Step 1: Create an announcements page.
Step 2: Copy the URL of your announcements page. (Example: "")
Step 3: You'll need to make two changes to the URL of your page. Change https to http (delete the s) and then add /posts.xml (Example revised URL: ""). The revised URL is a valid RSS feed URL you can subscribe to.
Step 4: Paste the feed URL into an RSS-to-email website. I like The email is not instant -- it takes up to 1-2 hours after you post the announcement for the email to get sent. Parents should also be aware that the email may end up in their junk or spam folder.
Step 5: Add a button to your Google Site to allow people to subscribe to email announcements.
  • Edit the page where you want the button to appear
  • Insert menu... HTML box
  • Paste in the following code:
<form method='post' action=''> Enter your email address: <input type='text' name='btr_email' /> <input type='hidden' name='btr_url' value=''> <input type='hidden' name='schedule_type' value='0' /> <input type='submit' value='Click to receive news via email' /> </form>
  • Hit Save for the HTML Box. Then save the edits to the web page.
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2016 Fall Kyu Tests

posted Oct 25, 2016, 4:38 PM by Curt Wvong   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 4:39 PM ]

The 2016 Fall Kyu tests will be held on:

Kids Kyu Test
Saturday November 12, 2016 at 2 pm 
at the Northwest YMCA, 20803 Alves Drive, Cupertino CA

Adults Kyu Test
Saturday November 19, 2016 at 1 pm 
at the Southwest YMCA, 13500 Quito Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070

Practices will be canceled on these days.

2014 Fall Kyu Test

posted Nov 6, 2014, 11:57 AM by Curt Wvong

The 2014 Fall Kyu Test will be held on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the Central YMCA, 1717 The Alameda, San Jose, CA.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Kids
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Adults

Start dates for new sessions for 2014

posted Aug 12, 2014, 8:53 AM by Curt Wvong   [ updated Aug 21, 2014, 6:13 PM ]

Sessions for the remainder of 2014 will be offered from:
  • July 1 - Aug 23 (8 weeks)
  • Aug 26 - Oct 18 (8 weeks)
  • Oct 21 - Dec 20 (9 weeks)
Register at the front desk of the Northwest YMCA.

2014 Spring Kyu Test - Saturday April 5, 2014

posted Apr 3, 2014, 1:36 PM by Curt Wvong

The 2014 Spring kyu test will be held at the San Leandro Dojo:
1285 Hays Street,
San Leandro, CA

Kids: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Adults: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

There will be no classes at the NW Y on Saturday.

2013 Holiday Schedule and 2014 Oizuki Practice

posted Dec 20, 2013, 2:32 PM by Curt Wvong

Here is the Cupertino dojo 2013/14 Holiday practice schedule:

Tues Dec 24 - no practice, Christmas eve
Thurs Dec 26 - regular schedule
Sat Dec 28 - regular schedule

Tues Dec 31 - no practice, New Year's eve
Thurs Jan 2 - no practice
Sat Jan 4 - regular schedule
Tues Jan 7 - regular schedule
Thurs Jan 9 - regular schedule
Sat Jan 11 - 2014 oizuki practice

We will practice lots of oizuki between now and Jan 11, 2014.
2014 Oizuki Practice
The 8th annual oizuki practice for 2014 will be held on Saturday January 11, 2014 at 3 pm in the Aerobics Studio at the Northwest YMCA, 20803 Alves Drive, Cupertino, CA

"Firsts" of the year are important Japanese traditions that are believed to set the tone for the rest of the year. We will make 2014 oizuki as one of our first practices for 2014. As Sensei has said, "Oizuki is Shotokan's characteristic technique."

A habit is an acquired pattern of behavior. It takes many repetitions of the behavior for it to become a habit. Building a habit is like weaving a rope. Each repetition is like adding a strand of thread to your rope. Ultimately, your habit can either help you climb higher, or, tie you down.
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Winter Special Training - Norcal 2014

posted Nov 22, 2013, 9:31 AM by Curt Wvong

Norcal Winter Special Training will be held January 17-19, 2014 (First practice Friday January 17, 7:00 pm)

Where: Peter Burnett Academy, 850 N 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95112

Cost: $175 (Make checks payable to Curt Wvong)

Send application form and check to: Donal Breen (email Donal for address

Special Training Details: You must provide your own cot/airmattres/bedding and meals, except there will be a group lunch on Saturday.

NOTES: Renew your SKA dues on time! You must have your SKA dues current to participate.

Kyu test results

posted Nov 22, 2013, 9:29 AM by Curt Wvong

Congratulations to the Cupertino dojo members who participated in the Kyu Test on Saturday November 9, 2013:

Danny Valverde, 8th kyu
Jeremy Liu, 7th kyu
Meelana Pham, 7th kyu
Ashwath Kumar, 5th kyu
Mahima Kumar, 5th kyu
Jessica Araiza, 5th kyu
Anthony Daniel, 5th kyu
Patricia Araiza, 4th kyu

Blanka Holmes, 5th kyu
Salvador Araiza, 4th kyu
Sarah Bryson, 3rd kyu
Fumito Kayama, 2nd kyu
Neil Bautista, 1st kyu
Nikko Bautista, 1st kyu

Norcal Bay Area Fall Kyu Test Saturday November 9, 2013

posted Oct 8, 2013, 10:03 AM by Curt Wvong

Saturday November 9, 2013 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
at the Sequoia YMCA in Redwood City
1445 Hudson St Redwood City, CA 94061

We are going to grade children separate from adults this time so that they don't have to sit around for 4 hours.
  - Kids 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  - Adults 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please arrive early to complete the grading forms. e.g. Kids should arrive by 1:15 pm, adults by 2:45 pm.
Practice at the NW YMCA will be canceled.

57th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament

posted Jul 14, 2013, 7:02 PM by Carolyn Seeley

Once again NorCal dojos have been invited to come together to demonstrate the kata Heian Nidan at SKA's annual Nisei Week tournament and demonstration in Pasadena. Let's continue our tradition of strong spirit and participation!

Why join us in LA for the weekend?
  • To come together to present our kata to Ohshima Sensei
  • To watch some of our best fighters apply the techniques we practice in a time-honored jiyu kumite tournament
  • To see Curt Wvong demonstrate throws and Olof Tornblad demonstrate escaping techniques 
  • To experience our organization outside our home dojo to gain deeper understanding of SKA and of practice
  • To make new friends and meet some of our most senior members - members you hear stories about almost every week
  • Most importantly, to practice with Ohshima Sensei at the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo
This is a terrific experience for member white belts, brown belts, and kids - please plan to come! 

The Nisei week tournament will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 am at the Braun gymnasium at the Caltech campus in Pasadena. We will make our kata during a break in the tournament. On Sunday, August 11, we will practice with Ohshima Sensei at 11:00 at the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo.

Enrich your practice, get involved, and make plans now to participate!

Summer Special Training West June 20-23, 2013

posted Jun 18, 2013, 3:17 PM by Curt Wvong

Summer special training West will be held June 20-23, 2013 at CSU Channel Islands. Check in Wed June 19.
Practices will be canceled at the Cupertino dojo on Saturday June 22.

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