TAMA Martial Arts Events in 2016-17
It seems like yesterday but with a blink of an eye, time had passed its way. Or I am just in a comma? It is now February 14. I wish you a Blessed Happy Valentine’s day to Judy (my wife), families, friends, and students.and parents. BTW, where did January go? What about the martial arts events that occurred at TAMA Martial arts center? My camera remembered and captured most of it. I have been hit so hard, that sometimes, I could not remember it. However, I remembered the little things, like “master t, you are NOT a Santa Clause!” I truly enjoyed the students wishes for Christmas, yes, Christmas! Yes, it is now almost March talking about Christmas. I call this 4 seasons. We had just had some snow, right?
Yes, my first love is martial arts, and to this day, I spend most of the days teaching for the last 41 years here in Dayton area. Owning 4 studios at one time, boy that was like merry go round, I was chasing my tails most of the time, although, I had accomplished many things but being too busy has its price. Pioneered many martial arts program even before MMA came into the cable, we were already rolling on the ground with full contact attitude in our many black belt tests.
Here are the last two to three months of events compiled into one written article that sums it all. To start was our October 2016 Halloween party Pinata breakaway! It was a blast like last year, except better this 2016. This time, I got two piñatas instead of one. One fo the little ones and the other for the older kids. Yes, I could not forget the custom contest. The kids themselves voted who was the best dressed Halloween custom. Each one gave their reason why they chose their custom.
Then Thanksgiving came and went and I almost sounded like a turkey for eating too much turkey that day. Enjoyed cooking turkey again for the family. I wanted to acknowledge all the instructors and assistant instructor that make TAMA a good experience to all students both young and old. I “Thank you” and I appreciate your time into helping TAMA martial arts center a success story even after 41 years in the making.
Christmas came and went but have some great pictures to share with you just look below this article. The kids did not know that there was actually an Asian Santa Clause! Me in disguise. Even a 4-year-old, could tell it was me. I guessed my slanted eyes gave my secret away. Lol
Although, I had some pretty serious kids telling me what their wishes were for Christmas. Are we talking about Christmas again? That was more than a couple of paragraphs ago. Spending time with my own family gathering was awesome seeing all of my children and grandkids reactions as they were unwrapping the gifts. It was more than Kodak moment. The best of it is when I go to bed and pray for my love ones and to those who needed prayers that I have met that day or that week.
We staged an Muay Thai Fight event for the Muay Thai fighters that decided to compete again each other accordingly to their skill level. We had more than 12 fights and it went very well. It was a practice full contact matches that did not have any referees. Only their experience spoke that day and their movements say a lot with confidence and might for a total of 3 rounds each fight. We had a small audience and the funds donated went to Daystar In Action. We will plan this again soon hopefully in March.
The TAMA BJJ competition team have been doing very well. Kudos to JR and Siam. The team have been taking some hardware home and even took top team overall in one of the competition last year. Now, this BJJ class meets 3x a week now. Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 11 am was just added.
The Team Tama karate competition kids have been doing great. More than several students had taken grand champion trophies home from more than several karate tournament events. Some of these trophies were over 6 feet tall! And our TAMA Nationals will be on April 22, 17 be held at Belmont High School this year. Get ready to rumble and challenge yourself in our 41st-anniversary martial arts tournament event New Year came and went. I wish you all many blessings in this 2017 and believe it that it will be better than 2016.
Sensei Rod Kong was here during January who gave a seminar to the Aiki students. Rod, how had studied here at TAMA since he was 8 years of age, now a successful emergency doctor in NY also runs a successful martial arts studio. One of many success stories who had studied until even after his high school years. He celebrated his 15 years anniversary teaching martial arts in NY and we were there to celebrate it with him this past July 2016. It sure was an honor to be one of his guest in his 15 year anniversary in New York. He pursued his love of martial arts in Japan through the influence of our Icho Ryu Aikijutsu and TAMA Kenpo Ryu system. He teaches the original Daito-Ryu Aikijutsu system from Japan and several students of ours also study from Rod, Sensei in this style that dates back over 400 years old.
Rod Kong Sensei, pursued his love of martial arts in Japan through the influence of our Icho Ryu Aikijutsu and TAMA Kenpo Ryu system. He teaches the original Daito-Ryu Aikijutsu system from Japan and several students of ours also study from Rod, Sensei in this style that dates back over 400 years old.
February is a time of forgiveness, and love, understanding, and compassion. Just imagine if we have more love on this earth, rather than hate, bickering, jealousy and anger.
I wish you love!