Summer message: Seiwakai Karate SKSV June – August 2023

Summer message:

Seiwakai Karate SKSV June – August 2023

By Johnpaul Williams – June 12, 2023

Happy summer everyone!

Kevin Foley with his gold medal and Steve Prosser with his new black belt and 1st degree black belt certificates.

We call this a win

Another session is behind us, and it came to an end with our own Kevin Foley earning a gold medal for Kumite in Sacramento at the IKF Championship this past weekend. His very first competition! Please ask him if his legs are still sore from the following days seminar and if the medal it is real gold, when we return to training
With that being said, the Menlo Park recreation registration page has been updated with a much better flow and experience. To assist with finding the registration links, visit the links below!
Also, upon our return, we’ll have new participants. To stay ahead of the curve, please review the links below, I’m including links instead of PDF’s so as not to bog down anyone’s email with a vast number of documents eating valuable memory space. See you all at the next training session.
SKSV Application data
Can everyone please do me a huge favor and use the following link to record their basic data that we use for such things as your grading application and your certificates. It would really help rather than going to each club participant receiving messages repeatedly. This could save a lot of time and effort.
Beginner’s guide and vocabulary:
Although elementary, this guide or ‘white sheet’ should help new students gain a better understanding of all those strange words and vocabulary we use in class. We’re in the process of re-writing the doc as a paperback for distribution (via Amazon) for other Gōjūryū Karate Dōjō who have been disenfranchised from the Japan based organizations. I’ll bring an updated of the PDF version for class through the remainder of June training – GOJURYU KARATE BASIC JAPANESE VOCABULARY
Purchasing your first Dō-g (keiko-gi):
Most of you already have such however for those who do not, there are two primary resources we recommend for procuring your dō-gi (training uniform / keiko-gi).

1. “KI international” is the exclusive US distributor of our standard orange label “Mugen” dō-gi found here

2. Dō-gi (Keiko-gi) are also carried locally next to our annex training location in Japantown at:
Nichi Bei Bussan
140 Jackson St.
San Jose 95112

Japan 2023 Seminar, Training and Dan testing:
We have posted the information regarding this years Japan training in Akita (Daisen / Omagari) and the following week in Osaka. All grades are welcome to participate. Please see the blog post at – Please send a message and let us know if you plan to attend either the Seiwakai only seminar in Akita, the JKF Gōjūkai seminar in Japan or both. Also, if you plan to compete in the JKF Gojukai Taikai / shiai (competition)!!! By the way – 2024 is the 50th JKF Gōjūkai Taikai and will be held in Okinawa 🙂

Los Angeles 2023 seminar:
This years JKF Gōjūkai Los Angeles gasshuku (seminar) and shinsa (testing) will be at Vassie Naidoo’s Dōjō in Westwood again, November 10th to 12th. two weeks before Thanksgiving (November 23rd) weekend.

At home training:
When training at home please go beyond using a mirror and turn on that supercomputer we keep in our pockets. The mirror image you see moves with you therefore it is near impossible to adequate gauge your technique and precision. Turn on video and cast back to your big screen to really help identify where you can make improvements.

A good tool to follow along for supplemental at home training and to follow along with your basic Kata. The links below cover your first 3 kata.
1. Fukyu Kata dai Ichi –
2. Gekisai dai Ichi –
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3. Gekisai dai Ni –

Grading and tests:
Participation in grading (shinsa) is not mandatory, however it is highly recommended and provides members a goal to gauge their self improvement. Grading requires club members to challenge themselves mentally and physically. A core goal of Budo and Karatedo.

At the new session we will present a revised grading requirements form, which will of course still meet and exceed both our Seiwakai Japan and JKF Gōjūkai requirements. This also includes a slightly revised belt schedule (adding orange and blue) to mirror that of Sensei Sanjit Mandal’s dojo in Pleasanton (Tri-Valley Karate Seiwakai)

SKSV Youtube, WhatsApp, ZOOM and media pages:

Please check in or leave a review at the services below if you have a moment some time.

Have a great summer and feel free to ask questions.