The bar has been set. Are you up for the challenge?

Mr. Connors recently said in his renewal meeting that he “likes karate so much”, that he wants to come in and practice more.  And so he did just that.  

Friday afternoon, with no lesson and no group scheduled, he came in and trained all by himself.  With due respect and courtesy, he asked for permission.  He doubled checked to make sure he would not be interrupting the lesson in the other half of the room.  Then he got down to business.  He ran back and forth to get his heart pumping.  He did his jumping jacks, push ups, and crunches.  He got out his manual and went through his forms and techniques.  He finished up with 5 strikes on BOB.  

“In all my time here, I have never seen a Junior student this young come in and train on their own.  Sometimes they will get here early and practice a little before their group or lesson, but never on their day off.  This is a first, and I am impressed!”  – Mrs. Barnette

“It is so nice to see him feel confidant enough to challenge himself and improve on the skills you all have been training him in. Thank you all for creating an environment that is fostering this in him.” – Mr. Scott Connors (Dad)

Did I mention Mr. Connors is 9?  

So there it is A.K.E.A. students.  A 9-year-old is showing you what a warrior looks like.  Does that inspire you to come in this week and train on your own too?  We hope so!  

 

Clean Sweep 2017

Thank you, Team A.K.E.A, for a job well done!  Check out the gallery for more pictures from this worthwhile event.  

This comes from the City of Auburn Parks, Art, and Recreation Department:  

Greetings Clean Sweepers – Thank you all so much for your hard work and volunteer support for the City of Auburn’s 2017 Clean Sweep event in honor of Earth Day!

We estimate nearly 800 individuals from community groups, service clubs, businesses, faith-based organizations, scout troops, schools, social service agencies, families and individual citizens worked to help beautify Auburn.

Here is a fun video that was captured as part of the morning festivities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y64R-fU36iI&feature=youtu.be

And while the video wasn’t able to feature all of our fantastic groups – we are grateful for your volunteer support and your community spirit! Please feel free to share any photos that you took on the City of Auburn’s Facebook Page so we can capture the hard work of all our volunteers.

This year, we had 22 projects across 14 separate sites. Volunteers worked on a handful of environmental projects around town, including projects at the Auburn Environmental Park and Fenster Nature Park. They removed invasive plants at Auburndale Park; pruned and removed blackberry and understory at Cedar Lanes Park and the West Auburn Lake Property; and cleaned-up Mill Pond Park. Over at Les Gove Park, volunteers planted trees and shrubs around the campus, picked up rocks in the south field, and painted beams for a pergola structure along Auburn Way South. Volunteers created a walking path at the Community Garden, completed beautification projects at the Auburn Justice Center,and painted trash enclosures and picked up trash in the downtown core. Roegner Park got a new playground and some new trees thanks to volunteer efforts, groups along the White River Trail spread wood chips in the landscaping areas and removed vegetation along the trail, a planting project was completed at Mary Olson Farm, and landscaping efforts were finished at Mountain View Cemetery.

We love our volunteers and want you all to know we are grateful for your willingness to volunteer and are in awe of your community spirit, pride and dedication to Auburn.

If you have any feedback about the event, or your project, please let us know. And, please mark your calendar for the event next year, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Kobudo Camp 2017

Why should you attend Kobudo Camp?

Expands your awareness of the “weapon” in almost any object.  Helps you gain insight into the concepts of “focus” and “opposite reactions” in self-defense.  Demonstrates a direct relationship to your empty hand karate movements.  Develops your hands, arms, and wrists for more effective empty hand movements.   Helps you understand distance, timing, and targets for self-defense.  Connects you to a legitimate history for your own training.  Provides you with upper body training like no other.  And much more….

It is once again our honor and privilege to have Dr. Crayton Moss join us for Kobudo Camp.  He has been coming to Auburn since 2005 to teach Kobudo and to rank A.K.E.A. students in his system, the  American Kempo Karate and Weapons.   Shihan Moss’ relationship with the A.K.E.A. goes back further than that though.  He and Mr. Harmaning began training together in 1982 at Northwest Nazarene University.  You can read more about their history here.  Check out pictures from last year’s Camp in the gallery.

This year we will be offering Camp for adults (13 and over), Kids Camp for first year attendees, as well as Advanced Kids Camp.  We invite you to participate in this fun and valuable event.  Please go to the All Things Kobudo page for more detailed information and to view videos of the forms that will be taught this year.

A.K.E.A. Traditions, Ranks, and Creeds

The traditional bow-in at A.K.E.A. acknowledges the Warrior and the Scholar, and how they work together.  Attributes of the Warrior and Scholar are represented by the image and character of the Five Animals, as are our belt ranks. Read More …