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ADDED 7/31/15:  Where is the summer going!  Catching up on news, Sensei Campos held a ZDK Brown & Black Belt class on Sat. June 13 at the Johnstown, NY ZDK and everyone got a good sweat up.  This was the final Brn/Blk class until the fall.  On Wed. 6/24 Sensei Campos & Mr. Tom Greco traveled to Sherburne, NY to attend testing at Sensei Bob Pinney's club.  It was great to meet the students.  Congratulations to the candidates on successfully testing for their next rank. 

SUPER SUMMERS:  Mr. Tom Arcuri did another fantastic job organizing and directing the 33rd Annual Super Summer Seminars Martial Arts Camp at Herkimer County Community College on the weekend of July 24-26.  Special guest instructors Hanshi John Therien from Canada & Kyoshi Dave Kovar from California were on hand with 20 other instructors for a weekend of training, networking, and camaraderie.  We are especially pleased that there was a very large ZDK contingent on hand to participate.  If you missed the camp then you may be unaware of the BIG NEWS that next year Super Summers will combine with the World Kobudo Federation Convention and will be held in Rochester, NY in May of 2016.  This will be a huge event with many instructors and students coming from Europe and other countries.  See our Calendar page for updates. 

Sensei Campos has an extremely busy August and Fall season with travel and events through mid-November.  He looks forward to seeing many ZDK members at various events.

We would like to welcome Mr. Panagiotis Bampalis from Greece as a ZDK member.  He is a 3rd Dan under Michael Kossivakis.  Have a great August everyone!

 ADDED 6/10/15:  SENSEI CAMPOS was invited to attend testing at Waterman's Martial Arts in Oneida, NY on Sun 6/7.  Also in attendance was Mr. Bob Pinney & Rick Rinaldo (PAK) and Mr. Tom Greco (HQ).  Many thanks to Mr. Heath Waterman for his hospitality and congratulations to the test candidates.

 ADDED 4/28/15:  SENSEI CAMPOS had the honor of visiting and instructing the N-NY ZDK group in Malone, NY on 4/24-26.  The weekend began with a special Instructor only class on Friday evening.  This was an opportunity to share idea's and discuss curriculum in order to evaluate the program.  On Saturday morning and afternoon he presented seminars for children & adults.  As always, he is grateful for the hospitality of the N-NY ZDK members and for the hard work everyone is doing to continue to spread the ZDK system in Malone (Mr. Secore), Massena (Mr. Perry & Mr. Pepe), Canton (Mr. & Mrs. Guccione), & Potsdam (Ms. Malik), NY.  Many thanks to Mr. Ron Brown for setting up the visit.


ADDED 4/23/15:  Congratulations to Mr. Bob Pinney & Mrs. Vicki Gillen on having successful tournaments.  Mr. Campos was basking in the Florida sunshine for Mr. Pinney's  Colgate University event and, unfortunately, had to attend a wake & funeral on the weekend of Mrs. Gillen's Rome, NY event.  While in FL he had the opportunity to visit Ms. Susan Jackson in Orlando and, as always, had a good time.

In Feb, Mar, & April Mr. Campos ran Brown & Black Belt classes for ZDK System students and the Instructors that participate in official ZDK testing.  Many thanks to Mr. Streeter & Mrs. Streeter for the use of HQ in Johnstown and for the participants at these training sessions.  Mr. Campos hopes to organize at least one more class before summer is in full swing.

ADDED 2/13/15 We are pleased to announce that the Winter Warrior Weekend recently held in Canton, NY by the Canton ZDK club raised $550 for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).  This was the 2nd donation made by Mr. & Mrs. Guccione for 2015 and brings our total since 2007 to $101,226.21...fantastic.  We hope every club gets involved this year.  Remember that all donations must be sent to HQ by Veteran's Day.  Individual donations are welcome or donate through your club.  Please be sure all donation checks are made out to:  Wounded Warrior Project.  Here is the link to the article on the event in the Canton, NY newspaper:


ADDED 2/4/15:  CONGRATULATIONS to Larry & Laura Brooks on a successful 22nd year of organizing the Friendship Tournament in W. Winfield, NY.  They are also celebrating their 30th Anniversary of the Brooks Karate Club.  Sensei Campos presented them with a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.  As always the event was held on Super Bowl Sunday but everyone was on their way home for the big game by 3:30 pm.  The day ran smoothly thanks to all the black belts who came to assist and compete.  As always, the coordinators, Vicki Gillen, Tom Arcuri, & Larry Brooks, IV, kept things running smoothly and efficiently.  It is evident that there is a new generation rising among some of the younger black belts in attendance.  We suppose that after two-plus decades of running the event, along with the steady support of many senior ZDK members, a well-run friendly event would be the result.  Continued success to the Brooks'.

ADDED 1/18/15:   We are gearing up for another busy year of ZDK events, seminars, and activities.  To stay informed of current upcoming events visit the ZDK Calendar page.  Our first event for ZDK System (& Test Approved) members is a Brown & Black Belt class next Sun. Jan. 25.  Our next ZDK Sanctioned event is the tournament run by Larry & Laura Brooks in W. Winfield, NY on 2/1/15.  We would like to thank all of our members for their continued support of the ZDK and the events organized by our members.  The ZDK continues to be open to anyone interested in being a part of a select group of dedicated instructors and clubs and has been serving the martial arts community and serving our members since 1969.  We look forward to seeing you in 2015!


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