karate blockingThis week in every class we will be teaching you the many different types of blocks found in the martial arts.

Here is a list see how many you know:

Windmill Block – Practice doing both sides in a row. Focus on quickly, moving your head.
Brushing – Like a windmill block but the back of the hand brushes across the strike.
Cobra and Reverse Cobra
Fish Hook
Palm Blocks
Top Knuckle
Elbow Blocks
Circular Blocks – (Wax on, Wax off, closed or open hand)
X Block – Upward and Downward
Double Blades
Sinawali open hand
Hand Checks
Universal Block

Leg Checks
Knee and leg blocks
Iron wall jam

1. HARD BLOCKS: A hard block is when you take the punch or kick and forcefully STOP or REDIRECT IT. All of the basic blocks: Inward, Outward, Upward, and Downward are hard blocks. They rely on form and power, and are designed not just to block, but to injure the attackers arm or leg.

2. SOFT BLOCKS: A soft block takes the punch or kick and guides it through its natural motion. They are often combined with an avoidance move. Windmill Guard is a soft block.

3. POWER: To develop bone crushing power on your hard blocks, concentrate on a strong fast and focused wrist turn at the very end of your block. This turns the block into a devastating strike. Practice it on focus pads.

karate jumpingThis week in every class we will be helping you learn to jump higher and improve all of your martial arts aerial moves. The best way to gain height on your jumps is to work on leg strengthening skills.

1. STEP: With both feet together jump all the way up a set of stairs. Do it everyday as many times as you can.

2. TB DRILL – SQUAT: If you have ever visited China, you’ll see why their martial artists have such incredible leaps and jumps. They don’t sit on chairs nearly as much as Americans; they squat, when they are reading, eating, or waiting for the bus. See if you can watch an entire show while in a squat.

3. INCH BY INCH: Ninjas used to improve their jumps by digging a hole into the ground just deep enough that they could jump out. Everyday they would dig an inch deeper, and try to jump out. After many months they could jump over a grown man’s head. You can do a simpler version, just put a piece of tape up high on a wall outside of your house and try to jump up and reach it with your hand. Raise it a little higher everyday.

I started karate because my friend said that I would like it. He was right. Since I started karate, becoming a black belt has been my dream. Now it is finally here. I know this is just the beginning of my journey.

In the past few years of karate, I have learned all of the katas, defense techniques, weapons, and how to spar. Every belt level I develop a new skill.

The lessons in life are good words to live by. I have used them in my daily routine at home, in school and other situations.

I have made many good friends. All the Sensei’s are very encouraging and supportive. I especially admire Sensei Nick for all he has done. I hope to be like him some day. He has inspired me to do my best and work hard in school, at home, and no matter what I do.

Every Saturday I take a private lesson with Sensei Nick, which I really appreciate. He has taught me to work hard and do my best. He has taught me a lot.

Every time I have had a private lesson with Sensei Nick, I have always tried to do my best. Whether it was practicing katas, weapons or techniques. I can remember Sensei Nick telling me to do better or focus more. He always made me do everything over and over until I really understood what I was doing. I really like Sensei Nick and appreciate what he has taught me. If he did not take the extra time to pump me up, I might not be here today.

I have also learned to be part of a team. We all encourage each other to do our best. The higher belt levels really help and encourage the lower belt levels. I like to help and encourage others as much as I can.

I can always remember during class to say “Yes, Sensei!” whenever the Sensei’s told us to do something. When I am at school during class I shout out “Yes, Sensei!” whenever the teachers tell us to do something. I did not even know that I was saying it. I guess that carried over from taking a lot of classes. I like and try to be the best and loudest in my class.

I also really appreciate all of the other Sensei’s for all of the help and encouragement over the years. Sensei Jamel is a very good teacher. I have learned a whole lot from him, too.

Karate is a challenge. That is why I like it. It challenges me to do things that I never thought I could do. It also challenges me to want to do more and learn more, and be the best that I can be.

I would like to finish my essay by saying that what a black belt means to me is working your hardest to complete your goals whether it is in school, work, sports, martial arts, etc. It is to do our best to reach our goals, and we will achieve them.

I will do my best and give it my all to pass my black belt test and achieve my first goal. I know that this is just the beginning and there is a long road ahead, but I will get there someday.

The Amerikick International tournament posted it’s highest competitor count ever! But that didn’t stop the martial arts kids from Amerikick Warrington from scoring big this weekend. They came home with plenty of wins, a ton of trophies, and lots of smiles.

It was an amazing weekend and an amazing showing at the 20th annual Amerikick Internationals. Over 1,000 competitors from all over the United States, Canada and Europe traveled to Philadelphia to compete at the NASKA World Rated AMERIKICK International Karate Championships.

Min and Jin Lee 5 first places
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Friday began with the super exciting continuous sparring divisions. Both junior and adults competitors went to battle in this event. Then all the weapons divisions began. Super performances from the top competitors could be seen in many rings. You never saw a weapon move so fast! The colorbelt rings also show cased lots of amateur talent. Logan Kulick of Warrington won 2 first places! From the young white belts to the older and more experienced brown belts and red belts, the extreme weapons and musical divisions were amazing to watch.

The highlights of Friday night are always the Demo Team divisions. Every Amerikick school enters a team to hopefully earn bragging rights and the title of Demo Team Champion. This year saw over 25 teams enter. There was tough competition to say the least. Stand out performances were made by the 1st place winner of the Dragons, Team Eggharbor Township.

Amerikick Warrington put on a spectacular performance in the colorbelt division. Thanks to Jimmy Sholly, Hailey Metzgar, Grace Newell, Mckenzie McCarty, Alex Ursino, Aiden Heiser and Ian Sharp, all led by the super energy of Micheal Errichetti.

The Warrington black belt team put on a great performances. Emily Cid, Isablla Manzella, Anthony Fonterossa, Blake Feingold, Kain Johnson, Tommy Balkir and, Ben Wenzke. Made us proud!

Tommy took home 1st place in Amerikick Forms, 1st in Amerikick Weapons, 2nd in Amerikick Sparring, 2nd in NASKA Weapons, 3rd in NASKA Forms, and 3rd in NASKA Sparring!!
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Saturday’s began with weapons in the colorbelt rings and the NASKA black belt divisions. It was great to see many Amerikick black belts enter the NASKA rated divisions. Warrington black belt Emily Cid along with Isabella Manzella, Katy and Nick Nichini, Ben Wenzke, and Tommy Balkir all were winners in the highly competitive divisions.

Emily Cid and Tommy Balkir : Tommy Balkir took home 1st place in Amerikick Forms, 1st in Amerikick Weapons, 2nd in Amerikick Sparring, 2nd in NASKA Weapons, 3rd in NASKA Forms, and 3rd in NASKA Sparring!!
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The colorbelt rings had an over whelming number of competi-tors. There were divisions with over 40 competitors that were separated four times! This showed the great excitement and support for the events. Christina Fonterosa took a first place crushing the competition with a beautifully executed Koreyo form.

Christina Fonterosa 1st place sparring and Kata | Anthony Fonterosa first place kata
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RYAN PINTO 1st Place Kata. A perfectly executed form. Way to go ryan!
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The adult sparring divisons were amazing with Amerikick World Team member Alana Wegfahrt, from Warrington, winning first place in the womens light weight divison as well leading the womens fighting team to victory. Sensei Kevin, Sensei Eric and Sensei Dennis all rocked in their fighting divisions. You make us proud! Great Job Everyone!

ALANA Wegfarht 1st place womens lightweight sparring
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This is the Martial Arts Premier Event. Held at the prestigious Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Amerikick karate tournament is actually several tournaments in one. It is rated with NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) as a World Tour Event. This will allow you to see the best sport karate competitors in the world.

In the realm of Extreme Martial arts, the Amerikick Internationals will play host to the best trickers in the country as they battle it out for the top prize, with their amazing in the air spins. kicks and flips! If you want to watch! One of the most exciting events is the Demo Team competition with most of the Amerikick schools fielding at least one or two teams to compete for the bragging rights. Last year saw over 40 Demo Teams compete. This year will not disappoint and it will take place Friday night at 7:00 pm. Support the Warrington teams! You will see tricks flips, and more. Amazing!

At the tournament you will also see super star martial arts competitors including top Amerikick World Team members! They are teaching a seminar on Friday at 3:00 pm. Learn from the best current champions. The Seminar will include forms, weapons, and extreme martial arts. There are plenty of fighting divisions including continuous sparring, point sparring and team sparring. And, if you are a fan of fighting, then you don’t want to miss the new Great 8 Superfights. This special fighting event will feature all adult black belts in one open division fighting down to the final four best fighters and winning thousands in prize money.

The Night of Champions Super Star Finals will conclude the tournament with the first place winners of the tournament competing against each other for the grand champion titles, prizes and awards. This is the best of the best show starting Saturday night at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available on line and at the door. March 30th and 31st PA Convention Center Philadelphia, PA. All children will receive a TROPHY for participating and huge 5 ft trophies for 1st place!

Get your tickets at http://www.amerikickinternationals.com

karate for kidsThe highly trained students of Amerikick in Warrington PA. traveled to compete in the Masters Karate Tournament at the University of Scranton on Sunday March 11th and swept every event they entered. Emily Cid 13, wowed the crowd with her spot on form, which accented her total control through balance precision and power. She easily took first place, as did Isabella Manzella 10, who amazed all with her high precision kicks. One judge commented,”That’s the best performance of that form I have ever seen.” Isabella not only performed a perfect first place winning traditional form, she also used her speed and accuracy to win the point sparring event.

The youngest member of the team Tommy Balkir age 8, showed even though he is a very young black belt he deserves it. He had no trouble taking first place in all of his events, even against much older black belt children.

AMERIKICK is the place to go for children and teens who have outgrown their smaller schools and are looking to compete at the highest level of the martial arts. On the NASKA open tournament circuit ( widely recognized as the best in sport karate) Amerikick has the highest number of wins in the country. The highly experienced Sensei and coaches at Amerikick martial arts bring their students to the top consistently. There is currently a waiting list to train with the award winning coaches, as more and more competitors realize the need for top tier training. Amerikick has been training Champions since 1967 and will be running the prestigious Amerikick Internationals, the nations best run tournament on March 30 and 31st at the PA convention center.

10 degree Black Belt Dennis Tosten

Attention Students, Families and Friends:

Amerikick is excited to announce the relocation of Amerikick Karate Marlton  to a bigger and better facility. Located 1.4 miles away the new location will be in the Crispin Square Shopping Center which is located at 230 North Maple Ave, Marlton, New Jersey. The effective move date is scheduled for the first week of March and  the definite date will be announced as it becomes available.

Amerikick  may close for a few days to facilitate the move, depending upon the day and  time of the move. All class schedules, programs and instructors will  remain with out change. The new school will be larger and will offer a  better training environment for everyone.

Amerikick Marlton is a member of the Amerikick Martial Arts  association which was founded in 1967 by Grandmaster Dennis Tosten and has  over 25 locations in 5 states. We opened the Marlton School in 1996 and  since that time we have instructed thousands of men, women and children of all  ages in martial arts, fitness training, world champion competition training  and more.

Amerikick Marlton has graduated over 200 students to black  belt. 13 students have earned world champion titles in sport karate  competition. Thousands of dollars has been donated to local charities and  organizations. Amerikick is proud to be a part of the local community and continually offers free women’s self defense classes, bully prevention classes, and kidnap and rape prevention seminars.

Amerikick will be joining the Crispin Square Center and stores  including Hallmark, Gamestop, Weight Watchers, Bottom Dollar Food Store, Scotto’s Pizza, Jelly Bean Jungle, the UPS store and more. Keep up to date on the move via the school website at www.amerikickmarlton.com