Chun Kuk Do International Training Conference Las Vegas, NV - July 2012
Jim, Andi, Alex and I (Mrs. Woods) just returned from the annual trip
to Las Vegas for the CKD ITC. We want to share with you some of our
experiences while we were there. As always the trip was education,
exciting and fun.
FYI - the 2013 CKD ITC has been set. The dates are July 18-21st.
We would like to take a large group of students with us next year ...
and maybe even compete in the Demo Team Competition. UFAF will have a
payment option set up soon so you can pay for your ITC in small
increments. If you think you might be interested, please talk to Mr. Jim
or Mrs. Lindy NOW for more information so we can all start planning!!!
Thursday, Alex, Andi & I attended an instructor development class
lead by Iain Abernethy who shared with us some great information
regarding our katas and their applications for self defense. It was
truly an eye opening class and we look forward to sharing this
information with our higher ranking students in the near future.
Thursday night we watched eight Black Belts be inducted as 5th Degrees in the Masters Rank Induction Ceremony. This was the largest ceremony to date.
the MRIC, we attended a private pool party and enjoyed a cookout with
our UFAF friends & family. As usual, the younger generation got
together for a tricking session and Alex & Andi were right in the
middle of it!
morning the seminars started. Andi and Alex started with another
seminar with Iain Abernethy followed by a sparring class with the
infamous Jadi Tention. Mr. Jim had a class on self defense by Ms. Clara
Malendez followed by a kata class by Master Freebearn.
the seminars, we were excited to watch the demo team competition. This
year the winning team was from Giroux Brothers Martial Arts in
Next came the the forms & weapons competition. Mr. Jim got 2nd place in forms in 38 & over male & female Intermediate division.
Alex received 3rd in forms & 2nd in weapons. Because he didn't get first place, he did not get to compete for a chance retain his Norris Cup. Instead, the Adult Forms Grand Champion for 2012 is Greg Bullock from Presti Karate Centers in NY.
Andi won both her forms & weapons then went on the compete in the Jr. Grands competition for the Norris Cup. There were
some truly great competitors and this year the win went to Donald
Smalls, II from Premier Martial Arts in North Augusta. (We are happy the
Norris Cup will stay in our region!)
Saturday we had more seminars. Mr. Jim and the intermediate adults had
a sparring class with Mr. John Malone followed by kata bunkai with
Master Steve Nelson.
Black Belts started with another session by Master Abernethy then Andi
& I assisted Alex as he taught a tricking class to the Red and Black
After the seminars we watched
the first ITC grappling tournament. We saw a lot of talent in the
ground game from the youth and the adults! It got me anxious to compete
evening, we attended the banquet & awards ceremony where Andi was
awarded Jr. Competitor of the Year. The award is based on the previous
year's World Championships and in 2011 Andi won forms, weapons, sparring
& the Jr. Grand Championship.
also received a plaque as a seminar instructor at the ITC. ... I failed
to mention earlier that Mr. Norris' twins were in Alex' seminar (talk
about pressure), but we heard from a reputable source that the kids ran
back to Daddy excited to show him what all they had learned during the
On Sunday we only had to focus on the sparring competition. Mr. Jim, despite being injured, won 1st place in the 35 and over Intermediate division. He had two tough matches vs an ex Marine then an ex Navy man.
Andi also won 1st
in her division after two matches. That's two years in a row she's been
a triple crown winner - in Forms, Weapons & Sparring!
Alex, after winning his weight division, went on to compete in the
Men's sparring grand championship ... This would give him another shot
at winning a Norris Cup. Before the match began the other men were
asking to see his ID because Alex didn't even look old enough to be in
their division... he really was the "under dog." But, despite being
terribly outsized (at least 100 pounds), he really gave them a "run for
added pressure to the matches, Mr. Norris stayed to watch the fighting,
and Alex wanted to make sure he once again left a good impression.
In his first match he fought David Alanzo and beat him by one point in "sudden death" over time! In his 2nd
match, he had to fight David's brother, Jorge. The score was tied...
with 3 seconds left... Both men charged in for the point .... Ahhhh -
the majority of judges point toward Mr. Jorge Alanzo signifying that his
shot got in first. So, the win and the Norris Cup when to Mr. Jorge Alanzo from Mexico.
Monday & Tuesday, I (Mrs. Woods) attended some Masters Development
classes then had to take a written test showing my grasp of what had
been taught. This is the 3rd MDS class I have completed. Each
one has made me better teacher, trainer and coach. These courses are
required for any candidate wanting to promote to 5th degree, but they
are open to all UFAF Black Belts!
Chuck Norris Awards the Competitors of the Year Chun Kuk Do ITC 2012
month we will wind down our summer and finish our summer curriculum.
As students prepare to return to school, we will also return to our FULL
schedule holding classes 4 days a week.
Mark your calendar with these upcoming events and be sure to pickup or download a copy of the FULL schedule which will kick off on August 20th!
Summer Finale Hyper Olympic Challenge & Pizza Party
August 24th 5:30-8:30pm $10 competitor / $5 spectators
us for the coolest martial arts competition event. It's a fusion of a
traditional martial arts tournament and the X Games. We will kick things
off with a Pizza Party for everyone then the competitors will compete
in the following events: Hyper Speed Kick Challenges - Highest Kick
Challenges - and Trick Battles including freestyle forms & weapons.
will have separate divisions based on size/rank for all ages ...
Including ADULTS/TEENS!! The top three winners in each division will
receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.
We will conclude the Hyper Olympic Challenge by drawing prizes from our Summer of Excellence Point Challenge. (You must be present to win.)
Everyone wishing to attend the Hyper Olympic Challenge event as a
spectator ($5.00)or as a competitor($10) must sign up and pay the appropriate fee before 8/17! Register & pay at the Pro-Shop!
Last Day of Summer Schedule - August 16th We return to the FULL Schedule on August 20th
Leadership Training Boot camp
August 17th5:30 - 6:30pm $20 for new leaders / $10 for review leaders
you want to be a part of our Dunamis Karate Leadership Team? Do you
want to learn valuable skills that will help you be a leader, not only
at karate, but in all areas of life? This class is for you!! Register
now for only $20.
(Are you a current member of the
Leadership Team? You registration is only $10. Remember, that each
team member must attend at least 2 leadership trainings per year!)
Bring A Friend Week August 20-23 - Your last chance to earn EXTRA Tickets! We will draw for prizes during the Hyper Olympic Challenge on 8/24!
We will be closed Sept. 3rd in honor of Labor Day.
are numerous events this month and you don't want to be left out, so
please mark your calendar. Also remember the dates of the school
closing. No karate classes will be held for 2 weeks but Cage Fitness
classes will continue as scheduled.
School Closed for Training & Competition in Las Vegas - July 15-28
karate classes will be held for these two weeks because the instructors
will be in Las Vegas for the annual Chun Kuk Do International Training
Conference and World Championships. We will participate in Instructor
Development classes as well as training classes covering topics like
sparring, gun/knife defense, hidden kata applications, and more.
Throughout the weekend, there will also be competition in weapons,
forms, and fighting. Our own Black Belts Champions, Alex Gardner and
Andi Woods will defend their titles as Grand Champion and once again try
to claim the coveted Norris Cup. If they are successful, they will keep
the Cups for another year ... If not, we will have to ship them off to
the new reigning champions. So keep us in your thoughts and prayers
throughout this week.
Hyper Shirt Day - Tuesday, July 10th
your favorite Hyper shirt to class and earn an extra 10 Tickets for the
Summer of Excellence Point Challenge. If you wear your Hyper shirt to
class, you also don't have to wear your gi pants ... You can wear shorts
or any comfortable pants you choose!
Hyper Open Kick Session July 6th & Aug. 3rd
Hyper Park Session July 14th
Hyper Excellence Camp MUST PRE-REGISTER BY TUESDAY, JULY 3RD SO THAT WEAPONS CAN BE ORDERED IN TIME FOR CAMP!