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.

 

OCTOBER 2021 KYU PROMOTIONAL & GRADUATION!

OCTOBER 2021 KYU PROMOTIONAL & GRADUATION!

Congratulations candidates on your successful advancement!!

Our first Kyu Graduation Ceremony (since COVID) will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 6 pm!!  GRADUATES MAY INVITE TWO GUESTS to attend the ceremony.  Space is extremely limited.

IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP YOUR REGRETS TO BUDOKAIOFFICE@GMAIL.COM

Students unable to attend Graduation will receive their belts in class the following week.

This event is at Chrome Food & Spirits in the rear of the building/banquet entrance.  405 Hudson River Road, Waterford, NY. 

Unfortunately due to renewed COVID restrictions at public schools were are unable to host this event at Waterford-Halfmoon School as originally planned.  Thank you for your understanding.

Students, please wear your uniform!! We are excited for you to demonstrate your skills and Budokai spirit for your family and friends before receiving your new belt from Hanshi Jarem!

See you there!!

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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.

 

Black Belt Exam

Fall Black Belt Exam Complete!

Fall Black Belt Exam

Saturday, September 18th marked the second of this year’s black belt examinations (held yearly in March and September).  Hanshi Jarem evaluated eight candidates for JR Shodan and Shodan rank as well as four candidates for Nidan.

We are proud to congratulate all candidates for their success and for a tremendous performance during the promotional examination!!  You showed determination, perseverance, respect, and the skills necessary to be honored with a US Budokai Black Belt rank!

New Black Belts
Congratulations New Black Belts

The road to first-degree black belt (Shodan) takes about 5 years from a JR-level white belt.  Many of the candidates in last week’s testing joined as Tiny Tigers and can attest to an even longer commitment towards reaching the goal of black belt. Part of the testing for first-degree black belt is to write an essay about “How Karate Has Changed My Life” and to present a 2-minute oral presentation.  These self-reflection essays inevitably speak to the success of our program.  Young students impart his/her ability to be more focused, attain better grades, and understand the need to persevere in all life’s endeavors.  Students are also more discerning in their friendships and cooperate more with parents and siblings at home.  Most touching was one candidate acknowledging how karate has helped him handle his autism spectrum disorder; and, these are just a few of the benefits to walking the road to black belt with US Budokai Karate’s proven programs!

What discerns a JR-level black belt (with a white stripe) from an adult black belt is age.  Students must be thirteen (13) years old to wear an adult black belt rank.

Students also must be at a minimum of 13 years old to test for Nidan (second-degree black belt).  We are extremely proud of the work put in by the four new Nidans who all started as JR or Tiny Tiger members (8 – 10 years ago)!! Nidan candidates were asked to read some well know martial arts books and report/reflect upon their readings.  The books included:

Karate-Do My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi, The Karate Dojo by Peter Urban, Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams, and Be Like Water by Joseph Cardillo.  All of these books are highly recommended reading for all martial artists!

Candidates reported not only on the content of the books but also how they were impressed by the same.  Across the board, students deepened their understanding of the philosophies and history underlying karate and matured in their approach to life and training in the arts.  As one continues to progress, it becomes clear that karate is a way of life, a path to help one keep true to themselves, their morals, and ideals.  It far exceeds punching and kicking!!

Check out our Facebook page for photos from the promotional here: Black Belt Promotional September 18 2021 and give us a “like” while you’re visiting!! OSU!

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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.

 

Renshi Rick 7th Dan

Four Decades of Martial Arts

Renshi Rick Brisee’s martial arts journey began nearly four decades ago in a Kyokushin dojo back in 1982 but it was in 1986 that Renshi joined US Budokai and began to forge his own path to 7th degree black belt.  Renshi tested and was awarded sichidan (or sometimes referred to as nanadan) by Hanshi Russ Jarem on May 22, 2021.  US Budokai is honored to have Renshi Rick as a senior member of the dojo and head instructor in the kobudo (weapons) program.  His dedication and commitment to the arts is without question as is his “true student” mindset.  Oftentimes when students attain high rank their journey ends and they believe their “mastery” is enough.  Renshi is a perpetual student of the arts always seeking to grow his abilities, understanding and knowledge.

The higher in rank a student progresses the emphasis shifts from a mere physical toughness of being able to kick and punch well into a deeper knowledge of how to utilize ones skill; specifically, in the application (bunkai) of technique.  Renshi was tasked with not only demonstrating a deep understanding of the katas of our system but also a genealogy of those katas and US Budokai Karate, as we know it.

Some highlights of Renshi’s written assignment are below.

US Budokai can trace its lineage back as follows:

US Budokai Karate was founded in 1987 by Hanshi William Reid and Hanshi Russ Jarem.  Both Hanshi Reid and Jarem trained in the World Seido Organization, founded 1976 by Tadashi Nakamura.  Seido Karate

Nakamura trained in Kyokushin Karate which had been founded in 1964 by Mas Oyama.  Kyokushin Karate  Oyama’s training included Chinese Kempo, Shotokan and Gojo-Ryu.

Gojo-Ryu is one of the four recognized “original” styles of karate although Renshi asserted there should be five.  The other styles are Wado-Ryu, Shito-Ryo and Shotokan.  Shorin-Ryu however could be argued to pre-date all of them.  Nevertheless, all of the founding fathers were contemporaries and either trained together under the same teacher or students of each other.

Interestingly, all styles of karate are less than 90 years old having been founded between 1933 and 1936 with the exception of Shorin-ryu which can trace its origins even further back to China.

We have a handful of masters to thank for the arts but we have senior students, like Renshi Rick whose passion and dedication will keep them alive for generations to come.

Thank you Renshi and Congratulations!

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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.