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Mike Oliver's Journal – January 2011 Archive (4)

Open Tournament, Open Mind

On Saturday I competed in a Northern California GSKA Tournament. As someone that trains in traditional karate I've often shied away from open tournaments. I've had bad experiences in the past--everything from bad sportsmanship to questionable judging. This year however I've made it a goal to compete at 10 events and decided that I'm going to go in without old negative thoughts. Also competing along side me was one of my junior 11-year old…


Added by Mike Oliver on January 20, 2011 at 10:38am — 8 Comments

UBBT Team Workout #1

Saturday, before our dojo kotohajime cleaning, those of us involved with the Ultimate Black Belt Test got together for our first team workout. As the leader of the team and of this particular workout, I knew that I would be expected to bring on a decent challenge. Never one to disappoint, we laid it on thick.


Each us did the following:

  • Ran 1 mile
  • 480 Kicks
  • 240 Push-ups
  • 240 Sit-ups
  • And about 10 minutes of…

Added by Mike Oliver on January 12, 2011 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

Project Idea: Book Drive

A firebomb at the Arden-Arcade branch damaged 1,000 books this morning! Let's get a book drive going and see what we can do. This would be a great project idea for any of our students.


Who's game for taking this one on?


News 10 Link: …


Added by Mike Oliver on January 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Zen Martial Arts - Year in Review

2010 was a great year for our dojo.  For those of you that have been with me for a long time, you've seen us grow from a very small school (2 or 3 of us at the Robertson Center) to some very full classes now at the Coloma Center. Here are some of the great things that we accomplished together in 2010. (And I have to tell you, you are getting famous in the community for all of the wonderful things that you are doing).



Added by Mike Oliver on January 2, 2011 at 12:19pm — 3 Comments

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