02/08/2016 KBK Weekly Roundup

vertical_logosGood Morning Kenpoists,

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We are about 90% completed loading the Tracy self-defense techniques. Hopefully we will have that completed by the end of this week, along with the Tracy Forms and the ITF Taekwondo Forms. Still working through the 10 kyuu (white belt) material, hopefully have the rest of the videos and text lessons uploaded by the end of the week here. Once that is done, only have 366 more lessons to go 😀

Be sure to keep checking back as we are adding new material and lessons on a daily basis. I’m still debating recording the Long Form 7 and 8 instructional videos before the rest of the lessons are completed (Black Belt Forms). If there seems to be enough demand for the advanced material I will release it early, otherwise I’ll continue with the plan of putting rank by rank lessons and materials out there for study and review.

I’m going to see if I can get some other time dedicated to the recordings this week, to help speed up the uploading process for the technique and material lessons as many of you have indicated that you are almost done with the white belt material reviews and are ready to start working on the yellow belt material.

Look for more updates in the coming days (and the day when I can turn on the updates to Facebook automagically (once all the other material is loaded)).

Keep up the training.

  • Soke Salaka

02/01/2016 Weekly Kenpo Roundup

Calligraphy of ""Shotokan" by T...
“Shotokan” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We had a very busy weekend this weekend recording almost all of the material for the White Belt self-defense lessons. We’ve got a new camera and hopefully the recordings come out a lot better than our other camera. If not, we’ll be back to the store for a better video recording setup.

It’s very slow going transcribing all the text material into the web site lessons as there are a lot of additional information and gaps that need to be filled in with the written lessons vs what I have in the notes. So in addition to transcription, we are working on ensuring that the material in the lesson is 100% complete and accurate.

As a side note, all of the EPAK material has been transcribed and uploaded to the site (we now have all EPAK and Goju Ryu written material on the site) 😀 We’re going through the Tracy Material now, as well as the Taekwondo ITF forms. Once we finish off with CMATOS video lessons and materials we will be going through and doing lessons on the other style material on the site – including the EPAK, Goju Ryu, and all other style forms and techniques. Our short term goal is to have the CMATOS material uploaded and ready for the under belt lessons so we can start offering the distance learning options. Although the requirements are up there and ready to go, we are still going through and putting together the lessons for each belt level. If you are interested in getting started in the interim, you can always contact us for a customized lesson and weekly training online lessons (or contact us for in-person training).

We are looking at 25 lessons per beginner and intermediate level, 33 lessons for 2/1 kyuu, and a massive amount of lessons for the Jun-Ichi Dan level (as we will be reviewing all material within the system for the belt level, with emphasis on specific areas during the advanced lessons). At the rate we are currently going, we are looking to get the White Belt material completed hopefully next week, and then the 9 kyuu material lessons done and recorded by the end of February. Hopefully, if time permits, we will have the material up on the site much sooner. I might go ahead and get Long form 7 and 8 instructional videos to the site first, as there doesn’t seem to be any lessons on those forms on the internet just yet (tons of demos, no instructions), and seeing how these forms are both performed and applied would be very helpful to some of my advanced students. Be on the lookout for the Worlds First Kenpo Long Form 8 instructional video coming soon!

As a side note, it’s now the first of February, so my November beard is gone, so don’t be surprised if you see a different looking person appearing in the videos in the coming weeks.

Keep up the training!

  • Soke Salaka

Weekend Warriors

This weekend was full of training, but not much in the way of video production. We did get all the EPAK techniques uploaded to the site, and hope to get the written description for the forms uploaded by this weekend.

With regards to CMATOS material, I hope to have at least the white belt written material uploaded by this weekend, and will get around to uploading the video lessons as time permits. If I can at least get the textual descriptions uploaded, then students can start studying the material while they wait for the videos to be produced.

Keep up the training.

  • Soke Salaka

The Wheels Keep on Turning

Español: los rangos y grados de cinturones de ...
Español: los rangos y grados de cinturones de kenpo karate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope everyone’s training is progressing as desired. We should have the majority of the written instructions for the EPAK style self defense techniques finished up by the end of this week. This weekend, we hope on finishing up with the CMATOS White belt techniques and material. I’m thinking of doing shorter video blogs with the fundamentals and concepts from the office so that the material can get up there rather than waiting for camera time on the weekends.

We’ve got a new camera we are going to try this weekend to hopefully improve the sound quality of the videos, and have appreciated everyone’s feedback and comments thus far.

Keep up the great work and looking forward to seeing your progress at your next evaluation.

  • Soke Salaka

First Video Lessons Available

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The rear LCD display on a Flip Video camrea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’re going to need to get a new video camera, the audio on the first few video lessons is a bit off. Bear with us as we work out the kinks.

I was hoping we’d get through all the material for the 10 kyuu this weekend, so that after 13 weeks of recordings, we’d have all the material on the site and the video lessons ready for everyone to work through. Unfortunately, the timing on the first recordings did not work out, so we only got 4 videos recorded this weekend. I’ll look into doing some other recordings for the techniques and fundamental lessons to hopefully get more of the material up to the site faster than the current pace.

Links to the new lesson pages are below.