karate tournament 1. Be sure to bow when you enter and leave the ring

2. Always maintain eye contact with the judges

3. Be confident and speak forcefully

4. Never turn your back on the judges

5. Follow all instructions given


Tournament Week:

This week in every class we will be working as teams to help you improve your martial arts skills and get you in tip top shape for competition. All these drills will help both you and your team!

1. Repetition: Practice any Kata you plan on entering 10 times in a row each day. When you perform, you don’t want to be thinking about the next move. You want to focus on doing each move as perfectly as possible. It takes a while to get to this point in any Kata, but the more times per day you do your from the faster the form will become a part of you.

2. Spar: What’s the main goal of sparring? Many students answer; “To hit the other player.” Actually the true goal is: “To never get hit.” When preparing this week, set aside a space (the rings at the tournament are about 18×18) and work on staying in your stance with your hands up and shuffling across, vertically, horizontally, and circling around the ring both clockwise and counter clockwise. Also work on shuffling abruptly out of the corner. If your foot work is fast, smooth, and unpredictable it makes it very difficult for your opponent to score on you. This will give you better control of the match and help you set up to score effectively, and most of all – “Not get hit!”

Be a part of this weeks Tournament June 3rd – See your Sensei!

Buy your tickets now for the Show of the year. If you want to give your child that extra dose of motivation, then this is it!

Once they see the show, they will be more ready then ever to work for their own Black Belt!

Sunday June 10 2:30
Collingswood theater – Just 5 minutes from The Ben Franklin bridge.

karate“Champions keep playing until they get it right”

Martial arts weapons are a part of the learning process on the road to black belt. There are ups, downs, twists and turns that students must go through in the process of achieving this great goal.

The Weapons are used as an extension of your body all the same training in power, speed stances and form apply when using weapons.

This week in every class we will be working on weapons and helping you to get in tip top shape for the weapons tournament competition and demonstrations. Bring your weapons to class this week. The weapon is an extension of your body, so all the same rules apply when you work with a weapon.

1. Repetition: Practice any Kata or weapons move at least ten times in a row each day. When you perform, you don’t want to be thinking about the next move. You want to focus on doing EACH move as perfectly as possible. It takes a while to get to this point in any Weapons Kata, but the more times per day you do your Form the faster the Form will become a part of you.

2. Did you know that most weapons started off as farming tools? Unarmed peasants learned to use the tools to defend themselves.

KAMAS – these were farming sickles
NUNCHUKAUS – were developed from a horse’s bit
SAIS – were used to dig trenches in the ground
TONFA – is also the police nightstick. It was the handle of a millstone used for grinding up grain
BO STAFF – was developed from a stick held across the shoulder with baskets hanging on each end

Bring a buddy power pass: Pass offers students and 2 or more buddies a free 30 minute private karate lessons. Every buddy must fill out an information sheet. After the private lesson is completed, buddies will receive a very special offer from Amerikick.

AKL TOURNAMENTS are June 3rd. See your Sensei to be a part of the action.

BLACK BELT EXTRAVAGANZA is June 10th 2:30 and is the most exciting 2 hour martial arts show of the year!!! Call 1-856-797-0300 for tickets $5, $10 and $15. All top ten winners will perform Amerikick 1 on stage. See your Sensei for your free ticket.

I have many goals in life that I have not yet achieved. But one is different. One really stands out to me, and that is my black belt. I have worked many years for this opportunity, years full of hard work. All my hard work really paid off. It is a great honor to have made it this far.

I remember being so shy that first day, but in a few months all that shyness was gone. No one could stop me. It felt great. I could just be me. Every class I remember thinking how hard it was, but now I look back on everything I have done and think it is all worth it. Some people think that once you get your black belt, it’s the end of the road. But to me, it’s just the beginning.

I am 10 years old and I think it’s amazing to get all the way to black belt at this age. Some people don’t get their black belt until they are adults. It’s hard to believe that I started karate over 5 years ago. I mean how many people make it to black belt at 10 years old.

Karate has helped me learn right from wrong. It has also helped me keep my grades up. I have related every day things in to karate, like Math, Writing, and Social Studies. My sensei has once said, “There is no tomorrow. All you have is now”. That is why I do not put things off anymore. I remember being so afraid to mess up that I would just freeze. Now if I mess up, I keep going. Karate has helped me build my self-confidence.

At karate, if I ever have a question, somebody is always there to answer it. Karate is a place where I can get a break from reality, and just focus. At my black belt test, I will be very nervous, but I know I can do it. At every class, if I do not give it my all, I can’t stop thinking I let myself down. At my black belt test, if I don’t give it my all, I let my whole school down. Now that’s a lot of pressure.

Nervous,Proud, and Effort – These all describe how I will feel about my black belt test. Every class, I remember the advice I had been given and use it next class. My dad also does karate. He is a purple belt right now. He has made me better at karate. He might not have the highest kicks, straightest punches, or even some flexibility but he gives it his all every class. No matter what, my dad always comes home from class and teaches me new things, and I teach him.

That makes me very proud to be his daughter. I have come a long way with karate. Karate is not just a goal. It is a part of me that will be there forever. Karate is what I want to do when I am older. Karate has been an amazing journey. This essay is just one step closer to my black belt. This may be the end of essay, but it is the beginning to my black belt.

black belt journeyI started taking karate lessons when I was just 4 years old. I went to a birthday party and thought how much fun karate would be. Now that I have just turned 12, and have been taking karate lessons for 8 years, I look forward to becoming a black belt.

In the past 8 years I have learned all my katas from little dragon to corio. Sometimes I would get discouraged when it seemed so long to get that next belt but when I did finally get the next color belt I became motivated again and more excited since it was getting me closer to that black belt that I wanted. Over the years I have become a stronger person and have gained confidence in everything I do. Karate is a great experience to accomplish your goals and to be more confident and believe in yourself. Since karate is not a team sport, it is with my own determination to work hard to achieve my goal.

All of the Sensei’s have been very encouraging over the years. I work with Sensei Kevin in most of my classes now, so he has been the most encouraging to me. Watching Sensei Kevin perform gives me a goal that I want to accomplish. He is an amazing instructor and really makes me feel that he wants to help me be a better student. I want to be able to do karate like him.

Sensei Kevin and all of my Sensei’s teach us to respect everyone. I have met good friends at karate and like going to class not only to learn but to have fun. I really like practicing with weapons and I have a great time when we play different games. I really enjoy sparring on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Sparring has given me the capability to work on moves that could help me protect myself if I ever need to and it teaches strength and endurance.

Getting my black belt is going to be challenging but I know I can do it. Karate pushes me to work harder and try to be the best that I can be. I have learned that I can’t always give up if I don’t like something. It is the same for school when I have to work harder to get better grades. I will be proud that I finished what I started and I am also excited to perform for my family at the extravaganza.

I also want to thank Sensei Sharon and Sensei Dennis for encouraging me and teaching and correcting me in karate throughout the years. They want me to do the best I can. I hope I can become a Sensei so I can help younger kids who are just starting out at AmeriKick.

As the AmeriKick saying goes “As AmeriKick students I will work hard, aim high and finish what I start.”

black-beltWhat does a black belt mean to me?

To me a black belt means an accomplishment that I honestly did not expect to get to. More than once I remember telling my mom how much I wanted to quit karate. There were many times that I would have preferred to stay home playing and not go into class. I lost interest in it the higher belt I received. My mother pushed me and pushed me to make my classes. She kept telling me that I had to learn to finish what I started and that meant getting my black belt. She always mentioned that in life you never give up and that is exactly what I have been doing.

I remember exactly the day I received my red belt. Instead of being happy I was scared, no not scared, I was TERRIFIED. I knew that receiving my red belt only meant that I was closer to my black belt test. To me that was a nightmare because I did not feel prepared for the test. Every month that I received a black stripe on my belt I got even more scared because now there was really no way to stop time and avoid doing the black belt test. I have been scared of this test since I was a 3rd Q brown belt. I always doubted all the hard work and dedication that I had put into all my years of karate training and all the time spent by my mother making sure I was in class. Now all that hard work is paying off.

I am extremely close to my black belt and I cannot help but feel not only prepared but also excited and proud of everything I have accomplished. Every time that I go into class and see my black belt on that rack it makes me train even harder to finally be able to tie it around my waist. I must admit that karate is nothing like I thought it was going to be. At four years old I wanted to join karate to become a ninja. I know now that karate and ninjas have very little in common and that is all thanks to the wonderful training I have received from my sensei. I know now that I am not going to become a ninja and I can say without a doubt that earning my black belt is 100 million times cooler. I have worked hard and I feel ready to cross that finish line and make everyone that has supported me and helped all these years feel as proud as I do for finally getting my black belt.

Earning my black belt means finishing what I started as I heard my mother tell me time and time again. Earning my black belt means being a role model for my brother so he can be motivated to work harder so he also one day have the satisfaction of earning his black belt. Earning my black belts means showing my brother that I am not a quitter and neither will he. Earning my black belt means that I DID IT that I earned the right to carry the title of Sensei Edwin!!!!

Dodging and Slipping is moving out of the way of an attack and not being hit. It is also moving to the best angle so you can easily counter attack.

HEAD SLIPS- There are 6 basic head slips
1. Straight Down
2.To the Right Side
3.To the Left Side
4.Forward to a Left angle
5. Forward to a Right angle
6.Straight Back

When you perform as a slip, your goal is to move at the last moment so your opponent can’t follow you, and slip as close as possible so that you can counter attack. When you slip your head be sure to maintain eye contact at all times.

BODY SLIPS- 3 Main Body slips
1. Twist Left
2. Twist Right
3. Pull Back (Pull the Hips back and suck in the stomach)

MIRROR SLIPPING DRILL- Face the mirror in a sparring stance and pretend different punches and kicks are coming at your head and body. Practice staying in your stance, slipping, and quickly returning right back to position.

“The best way of blocking is not being there.” This is a martial arts quote, moving out of the way is even safer than blocking. It is also a Life quote.

“Bad results come from bad situations. Don’t put yourself in bad situations.” These quotes are about keeping yourself out of trouble. Staying away from people who encourage bad behavior,and not participating in anything that you know is wrong.  “Sometimes a small wrong thing, can lead to a very big wrong thing.”