Tomoe Warrior

AKANA Tomoe Warrior Award

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 put on their shields 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.
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



ONE KATA TOMOE
(Bronze TOMOE patch)

  1. Must be a current member of AKANA.
  2. Must be tested by at least two Seventeen Kata Tomoe Warriors and one Kyoshi.
  3. Must demonstrate beginner stances, blocks, elbows, hand strikes, knees, and kicks.
  4. Must break at least one board with a striking technique and a kicking technique.
  5. Must perform ONE EMPTY-HAND KATA.  Must name the kata before and after presentation, and can make no more than three mistakes.
  6. Must demonstrate two basic bunkai from the kata performing self-defense one-steps executing blocking and striking with kime! 


FIVE KATA TOMOE
(Silver TOMOE patch)

  1. Must be a current member of AKANA.
  2. Must be tested by at least two Seventeen Kata Tomoe Warriors and one Kyoshi.
  3. Must demonstrate beginner stances, blocks, elbows, hand strikes, knees, and kicks.
  4. Must break at least one board with a striking technique and a kicking technique.
  5. Must perform FIVE EMPTY-HAND KATA.  Must name the kata before and after presentation, may rest 15 seconds or less between kata, and can make no more than three mistakes.
  6. Must demonstrate five basic bunkai from the kata performing self-defense one-steps executing blocking and striking with kime! 


SEVEN KATA TOMOE
(Silver TOMOE patch)

  1. Must be a current member of AKANA.
  2. Must be tested by at least two Seventeen Kata Tomoe Warriors and one Kyoshi.
  3. Must demonstrate beginner and intermediate stances, blocks, elbows, hand strikes, knees, and kicks.
  4. Must break at least one board with a striking technique and a kicking technique.
  5. Must perform SEVEN EMPTY-HAND KATA.  Must name the kata before and after presentation, may rest 15 seconds or less between kata, and can make no more than three mistakes.
  6. Must demonstrate seven basic bunkai from the kata performing self-defense one-steps executing blocking and striking with kime! 


TEN KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE patch)

  1. Must be a current member of AKANA.
  2. Must be tested by at least three Seventeen Kata Tomoe Warriors, one Kyoshi, and one Hanshi.
  3. Must demonstrate all beginner and intermediate stances, blocks, elbows, hand strikes, knees, and kicks.
  4. Must break at least two boards with a striking technique and a kicking technique.
  5. Must perform TEN EMPTY-HAND KATA.  Must name the kata before and after presentation, may rest 30 seconds or less between kata, and can make no more than three mistakes.
  6. Must demonstrate ten basic bunkai from the kata performing self-defense one-steps executing blocking and striking with kime! 


BLACK BELT FIVE KATA TOMOE
(Silver TOMOE patch on red)

  1. Must be a current member of AKANA.
  2. Must be tested by at least three Seventeen Kata Tomoe Warriors, one Kyoshi, one Hanshi, and the Grandmaster of AKANA.
  3. Must demonstrate beginner, intermediate, and advanced stances, blocks, elbows, hand strikes, knees, and kicks.
  4. Must break at least three boards with a striking technique and a kicking technique.
  5. Must perform FIVE EMPTY-HAND BLACK BELT KATA .  Must name the kata before and after presentation, may rest 30 seconds or less between kata, and can make no more than three mistakes.
  6. Must demonstrate five basic black belt bunkai from the kata performing self-defense one-steps executing blocking and striking with kime! 


SEVENTEEN  KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE patch on blue)

  1. Must be a current member of AKANA.
  2. Must be tested by at least four Seventeen Kata Tomoe Warriors, one Kyoshi, one Hanshi, and the Grandmaster of AKANA.  The Grandmaster may appoint a person to sit in for him, if he is unavailable.
  3. Must demonstrate all beginner, intermediate, and advanced stances, blocks, elbows, hand strikes, knees, and kicks.
  4. Must break at least three boards with a striking technique and a kicking technique.  Must break two boards with a jump kick.  Must break one board with a spinning kick.  Must perform a multiple break.  Must perform a specialty break.
  5. Must perform SEVENTEEN EMPTY-HAND KATA.  Must name the kata before and after presentation, may rest 60 seconds or less between kata, and can make no more than three mistakes.
  6. Left and Right Pivot Form count as one kata.  At least seven American Open Style Kata must be performed.  All Naihanchi Kata must be performed as one kata...O'Naihanchi.  At least seven of the seventeen kata should be black belt kata.
  7. Must demonstrate seventeen basic bunkai from the kata performing self-defense one-steps executing blocking and striking with kime! 

SIDEKICK KARATE/AKANA SEVENTEEN KATA TOMOE WARRIORS:

  1.  Ricky Smith
  2.  Wayne Talbert Jr.
  3.  Robert Taylor
  4.  Sonia Fields
  5.  Rickey Dease
  6.  Jeff McClenney
  7.  Tyrone Stewart
  8.  Caleb Isenhour
  9.  Lukas Miller
  10.  Amanda Burleson
  11.  Hunter Poston
  12.  Kenny Chavarria
  13.  Howard Douglas


PINNACLE TOMOE
(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 of every school of martial arts: to attain mastery, to stand firmly upon the summit of existence.

  1. Must be a 4th dan or above.
  2. Must have at least thirty years experience in the martial arts.
  3. Must be recommended by AKANA Board of Director.
  4. Must be voted in by the majority of AKANA Board of Directors.
  5. Must have 10,000 hours of giving/teaching to the martial arts.
  6. Must have a teaching knowledge of at least twenty-four kata.
  7. Must have a working knowledge of The Pinnacle of Karate.

PINNACLE TOMOE WARRIORS:

  1.  Jerry C. Piddington
  2.  Danny McCall
  3.  Ricky Smith
  4.  Randy Smith
  5.  Joe McClellan
  6.  Gene Smith

2018 Tomoe Warrior Event

Hanshi Piddington's AKANA Tomoe Warrior Test

Saturday, December 15, 2018


For All Ranks!


Do as many kata as you can.  Breaking required!


SideKick Karate of Salisbury
520 S. Main Street
Salisbury, NC  28144


Bronze Tomoe Award

(1+ Kata)
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


Silver & Silver Diamond Tomoe Award

5 & 7+ Kata
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM


Gold Tomoe Award

(10+ Kata)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Black Belt Tomoe Award
(5+ Black Belt Kata)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Gold Diamond Tomoe Award

(17+ Kata)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Monday, December 17, 2018

(End of classes)

Tomoe Warrior Celebration

Recognition and presentation of certificates.

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