Wear your gi with pride!

Character Development is the Gold Standard!

US Budokai Karate is founded on these four pillars of virtue:  Honor, Discipline, Communication, and Respect.  “HDCR!!”  These character traits set the Gold Standard!

It is our goal to work diligently to support your child’s character development beyond the dojo walls.  With your help, we will strive to ensure that your child’s character is developing on three levels: internally, at home, and in the community/world.

Each quarter lessons and class discussions focus on one of the pillars.

Our current quarter (February – April testing cycle) is Honor.

Belt striping has been a regular part of our award system for physical skills – red stripe for kata, white stripe for self-defense, blue stripe for sparring skills, and a black stripe for “ready to test”.

Beginning this quarter, we are instituting the “Gold Standard”!!

What is the Gold Standard?  Gold stripes will be awarded for progress in character development!!

Each quarter 3 Gold Challenges will be issued! These challenges will be treated with equal importance as physical skills.

HONOR

Challenge #1 – Honorable people have dignity and wear their uniforms correctly!  Belt tying challenge!! Students must practice tying their own belts neatly and correctly 20 times (or as many as needed) and be able to demonstrate to earn a gold stripe!

Challenge #2 – Honest people keep promises.  For two weeks, your child must keep a promise at home to help correct bad behavior.
Suggestions:  Bedtime without a fuss, Getting up and ready without a fuss, bath time without a fuss, or completing a chore without being reminded.  Please use Challenge #2 to address what needs to change in your home!

A take-home sheet is available here: Honor Home Challenges for parents to sign and return OR you may let us know your child has earned a Gold Stripe and YOU the parent may have the honor of awarding the stripe while you are here at the dojo!!

Challenge #3 – Honorable people try their best at home AND school! All students must submit a “good” Intent to Promote form which includes positive feedback from home and school.  A “good” report reflects scores of 3 or above in each category. Available here: Intent to Promote

Intent to Promote for this quarter is due on April 4th

Parenting is a skill developed over time and we are here to support you every step of the way.  A great resource for parenting skills and suggestions is A Healthy Place! It truly takes a village to raise a child and we are honored to be a part of your village.

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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.

 

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.