Upcoming firearms courses

The A.K.E.A. is offering two firearms courses coming up soon.  

  1. The Basic Handgun Course will be held on March 18 and 19.  (This course is FULL!  It will be offered again May 20 and 21.  Registration is now open for the May course.)  It is designed for those with little to no firearms experience.  The goal of this course is to teach safe gun handling habits, gain knowledge, and build confidence.  The course includes live fire training under the supervision of a Range Safety Officer.  
  2. Personal Protection 1 will be held on April 1 and 2.  This is the next step in firearms training.  It is designed for those with some experience that are ready to learn what you MUST know if you are going to own or carry a firearm.  This course also includes live fire training.  

Both courses have extremely limited space available, and spots fill up fast.  Time and cost information can be found on the links above.  For additional information or to register, please email Mrs. Barnette right away.  

The Clean Sweep T-shirt Design Contest is Underway

Once again, Team A.K.E.A. is excited to participate in Clean Sweep, Auburn’s largest community volunteer project on April 22.  In Celebration of Earth Day, we will work together with City employees and other volunteers to improve our neighborhoods.  In years past, we have worked on landscaping projects in Veteran’s Memorial Park and Isaac Evans Park.  Take a look in the gallery to see what we have helped accomplish.  

As in years past, Team A.K.E.A. volunteers will be provided with T-shirts designed by one of our youth students.  







In 2015, Mr. Allen’s pack of cleaning ninjas attacked this town with mops and buckets and squeegees to make Auburn shine.  


     In 2016, Mr. Miller’s ninja swept leaves off the sidewalk in front of his mom’s hair salon.

Aren’t they creative?  What is it going to be this year?  All A.K.E.A. students 17 and under are invited to submit a design.  The rules are:

  • All designs must be black and white.  No colored entries will be accepted.
  • All designs must be related to karate, martial arts, ninjas, etc.
  • All designs must be related to cleaning, landscaping, maintenance, etc.
  • Entries may be submitted to Mrs. Barnette or Mrs. Peterson in person or by email by March 15.
  • The winner will be announced, and T-shirt orders will be placed by March 31.

You’re asking yourself, “how can I get my hands on one of these awesome T-shirts”, right?  It’s easy.  If you are a student or are in any way related to a student, you can join Team A.K.E.A. in this event.  You can help…young or not-so-young, green thumb or not…come be part of something big.  Please sign up by March 31, so we can get T-shirts ordered.  You may list your T-shirt size in the comments, or you may email Mrs. Barnette or Mrs. Peterson.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Parents’ Night Out was a great success!

Thank you to Mrs. Peterson for organizing this fun event, to Mr. Remillard and Mr. Gonzales for trying to work out the technical difficulties, and to Mrs. Brengle for her creative games.  Congratulations to (young) Mr. Howard and Miss Albarran on their Duck or Jump skills and to (older) Mr. Howard and Miss Foster on their Pin the Star on the Ninja skills.  The best game of the night was the martial arts version of Duck Duck Goose…from this day forward to be known as Tiger Tiger Dragon.  There was plenty of pizza and lots of laughter.  A grand time was had by all.  Thank you to the students for participating.  We at the A.K.E.A. hope parents enjoyed their Valentines Day.    


Your help is needed

The following has been copied and pasted directly from the Facebook page of the Washington State Martial Arts Association.  Martial arts supporters across Washington have come together to fight to have the sales tax on martial arts instruction repealed.  While the bill had unanimous support, it seems to have stalled in the House Finance Committee.  You can help!  Please join together in contacting your Representatives and your Senator, and ask them to support HB 1032.  (Further information can be found below.)  Ask your family and friends that live in Washington to do the same.  Also, if you have not already signed the petition, please do.  

You can get the latest updates by following the Facebook page of the Washington State Martial Arts Association.  Thank you, from your A.K.E.A. Instructors.  

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Congratulations to our new Jr. Black Belt, Mr. Jordan Layacan

It has been an honor to work with Mr. Layacan and watch him grow as a person and as a warrior. His hard work and dedication to his training showed as he earned the rank of Jr. Black Belt. I am looking forward to training with him as he works toward attaining the rank of Shodan.  – Mr. Remillard, Nidan

Check out more pictures of Mr. Layacan’s test in the gallery and a video on the Black Belt Test Videos page.  

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 …