Congratulations and požehnání to Mr. Jarrod Harmaning and family!

It is with great honor and pride, both as a father and the founder of the A.K.E.A., that I was able to promote Mr. Jarrod Harmaning to the rank of Nidan (2nd degree).  Jarrod has been exposed to the art since he was 3 and has been involved as a student and instructor for many, many years.  After a hiatus to serve in the U.S. Army, he has been back as an instructor at the A.K.E.A. for the past year, and has worked closely with Mr. Moore to prepare for his test. **

It is said that 1 in 100 people who start a martial art will ever become black belt; 1 in 300 people will every reach 2nd degree, so this is a great achievement indeed.

His belt test coincided with his last day teaching at the A.K.E.A.  Jarrod, his lovely wife, and my two grandbabies will be moving to the Czech Republic in October as missionaries to teach in a Christian School.  Katerina, my daughter-in-law, will be teaching English.  Jarrod will be teaching Bible classes and of course, martial arts, to be known as A.K.E.A. International!

They will be sorely missed at the school and by our family here, but God has called them to this mission, and that is where they are needed most.

Congratulations, my son.

Glenn Harmaning – Shihan, 7th black, Founder A.K.E.A.

**Check out the video and pictures of his test.




CPR, AED, First Aid certification is being offered to A.K.E.A. students and families on November 12


In the words of Mr. Preston, Business Continuity Manager and Duty Officer in the Emergency Management Department for the University of Washington, “someone can never learn too much first aid/CPR or self defense.”  As a volunteer firefighter and EMT, Mr. Preston uses his training in the real world, having performed CPR 3 times in the last 8 years.  He wants to share his knowledge with YOU!

The A.K.E.A. and Mr. Preston are offering this valuable training to our students and families at the low price of $50.  With a 3 to 1 ratio for students to equipment, we guarantee you plenty of “hands-on” time with Rescue Annie and the AED.

Mr. Preston will be teaching the  Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED.  Take a look at their website to see what you can expect from this course.

You will need to bring:

  1. your own CPR mask (mask, not face-shield). It is available for under $10 on Amazon.
  2. lunch, snacks, water.
  3. knee pads if kneeling on the floor will bother you.

This course requires a minimum of 6 and a has a maximum of 15.  Please register by emailing Mrs. Barnette right away to reserve your space.

The A.K.E.A. is getting a facelift!

We are so excited to be part of the restoration project in downtown Auburn.  Built in 1924, this Masonic Temple has been home of the King Solomon Lodge No. 60 since the beginning.  The A.K.E.A. has been occupying the lower level since 1999.

As a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, any facade improvements require restoration back to the original design.  As you can see in the photo below, there used to be three store fronts.  By completion of the project, there will once again be three doors on the Main Street side.

Construction Phase 1 will begin within a couple weeks.  The farthest east section where the trophies are currently located will be the first to go.  The interior wall of the testing room will be removed, making way for the new lobby.  Please bear with us.  It will be worth the wait!


Circa 1937, the Masonic Temple in its original glory.


Day 1:

The “trophy shelf” and wall of the testing room came down.

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Day 2:

The external wall is next.

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Day 3:

The bottom half is down.

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Day 4:

And…it’s gone.

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Day 5

The new door is cut in, and the new wall is getting framed in.

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Day 6

The walls are up!

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Day 7

Framed in & getting ready for the glass.

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Day 7

You can see inside now, and the inside wall is mudded.

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The glass is in!

It’s getting close now.

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The view from the inside:

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This renovation project is by Gentry Custom Remodel.

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 …