Welcome to the 14th Annual Funakoshi Shotokan
International Karate Championship
October 13, 2001
Cupertino, California, U.S.A.
 
Sensei Gichin Funakoshi
The Founder of Shotokan Karate-Do
(Photo courtesy of Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan, FSKA)
 
 
Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan (FSKA)
Chief Instructor, Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association
(Photo courtesy of Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan, FSKA)
 
 
A wet group of Canadian's
The 14th Annual Funakoshi Shotokan International Championship was once again held in Cupertino, California. The tournament is sponsored by Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan, Chief Instructor, Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association, (FSKA). Seen here after attending two days of classes at the Honbu Dojo in Milpitas, California prior to the tournament are Sempai Curtis Lindsay (Ni Dan), Sempai Derek Low (Sho Dan) and Sempai Barry Norman (Sho Dan).
 
Black belt lecture
At the end of the evening's training Shihan Funakoshi gave an excellent lecture on tournament ettiquette.
 
He was everywhere
Tournament Administrator Sensei Leonard Lafferty 7th Dan (Schichi Dan) made sure that everything ran smoothly in all six rings with the help to a large contingent of vollunters from score keepers and time keepers, to ring judges, and corner judges, our thanks to all the volunteers once again you have put on great event.
 
Waiting their turn
Sensei Roger St. Pierre 4th (Yon Dan), Chief Instructor of New England Shotokan Karate-Do in Cumberland, Rhode Island, U.S.A. and Sempai Barry Norman 1st Dan (Sho Dan) of Victoria, B.C. Canada wait their turn to act as judges in ring four.
 
Long legs
In the Open black belt kumite division Sempai Tim Mendez 2nd Dan (Ni Dan) gets a good look at an incoming jodan mawashi geri from Sensei Wayne Shockness 4th Dan (Yon Dan).
 
U.S.A. vs England
Also in the Open black belt kumite division Sensei Ivan Chapman 3rd Dan (San Dan) from Kent England moves back to avoid an incoming jodan oi zuki from Sempai Kenny Takeda 3rd Dan (San Dan) one of the instructors at the FSKA main dojo, this was quickly followed up by a chudan gyaku zuki - like any of the matches in this division the competition was very fast and very spirited.
 
Team kata
In the team kata event Canada won a bronze medal doing Meikyo, from left to right Sempai Derek Low (Sho Dan), Sempai Curtis Lindsay (Ni Dan) and Sensei Peter Lindsay (Yon Dan) while team U.S.A. took home the gold and the silver.
 
Lean on me
Sensei Leonard Lafferty 6th Dan (Roku Dan) pretends not to notice the that Canada has arrived.
 
Shihan takes in the action
Shihan Funakoshi seen standing in the background in shirt and tie takes a moment to film a very fast and aggressive match between two of his senior students, Sensei Les Haraguchi 5th Dan (Go Dan) on the left, and Sensei Aaron Booker 3rd Dan (San Dan). Keeping a very close eye on all the action, and there was plenty of it, is ring judge Sensei Garry Cross 6th Dan (Roku Dan).
 
Half time - the black belt demonstration
Sensei Kyle Funakoshi 6th Dan (Roku Dan) is seen here doing his favorite kata Unsu during a great half time demonstration put on by many senior ranking FSKA members from the U.S.A. - Latin America - and Europe.
 
Charging Sensei's
In an impressive demonstration of foot work and speed Sensei Gary Dunlap 6th Dan (Roku Dan), Sensei Guillermo Acuna 3rd Dan (San Dan), and Sensei Aaron Booker 3rd Dan (San Dan) charge across the floor during the black belt half time show.
 
All smiles - sort of
Sempai Jesse Arimas 2nd Dan (Ni Dan) of FSKA Salinas, California, and Sempai Curtis Lindsay 2nd Dan (Ni Dan) of Victoria, B.C. are seen here after winning gold and silver respectively in the Ni Dan kata division.
 
Canada and Mexico
Sensei Guillermo Acuna 3rd Dan (San Dan) of Rasen Kyokai, Tijuana, Mexico and his student Sempai Gonzalo Munguia 1st Dan (Sho Dan) pose with Sempai Curtis Lindsay 2nd Dan (Ni Dan), Sempai Derek Low 1st Dan (Sho Dan), Sensei Peter Lindsay 4th Dan (Yon Dan), and Sempai Barry Norman 1st Dan (Sho Dan) of Victoria, B.C. Canada - all of whom had a very good day.
 
Canada and England
Sensei Ivan Chapman 3rd Dan (San Dan) and his student Chris both pictured to the right of Sensei Lindsay 4th Dan (Yon Dan) came over from Kent, England, to participate in the tournament, they were great competitors and did very well.
 
At the end of a long day
Sensei Guillermo Acuna and Sensei Peter Lindsay are already looking forward to next year and made plans to meet again in November 2002 at the FSKA World Championships which will be held in Las Vegas.
 
Father and son
A proud father shares a special moment with his son at the end of the tournament in which we won a bronze medal together in team kata along with our team mate Sempai Derek Low.
 
Until next year
Sensei Lindsay once again thanks his good friend Sensei Lenoard Lafferty for being such a great host.
 
THANK YOU SHIHAN !
Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan, Chief Instructor, Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association (FSKA) is seen here with the Canadian team at the end of another one of his very successfull tournaments. From left to right Sempai Barry Norman, Sempai Curtis Lindsay, Sensei Kyle Funakoshi, Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, Sensei Peter Lindsay and Sempai Derek Low.
 
 
Part the clouds - see the way.
 
"The objective of karate is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay