Saturday, April 29, 2023
The Tomoe/Kobudo Warrior Test gives every student, no matter what rank, an opportunity to demonstrate their kata in front of an AKANA board of 17-Kata Tomoe Warriors. This is an AKANA-sanctioned event, so please wear your AKANA patch proudly.
SideKick Karate of Salisbury
520 S. Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Basics, sequences, and kata will be performed for the 17-Kata Judges.
Everyone who satisfactorily performs kata for the 17-Kata Tomoe Warrior Board will receive their Tomoe Warrior patch and certificate, along with O'Shihan's blessing for their respective belt rank in his organization.
Tomoe warrior patches will be awarded at the end of each session. Please pre-register before April 15th to receive your Tomoe Warrior Certificate signed by GM Piddington.
Ending times are estimated and will depend on the flow of the test. Be ready to line up at the following times.
Screaming Eagle Tomoe/Kobudo Test (8 yrs. old & under)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kids (Jr. Rank) Tomoe/Kobudo Test (9 - 12 yrs. old)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Adult Tomoe/Kobudo Test (13 yrs. old and up)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1. Students must be a member of AKANA and wear their AKANA patch.
2. If you are performing 17-Kata Tomoe, Left & Right Pivot Form count as one kata, and all three
Naihanchi Kata are performed as O’Naihanchi which also count as one kata.
3. Students are allowed to make only a total of only three (3) mistakes.
4. Three minor mistakes equal one major mistake. Minor mistakes include things such as a weak
stance (bouncing), incorrect foot alignment, improper body alignment, incorrect hand or foot form,
weak (hikite) chamber, loss of directing the gaze (focus), lack of power, lack of body timing
(kime), improper breathing, improper rhythm, too slow, too fast, etc.
5. Major mistakes include things such as a wrong movement, a long hesitation, forgetting to Kiai, not
naming your kata before and after, not completing a salutation before and after, getting upset, etc.
6. Look sharp, be prepared, have confidence, and believe in yourself; if you make a mistake - do not focus
on it, forget it and move forward (Kaizen).
7. If the kata is not performed to belt rank standard, it will not count.
8. Kata may be performed in a group and solo.
9. It must be understood, this is a pass-fail test. If a student fails, they are allowed to schedule a test
date to try again.
10. Substitution of kata must be arranged by the Head Instructor.
11. Tomoe/Kobudo Warrior Tests are required for certain belt ranks.
12. This AKANA test is an old-school test for students who are serious about training in their
art. The test will be formal with an atmosphere of strict discipline and martial art etiquette. Please
come mentally prepared and ready to give 100 percent focus and energy.
To receive the TOMOE Warrior Award, a karate-ka must understand the concept of TOMOE.
Can you imagine fighting a real person with a samurai sword in his hand! That is exactly what the TOMOE warriors did. This award is given by Grandmaster Jerry C. Piddington. Believe it or not, Mr. Piddington has fought in the street against knife, gun, and club to survive, hence, the TOMOE award came into being. It is a special award given to students who have a warrior spirit. The TOMOE is the symbol of the fighting spirit of Okinawan warriors who defended their homes and families in time of war. The victory symbol was placed on their shields which were used for defense against the sword. It means the constant motion of our universe, the eye of a hurricane, the wheel is always turning, leading to the only certainty - at some time this human life will come to an end. To place too much importance on this fragile butterfly life was deemed fatal. It is far better to aim at honor and respect, which has strength in unity flowing in one direction for a better society, even if in pursuance of this, it becomes necessary to give up life - thus the warrior defeats his greatest foe - FEAR! Fear of death, which if unconquered, could cause that slight hesitation in combat that might be fatal.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
BRONZE TWO KATA TOMOE
(Bronze TOMOE in red on white patch)
SILVER FIVE KATA TOMOE
(Silver TOMOE in blue on white patch)
SILVER DIAMOND SEVEN KATA TOMOE
(Silver TOMOE in red on white patch)
GOLD TEN KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE in red on white patch)
BLACK BELT FIVE KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE in blue on red patch)
GOLD DIAMOND SEVENTEEN KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE in red on blue patch)
SIDEKICK KARATE/AKANA SEVENTEEN KATA TOMOE WARRIORS:
(Gold TOMOE inside triangle with a diamond and ruby)
The pyramid is one of the forms most frequently used throughout history to symbolize spiritual completeness, for example, the Holy Trinity in Christianity. Mind, Spirit, and Body are symbolized with the pyramid. The pyramid also symbolized Mt. Sumeru, the center and the home of power in the universe according to eastern tradition - not the power itself, but the source of the power, the home of the winds, souls, and God. The power of the mountain is expressed in the human body of the master who stands atop it.
The TRIANGLE (pyramid) represents the goals of every master and every student in every school of martial arts: to attain mastery, to stand firmly upon the summit of existence.
ORIGINAL PINNACLE TOMOE WARRIORS:
Hanshi Piddington's AKANA American Open Kobudo Warrior Test
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
SideKick Karate of Salisbury
520 South Main Street
Salisbury, North Carolina
This will be the 2ndt Kobudo (Weapon) Warrior Test in AKANA history!
Perform your American Open Weapon Kata for Hanshi Piddington, founder of American Open Karate, and receive rank in American Open Kobudo, along with a certificate and patch.
Screaming Eagles Test: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kids Jr. Rank Test: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Adult Rank Test: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced & Black Belt patches will be awarded. Please read and decide which weapons category you will perform for Hanshi Piddington. If you have any questions, consult with your Sensei. All applications must be improved by Kyoshi.
Beginner (2 Kata)
Two Weapons (White AO Kobudo Patch)
Intermediate (5 Kata)
Three Weapons (Blue AO Kobudo Patch)
Advanced (7 Kata)
Four Weapons (Red AO Kobudo Patch)
Black Belt (10 Kata)
Five Weapons (Black AO Kobudo Patch)
Advanced Black Belt (17 Kata)
Five Weapons (Gold/Black AO Kobudo Patch)
This button will pay for both tests applying a 50% discount on the second test.
This button will pay for only one test.