US BUDOKAI KARATE LIFE SKILL CHALLENGES

US BUDOKAI KARATE LIFE SKILL: DISCIPLINE!

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHES!

Leadership is a life skill all martial arts schools profess to teach but US Budokai is taking this even further with a personal development program for kids and teens!  Within a framework of martial art skills, our program is specifically designed to challenge kids to engage publicly and improve upon their ability to speak and present themselves with peers, adults, and in public settings.  Being able to confidently speak up for oneself and others is a key life skill!

LEADERSHIP BEGINS MONDAY MAY 9TH!!
US BUDOKAI SCHEDULE _ MAY 2022

Students may register for Leadership before OR after their regular karate class in the Member App/Portal.

Quarter Two: DISCIPLINE, the second life skill pillar! Home Challenges sheets can be found here: HOME CHALLENGES _ DISCIPLINE Students may also submit an Intent to Promote form to be considered for a Gold Stripe! Disciplined people have good habits, stay focused and help at home! (All forms are also available at the dojo.)

Leadership is: Emphasis on the “Yes I Can” mentality

The Life Skill Pillars
Honor = Honesty, the first key to an abundant life
Discipline = Obey what is right and follow the rules
Communication = The link between me and the world
Respect = It’s not what you know, or what you have, it’s what you do

Looking for more advice on creating discipline in your home? Check out this article from Very Well Family: 8 Ways to Teach Kids Self-Discipline

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Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt

Michael Favreau

Sensei Michael Favreau, 4th 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.

BLACK BELT SUCCESS!

Congratulations to the Spring 2022 Black Belt Graduates!!

US Budokai Karate Spring 2022 JR Black Belts!

JR Black Belt testing conducted on Saturday, March 26 saw 11 JR level students attain their first level black belt!! After delivering inspiring speeches about their karate journey students worked through hours of self-defense, kata, basics techniques and combinations to finish with strong sparring rounds!! Ranging in age from 9 to 12 these kids will remember this achievement for a lifetime!  Well done!!

Adult and teen candidates gathered on Sunday, March 27th to test their technique, stamina, and spirit!  Nidan (2nd-degree black belt candidates) impressed us with research papers about American Martial Arts masters Ron Van Cleef, Chuck Merriman, Ed Parker, Gene LeBell, and their influence on “modern” martial arts in America today.  Additionally, students spoke on how the philosophy of the martial arts will influence them in the future and the high-level trajectory that training at US Budokai Karate has set for their lives.

JR Black Belts Spring 2022

SR Black Belts Spring 2022

Congratulations all on your tremendous achievement!! 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 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 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

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.

 

2022 Event Schedule

US Budokai Karate 2022 Event Schedule V. 2.1

Plan ahead for 2022 and mark your calendars for all these important dates.  Kyu ranks (colored belts in programs JR Level, Teen, and Adult) cannot make up testing opportunities.  Be prepared!!

Black belts are encouraged to attend all special events and show their support for lower ranks, earn valuable Dan Book points towards your next black belt rank and be a role model!!

Stay tuned for more events to be added … including Black Belt Clinic and Budokai Bowling!

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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.