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TAK Newsletter

Summer 2017
Welcome to the 1st edition of Traditional American Karate's electronic newsletter! Each issue we'll be featuring:
  • Articles written by your favorite TAK Senseis and Sempais
  • Recent promotions, awards and tournament results
  • Reminders and details about upcoming events
  • And much, much more!
Our hope is that this newsletter will help to keep you and your family focused on your training and engaged with our TAK community. And we're sure you'll learn something along the way!

"Be better than you were before!"
From The Mouths of Babes
- Master Martha Burk

Alee Winters is a 15 year old 10th grader who trains at our dojo in Santee, CA. She wrote an essay for her last promotion that included these words. Said Alee, “If your son or daughter is in karate for 5 months, you will not see much of a difference in their behavior. However, if they are in karate for 5 years and you compare them to their peers at school who are not in martial arts, you will see pronounced differences in their maturity and presence. They will be more diplomatic and not as aggressive as some of their peers. They enjoy being at school and learning there. They are generally kind and don’t try to start fights with other students at school and they avoid confrontations that can lead to harm. They won’t feel the need to be cool or fit in but will behave, as they like who they are and enjoy just being themselves.”
I’ll explain how karate works for people like Alee. At our dojo we all work to develop these five attitudinal characteristics: courtesy, respect, discipline, confidence and self-esteem using karate training as our vehicle to do so. Courtesy and respect (politeness, good manners, treating others with value, regard and worthiness) helps create a positive environment for learning and teaching. Discipline (overcoming the opponent within yourself who may lead you down the path of laziness and irresponsibility) helps in the development of good karate skills. Good karate skills helps build confidence (the internal sense that “I can do things well” and there is no need to “prove myself” to others. Confidence, the result of trying (to be disciplined, respectful and courteous) instills self-esteem (the basic belief that “I am okay”). Self-esteem turns on positive feedback and is repeated. The five characteristics are echoed in other areas of your life and with good results. This is how karate is life changing.
TAK Sensei Spotlight
This department of our newsletter is intended to be a platform for our TAK Senseis to share their knowledge and experience from the years training at Trad Am Karate and elsewhere.  Sensei John Ben-Judah, a TAK master instructor, kicks things off in our redesigned newsletter.  – Editors
A Lifetime of Karate
- Master John Ben-Judah

Karate is good practice for life. It strengthens the body, mind and spirit.  There are many benefits to practicing and learning karate.  Self-confidence is a key benefit.  Training helps you gain the knowledge you need for becoming secure in your ability to do anything you put your mind to.  While you appreciate the work and have gratitude for lessons and time received by the Senseis, ultimately you are responsible for your own training.  This realization increases your feelings of confidence and self-assuredness.

As an older practitioner, and one who’s in it for life, I am able to personally attest to the validity and worth of the stretching and flexibility aspect of karate.  When properly done, stretching loosens up the muscles, positively effecting joints, muscles and bones, all the while reducing soreness and injury.  Stretching is for everyone and it’s something that should be done for life.

Many people start training in karate to learn self-defense - important skills that make up part of what karate has to offer – skills that you carry with you all of your life.  The knowledge you gain will always be a part of you; it cannot be taken away. It goes without saying that karate is marvelous exercise. It works out all your body parts while strengthening your mental and emotional capacities.  Over time, you’ll want to do more than just know karate, you’ll want to learn karate.  Since we never stop learning, the learning – and karate – can last one’s entire lifetime.
Information sources such as the TAK Student Handbook, Kids Book and Training Guides are filled with knowledge that will assist the karate-ka on the journey down the path of martial arts study and practice.  Students are encouraged to study these sources extensively.  The information below was pulled from those sources as will many other future articles and clips.
– The Editors
Benefits of Tournaments

1. Tournaments help students of all ages and levels to develop confidence, the ability to speak and perform in front of peers, family, instructors, anyone.

2. Preparing for a competition gives many students the purpose they need to train harder than they normally would, so they can become stronger, more skillful, and rise to a level they might not otherwise reach.

3. Tournaments are fun! Tournaments can also be very inspiring to students, giving you the opportunity to see higher ranks compete so you can see not only where you have come from, but where you are headed.

4. Karate tournaments provide a healthy environment for competition. The emphasis in TAK is on competing with each other, not against each other. At a karate tournament, just as in karate class, how you act is more important than how you perform. Our attitude about winning is this: Students should strive to do your very best, and if you do so you are a winner, regardless of how you place. There are a number of ways to win at a tournament which include 1) having a new experience, 2) meeting a new friend, 3) trying your very best, 4) winning a trophy or other award.

Students of The Month

Kara Neal / Andrew Fabela
Harmony Elmore / Jack Swanson
Emily Haynes
Leilani Lawrence / Isabella Gulla
Christian Albano / Tucker Eagle



Nidan (2nd degree) Black Belt
Sensei Isabel Williams

Adv. Brown Belt
Tabitha Bratton
Katie Bratton
Daniel Webb-King

Int. Brown Belt
Alex Buzyna
Lucas Evans
Eric Holden
Kaj Salzano
Robert Tigau

Brown Belt
Jude Holmes
Rachel Lewis
Gavin Lowry
Averie Phillips
Kendra Smith
Kaelyn Williams
Skyler Winters

Adv. Green Belt
Christian Albano
Ryan Albano
Giovanny Estrada
Perla Estrada
Sydney Hodge
Kara Neal
Jack Swanson
Zachary Teng

Green Belt
Sierra Carrillo
Zoey Carrillo
Zachary LaBarr
Claire Popka
John Popka
Jaden Rios

Adv. Blue Belt
Solomon Caesar
Thomas Callaway
Emily Haynes
Madeline Jones
Georgie Reinstein
William Reinstein
Aiden Turnbloom
Alex Turnbloom

If we missed you, email to have your name added to the next newsletter's Promotions list!
Blue Belt
Damion Campbell
Joshua Carrisoza-Durbin
Harmony Elmore
Sunny Elmore
Logan Falk
Leilani Lawrence
Justin Prather

Purple Belt
Jen Bratton

Kellan Davis
Kole Davis
Andrew Fabela
Isabella Gulla
Dillon McKeon
Brayden Meyers
Eden Olivas
Makenna Prather
Donovan Sainz
Xavier Sainz
Caleb Tepfer
James Tepfer
Nathan White

Orange Belt
Lichen Cao
Anita Carrisoza-Durbin
Gavin Coleman
Charlotte Gorney
Albert Guerra
Cooper Hagood
Pyper Hodge
Jeff Lutes
Aiden Pringle
Hanel Sako
Joshua Sako

Yellow Belt
Isabella Abeling
Anthony Beggs
Chloe Cottrell
Luke Gray
Jacob Hart
Cooper Heinricy
Kevin Kern
Chase Kramer
Noel Larsen
Rylan Larsen
Skylar Larsen
Bela Medina
Oliver Ranson
Upcoming Events
August 12, 2017 - Samurai Karate Tournament
In addition to the classic kata, weapons kata and sparring divisions, two new divisions have been added to our annual event.  They are Dynamic Duo and Soft Stick Sparring.  Dynamic Duo is two-person kata or self-defense techniques.  Stance, eye-contact, technique and energy continues to be primary scoring criteria.  Competitors must be blue belt or above to compete in Dynamic Duo.   Soft Stick Sparring is two person sparring using padded implement for scoring.  The one point (ippon) and two half point (wazari) scoring method will be employed.  Competitors must be brown or black belt to compete in Soft Stick Sparring.  The Samurai Tournament is a Starfighter double points event.  Flyers are available at your dojo.
September 23, 2017 - Starfighter Dojo Tournament
Tournament begins at 3:30 in the afternoon and will include kata, weapons kata and sparring divisions.  Age divisions breakdown is Tiger Cubs (4-7), Mighty Mights (8-10), Juniors/Adults (11 & above).  All ranks may compete including Black Belt Star Eagle competition.
September 29-30, 2017 - IKSA National Training Seminar, Nashville Tennessee
Bill “Superfoot” Wallace headlines this annual event.  All TAK karate-ka are invited to participate.  Visit to view seminar flyer.
November 4, 2017 - 36th Annual Holiday Tournament
You won’t want to miss the HKT as it’s a Starfighter double points event.  – Flyers will be available several weeks prior to the tournament.
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