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The Many Faces of the “New” Karate Dojo

At US Budokai Karate we pride ourselves on being modern-day martial artists, adept at adapting and rising to the challenges that life throws our way.  No one could have foreseen when we closed our doors on March 15, 2020, that it would be nearly 5 months before our students would return and the many faces the “new” karate dojo would wear until that day.

One thing we learned during this challenging time is that even old dogs can learn new tricks!  Adapting to the new technology and remote learning – US Budokai Karate, teachers, and students rose to the challenge!

COVID CHAPTER ONE

“Rise to the Challenge” became our mantra from the first day of COVID Quarantine and we saw dojo members relying on Daily YouTube Home Challenges to stay motivated (and in shape!).  The Dojo Home Challenges, created by Hanshi Jarem, Renshi Sue, and Sensei Mike, come in all flavors from basics and bag work to detailed kata lessons and sparring drills.  Our YouTube Library now boasts over 130 videos including the complete white to black belt curriculum and beyond!  This exclusive resource is available to all members.

YouTube: US Budokai Karate

COVID CHAPTER TWO

The US Budokai Karate ZOOM Classroom went live in May and the second chapter of COVID Quarantine allowed our instructors (to their great relief!) to once again regularly interact with students.  With ZOOM Class sizes-small, instructors are able to give feedback and instruction to virtual students.  Kyu rank students were tested via zoom by mid-May.  A Virtual Promotional is certainly an act “old-school” martial artists would have sworn would never happen!  Never say “never”! Rising to the Challenge again students embraced the opportunity to virtually train.

CURRENT CHAPTER…

Beginning in July we were finally clear to commence “live” classes. Stringent Safety Guidelines and Sanitization Protocols as well as a new Member Portal reservation system keep classes small and manageable.  Students enjoy 2-3 in-school training opportunities weekly.  All classes are age and rank specific to continually encourage members to be the best they can be! Each class has a high instructor to student ratio as well as a simultaneous ZOOM component for when students are not able to attend class in person.

Students train in a generous 100’sq ft area with a WaveMaster specifically assigned to them. There is no contact with others and members are able to maintain proper social distancing throughout the class.

TANDOKU

“Tandoku” – Japanese for “single” or “solo” training is our main focus today.  Solo work provides a unique opportunity to hone basic striking, kicking, and blocking skills.

Traditional kata (forms) practice has always been a large part of what is taught and preserved at US Budokai Karate.  What better time for students to take the opportunity to truly “own” and understand one kata (or more!).  In the early years of karate, students would often work on one kata alone for years to truly discover the depth of knowledge and self-defense application that lies hidden within!

Students challenge their endurance and skills with WaveMaster bag rounds and love to hear “get your gloves on”!  No workout contends with the energy required and the stress released with a great workout on the bag and no one better to coach you than the instructors at US Budokai Karate.

ROOTS REMAIN

Although the “faces” of karate may have changed, the roots remain!  Students at US Budokai learn to take challenges as opportunities; continue to rise as martial artists and, more importantly, to grow as individuals who persevere and adapt to our ever-changing world!

Rise to the Challenge
Our Mantra!

 

Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Renshi 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.

Winter Break Karate Camp

Winter Break Karate Camp

Winter Break Karate Camp 2020

Did you hear??

US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park will offer its second annual Winter Break Karate Camp for the February 2020 school recess!!

Don’t miss out on Winter Break Karate Camp 2020!  From February 17th through the 21st, the half-day camp from 9AM until Noon will offer Games, Sports and Karate Fun!! The camp is for ages 6 to 12.  No prior experience is needed.  Sign your child up today to experience a week of great activity and help to instill a health and fitness mindset for life!

Only $195 for the full week or $45/day – a $25 non-refundable deposit is due at signup.  Please contact us at 518-383-0484 or at inforequest@usbka-cp.com to register b 2/10!

 

Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Renshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt

 

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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.

 

Kyu Promotional Spring '19

Kyu Rank Promotional Examinations

PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATIONS

Kyu Rank Promotional Exams will be conducted on Wednesday, January 15 2020

all regular classes are cancelled

JUNIORS White & Blue Belt 5:45

JUNIORS Yelllow thru Brown Kyu 6:30

TEENS & ADULTS White thru Brown Kyu 7:30

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KYU RANK

PROMOTIONAL DATES for 2020

1/15/20
4/8/20
7/15/20
10/14/20

A reminder that there are NO MAKE-UPS for testing.  

Black Belt Members are encouraged to attend all or one of the promotional examination times to support testing members, partner for self-defense, sparring and other leadership roles as needed.  Please come prepared.  Testing receives 1 full dan book point.

OSU!

Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt

    Susan Warzek

Renshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt

 

 

 

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USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park has 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.

 

Maureen Skinner is showing off Girl Power by doing Karate at the school!

Karate is Girl Power

Karate as Girl Power?

On September 28, US Budokai Karate senior member Maureen Skinner achieved her third degree black belt.  Senpai Maureen is a fabulous role model and our biggest cheerleader when it comes to “girl power”.   As part of her promotional examination, Senpai Maureen was asked to give a presentation as to why she thinks karate is “girl power”.  Here is what she had to say:

 

We come to the dojo for training
And say “OSU!” to fellow students we see
We focus, we learn, we concentrate
Building skills as we sweat in our gi

Skills that help keep our wits about us
Strengthen both our brains and bodies alike
Growing confident in our abilities
To be able to both block and to strike

Karate is more than the “kid” and the “chop”
It is about endurance and keeping ourselves fit
Plus it’s as much about creating a positive self-image
As it is learning how to avoid getting hit

We work out together to develop our form
Both male and female the same
Equality is affirmed in all that we do
Creating warriors is the name of the game

But in fact, girls are generally weaker than boys
With less muscle and bulk to protect
Though speed and agility are in our favor
And can be used to obtain proper respect

So although karate workouts benefit both genders
To develop poise, confidence, and control
I believe these skills are of most value to women
And why the cheer “Girl Power!” I often extol!

BY: Maureen Skinner

Maureen Skinner is showing off Girl Power by doing Karate at the school!
Girl Power!

Girl power because…

…karate develops far more than the ability to defend oneself and provides character development lessons that last a lifetime!  Great role models like Senpai Maureen help keep our students on track! If you are looking for more strong female role models for your daughter, check out  https://www.amightygirl.com/

 

Sincerely,

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


USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park has 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.