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AAFB showcases karate demo in honor of AAPI

Karate class stands for group photo.

Members of the SIMS Martial Arts Academy pose for a group photo May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The demonstration which took place at the base fitness center, featured seven karate students ranging in experience from beginner white belt to advanced blue belt.

Woman demonstrates karate.

Sensei Krista Camarillo performs the Gojushiho Sho kata, May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Gojūshiho means "54 steps" and is a kata (form) practiced in karate which consists of many advanced open-handed striking techniques.

Girl blocks Bo staff strike.

Emily Ha blocks a Bo staff strike delivered by Josh Glover during a karate demonstration May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Bo is used to block, thrust, and strike an opponent and is effective against most other forms of martialarts weapons.

Girl demonstrates Bo staff use.

Emily Ha demonstrates the use of a Bo staff during a karate demonstration, May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Bo staff is a long wooden weapon traditionally made of oak and roughly 6 feet in length.

Students practice karate.

Students from the local SIMS Martial Arts Academy perform the Heian Nidan, May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The martial arts academy has been in operation in Altus for over 30 years.

Students practice karate.

Ryan Glover performs the Taikyoku Shodan kata, May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Karate katas (forms) emphasize physical and mental discipline and consist of moves with recurring techniques: punches, kicks, blocks and stances.

Students practice karate.

Ryver Riley bows to the crowd and his Sensei Krista Camarillo during a karate demonstration, May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Bows are used to begin and end practice, sparring bouts and competitions, and when entering and leaving the practice area

Students practice karate.

Students from the SIMS Martial Arts Academy perform the Taikyoku Shodan, May 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. A live karate demonstration was one of many Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage festivities held throughout the month.

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
Members of Mobility's Hometown celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander
(AAPI) Heritage Month during the month of May. Throughout the month, various
activities gave AAPI Airmen the opportunity to share their traditions and culture with the
community. One of these activities was a live karate demonstration led by Sensei Krista
Camarillo of the SIMS Martial Arts Academy in Altus, Oklahoma.
 
The demonstration took place at the base fitness center and featured seven karate
students ranging in experience from beginner white belt to advanced blue belt.
Members learned that the word ‘Karate’ is a Japanese word meaning “empty hand,”
which is a striking art that places emphasis on the body’s power at the point and instant
of impact.

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