Elite Competition Team
The Elite Competition Team is a program that has been developed to take students to the highest level of their capabilities at the fastest rate. We are not just talking about the naturally gifted student who wants to be a world champion — though we can do that. We are talking about students who want to compete as a way to maximize their training in order to reach their highest potential.
The Elite Competition Team is comprised of serious martial arts students who compete locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Competitors can choose to compete in both kata and kumite or choose to specialize in either kata or kumite.
The team is limited to 30 competitors per season. Members of the previous year’s competition team have first option to join, though this does not guarantee a spot on the team. They must still apply and be accepted by the management board. The remaining spots will be filled by new applicants, on a case by case basis. Determining factors include age, rank, competitive attitude, and so on. Those who initially do not make the team will be placed on a holding list for possible selection if an opening occurs.
The student base at the Scottsdale Martial Arts Center ranges from very young to very wise — and from those who are naturally gifted to those who struggle. This center’s mission is to motivate and make available tools that will maximize the potential of every student. We want to help students go far beyond what they envision for themselves.
Team members are expected to compete and must completely understand competition rules. Team members must:
- Strongly commit to competing in at least one of the following national competitions, both if possible:
- Junior International Cup and US Open
- USA National Karate Championships
- Compete in two SMAC-hosted competitions.
- Compete in as many local tournaments as possible.
When competing out of state, competitors are also expected to stay at the SMAC-determined tournament hotel. This facilitates training routines during the competition and helps to develop camaraderie with other team members and Arizona athletes.
- APPLY: A student (and a parent, if the student is under 18 years of age) must submit an application to be a member of the team.
- INTERVIEW: Students must also complete an interview process to determine their commitment level and their competitive temperament. This center strongly believes in the professional behavior and conduct of its athletes, parents and staff. The interview process helps determine if students and their parents can handle in a professional manner the occasional injustices that come with competition.
- TRAIN: Team training is held every Friday. This training is on top of regular weekly Wado karate training. Also, team members are strongly encouraged to train several more hours per week during their own time. Please note that students must continue to maintain their Wado karate training. Any student who cannot do so will be removed from the team.
- PURCHASE: Each team member must purchase an Elite Competition Team track suit.
Sensei Ray Hughes
Sensei Tyler Warren
Sensei Robin Hunt
Sensei Robert Hunt
Sensei Susana Romo
Sensei Scott Harrow
Sensei Brian Berka
Sensei Brian Levesque
Sensei Krista Peek
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” — Steve Young
SMAC Competition Team
Survival Guide Article
Source: Steve Henson, The Post Game
Nearly 75 percent of kids who play organized sports quit by age 13.
Some find that their skill level hits a plateau and the game is no longer fun. Others simply discover other interests. But too many promising young athletes turn away from sports because their parents (or coaches) take the fun out of the sport. Our focus is on the athletes — NOT on the wins.
Signs of a Bad Sport Parent
A parent with different goals than his/her child.
Kids generally want to have fun, enjoy time with their friends, improve their skills and win. Parents who focus on “getting a scholarship” or “making the U.S. team” probably need to adjust their goals.
A parent who treats his/her child differently after a loss than a win.
Almost all parents love their children the same regardless of the outcome of a match. Yet often, their behavior conveys something else.
A parent who undermines the coach.
Young athletes need a single instructional voice during kumite matches. That voice has to be the coach. Kids who listen to their parents yelling instruction from the stands or even glancing at their parents for approval from the tournament floor are distracted and can’t perform at a peak level.
A parent who lives his/her own athletic dream through his/her child.
A sure sign of this type of parent is someone who takes credit when the child has done well. For example, “You did it just like I showed you.” Another symptom is when the outcome means more to the parent than the child.
Signs of an Ideal Sport Parent
A parent who cheers everybody on the team, not just his/her child.
Parents should attend as many matches as possible and be supportive, yet allow young athletes to find their own solutions. Don’t feel the need to come to their rescue at every crisis.
A parent who models appropriate behavior.
Children do as you do, not as you say. When a parent projects poise, control and confidence, the young athlete is likely to do the same.
A parent who knows his/her role.
Everyone at a game is either a player, a coach, an official or a spectator. Choose only one of these roles at a time.
Remember, karate is a sport. It is a game. It should be fun. Kids just want to play.
If you as a parent are still depressed by a loss when the child is already off playing with friends, remind yourself that it’s not your career and you have zero control of the outcome.