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{jcomments on}First tournament victoryOn Saturday, October 19th several travelled to Herkimer County Community College for the Diamond Valley Classic, hosted by Bailey's Karate School - Herkimer. We were joined by a few of our fellow students from the Galway Karate Club as well as Sensei Beth came up from Binghamton University.

Everyone had a great time as we brought home many medals and cup trophies.

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usa ifkk logoOn Saturday, September 20th, our students particpated in the annual American International Karate Championships at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY.

Events at this year's tournament included kata, weapons, breaking, clicker fighting, semi-contact fighting, and knockdown fighting. Our students competd in kata and clicker fighting. There were competitors not only from the Rochester and Finger Lakes area, but also from several different states, Canada, Russia, and South Africa.

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Sportmanship is mentioned often in athletic competition and many times in non athletic situations. One of things I am most proud up is how those I have coached and taught exhibit "good" sportsmanship. That is so true after the most recent American International Karate Championships.

Several students competed for the very first time. No wants to win more than I do and no one wants to see my students win more than I do. The most important thing is that you compete honorably and respectfully regardles of whether you win or lose. Honestly, if you perform and give your best than there is no losing, especially if you are determined to do better the next time.

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I've been around the martial arts for a long time so I've seen a lot of different marketing tactics to attract students. The things I see most advertised, in many ways are no indication of the kind of instructor you might get. Marketing ploys I see most include master instructors, championships, certifications, whom they have trained with, and how many black belts they have. If you think about it, those points really say nothing about an instructor's ability to teach.

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Some of our students competed at the 19th American International Championships on October 10th, 2009. The event was held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Sempai Mike competed in the Men's Senior Brown Belt Division for kata, weapons kata, and clicker fighting. He brought home third place trophies in weapons kata and clicker fighting. Sempai Chuck also competed in the Men's Senior Brown Belt Divisions for kata, weapons kata, and clicker fighting. He brought home a third place trophy for kata and a second place trophy for weapons kata. Sempai Taylor competed in Female 11-12 Brown Belt Divisions for kata and weapons kata. She brought home third place for each.

Congratulations to all. Next year's tournament will be October 9th.

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nobulliesBullying is a terrible act and unfortunately it has brought attention to the Rochester area recently. This recent incident has made it clear that no one is immune to it and it doesn't just happen to kids.

We need to use this as a teaching moment for everyone. If we witness such an act and do nothing then we become a victim of it as well. We have a choice at that moment - stand up for the person directly or get someone that can. That doesn't mean that we resort to violence. After all that is not what we train for - physical altercation as the absolute last resort.

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usa ifkkThis was a packed weekend for Golden Eagle Martial Arts. We started with a shodan (1st degree black belt) test for Sempai Mike and capped it off with an all day/all night affair at the American International Karate Championships.

On Friday evening a testing board was convened, which included Sensei Chris, Sensei Nik, Sensei Matt, and Sensei Beth. The test began about 7:10 and lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. Sempai Mike performed technique combinations, demonstrated power techniques, defended himself against nearly forty different attacks, executed empty hand and weapons katas, and finished off with several rounds of sparring  including the five man circle. At the end of it all he was rewarded with the rank of shodan and shall now be called sensei. Be sure to congratulate him.

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Sensei Beth graduated on May 12th from SUNY Cortland magna cum laude with a B.S. in Sport Management. Today she starts her internship for the Northeast Open, which is required to complete her degree.

Besides her fine academic achievement she completed her studies in just three years thanks to numerous AP classes and dual credit classes in high school. For the last two years she worked as a Resident Assistant and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. During her time at Corland she also participated in the Sport Management Club and served as an event manager for numerous athletic events held on campus.

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hilton2012On Saturday, June 16th, a few of us traveled to the other side of the county. We went to Hilton High School where Russ Davenport and Liam Anderson competed. Sensei Chris helped with officiating and coaching. Sempai Chuck assisted with getting our competitors ready and making sure they were in the correct divisions. Sempai Taylor was there to be our official photographer and videographer.

This was Russ's first tournament and he brought home a second place in Clicker Fighting and a third place in Semi Contact. This was Liam's second competition and he placed second in Semi Contact fighting, which included a knockout of his first round opponent. Both young meng represented Golden Eagle Martial Arts at the highest levels. Both plan to continue competing including the American International Karate Championships in November. 

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