- Published: 06 June 2018 06 June 2018
- Last Updated: 06 June 2018 06 June 2018
We are now in the last month of classes before summer, with a short break before the Nova Scotia summer camp being held July 11 to 15 in Halifax.
We have had a busy few weeks with various tournaments and, most importantly, a visit from Soke and Higuchi Sensei at the end of April for a three-day workshop. That workshop provided karateka at all levels with the unique opportunity to refine skills, practice techniques and ask questions of the world-wide head of our style. In addition, Higuchi Sensei provided a great deal of instruction with the bo and with sais – medium-sized sword-like weapons.
For our competitive dojo members, the recent focus has been on getting back to basics with strong footwork and defensive techniques. The emphasis has been on ensuring that both footwork and defense are strong enough to create opportunities for immediate and effective follow-up offensive techniques. In Soke’s words, any offensive technique should aim to “do damage.” Competitors have also been focusing their efforts on delivering very clean techniques – as they have learned that referees are focussed on NOT awarding points – meaning that for a technique to be successful, it must be so clean and effective that it leaves not doubt in a referee or judge’s mind that it deserves a point.
In preparation for the Nova Scotia summer camp, we are spending lots of time reviewing our katas as well as implementing the corrections and refinements that Soke offered. As well, several dojo members are training for their next belt test, also to be held at the summer camp. For more information on the camp and day-by-day schedule, see the link on the right side of this page. Stay tuned for further information related to travel support and accommodation in Halifax. If you have any questions about the camp, please contact me.
“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz
- Last Day of Classes: The last day of class for this training session is June 22. Classes will resume in September. Stay tuned for the date.
- Please kindly check your records to ensure that your fees are paid to the end of June.
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- Published: 22 March 2018 22 March 2018
- Last Updated: 27 April 2018 27 April 2018
This past month was busy with preparations for belt testing and of course the competition at the Canadian National Karate Championships held in Halifax. Congratulations to our dojo members who advanced a belt level – including our three new Shodans: Sempai Peter Lawrence, Sempai Ethan Baker and Sempai Diego Ruiz.
At the national championships, the Alberta Provincial team had its best results ever, receiving 7 gold, 2 silver and 12 bronze medals. Congratulations to the entire Alberta team for their hard work and commitment. A special mention goes to Sempai Mariah Blunt for her bronze medal finish in her senior division and to Sempai Ethan Baker for his bronze medal finish in his junior division.
The coming weeks will also be very busy. On April 20 through to April 22 we have the pleasure of welcoming Soke Sensei and Higuchi Sensei to Calgary for a workshop. The workshop will be held at Ecole Rose Sauvage – the schedule has been posted. Please see the event (right) for details.
Mark your calendars for another summer camp in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. This edition is slated for July 11 to 15. Our friend German Sensei has planned numerous workshops and training sessions that will – as usual – provide great learning opportunities and lots of fun. More information about the summer camp will be provided over the next few weeks.
Congratulations to Sempai Ethan Baker and Sempai Diego Ruiz on their kumite results at the recent US Open Competition in Las Vegas over the Easter Weekend. Sempai Ethan took the gold medal in his division while Sempai Diego took the silver medal in his division. As well they were both part of the bronze medal contingent in junior team kumite. Well done to both for their hard-won results!
- Class Cancellations: Spring break week – the last class before spring break is Thursday, March 22, with the first day back at class, Tuesday, April 3.
- Calgary Open Shotokan Cup – Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Details at Karate Alberta website.
- Soke Sensei Visit and Clinic – April 20 to April 22. Schedule has been posted. See the event for details.
- Karate Alberta Tournament – Sunday, April 29 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Details at Karate Alberta website.
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From Karate by Jesse http://www.karatebyjesse.com
Note: I came across the following article and thought our dojo parents might enjoy it. I know I did!
Imagine the horror:
- You’ve been driving your kids to Karate class, tournaments and camps for years.
- You’ve spent boatloads of money on uniforms, belts, gradings and equipment.
- You’ve invested hundreds of hours to relentlessly push your kids to the limit.
Then one day…
BANG! They quit. Just like that. You’re heartbroken. Flabbergasted. Why?! You try to talk to them. You try to convince them to continue. You tell them they’ve come too far to quit now – give it another shot, kiddo! But nothing works. When a child makes her mind up, there’s not much you can do really.