Sensei Ferrand teaches workshop in Haiti

This past weekend our Sensei, Jose Ferrand, traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to teach a workshop to close to 50 people. JKA Haiti hosted the event with the goal of advancing the practice of karate in Haiti.

Throughout the weekend, Sensei Ferrand taught advanced kumite technique, kihon and basic katas to close to 50 students. Two of our dojo members from the US Team, Jovany and Andre, also joined Sensei.

Thank you JKA Haiti for hosting such a great event! Oss!

The US Team brings home medals

Miami Shotokan Karate club is extremely proud of our US Team members that competed in Santiago, Chile this past weekend at X Campeonato Sudamericano.

The US Men’s Kata Team (Andre, Khim and Tony) placed 2nd and the US Women’s Kata Team (Rachel, Dahlia and Grace) placed 3rd. Grace also took home first place in kids’s kata and 8th place in kids’s Kumite.

Congratulations Team USA! We are so proud of all of you! And thank you to all of our dojo family and friends who contributed to our GoFundMe campaign to support our US Team members.

Additional results
Women’s Team Kata 1st Place – Brazil
Men’s Team Kata 1st Place – Chile
Women’s Team Kumite 1st Place- Argentina
Men’s Team Kumite 1st Place- Brazil

Karate around the world at MSKC

Visiting South Florida for a few days? We always welcome fellow KarateKas! We’ve enjoyed meeting and training with fellow KarateKas from all over the United States, the Caribbean, South America and Europe.  Just last week, a fellow KarateKa from France dropped in to train with us.

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Interested in dropping in? Visit our schedule for times. Drop in rates are $15 per person, per class.

Oss!

TBT – Beach Practice

Last month we had yet another successful beach practice, in celebration of our founding. We met at the Crandon Park Beach at 8 a.m. for training, and then spent the day playing baseball, grilling and celebrating with our dojo members. Once again, our friends at Fandango Pictures beautifully captured this event.

You’re invited to Miami Shotokan’s Movie Night

Join us on Saturday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. to watch the 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Championship. This worldwide tournament took place in Tokyo in 2014 and Miami Shotokan had several dojo members participate as part of the US Team. Our Sensei also participated as one of the US Team Coaches.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and there will be food and beverages for sale. All proceeds from the event benefit Miami Shotokan Karate Club’s dojo members representing the US Team in the South American Championship in Chile this September.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

JKA/AF 2016 National Training Camp

Miami Shotokan recently attended the 2016 National Training Camp hosted by JKA/AF, and enjoyed the opportunity to train with guest instructor, Koichiro Okuma, 6th Dan JKA.

The camp, held in New Orleans, covered a variety of trainings over the weekend of June 9th, 2016. Our dojo members greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and train with our fellow KarateKas from other dojos.

Thank you JKA/AF for hosting another great training camp! Osu.

Photo Credit: Mery Aguilera de Martinez

Unsu Demonstration

As we are ramping up our YouTube channel, we wanted to share this demonstration of the kata, Unsu that Sensei Jose and dojo member Andre Fiallos recorded recently. In this demonstration they show the bunkai of each movement. For those of you not familiar with the term, bunkai means the practical application of the technique.

Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday – Sunrise Practice Training

One of our time-honored dojo traditions is our annual sunrise beach training in Key Biscayne. Because this event is coming up in just a little over a month, we thought we’d share some moments from last year’s event.

In case you haven’t joined Miami Shotokan Karate Club for one of our beach practices, this year is our 23rd year in which we meet in Key Biscayne at 6 a.m. We start with a quick walk/jog to the beach, where we train basics, sparring drills and end with a friendly kata competition. Mostly in the ocean. Once we finish, we camp out in Crandon Park where we BBQ, play baseball, trade stories and enjoy the company of the dojo.

The event is open to both kids and adults, from white belts to black belts. We are also lucky to have friends from other dojos join us for the fun.

Here’s a few pictures from last year’s event, courtesy of our friends at Fandango PicturesDerek Latta Photography and dojo member, Caryn Cravens.