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.

 

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.

 

US BUDOKAI BLACK BELTS DEMO AT THE VALLEY CATS!

US Budokai JR/Teen Black Belt’s demonstrated before a crowd of over 2000 including family and friends at the Tri-City Valley Cats last Thursday 8/19 between the raindrops!! The demo team performed a quick demonstration of basic skills including Taikyoku 1 in synch and a dynamic criss-cross kicking finale! Great job Team!

Check out these video clips!! US Budokai Demo at the Valley Cats; US Budokai Demo at the Valley Cats 2

A misty rain persisted throughout the evening dampening the spectators but not their spirits and a great time was had by all!  We were certainly glad to return to this annual event!! The Tri-City Valley Cats is great family fun! Thanks for coming out to the game!

A recap of the game: Valleys Cats Loss 8/19

Check out the Valley Cats at the Joe Bruno Stadium here: Tri-City Valley Cats

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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.