We are a traditional Shotokan Karate club affiliated with the Japan Karate Association American Federation. To find out more about the karate club, go to the about us page. We have kids & adult karate classes six days a week, at the Prime Time athletic club in Burlingame, about 20 minutes south of San Francisco. If you’d like to train with us, please see our schedule and contact us to find out more.
We had a really nice event at University of New Orleans (UNO) this month at JKA/AF’s National Training Camp. This year’s guest instructor was Sensei Okuma who was so very passionate in his teaching and inspiring as an instructor.
Not only were his classes invigorating, his quick wit and humor was quite enjoyable since he taught his classes in English! Additionally, he took time to review with us JKA’s gold standard judging principles and best practices. Sensei Mikami and Sensei Okuma presided over the Dan exams and JKA qualification exams for instructor, judge and examiner. All our JKA NorCal instructors passed their certification – congratulations to:
Doug Mazur – JKA “D” Judge and “D” Instructor
Wauriman Borges – JKA “D” Judge and “D” Instructor and “D” Examiner
John Sam – JKA “C” Judge
Christina Foo – JKA “C” Examiner
This year was special to attend national camp welcoming Sensei Wauriman to JKA NorCal; introducing our camp experience with our brand new Shodans Sean Kelley and Alan Ropers and building new skill set with our budding instructor/judges Doug Mazur and John Sam … all under our beloved instructor Khim Torres’ leadership before he takes off for his adventure with JKA Maine!
Thanks to Sean (dojo concierge) for arranging a beautiful setting with AirBnB lodging and driving us about town. And Alan (dojo photographer) for photo documenting our experience. And John (dojo chef) for the scrumptious meal – you gave some of you for our culinary delight!
The JKA American Federation National Tournament is coming up November 14-15 at University of New Orleans, and our team is preparing to go. More information will be posted at the JKA/AF web site.
A great turn out! Thank you to everyone that supported our very own JKA NorCal (US team members) who participated in the recent Funakoshi World Karate Cup held in Tokyo, Japan. This is a world tournament that is held every 3 years – hosted in Japan this year. 53 countries participated with estimated numbers of more than 1200 world-class competitors.
Our JKA NorCal team performed very well when considering most are first-time competitors in a world level tournament. The team was headed and coached by Sensei Christina Foo (5th degree black belt), who is an experienced, world-class karate-ka herself.
Here are some pictures of the USA team Kata:
Our team fought hard and everyone had a great time in Japan – making new friends from different countries and sharing experiences and cultures. These were memories to last a lifetime for our young team.
- Philip Hu – placed 6th in kata, boys 9 yrs old
- Ciara Stuhler – competed in kata & kumite, girls 12-13 yrs old
- Zuri Yip – placed 6th in kata, female 16-18 yrs old
- Rosh Torres – tied to 4th/5th place in kata, male 16-18 yrs old
- Sensei Khim Torres – placed 6th in men’s team kata with team mates from Chicago (IL) & Miami (FL)
Once again, thank you all for your kind help and support. We are already setting our sights for the team to work hard towards preparing for the next world championship!
The 5th JKA NorCal Shotokan Karate League will be open to outside dojos for the first time this year. The tournament will be held on August 30th at the Prime Time Athletic Club. This year, the proceeds of our league will help fund our Youth US Team Members to compete in Gichin Funakoshi World Cup in Tokyo, Japan in October 2014. We will also have Shihan Takayuki Mikami (9th dan and chief instructor of JKA/American Federation) as our guest.
This tournament will be pre-registration only. Registration forms must be postmarked no later than August 22nd. (Prime Time karate members can register at the front desk). With your help and support, we expect this league to be another great success. We will be awarding medals for lst, 2nd and 3rd place.
We look forward to seeing you and we thank you in advance for your support.
1. Individual Kata
2. Individual Kumite
3. Team Kata (Intermediate & advanced)
YOUTH DIVISION: (Boys & Girls Combined)
1. WHITE BELTS KATA ONLY
2. YELLOW BELTS (8th kyu) = KATA & GOHON KUMITE, (JODAN & CHUDAN ONLY)
3. ORANGE BELTS (8th kyu) = KATA & KIHON IPPON KUMITE, (JODAN & CHUDAN ONLY)
4. GREEN, PURPLE & BROWN BELTS (6th kyu – 1st dan) = KATA & JIYU KUMITE (SHOBU IPPON)
ADULT KATA & KUMITE DIVISION: (MALE & FEMALE) (Shobu Ippon for all adult kumite events)
1. BEGINNERS DIVISION = WHITE, YELLOW & ORANGE BELTS (9-7 kyu)
2. INTERMEDIATE DIVISION = GREEN TO PURPLE BELTS (6-4 kyu)
3. ADVANCED DIVISION = BROWN & BLACK BELTS (3rd kyu- 1st dan only)
MANDATORY KUMITE GEAR:
YOUTH: (6-12 YEARS OLD)
1. Green to Purple Belts (6th Kyu – 4th Kyu) = (head gear, white hand pads, foot gear & mouth guard)
2. Brown & Black Belts (3″‘ Kyu – 1“ Dan) = (hand pads & mouth guard)
ADULTS: (13 YEARS OLD & ABOVE)
1. Beginners to Advanced Belts = (hand pads & mouth guard)