Sensei Hannah, age 21, has been the rock of the demo team since she was about 16 along with her dad, Sensei Dave. Sensei Elizabeth and Hannah were a team up until Elizabeth left for U.C. Santa Cruz. Sensei Tamara, Sensei Andy along with a plethora of sensei and sempai have also been an integral part of this generation of performers. I am truly grateful for all their hard work and sincere caring for TAK and our community and for presenting the martial arts in a positive light which absolutely inspires future martial artists to start their training with us or elsewhere.
For most of my martial arts career, I’ve been involved in demonstration activities in one way or another. In my opinion, being asked to be on the dojo demo team has always been an honor. In the beginning as a color belt member I was usually one of the attackers in skits involving self-defense. This was the 70s. When I opened up the dojo, our own demo team was created and we performed at school carnivals, business expos or wherever else opportunities presented themselves. There must have been a dozen teams over the years and each had different strengths. I loved each and everyone of these demo teams.
Participating in demos and being part of a team is special, it gets in your blood. Anyone who wants to be on the demo team needs to start by following the dojo rules and working hard during class. One day you just may be asked to be on the demo team. Part II: Next time I’ll delve into the evolution of the demo team.
– Sensei Floyd Burk