JKA HQ Instructor Training

When:  Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

What:  Kyu Testing Comprehensive and Shodan to Sandan Testing 

Where: Zoom

Length – 2 Hours

How much: $40 (counts as 2 IT class sessions)

Description: Sensei Nagatomo will cover Kyu testing essentials first. In whatever time remains, Sensei Nagatomo will cover Dan testing (Shodan to Sandan).

There have been some minor changes in the Kyu and Dan Exam from JKA; JKAWFA has adopted some but not all changes. These will be effective after the IT class.  This is an essential training for all those who do not have Examiner credentials.

All attendees should wear their gis.

The first portion will be a seminar lecture followed by the second portion which includes demos and participants’ engagement.

I must send a complete registration list to Sensei Wang by EOD on May 8, 2022.

If you have notified me that you wish to attend, please pay through the button below. Only those who are on the list provided to Sensei Wang by EOD May 8 should use the button below. Otherwise, you will not be registered for the session and your fees will be returned.


Upcoming JKA-WFA and JKA Virtual Fall Sessions


JKA-WFA Fall Instructor Training will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 6:45 PM until 8:15 PM ET

The session will focus on Kyu Belt Testing and Rank Evaluation and is open to all JKA-WFA Instructor Trainees, Black, and Brown belts (18+). Fee to attend/observe is $30.00.

We should** have Zoom capability at Club Tampa Palms for TBSI members or you may participate at home.

So that I can submit timely registration and enrollment information to Sensei Wang, the Tampa enrollment page will be available until Monday, September 13, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Zoom link will be circulated on September 16.

  • October

JKA HQ Virtual Training with Sensei NAKA will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 7:45 PM until 9:30 PM ET. There may be a 5 or 10 minute break midway and a short open discussion session after practice.

The session will focus on distance, timing, footwork, attacking, and defending and is open to all JKA students but the training will be at intermediate + level. Fee to participate or observe is $30.00.

We should** have Zoom capability at Club Tampa Palms for TBSI members or you may participate at home.

So that I can submit timely registration and enrollment information to Sensei Wang, the Tampa enrollment page will be available until Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Class link will be circulated on October 28.

**We are working out the signal glitches from last weekend and have tested all but audio to ensure better experience. We’ll know for sure by the weekend.

Indoor Training!

The rumors are true! We have arranged to resume indoor training at the Club Tampa Palms location, effective July 1, 2021. Please note that we do NOT have Tuesday after all… We are working on alternative locations.

Here is the new <tentative> schedule:

Monday7:15 – 8:45 PMIntermediate+Club Tampa Palms
Thursday8:30 – 9:30 PMAdvanced Club Tampa Palms
Saturday4:00 – 5:15 PMAll Ranks Club Tampa Palms
Effective July 1, 2021

Address: Club Tampa Palms, 16402 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647

Phone: (813) 979-9595

Please note that this schedule is likely to change as we assess our attendance during the transition back to normal …

Special JKA-WFA and JKA-HQ Training Sessions!


Open TrainingJune 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM (ET)
JKA-HQ Training SessionJune 12, 2021 at 8:00 PM (ET)


Open TrainingAll ranks
JKA-HQ Training SessionBrown / Black Belts


Open TrainingZoom (link TBA)
JKA-HQ Training SessionZoom (2nd link TBA)


Open Training$10 per student
JKA-HQ Training Session$20 per student (includes Open Training at no additional charge)

Ready to sign up??

To register and pay, click below


Please note that there will be no refunds

This is a great opportunity for all JKA-WFA students to participate!

COVID Diary Day #1

March 23, 2020 – Day #1 – Our New Normal?

With the gyms closed, camp postponed, and muscles needing work, we have begun to explore alternatives!

Yesterday, we trained on the grass outside Club Tampa Palms, enjoying a nice breezy class, maintaining recommended social distances, having a fun and productive (if a bit “gnatty”) workout. (Note to self, bring bug spray…)

Tate, Colt and Kurt showed off their improved kihon and katas while training in sneaks and sunglasses .… brought back fond memories of Serene training so fashionably with her purse! 😊

With the growing potential for a stay-home order or other restrictions, I’m eagerly open to all ideas for possible “virtual” classes, whether via platform like Zoom (thanks to Lt Col Matthaidess) or Skype.

Let’s be creative, fellow karate-ka/pandemic travelers!

On another note, I’ve tossed out a “COVID Silver Lining Challenge” to my number #3 son to identify a positive potential for every new restriction or downturn.

Extra credit if it can include an opportunity to help someone 😊  I went first:  “I never got to go to school in my underwear!” “Game on!!”

Stay vertical and keep moving! Inertia breeds inertia!