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July 2008

Pacific Northwest News


Offensive Line Coach Brian Derby Brings Camp Back to Pacific Northwest

Putting it all on the Line... Hawaiian Success Spreads to Mainland

By Dirk Knudsen


For the past 11 years Coach Brian Derby has given young Hawaiian athletes 22 weekends of his life through his Offensive Line Clinics. A Honolulu Firefighter of 18 years and Former University of Hawaii Warrior, Brian has a passion to help big men succeed. After helping over 50 players reach Collegiate Teams and the NFL in Hawaii the Brian Derby Offensive linemen’s Camp is returning to the Pacific Northwest for a 3rd Annual Camp. Last year’s camps saw over 225 players turn out.

The camp will be offered July 21st to July 24th, 2008 in Beaverton, Oregon to all players age 8 through 22 and will include line specific drills which help to develop sound technique and explosive speed coming off the snap. Run and pass blocking techniques will be coached. Polynesian athletes are encouraged to come to Oregon and attend camp and reconnect with their Hawaiian football family!

The Beaverton Camp will be held at the Five Oaks Middle School in Beaverton and feature two sessions: grades 2-8 from 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM; Grades 9 - college ages 14-22 at 11:45 to 2:00 PM.

Students start their training program under the watchful eye of former University of Hawai`i Warrior Brian Derby, who leads the 3rd Annual Offensive Linemen's Camp in Beaverton, Oregon. Photo by Dirk Knudsen

The camp includes an official SPARQ Football Combine Testing Event open to all athletes. As a specialty the camp will feature speed, agility, and quickness work by premier strength training Coach Mark McLaughlin of Performance Training Center.

The camp is the only camp like this on the mainland. Coach Derby is known for his tireless dedication to his students and receives no financial benefit from his camps. He is credited by many with helping big linemen achieve the quickness and blocking technique to play at the highest level.

This year, Brian is joined by Coach Mike Beazley of O`ahu and Coach Samson Kela of the Big Island.

Collegiate Coaches Doug Hire from Linfield, Aleki Pascua of Portland State University, Tim Bowman of Western Oregon, Daryl Agpalsa of Hamline University, and Isaac Parker of South Salem will join the camp for a fun-filled week! All of these coaches are of Polynesian descent from Hawai`i. Coach Derby’s Campers continue to dominate in local and National Camps. Top Derby Camp attendees Mana Grieg and Tytan Timoteo from St Louis ( Honolulu) and Zach Kaahanui of Central Catholic High School (Portland) were among the top players at the iIke NFTC Event at University of Oregon.  We hope to see all Northwest players and especially Polynesian athletes at this year’s camp in Beaverton, Oregon.

The camp costs $75 for the entire week and scholarships are available to any player by request. Shorts, shirt, and appropriate football shoes are required. Offensive and Defensive Players should attend. The game of football starts from the line of scrimmage which is the foundation for the entire game!

Interested parties should call Director Dirk Knudsen at 503-799-8383 and may register online at www.DerbyCamp.com where all camp-related information can be found.



A Wonderful, Magical Musical Night with
Jake Shimabukuro!

By May Sasaki

The Nikkei Horizons Ukulele Band from Seattle, recently played as the opening act for Jake Shimabukuro at the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) Banquet in Seattle, Washington. Mistress of Ceremonies, Lara Yamada of Q13 FOX News, introduced the many dignitaries who advocate and support this worthy organization’s mission: to serve as the leading national center committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian Pacific American Seniors. The President of NAPCA, Clayton S. Fong, presided over the Affair and specifically requested that the Nikkei Horizons Ukulele Band play for the benefit dinner. His executive assistant Rose KItsu-Bach coordinated the arrangements.

Nikkei Horizons Ukulele Bank: (left - right) Jack & Helen Akamine, Jake, Mas Tamekuni, May Sasaki, John Iwai, Acey Arai, Sat Ichikawak and Thomas Chinen.
Photo by Jerry Arai, using Sat Icikakwa's Camera

The Nikkei Horizons Ukulele Band performed four numbers and then enjoyed ringside seats and a delicious dinner, prior to the real show that everyone came to see, Jake Shimabukuro, `ukulele virtuoso from Hawai`i. Jake is fast becoming recognized as one of the world’s top ukulele musicians and his virtuiosity defies labeling – jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, you name it. He is renowned for lightning fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques and he didn’t disappoint the audience that night. The Band members, Jack and Helen Akamine, Thomas Chinen, Mas Tamekuni, Acey Arai, Sat Ichikawa, John Iwai and May Sasaki, got a chance to chat and take photos with Jake.

The Nikkei Horizons Ukulele Band includes several from the Islands: Jack Akamine (Lana`i), Helen [Kimura] Akamine (Kane`ohe), Mas Tamekuni (Kona) and Thomas Chinen (Molokai); the others are born and raised in the Seattle area. All felt that it was truly a wonderful, magical, musical night – a night they would always remember!

May Sasaki was born in Seattle where she went to grade school, and then to internment camp. After World War II, she came back to Seattle, continued her education at UW, married, got an MA from Seattle U, taught in Seattle schools and retired 1995. The Sasaki’s have 3 girls and 1 boy.  May has always loved to sing and recently learned to play the ukulele.

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