Mr. Tork will be investing his time with work and family preparing for a new chapter of his life.
Sensei Tork’s time at the A.K.E.A. has been invaluable as a student, instructor, and contributor to the high standards that we set for our school and instruction. I have known Mr. Tork since the 90s when the first school opened in Auburn, as one of the first students to begin training. Throughout this journey, he has shown the dedication and commitment to making his skill and that of his students exceptional. He has brought many students to black belt over the years; Mr. Tork challenged and guided them with what each needed to be successful. Mr. Tork’s fighting group has been legendary drawing consistent high attendance.
Mr. Tork has seen changes in school management, locations, instructors, and students, all the while remaining stalwart and steady to give us a sense of stability. Professionally, his desire for excellence will be long remembered.
We make bonds here as instructors. Personally, Sensei Tork is my friend. I have traveled roads of tragedy and triumph with him. I’ve seen him create hope for others all over the country out of his own personal loss. I’ve prayed with him and tried to encourage him through rough times, but in actuality he ended up encouraging me more. All instructors over the years have been touched positively in many ways by Mr. Tork.
Sensei Tork, you will be sorely missed. I know that you will stay in touch as much as possible. This lame attempt to honor you is very inadequate. What I’ve shared with you over the years is beyond words. I’m not going to say “goodbye”. I will offer you the famous farewell of a great warrior – “live long and prosper”.
Mr. Harmaning, Shihan
Founder and Head Instructor
I have the known Mr. Tork since he joined the A.K.E.A. somewhere around late 1994/early 1995. At that time the school was located out in North Auburn in a small storefront. He was part of a group of die-hard gung-ho advanced students that came to my advanced group every Wednesday. There were about a dozen students and groups were intense with bruises and bloody noses being fairly common. Mr. Tork was always there, and I knew even then he was a special student.
A couple years later, I had the immense privilege of becoming his private instructor. Later on, he become one of the instructors teaching for me at the school. It was during this time that my respect for his dedication and commitment really grew. We would often drive down to Oregon together to complete in tournaments. and Mr. Tork almost always finished in the top 3 for sparring in his divisions.
As instructor he is second to none. Students have always appreciated his commitment to teach real life self-defense. As students are getting ready for their black belt test, there is no one I would trust more to get them ready. I have always had complete confidence in him, and I know that there is nothing more important to him than the development of his students. He has always given 100% to them.
We have been there for each other, at both our high points and our low points in life. At one point I had to step away from the school for a couple years, and it was Mr. Tork that sought me out and convinced me to come back to the school. Over the 20+ years we have training and taught together, Mr. Tork has become more than just a student to me, he is someone I count as a friend. I understand that sometimes life has a ways of interfering with your plans, but I have every confidence that Mr. Tork will continue his journey in the martial arts.
His presence will be greatly missed, and the school will seem a lot quieter without his energy. Take care Mr. Tork! – Sensei Craig Moore, Yondan
A great time was had by all – students, parents, and instructors alike. Thanks to Mrs. Brengle for all her hard work in organizing this fun event. Big thanks to Mr. Allen, Mrs. Carle, Mrs. Gallentine, and Mr. Remillard for their help.
Congratulations to Most Fierce, Miss Carrera, aka Wolf Girl.
Congratulations for Best Costume, Mr. Slavin, aka BB8.
Congratulations the Pumpkin Patch winner, Mr Oguakwa II.
For more great pictures, take a look in the gallery.
Personal Protection 1 will be held on September 30 and October 1. 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.
The Basic Handgun Course has been rescheduled for October 14 and 15. It is designed for those with little firearms experience, as well as a great refresher course for anyone that has let their skills get rusty. The goal of this course is to teach safe gun handling habits, gain knowledge, and build confidence.
Time and cost information can be found on the links above. Space is extremely limited, and both courses will fill up fast. For additional information or to register, please email Mrs. Barnette right away.
You know that words can never be enough to express how knowing, working, and sharing life with you has meant to the A.K.E.A. family, my personal family, and ME. I love you for all you’ve done, all you’ve created at the A.K.E.A., and most of all, who you’ve become in Christ.
You are a treasure, and I’m so proud of where you’re headed.
With the utmost respect, gratitude, and love,
Mr. Harmaning, Shihan
Presenting Mrs. Barnette with a plaque that reads:
Outstanding Achievement of Excellence
In appreciation of 17 years with the A.K.E.A.
2000-2008 Student & Instructor
Our deepest thank you for continually going above & beyond with integrity and purpose with the best interest of the A.K.E.A. in mind.
Presenting Mrs. Barnette with a very generous monetary gift “to get the laptop that you want (not need or what’s on sale) to aid you in your educational pursuits.”
Photos by Silent Knight Productions. (Used With Permission)
that the A.K.E.A. announces the promotion of Shihan Glenn Harmaning to Hachichidan, 8th degree black belt. Please read the announcement from Shihan Moss, who presented the promotion at the Kobudo Demo & Picnic, as well as the congratulations from Professor Marron.
Photo by Silent Knight Productions. (Used With Permission)