“Budo on the Bluff” was held in Birmingham, Alabama on August 21-23. Van Bushnell, USA Martial Arts Federation - Southeast Regional Director, hosted this event which was instructed by Master Roger Jarrett. Students enjoyed an educational, fun filled weekend with karate/taekwondo on Friday & Saturday AM, aikido & iaido on Saturday PM and judo/jujitsu on Sunday.
During the seminar, Master Jarrett and Sensei Bushnell were very pleased and proud to promote Jeff Reach (Dojo Cho – FL) to 5th Dan, Chong Shin Kwan. Craig Warren and Rachel Washington were also being presented 1st Dan certificates resulting from earlier testing. An Iaido test held during the seminar resulted in 2nd Dan promotions for Robert Blackston, Tim Morgan (Dojo Cho – North Shelby, AL) & Jeff Reach.
October’s “Budo in Alpharetta” seminar was held at John Farris’ dojo in Alpharetta, GA. Master Jarrett instructed on Friday & Saturday and was pleased to have his wife Linda travel South with him. Master Jarrett’s instruction is always inspirational for those in attendance. During the seminar Master Jarrett presented Connor Kobus with his 1st Dan Chong Shin Kwan certificate. Sensei Kobus’ test was conducted at USAMAF Southeast Regional Headquarters earlier in the year.
Kathy Reynolds Takes Gold at the PKF Championships
We are proud to announce that USA Martial Arts Federation Black Belt Kathy Reynolds, age 13, won the gold for the United States at the Junior Pan American Karate Championships in El Salvador at the end of August.
Kathy is a student of Sensei Mike Jacobs, USAMAF Regional Director, and head instructor of the USA Martial Arts Training Center in Genoa, Ohio. Kathy and her older brother Brad have been training with Sensei Jacobs for many years. Brad has trained for 13 years and Kathy has trained for 9 years. Brad made the US Team 2 years ago and represented our country at the Junior Pan Ams in Ecuador that year. Both Shihan Jarrett and Sensei Jacobs are proud of Kathy, taking the Gold in her first time out with the US Team.
On August 6, 2009 the Martial Arts world lost a living legend, Grandmaster George Edward Anderson. His unexpected and untimely death has left a hole in the heart of thousands of Martial Arts students, instructors and masters.
Hanshi Anderson was one of the most respected and influential figures in modern martial arts. His leadership skills and foresight helped bring both Karate and Jujitsu into the Olympic family and set a path for the future of martial arts both as a sport and as a way to better enhance a person’s life. He served in many different position of authority is several martial arts organizations and systems and held high dan ranks in many martial arts to numerous to mention here. If you simply look him up on the internet, you will be astounded at his accomplishments.
Just to mention a few of his ranks, Hanshi Anderson held a 10th Dan in Karate, 10th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and in June 2009 he was awarded his 10th Dan in Jujitsu. He was by far the highest ranking and most senior Martial Artist in the United States and most possibly the world. All of us in the Olympic Karate movement owe so much to Hanshi Anderson. We wouldn’t be where we are today without his leadership. Just to name a few karate leaders today that he trained, developed and set the path for are: Julius Thiry, Joe Mirza, William Millerson, Antonio Espinos, Tommy Morris, John DiPasquale, Patrick Hickey, and, of course, myself, Roger Jarrett.
“Harmony in the Hills”, the USA Aikido Association’s annual fall camp was held on September 25, 26, and 27, 2009 in St. Albans, West Virginia. Instruction was given by Kyoshi Kevin Blok, 8th Dan Aikido, and Shihan Roger Jarrett, 6th Dan Aikido. Students from all over the eastern United States and Canada attended the event. Training was given in traditional Aikido, Aikido weapons, as well as a special Iaido class conducted by Shihan Jarrett.
Black Belt tests and promotions were also given. Frank Tucker and Joe Sovine of the St. Albans dojo were promoted to Nidan. A very special presentation was made by Kyoshi Blok and Shihan Jarrett as they promoted Sensei Bill King and Sensei Mike Jacobs to Godan in Aikido and awarded them the teaching license of Shihan Dai.
Shihan Jarrett as well as several other dignitaires, including Hanshi George Anderson were on hand for the 2009 USA-NKF Sr. PKF Team Trial competition. The trials were held in Chicago Illinois and were held in response to the new weight categories imposed by the WKF. Shihan Jarrett was involved in several of the medal ceremonies for the newly formed USA Team Pool. The Sr PKF Championships will be held in Curacao, in May 2009.