Kids and families win as families practice karate together at a local communinty YMCA
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- Apr. 19, 2013 - CORDOVA, Tenn. --
Rebekka Schmidt, age 10, won first place in the children's division of a national karate tournament this past Saturday, April 13.
The event, held at the Cordova Family YMCA, was Memphis Shotokan's Third Annual Sparring (Jiyu Kumite) Seminar and Tournament. It was hosted by Memphis Shotokan's affiliate school, Cordova Shotokan Karate, which holds classes at the Cordova Family YMCA.
Rebecca has been training at Cordova Shotokan Karate for about a year and a half. Her karate instructors are Dojo Leader, Steve Ethridge and Assistant Leader William Ragin. Both Steve and William are Black Belts in Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). SKA (www.ska.org
) is the oldest karate organization in America and one of the best respected in the world.
Christina Leschhorn, age 9, placed second in the children's division. Her sister, Daniela Leschhorn, age 8, placed third. They train in karate, along with their parents, Charles and Karen Leschhorn, at Memphis Shotokan. "We've been taking karate classes together as a whole family for about three years. Training in karate together as a family will help you build a strong, healthy, happy family," said Charles.
Two local area adults also placed in the top two in their divisions. Charles Leschhorn, the father of Christina and Daniela, placed second in the men's White and Brown Belt Division. Keith Kirk placed first in the Men's Black Belt Division. Like Charles, Keith’s wife and two daughters have also trained in karate with him for many years. “Karate will help you raise kids to have strong character” And that’s something our society needs more of today,” Keith said.
"Rebekka Schmidt has a natural talent for karate and she is very focused and determined to excel," Steve said. "She is a joy to teach and is exciting to watch when she competes. I couldn't be more proud of her as a karate student," he said. Her parents are John and Teresa Schmidt. Her dad, John, and siblings, Samantha and John, III also have trained in karate together.
This was a national tournament attended by 38 participants from 9 states. Adult winners qualified to participate in SKA's annual international karate tournament as part of the Nisei Week festivities during early August in Los Angeles. SKA is a world-class organization that has affiliate schools in over 100 U.S. cities and has affiliate schools in 117 countries.
"Our local tournament has grown each year and has become very popular among both participants and spectators," said Bobby Bird, Dojo Leader of Memphis Shotokan, who is a Fourth Degree Black Belt (Yodan) in SKA. "We really appreciate getting to hold this exciting and important event in Cordova Family YMCA's excellent facility," Bobby said.
The address of the Cordova Family YMCA is 7950 Club Center Cove Cordova, TN 38018. For more information about karate classes held at the Cordova Family YMCA contact Cordova Shotokan Karate at 901-331-7026 or online at www.CordovaShotokanKarate.org
. For more information about classes held in Collierville contact Memphis Shotokan at 901-230-7063 or online at www.MemphisShotokan.org
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Contact Name: Steve Ethridge
Contact Phone: 901-331-7026
Ancient Japanese Cultural Event Comes to Cordova Traditional
Martial Arts Karate Tournament
(Press with cameras
(Cordova, TN, April 6, 2013)
Just imagine: ancient Japanese
warriors — skilled martial artists — battling it out, in hand-to-hand
combat. And you get to watch up close,
without any harm to yourself. That's
what you'll get to see, hear and feel when you come to watch Memphis Shotokan's Third Sparring (Jiyu
Kumite) Seminar and Tournament, April
12 and 13, 2013 at the Cordova
Family YMCA (for related video click here.).
and see high level Black Belts from across the country train and demonstrate
their realistic, fascinating fighting skills.
See their fearless mental focus.
Hear the sounds of their powerful, empty-hand combat. Get a feel for real, traditional Japanese
arts groups in metro areas like Memphis often pay “big money” to bring in
cross-cultural events to broaden the education and international relations of
its citizens — at high ticket prices to the viewing public. Yet, this rare, ancient Japanese cultural
event will be free to the viewing public.
This tournament will be sponsored
by local affiliates of one of the oldest and best respected karate
organizations in the world, headed by the first karate master to bring karate
from Japan to the U.S. and start an official karate school (dojo) in 1954, Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima. Mr. Ohshima is world renowned as one of the
few remaining top students of the founder of Shotokan karate, Master Gichin Funikoshi. In 1957 Mr. Ohshima received his Fifth Degree
Black Belt (Godan) rank from Master Funakoshi, the highest rank awarded by
Master Funakoshi and still the highest rank achievable by Mr. Ohshima’s nonprofit
organization, Shotokan Karate of America
(SKA). Black Belt Magazine
describes Mr. Ohshima as "a legend in his own time.”
Karate/Kung Fu Illustrated Magazine agrees, calling him "a
living martial arts legend." Shotokan Magazine says he is
"one of the most senior Shotokan masters in the world."
SKA has schools (dojos) in
over 100 U.S. cities and affiliate schools in 17 countries worldwide. All SKA Black Belts are directly ranked under
exciting event will be conducted by two of SKA's local affiliate schools, Memphis Shotokan and Cordova Shotokan Karate. The event will be led by Memphis Shotokan's Dojo Leader, Fourth Degree Black Belt (Yodan),
Robert Bird. The event will be
hosted by Cordova Shotokan Karate
and its Dojo Leader, Black Belt Steve
tournament will include separate competition divisions for children, adult
females, and adult males, ranging in rank from White Belt beginners to the most
advanced Black Belts. While the seminar
and tournament are both free for members of the public to come and view,
participation in the seminar practice and tournament will be limited to include
only current Members of SKA.
event will be at Cordova Family YMCA
on April 12 and 13, 2013. The seminar will begin at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April
12. (Friday night is optional for out-of-town participants). The main
practice will begin Saturday April
13 at 10:00 a.m. The tournament
will be from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00
p.m. The address is 7950 Club Center Cove Cordova, TN 38018. For more information contact Memphis Shotokan (901-230-7063, www.MemphisShotokan.org) or Cordova Shotokan Karate (901-331-7026, www.CordovaShotokanKarate.org or https://www.facebook.com/CordovaShotokanKarate).
 Sulak, Tom, (July,
1975), “Tsutomu Ohshima,” Black Belt Magazine.
 Beaver, William,
(http://www.shotokai.com/index.html) “Kata, Tournaments and Personal Honesty:
An Interview with Funakoshi student Tsutomu Ohshima,” Karate/Kung Fu
 Cheetham, John, (Issue
85, October, 2005), Editorial in cover issue of Shotokan Karate Magazine,
titled: “Tsutomu Ohshima, ‘Strict Eyes,’ A Lifetime Dedicated to the
Preservation of Traditional Karate-Do.”
Cordova Shotokan Karate will be hosting Memphis Shotokan's Second Annual Sparring (Jiyu Kumite) Practice and Tournament March 9 and 10, 2012. Spectators are welcome. Please click on the following flyer for more details.
Shotokan Karate will host an Exchange Practice between our dojo and
Memphis Shotokan on Saturday, August 13 at the Cordova Family YMCA.
Practice will be held from from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (with
appropriate breaks). While the practice is open only for
students of Cordova Shotokan Karate and Memphis Shotokan, the members of
the public who are interested in karate may observe. Black Belts will
be available afterward to answer visitors' questions.