Team Budokai 2022 Winter Cup

The Value of Competition in Martial Arts

Unlike other sports, the average karate student doesn’t get a chance to perform in a weekly game or test of their martial arts abilities.  Competition Team gives students that chance!!

The competition challenges a students’ confidence and skills in kata (forms), kobudo (weapons), kumite (sparring), and board breaking events.

Competition is not just about winning at all costs and there is much more to be gained from the experience than medals and trophies.  Kids today are exposed to so many of the wrong ideas about competition – just consider the disturbing results and controversy in women’s figure skating from the 2022 Winter Olympics: Time.com Women’s Figure Skating.  We can certainly set a better example of what true and fair competition is and should be.

The added commitment of Competition Team Training should be taken seriously but the friendships that form are also a lot of fun!

The benefits that develop from putting yourself out there cannot be underestimated!!

Competition Team Training Fridays 6:15-7:30 PM beginning March 4, 2022.

We hope this earlier time encourages greater participation!!  Students YELLOW BELT and above may participate in Competition Team Training and try 2 team practices without obligation.  Please stop by the front desk with any questions you may have or to register for team!

Please book into the class with the Member Portal or App for class credit.  This is NOT a makeup class for regular classes.  Effective April 1, 2022, a $25 monthly add-on program fee will be charged to all Team Participants.

Join NOW and be ready to compete at the April 30th Capital District Open! Affiliated with the renowned North East Open, this event is geared towards our first-time competitors! The same organization, family spirit, friendly atmosphere and focus on camaraderie as the North East Open, in a small hometown package! This event is also a part of the 518 Martial Arts Competition Circuit earning member competitor’s points towards end-of-year awards!

TEAM BUDOKAI CLEANED HOUSE AT THE 518 MARTIAL ARTS WINTER CUP on January 30th!

Congratulations to Team Members:  Katie Powell, Louie DiGrigolio-Crannell, Giuseppi DiGrigolio-Crannell, Ethan Gardner, Ashtyn St. James, Liam Otten, Rachel Douglas, and Hudson Treacy for your WINNING performances at the 518 Martial Arts Winter Cup!!

COMPETITION TEAM SPRING SCHEDULE

Feb 25 Team Practice 7-8 pm

March Fridays 6:15 to 7:30

March 4 Team Practice
March 11 No Team
March 12 USBA/WBA Breaking Chicopee
March 18 Team Practice
March 25 Team Practice
March 26 Copper City Rome
April 1 Team Practice
April 8 Team Practice
April 15 Team Practice
April 22 Team Practice
April 29 No Team
April 30 Capital District Open Schenectady – Register Online Now – Capital District Open

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Russ Jarem
Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th-degree black belt
Susan Warzek
Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th-degree black belt

USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park have been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate and for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the skills needed for a successful in school and later in life.

US Budokai Karate Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.  A place to develop mind, body, and spirit.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at RenshiSue@usbka-cp.com or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at USBKA-CP.com

The US Budokai Karate is centrally located in the Capital District Area in Saratoga County, New York at 215 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park, NY  12065.

 

Karate Promotional Achievement!

The results are in! Congratulations on your karate promotional achievement!!

Students across every promotional test gave their best!! With each success, students gain confidence in themselves and the ability to achieve more than they thought possible!!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WHITE BELT AND A BLACK BELT … one thing only?

A BLACK BELT IS…

A WHITE BELT THAT NEVER QUIT!

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Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th-degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th-degree black belt

USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park have been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate has helped hundreds of students develop the skills necessary for a successful life.  Students at US Budokai Karate receive instruction from the most experienced martial artists in the area.

Classes are offered for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary-age kids ages 7 and up.  These programs are designed to help children develop the skills needed for success in school and later in life.

US Budokai Karate Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.  A place to leave the stress behind and to your develop mind, body, and spirit.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at RenshiSue@usbka-cp.com or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at USBKA-CP.com

The US Budokai Karate is centrally located in Clifton Park New York and serves the greater Capital District Area.  US Budokai Karate  215 Guideboard Road, Suite 5, Clifton Park, NY  12065.

 

 

Shihan-dai

Five New Shihan-dai!

The achievement of a fifth-degree black belt, known in karate as the rank of Godan, is extraordinary on its own; for five members of the same school to achieve such an elite rank is unheard of.  But that is exactly what transpired on Saturday, November 6, 2021 when five sensei’s, who embarked on their martial arts journey nearly 20 years ago,  reached a level which few ever do, Shihan-Dai.

Shihan-dai can be translated to “assistant professor” or one who can instruct in place of the master.

In testing for this esteemed rank, each of these individuals proved their ability to uphold this position with a unique challenge.  The candidates were tasked with learning a kata outside of the Budokai system, presenting its lineage, style, performing it, teaching the kata and its underlying application (known as “bunkai”) to the other candidates and seniors in attendance.  Additionally, their knowledge and mastery of the Budokai system was required as well.  No small task!

Shihan-dai William Augustine presented on Naihanchi Kata (Tekki).  The kata is considered one of the oldest kata.  On its surface, the kata may seem simple but it is meant for close-range grappling and strong striking.  It takes years of study to aptly apply power to this kata.  Interestingly most styles incorporate Sanchin Kata or Naihanchi but not both.  US Budokai students practice Sanchin kata.

Shihan-dai Nicole McKay instructed the group on Jion Kata.  “Jion” meaning “temple sound” goes back to the Buddhist temple of Jion-Ji.  The tai sabaki (body movement) employed in the Wado-ryu version of this form, which continues to be practiced by many styles today, seeks efficiency of movement and to ride, flow or dodge an attack rather than meeting it head-on.

Shihan-dai Tanya Rautine brought to us, Paiku.  Paiku is one of the 8 kata of the Ryuei Ryu system.  The style was hidden from the world due to family tradition until 1971.  A relatively unknown system, its foremost practitioner, Tsuguo Sakumoto held the World Karate Federation Championship from 1984-1988 in his late thirties.   Performance video of Sakumoto Sensei can be seen here: Paiku This is a beautiful kata and one which Shihan-dai Tanya has brought to the US Budokai competition team to add to its repertoire.

Shihan-dai Frank Esposito chose Hangetsu Kata, from the Shotokan system, a variation of Seisan, an old kata with a deep lineage.  “Hangetsu” means half-moon and is called such for its crescent-like steps and hand movements.  Hangetsu is very effective for close-in attacks and unbalancing an attacker.  Hangestu uses breathing and breath control much like our Sanchin kata.

Shihan-dai Dan Chouiniere resurrected Bassai-dai for us.  There was a short time when this kata was part of the Budokai curriculum!  Like many kata it can trace its roots back to China and is practiced in many variations today.  Insofar as the kata is practiced with such a variety, so then are its applications whether gross movements or finer more subtle movement – it encourages the student to seek a deeper understanding when comparing.  Shihan-dai aptly pointed out that the longer one studies the more the windows of understanding open and the gifted practitioner learns to improvise and create his own “music” of application.

To have these five martial artists join the elite ranks at US Budokai is an incredible honor and we congratulate them with great pride and thank them for their long-standing dedication.  When you see them, please congratulate them and don’t forget the new title “Shihan-dai”!

We now have twelve members of our dojo ranked at 5th-degree black belt or above.  This speaks so highly of the organization built by Hanshi Russ Jarem, and the depth of knowledge US Budokai has to offer.  OSU!

Congrats Shihan-dai
Congratulations Shihan-dai

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Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th-degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th-degree black belt

USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park have been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate has helped hundreds of students develop the skills necessary for a successful life.  Students at US Budokai Karate receive instruction from the most experienced martial artists in the area.

Classes are offered for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary-age kids ages 7 and up.  These programs are designed to help children develop the skills needed for success in school and later in life.

US Budokai Karate Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.  A place to leave the stress behind and to your develop mind, body, and spirit.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at RenshiSue@usbka-cp.com or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at USBKA-CP.com

The US Budokai Karate is centrally located in Clifton Park New York and serves the greater Capital District Area.  US Budokai Karate  215 Guideboard Road, Suite 5, Clifton Park, NY  12065.

 

Team Budokai

TEAM BUDOKAI IS BACK!

Team Budokai participated in the Saturday, October 30th 518 Martial Arts Tournament in Wilton, NY!  Competitors participated in kata, weapons, sparring, and breaking!

CONGRATULATIONS COMPETITORS ON THESE TERRIFIC RESULTS!

Katie Powell 1st place kata, weapons, and sparring!

Louie DiGrigoli-Crannell 1st place kata and breaking events!

Hudson Treacy 1st in weapons and 3rd in breaking.  (Congratulations Hudson on your first tournament!)

Rachel Douglas, placed 2nd in her adult division for kata and breaking!!

Team Budokai
Team Budokai Sweeps Gold!

Sensei Tanya Rautine is the head coach for Team Budokai and she does an amazing job coaching the team and refereeing these events!  The next competition is will be in January 2022 so it’s not too late to get involved!!

Team Budokai meets on Fridays following weapons class at 7pm.  For more information on Team Budokai and the practice-schedule contact budokaioffice@gmail.com or call 518-383-0484.

518 Martial Arts brings great organization, family spirit, a friendly atmosphere, and a focus on the camaraderie that makes it stand apart in tournament circuits!  Find out more about the 518 Tournament Circuit here! https://www.518martialarts.com/

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Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th-degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th-degree black belt

USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park have been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate and for pre-school children ages, 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the skills needed for a successful in school and later in life.

US Budokai Karate Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.  A place to develop mind, body, and spirit.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at RenshiSue@usbka-cp.com or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at USBKA-CP.com

US Budokai Karate is centrally located in the Capital District Area in Saratoga County, New York at 215 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park, NY  12065.