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"MUSKEGON KARATE ASSOCIATION"

11/18/06 Testing Results

There was quite a turn out at the M.K.A. Kyu Testing that was held on November 18,2006. This event was held at "Church of the Saviour" in Coopersville, Mi. We had 6 judges, 9 candidates, plus parents & friends. The Testing Board Members consisted of Frank Thomas - Yondan,Chris Hollowell - Shodan, Rick Becker - Shodan, Matt Rosezell representing the "Bassai Karate Academy" from Newaygo, Mi - Shodan, Craig Holmes - Nidan, and Doug Sabin - Sandan from Muskegon, Mi. From our "Kids Klass" the candidates were: Rachel, Sidney, Tim, Logan, David, and Jared. Ray Van Buskirk, Doug Simpkins and Ryan Lilibridge were the candidates from the adult class. Rachel, Sidney, and Dave from the "Kids Klass" really did a outstanding job! Tim, Logan and Jared were no slouches either as they went thru their requirements with power and class. Omedetou! (Congratulations) to every individual candidate that did such a GREAT JOB. The results of this exam are the folllowing:

Kids Klass ~ 8th kyu Jr. yellow

Rachel - A Sidney - A David - A

Tim - B Logan - B Jared - C

Adult Class

Ryan Lilibridge - 5th kyu Purple A Ray Van Buskirk - 5th kyu Purple B Doug Simpkins - 7th kyu Blue C Ray Van Buskirk after testing

JUDGES

Chris Hollowell Rick Becker Criag Holmes Doug Sabin Matt Rosezell

Here are some pictures taken from testing:

BEFORE TESTING & WARM UPS

LINE UP & BOW!

"MUSKEGON KARATE ASSOCIATION"

I hope.... we all did well!

Omedetou Gozaimasu...Gokurosama desu! ~ Thomas Sensei

The M.K.A. would like to express it's Thank - You to, Mrs. Melody Hollowell & Craig Holmes for these pictures. GREAT Job! Thanks!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

THOMAS SENSEI ~ YONDAN PROMOTION!!"

On October 19th,2001 
Mr. FRANK THOMAS head instructor of the MUSKEGON KARATE ASSOCIATION of 
Muskegon,Michigan was awarded the rank of Yondan by the
"AMERICAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ALLIANCE" HOMBU located in St. Louis, Mo.
The testing Board consisted of the ASKA Shihankai members of the
"AMERICAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ALLIANCE" holding rank of 5th dan and 
Hassell Sensei(8th Dan)was presiding over the testing procedure. 
Thomas Sensei had earlier submitted his 105 page thesis of 
"How to Teach Karate from a Wheelchair" to Hassell Sensei and the 
ASKA Shihankai members. There was a 20 minute demonstrations of his "points"
that were in his thesis. This was followed by question and answer period
by the ASKA Shihankai members. Thomas Sensei would like to express his personal
"Thank - You" to all of his senior instructors past and present that gave him
an excellent education in Karate - Do. To his students past and present for 
additional educational growth, and support which made it all worth while. To my
family of friends that encouraged me to go farther than I expected! 
Pictures below are from Thomas Sensei's testing.

  

Thomas Sensei gives his dissertation on how he instructs Chudan Mae Gerri
from his Thesis.

"Use the Age Uke arm properly for Hikite for faster transitional time 
between waza's"
 
"In Heian Sandan, going from the last Kiba dachi with Right Vertical
Block into Left Zenkutsu dachi with a EXPLOSIVE Oi-Tsuki. Remember to use
hip snap with plantar foot reaction"
  
REMEMBER! The 3 steps of Sanbon Kumite: 1. Drop the Body, 2. Correct your distance,
3. Have an EXPLOSIVE decisive Guyaku zuki

The audience responce to Hassell Sensei announcement that Thomas Sensei
was promoted to the rank of "Yondan"

Pictures of the Afterglow
with Senior Instructors and Associate
    
 
Thomas Sensei being  congratulated by ASKA Shihankai member
Tayler Sensei on a job well done!
 
ASKA Shihankai member Kerrigan Sensei congratulating Thomas Sensei
for not running over any students and for mastering the secret art of
"Being one with his cart!" 
       
The picture on the left are of Brian Williams and Yasuke Hirakawa who are 
friends of Thomas Sensei and GREAT students of Flowers Sensei. 
The picture on the right is of Kay Stickle who was promoted to 
the rank of Sandan! A GREAT testing plus a GREAT job! I am very proud of her! 
Candidates for the rank of Shodan! GREAT job!
    
    
Candidates for the rank of Sandan! Hi Sho!
   
    
I would like to express my Thank - You to, Mr. Steve Hollowell,
Carl Turner,Rick Becker and others for these pictures. GREAT Job! Thanks!!
"CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS HOLLOWELL!!"

On April 28,2001 
Mr. CHRIS HOLLOWELL was awarded the rank of Shodan. 
by the "AMERICAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ALLIANCE" HOMBU.
The testing Board consisted of members of the "AMERICAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ALLIANCE" 
holding rank of 5th dan and higher. 
Hassell Sensei was presiding over the testing procedure.
Out of the other two adult candidates testing for the rank of Shodan, 
Mr. Hollowell (was only 15 years old) was the only one that passed!
GREAT JOB, Chris!!!
"PICTURES FROM TESTING"
Testing Board

Hassell Sensei
                 
Brewer Sensei                 Taylor Sensei                        
             
Kerrigan Sensei                  Hartter Sensei  
The FINAL bow
I would like to express my Thank - You to, Mr. Steve Hollowell
for these pictures. GREAT Job! Thanks!!

I would like to express my Thank - You to, my son, JOSHUA THOMAS
for his help with this webpage. GREAT Job! Josh!!!
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