North Fork Karate/Hanshi Madani Summer Seminar 2013

Another beautiful August day dawns brightly on our little Town of Paonia…I park my truck, gather my photo gear and grab “the” cake…I keep thinking to myself, “don’t drop the cake” as I enter the dojo…I managed to get the cake upstairs and on the table without mishap…

While I was preparing my camera, Hanshi Madani , Sensei Meyers, and Kai Funk came upstairs to say hello, and get ready for the first class…

Now, with camera in hand and working, off I go….

The Opening Ceremony is an important part of any dojo, and ours is no exception. This is the time when instructors and students start to focus on the upcoming day of training…This is the time when the Masters are given respect and honor for passing on their knowledge…This is the time when students ask their instructors to teach, so they may learn…It is a good start to the day….

Opening Ceremony

Hanshi Madani has come to Paonia for many years…From the Grand Opening of North Fork Karate to today…Hanshi comes to our tournaments, and brings with him a powerful group of students…His knowledge is deep and immeasurable, his instruction is clear and precise…Sensei Brian Meyers accompanied Hanshi Madani this year…His skills are vast, and like all senior Instructors, his instruction is clear, precise, and sought after…Sensei Pace and  his students from Montrose were, once again, warmly welcomed into our dojo…Students of all ages participated in the drills led by Hanshi Madani with the help of Sensei McGavin, Sensei Meyers, Sempai McGavin, Sempai Danielson, and the rest our senior instructors…

Kumite…Sport Karate…Sparring…the practical application of the skills being learned…Scoring points in a competition is the focus of this class…Healthy competition at all levels of training and experience is what Sport Karate is about…Kumite is half of the competition, and is probably the most popular in our dojo…Kumite is fast…It is hard to see points…Hanshi Madani not only covered the basics of sparring, he also covered how to win more points, and how to use the ring to your advantage…”show the judges the point with good technique”…and “never give up”…

Hanshi Madani explaining how to gain power with ushiro mawashi geri

Welcoming our newest Black Belts

It is now official…Doc. Dory Funk and Jim Firor have signed the beam…They passed their 1st Dan test this past spring…NFK is always ready to celebrate a very important milestone for two of our own…Over the years, we have seen their dedication and hard work, so there is no doubt they have earned this honor…

When are we going to see a Jr. Black Belt? Working on it…

 

Sensei McGavin also presented awards to…Marie Kebba, and Sam Stech for Karateka of the Year, 2013…More about this in another post

After a light lunch of sandwiches, cake and singing Happy Birthday to Lisa, the afternoon session begins…

 

 

Kata…the second part to Sport Karate…Learning Kata is not as easy as some make it look…There

Hanshi Madani explaining the finer points of kata…

are many technical items to watch for when performing kata in a competition and when judging kata in a competition…Kata, to me, is like living history, watching history in motion, each move has had someone in the past figure out what that move is, and what it should do, then passed that technique on to us…Kata builds strength, speed, timing, and confidence…There are many Kata’s to learn on the path to 1st Dan, every move is important, and practical…One of my favorite parts when I was  learning kata, is trying to figure out what a move will do…Is it a block? Strike? Both?…As the day came to a close, Hanshi Madani left the class with this thought, “Is this move (first move of Yondan) only a block? Think about it!”…It was amazing at how many ways this one move could be used.

A word to the wise….Always know who your friends are

It is sometimes difficult to stop having fun and learning new things…Unfortunately, it is time to close out the day and say thank you to Hanshi Madani and Sensei Meyers for their time and effort on our behalf…The day was full of excitement, learning, and special recognition of our Dojo Family…

I would like to thank Sensei McGavin for allowing me to photograph our events…

Bob Soby

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