Beach Day 2015 – Aug 29th (9a – 3p)

Saturday August 29, 2015 9am – 3pm (ending time is flexible) Oceanside Harbor Beach

All students and families are encouraged to participate.

This is our time to hang out and get to know each other better in the true spirit of Karate-Do.

Lunch will be served (hotdogs, chips, drinks)

**Please feel free to bring any other food items that you may want other than what is noted above**

Please bring your gi, sparing gear, swim suit, a change of clothes, beach toys, beach blankets, umbrellas, chairs and easy-ups.
Adult training will be later in the day.
Volunteer Grill Masters Needed


Join us for a free seminar that explores the very real phenomena of bullying and attempts to help our kids learn better how to face, deal with, and overcome a bully.

Topics include:
Psychology of a bully
Threat identification
Verbal defense
Basic self defense
This session is encouraged for all kids ages 6 to 14.

Come in comfortable clothes as the seminar will be both academic and physical.

Please come and bring a friend. A copy of the flyer and registration form is available by clicking the link below.

Friday January 23
5:30 – 6:30 PM


All students and families are encouraged to participate in this annual fun day for students and families

This is our time to hang out and get to know each other better in the true spirit of Karate-Do as we train on the beach like the old Okinawan masters.

Training begins at 9am with our annual beach run (Kids class students and higher please)

Pee Wee specific training at 11 am

Adult and senior rank training will be later in the day

Students participating the the Sept 7th Advanced test will be excused shortly after lunch so they have ample time to rest before the quarterly cake walk

Lunch will be Hot Dogs (Turkey, Veggie, and Beef), Chips, Fruit, Water and Juice all compliments of the Dojo for students and their families.

**Please bring any other food items that you may want other that what is noted above.  And please make provisions for any food allergies**

We keep this pretty simple

Please bring your gi, your sparing gear, swim suit, a change of clothes, beach toys, beach blankets, umbrellas, chairs and easy-ups, and SUN SCREEN

Volunteer Grill Masters Needed




Where do I find detailed information about the camp?

Simple...Click here

Do we have to stay the weekend in a hotel if we want to attend Summer Camp?

No, staying in the hotel is not a requirement. It is offered as a convenience. The training days during camp start at 9 am and are usually not done until 6 or 7pm. For some it's just more convenient to stay at the conference location, but it is by no means required.

Do the students train non-stop during the camp?

Absolutely not. We take breaks every couple of hours. The goal of the camp is not to wear people out. The goal is to give every attendee an exciting and memorable training experience.

Is the camp only for adults or advanced students?

No way. The first time that I attended a camp I was a gold belt (11 years old) and I learned so much that I was able to test the very next week that I attended class. There is something in the camp for all ranks and all ages, and the best part is that the student gets to pick what is most interesting to them. More often than not, it will be something that they DON'T GET IN NORMAL TRAINING CLASSES.

Can I drop my student off at camp during the day?

Yes you can. The camp is a pretty closed environment, where the students will be around their friends, classmates and instructors. We only ask that if you are going to drop your student off, make sure that you have partnered them with someone that can look out for them, you have left them with food or money to get food, and you have left clear information for them to get in touch with you if they need to. Please do not assume that Renshi will be able to watch them. As the event host, he will be very much preoccupied.

What does the registration for camp cover?

The registration fee for camp covers the students participation in the camp training sessions. That includes all training sessions with the Hanshi and other instructors, as well as any one on one training that the students request while at the camp (This is a great time to get one on one training with a black belt). The fee also covers the cost of the banquet. The registration does not cover testing, other meals (outside of the banquet), souvenirs, or extra social activities.

How old does a student have to be to participate?

This year we are allowing student 6.5 years and older.

Will Renshi McCammon be teaching the classes during camp?

It us unlikely that your student's classes will be taught by Renshi McCammon during the camp. The concept of the camp is for the students to meet other students as well as instructors.

Are all students required to participate in the tournament?

No. Actually the tournament is only for students 9 years and older, and green belt or higher. Students participating in the tournament who when first place will have their tuition for next years camp waiver COMPLETELY.

Will the dojo be open during Summer Camp

No. Dojo will be closed until the Monday following camp. Their will be no Karate class for those students who are not participating in the camp during the camp weekend.

How much is the banquet for non-participants?

The banquet will be $30 per person for non-participants (parents and friends).

Can people attend the camp just to watch?

Yes. Spectators are welcome. The cost of attending is $5.

Does the time spent at camp help towards my next belt test?

Yes. Any student that can demonstrate understanding of the required material for their next belt test, may test during the camp (Sunday morning) regardless of accumulated training hours. After the camp every student will be granted 10-hours towards their next belt test.

When do the rates at the hotel go up?

July 4th. Don't miss that date!

How can I register for camp?

Either get and complete a registration form from the dojo, or visit the Summer Camp website at:


By now several of you have heard me say that in Karate Black Belt is the beginning of the journey, or you don’t really have a rank until Black Belt.  Well I thought that it was high time that I explained that concept. 
For starters, lets look at the concept very literally.
In traditional karate there are two types of “rank” that a student can have.  There are “kyu” (prounouced key-ew) and there are “dan” (pronounced don).  Kyu translates to mean grade, similar in concept to grades achieve in primary school.  Dan translates as grade, level or rank.  In our system of  grading Kyu count down from 10 to 1 with the lower number signifying the higher seniority.  It is similar to the way that in the military a 1st lieutenant is senior to a 2nd Lieutenant.
Dan ranks go up from  1 – 10.  Again the corollary can be made to the military in that a 4 star general is senior to a 1 star general.   When a student reaches black belt they are called a shodan (sho -don) or literally a person of the first rank.  In our system is not until 2nd degree black belt, or nidan (knee – don) that a student has learned the entirety of our basic curriculum.  Then it is not until 3rd degree that a student is of sufficient seniority to promote another person to Black Belt.
Conceptually, the the premise is that it takes a person several years (until they reach black belt) to put their mind, body and spirit into a condition where they can apply their basic principles effectively.  Techniques at this point, cease to be a matter of thought and mechanical action and start to become a matter of reflex.   It is at this point that the student has sufficient foundation to learn to apply the techniques and principles that they have been practicing for the years leading up to this point.    Additionally, it is at this time that the student begins to appreciate the often dangerous potential that their skills have.  With this realization comes a new level of responsibility and (hopefully) humility on the part of the student.
A dedicated student will from this point, spend the rest of their lives refining their skills, and themselves as an individual.  The hope is that one day you reach the elusive concept of mastery.  The mastery we seek thought goes far beyond martial skill.  It is a total mastery of self.  It is for this reason that the highest ranking person in our system is regarded as Hanshi (Han – She), or model person (gentlemen, or samurai).  Though we at times Americanize this title to mean “grandmaster.”  The true meaning is far deeper.
Interesting thing is most Hanshi will tell you that reaching that level of personal proficiency (9th or 10th degree black belt) returns them to a single undeniable notion…They are still as student.  So in someways the beginning (10th kyu) and the end (10th dan) are endlessly linked in the journey of the student.  It is for this reason that you will never here me say “we are a black belt school.”  We strive to be something much more than that.