Special Olympics Pennsylvania has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2023 Summer Games scheduled from June 8-10 at Penn State University due to air quality concerns. While this news is incredibly disappointing for all of us, the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff and partners is our top priority.
People with intellectual disabilities have higher rates of adverse health conditions and are therefore at greater risk. Based on the best information available from a variety of reputable sources, we do not believe conditions in State College would permit us to safely conduct these Games.
While canceling events is truly heartbreaking for the athletes who have trained for months – as well as for our volunteers, family, friends, staff and board – we know that our love of sport can’t compare to the importance of protecting the health and safety of all involved.
Spring Tournament hosted by Young’s Tae Kwon Do April 1st, 2023
Events: Forms, Weapons, Breaking, and Sparring
Divisions: Handicapable, Children, Junior, Adult, Senior and Executive
$100 Cash Prize for Grand Champion Winners
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (Runner up medals for children)
Location: Bellefonte Sr. High School 830 E Bishop St. Bellefonte, PA 16823
Registration begins at 9:00 am Black Belt meeting at 10:30 am 1st event is weapons at 11:00 am
Karate classes will not be held in 232HUB during spring break. Remember, you can practice Karate wherever you go. If you are staying in town during spring break, look for us on the HUB lawn, Sunday & Wednesday evenings at 7, weather permitting.
Despite the weather, Karate can be practiced wherever you are. It’s portable, doesn’t require equipment, or much space, just commitment. Use the time you set aside for Karate on Wednesday to practice at home.
January 15th 1956, Master Tatsuo Shimabuku called a special meeting at his home & dojo in Chan village, Gushikawa city 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). On the occasion of Soguwachiguwa (Okinawan dialect) / Koshogatsu (Japanese), the Little New Year, Master Shimabuku announced the official name of his Karate. He chose “Isshin Ryu” because “all things begin with one.”
The Soguwachiguwa is a 3 day celebration beginning with the full moon in January. Okinawans would pay tribute to 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, and also the day Master Shimabuku chose to name Isshin Ryu.
Traditionally, the Coming Of Age Day, Seijin-no-Hi, is 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.
How will your Karate grow in the coming year? Hard work combined with good fortune should yield an excellent crop.
In Japan, the Oshogatsu (The Big New Year) was also changed to match the Gregorian Calendar. In some regions, like Okinawa, the original Chinese New Year date is still observed.