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USKKBushido International SocietyNewsletterSeptember 30, 2017 * Volume XIII * Issue Q3USKK1st2017 Bushido InternationalSociety Inductee Ms. Tarin Switzer Place Weapons, 7th Place Kata &5th Place Fighting2008-2009: USKK 2nd Place Kobudo Adult Kyu2008-2009: USKK 2nd Place Kumite –Novice Women2008-2009: USKK 1st Place Kata –Novice WomenAwards Received: 2007-2008: USKK 1st Place Kumite –Adult Women Novice2007-2008: USKK 1st Place Kobudo –Adult Kyu2007-2008: USKK 1st Place Kata –Adult Women Novice2007-2008: PKC Nationals 1st PlaceKumite – Novice Women2007-2008: PKC Nationals 1st PlaceKata – Novice Women2007-2008: PKC Nationals FinalistWeapons – Adult Women2008: PKC Region#1:o 2008 Champions Awards – TopTen 2007 Championship Series:Adults Under Black Belt – 4thMs. Switzer - USKK Trias Cup - Peoria, IL 2017“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele1

2008-2009: USKA 1st Place Kata –Novice Women Forms2008-2009: USKA 2nd Place Kumite –Colored Belt Women Sparring2008-2009: USKA 8th Place Adult KyuWeapons2008-2009: PKC Nationals 1st PlaceKata - Adv/Int/Nov Women2008-2009: PKC Nationals 1st PlaceWeapons - Adv/Int/Nov Women2008-2009: PKC Nationals 1st PlaceKumite - Adv/Int/Nov Women2008-2009: PKC Nationals 2nd PlaceChanbara – Kyu Women 18 2008: PKC Region #1 – 2nd Weapons,1st Kata & 1st Kumite 2009: PKC Region #1 - 2nd Weapons,1st Kata, 1st Kumite2010-2011: USKK - 1st Place Kata –Advanced Women2010-2011: USKK - 1st Place Kumite –Advanced Women2010-2011 – USKK - 1st Place Kobudo –Advanced Women[R] Ms. Switzer - Chicago, IL - 2008 9-2010:Chanbara2009-2010:Kata2009-2010:KumiteUSKK 1st Place KataUSKK 1st Place KobudoUSKK 1st Place KumitePKC Nationals - 2nd PlacePKC Nationals - 2nd PlaceMs. Switzer - Peoria, IL - 2011 PKC Nationals - 2nd Place PKC Nationals - 2nd Place 2010: PKC Region# 1 - 1st Kata &Kumite, 3rd Self-Defense, 1st Chanbara& Weapons2011: PKC Region #1 - 3rd Weapons,2nd Kata & 1st Kumite2011-2012: USKK - 1st Place Kata –Black Belt Women“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele2

2011-2012: USKK - 1st Place Kumite –Black Belt Women2011-2012: USKK - 2nd Place Kobudo –Black Belt Women2011-2012: PKC Nationals - 4th PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Weapons2011-2012: PKC Nationals - 8th PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Chanbara2011-2012: PKC Nationals - 3rd PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Kata2011-2012: PKC Nationals - 3rd PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Kumite2012: PKC Region#1 - 2nd Place BlackBelt Weapons, 1st Place Black BeltWomen Kata, 1st Place Black BeltWomen Kumite & Finalist Black BeltChanbara2012-2013: PKC Nationals - 3rd PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Kumite,4th Place Black Belt Women Kata(1834yrs), Finalist Chanbara & FinalistWeapons2013: PKC Region#1 - 2nd Place BlackBelt Weapons, 1st Place Black BeltWomen Kata, 1st Place Black BeltWomen Kumite & 2nd Place Black BeltChanbara2013-2014: USKK - 1st Place Kata –Black Belt Women2013-2014: USKK - 1st Place Kumite –Black Belt Women2013-2014: USKK - 2nd Place Kobudo –Black Belt Women2013-2014: PKC Nationals - 1st PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Kata2013-2014: PKC Nationals - 2nd PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Kumite2013-2014: PKC Nationals - 3rd PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Weapons2013-2014: PKC Nationals - 4th PlaceBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Chanbara2013-2014: PKC Nationals - FinalistBlack Belt Women (18-34yrs) Demo2014: PKC Region#1 - 1st Place BlackBelt Weapons, 1st Place Black BeltWomen Kata, 2nd Place Black Belt, Women Kumite & 1st Place Black BeltChanbara & 1st Place Black Belt SelfDefense2014-2015: USKK - 1st Place Kata –Black Belt Women2014-2015: USKK - 1st Place Kumite –Black Belt Women[R] Ms. Switzer - USKK - Peoria IL – 2015 2014-2015: USKK - 2nd Place Kobudo –Black Belt Women2015: PKC Region#1 - 1st Place BlackBelt Weapons, 1st Place Black Belt Kata,1st Place Black Belt Kumite & 1st PlaceChanbara & 2nd Place Black Belt SelfDefense2015-2016: USKK - 1st Place Kata –Black Belt Women, 1st Place Kumite –Black Belt Women2nd Place Kobudo – Black Belt Women“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele3

2015-2016: PKC Nationals - 5th PlaceChanbara Executive Black Belt Women35yrs , 4th Place Kata Executive BlackBelt Women 35yrs , 3rd Place KumiteExecutive Black Belt Women 35yrs , 5thPlace Demo Executive Black BeltWomen 35yrs 2016: PKC Region#1 - 2nd Place BlackBelt Self Defense, 4th Place Black BeltWeapons, 2nd Place Black Belt Kata, 1stPlace Black Belt Fighting & 1st PlaceBlack Belt Chanbara 06/25/16: USKK – Style Head Seminar– Bruce Heilman - Sponsored by USKK Peoria, ILSeminar(s) Co-Taught: 03/28/14Sport Chanbara Seminarw/Mr. Frank Fink (Seminar Leader) Sponsored by Tora Hakutsuru Kan Morton, ILGrand Championships Award(s)Received: [R] Ms. Switzer - Chicago, IL - 2013Seminar(s) Attended: 08/30/10: Bill “Superfoot” WallaceSeminar - Sponsored by Harrison &Dorris College of Martial Arts - Peoria,IL03/08/14: Brian Evans 6th Dan ITKOSeminar - Sponsored by Kosho KaiKarate - Pekin, IL06/13/15: USKK – Master PhillipKoeppel Style Head Seminar Sponsored by USKK - Peoria, IL04/30/16: Matsumura Seito Shorin-ryu- Master Koeppel Seminar - Sponsoredby Mr. Lucky Phillips - Springfield, IL 11/2007 Supreme Way Challenge NoviceKata2008 PKC Internationals Big DogChampion – Adult Under Black BeltWeapons05/2009 Great Lakes NationalChampionships – Adult Under BlackBelt Kata03/2012 Supreme Way Challenge –Adult Black Belt Women Kumite10/2013 Illinois Valley Tournament –Adult Women Kumite02/2014 Cabin Fever – Black BeltWeapons05/2014 Great Lakes NationalChampionships – Overall Black BeltWomen03/2017 Supreme Way Challenge –Adult Black Belt Women Kumite05/2017 Great Lakes NationalChampionships – Overall Black BeltWomen & Adult Black Belt Self DefenseSpecial Award(s) Received: 7/21/09 - 28th Honorary Purple BeltHolder of Mr. Rollins’ Purple Belt2014 Season PKC Region 1 Elite “500”Point Club – Received for earning 500points in both Regional and Nationalcompetition.“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele4

2nd 2017 Bushido InternationalSociety Inducteeo Yon-dan – Nov 2009 – Mr.Guy Holtzmano Roku-dan – Oct 2015 – Mr.Guy Holtzman Mr. Drake SassVISION: To keep a tradition that haswithstood the test of time, to validateancient fighting arts for modern times.INSTRUCTORS RANK: Matsamura Seito Shorin-Ryu, Mr.Guy Holtzman - Roku-dan Shinpu-ren Okinawan karate-do,Mr. John Kraemer - Roku-dan Tomiki-ryu Aikido, Mr. TomManfreddi - Sho-dan Tai Chi Chuan, Mr. Jen HunLi/Mr. Peter HillORGANIZATION AFFILIATIONS: Lifetime Member - Palm SpringsKarate Academy Lifetime Member - United StatesKarate-Do KaiPROMOTIONS: Matsumura Seito Shorin-ryuShinpu-ren Okinawan Karate doo Ni-dan – Oct 2002 – Mr.Guy Holtzmano San-dan – Aug 2005 – Mr.Guy Holtzman[L-R] Mr. Sass, Mr. Ramoran, & Mr. Campbell (D) Peoria, IL 2008 - Mr. Jim Logue's (D) Seminar Shinpu-ren Okinawan Karate doo Sho-dan – May 1995 – Mr.John Kraemero Ni-dan – Aug 1997 – Mr.John Kraemero San-dan – May 1999 – Mr.John Kraemero Yon-dan – May 2001 – Mr.John Kraemero Go-dan – April 2002 – Mr.John Kraemero Roku-dan – June 2004 –Mr. John Kraemer Tomiki-ryu Aikidoo Sho-dan – Sept 2008 – Mr.Tom Manfredd“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele5

Tai Chi Chuano 3rd level Instructor – 2005 Mr. Jen Hun Li/ Mr. PeterHillCOMPETITIVE HIGHLIGHTS: 2017 USKA/USKK AZ Statechampion Black Belt Kata 2016 USKA/USKK WorldChampionshipso 1st place Masters level BlackBelt Katao 1st place Masters Level BlackBelt Kumiteo Grand Champion Black BeltKata 2016 USKA/USKK Regionalso 1st place Black Belt Kata 2016 USKA/USKK AZ StateChampionshipso Black Belt Grand Champion 2016 USKA/USKK AZ StateChampionshipso 1st place Men’s Black BeltKata USKA/USKK Pacific RegionalChampionshipso 1st place Men’s BlackKumite; ’01,’03, ’04, ’05, ’06,’07, ’08, ‘09 2008 USKK InternationalChampionshipso 1st place men’s Heavy WtBlack Belt Kumite 2003 USKK InternationalChampionshipso 1st Place men’s Heavy WtBlack Belt Kumite 2000 USKA National Championo 1st place Men’s Black beltKumite USKA/ASKA State championshipso 1st Place Men’s Kumite;’96,’97,’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02,’03, ‘04o Kumite Grand Champion,’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’12o Black Belt Kata; ’97, ’99. ’00,’03, ’05, ’07, ’10, ’12, and ’14[R] Mr. Drake Sass - Peoria, IL - 2008ACCOMLISHMENTS: 2005 - USKA Arizona pointChampion men’s Black Belt Kumite 2007 - Awarded Small double BladedAxe 2008 - Nominated for USKK BushidoInternational Society 2005-2008 - Brought in over 200new members into the USKK 2001- 2009 - Introduced martial artsinto the mental health community For patients in addictions and eatingdisorders. (over 2500 patients)“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele6

2008-2011 - Taught over 300 SailorsClose Quarters Combat with USNExpeditionary Combat Command. Awarded Navy Marine CorpAchievement Medal, ’13, ’15, ‘17Trias Cup[L-R] Ms. Kristin Dupaquier (2nd), Mr. John Manley (1st)& Mr. Drake Sass (3rd)This Trias Cup victory marks Mr. Manley as a 2time champion of the event, and he was the veryfirst winner of the award in 2000; moreover, Ms.Dupaquier’s father, Joe, won the Trias Cup in 2005.Mr. Sass - Peoria, IL - 2017PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW: August 2010-Present - US NavyCareer Recruiting Force, MaritimeExpeditionary Security Squadron’s 1,5, and 9 1995-2013 - Owner of Morning StarKarate; Wickenburg, AZ, Surprise,AZ, Hoquiam, WA[L-R] Mr. Mike Awad, Mr. Phillip Koeppel & Mr. JoeDupaquier - Peoria, IL 2005“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele7

Mrs. Rebecca Effler – Women’s Blackbelt Kumite ChampionMr. John Manley - Trias Cup - Peoria, IL - 2017[L-R] Mrs. Bess & Mrs. Effler - PKC Int'ls - Indianapolis 09-03-17USKA World’sMr. Josh Quayhagen – Men’s Black beltKumite ChampionMr. Matthew Bourque – KobudoChampion[R] Mr. Quayhagen - PKC Intl's - Indianapolis- 09-03-17“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele8

Mr. Gonzalo Farias – Kata ChampionUSAMA Kumite Grand ChampionKobudo & KataMr. Cole - ABQ - 2016USAMA Kumite Grand Champion Men –Mr. Jesse CurtisUSAMA WorldChampionshipsUSAMA Kumite Grand ChampionWomen – Ms. Shannon Laurin[L-R] Ms. Laurin & Mrs. Effler - Indy - 2017Mr. Curtis - ABQ – 2016“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele9

[L-R] Mr. Curtis, Mr. Kittell, Ms. Larurin, Mr. Spivey,Mrs. Fields, Ms. Evans, Mr. Fairbanks & Mr. Laurin - LasVegas, NV – 2017Mr. Fickes - PKC Int'ls. - Indianapolis, IN - 9-2-17PKC Elite Society InducteeMr. Steve FickesCertifications: 1st Degree Black Chinese Kenpo –August 2010 PKC Region 3 Certified Official Life Member of the PKC (R311699) – May 2012 Unarmed Personal Defense Course(ATG Worldwide) – July 2012 2nd Degree Black Belt ChineseKenpo – December 2013 3rd Degree Black Belt ChineseKenpo – December 2016Honors: 10-Time PKC National Champion,15-Time PKC Region 3 Champion 3-Time PKRA State Champion, 6Time OVKC Champion 2007 PKC Region 3 Kyu StateChampion – Breaking 2008 PKC Region 3 Kyu StateChampion Kumite 2008-2009 PKC National KyuChampion – Kumite andChanbara 2009 PKC Region 3 Kyu StateChampion – Kumite andChanbara 2009-2010 OVKC Black BeltChampion – Kumite andChanbara 2010 PKC Region 3 Black Belt“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele10

State Champion – Chanbara 2010-2011 OVKC Black BeltChampion – Kumite andChanbara[L-R] Mr. Davidson & Mr. Fickes - PKC Int'ls Indianapolis, INMr. Fickes - PKC Int'ls - Indianapolis, IN – 2015 2010-2011 – PKC National BlackBelt Champion – Chanbara 2011 PKC Region 3 Black BeltState Champion – Chanbara 2011-2012 OVKC Black BeltChampion – Kumite andChanbara 2011-2012 PKC National BlackBelt Champion – Chanbara 2012 PKC Region 3 Black BeltState Champion – Self Defense 2012 PKC Region 3 Black Belt BestOverall Award 2012 Named a PKC Region 3Center Referee (present) 2012 Mr. Dale McCutcheon’s Landof Legend – Center Referee Award 2012-2013 PKC National BlackBelt Champion – Self Defense 2013 PKC Region 3 Black BeltState Champion – Self Defenseand Chanbara 2013 PKC Region 3 Black Belt BestOverall Award 2013 PKRA Black Belt StateChampion – Self Defense 2013 Inducted into the OhioMartial Arts Magazine Black BeltHall of Fame 2013 PKC National Recipient ofOutstanding Family Achievement 2013 Named the PKC Region 3“Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele11

Rules Meeting Director (present)2013-2014 – PKC National BlackBelt Champion – Self Defense andChanbara2014 PKC Region 3 Black BeltState Champion – Kumite, SelfDefense, and Chanbara2014 PKC Region 3 Black Belt BestOverall Award2014 PKRA Black Belt StateChampion – Self Defense2014 Named the PKC Region 3Assistant Regional Director(present)2014-2015 PKC National BlackBelt Champion – Chanbara2015 PKC Region 3 Black BeltState Champion – Chanbara2015 PKRA Black Belt StateChampion – Kumite2015 Named to the PKC Region 3Judge/Referee Testing Chair(present)2016 Inducted into the King CobraBlack Belt Hall of Fame2016-2017 PKC National BlackBelt Champion – Self DefenseHe is a highly respected head referee,and his enthusiasm and sense ofcamaraderie have made him one of thePKC’s most recognizable members.PKC Elite Society President2017Mr. John VensonMr. Fickes has excelled not only as acompetitor, but as an organizer. Aspromoters in numerous states know,Mr. Fickes and his family are the firstones to arrive at tournaments and thelast ones to leave.He and his family consistently travel toIndiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, andKentucky for tournaments all whilerunning his family business.Mr. Venson - PKC Int'ls - Indianapolis, IN“Luck is in catching the wav

Point Club – Received for earning 500 points in both Regional and National competition. “Luck is in catching the wave, but then you have to ride it.” – Jimoh Ovbiagele 5 2nd 2017 Bushido International Society Inductee Mr. Drake Sass VISION: To keep a tradition that has withstood the test of time, to validate ancient fighting arts for modern times. INSTRUCTORS RANK: Matsamura Seito .

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