2014 NEWS UPDATES
ADDED 10/15/14: TX TRIP OCT 2-5: Sensei Campos would like to thank the entire TX crew for throwing a special party to remind me again that I am 70!!! They even arranged for our favorite DJ/Musician, Micky Boslet to be there to perform and he was a hit with the TX crowd. It was also great to see some people who have not been active for several years show up to celebrate. Special thanks to Bob & June Gifford for their hospitality, Bill & Michelle Hickl for hosting the celebration at their beautiful house, Susan Jackson & Blair Allen for coming in from FL, Russ Bartlett who came all the way from Idaho, as well as all the instructors & students who came to party. Of course there was testing, a seminar, and a tournament all held at Mr. Gifford's beautiful Safety America facility. It was a perfect weekend - Thank You!!
PICTURES (L-R): 1) Some of the group at the party, 2) Mickey Boslet entertaining the crowd, 3) Some of Mr. Gifford's Black Belts at the tournament.
ADDED 9/30/14: Sensei Campos would like to extend his appreciation to all of the instructors and students of the N-NY ZDK for hosting his visit on 9/26-28. Members from Massena, Malone, Canton, & Potsdam were on hand for the testing on Fri. and the Sat. seminars. All of the participants were energetic and enthusiastic. As always, Mr. Brown & Mr. Perry worked hard to make the visit productive. SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to ZACH FITZGERALD on achieving his Shodan, and to JERRY BENWARE on being awarded an honorary Shodan for his service and commitment over many years to the Massena ZDK. These bi-annual visits have been ongoing for about three decades and many of the original group - people who started under Mr. Gifford & Mr. Kirch - are still actively training & teaching. It is amazing and gratifying to be a part of the dedication and loyalty of the N-NY group. Thank you!
ADDED 8/13/14: The local newspaper just had an article about the 45th Anniversary Party held on June 28. See it here: http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/569012/ZDK-instructor-celebrates-45-years.html?nav=5138
ADDED 8/4/14: Many thanks to Chris LaCava for including Sensei Campos in his YouTube series "Two Questions." It is always great seeing Chris at SSS and having an opportunity to share some time with him. He personifies quality martial arts and professionalism. See the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gvhbFvp_vM
ADDED 7/31/14: Where did July go? It's funny how winter never seems to end here in the great Northeast and summer seems to fly! SUPER SUMMER SEMINARS: Once again, Mr. Tom Arcuri hosted a very successful summer camp featuring Hanshi John Therrien as the "Special Guest" Instructor. This was the 32nd annual camp and the 7th year it has been under the direction of Mr. Arcuri. He has been a dedicated steward of the program and has made several changes that have enhanced the experience for all participants. An important upside was the number of new participants and the fact that the camp grew in number. The new schedule seemed to be popular and the feedback from the people we spoke with was very positive. Super Summers continues to be one of the most affordable and diverse camps in the country.
SUPER SUMMER TESTING: Congratulations to Ms. Mercedes Kassinger on achieving Shodan rank on Fri. morning of SSS. She is a student of Mr. Brian Cox and trains at the Cherry Valley, NY ZDK. We would like to thank Mr. Arcuri for the use of his Herkimer, NY studio for testing. POLICY CHANGE: Starting with SSS 2015 the only tests that will take place at on the weekend of SSS will be 3rd Dan (sandan) or higher. Now that other testing venues (Massena/Malone, NY & TX) are available in addition to the annual March test in Johnstown, NY, as well as our dojo test option, we feel this is appropriate.
ADDED 7/1/14: On Sat. 6/28 we hosted a Milestone Party recognizing Sensei Campos' 70th Birthday, 55 years of training, 45 years of teaching, as well as his 40th wedding anniversary! It was definitely a party and included family, personal friends, and a large contingent of ZDK Black Belts & Martial Arts friends from 1969 onward. The Master of Ceremonies was SHIHAN PAUL FRACCHIA (Glens Falls, NY) a friend for over 40 years. ROBERT GIFFORD, who began training with Sensei Campos in 1969 and is the most senior rank in the ZDK, flew in as a surprise from Houston, TX. ALPHABETICALLY AT THE BANQUET: SAM ANAGNOSTOPOULOS (Syracuse, NY); TOM ARCURI (Herkimer, NY); RICK BOWNE (Johnstown, NY); LARRY & LAURA BROOKS (W. Winfield, NY); RON & PHYLLIS BROWN (Massena, NY); BERT CAMPBELL (Malone, NY); CRAIG CORATO (Dallas, TX); BRIAN COX (Cherry Valley, NY); ANGELO D'AMICO (Broadalbin, NY); MATT DORSEY (Rochester, NY); JOVAN GERMANO (Canton, NY); TOM GRECO (Ft. Plain, NY); ADAM GROGAN (Albany, NY); DAVE & LISA GUCCIONE (Canton, NY); CHERI HAMMOND (Malone, NY); BILL HICKL (Houston, TX; STEVE HOLDEN (Albuquerque NM); TONY & SHAWN IRVIN (NY & TX); BRUCE KENNA (Canton, NY); ANDREA MALIK (Potsdam, NY); JEFF MELANDER (Ballston Spa, NY; DAVE PEPE (Massena, NY); VINCE PERRY (Massena, NY); JOHN PEZZINO (Greene, NY); BOB PINNEY (Hamilton/Sherburne, NY); JOSH PREMO (Massena, NY; STEVE REID (Lansing, IL); RICK RINALDO (Sherburne, NY; VINNIE RIZZIO (Burlington, VT); RICHARD SCHUYLER (Amsterdam, NY); ANDRE SECORE (Malone, NY); KEITH STEVENSON (Cobleskill, NY); BOB & BONNIE STREETER (Johnstown, NY); JEFF STREUN (Amsterdam, NY); BOB SULLIVAN (Johnstown, NY); KEVIN SUGGS (Westchester, NY); ED TAGLIALATELA (Syracuse, NY); HARRY TOMLINSON (Cobleskill, NY); & HEATH WATERMAN (Oneida, NY).
On a side note, adhering to the ZDK Motto of "Work Hard, Play Hard", special guests at the evening festivities included, Father Guido Sarducci, the Flying Nun - Sister "Come-On I Want to Beat You", & the reincarnation of Elvis. They were in town to heal the sick, perform an exorcism on S.H. & make Anne Campos a saint. Holy Fabreze it was quite a night!
On Sat. morning Sensei Campos instructed an "old timey" class that included a number of the first group of black belts from the Johnstown ZDK in attendance. It was a fun class and there was lots of sweat and a few drops of blood on the dojo floor when all was said and done. Great time!!!
LEFT PHOTO: SOME OF THE EARLY HQ CREW (L-R): RICK BOWNE, SENSEI CAMPOS, TOM GRECO, VINNIE RIZZIO, STEVE HOLDEN, & STEVE REID
RIGHT PHOTO: ZDK PARTICIPANTS IN THE "OLD TIMEY" CLASS (L-R): SHAWN IRVIN, TONY IRVIN, BOB STREETER, BILL HICKL, JEFF MELANDER, LISA GUCCIONE, JOVAN GERMANO, RICK RINALDO, SAM ANAGNOSTOPOULOS, SENSEI CAMPOS, ROBERT GIFFORD, HEATH WATERMAN, BONNIE STREETER, DAVE GUCCIONE, STEVE HOLDEN, VINNIE RIZZIO, STEVE REID, JOVAN GERMANO, CRAIG CORATO, & TOM GRECO.
WE LOVED DAVE GUCCIONE'S HAIKU
"PRACTICE ZEN COMBAT
NOT MUCH ZEN, LOTS OF COMBAT
PAIN, PRIDE, FUN, CAMPOS"
ADDED 5/8/14: Mr. Campos was at the Malone, NY ZDK on 5/2-5/4 for his bi-annual visit to the N-NY ZDK and had a wonderful time instructing and seeing all the instructors and students from the North Country. Many thanks to the Malone, Massena, Canton, & Potsdam clubs for their tremendous support over many years. It was great to reconnect with Mr. Brown, Mr. Secore, Mr. & Mrs. Guccione, Mr. Perry, Mr. Pepe, Ms. Malik, Mr. Premo, Mr. Perez, Mr. Germano, Mr. Kenna and all the other black and kyu rank members of those clubs. We were especially pleased to have Mr. Bedard from Montreal, Canada attend for training. Many thanks to the N-NY ZDK for continuing to maintain the standards that ZDK training represents.
ADDED 4/23/14: Congratulations to Vicki Gillen on hosting the 30th Copper City Championships in Rome, NY on Sat. 3/29. As always this was an efficient and friendly event that brings together many ZDK clubs and other invited instructors and clubs from many parts of NYS. Sensei Campos presented Mrs. Gillen with a certificate noting the anniversary and her achievements as an instructor and member of the ZDK.
On Sat. April 5th Sensei Campos was in Orlando on his annual visit to Ms. Susan Jackson's Traditional Martial Arts studio. He presented two seminars before heading off for some R&R in Daytona Beach. It is always an honor to have the opportunity to meet and spend some time with the students at TMAC and we are always grateful for the hospitality we receive.
ADDED 3/25/14: Congratulations to Sensei Bob Pinney on the 18th Colgate University Karate Tournament held this past Sunday. This is a small, friendly event that draws a number of ZDK clubs as well as other local clubs from the upstate NY area. ZDK Course Instructors in attendance included: Mr. Campos, Mr. Cox (Cherry Valley), Mr. Streeter (Johnstown), Mr. Arcuri (Herkimer), Mr. Brooks (W. Winfield), Mr. Waterman (Oneida), Mr. Daniele (Syracuse), Mr. Tomlinson, Mr. Greco, & Mr. Lavigne (Saratoga). Everyone worked hard and we were able to end the day around 2 pm. As always, we would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Pinney for their hospitality.
ADDED 3/17/14: CONGRATULATIONS: On Sat. 3/15 we held ZDK Assoc. Black Belt testing at the Johnstown ZDK and wish to congratulate the candidates on achieving the following ranks: SHODAN: Taryn Sedon & Rachel Bailey; NIDAN: Jeff Streun. Congratulations also to MacKenzie Frank on achieving Jr. Black Belt rank on 3/12/14. All four newly minted black belts train at the Johnstown ZDK under Mr. & Mrs. Bob Streeter. Board members included: Mr. Bob Pinney & Mr. Rick Rinaldo (PAK), Mr. Heath Waterman (WMA), Mr. Brian Cox (Cherry Valley ZDK), Mr. Dave Guccione & Mr. Bruce Kenna (Canton ZDK), Mr. Keith Stevenson (Coby ZDK), Mr. John Pezzino & Mr. Larry Jones (GDMA), Mr. Sam Anagnostopoulos (CNY-ZDK) and Johnstown black belts Richard Schuyler & Robert Sullivan. We are proud to add these newest yudansha to the ZDK System family!
PICTURE: HQ NEW YUDANSHA KNEELING (L-R): MacKenzie Frank, Rachel Bailey, Christian Germany, Taryn Sedon, and Jeff Streun. NOTE: Christian & MacKenzie recently tested for Jr. Black Belt at HQ.
WWP DONATION: Many thanks to Mr. Brian Cox and the students of the Cherry Valley, NY ZDK for hosting a "Night of a 1000 Kicks" fundraiser for the WWP. His effort raised $1,850.75. OUR TOTAL SINCE 2007 IS NOW: $85,918.21. Remember, our goal is $100,000 and we are well within reach of that. Our 2014 effort ends on Veteran's Day and we hope to see every instructor host an event or make a donation.
ADDED 3/3/14: NEWS FLASH JUST IN - CONGRATULATIONS TO DAVE GUCCIONE: The SUNY Canton 2014 Honors Convocation will be named for David Guccione. Recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards Committee, David Guccione has been a practitioner and trainer in law enforcement for over 40 years. He was a police officer and field training officer with the St. Louis County Police Department in St. Louis, MO and is a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army, as well as a veteran of the Vietnam war. He began working for SUNY Canton in 1979. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1984 and full Professor in 1988. For many years, his name was synonymous with the criminal justice program. He is widely known and respected for his expertise. In 1998 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In the 1983 Mr. Guccione assisted Mr. Kirch in establishing the ZDK club at SUNY Canton that is still active today. In addition to continuing to practice and teach martial arts, he routinely teaches seminars on self-defense, weapons defense, and legalities in self-defense at a large martial arts summer camp. In 1996, David and his colleague Ted Marlowe started the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy which trains people entering law enforcement careers. In that same year David received the President’s Meritorious Service Award. David and Ted also created the college’s first 4 year degree in criminal justice, Criminal Investigations. It was a departure from other programs in its emphasis on pragmatic knowledge and skills needed by people in law enforcement. David retired and was granted Professor Emeritus status in 2002. Since then he has continued to teach for the police academy. He volunteers regularly at the United Helpers Nursing home in addition to raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project. David has authored academic work in the Criminal Justice field and magazine articles on scuba diving. He currently enjoys writing about martial arts. David lives with his wife, Lisa. He has three (3) children, Lisa, Mara, and David, and several grandchildren. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE MR. GUCCIONE AS A ZDK MEMBER!
ADDED 2/25/14: WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT EVENT 2/22/44: CONGRATULATIONS to Dave Guccione on another successful Super Winter Seminar in Canton, NY. He had about 40 participants and for the first time had instructors from two other styles in attendance: Mr. Bob Gray, who conducted a Hapkido joint lock flow drill, and Tom Sokol, who taught Tai Chi Chuan for Hard Style MA. Good classes from all instructors, Jovan Germano, Lisa Guccione, Josh Premo, Andre Secore and Mr. Guccione. The event raised $450 for WWP, $100 of that from Bob Gray, team winnings from a bowling tournament he hosted. This is our second WWP donation for 2014 and our total for 2014 is now: $700. Thank you to all the N-NY people for their effort.
ADDED 2/4/14: CONGRATULATIONS to Larry & Laura Brooks on a successful 21st year of organizing the Friendship Tournament in W. Winfield, NY. 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 very 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. We saw many old friends, as well as, a new attendee in the form of Soke Rudy Duncan from Syracuse. It is evident that there is a new generation rising among some of the younger black belts in attendance, including Hunter Cox, who certainly demonstrated excellent sparring and kata skills at this event. It was nice to hear so many positive comments about the day from everyone 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 1/24/14: ZDK 2013 TOP SCHOOL AWARDS: Congratulations to the following Instructors & Clubs on achieving Top Schools status in the ZDK. The Top Schools program is a way of recognizing the members/clubs who have supported our programs over the past year. The following member clubs will receive a certificate recognizing their support. Instructors interested in the Top Schools program can find information on participation in the Instructor Handbook. Thank you for your continued support.
2013 TOP SCHOOLS AWARD LIST
BRONZE AWARDS: #8) #7) #6) C-NY ZDK - SAM ANAGNOSTOPOULOS - SYRACUSE, NY; #5) #3) #2)
BRONZE AWARDS: #8)KENSHO-DO – G. WARD – ALBANY, NY;
#7)WMA – H. WATERMAN – ONEIDA, NY;
#6) C-NY ZDK - SAM ANAGNOSTOPOULOS - SYRACUSE, NY; #5)RED DRAGON M.A. – J. MELANDER – BALLSTON SPA, NY; #4) PROGRESSIVE MA – R. ALIANIELLO – ALTOONA, PA;
#3)LONE STAR KARATE - SHAWN VICKNAIR - RICHMOND, TX;
#2)KICKS & STICKS – E. LABERGE – SOUTHAMPTON, MA; #1) CANTON ZDK – D. GUCCIONE – CANTON, NY.
#6) CV/COBY ZDK – .
GOLD AWARDS: #2)
GOLD AWARDS: #2)BROOKS KARATE – LARRY & LAURA BROOKS – W. WINFIELD, NY;
)TRADITIONAL MA – S. JACKSON – ORLANDO, FL;
SUPER SCHOOL AWARDS: #3) BAILEY’S HERKIMER – TOM ARCURI – HERKIMER, NY; #2) N-NY ZDK – RON BROWN – MASSENA/MALONE, NY; #1) BAILEY’S ROME – VICKI GILLEN – ROME, NY.
NOTE: MR. BOB GIFFORD, SAFETY AMERICA, SUGAR LAND, TX HAS GENEROUSLY ABDICATED HIS POSITION AS #1 SUPER SCHOOL. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE CLUBS AND INSTRUCTORS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.