This just in!

Two workshops have been added to the April schedule!  
On Friday the 20th, from 6:00 to 8:00, all A.K.E.A. students, age 13 and over, are invited to attend the Ground Fighting Workshop.  In this workshop, Mr. Remillard will:
  • review getting out from under the mount
  • teach how to defend against strikes from your back
  • work on controlling the top position
  • teach how to strike while maintaining the dominant position
On Friday the 27th, from 6:00 to 8:00, Mr. Moore will teach Fighting with Forms Workshop which will focus on one of the Okinawan forms.

Students do not need to know the form in order to attend.

For additional information, please check with your instructor.  

Congratulations to Mr. Moore

It is a great honor and privilege to announce the promotion of Sensei Craig Moore to Director of Curriculum Development and Implementation for the A.K.E.A.  Sensei Moore has proven over the years that his desire to advance the skills and perpetuity of the A.K.E.A. is his own mission. I have confidence that anything he brings to the school will benefit beginning, intermediate, and advanced students alike. He has written a foundational Escrima book, as well as developed programs and curriculum that cover the entire range of rank skills. His managing of the school in its early days makes his direction and guidance to instructors an invaluable resource.  Thank you, Sensei Moore, for accepting this position.  

Mr. Harmaning, Shihan
Founder and Head Instructor

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to Sensei Ken Tork, Sandan here at the A.K.E.A.

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

 Photo credit:  Silent Knight Productions LLC

It is with great sadness that the A.K.E.A. announces the resignation of Mr. Tork

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

 

Halloween 2017

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.

Pad Holding Workshop

Mr. Remillard is offering this workshop for any student 15 and older. It is open to all belt ranks.  Don’t miss it!  Friday, Oct 20, 6:00-8:00.  
 
Training with pads will allow you to go beyond sparring, where you need to use control.  Pad work will allow you train to fight at full speed and full power. This pad holding workshop will teach students how to properly and safely hold pads, as well as how to train to punch for self defense. Training with pads will improve punching power, punching speed, reaction time, targeting, and timing.
 

Congratulations to the A.K.E.A.’s most recent Shodan

The AKEA is proud to announce our newest Shodan, Mrs. Michelle Dodge (formerly Jensen)!  Mrs. Dodge has been training at the AKEA for almost eight years, earning her junior black belt in 2015. She began college shortly after attaining this rank; however, continued her training on a monthly basis with Mr. Bailey. Her dedication to training in between lessons is a testament to her commitment to the martial way. Her spirit was consistent throughout her test and demonstrated everything we expect to see from a Shodan in the AKEA. We are proud to award Mrs. Dodge the lifetime rank of first degree black belt.
 
“While I was always impressed by Mrs. Dodge’s commitment and determination to succeed, her strength of mind and character as a martial artist was most apparent after she earned her junior black belt.  She should be proud of her accomplishment in knowing that she not only achieved a goal that most people do not, but that she did it in such a way that demonstrated the highest levels of self-discipline, focus, and warrior spirit – traits that define a true martial artist.  It is truly an honor and privilege for me to have trained with Mrs. Dodge, both as her instructor and as a fellow warrior!”  -Mrs. Jay

 

Take a look at the video of her test posted on the Black Belt Test Video page

A note of gratitude from Mr. Harmaning

Mrs. Barnette,

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
awarded to
Cindy Barnette
In appreciation of 17 years with the A.K.E.A.
2000-2008  Student & Instructor
2008-2017  Manager
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)