Last Saturday we had our annual beach training at Sunset Beach. We arrived around 9:15 to overcast skies, but by 10:00 the sun was out for one of the most beautiful days we've had. Sensei ran over 2 hours of training for adults and kids, followed by a swim with the dolphins, and then a barbecue. It was 4 PM by the time we left!
Here is a slideshow with some of the photos by Shihans John and Mary. See these and more at: https://goo.gl/photos/H6z3CLwLe2rJwshNA
Announcement from Sensie Motoi Fukunishi:
Please join in congratulating Justin Damron, promoted from 3rd to 2nd kyu brown belt, and Andrey Emelianov, promoted from 5th to 4th kyu green belt. They both attained the knowledge and skills for their next rank and have been promoted.
Justin, now 15 years old is getting close to black belt. It will be awesome when he gets his black belt, as his father and his uncle have their black belts from Soshu under Shihan's supervision. I was watching one of the old videos -- his sister Alexis was testing for her next rank and Justin was there probably about 4 or 5 years old. 10 years later he is a big and strong young man.
Andrey, did very well on his testing too. As he now is green belt, hope he polishes up his skills and keeps working on his great punching technique. I see he has a special talent in his straight punches -- powerful, fast and great form.
Our next testing will be given by Saiko Shihan in September. Some of our black belts and brown belts will test. We keep working hard to sharpen our skills.
We're very happy to have three new adult members in addition to our new kids!
Mark Wharton (left) joins us after training at Kyokushin-Kan in Tokyo with son Jethro and daughter Serenity!
Son Tran (middle) came to the Fighters Cup tournament with Jun, took photos for us, and decided to join!
David Storvis (right) lives in southern California, but will be training with us when he is in our area.
It was a proud moment on Tuesday night when Sensei held the first session of our new youth class!
Our new young students are:
The faces say it all. It was a big success!
Thanks to Sensei for starting the class and to all of the parents for taking part.
Thanks to Leonard Shieba for putting videos of the Fighter's Cup tournament on youtube for us!
Here is the video of Jun Shinagawa in his second 3-round fight. (Jun is the fighter in the red headgear.)
Congratulations Jun on your semi-knockdown second place trophy!
Writeup by Sensei Motoi Fukunishi:
Please join congratulating all fighters participated 2015 Fighters Cup in San Francisco. We had 4 fighters from SVOK.
Senpai Mike Bello was in senior semi knock down division. I had pleasure judging both 2 of his fights and had the closest seat possible. I want to congratulate his courage, dedication and commitment that he decided to go into the ring and fought two matches. During the second match, opponents right toe by jodan mawashigeri caught his nose and Senpai Mike went down on his knee to lose a ippon. Otherwise, it was pretty close match that actually went into a 2 min overtime.
Jun Shinagawa, originally registered to fight in light weight senior semi knockdown division, then when he arrived at the gym, he decided to give some coaching to young fighters and negotiated to fight in adult semi knock down. Most fighters were in 20's and 30's. He did give good lesson to younger fighters that showing who is senior and finished with second place.
Bryan Klingman fought in knockdown lightweight, his second entry in this division at Fighters cup. There were 3 fighters including Bryan, they all knew each other from fighting at the Enshin's Sabaki Challenge in April. Bryan fought Sebastian from Enshin SF, who won the first place at April tournament. This time he displayed his improved technique, spirit, stamina and strategy and won the match in the 3 min first round with decision 3-0. His second match was against Rich from San Mateo dojo, who placed 2nd in Sabaki tournament. This time, Bryan seemed even more calm and seeing things so well that he dominated most during the match and he landed with Hidari Jodan mawashi geri and got a wazaari, it was a no doubter. The fight continued on until the end of 3 min round then it was 5-0 unanimous decision. He improved his ranking into 1st place among the three. Congratulations.
It was a surprise on last Tuesday night, Tima Mirlok informed me that he would go into adult semi knockdown . He told me that he decided to enter last month but I guess he kept it secret to me and hiding he's been training secretly until the last moment. I did not get chance to watch the fight but heard that he dominated most of the fight until the last few seconds that got him which lead the opponent to win. Hope you come back next year to repay for this match.
Overall, it was an another exciting and successful tournament. It is very nice to have local tournament with such a scale, there were so many different styles competing and making friends. Thank you all for your participation and making the tournament successful. Congratulations to all fighters and enjoy the moment.
Back in 1994 Soshu came to San Jose to do a clinic that focused on low kicks, and how to block them.
Take a look at the video on YouTube to see what we learned.