Members of Southwest Chicago Shotokan, along with other karateka from around the Midwest, after the final practice of Midwest Summer Special Training 2018 in St. Joseph, MO.
John Wood chasing down an opponent during sanbon kumite practice at Summer Special Training in St. Joseph, MO.
Chicago area senior and instructor Steve Binette was promoted to the rank of sandan (3rd degree black belt) over the weekend in recognition of his leadership, strong spirit, and technical ability.
John, Jeff, and Marty practice Iai Kumite, which is one time sparring at the closest ma (distance). The attacks come quick, therefore a clam, focused mind is required in order to not only avoid the attack, but get in with a counter attack as well.
John preparing to attack Marty during ippon kumite practice.
Jeff effectively controlling the ma (distance) in a sanbon kumite match with Mike, moving his body out of range, but never disengaging mentally.
Jeff demonstrating the open hand strike from Kwanku with Marty.
Jeff and Mike practicing sanbon (three time) sparring, with Jeff about to respond to Mike’s attack with a front kick to the ribs.