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USA Karate Federation to Take Team To 5th WUKF World Championships for Children, Cadets and Juniors

USA Karate is taking a team of athletes ages 6-20 to the 5th World Cadet and Junior Championships of the World Union of Karatedo Federations October 15-19, 2014 in Szczecin, Poland. For details please contact usakarate@usakarate.us.

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The USA Alliance Jujitsu is seeking interested individuals in going to the WCJJO World Championships in sport jujitsu and grappling. For details please click on the link above.

USA Karate Guest Blog: Beneficial Exercises to Aid in Back Pain and Stiffness
          
Chronic back pain can be a discomforting and debilitating illness. Chiropractic care is a great way to help diagnose and treat most back problems but it is important to add exercise into everyday life to help aid in spinal health. There are many exercises that are targeted to different parts of the lower back, shoulders, and spine that are created to help with pain and stiffness. Below are a few exercises and activities that may aid in back stiffness and pain.
Yoga
Yoga has been recognized as an alternative health care method that helps reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and contributes to overall total body and spiritual wellness. It is an ancient practice that focuses of unity of mind, body and spirit through meditation and physical movements.
Yoga brings focus and awareness to the body and breath centering the mind and body. It also increases flexibility and balance, helps create better posture, and strengthens the core muscles. Yoga massages and stimulates all organs of the body through movement and breath. Stretching muscles and joints act as a detoxification by ensuring optimum blood supply to body parts. Yoga utilizes muscles in the body that don’t normally get attention, strengthening muscles that might have previously been neglected. Two great starting poses are the Cat pose and the Cow pose. These poses can be done interchangeably and are great for stretching the back.
Cat Pose: provides gentle massage to the spine and belly organs through rounding of the back.
Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop position” with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. As you exhale, tuck the tailbone under and round your back as you bring your head to your chest. Stay in this position for about 5-10 seconds and then breath your body back to the neutral first position.
Cow Pose: stretches and warms up the spine through arching of the back.
Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. As you inhale, lift your chest and your sit-bone towards the ceiling and gaze forward. This should create a swag or dipping arch in your spine. Hold for a few seconds and exhale back to tabletop neutral position.
Other poses to look into are Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra, and Camel. There are numerous yoga poses that are specifically for back pain that can easily be found online or taught at local yoga studies. Not only is yoga great for back pain and stiffness, it also has numerous physical and mental benefits that make practicing yoga on a daily basis worthwhile.  
Stay Active Throughout the Day
Most of us spend the majority of days sitting at desks or in front of a computer screen. Sitting for long periods of time, especially if we are sitting with improper spine alignment, can cause a great deal of all over back pain.
           If your job consists of sitting for long periods of time, try to get up at least once every 30 minutes and stretch or go for a little stroll around the office. Also try working while standing for a while to limit the amount of time spent in a seated position. Make sure that when you are seated, you sit with good posture that includes a long straight spine and shoulders that aren’t hunched over.
           Having strong core muscles is key to maintaining a healthy back. Try some light exercises like walking, yoga, or stretching regimens. Focus on exercises that target core muscles and shoulder muscles. It is always important to consult a physician if you suffer from serious back injuries before partaking in any exercise.
           Whether you suffer from chronic back pain, spinal alignment issues, or minor back problems, it is important to stay active and introduce stretching into your daily regimen. Again, Consult an expert on back pain and stiffness before engaging in any physical activity to ensure proper execution and to eliminate the chances of worsening your condition.

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2013 USA Karate National Championships

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USA Karate Federation is Member of the United States Olympic Committee's National Governing Body for Karate

The USA Karate Federation is one of four recognized karate sports organizations as members of the USA National Karatedo Federation which is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for Olympic karate in the United States. As a member, The USA Karate Federation participates in voting for the affiliated sports organization member to the governing board of the USA NKF. Just recently, USA Karate member Roger Jarrett was elected to be one of nine recognized directors on the USA NKF board.

USA Karate Foundation Licenses use of USA Karate to the Olympic Karate Governing Body

The USA Karate Foundation has issued a non-exclusive license to the USA National Karatedo Federation to allow use of the "USA Karate" service mark. This mark is also licensed to The USA Karate Federation for use. The USA Karate Foundation supports the development of karate in the United States and sees both the USANKF and the USAKF as important partners in the development of karate throughout the USA as identified by the use of the foundation's service mark - "USA Karate."

USA Karate Becomes a member of the World Union of Karatedo Federations

The USA Karate Federation has become a member of the World Union of Karatedo Federations. Info on the WUKF can be found at on their website. The USA Karate Federation will be actively sending teams to WUKF events.

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Latest Technical Article by Patrick Hickey

A definitive article concerning judging of kata. While written from the Kwanmukan perspective, it is a great resource for referees for any system of kata judging regardless of the experience level of the judge.

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USA Karate Federation Recommends Safe4Athletes model club policy to its membership.

USA Karate Federation recommends that all member organizations, clubs, and dojos adopt the Safe4Athletes Model Policy. The goal of Safe4Athletes is to provide very athlete with a safe and positive environment free of sexual abuse, bullying and harassment. The purpose of the model policy is to raise awareness about potential problems and to have coaches and volunteers get behind the program to provide safe, professional places of training. In addition to being a proponent for athlete safety, the organization also provides a number of resources for both parents and coaches.

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