I’m very happy to announce that one of our instructors, Jeff Salkas, was promoted to sandan (3rd degree black belt) over the weekend during Midwest Summer Special Training 2019. Congratulations Jeff! Well deserved!
Some photos of John, Jeff, and Marty practicing ippon kumite. Here, we practiced a feeling of taking the initiative early (sen no sen) by stepping in with the counter attack as the attack was coming, as opposed to taking the initiative later (go no sen) by stepping back, blocking, and then counter attacking.
Southwest Chicago Shotokan will be hosting a self defense clinic. See the flyer below for details.
Jeff, Steve, and Marty performing Tekki Nidan kata.
A huge thank you to Keith Kirk for taking the time out during his business trip to Chicago to come and practice with us. Keith led a great practice on making quick, effective kicks (one of his specialties!). He gave us plenty of homework, and we look forward to practicing everything he showed us in […]
Last night we had another great practice working on combinations, followed by some intense free sparring matches. Strong feeling all around!
On Thursday, September 20th, we hosted a free self defense clinic for members of the surrounding community. The goal of the clinic was to educate people on how to avoid dangerous situations, and how to escape a dangerous situation if you found yourself in one. We kicked things off by going over some very practical […]
We had a couple of visitors at practice last night. New friend Todd McGeorge from Idaho joined as, as well as old friend and U.S. team member Greg Metzgar from Salt Lake City. We had a great practice, focusing on oi-zuki and free one attack sparring. It’s always great to see our friends from across […]
John, Jeff, and Marty spent the evening practicing combination basics and doing some free sparring drills to help prepare for the upcoming Memphis Jiyu Kumite Practice and Tournament.
We are busy preparing ourselves for the annual Memphis Jiyu Kumite Practice and Tournament in October. Lots of combinations, drills, and matches!