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

Upcoming Handgun Courses

 

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.  

The second day of the course includes live fire training under the supervision of a Range Safety Officer in the action bays at Renton Fish and Game Club.  

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.  

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)

Important Announcement from Shihan Moss

Beginning karate students are naturally quite rank-conscious and are often shocked to hear a 1st or 2nd degree black belt (shodan/nidan) still refer to them self as a ‘beginner,’ but such is the heritage of the ancient art of karate. No one in a single lifetime can possibly master all there is to know about the art. The more one learns the more one realizes how much more time is required to master a technique. Gichin Funakoshi, the ‘Father of Modern-Day Karate,’ stated on his death bed, “I think that I finally learned how to do a straight punch.” In other words, Karate is a lifelong activity that you can always learn something and get better through practice on learned techniques.  As new students become engrossed in the study of karate, they soon lose their rank-consciousness and try to learn all they can, one lesson at a time. The journey itself becomes the goal.

The color of the belt (obi) is very important since it represents what level of proficiency one has attained in their particular system of the martial arts. The obi is a relatively new addition to the martial arts. In the early years of martial arts development, there were no belt rank certifications, only titles. In China, one was considered a master, instructor, or student. On Okinawa, the titles of karateka (practitioner or student), renshi (qualified instructor), kyoshi (advanced teacher of instruction), and hanshi (instructor of teachers or master) were the only certifications awarded. The man credited with inventing the belt color dan/kyu system was Jigoro Kano, who also was the founder of Judo. Judo has been practiced on Okinawa since the 1920’s.  Master Gichin Funakoshi had met Dr. Kano while in Japan. Master Funakoshi, himself a teacher and a very educated man, was very impressed with Dr. Kano and decided to use the dan/kyu color belt system in his teaching and begin to award a corresponding belt rank certification. The dan/kyu system did not take hold on Okinawa until 1956, when Chosin Chibana formed the Okinawa Karate Association.

Black belt 1 and 2 are beginner ranks (sempai; assistant instructor); black 3 (sensei; instructor), black 4 for intermediate students (renshi; qualified instructor); and black 5 and 6 for an advanced rank (kyoshi; advanced teacher of instruction). A red/white belt is use for the master rank (shihan; master instructor), black 7 and 8; and a red belt is use for the master instructor of teachers (hanshi), black 9 and 10.

Titles are not awarded automatically with the belt ranking but must be earned separately. If a black belt student never teaches or promotes their martial arts system, they are not eligible for the specific titles listed. The title of professor (kyōju) is the highest title of master within any martial arts system awarded for both teaching and knowledge. Traditionally there is only one professor per martial arts system. Professor Bill Marron is the official professor of the AKKW. The professor has the final ‘say’ about the techniques and direction in which the system will be developed. As the saying goes, “The buck stops here.” The title of professor can only be presented by a board of martial arts peers, for example the Midori Yama Budokai (MYB). It is a title and not a rank. The person must be a master in their system before they can be eligible for the prestigious title of professor. The title of master teacher (shihan) can be conferred on a 7th degree black belt and approved by their instructor. The rank of 7th degree black belt or above does not automatically confer the title of master. The same rule applies to the title sensei (teacher or instructor) or kyoshi (advance teacher). Just because the student earns his 1st degree black belt does not entitle him to be referred to as a sempai (assistant instructor).

Upper level rankings above black belt 3 is difficult to obtain. To say the least to be awarded master level rank and title is very rare. Shihan Glenn Harmaning is one of those rare individuals that has dedicated over 40 years to learning and teaching the martial arts.

It seems like yesterday when we met in the 80’s back in Idaho. Our friendship has grown throughout the years along with our continued knowledge in the martial arts. When you contacted me to come out to your present dojo 12 years ago, I had dreams that advanced ranking would be possible. I love it when dreams come true. Today it is an honor and privilege to award Shihan Glenn Harmaning the rank of 8th degree black belt. Through both the American Kenpo Karate and Weapons and Midori Yama Budokai, Shihan Harmaning has been issued official certificates to document this master rank.

Congratulations Shihan Harmaning for this monumental achievement. It is well earned and deserved.

Photo by Silent Knight Productions.  (Used With Permission)

Congratulations from Professor Marron

“Congratulations on this momentous promotion.  It’s not every day a person earns the privilege to enter the ‘Master’ rankings.  When I first met you, I knew you had a great destiny in the Martial Arts, and I was (as it turns out) correct.  

It is my privilege to be a part of this great honor.  You’ve earned it, Glenn. Congratulations.” 

Professor Bill Marron, Judan

American Kenpo Karate and Weapons 

 

 

Kobudo 2017 was a huge success!

Pictures from the Kobudo Demo & Picnic will be coming soon.  In the meantime, take a look at the pictures below from all the great groups leading up to the Demo.

Camp concluded with some students learning Okinawan Nihanshi Shodan.  See more pictures here.

These kids were so good, in fact,  they were ready to take on Dr. Moss with his sword.  Check out these pictures.  

These first year Kobudo Kids have Bo-Bo down.  Take a look at some of these high jumpers here!

 

During the final review, students were evaluated for rank promotions to be announced Saturday at the Demo.  See more pictures here.

Now that Dr. Moss is here, some of the Black Belts got to play.  See more pictures here.

The Advanced Kobudo Kids are honing their skills in preparation for the Demo on Saturday.  See more pictures here.

Some of the instructors got to learn Matayoshi No Kami Ni.  See more pictures here.

It’s not just the adults that get to have fun.  These 2nd year Kobudo Kids are learning Matayoshi No Tunfa  Ich.  See more pictures here.

Let the bo fighting begin with Bo-Bo.  See more pictures here.

Now they know Chotoku Kyan no Sai.  See more pictures here.  

Then we added Chou No Kon.  See more pictures here.  

Next came Matayoshi No Tunfa  Ich.  See more pictures here.  

The first group of the year gave students an opportunity to learn some basic bo techniques through the form, Shi Hon Uki.  See more pictures here.