COLORADO KARATE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS…
Its 2008 State Championship awards at a banquet held at The Summit on Saturday, December 13. New location, better food, great entertainment and the trophies! The CKA always has outstanding awards, but this year they've outdone themselves. Several local Martial Artists from Five Star Martial Arts received awards after a tough competition season beginning in March. Martial Artists throughout the State of Colorado as well as Utah and Wyoming, participated in six tournaments to compete for the title of State Champion. The Colorado Karate Association (CKA) presents awards to the top 4 in the adult divisions and the top eight in the youth divisions. Five Star Martial Arts was represented by nine competitors throughout the year, and is proud to announce:
Mr. Bill Feliss – 4th place in 35+ Advanced Traditional Forms and 4th place in 35+ Men’s Advanced Sparring; Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Jr. – State Champion 13-14 Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Musical Forms and 2nd place 13-14 Men’s Black Belt Sparring; Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Sr. – 3rd place in 35+ Men’s Intermediate Sparring; Ms. Shawn Wilkinson – State Champion 35+ Beginning Traditional Forms, State Champion 35+ Women’s Beginning Sparring, 3rd place in 35+ Intermediate Sparring, and 4th place in Intermediate Traditional Forms; Miss Shaylene Wilkinson – State Champion 9-12 Beginning/Intermediate Musical Forms, State Champion 11 Traditional Forms, 2nd place in 11-12 Female Beginning/Intermediate Sparring, and 5th place in Female Intermediate/Advanced Sparring; Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr. – State Champion 9 Advanced Traditional Forms, 3rd place in 9-12 Advanced Creative Forms, 3rd place in 9 Advanced Sparring, and 5th place in 9-12 Advanced Weapons; Mr. Cole Worth – 2nd place 13-14 Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Weapons, 4th place in 13-14 Men’s Advanced Sparring, and 5th place in 13-14 Advanced Traditional Forms; Mr. Lloyd Worth – State Champion 35+ Men’s Beginning Sparring and 3rd place in 35+ Beginning Traditional Forms; and Sensei Jeffrey Stenson – State Champion Adult Black Belt Creative Forms, State Champion Adult Black Belt Musical Forms, State Champion 18-34 Black Belt Traditional Forms, and 2nd place in 18-34 Men’s Middleweight Black Belt Sparring.
Of these competitors, three also received awards for the TOP 20 overall competitors: Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr. – 15th, Miss Shaylene Wilkinson – 10th, and Sensei Jeffrey Stenson – 5th.
Also receiving a very special award was Ms. Marcia Connon who received an award for her dedicated support to the CKA during the year. It's people like this that the CKA (and Five Star MA) need to keep going. Thank you Marcia!
As is typical of this season with injuries, illnesses, travel, etc.... Mr. Bill Feliss could not attend due to illness. Let's hope for a healthier 2009!!!
Everyone knows that a martial artist must be strong physically, but mental and spiritual strength are also very important. Everyone has obstacles to overcome and these martial artists are no exceptions. There have been illnesses, broken bones, not to mention the stress of everyday life. They have found martial arts to be an outlet for a lot of these issues.
Congratulations to you all. I can't help but wonder what will next year bring???
CKA SEASON FINALE, RALPH KRAUSE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
OCTOBER 18, 2008
Well, the tournament season is over. At the end of the season it seems like there were more than a mere 6 tournaments, but no, only 6! This one was special - it was supposed to have been October 11, and with deepest regret due to the date change, not all of our competitors were able to attend. Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Jr. and Sr. were hunting; Ms. Shawn Wilkinson was ill (obviously she didn't remember he r daughter being ill at a previous tournament and still competing. I guess we know who the tough one is in that family!), and Mr. Lloyd Worth just decided not to compete (I could put WIMP here, but I'll refrain). OK, in all honesty, Mr. Worth has been fighting an injury from last season and hasn't competed consistently since then. Even with the date change the tournament was a success. Along with it being the Season Finale, it was also a Ralph Krause Memorial tournament. Mr. Krause passed away earlier this year. We were very happy to see Mr. Hien Pham make an appearance, the President of the American Sport Karate Association (ASKA).
So the Five Star students who were there to compete included Mr. (Coach) Bill Feliss, Miss Shaylene Wilkinson, Mr. Phillip Willett Jr., Mr. Cole Worth, and Sensei Jeffrey Stenson. With only 5 competitors, the Five Star students made an impact. Also there were Ms. Marcia Connon who is a tremendous help with the CKA booth (she actually runs the thing, I'm just there for support!), and Sensei Eric Figueroa who was there to coach if needed and support. Not to mention the families who show up to give their support that we wouldn't be where we are without them! YOU ALL MAKE FIVE STAR SHINE!
The stars must've been aligned right because not only did they all do a great job (actually SPECTACULAR), but everyone remembered their forms (granted some may have surprised us with a little extra added in - we'll get to that later!), and a great day for sparring (even though not everyone remembered the rules (I remembered, just had a brain gap!). Voting for the new CKA Board of Directors was taking place - no negative campaigning either, what a concept! I received several positive comments about that little blonde young lady and the red-headed young man (who could they be talking about?). Our buddy from another school couldn't wait to tell us how well he did and thanked Sensei Jeff and I for helping him out (not sure we did anything but Sensei Jeff is his idle!). This young man is such a nice, respectable young man and we're very happy for him. And most notably, Mr. Cole Worth finally won his first 1st place, not to mention runner-up for Grand Champion! We are all so happy for him and know that there will be plenty more where that came from!
So, let's start with that little blonde young lady, Miss Shaylene Wilkinson. An 11 year old that has incredible focus and power. When you hear Elvis in the house, all eyes are on her as she performs her Musical Kata to Jailhouse Rock. You won't be surprised to hear she won 1st place, it's getting to be a habit, one she can probably live with! Then on to her Traditional Kata. She performs a very powerful Yul-Kok and wins 2nd place. After waiting for her sparring match to begin with Coach Bill Feliss at her side (actually right behind her!), and a group of tough young ladies to compete with, she wins 3rd place. Then on to competing in Grand Champion with alot of strong competition. She may not have won Grand Champion yet, but she's a Champion in our eyes! Congratulations Shaylene - what a way to end the season!
And on to that red-headed young man, Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr. A 9-year old young man with incredible technique and what an impression he always makes. He starts off with his Creative Kata and in a very tough division and a strong performance, he wins 3rd place. Then on to Weapons where he uses the kamas, although I think this time it was his attitude not the weapons that made him do so well. He performs a very strong kata and wins 2nd place (nice job!). As if he hasn't done enough, it's then on to Traditional Forms where he always performs very strong and he doesn't let us down. He wins 2nd place. In sparring with Coach Feliss (why break up the perfect team!), and also Sensei Eric by his side, he fights like a crazy man and wins 3rd place. Your sparring has come a long way Phillip - Congratulations and well done!
Then there is a very quiet, reserved young man whos middle name should be "more intensity", Mr. Cole Worth. Cole has been told many times that he has perfect techniques, just needs more power, more instensity. I tell him to act like someone else, his Mom tells him to be himself - figure that out! So Cole has been practicing fancy throws with the staff and he doesn't always catch them in class - but he always catches them in tournaments. Today was no exception. In his weapons kata, he doesn't add his new throw in (he must be saving that for next year), but he nails what he does do, and wins 2nd place. The judges tell him to "be more intense". Well something clicked because when he moved on to Traditional Forms where he is always a tough competitor he showed intensity and guess what - he wins 1st place. Let me repeat - THAT'S A 1ST PLACE! We've been waiting all year for that and it finally showed up - you know the saying "better late than never". And due to winning 1st place, he then performs in Grand Champion and wins Runner Up (WOW!). On to sparring where with very tough competition and again Coach Feliss (we're going to have to start paying that man!), Cole wins 2nd place. Man Cole - you know how to wait until the last minute to show your stuff, but when you do, watch out! Congratulations on a great Finale!
Then there is "The Grand Coach" Bill Feliss, what a powerhouse that man is. After spending all of his morning and early afternoon coaching, it's his turn to compete. And remember, this is only 2 days after testing! Always a strong competitor who takes his competition very seriously, as well he should, he doesn't care so much how he places, but more so how he performs. In a very tough division, he performs a strong Traditional Kata and wins 3rd place. Then on to sparring which is his passion (even when he's fighting an injury!). With the same competitors as normal, he knows what he needs to do. His first fight is with Clint from AKKS. Clint has always won his fights. The fight starts and Mr. Feliss is doing a fantastic job being fast on his feet and following up his techniques. Alot of close in fighting which usually means alot of punches to the head and face. Now remember in this division, face is legal blood is not (I, as his coach, should've remembered this!). I call for break about 1/2 way through the match. Mr. Feliss turns around and I told him he was bleeding. Mr. Feliss shrugs and says he doesn't care. I go on to tell him that he's doing great and just wanted to give him a little breather. The fight continues and there's more great fighting. The match ends with a 2 point difference - Clint's ahead again, but this time it wasn't so easy! Then the judges see the blood and Mr. Feliss wins the fight on the blood rule. Two things here - I should've called the fight when I saw the blood - blood is blood and it's not legal, my mistake; then there's Mr. Feliss who was having so much fun at the way he was fighting Clint, he didn't want to stop anyway which is admirable and understandable. Anyway, after one more match, Mr. Feliss wins 3rd place. He said after the fight that he received the best compliment from Clint. He just said something like "WOW, Bill!". Sometimes that's enough! Congratulations Mr. Feliss - you're an incredible Coach and Competitor (and you had the best fight with Clint yet; but remember - the best is yet to come!).
Well, after being ill since the last tournament a month ago, up until the Friday before the tournament, Sensei Jeff wasn't sure he was going to be able to compete. Let's see, he's had 2 viruses, strep throat, and been hospitalized. I wonder why he wasn't sure if he was going to compete (and also against the advice of his Mommy!). Season Finale, he has to show up, right? And show up he did! He begins the morning performing a strong Traditional Kata and places 1st. On to Musical Forms where again, he places 1st. Then on to Creative Kata where usually his creative kata is just that - very creative because he never remembers it! Well, today was no different, but then it was very different. On the plus side, he remembered his kata; and I guess this is a plus side too - he decides about 2 minutes before beginning that he's going to add in a little something, like a back flip! Which by the way, he hasn't done one for months, not to mention he barely has the strength to step out on the floor after being sick so long, YEP - he does a back flip. Honestly, it looked pretty good all things considered, and it must've looked very good to others because with the tough competition (and I do mean tough), he wins 1st place (and alot of really strange looks from me, I was surprised and amazed!). He then performs in Grand Champion where he did an incredible Traditional Kata but Roger Hauf was not to be beaten that day, and Roger wins Grand Champion. After a long day of judging he then still has his sparring matches which he was looking forward to. First fight he loses against Greg Benedict. Second fight, groing shots were being thrown by Sensei Jeff (and caught by the opponent), but unfortunately not all of the judges weren't seeing them. Finally one was heard by all and that's when the excitement started. Just enough to pump Sensei Jeff up for the rest of the fight which he wins. He placed 3rd in sparring. Nice way to end the season Sensei - you're incredible and an inspiration to many!
Then there's Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! What can I say - no she didn't compete but at the end of the day she probably felt like she did. People walk by and think you're just sitting there watching everything going on around when I know the reality (which is why I call for back-up!). Between weighing all competitors, answering questions, signing up CKA Members and Schools, answering more questions, helping man the trophy table, and today passing out voting ballots, she should've been exhausted. She's a trooper and I am so thankful that she was there. I've already tried recruiting her for next year, so I've got my fingers crossed.
And what about Miss Amy Willett? She plans on coming to the tournament to watch her brother (she's Phillip's twin in case you didn't know!), and she asked if she could help. What could we do but put her to work, and work she did. She was the person that handed out the plaques and placed the plate on them. Not to mention unpacking more plaques, folding up boxes, etc. What a great job she did and we know who to call if we ever need help with that again. Thank you so much Amy, it's not a job everyone is willing (or able) to do. We really appreciate your help - you're awesome.
So that pretty well wraps up the tournament day. As of the latest standings, there are 3 from Five Star in the top 20 with 7 State Champions. We'll see how todays points figure into everything, but it doesn't matter. I am so very proud of each and every one of you. Not only do you go out and do a great job, you have fun doing it and it shows. I am also so thankful to you and your families for the support you show to your teammates. That's what martial arts is about - the big picture! Thanks to all of you and CONGRATULATIONS!
The awards banquet is scheduled for December 13, 2008, at the Summit. More to come and I hope to see you all there!
After the voting, the ballots were counted and the new CKA Board for the 2009-2010 Seasons is:
Mr. Dave Coppock, Mr. Chuck Cordova, Mr. Jerry Davis, Mr. Roger Hauf, Ms. Susie Ramirez, Mr. Emil Rock, and me (Jean Paschke). Congratulations to them and please give them all of your support in the next 2 years.
TESTING - OCTOBER 16, 2008
We are very happy to announce that at 9:00 pm on Thursday, Mr. Bill Feliss earned his Brown with Black Stripe Belt. Testing started at 7:00 pm and Mr. Feliss came in right after a flight back from a work trip. Ms. Paula Cline and Mr. Krystofer Pajka joined him in his testing as a practice test. They all fought through the rigorous test and did a great job. After the test while talking with Krystofer, we told him that he needed to end up stinky and sweaty like Mr. Feliss. Believe it or not, that really was a compliment to Mr. Feliss. The test is tough and Mr. Feliss has been nursing an injury but the mind took over and he finished with style (and yes, he was stinky and sweaty just as he should be!). Congratulations Mr. Feliss, well done!
AMERICA'S CUP - SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
Five Star Martial Arts had one brave competitor show up for this tournament, Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr. As for representation, we couldn't have asked for better. America's Cup is a National qualifying tournament for the Disney Martial Arts Festival, to be held in Orlando, Florida. The tournament is promoted by Tiger Kim and sponsored by Tiger Claw and as of now, Phillip is rated 4th overall performer in the Tiger Claw Elite website for that tournament. Congratulations Phillip!
Phillip performed traditional kata (placed 4th, got ripped), then Creative (placed 1st), and then Weapons (placed 1st). In the afternoon he sparred. He had a couple of really tough fights and had to be his own coach. As always Phillip talked his way through and placed 2nd. What an incredible day he had. With the 1st places, he received his invitation to the Disney Martial Arts Festival, which was his goal. AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS PHILLIP - YOU'RE AWESOME AND WE'RE PROUD OF YOU!
ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONALS - SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
Well, another awesome day for Five Star competitors (is there any other?). This time was better, no blood! Comparatively speaking it was a very quiet day - and the competitors that competed in the morning had a tough time waking up! Oh yeah, and then Sensei Jeff layed on the floor which seemed like forever (I guess he had a reason - he ended up in the hospital). The highlights include Phillip Willett, Jr. winning 1st place in sparring (a first). I give credit to Coach Feliss who has been an awesome coach this year. Marcellino Ortiz, Jr., jammed a finger during sparring and couldn't compete in Grand Champion, Sensei Jeff couldn't compete in Grands either due to, as it turns out, severe dehydration (and something really bad with his stomach), and again - no blood! And what's this that everyone is taking lessons from Sensei Jeff and forgetting their forms? At least their following up with his lessons and they keep going! Makes it interesting, some more than others! And this was a quiet day!
All of the competitors have been so consistent this year, this will seem like you've read it before. Can they help it if they're just awesome all of the time? Before I tell you about how everyone did (which was great), let me first comend each and every one of them for being such great and respectable people. It never fails, at every tournament one of the judges, competitors, etc., will come up to me and tell me how great our students are, and they follow up by saying that they're nice too! What a concept, true martial artists. We're very proud and honored to have you with us. One example of this is that a student from another school (who shall remain nameless so as not to cause any friction for them), asked if I could be their sparring coach. It ended up that I couldn't do it because we had our own competitor sparring at the same time (and our students will always come first!), but Sensei Jeff coached them. What a compliment that is, to each and every one of you. Congratulations and THANK YOU for having the martial arts spirit.
Let's start off with Coach Bill Feliss who ended his form interestingly. I've never seen those moves before, but he finished and placed 4th. Unfortunately he couldn't let it go and between that and an injury he's been trying to get over since July, he lost his sparring match to his sometime training buddy Joe. Always a strong competitor, he placed 3rd in sparring. From a different stand point, I think the highlight of his day was coaching Phillip to a 1st place in sparring.
Then there's Marcellino Ortiz, Jr., who is also always a strong competitor in musical forms. Wearing his blue silk uniform (from China), looking good and competing great, he places 1st. Then in sparring, again against a student 6' tall, he fights very well, and places 2nd. Jammed his finger though (I hope it was sparring and not playing) and couldn't compete in Grand Champion. One of these days Marcellino, Grand Champion will be yours - it's waiting for you.
And what's to say about Marcellino Ortiz, Sr., who is very determined in everything he does. That's a nice way to say relax Mr. Ortiz! Competing in traditional forms with a form that he's needing for testing, he placed 5th. It was a nice form, just still fairly new. Then in sparring it wasn't his best matches but he fought hard and well, he placed 4th. What can I say, he went up against The Exterminator and no blood - that's a good day!
Shawn Wilkinson wasn't supposed to compete, or so she thought. She signed up that morning and we're always glad to see her. Her form was also forgotten (but finished!) and she placed 4th. In sparring I believe the highlight was that she won in a fight with a student from Five Knuckle Frenzy who are always very excellent fighters - I guess that makes her excellent too! She placed 3rd in sparring.
Shaylene Wilkinson is also a very strong competitor in every tournament (all the students are), performed to Elvis in musical and placed 2nd. And what's to say about her traditional forms but she placed 1st (of course!) with a very strong form. In Grand Champion she did an awesome form and one of these days she will win that! In sparring she must've thought her arms were still tied to her chest so she would kick and kick she did (unfortunately she forgot she had arms!). She did very well finishing 4th. Remember Shaylene - 2 arms; 2 legs!
And there's Phillip Willett, Jr. who we'll cut right to the chase and say that he placed 1st in sparring; let's say it again - he placed 1st in sparring! Very tough competition and he did it for the first time. That'll be what he remembers. In creative forms he placed 2nd after a 3-way tie breaking performance. The kamas are what he's been using in weapons and are unfortunately not the strong weapon of choice for his instructors! He placed 7th. And in traditional forms he places 1st (again of course!). And in Grand Champion, he performed great. Been there, done that - but do it again!
Cole Worth is also a very strong competitor with tough competition always. In weapons he's catching his fancy tricks without effort and he acts like the staff is part of his body. He performs a great staff form and places 3rd. In traditional forms with those long legs and low stances he places 5th (and he remembered his kata!). In sparring after fighting very well, he placed 4th. Cole never does anything funny, forgets his forms, or totally blows anything, I can't make fun of him other than having a really slow Elvis song playing in the background may wake him up!
Sensei Jeffrey Stenson is also very consistent (with forgetting his forms and getting sick afterwards, that is!). I shouldn't make fun because as it turns out there was a medical reason for that, we don't know what it is, but there's a reason! In creative forms (and it was creative) he places 2nd. In musical forms which was also very creative (?) he places 1st - what a lucky guy! And in traditional forms which he never forgets (and he didn't), his legs cramped and I knew he was in trouble, but he still places 2nd. Then sparring where he meets his competitor Alex from Seo's Martial Arts. Alex has great forms and is a great fighter but this is the competitor that Sensei Jeff got disqualified from their last meeting. Even CKA President Barry Benedict remembers their exchange, reminds them of it, and is the center referee for this match. Sensei Jeff wins this match-up and places 3rd in sparring.
With one tournament left for the year, I believe we have 7 that are 1st in their divisions (some in divisions that they are no longer competing in); and 3 in the top 20. In the top 20 we have Shaylene Wilkinson, Phillip Willett, Jr., and Sensei Jeff. Let's see what the next tournament brings (in 3 weeks!). - SEE YOU THERE!
SUMMER JAM - JULY 26, 2008
What a year it's been in the tournament scene (and there's still 2 to go!). I asked for video footage of bloopers and there are many during this tournament. It's too bad that our videographer, Mr. Willett, is too nice to tape the real bloopers! Some of these you'll just have to get your own mental picture.
You're never to old to need your mommy! The morning starts out and there are very few people there - we were there really early. Sensei Jeff comes to me with his arms out wanting me to roll up his sleeves. While Mrs. Willett is laughing at him, her son (and Sensei Jeff's clone, Phillip) comes up to her with his arms out for her to roll up his sleeves. Young men will always need their Mom's help, and we'll always be there!
Big boys do cry! Sensei Jeff starts the morning out doing an incredible Musical Form and places 1st. He then performs a Creative Form, and boy was it creative since he forgot it! He makes it up as he goes only as Sensei Jeff can do - and he places 1st. He is exhausted because all 3 of his forms divisions were starting at 9:00 and he goes on to Traditional Forms where he again places 1st. Would you believe it - no coffee can required today? He moves on to Grand Champion and for the first time in 15 years of competing, he wins Grand Champion. For those of you that were there you saw Sensei Jeff get choked up and then he let the tears roll. The story behind that is his "Papa" was a great supporter of his, Jeff was his only Grandson, and his Papa passed away 10 years ago. He dedicated that win to his Papa. Congratulations Sensei Jeff - I know your Papa was watching.
How many great Martial Artists do we have - all of them are great! In this tournament we had two young competitors competing for Grand Champion (Shaylene Wilkinson and Phillip Willett). Last tournament it was Marcellino Ortiz and Shaylene competing, and the time before that...! Phillip has won Grand Champion twice (a feat that's better than his role model!). I think that all of our students who have gone to these tournaments have all won a 1st place, several State Champions. I may be wrong but if I am, they deserved a 1st! The students who haven't competed are also Grand Champions in my book. Not everyone is a competitor but if they show up to class they make my day a whole lot more enjoyable!
Brown Belts in the Intermediate Division - Absolutely not (at least most of the time!). Although you couldn't tell that from the Adult 35+ Intermediate Forms Division (and then in sparring). As if Mrs. Wilkinson didn't have enough to worry about after testing which put her in the Intermediate Divisions. That's what she and Mr. Ortiz needed was to walk into a division with 2 Brown Belts preparing to compete. After being questioned, one Brown Belt was removed but not the other one (still a contraversy). They both did incredible forms and placed 3rd (Mrs. Wilkinson) and 4th (Mr. Ortiz). Then Mrs. Wilkinson faces off with a Five Knuckle Bullett student (what are they drinking that they're all so tall?).
Is blood legal? Not in the divisions where we saw the blood, it's not!
THE EXTERMINATOR IS BACK! - In the afternoon the bulls were out (meaning men over 35 seeing red - OK we saw red, one of them probably saw stars). Intermediate 35+ Division Sparring - Mr. Ortiz vs. The Exterminator. For those of you that don't know about The Exterminator, read about 2007 Season Finale! They are fighting for 1st and 2nd place when Mr. Ortiz get an elbow to the nose, totally unintentional as The Exterminator was setting up for a backfist. Well, Mr. Ortiz would've been better off with the backfist as the elbow broke his nose. Wise words from his son - "Dad, you got blood all over your uniform". I'm sure that's what Mr. Ortiz was thinking! With a broken nose, Mr. Ortiz wins 1st place. Not exactly the way he would've liked to have won.
Does everyone from Five Star Martial Arts need to get disqualified? It sure is getting to seem that way since out of the four tournaments this year, we've had three DQs. And no, we don't train that way but it's bound to happen and I guess this is our year. Advanced 35+ Men Sparring - face is legal, blood is not. Do you hear that - blood is not legal! 1st fight Mr. Feliss fights Joe. Not only do they continue to fight after break is called but Mr. Feliss gets hit in the nose. Since Mr. Feliss is great friends with "Pain", he knows enough not to let the blood flow until the fight is over. Mr. Feliss wins that fight in overtime. In preparing for his 2nd fight judges call "prior blood" so that if Mr. Feliss starts bleeding without contact, his opponent will not be DQ'd. Sounds good, right? He's fighting for 1st and 2nd with Clint. He catches Clint in the nose but Clint must also be friends with "Pain", just not as close as Mr. Feliss. Clint tries not to bleed, he wanted the fight to continue. He's unsuccessful because about 20 seconds after being hit, he starts bleeding. The first clue - blood all over the mats. Everyone looks to Mr. Feliss thinking he's the guilty party but nope, not this time. It's Clint and the blood's not stopping. Mr. Feliss is DQ'd and wins 2nd place. Now that you've got that out of your system...!
So there you have some of the highlights (I focused on the adults this time because they all had very interesting days to say the least, it was their turn!). For a recap of how they all performed, here it is:
Bill Feliss: Traditional Forms (3rd), Sparring (2nd); Marcellino Ortiz, Jr.: Musical (2nd), Sparring (2nd); Marcellino Ortiz, Sr.: Traditional Forms (4th), Sparring (1st); Shawn Wilkinson: Traditional Forms (3rd), Sparring (3rd); Shaylene Wilkinson: Musical (1st), Traditional Forms (1st), and Sparring (4th); Phillip Willett, Jr.: Creative (2nd), Weapons (using kama for the 1st time - 5th), Traditional Forms (1st), and Sparring (2nd); and Sensei Jeff: Traditional Forms (1st), Creative (1st), Musical (1st), and Sparring (5th).
As of now we have 2 students in the top 10 - Congratulations Shaylene and Sensei Jeff!
All the students did wonderful and always represent the school with honor and respect. We are very lucky to have them as our students. We learn from them and watch them grow into the Martial Artists that they are.
TWO MORE TO GO!
TESTING - JULY 1 AND 2, 2008
Well, every 3 months for testing comes around a little too quickly sometimes. With summer and vacations also comes testing, sometimes not a good combination but you would never know it for those that tested this quarter. Testing was held on July 1 (beginning test), and July 2 (advanced test). Those who tested on July 1st included Mr. Krystofer Pajka testing for Green Belt, Mrs. Shawn Wilkinson testing for Purple Belt, and Mr. Lloyd Worth also testing for Purple Belt. To test or not to test was definitely a question for Mrs. Wilkinson who at the time was #1 in her beginning divisions in the CKA tournaments (after competing in 2 tournaments). Testing for her next belt level was going to put her into the Intermediate Divisions and she didn't know if she was ready for that. With encouragement from her family she shows up for testing and show up she did! Mr. Worth who has been nursing injuries since last Fall also showed up and had a great test. Then there Krystofer who was off to Poland for a family vacation for a month so we had to get him tested before he left. With great pleasure I am very happy to announce that all three passed the test with flying colors (and not a one passed out or even came close - ok maybe close but all were still standing!).
July 2 comes and the students testing were Mr. Bill Feliss and Mr. Cole Worth - both testing for Brown Belts. As you may remember Cole had to overcome the fear of the boards the last time he tested and he knew the boards would be back during this test, but Cole being who he is showed up to take them on again. If you know Cole you would say he has great techniques, fantastic moves (not to mention those really long legs). Well, Cole sailed through the board with one of his fantastic kicks, however he couldn't break the board with the hand technique. One of these days Cole will come in with his head held high and laugh at those silly boards - he's just not to that point yet. We all know how good Cole is, he just doesn't know it yet - we're all cheering for you Cole. As for Mr. Feliss, if you know him and his attitude - nothing is going to get in his way, and it didn't. His attitude and perseverance will take him as far as he wants to go. I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Feliss has earned his Brown Belt and we see Cole wearing his in the very near future.
Congratulations to you all. It isn't easy to start taking lessons, then committing to coming to class, and then to start the testing process. It's like eating a Lays potato chip - you can't test just once! Once you get that first belt, that Black Belt is one step closer. As we've always said "We have the best students" and it shows every day that you come to class and have a good time. And, oh yeah, and maybe learn something! CONGRATULATIONS - YOU'RE THE BEST!
SHERRI FEELEY WALKS FOR AVON'S WALK FOR THE CURE
Well, our Sherri's back and I asked her to write up something about her experience. Here's Sherri's story:
Well I'm back from the Avon Breast Cancer walk in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and I must tell you it is some of the most BEAUTIFUL countryside you'll ever see!! Just breathtaking!! THANK YOU to everyone who supported me and helped me to raise the much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research! We raised over $3.3 million for the fight against breast cancer...an Avon Walk record!!! I dedicated my walk this year to some people that are very near and dear to my heart who are either fighting cancer now or have lost the battle. One very special person in my life who is battling cancer right now is my father. He is doing well now but I constantly being checked and rechecked. I love him very much, our thoughts and prayers are always with him and I pray that things will stay in a positive light. The other people that I dedicated my walk to have lost their battle with cancer; they are my grandmother, Corrine, my aunt, Joyce, and my friend Ray. Ray is Chett's (my brother-in-law) father who passed away in May after a long struggle with cancer. I love and miss them all, they will never be forgotten.
I was one of the 1,500 walkers that attended this event in beautiful Keystone. Kevin and I got up to Keystone on Friday night so that we could check-in and be there bright and early to start the walk. So, Saturday morning we loaded up all of my gear for the weekend and hauled it over to the event. They started the day out with breakfast and an Opening Ceremony that moved everyone at the event. It certainly showed us all why this walk means so much and why all the money raised is so needed. After the opening ceremony it was time to say goodbye to Kevin and start off on the walk. I walked 13.1 awesome but hard miles on Saturday. Every few miles they had cheering stations and places to stop if you needed water or snacks. The people at the stations were amazing, so cheerful and always there to give you encouragement. Kevin was there at EVERY stop and EVERY cheering station rooting for me, telling me that I can do it (believe me, there were times I REALLY needed that!!). Saturday's walk ended in Frisco at the Wellness Center where the walkers would stay overnight. Most people stayed there and slept in tents, others stayed the night in a hotel. I was happy that Kevin was there with me, Lord Knows it probably would have taken me the rest of the evening just to put up my tent. After my tent was up though, Kevin and I enjoyed some time together in Frisco before he had to go back home for the evening. I was kind of tired still from the walk so bedtime seemed rather nice. At the Wellness Center they had things for the walkers to do such as a much needed massage!!!! I had to wait quite a while for a massage because of all of the people, but it was definitely worth it. They also had something called the Fireside Follies; it was a lot of fun. We all gathered in the dining tent and played games and just had a lot of fun. They had hot showers there as well set up in a trailer. Actually better than it sounds!
On Sunday, we all got up bright and early again, had some breakfast and headed out for the next 13.1 miles to the finish line. Wow, getting up and walking again was tough on the legs and body but the mental toughness that I acquired while preparing for my recent black belt test gave me the strength to push my body (and sore feet) into action to get to the finish line!!!!! WOOHOO!! Kevin came back up again on Sunday and met me at the rest stops and of course at the finish line! We stayed for the closing ceremony, which again was very moving and inspirational, and then headed back down the mountain to home. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was one of the most wonderful things I've done in my life. I met several people along the way both Saturday and Sunday and heard their stories about their loved ones and the reason they chose to walk. A couple of the wonderful people were one of the 146 survivors that came to walk. I know that the memories of that weekend will live with me for a very long time.
Thank you again to everyone who supported me and who donated money to my fundraising campaign. Without you, I never would have been able to do this. Thank You!!
Keep in mind that a week later she showed up to class and her ankles and feet were still swollen and sore. She doesn't write about that part - what a tough cookie! I think I speak for all of us at Five Star when I say "Sherri you're a trooper and we're all very proud of you." CONGRATULATIONS
SUMMER FISTIVAL - JUNE 21, 2008
Mr. Dave Coppock's tournament was a great one as always. Instead of trophies for the adult winners, he awards swords. How bad do you think the adults want that sword? The Douglas County Event Center is a prime location. Lots of room, a couple more mats, everything ran pretty much on time (what a concept! and what more could you ask for?). Pinnacle School from Utah was there as well as several other National Competitors, so it wasn't an easy tournament, not sure if any of them are!
As always, some interesting things happened; most notably a ring runs a fight with one judge (a very exciting, entertaining judge, but still, only one?). It was stopped and the fighters had to fight again, neither of them very happy as they were already exhausted. They got their money's worth and it was a great workout (wasn't it Mr. Worth?).
Five Star students are becoming quite the fighters! Some of them had the best fights ever, and it's no longer a trend - NO DISQUALIFICATIONS!
Phippip Willett, Jr. placed 6th in Creative; 8th in Weapons (not his best placing in these divisions!). He redeems himself by placing 2nd in Traditional Forms and 3rd in Sparring. Our Phillip is learning to go out there and have some fun fighting. He threw combinations that we see in classes, but not in tournaments (I mean not until today!). Hopefully he figures out how well they work!
Shaylene Wilkinson placed 1st, I mean 2nd in Musical Forms. I've always said that the best thing about Five Star is the students and Shaylene and her family validated that to everyone on Saturday - I couldn't be more proud. Shaylene was awarded a 1st place and afterwards she said that she thought she won 2nd, her family thought so also. They went to the desk to double check and they were correct. Miss Shaylene was very happy to accept that 2nd place and make sure that the person that won 1st received his right award. That's what makes you a winner Shaylene, it's not the size of the trophy you bring home! Moving on to Traditional Forms - she places 3rd and in Sparring places 2nd. Probably the best fights she's ever fought. Can she help it if she fought someone 6 feet tall (ok, maybe not 6 feet) for 1st? Awesome job, but remember to block the head!
Marcellino Ortiz, Jr. wowed them with his double broadsword again, this time winning 1st place in Musical. This is the perfect weapon for him and he's getting better all the time. He gets to do a repeat performance for the Grand Championship where he wows them again, but going 1st has it's disadvantages and so what if some of those National Competitors are there? He places 2nd runner up. Marcellino also fights someone a foot taller than he is and wins 2nd place. He also gets bopped in the head quite a bit but just wait Marcellino, when you're 18 and that groin is legal...
Cole Worth wowed them with his staff throwing the thing in the air 3 times and catching it...3 times! He also does a neck roll which looked amazing, and with all of those tricks, he places 2nd in Weapons. He places 4th in Traditional Forms where I've heard from several people that HE GOT RIPPED! Oh well, his traditional forms always look good and I have no doubt they'll keep getting better! In Sparring, Cole gets kicked in the solar plexis - OUCH, THAT HURTS! But he continues on and places 8th.
Mrs. Shawn Wilkinson is getting to be quite the competitor. We changed her form on Wednesday and on Saturday in Traditional Forms she places 1st. As I was watching I thought she messed it up, I forgot the changes, good thing she didn't! In Sparring, she's like a robot - you call the moves, she does them! She breezes through her fight and wins 1st place.
Mr. Lloyd Worth is back in the competition after an injury, and wow is he back! This is his last chance to impress in the Beginning Division - and wow does he make an impression! In Traditional Forms he performs a competition kata and wins 2nd place. I can't tell you how proud I was to see our students - your teammates - in 1st and 2nd! In sparring - he's the one that competes with a very dynamic, energized, dramatic (but still wrong) judge. Not sure how long they were fighting but they were both exhausted and the score was tied at 2 points each. When I stopped the fight and told them they'd have to fight again, oh the looks I received! They fought again, this time with 3 judges, and he wins by one point. That puts him in 1st place! His competitor was very well matched and it was a great fight. WELCOME BACK!
Sensei Jeffrey Stenson competes with several new and different competition and in Traditional Forms places 3rd. In Musical Forms he also places 3rd, and in Creative Forms places 2nd. Now I'm whipping through this with no stories because I didn't see the forms - I missed them all! I'll make up for it in the Sparring Division because I was there! No disqualification, no anger issues, just alot of fun! His competitor was Mr. Kurt Frankenburg and what a fighter he is. We were watching him in his first fight and his techniques are beautiful, timing is incredible and does he have some moves! We were just complimenting Mr. Frankenburg on his fight when they call Sensei Jeff and you guessed it...Mr. Frankenburg to fight. Now as Sensei Jeffrey's Coach I looked at him and gave him the best possible advice - good luck! Well, it's a good thing that Sensei Jeff also has some good moves and his timing is also pretty good, because it was a great fight. Some groin kicks got missed and who knew that grappling was going to happen during the match! They both had smiles on their faces and had a great time, and it was fun to watch, but Sensei Jeff lost that fight and placed 6th. The score didn't do you justice but great job gentlemen!
I'd like to also mention that Ms. Brenda Tucker showed up to watch and cheer on her teammates and was very impressed by what she saw. She had a great time and I was so happy to see her there - thank you Brenda. Some of the normal representation by Five Star students that couldn't make it include Mr. Bill Feliss, Sensei Carol Thompson, and Ms. Marcia Connon - Marcia I had to manage the CKA Booth on my own and you were missed! Also, playing tag team with the video camera were Mr. Phillip Willett, Sr., Mr. Rex Wilkinson, and Mr. Lloyd Worth. Now you would have thought that with three people and 2 cameras, everyone would have been covered. Not quite the case but they were busy running all over trying to get as many as possible. For those that we missed on video, you may be happy about it but we apologize.
I would like to encourage all of the students to at least go to one and stay for the day, watch their divisions, and be involved in the tournaments. They are always looking for timekeepers/scorekeepers as volunteers. The competitors make friends with the people in their division because they are having fun and all have something in common...they like to play! Come out and join us and see what all of the fuss is about! Hope to see you July 26th at the Parker Recreation Center!!!
RAGE - MAY 17, 2008
As always, RAGE is 2nd to none in the tournament world, and this was no exception. This tournaments brought out many new competitors as well as seasoned ones. The tournament was held at the Parker Field House on a beautiful Spring day... So what was the problem with Sensei Jeff after qualifying for Grand Champion and having to bow out? Maybe we should ask first time competitor Mrs. Shawn Wilkinson, who after performing an amazing traditional form also wasn't feeling too well. And what's with one of our very own getting disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct (we have it on video, you make the call!). Just another day on the tournament scene!!!
First, I'd like to recognize the hard work of the judges, timekeepers/scorekeepers, coaches, help with the CKA Booth, and of course, our very own videographers. Mr. Lloyd Worth has volunteered to be timekeeper/scorekeeper at the last two tournaments. This tournament he recruited his daughter Jean and she was a great help. I hope they know how much they're appreciated. Representing Five Star as judges are Sensei Carol Thompson and Sensei Jeff Stenson (and part time, me). With the new rules allowing coaching, this tournament we had Mr. Bill Feliss, Sensei Jeff, and again, part time, me. Working the CKA Booth for new memberships, weigh-ins, answering questions, finding lost wallets, etc., is supposed to be me but I give the credit to Ms. Marcia Connon. She handles this job beautifully and allows me to watch, judge, coach, and sometimes just goof around. Our list of videographers is growing, I think this is to make sure we have enough evidence, I mean footage!, to get a good CD out to you. Mr. Willett, Mrs. Worth, and the newest draftee, Mr. Seth Wilkinson, have done an incredible job trying to keep up with all of the competitors. Tournaments couldn't run without the help of these people so I want to give them all a big THANK YOU! As for the videographers, the tournaments can run without you, but you sure make Five Star better because of you. THANK YOU TOO! Then, of course we have our awesome competitors. Now for the most part, these competitors are at the bottom of the age bracket and in some cases, also bottom of the belt ranks for their divisions. They all go and show their stuff which isn't always easy to do.
Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Jr. is competing this season for the first time in a Black Belt Division. He did an incredible performance with the Double Broadsword. In a tie breaker that could've gone either way with the tough competition in his division, he placed 2nd in Musical. If you listen closely, your music is playing during Shaylene's sparring match! In sparring he competes in two great fights and placed 4th.
Ms. Shaylene Wilkinson competing in Intermediate divisions and with Elvis' Jailhouse Rock, totally rocked the house, and placed 1st in Musical. Then on to traditional forms where again, she places 1st (we're coming to expect this from her!). Placing 1st enables her to compete in the Grand Championship where she again does an awesome job. Tough competition but she keeps up with them. Not a Grand Champion yet, but she is in our world! In a couple of great fights (what other kind are there?), she places 4th.
Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr. competing as a Black Belt this year in the advanced divisions has some very tough competition. In Creative Forms, Phillip performs and places 4th. In the Weapons division, he wanted to use the sword but was talked back into the staff by none other than us, places 7th. Then onto Phillip's specialty, Traditional Forms, where he places 2nd; and Sparring (well, he didn't get disqualified - no blood!), places 6th.
Mr. Cole Worth competing in the Advanced divisions has been working on throwing the staff a couple of times during his kata (and, oh yeah, catching it!). He puts it into his kata for the first time and he catches it (yea!), and places 5th. In traditional forms he beautifully performs a semi-traditional Toi-Gye and places 5th, and in sparring we see him the best fight he's done in tournaments and places, you guessed it, 5th. He was ripped off for the win but we saw it!
Mr. Bill Feliss competes in the Advanced divisions, and as a Red Belt we've also recruited him to Coach, and what an awesome coach he is! In the traditional forms, performing a powerful kata, he places 2nd. In his specialty division, sparring, he places 4th (you got ripped!). Not sure what happened, must've been the invisible powers that be or maybe he's too fast for the eyes to see his incredible moves, but his opponent ended up hurt. I think he was running too fast!
Ms. Shawn Wilkinson, in her first tournament ever, competed in the Beginning divisions. In Traditional forms with her legs shaking (yes, we saw them), she places 2nd. She comes off the floor and mouths "Holy Moly!", feeling like she needs the coffee can (if you don't know about the coffee can, ask). Then continues on to her next division, sparring. Fighting like Muhammad Ali, she does an awesome job and places 3rd. Her coach even had asked her to back off of the other fighter when the score was 7 to 1 in her favor and the other fighter wanted to bow out. Great job and I hope it was a wonderful experience. See you at the next one!
Sensei Jeff Stenson had an interesting day to say the least. Let's start with early morning, Adult Black Belt Traditional, Creative, and Musical. Now for one of the best people to make up moves on the spot, he didn't do so well today. In Creative Forms, "Flash's" prop flew out of his uniform and he froze (don't we tell everyone to keep going?). It was only for a second, but a second too long. He finished up strong (oh yeah, after a bad landing on the butterfly kick!). Placing 2nd, he kept that smile and great attitude and popped off his toy after it was over (at the request of the judges). Performances in Traditional Forms (2nd) and Musical (1st), that was about it for the Flash Kid, he was requesting the coffee can. Keep in mind, these were all scheduled to begin at 9:00 am, and then on to Grand Champion (at least supposed to!). The earlier performances took it all out of him, and as he bowed onto the floor for his introduction, decided he was done and bowed out of the competition. Good thing sparring wasn't until the afternoon! This was the shortest sparring match Sensei Jeff has ever seen due to being disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct (you heard it right). Sensei Jeff is fighting a great fight even though some of his points weren't called, he battles on. We'll give you both sides: Ruling side: Break is called and Sensei Jeff continues fighting after the break. My side (backed up by video): Break is called, other fighter throws a kick and a left hook; Sensei Jeff, throws one punch, two punch, one right hook. Sensei Jeff quickly apologizes, the other fighter never does, Sensei Jeff is disqualified. I have to give Jeff credit, he wasn't angry, didn't lose his temper. Being a judge, it's hard to see everything and remember the timing, so the judges called it the way they saw it. Doesn't matter the ruling, we're still proud of you!
I give you the big picture, but if you haven't witnessed one of these tournaments, you need to do so. I only highlight our team, but other teams are very impressive and definitely worth watching. By witnessing the tournaments you can see the talents of the other schools. All schools have something to offer, and you can learn alot just by watching. And don't forget the CKA is always looking for scorekeepers/timekeepers (no experience required), and it's alot of fun to be involved and know that you helped pull these off. Hope to see you on June 21st, Mr. Dave Coppock's Summer Fistival.
COLE WORTH SHOWS THAT BOARD WHO'S BOSS!
When potential students call in and their first question is "Do you break boards?" it's obvious that this person is not a "soon-to-be martial artist". Our answer is always no, we don't break boards except for testing, we teach the techniques on how to break boards. The people making those calls never show up for the first class. Although breaking boards is used for testing on the advanced test, it's not the ultimate test. What breaking shows is physical technique (tight fingers or fist, or foot; snap in the technique, using the whole body); but also mental technique (yes, you break the board (or not) with your mind). As is with anything, if your mind has a barrier, your body doesn't cooperate. If you can punch a hole through a pad, but stop when it's wood instead of padding - that's your mind at work, and that's when the showing of the martial arts spirit - body, mind, and soul needs to make an appearance. After a long fight with the board we are very happy to say Congratulations Cole, you did it, and the next boards had better watch out!
MARCH 22 BRINGS ANOTHER TEST - ANOTHER BLACK BELT
It starts on an early Saturday morning with the roosters (OK, not quite but it was pretty early!). The beginning test went smoothly. Special thanks to those that sat on the panel: Ms. Marcia Connon, Sensei Carol, Sensei Jeff, and even Sensei Eric showed up. Showing up after a Spring Break (with 2 of them not feeling well) was the Dodd family, Davie, Lanell, and Tanner. Also testing for the first time was Harrison Tanksley who showed up ready to perform (after he woke up). And then we have the more experienced tester Mr. Lloyd Worth. Five Star began using a junior belt ranking system this quarter to try it out. Time will tell, but it seemed to work well. Making it through the test and doing a great job were Mr. Lloyd Worth (Orange Belt); Mr. Davie Dodd (Yellow w/Black Belt); Ms. Lanell Dodd (Yellow Belt); Mr. Harrison Tanksley (White/Brown Belt); and Tanner Dodd (White/Orange Belt). Congratulations to you all - remember that the first one is always the toughest (until the next one!).
Moving on to the advanced test, with some very nervous parents, are Shaylene Wilkinson and Phillip Willett, Jr.. This is Shaylene's first advanced test and they never believe how much tougher it is until they go through it. She fought her way through (almost easily) and earned her Blue Belt. Then there's Phillip, the kid that everyone thinks was born to be a Black Belt. With Sensei Jeff as his mentor (scary thought!) he goes through the test with amazing speed, accuracy and endurance. The fastest Black Belt test in history with Shaylene, Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Jr., and Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Sr., running through the test with him (great practice!). Good thing he makes it look easy (OK, not so much!), but easier than most, because his Mom was ready to pass out. We're happy to say that Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr. is the newest Black Belt addition to Five Star.
Congratulations to all of you. You will all make great Black Belts and we look forward to training with you -
MARCH 8 - CKA SEASON KICK OFF
The 1st tournament of the year brought blood, sweat, and tears! With another year brings age (kids like it, adults - not so much!), higher belt ranks, new rules, and tough competition. The tournament was held at the Parker Fieldhouse. Five Star Martial Arts had four students competing, two judges, two coaches, a timekeeper/scorekeeper, two videographers, and two manning the CKA booth, very supportive families and friends; a very busy day and all left absolutely exhausted.
Special thanks to: Marcia Connon who helped at the CKA Booth and did a tremendous job (she found her calling!); Sensei Carol Thompson judging (no easy task and did a wonderful job!); Mrs. Worth and Mr. Willett videography (Mr. Willett forgot how to push the button sometimes and needed backup!); Mr. Worth scorekeeping/timekeeping (kept him in his place); Seneis Eric Figueroa and Jeff Stenson coaches/judging (which everyone liked the coaching rules); and the competitors: Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr., Ms. Shaylene Wilkinson, Mr. Cole Worth, and Sensei Jeff Stenson. Let me just say before you read anything else - Five Star people are incredible!!!
The competition begins - Phillip Willett Jr. found himself in tougher divisions this year. One year older brought bigger, better competition. Running at least 1 1/2 hours late Phillip finally gets to start competing (darn grapplers!). In his weapons division he places 6th; creative forms (his first time to compete in this division) he places 4th; traditional forms he places 1st (of course); and in sparring our "little Phillip" is disqualified for drawing blood - Yes you heard it here - Phillip gets DQ'd. Everyone agreed that it was his competitor's mouthpiece that actually drew the blood but it sounds tougher to say he did it! The rules are blood is blood all the time (well, at least most of the time). Most fighters will be disqualified at least once in their career, Phillip has now had his once.
Then on to Shaylene Wilkinson, one tough cookie. With her Mom dancing on the sidelines she competes in her musical division rocking to Bon Jovi and places 1st. Moving on to traditional forms, and with a beautiful form, she places 2nd. Then in a couple of the toughest matches this young lady has seen, and with a coach by her side - she places 2nd. Her last match was with a girl twice as tall as her (OK a little exaggeration!), but Shaylene still manages to kick her to her head, a moment she's still talking about! She finds herself competing against our own Phillip for Grand Champion. Both of them had great performances in Grands.
Moving on to Cole Worth, a quiet, respectful young man who in his weapons (Weapons? you say), division, after a beautiful performance (and with a mean look on his face), he places 2nd. Cole with a mean look - doesn't sound right, does it? Then on to traditional forms and after another great performance he places 4th (tougher competition!). Then on to sparring where blood may not always be blood! Anyway - Cole has some really tough competition in his division and he places 4th. That getting older and moving to higher divisions is tough but Cole handled it beautifully.
Then there's Sensei Jeff - what can you say about someone who makes up his katas (and wins 1st) as he goes along? Yep, that's what happens when you don't listen to your Mommy! One week before competing Jeff finally decides he better get his musical kata worked out, that includes picking out the music. In traditional forms he places 3rd; in musical kata (which looks like he's been doing it for months) he places 2nd; then there's creative forms which he totally made up as he went along because he forgot what he was supposed to do - and places 1st! Only Sensei Jeff can get away with that! Then he competes in Grand Champion where he competed very well, but congratulations to Mr. Charlie Keller and Mr. Dave Coppock. Very nice performances by all. Then in sparring he meets up with Mr. Andy Nye who I believe is about 10 feet tall (OK a little exaggeration again!) but I'm sure it feels that way to anyone who competes against Mr. Nye. Jeff loses that fight and goes on to fight Mr. Charlie Keller. Jeff gets a point for a side kick to the ribs, judges miss Jeff's kick to Charlie's groin; judges didn't miss Charlie's kick to Jeff's head or Charlie's kick to Jeff's groin. While Jeff's shaking it out (haha), Charlie turns around with the biggest grin on his face and says he's sorry! Check out the picture on the smile page - does that look like he's sorry to you?
Competition should always be about learning and having some fun. Figuring out what to do to beat the person the next time. Through the blood, sweat, and tears, friendships are formed and memories made that will last a lifetime. Until next time...
TRIBUTE TO GRAND MASTER RALPH KRAUSE ON MARCH 8
Following the CKA Season Opener at the Parker Fieldhouse, there was a ceremony to honor and remember Grand Master Ralph Krause. Mr. Krause was an 8th degree Black Belt who began studying martial arts in 1961. In 1964, he competed in the first International Karate Championships in Long Beach, CA. Also in 1964, Mr. Krause opened the first Korean Martial Arts School in Denver - American Sport Karate Association (ASKA). In 1971 Mr. Krause founded the Annual Rocky Mountain Karate Team Chanpionships; 1973, founded the Rocky Mountain Referees Association, and in 1975 founded the Colorado Black Belt Hall of Fame. From 1969 - 2007, Mr. Krause hosted the annual Rocky Mountain Karate Championship tournaments. He is in the CKA Hall of Fame, listed in the "Who's Who of American Karate" and "Martial Arts Encyclopedia Traditions, History and People". This is only a brief recap of the highlights of Mr. Krause's martial arts career.
The uniform that Grand Master Krause wore for many years was offered to Mr. Hien Pham who very humbly accepted it. Mr. Pham will do his best to carry on the wishes of Mr. Krause for the future of ASKA.
FIVE STAR AWARDS 1ST BLACK BELT TO SHERRI FEELEY
Sherri was Five Star Martial Arts' 1st official student when the doors opened. Starting as a white belt, Sherri has been working for five years to earn her Black Belt. Sherri has always had the heart of a martial artist, it took awhile to find the confidence. Now she can start finding out what most Black Belts already know... you find out how much you don't know! We are very honored and proud to announce that Sherri Feeley has earned her Black Belt on Saturday, February 16. Wear it well Sherri and congratulations - we're very proud of you!
GRAND MASTER AND FOUNDER OF ASKA PASSES AWAY ON FEBRUARY 14, 2008
Early morning on Friday, February 14, 2008, the martial arts world lost one of it's most honored members. Grandmaster Ralph Krause passed away after a long battle with illness. Mr. Krause brought the martial arts to Colorado as well as started promoting some of the first tournaments in the United States. He will be remembered and missed.
AND THE AWARDS GO TO….
On Saturday, February 2, 2008, the Colorado Karate Association (CKA) held the annual State Championship awards banquet at the Merchandise Mart. The CKA awards the top four adult competitors and the top eight children competitors for each division. Five Star Martial Arts of Brighton is proud to announce that of the eight students competing from Five Star, all eight placed high enough in their divisions to earn State Championship awards (including three State Champions!).
Earning awards from Five Star Martial Arts were:
Mr. Bill Feliss, Brighton – 2nd Runner Up in 35+ Intermediate Forms; 2nd Runner Up 35+ Men’s Intermediate Sparring; 3rd Runner Up in 35+ Beginning Forms; and 3rd Runner Up in 35+ Men’s Beginning Sparring. Mr. Feliss advanced belts at the beginning of the year which caused him to quit earning points in the beginning division. Those points held on to earn him the award in the beginning divisions as well as intermediate. Mr. Feliss could not attend the banquet but his spirit was right there with us!
Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Jr., Denver – 2nd Runner Up in 9-12 Advanced Musical Forms; 3rd Runner Up in 12 Boys Advanced Sparring; and 6th Runner Up in 12 Advanced Forms. Marcellino competed using the double broadsword in the musical forms. This was his first year to compete in the CKA.
Mr. Marcellino Ortiz, Sr., Denver – State Champion in 35+ Beginning Forms; and 1st Runner Up in 35+ Men’s Beginning Sparring. Mr. Ortiz was tired of being a parent on the sidelines and started taking lessons with his son and daughter. This was also his first year to compete.
Miss Shaylene Wilkinson, Brighton – State Champion in 10 Beginning Forms; 3rd Runner Up in 10 Beginning Sparring; 1st Runner Up in 9-12 Beginning/Intermediate Musical Forms; 3rd Runner Up in 10 Intermediate Forms; and 6th Runner Up in 10 Intermediate Sparring. Shaylene performed a musical form to the tunes of Bon Jovi and also advanced belts in the beginning of the year to an Intermediate belt.
Mr. Phillip Willett, Jr., Aurora – State Champion in 8 Advanced Forms; 1st Runner Up in 5-8 Advanced Weapons; 4th Runner Up in Advanced Sparring; and 5th Runner Up in 8 Intermediate Forms. Phillip won Grand Champion in two separate tournaments and Runner Up in two. He also competed in and placed 1st in two National tournaments during the year.
Mr. Cole Worth, Brighton – 1st Runner Up in 12 Intermediate Forms; and 1st Runner Up in 12 Boys Intermediate Sparring. Cole is a very quiet young man, but his presence is known when he steps into the sparring ring and blindsides his opponents using his upset punch.
Mr. Lloyd Worth, Brighton – 2nd Runner Up in 35+ Men’s Beginning Forms; and 2nd Runner Up in 35+ Men’s Beginning Sparring. Mr. Worth has also joined his son in lessons and competing and has been a very strong competitor in his first year.
Sensei Jeffrey Stenson, Brighton - 1st Runner Up in 18-34 Men’s Hard Black Belt Forms; 3rd Runner Up in Adult Black Belt Musical; and 4th Runner Up in Men’s Black Belt Middle Weight Sparring. Now Sensei Jeff, aka “Flash” will not be receiving an award for the Sparring Division since they only award the top 4, however due to the tough competition it was definitely worth mentioning. Sensei Jeff also competed in and placed 1st in 3 National Tournaments during the year.
The CKA sponsored 6 tournaments during 2007. The average tournament brings approximately 350 competitors from several schools and states. These students competed in most, if not all, of the tournaments. Some go for the Championship and some go for the fun, but they all represent their school with dignity and respect. The tournaments allow them a place to show off their skills. Sensei Jean Paschke is their biggest cheerleader and is very proud of all of the students.
JANUARY 26, 2008 - SPARRING AT PEOPLE'S KENPO KARATE
I'd like to extend a special thanks to Sensei Chuck Cordova (and Jim Soiland) for extending an invitation to several schools to spar with them. A few schools showed up for a total of about 30 people including Mr. Dave Coppock's American Kenpo, Master Kim Yee's Karate West, and Mr. Mark Baier's America's Best. The sparring was not limited to their students, Mr. Coppock, Mr. Yee and Mr. Baier couldn't let this opportunity go without having some fun themselves. Phillip Willett, Jr. and Sensei Jeff from Five Star took advantage of the day and sparred themselves silly. Everyone left sweaty and happy with no injuries to report (except of course Sensei Jeff). Glad to report, nothing that an ice pack didn't cure! It was a great opportunity to "play" with different people, make some friends, and if you're not careful, learn a few tricks. With the new sparring rules in the CKA this year, it was a wonderful opportunity to put a few tricks to the test, and they did!