2016 NEWS UPDATES
ADDED 2/5/16: CONGRATULATIONS to Shihan Chris Malley on taking over the reins at the Galway Karate Club (NY) from GM Paul Munchback who is going to have an opportunity to relax and spend more time with his new wife. Sensei Campos & Tom Greco had the honor of being invited to his retirement event in Galway last night along with several instructors from the past including, the founders of the Galway club, Joe & Theresa Sagarese. Sensei Campos congratulated Mr. Malley & spoke about the early competitions and Mr. Munchback's famous broom kata. We wish Mr. Munchback the best as he embarks on this new chapter in his life & hope Mr. Malley has great success in his new position as Chief Instructor of the Galway Karate Club.
ADDED 1/19/16: Wow...2016 snuck up on us rapidly. We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas & New Year but now it is time to get energized for the remainder of 2016. On Dec. 5, 2015 Sensei Campos instructed a Brown/Black Belt class in Johnstown covering the revised ZDK System curriculum. It was great to have ZDK Instructors Mr. Brian Cox (Cherry Valley, NY ZDK), Keith Stevenson (Cobleskill, NY ZDK), Dave & Lisa Guccione (Canton, NY ZDK), Bonnie Streeter (Johnstown, NY ZDK) and several other brn/blk belts participating. On Dec. 9, 2015, Sensei Campos & Tom Greco had the honor of visiting Mr. Pinney's PAK club in Sherburne, NY for testing. Congratulations to everyone who tested successfully! On Dec. 23, 2015 Sensei Campos visited the Johnstown ZDK to assist with an in-school pre-test. And finally, on Jan. 16, 2016, Sensei Campos instructed the first ZDK System Brn/Blk class on ZDK Curriculum of the new year. Instructors in attendance included; Mr. Brian Cox (Cherry Valley, NY ZDK), Mr. Bob Pinney (Sherburne, NY PAK), Mr. Heath Waterman (Oneida, NY WMA), Mr. & Mrs Bob Streeter (Johnstown, NY ZDK) and several other brn/blk belts from their clubs. We were especially pleased to have our good friend and excellent Goju practitioner, Mr. Kevin Suggs from Westchester, NY come up to sweat and catch up with some old friends. Many thanks to all our members and ZDK System & Affiliated club instructors for supporting our efforts to maintain high standards in our training. We look forward to an exciting and active 2016!
PARTICIPANTS IN THE JANUARY 2016 BROWN/BLACK BELT ZDK SYSTEM TRAINING
2015 NEWS UPDATES
ADDED 11/16/15: SENSEI CAMPOS' visit to the N-NY ZDK organization this weekend was a huge success. Congratulations to Anna Hardiman & Rebecca Miller from Ms. Malik's Forest Spirit martial Arts club of Potsdam on achieving Shodan rank at testing on Fri. Two more ZDK Warriors have joined the ranks of Blacks belts from N-NY. Also achieving 4th dan rank, Bruce Kenna & Sam Anagnostopoulos of Mr. Guccione's Canton, NY ZDK club. On Sat. morning Sensei Campos instructed children's & adult seminars in the morning and Hanshi John Therrien, Director of the WKF came in from Ottawa, CA to present a JuJitsu seminar to the adults. The seminars were packed with a very enthusiastic group of students and instructors, including several from area clubs not affiliated with the ZDK. Special thanks and appreciation goes out to all of the participants, esp. the N-NY club instructors Mr. Brown, Mr. Perry, Mr. Pepe, Mr. & Mrs. Guccione, Ms. Malik, & Mr. Secore (who is recovering from a serious hand injury). We appreciated that Mr. Brian Cox, Chief Instructor of the Cherry Valley, NY ZDK, traveled up to Massena to participate in the seminars. The day ended with a great dinner in the evening.
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT NEWS: We received a $200 donation from Sempai Bert Campbell who trains with Mr. Secore at the Malone, NY ZDK that we just sent to the WWP. This is ourt 1st 2016 donation and brings our grand total since 2007 to $104,326.21. THANK YOU!
FINALLY, we would like to wish Sensei Jeff Melander success as he heads off to Texas to assist Mr. Gifford at his Safety America clubs. This was an opportunity he could not refuse. He will be leaving after Thanksgiving and his Red Dragon Karate School in Ballston Spa will be placed in the capable hands of his student, Roland Lavigne. Congratulations!!!
NORTHERN NY ZDK ADULT CLASS SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS NOV. 14, 2015 WITH SENSEI CAMPOS & HANSHI JOHN THERIEN
ADDED 10/25/15: Greetings, it has been awhile since we last updated our news. Sensei Campos spent a lot of the summer & fall traveling and attending events. In late August he visited Mr. Melander's club in Ballston Spa, NY to participate in a pre-test. In early Sept. he attended Tom Greco's son's wedding and had a chance to reconnect with some of the "old" ZDK warriors...we are talking mid-1970's first generation black belts, including: Rick Bowne, Steve Holden, Vinnie Rizzio, Ed Taglialatela, and making an appearance after about 15 years, Ed Donnelly! It was great to see everyone! In Mid-Sept. he was back at Mr. Melander's for an in-house black belt test for his long time student, Carol Vaughn. It was great to see Tony & Shawn Irvin on hand, as well as, another old ZDK member, Mr. Paul Munchback. Congratulations to Carol on successfully testing for 4th Dan.
SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Tom Arcuri, Chief Instructor at Bailey's Karate, Herkimer, NY on being promoted to 7th Dan. Sensei Campos was in Florida on his official promotion date but prepared a video message for the audience. Sensei Arcuri has been a loyal and supportive ZDK member for three decades. We were honored to elevate him to his new rank. Sensei Campos attended his tournament on 10/24/15 and was able to publically announce his promotion for those who were unaware of his advancement.
Another early ZDK black belt member, Louie Velez is back in the area. He has spent the last 20 or so years in Las Vegas doing a Sammy Davis Jr. tribute show that gained national attention. Louie performed last night (10/24) at our local performing arts center and Sensei Campos, Tom Greco & wives attended the show. It was a really great show and we had a chance to reconnect with Louie after the show.
So now we are almost into Nov. and Sensei Campos is looking forward to another busy Fall starting with his bi-annual visit to the N-NY ZDK clubs for black belt testing and seminars. All are welcome - see our calendar page for details.
As we get ready to close out another exciting year for the ZDK, we would like to thank everyone for supporting the events organized by our members and for being a part of, or a friend of, the ZDK!
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.
ADULT CLASS PARTICIPANTS MALONE, NY 2015 SEMINAR
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!