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.
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.
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” – 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.
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!
Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt
Renshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt
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.