SJ Karate - SJK (Seleny Joanne Karate,) is an organization that is most interested in teaching children and adults, traditional karate and self-defense, in a safe, respectful, fun, positive, and family environment. Our Instructors have several years of experience working with children and adults. Our strength is empowering students to develop effective and usable martial arts techniques which enable them to achieve their own success, self-confidence, discipline, as martial arts followers.
SJ Karate proudly announces a developed, appropriate and practical curriculum for children and adults of all ages, who are interested in learning Martial Arts, as a lifestyle, regardless if candidates have or not any experience or karate background. At SJK, we teach traditional Shotokan karate, which is a style of karate, developed by Martial Arts Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Stop the bully and come to practice with us!
SJ Karate SJK (Seleny Joanne Karate) is a proud member of the United States National Karate Federation –USANKF. http://www.teamusa.org/usa-karate Our students compete in http://www.teamusa.org/usa-karate/upcoming-events in friendly championships, and other Karate events. We have achieved hundreds of medals and trophies in national and international championships. SJK athletes train hard under the direction of former national champions, accredited coaches http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Karate/Officials-and-Coaches/Coaches-Listing and national referees http://www.teamusa.org/usa-karate/officials-and-coaches/officials-listing.
Our Federation, the USA-NKF or USA Karate, is the official and the largest Karate Organization in the United States of America in nature, quality, scope and strength as determined by the Amateur Sports Act and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
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Students should familiarize themselves with the various requirements for each belt level prior to turning in their grading application. If you are unfamiliar with any of the kihon, kata, or kumite required for your next belt level, you should not attempt to grade, but instead, you should continue to train until you feel comfortable with all of the requirements. If in doubt speak with your sensei.
For dan (black belt) examinations, the candidate must be tested for a SJK black belt panel and guest instructors. The candidate must demonstrate two katas, one of his or her choice and one chosen by the chief examiner. The candidate is also tested on kumite, and kihon. Older candidates may also demonstrate self-defense techniques, in which they must defend themselves from a series of attacks from an instructor.
SJK and its Instructors acknowledge that there are martial arts schools that will “grant” and “approve” students for testing every month, and some students will be testing for black belt through “accelerated programs,” that even may ONLY last 1-year. However; SJK will keep the minimum waiting period between 1st Kyu and 1st Dan as typically three years of training or three years and a half. Our organization will train our students well until they TRULY reach the proficiency levels for testing. For all kyu (colored belt) tests, the candidate must demonstrate the mandated kata for their rank, karate basics, and sparring. Testing of a karateka through SJK is typically allowed between three and four months until 4th kyu is obtained, and from there between 4 to 8 months until becoming ready to test for 1st Dan Black Belt. After achieving their new belts, our students conscientiously understand that they EARNED their new ranks, as is supposed to be.
Our Instructors have more than 50 years of combined experience. They are international competitors and former National Champions who also achieved hundreds of medals in different States of the Union and also at International Championships.
Our Senseis are accredited coaches, and national referees of the United States National Karate Federation (USA-NKF.) They teach quality Karate because they love martial arts, and want to keep expanding traditional martial arts to children and adults. Senseis David and Seleny Crosby, don't look for profit when teaching but to promote new champions. Their spirituality and passion to promote the sports from a Family-oriented perspective, make a difference...