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"Who is the Chief Instructor of United States Goju Federation
"Can anyone participate in USAGF Karate?"
No. A uniform is not required. A white headband is all that is required to study USAGF Karate. Uniforms are available and most practitioners end up purchasing a uniform within their first month. The Karate uniform is called a 'Gi' and consists of a jacket, pants and a belt. The Gi used in USAGF Karate is black. The initial belt you receive with your Gi is white.
A Shiai (shee-eye) is a karate competition. All competitors are members of the USA Goju Federation. The children's Shiais are held at the Cooper City Dojo. The cost to compete is $15.00 for children and $20.00 for juniors and adults. The spectator fee is $1.00 per person or one canned good per person. Canned goods are donated to the needy. Adult Shiais are held at various locations. Check our calendar of events for Shiai listings.
In an Open Tournament, competitors come from many different styles of the martial arts. An Open Tournament has a more competitive atmosphere than a Shiai. Karataka (those who study Karate) are given the opportunity to see other styles of martial arts in both kata (forms) and kumite (fighting). The cost to compete in an Open Tournament is more than a Shiai. The American Bushido Open Tournament, which is sponsored by the USAGF, is usually held in November of each year. To view some images from past tournaments, click here.
Beach workouts are just what they sound like. It is an opportunity for the karateka to practice his karate movements outdoors in the elements of wind, water, sun and sand. It is a great time. The karateka should wear his uniform and bring dry clothes and a towel. Beach workouts may be offered by your Sensei and dojo. If not Master Kelljchian holds his annual beach workout in August. Sensei Michelle Darbro also holds an annual beach workout and picnic. At this beach event, after the workout there is a potluck picnic and everyone should bring a dish. This event is usually in March. Check the calendar for dates and the maps for directions.
Each October the Wildcat Dojo (Sensei Michelle) sponsors a Karate Carnival. This event is for children and has many exciting Karate related games and events. It is both educational and fun. The funds raised from this event are used to help sponsor the American Bushido Open Tournament.
The Rape Awareness Seminar gives women and older teenage girls an opportunity to learn techniques to increase their awareness of threatening situations and actions they can take when accosted. It is taught by Master Kelljchian, who has published books on the subject, or one of his certified teachers. A small fee is charged for the course.
A team consists of: (1)male black belt, (1)female black
belt, (1)brown or purple belt, (1)green belt, and (1)white belt. Of the
three kyus one of them must be a women.
2. For sparring, each round will be one minute. Time will stop to call for point. The points will be compiled at the end of each round; added on to the fight that came before. The team with the most points at the end of the rounds wins. In case of a tie score at the end of the fifth round, that fighter will remain in and have a sudden death point.
3. How to send in the fighters:
5. The same people constitute the kata team and the sparring team. Switching team members is not allowed.
Tag Team Rules (Per Master Kelljchian as of 4-30-01)
1.Two member teams
There are now several ways to get directions to USAGF Events and Dojo's. Click here for the Directions Page or you can click on a location in the Events Calendar or you can click on a Dojo Name in the Dojo Directory. We are continually updating these links so if the link is not active check back later or you may email your directions (to an event or dojo) to firstname.lastname@example.org.