Keiko Shin Karate

3753 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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Keiko Shin Karate in Association with Integrated Therapy Alliance, Inc is proud to offer our New community program, geared towards those that faces challenges in their daily life.
This enriched martial arts class aims to boost your child’s self-esteem, improve coordination, and increase stamina. Additionally, it  focuses on improving expressive and receptive communication, including following complex multi-step directions, and facilitate interaction and proper communication with adults and peers.
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Another competition went by. This time it was AAU East in Fort Pierce, FL. We did our usual Veni, Vidi, Vici -  we come, we see, we conquer. Our Team of 25 athletes came home with 39 medals in Kata and Kumite divisions. Dedication of Sensei Ernesto and superior quality of his training was proven yet again.


This is not however, what I would like to focus on in this article. Last Saturday we witnessed two interesting things that we kind of always knew but never before witnessed clearly with our own eyes.


Firstly -  we know that we are a family. Everyone supports each other and takes care of each other. We always write it in all our marketing materials and articles. Last Saturday - we all got to see how deep this actually goes.

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What is karate? Karate is a sport used by many people for fun, as a hobby, or many people take it seriously and become world champions of karate. Karate involves warm ups and stretches that progress into sparring drills, speed drills, kata, and many other exercises. There are important parts involved in karate, such as belts, tournaments, and gear, which set attainable goals, create challenges, and provide safety.

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Keiko Shin Team did extremely well last year and although nobody is counting the medals any more, nine athletes from our Academy were awarded the titles of AAU Athlete of The Year 2015. Sensei Ernesto Fuentes was recognized as Best Sensei and Keiko Shin Karate Academy gained another title of The Best Performing Karate School in Florida.

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Better youserlf in the spirit of Karate-Do...

Dear Sensei Sashi, Senpais: Destiny, Ben, Brandon, Melody and little Andrew Rivera, and all of you aspiring to be a sensei one day.

I'm really happy to hear you want to become better versions of yourselves by passing on the knowledge and strength you have come to acquire over time. This is the spirit of karate do, and I'm always ecstatic to hear people say how much they want to become a role model to others.
I'm writing this to help you on your way to achieve that dream.

Please know that just because you won some tournaments and have attained a high rank, you're not all of a sudden ready to become an effective teacher.
There are good karateka, and there are good sensei. Often, you can only be one of the two. It takes a special breed to be both of those at the same time.
Good martial artists work hard. They concentrate, persevere, and overcome obstacles. Thats the basic requirement for any ATHELETE. For a sensei, the main requirement is leadership. You can have a super-star athlete with many accolades and ranks, but they can still be a terrible sensei because they lack the tools to be a leader.

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Keiko Shin Karate Academy team for the first time participated in USSSA North American Cup tournament in Orlando, Florida on November 12st, 2015. Our team showed up in force of 25 competitors in all age divisions.

Teams from Canada, Sweden, Michigan, North Carolina, and Florida also attended en masse.   Canada alone was represented by 26 athletes and looked very intimidating. Sweden team was small but very focused and determined.

Our friends from Sensei’s Lugo and Sensei’s Moon academies did not disappoint as well. It was a pleasure to see them and compete with them at USSSA forum.

Unfortunately, teams from Brazil, UK, and India decided that, in the light of latest terror attacks in Paris, France, it was prudent not to travel and opted–out from participating in this event.

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Keiko Shin Competition Team

The other day I had my first karate tournament. I was very nervous because this was my first tournament while most of my teammates were experienced. I was supposed to compete in January, but my instructor saw that I was working hard so he entered me in a tournament and he gave me a two weeks’ notice. I was very nervous but I thought I could do it.


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After months of preparation, enduring all types of cross training, cardio, yoga and intense hours of traditional Shotokan karate, 20 of our students embarked on a journey from Florida to North Carolina to face the elite, top karate competitors not only Nationally, but also competitors from the guest countries of Israel, Romania and Canada.  With a high level of competition and over 2500 contenders, our 20 athletes ranging from the age of 6 to 40 years old took the Nation by surprise by sweeping all divisions in which they participate. 

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Karate is one of the more complex sports disciplines, because when the students practice it, it develops the motor skills in a secure way. Its origin begins hundreds of years ago in Okinawa, which was influenced by an ancient Chinese tradition. Karate Do, literally means, the way of empty hands.
This is a reference that its followers do not use weapons, not to attack nor to defend yourself, just their feet, hands and body. Even then, Karate is much more than just physical activity, it is based in the great philosophical and spiritual tradition of Bushido.

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The 2015 competition season is just beginning and after this first competition I can tell that it is going to be very exciting season. I encourage students and parent from all our programs to try to attend at least some of those events. You do not have to compete in order to participate in the event. You can come in as spectator and support Keiko Shin Team.

Check our Competition Calendar here -  or see front desk for the calendar of upcoming tournaments.

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3753 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
tel: 813-994-9253


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