Master Nito Noval Eskrima Workshop 2016

Master Nito Noval came to Ashland last month to present a workshop on the traditional martial art – Eskrima. Enjoy some of the sights and sounds from this great day at the dojo!

October 27th, 2016|

October 2016 Belt Test

Congratulations to all of our students participating in the belt test in October!

Name Age Belt
Livia Nielsen 10 Gold
Penny Fros 51 Yellow
Jeff Anderson 54 Yellow
Brian Hegler  41 Yellow
Genevieve Pereira 7 Yellow
Miles Catropa 17 Blue
Bray Hegler 13 Blue
Kathleen Kelley 20 Blue
Wynter Marks-Ladd 9 Blue
Noah Tumbaga 12 Purple
Lionel Ward 11 Purple
Tristen Stephens 7 Purple
Noah Cott 10 Green
Canyon Lowes 11 Red


Well done everyone!

October 25th, 2016|

Halloween Party!

Attention all Ghosts, Goblins and Ninjas!

Join us for an evening of Halloween fun at the dojo. All students are welcome. Bring a friend.

October 13th, 2016|

“Mizu No Kokuro” – Reflections on “Mind like water”

What is “mind like water”? What does it mean to have a peaceful mind?

A collection of quotes and inspirational thoughts presented by Shodon Tim Morton:

There is a beautiful descriptive phrase, which appears again and again in Zen & Budo (the ‘way’ or the ‘path’ of Martial Arts) literature: Mizu no kokoro “mind like water”. For a better understanding, I have taken the liberty to compile various interpretations of this same phrase.
— Sensei Ty Aponte

“The appeal of “Mind Like Water” is the calmness and peace that you are trying to achieve. Have everything in its place, and empty your mind of the busy-ness and junk. Then you are ready for anything that comes your way. It is an ongoing quest.”
— Leo Babauta

Mizu no kokoro is often translated as “mind like water.” […]

September 12th, 2016|

Belt Test July 2016

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Congratulations to all of our students who successfully passed their belt test. Well done, everyone!

1 Lionel Ward – Blue
2 Hania M’Hamdi – Green Stripe
3 Wynter Marks-Ladd – Yellow
4 Tom Marks – Yellow
5 Ty Paulson – Blue
6 Geneveive Pereira – Orange
7 Adrian Pliskin – Orange
8 Navarro Garcia – Green Stripe
9 Joulian Kali-Montague – Green
10 Oliver Naymik – Green Stripe
11 Jeff Anderson – Orange
12 Ariee Bearpaw – Gold
13 Michelle Pereira – Gold
14 Kathleen Kelley – Yellow
15 Bray Hegler – Yellow
16 Brian Hegler – Orange
17 Halle Hegler – Gold
18 June Barnard – Blue
19 Enya Cochran – Purple
20 Amelia Evans – Purple

August 29th, 2016|

Belt Test June 2016

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It was quite a weekend! We got it all – rain, sunshine, chilly nights, blood, sweat and tears. On the bank of the Klamath River in Northern California, thirteen brave karateka came together to test for their black belt. Surrounded by instructors, family, friends and guests all the way from the East Coast, these students persevered and proved up to the task. For four days and three nights, each student was challenged to participate fully and give the best possible at each task. From fording the mighty Klamath River, rough and tumble sparing, kata and self-defense demonstrations and glass-walking, everyone rose to the challenge and by the end of the weekend, all were successful. Not to be outdone, fourteen  students tested for under belts, bringing […]

August 1st, 2016|

Ashland Food Drive

Thank you once again to all the Ashland Karate Academy members who participated in Saturday’s collection of food at the Ashland Food Bank. We helped bring in over 23,000 pounds of food to support those in need in our community. Thank you everyone!

June 21st, 2016|

Perfect Attendance for April

Congratulations to the following students for having perfect attendance in April –

Little Dragons
Eli Peters

Youth Beginner
Noah Tumbaga
Lionel Ward
Ty Paulson

Youth Intermediate
Novarro Garcia
Kai Fegundes

Youth Advanced
Alexander Dryland

A big thanks to the families as well! Everyone’s commitment, dedication and hard work helps to improve karate skills and it’s showing!

May 6th, 2016|

Many students take awards at local tournament

Ashland Karate Academy had 22 students attend Chip Wright’s Champion Karate’s tournament on April 16th, 2016. Everyone went home with at least 1 medal. Everyone did a great job. The awards earned for each student is listed below. Thank you to all the parents and family that was there to watch and cheer us on.

Daisy Barnard – Underbelt Grand Champion, 1st 9-10 Advanced Traditional Forms, 2nd 9-10 Advanced Sparring, 3rd 9-12 Advanced Traditional Weapons

Pepper Barnard – 2nd 7-8 Intermediate Traditional Forms, 2nd 7-8 Intermediate Traditional Weapons

River Hanson – 1st 9-12 Advanced Traditional Weapons

Deepam Schwenkner – 1st Adult Advanced Traditional Weapons, 2nd Adult Advanced Traditional Forms

Oriah Hanson – 3rd 7-8 Intermediate Traditional Weapons

John Trivers – 2nd Adult Advanced Traditional Weapons, 3rd Adult Advanced Traditional Forms, 3rd Adult Advanced Sparring

Quinn Trivers – […]

April 21st, 2016|

Daisy Wins National Championship in Kata

Daisy, Pepper, and their family traveled to Denver, Colorado to compete at the USKA National Championship. They both competed and did great. Daisy received medals in both Weapon Forms and Traditional Forms. She got 2nd place in Weapons and is now the National Champion in Traditional Forms in her age group.

Congratulations Daisy and Pepper.

April 7th, 2016|