advanced students (blue, purple, green, red and advanced red belts) will have the option of performing the kata of their choice.
- How are the divisions separated?
Divisions are broken down into age groups as well as by varying degrees of experience based on time spent training. This ensures that students have the opportunity to compete against other children of similar skill and age.
- How many children will be in each division?
Our goal is to have enough participants for each age bracket to be well represented. Ideally, all divisions will have a minimum of four participants and no more than 20. Divisions with four or less members will be merged with another division to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to compete; likewise divisions with more than 20 members will be split into two smaller, more specialized divisions.
- How is individual kata judged?
Kata demonstrations will be assessed and scored by highly trained judges who will evaluate children on four key performance elements: knowledge, focus, balance and spirit.
- Is the tournament safe?
Yes, safety and fairness are the focus for any well run karate tournament. The referee’s will ensure that all participants follow the rules and that participants conduct themselves is a safe and responsible manner.
- How can I get involved?
All families are encouraged to come and support those students who are participating, even if their child has opted not to compete. Showing support by attending the tournaments is a great way to help build and foster solidarity and spirit at the school, and is something that’s always very appreciated. If you’re interested in volunteering to assist the day of the tournament we’d be happy to find you a suitable role, such as score caller, score keeper or competitor chaperone.
- Does my kid need extra practice to compete?
Similar to preparing for a belt exam, students are encouraged to practice beforehand to ensure the most rewarding experience possible. We will be practicing in class however we will also be working on the curriculum as always. If students feel they need more practice they are welcome to speak to Sensei about training opportunities and goals.
- What additional resources are available?
Videos have been made of each kata and are available on our website and YouTube for students to use during their preparation for the tournament. Preparation is the truly the key to success and the children are being encouraged to practice outside the dojo.
- Will everyone be recognized and awarded for participating?
Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. It’s my firm belief however that the true benefit of competing lies in the process by which a students go through in order to prepare themselves.
- How early before an event should I come?
Doors open at 9:00 am with check-in from 9:00 – 9:45 am. Students attending the tournament should be ready for the opening ceremony, which will begin at 10:00 AMpromptly, with kata divisions starting immediately after that. Younger students will compete first, promptly at 10:00 am.
- How will you, Sensei, be involved?
Each of the dojo owners will be there and supporting the event and refereeing advanced levels.
- Are cameras allowed?
By all means, of course! Similar to belt exams, we welcome you to take as many photos as you’d like as long as it does not interfere with your child’s performance.
Authentic Karate Training Center has a new Black Belt!
Congratulations to the newest Junior Black Belt of the Shiseikan – Miss Amanda Martin. We couldn’t be more PROUD of you Amanda, and all that you have accomplished. Thank you for your extraordinary perseverance and tireless dedication karate-do. You truly are an amazing young women! Congratulations on earning your black belt.
To see all the great pictures captured during Amanda’s test, please see the link here.
Dear students and families,
We’re happy to present our dojo Winter Newsletter! In this issue you’ll find a recap of some of the most memorable events of this past fall as well as information on upcoming events, parties and news. Please follow the link below to access it at your convenience.
We hope you enjoy the fourth edition of the Shiseikan Karate Dojo Newsletter! We’re looking forward to an extraordinary winter here at the dojol!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we will see you back at the dojo on the new schedule starting Monday!
The Authentic Karate Training Center Staff
Congratulations to our November test candidates on their impressive achievement this weekend. Your determination and commitment throughout the exam were unshakable! Our dojo is so proud to have students of such genuine character. Congratulations on all that you have earned!
Sanchin Kata – Kids Karate at Authentic Karate Training Center
A serious student is never too young to start leaning to synthesize the concepts of Shin-Gi-Tai. During Sanchin kata, while exercising consciousness and presence, every karate-ka is presented with a puzzle. Attempting to solve this puzzle, despite the difficulty, offers the karate-ka an extraordinary opportunity to grow – physically, mentally and spiritually.
It was a BIG weekend for testing here at AKTC. Many of our students tested for their next rank and made an excellent showing. Their hard work and preparation clearly apparent throughout the exam. Congratulations to everyone who participated – you should all be very proud of yourselves for doing something so special!