Posted by: dssundd | April 19, 2010

Clinic and Testing with Sensei Nakazawa

Saturday April 24th

Homer Shotokan Karate Club

Testing and Clinic Schedule

Sensei Tony Nakazawa  6th Dan

We are excited to have Sensei Tony Nakazawa visit the Homer Dojo for teaching and testing.  Sensei Nakazawa is the Regional Director and chief instructor of the Alaska Shotokan Karate/ ISKF Alaska Region.  Please make time to attend this training session.


1st Kyu Only                                                                                           12:30 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Belts (orange through brown)     1:30 pm

Beginning Belts                                                                                      2:30 pm

TESTING (all belts)                                                                       3:45 pm

There will be a Dojo Potluck at 5:30,  all Dojo families are invited.

Register for your test with Sensei Martie by Thursday April 22nd.  Include your test fee and signed release form. Make checks payable to SBLC.  Test fees are $35.00 for the first family member and $15.00 for each additional family member.  You must be a current (2010) ISKF Alaska member to test and have the approval of your instructor to test.

Other News

  • The summer 2010 Dojo training schedule is out.  You can pick up a copy at class.
  • The Alaska Open Karate Championship tournament was held in Anchorage on April 17th.  Participants of various karate styles from all over the state participated in kata, kumite, team kata and weapons kata competitions.  Dean attended from the Homer Karate Club.  Dean competed in the mens senior (35 and older) divisions of kata and kumite.  Dean won first place in both events.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to serve as board members as we look to create a not-for-profit organization.  Please let Martie or Dean know if you are interested.


Posted by: dssundd | April 11, 2010

Non Profit Status

We are looking at setting up the Homer Karate Club as a non-profit organization. In order to do this we will need people willing to become board members. If you are interested in being on the board please see Martie. It would be great to have a parent or two as part of our board.

So far we have not posted pictures of our students on this blog. We don’t want to post pictures of anyone on the internet without permission, so please let us know if is OK to put your picture or your child’s picture up.

Posted by: dssundd | March 30, 2010

ISKF 2010 Alaska Regional Tournament

On Saturday March 27th five of us from the Homer Dojo participated in the ISKF Regional Tournament in Anchorage.  ISKF dojos from Bethel, Juneau, Wasilla, Eagle River, Homer and Anchorage were represented.  I have never attended a sporting event where I saw so much respect and support between competitors who were all giving it their all.   From the Homer Dojo, Matthew, Dylan, Alex, Dean and Sensei Martie all competed in individual kata and kumite events.  Events were divided into groupings of rank, age and for adults, gender.

At one point the entire tournament stopped.  An elaborate cake was brought in and Sensei Susan Jones was congratulated for earning the rank of Godan (5th Dan).  She recently traveled to Vancouver and tested for Godan with Sensei Yaguchi.   Please congratulate Sensei Jones next time you see her.

Tournament Results:

  • Matthew competed in youth ages 9-10.  He won honorable mention in kata and kumite.
  • Dylan competed in youth ages 13-14.  He won honorable mention in kata and kumite.
  • Alex competed in the Adult mens intermediate category.  He took 2nd place in kata and kumite.
  • Dean competed in the Adult mens advanced category.  I won 1st place in kata and kumite.
  • Sensei Martie competed in the Senior womens division.  She won first place in kumite for the second year in a row.

This was my first tournament experience.  One of the things that some of us discussed and that I found challenging was coping with nervousness when competing and performing kata in front of the judges.   Friday evening, the night before the tournament there was a training for all participants at the dojo at the Spenard Rec. Center.  Students of each rank took turns performing various kata in front of the whole group.  I found myself front and center and asked to go through Jion which is a kata I don’t know very well.  I made lots of mistakes, finished it last and knew the senior instructors saw me fumbling my way through it.  Then I had to preform Baisai-Dai.  This is my kata and the one I had practiced for the competition on Saturday.  Although I know the kata well, I had the experience of feeling jittery and even noticed difficulty in the way I was breathing while going though it.

Part of the value in participating in a tournament is working through fears and feelings like I have described.  All of us found our own ways of coping with the intensity that comes with a competition.  For myself, I found I needed to keep my body warm and stretched out.  I spent quite a bit of time in the warm up area practicing my kata and ipon kumite.   When it was my turn to do my kata  for the judges, I had to put them out of my mind, pay attention to my breathing and technique, and trust that the practice I had put in would pay off.  At this point the competition was as much psychological as it was physical.  It was nice to be able to enjoy the satisfaction of winning my event, but really what I enjoyed most was that I found my confidence and was able to breathe while performing Baisai-Dai.

Upcoming Events:  April 17th there is an open karate tournament in Anchorage.   Sensei Martie has information about signing up and registering.

Testing:  April 24th, Sensei Nakazawa. will be teaching clinics and holding testing.  Talk with Sensei Martie to see if you are ready to test.

Oss  –Dean

Posted by: dssundd | April 3, 2009

State Karate Tournament

The State Karate Tournament is coming up in a few weeks in Anchorage. This tournament is open to all. There is more specific information at the dojo. If you are considering going there are two deadlines to be aware of.

Sign up deadline of April 4 to have your name on the tournament T-shirt

Registration Deadline of April 10.

More information will be available at class this Friday at 6pm.

If you have further questions please contact Tony Nakazawa 460-0825

Homer Karate Classes on Tuesday March 31 and Friday April 3rd will start at 6:00pm with Dean.

Congrats to all who participated in the ISKF tournament in Anchorage. I’ve copied Martie’s email about the tournament below. –Dean

Here are the results of the tournament in Anchorage:

Homer Dojo shared the Spirit of the Tournament Award with Juneau and Bethel. This was announced at pizza following the tournament’s end.

Eight people braved the roads and ash to travel to Anchorage for the first ISKF tournament for our dojo. This is a historic moment for us. The last tournament attended by the Homer Dojo occurred in 1996. These karateka were Matthew Prescott. age 8, beginner; Rowyn Cunningham, age 10, beginner; Owen Meyer, age 11, beginner; Thane Cunningham, age 12, beginner; Chloe Magin, age 9, intermediate; Kyle Johnson, age 10, intermediate; Alex Ball, age 17, intermediate; and Sensei Martie Krohn, senior division.

Six medals were earned by these eight people. Matthew Prescott took first in both kata and kumite. Chloe Magin and Kyle Johnson tied for third in kumite. Martie Krohn took first in kumite and second in kata. Winning a medal is fun, but it is not the most important thing about taking part in a tournament. Read on trough this lengthy newsletter to find out more.

Martie also completed her test for first kyu following the tournament and successfully completed that level, but not without embarrassment. Read on for the details.

Taking part in a tournament allows us to, first of all, see how people from other dojos perform their karate, and second of all, allows us to see where we ourselves need to improve. For instance, when I performed my kata, I thought that I was doing really well, and then I realized that I was rushing my kata and not performing my stances as well as I knew I could. I also did not pay a lot of attention to little details like looking before moving. As a result, my kata was not performed in the best manner that I am capable of doing. I will now pay more attention to this kata and work to refine it so that the next time I perform it, I will have trained my body to do the kata well instead of relying on my brain to tell my body how to do it. I did not have the body memory to do it well because I did not practice it well prior to the tournament. A lesson learned. Later in completing my testing, I learned another lesson that I think some of the rest of the participants will realize the importance of when they stop to think about how they did. This lesson is to continue practicing kata that I have learned previously with the same intent that I practice my belt kata. I have not given Tekki Sho very good attention lately. On my test, I did part of it backwards. A lesson learned. Now it is up to me to make it happen. I challenge each of the participating karateka to think about their own lessons learned and to resolve to work on the areas they need to focus on. It is easy to say that you did not win because everyone who was on the white side was being ignored and you only won if you were wearing the red belt. It is easy to say that the judges were playing favorite with students they knew. It is easy to say that the other person made you mess up. It is not easy to say “I did not practice well enough on this part of my kata or kumite.” How many of you want to do only the advanced work in class and feel that the basics and beginning kata and kumite are “too easy?” How many of you complain when a new white belt joins the class and do not put a lot of effort into going over the basics and trying your best to really do them well? These are just a few questions that we need to ask ourselves as we study karate.

Everyone who took part in the tournament is now part of a unique group of people. This group of people has taken part in an opportunity to examine their karate practice and to think about how well they train. If training is always focused on learning more advanced material, then the foundation for performing karate under stress will have been week. If the basics have been practiced well, then the performance will show this. Most of the people who participated in the tournament know katas well beyond their kyu rank. One person knows only what he needs to know for his rank. Matthew, who thought he wanted to quit doing karate, discovered that when he puts his mind to it, his technique is effective and his kata is beautiful. He was awarded for his effort in winning two first place medals. Will he do this next year? Maybe and maybe not. It is up to him to improve his training for a new challenge. He will be a year older and in a new division, one of the largest age divisions at the tournament. He may even have a higher rank. All of that means he will have to work harder. The same is true for all of you. This is a reminder that having strong basics provides you with the ability to advance easily and consistently.

This is a challenge to all karateka in the Homer Dojo, both those who are practicing and those who are not attending class. Set a goal for next year to improve your karate–make your early katas better, improve sanbon kumite, focus on learning your belt kata and kumite form, begin attending class again, enter the tournament next year.

We now have two historic groups at the Homer Dojo–the first ISKF test group, Christopher and Corey Bice and Dylan Zharoff, and– the first ISKF tournament group, Matthew Prescott, Owen Meyer, Thane and Rowyn Cunningham, Chloe Magin, Kyle Johnson, Alex Ball, and Martie Krohn.

Our next big dates are testing in early May in Homer with Sensie Susan and the 2009 Alaska Karate Camp in August. Details will be available soon.

For anyone wanting more tournament experience, there is the Alaska Open Tournament on April 18 in Anchorage. Details are available at the dojo.

Practices are at 6 pm only for March 31 and April 3 with Dean teaching. I will return the following week on April 7 with the normal schedule resuming. See you then and good practising. A final congratulations to the tournament group. I am proud of all of you. I am happy to be your teacher and look forward to seeing all of you in class in a week.

Posted by: dssundd | March 8, 2009

Regional Karate Tournament

The Alaska Regional Karate Tournament is happening in Anchorage on March 28th. We are all invited to participate. Martie has registration information. This is a good opportunity to meet ISKF members from around the state and will be a great learning experience. There may be an opportunity for rank testing at the tournament as well. Hope to see you there.

Please be sure to turn in your 2009 ISKF membership to Martie. The cost is $40.00. As members we can participate in training at any ISKF dojo. So if you are traveling to Anchorage or anywhere there is a dojo, you can take in a class!

Posted by: dssundd | February 21, 2009

Teen/Adult class on Thursdays?

We are thinking of starting a Thursday evening teen and adult class at 6PM. If you are interested, please let Dean or Martie know.

Posted by: dssundd | January 25, 2009

Welcome to the Homer Karate Club’s info Blog!

The Homer Shotokan Karate Club is affiliated with the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF).Check back regularly to keep up with dojo schedules and events. We will also be posting dojo pictures, training information and links to Shotokan sites.

Posted by: dssundd | January 25, 2009

Homer Karate On The Web

The Homer Dojo is lead and organized by Sensei Marti Krohn with help from Sempai (student teacher) Dean Sundmark.  For questions about attending classes or joining the Dojo, contact Martie at 299-8132.  Dean can be reached at 399-4508.
Our lead Sensei Susan Jones travels from Anchroage and periodically teaches seminars and provides us with rank testing.  We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Sensei Jones for her generous donation of her time, talent and enthusiasm.  Sensei Jones  made our transition this last year to ISKF possible.  Please express your appreciation to her when you see her.
We have been fortunate to have inherited a legacy of Karate training from Sensei Gary Richardson who trained in the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) system.  Sensei Richardson was the lead instructor of the Homer dojo for many years.  Many of the training traditions and methods we use in our dojo were taught to us by Sensei Richardson and we continue to appreciate him and what he has passed on to us.