Pacific Martial Arts Federation

Founded in 1978, Pacific Martial Arts is the most prestigious martial arts school in San Diego, California. Our members enjoy training in a positive atmosphere with classes designed to enhance their fitness and well-being.

http://www.pmakarate.com A safe and family friendly learning environment offering unlimited attendance for all standard memberships, two spacious studios with 35 formal classes weekly, professional college educated black belt instructors, "Mini Ninja" classes specialized for 4 and 5 year olds, private instruction with customized scheduling options, camps, "Parent Night Outs", Karate Birthday Parti

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blog.pmakarate.com 11/11/2019

Appreciating Veterans’ Day

Each year on Veteran's Day of November 11th I like to honor the memory of those gone before. The poignant poem In Flanders Fields evokes many thoughts and I wanted to share this particular version of the poem and some of the background history. The handwritten version is the original composition. I hope you will read the poem at least twice. [ 176 more words ]
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blog.pmakarate.com Each year on Veteran’s Day of November 11th I like to honor the memory of those gone before. The poignant poem In Flanders Fields evokes many thoughts and I wanted to share this particular ve…

blog.pmakarate.com 09/18/2019

The Gathering to honor Peter Grootenhuis

This Saturday at 11AM at the Old Town dojo we will be holding 'the Gathering" to honor the wonderful times we shared with Peter Grootenhuis, Sensei, as fellow students and friends. I hope you may join the seniors and the family.His recent passing was a deep loss to so many of us, and all students hopefully can appreciate his many contributions to the PMA. [ 115 more words ]
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blog.pmakarate.com This Saturday at 11AM at the Old Town dojo we will be holding ‘the Gathering” to honor the wonderful times we shared with Peter Grootenhuis, Sensei, as fellow students and friends. I ho…

blog.pmakarate.com 08/07/2019

Annual summer camp at Lake Morena

The annual summer camp called Shochugeiko (training in the hottest part of summer!) was held August 1 to 4th at Lake Morena campground and it was hot outside, reaching 97 degrees but the evenings were cool and starry. We also trained indoors at the church gym which fortunately was air conditioned! This was our PMA 41st annual summer camp. In the picture Eric Rosado Sensei is practicing various kicks while trying to balance on the vertical log. [ 506 more words ]
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blog.pmakarate.com The annual summer camp called Shochugeiko (training in the hottest part of summer!) was held August 1 to 4th at Lake Morena campground and it was hot outside, reaching 97 degrees but the evenings…

blog.pmakarate.com 09/26/2018

Sarah Brown earns black belt, #92!

On September 15th was the black belt award ceremony for Sarah Brown and about 60 guests attended the formal event. It featured a dedication ceremony, special cello music, a very traditional ceremony of presentation and more. The food was great and featured appetizers before the ceremony and after during the socializing. Special thanks to Carolyn Brown. Ms. Sarah Brown is the 92 student to achieve this first degree rank in PMA's forty year history. [ 422 more words ]
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blog.pmakarate.com On September 15th was the black belt award ceremony for Sarah Brown and about 60 guests attended the formal event. It featured a dedication ceremony, special cello music, a very traditional ceremon…

blog.pmakarate.com 02/28/2018

PMA honors the 3-2-1 date in history

On March 2, 1981 the PMA dedicated its new name Pacific Martial Arts, its crest shown above, and its conduct code of behavior and attitudes. The code has been used by many students over the years to be a guide for them not just in the dojo but in their daily lives. It is basically twelve points of behavior that is much like the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. [ 425 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com On March 2, 1981 the PMA dedicated its new name Pacific Martial Arts, its crest shown above, and its conduct code of behavior and attitudes. The code has been used by many students over the years t…

02/19/2018

The PMA tournament team did really well at the annual university UCSD AAU Championships and Qualifiers in San Diego. Also playing very major roles were Ms. Graves and Mr. Kaminski who played lead roles in refereeing the various rings. Thank you all for giving PMA such a good reputation by your performances and good karate-do conduct. By qualifying in kumite and kata, this group is eligible to compete in the nationals in July.

Rohan Shinkre
1st kata
2nd sparring

Eli Morris
3rd kata
1st sparring

Elias Malouf
4th kata
3rd sparring

Aarya Mishra
2nd kata
1st sparring

blog.pmakarate.com 02/14/2018

PMA’s New Weapons Book Available

For the first time PMA’s unique weapons history and techniques are described in a book! This full-color, 150 page book covers a variety of weapons vocabulary, kata, and drills in detailed text and photo sequences, in addition to stories from the rich history of PMA. Kobudo is the Japanese word generally referring to the study of the Japanese and Okinawan classical weapons in martial arts. [ 186 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com For the first time PMA’s unique weapons history and techniques are described in a book! This full-color, 150 page book covers a variety of weapons vocabulary, kata, and drills in detailed text and …

blog.pmakarate.com 10/22/2017

New Sensei Title awards and a Sandan!

At a recent special black belt class at Old Town two students were given the special title of Sensei. In the PMA this is a title one can earn after fifteen years experience, sandan ranking, and dedicated teaching. Only ten titles of Sensei have been awarded in nearly forty years of PMA history. Many dojos use the word sensei to indicate 'teacher; and often let many students use the term in the very informal manner such as Sensei Joe. [ 292 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com At a recent special black belt class at Old Town two students were given the special title of Sensei. In the PMA this is a title one can earn after fifteen years experience, sandan ranking, and ded…

blog.pmakarate.com 09/17/2017

Karate and Hiking Mt. Whitney

blog.pmakarate.com (Experience of a lifetime for Becky Black, a sixth dan black belt of the Pacific Martial Arts.) When I was asked by Master Devine to contribute to the PMA blog about the connection between my karat…

blog.pmakarate.com 08/18/2017

Summer camp and how hot it is!

Each year in August when it is hot and in February when it less hot the PMA gathers for the annual geiko or training camps. We immerse ourselves in karate-do for three to four days. Lots of workouts, new material, guest teachers, academic seminars, bonding and great food. This year was the 39th summer camp in a row and that in itself speaks of tradition. [ 403 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Each year in August when it is hot and in February when it less hot the PMA gathers for the annual geiko or training camps. We immerse ourselves in karate-do for three to four days. Lots of workout…

blog.pmakarate.com 08/18/2017

Tournament Season is now over!

When the PMA is present at many of the big open tournaments, we are often refreshingly referred to as the ‘tree people’ because our crest has the pine tree and we are always unique in our good protocol and courtesy and performances. PMA just finished the two final events of the season. One was the national AAU championships in Raleigh, NC. [ 362 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com When the PMA is present at many of the big open tournaments, we are often refreshingly referred to as the ‘tree people’ because our crest has the pine tree and we are always unique in our good prot…

blog.pmakarate.com 06/26/2017

Representing your dojo

Tournaments are just one of several ways to represent your dojo. In the PMA conduct code it says that your outside conduct reflects on the whole dojo. What forms can this take on? Students might be doing community service, making great academic achievements, achieving acclaim in other sports or activities such as Eagle Scouts, the military, and more. For younger students, one of the prime ways to gain recognition for your dojo is to be involved in tournaments for example. [ 455 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Tournaments are just one of several ways to represent your dojo. In the PMA conduct code it says that your outside conduct reflects on the whole dojo. What forms can this take on? Students might be…

blog.pmakarate.com 06/18/2017

Ladies’ Appreciation Night

Some leading lady members of the dojo were honored in a short ceremony at the dojo for their contributions this year to both training and service to the dojo. All had proven to be role models in training with consistent training, assisting in the teaching and personal karate development. Also all of them have worked extensively this year on the many dojo events such as tournaments and camps.. [ 244 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Some leading lady members of the dojo were honored in a short ceremony at the dojo for their contributions this year to both training and service to the dojo. All had proven to be role models in tr…

blog.pmakarate.com 05/15/2017

PMA team competes at Irvine California

The PMA karate team entered the AAU Southern Pacific district championships and again performed very well as they gain more and more experience in tournaments. Results of the AAU qualifier tournament in Irvine CA on Saturday May 13th. Ms. Izotov: 1st kata, 1st kumite David Chell: 1st kata, 1st kumite Mr. Malouf: 2nd kobudo Mr. Morris: 3rd in kata Mr. Shinkre: 2nd kata, 2nd kumite, 1st kobudo Ms. Mishra team manager Mr. Kaminski and Ms. Graves were referees and also acted as coaches for our team.

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blog.pmakarate.com The PMA karate team entered the AAU Southern Pacific district championships and again performed very well as they gain more and more experience in tournaments. Results of the AAU qualifier tourname…

blog.pmakarate.com 02/20/2017

PMA competes in the PSA tournament at UCSD

On Saturday the PMA sent its younger students to compete at the annual Pacific Southwest Association AAU tournament at UCSD. This is a very good quality tournament and serves as a qualifier for those intending to compete later in the summer in the national championships of AAU or Amateur Athletic Union. There is a lot of interest just now in tournament karate as students see the possibility of competing some day in the Olympics at Tokyo in 2020. [ 292 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com On Saturday the PMA sent its younger students to compete at the annual Pacific Southwest Association AAU tournament at UCSD. This is a very good quality tournament and serves as a qualifier for tho…

blog.pmakarate.com 01/25/2017

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PMA is keeping busy recently with a community self defense clinic held for the DZAP corporation at our Old Town dojo. Students were introduced to a wide array of defense techniques such as escaping from grabs and choke holds, in addition to discussions about being more alert to possible bad situations. Special thanks go to the instructors who guided the students such as Becky Black, Michael Brown, Margaret Izotov, Heather Graves, Michael Kaminski and Seth Brown. [ 54 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com PMA is keeping busy recently with a community self defense clinic held for the DZAP corporation at our Old Town dojo. Students were introduced to a wide array of defense techniques such as escaping…

[01/16/17]   The PMA black belts held a special retreat recently at Lake Cuyamaca. About twenty black belts held seminars and discussion groups on the future path of the dojo. Master Devine taught the new version of the kata Bassai Sho and introduced several effective applications from it that can be used in self defense.

blog.pmakarate.com 11/24/2016

PMA likes Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is that special time we appreciate and give thanks. One of those things is our freedom to practice karate and join with others in training for the common cause. This photo is special since it is a group of PMA students holding the night before Thanksgiving workout and also the surprise visit from back east of senior Michael Kaminski (center) leading the drill of these dedicated students. [ 117 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Thanksgiving is that special time we appreciate and give thanks. One of those things is our freedom to practice karate and join with others in training for the common cause. This photo is special s…

blog.pmakarate.com 11/08/2016

Floyd Burk Tournament results

Great day at the Burk Invitational last Saturday.! Here are the results as well.. Thanks especially to Brown Sensei, Black Sensei, Carol Sedlacek and Peter Grootenhuis for coming to referee all day, you were busy and brought some expertise to things. All the students did such a great protocol job and put the PMA in a good light. 2nd row left to right are Brown Sensei, Ms. [ 132 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Great day at the Burk Invitational last Saturday.! Here are  the results as well.. Thanks especially to Brown Sensei, Black Sensei, Carol Sedlacek and Peter Grootenhuis for coming to referee all da…

blog.pmakarate.com 10/31/2016

PMA awards its annual trophies

The annual silver awards were announced last week in honor of the Oct. 24th and 38th anniversary of the PMA. Trophies are awarded for what is considered over the year the best in the category. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners who were selected by voting. Generally the nominees are from San Diego PMA. The awards have been an annual event in San Diego since 2002. [ 130 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com The annual silver awards were announced last week in honor of the Oct. 24th and 38th anniversary of the PMA. Trophies are awarded for what is considered over the year the best in the category. Cong…

blog.pmakarate.com 10/12/2016

New Fitness karate-jujitsu class

Wednesday night at 7 pm to 8 PM the PMA is featuring its new fitness karate-jujitsu class which is aimed at new students along with current students desiring a more fitness based workout. It will be taught by a team of four young black belts who will guide the students through challenging fitness exercises incorporated into traditional martial arts. Students will be practicing a number of self defense drills, karate and jujitsu, partner drills, and even traditional karate kata forms. [ 127 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Wednesday night at 7 pm to 8 PM the  PMA is featuring its new fitness karate-jujitsu class which is aimed at new students along with current students desiring a more fitness based workout. It will …

blog.pmakarate.com 10/09/2016

38th anniversary coming up!

Years pass fast and on October 24th the PMA celebrates its 38th founding anniversary. Much of the celebrations will be held on Sunday October 23rd with the Autumnfest tournament. Also included will be the presentation of the special best of the year awards for the following categories.... Teacher, young student, Competitor of the year, Service award, cultural award and the Grandmaster award for overall student of the year. [ 80 more words ]

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blog.pmakarate.com Years pass fast and on October 24th the PMA celebrates its 38th founding anniversary. Much of the celebrations will be held on Sunday October 23rd with the Autumnfest tournament. Also included will…

[09/27/16]   Autumnfest tournament for PMA students, all levels, on Sunday Oct 23rd. 1 pm. Old Town
Includes barbecue celebration of the 38th Anniversary of PMA as part of the festivities along with awarding of the six silver trophies for various categories such as student of the year, teacher of the year, and more. Students can nominate others for the various awayds that also include teenage student of the year, competitor of the year, service award, and the Grandmaster Award.

The Autunfest tournament is a chance for all students to get experience in this all PMA in house event, in a safe and enjoyable way. Students compete in kata or forms, and also sparring. They also get to see some of the advanced students compete in their divisions which serves to inspire others to seek higher goals in the future.

PMA celebrates its anniversary every October 24th and this is number 38! During the week there will be various dedications including tea ceremonies.

[08/23/16]   We are excited to host the free self defense clinics this week on the 24th, 27th and the 29th. It is such a satisfying thing to give our community some techniques and ideas to upgrade their personal confidence and safety just as school starts back.

08/15/2016

Join us for the free self defense clinics this August! Visit blog.pmakarate.com for more details! Here's to better safety.

08/15/2016

Free August self defense clinics!

How is your SDQ or self defense quotient? Free back to school clinics so you might be better prepared to look after yourself.Do not neglect this part of your back to school! Aug. 23, 24, 27, 29th College Kid Self defense strategies! Help prevent the quiet bully action against your child! Family awareness! This summer the PMA is offering a series of free clinics for you and your kids going back to college or to regular school to help them be more aware and have some usable skills to protect themselves. [ 193 more words ]

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