Wednesday 5/5/21 Karate Class Added During Finals Week!

Need a break from exam prep? Need to healthy distraction to help relieve tension? We’ve added a Wednesday evening Karate class on zoom at 7:30PM to the Campus Recreation schedule for May 5th.

PSU students can pre-register for the next few zoom Karate classes here:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=482af6ba-2d35-4eb9-a54e-cc0de29c1db3&semesterId=531292ec-80c2-458c-83f3-21eac12b2222

Check the registration link periodically as additional classes are being added.

Also check out the Finally UnPlugged Fest for some safely-distanced in-person games on April 23rd:
https://news.psu.edu/story/654769/2021/04/15/campus-life/student-affairs-hold-finally-unplugged-fest-april-23

Sunday, April 11th Reminders

Matsuri 2021 hosted by the Japanese Friendship Association starts at 3PM today and goes until 5:30. Enjoy different examples of Japanese culture at PSU presented by various clubs.

Zoom link for Matsuri 2021:
https://psu.zoom.us/j/94131839887?pwd=K0dRY2Z3UVorWEwvc2lyNDVyY1A4UT09


And at 7:30PM is the free Karate class on zoom offered through Penn State Campus Recreation for students.

PSU students can pre-register for the zoom class here:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=482af6ba-2d35-4eb9-a54e-cc0de29c1db3&semesterId=531292ec-80c2-458c-83f3-21eac12b2222

Karate on Zoom, Every Sunday in April, Register Now!

No experience necessary. Beginners welcome.

Register now for free Karate classes offered to PSU students through Penn State Campus Recreation, every Sunday @ 7:30PM (April 11th, 18th & 25th)

PSU students can pre-register for the zoom class here:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=482af6ba-2d35-4eb9-a54e-cc0de29c1db3&semesterId=531292ec-80c2-458c-83f3-21eac12b2222

Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run Events 2021

The 12th Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run will be a virtual event this year, held from Sunday, April 18th to Sunday, May 9th.  The event will offer a Virtual Run (5K run or 2 mile walk) and a new Virtual Fun component that will allow participants to choose their favorite exercise or activity to engage in for 30 minutes. Whether you choose to Run or engage in a little Fun, all proceeds benefit thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power of sport.

Members of the Penn State Karate Club have participated in every Beaver Stadium run event since the beginning, in support of Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

For information about this year’s events, visit:
https://www.stadiumrun.org

2021 Virtual Karate Classes

In response to the COVID19 pandemic situation, Penn State is starting the 2021 spring semester in remote mode. This affects all activities on campus. For the latest information, visit Penn State’s COVID19 response webpage:
https://virusinfo.psu.edu/?utm_source=banner&utm_medium=psumain&utm_campaign=virusinfo

Penn State Karate Club workouts will be conducted virtually until it’s safe to hold in-person activities on campus. Contact us for PSKC’s virtual schedule information.

Penn State Campus Recreation is also hosting many spring 2021 fitness classes virtually for PSU students. The offerings are free and include an introductory Karate class on Wednesdays at 6:45PM. Current PSU students can explore the diverse options and pre-register for these virtual classes online:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProducts?classification=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000026002
Or current PSU students can pre-register directly for the Virtual Karate class here:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=482af6ba-2d35-4eb9-a54e-cc0de29c1db3&semesterId=531292ec-80c2-458c-83f3-21eac12b2222

Happy Little New Year!

The ソグワチグワ Soguwachiguwa was a 3 day celebration beginning with the full moon in January.  Okinawans would pay tribute to 歳徳神 Toshitokujin, a Shinto Kami of agriculture, seeking good fortune for their crops in the coming year. When the Gregorian Calendar was adopted, January 15th became the day that Soguwachiguwa was observed.

In 1956 on the occasion of ソグワチグワ Soguwachiguwa (Okinawan dialect) / 小正月 Koshogatsu (Japanese), the Little New Year, Master Shimabuku called a special meeting at his home & dojo in Chan village to announce a new name for his unique style of Okinawan Karate. Previously, his style had been called as Chan Migwa Te (in the late 40s) and later Su Nu Su (early 50s).  He chose “Isshin Ryu” because “all things begin with one, and the heart is the most important part. Isshin Ryu is the One Heart Way/Method.

Traditionally, the Coming Of Age Day, Seijin-no-Hi, was also celebrated on January 15th. It’s the mark of entering adulthood. You could say that Master Shimabuku’s Karate entered its adulthood at this time and emerged as Isshin Ryu Karate.

Like an Okinawan Hibiscus, Master Shimabuku’s Karate bloomed as “Isshin Ryu” on that January day in 1956.  Seeds of Isshin Ryu have since been carried on the winds across the oceans and around the globe.  In January of 1972, Sensei Sutton planted one of those seeds at Penn State and established the Penn State Karate Club.  With help from Sensei Dorow & Sensei Liskai, PSKC developed strong roots.