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Monroe County has closed schools indefinitely. WSWHE BOCES has closed schools through April 19th. We are anticipationg the Webster Parks & Recreation will be following suit.

We know this is a huge interuption to everyone's training, but health and safety are far more important. In the meantime Shihan Chris and Sensei Matt are looking at options to provide online classes, possibly through live feeds.

We will continue to provide you with updates. We strongly encourage all of our students and staff to continue to train at home, focusing on conditioning, stretching, techniques, and katas.

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The Galway Central School District made the decision to close the school facilities to outside groups and most after school activities. This includes Galway Youth Commission programs. At this time the facilities are closed through April 10th and includes Golden Eagle Martial Arts. Assuming the school isn't closed between now and April 10th due to COVID-19 and the April break isn't cancelled our classes are suspended until April 23rd.

In the meantime the black belt staff are working on an improvised training program to be used to address the current and future health risks. The martial arts is a partner centric activity in many ways. Still, much can be accomplished with individual training. We encourage all of our students to train on their own focusing on conditioning, stretching, techniques, and katas.

To learn more about the precautions we are taking in regards to COVID-19 please click here.

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As announced by officials over the past several days, we’re sure you’re aware that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, in New York State including cases in Monroe, Saratoga and surrounding counties. Currently, Webster CSD and Galway CSD and their communities do NOT have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, nor does anyone in our martial arts classes. Furthermore, we are not aware of any student with symptoms. As this situation continues to evolve, we want to share the following information and changes to our current martial arts programs with you.

GEMA dojos are working with the school districts, towns and the Webster Parks and Recreation to discuss best practices, decisions, and ongoing strategies to keep our students, staff, and families healthy during the emerging public health situation. Currently there are no plans to cancel GEMA classes. However, that could change at any given moment.

Our districts, towns, Webster Parks & Recreation personnel, and all GEMA instructors are taking several steps to limit exposure, mitigate health risks, and be as cautious as possible while still supporting the healthy operation of our classes. To that end, the following changes are effective immediately:

  1. Webster Parks & Recreation has provided us with disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer.
  2. All students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands prior to the beginning of class, once during class break and at the end of class.
  3. We are implementing a “no contact – no touch” policy for all students and instructors. Do not touch any other person in the dojo.
  4. Keep your distance. Do not go closer than 6 feet to any person in the dojo.
  5. If you do not feel good, have cold symptoms or think you’re sick do not come to class.
  6. If you are coughing or sneezing during class, you may be asked to not participate.
  7. Sparring, self-defense, and other training that requires partners has been suspended till further notice.
  8. If you or family members have traveled to the New York City area or outside of the U.S., please inform a black belt instructor.
  9. Our curriculum is being modified to provide training for sparring, self-defense, and other partner activities without the need of a partner while those activities are suspended.

Please be aware that it’s possible that the schools, towns, Webster Parks and Recreation center and GEMA classes could be canceled at any given moment based on the severity of this issue. While the constant news cycle surrounding Coronavirus can feel uncertain, it’s important to stay calm and follow good hygiene practices (hand washing for 20 seconds is still the best method of prevention).

Although it’s unfortunate that we must modify class instruction, these modifications allow us the opportunity to introduce to students some new and exciting things that we think you’ll all enjoy.

We will use our social media outlets (website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Remind) to keep you informed of updates that impact our classes and training.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Sincerely,
Chris Malley, Master Instructor, Webster and Galway NY.
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Matt McSain, Head Instructor, Webster NY.
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GECprofileCOn Saturday, September 7th, 2019, Golden Eagle Martial Arts is hosting the Golden Eagle Challenge. It will be held at the Galway Jr/Sr High School in Galway, New York. The doors open at 8:30 AM and the competition starts at 9:30 AM.

What is the Golden Eagle Challenge? The best place to learn more is at the the Challenge website

In summary, the challenge is a katas/forms competition. What makes it different from other events is its format. Each competitor will perform a minimum of two different katas/forms. Non blackbelts and those with less than four years experience will perform up to three different katas/forms. Black belts and those with more than four years of experience will perform as many as five different katas. Competitors will be grouped by age and experience in groups of four. Competitors in each group will be paired, similar to sparring. Each competitor will perform the kata they select, and after both have performed the judges will select the best performance of the two. There will be a medal round and a championship round. The gold medalist from each group will compete in a championship round of similar groups. Black belt champions will compete in a grand championship.

Rather than give a score or a place, like other events, each competitor is judged on their performance within each pairing. One is designated red and the other blue. After each pairing has performed the judges will raise a red flag or a blue flag for the martial artist they feel performed better. The one with the most flags wins that pairing.

The challenge is that the martial artist has to have multiple katas/forms prepared for competition plus they have to select the order in which they perform their katas/forms. They also can't repeat a kata in a round. Are you up to the challenge?

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AIKC2018October 20th, 2018 was the twentieth consecutive time Golden Eagle Martial Arts participated in the American International Karate Championships.

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We all want to grow in the martial arts by improving our skill and our abilities to protect ourselves and others.  However, there is much more to growth in the martial arts than just your skill level...

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Technique is important; in most respects this is the foundation of hte training that martial arts entails.  Without technique, everything can quickly fall apart.

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This article continues to explore the question “What does a ‘Dan’ REALLY Mean?”.  While from style to style there is no one easy answer, and even in same schools within the same martial arts system this fact persists, individual small systems may be analyzed in regards to this fact.  This article aims to explore the meaning behind Dan ranks 6-10 in the Nemuru system of karate.

 

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Whether you refer to them as Dans, Degrees, Ranks, or some other term, most systems of martial arts, whether Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, English, or any other nationality, contain ranks beyond black belt or its stylistic equivalent.  However, what do these really mean in the grand scheme of things?  This artcile will explore that first 5 Dans of the Nemuru karate system.

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I've been around the martial arts for a long time so I've seen a lot of different marketing tactics to attract students. The things I see most advertised, in many ways are no indication of the kind of instructor you might get. Marketing ploys I see most include master instructors, championships, certifications, whom they have trained with, and how many black belts they have. If you think about it, those points really say nothing about an instructor's ability to teach.

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nobulliesBullying is a terrible act and unfortunately it has brought attention to the Rochester area recently. This recent incident has made it clear that no one is immune to it and it doesn't just happen to kids.

We need to use this as a teaching moment for everyone. If we witness such an act and do nothing then we become a victim of it as well. We have a choice at that moment - stand up for the person directly or get someone that can. That doesn't mean that we resort to violence. After all that is not what we train for - physical altercation as the absolute last resort.

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Sportmanship is mentioned often in athletic competition and many times in non athletic situations. One of things I am most proud up is how those I have coached and taught exhibit "good" sportsmanship. That is so true after the most recent American International Karate Championships.

Several students competed for the very first time. No wants to win more than I do and no one wants to see my students win more than I do. The most important thing is that you compete honorably and respectfully regardles of whether you win or lose. Honestly, if you perform and give your best than there is no losing, especially if you are determined to do better the next time.

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One of the most common questions instructors get asked by students relates to increasing kicking height.  While flexibility of the kicking muscles is important, there is so much more to be concerned with.

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The martial arts are an excellent activity that all people can enjoy, assuming that they find both a training system or style and instructor that they can associate with.  The fact that these activities can be enjoyed by countless people worldwide is evidenced by the large number of schools, tournaments, systems, styles, and practitioners.  However, there is something to be said about the lifestyle of martial arts versus the business side of martial arts.

 

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