Members of Karate One School of Isleta attended the 18th Annual International Martial Arts (IMAF) training conference in Primm, Nevada last month.
Jason Chavez, Silas Thornton and instructor Clarence Chavez trained with several Grand Masters from Japan in several styles of martial arts, including traditional Japanese/Okinawan kata, Nihon Jujutsu, Kobudo (weapons) and Iaido (Samari swords). They also attended traditional Japanese black-belt testing.
Five Japanese Grand Masters and about 150 black-belt students from all over the country attended the training conference. Jason Chavez and Thornton were the youngest and most junior in rank in attendance. Both said they were estactic to be in the presence of the Japanese delegation.
Special guest Dan Ivan was also in attendance at the conference. Most martial artists know Ivan as one of the three revered martial artists who brought karate to the United States some 45 years ago, along with Ed Parker and Tsutomu Ohshima.
For more informationa about training at Karate One, call Clarence Chavez at 866-4360.