- 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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- Published: 23 February 2018 23 February 2018
- Last Updated: 24 February 2018 24 February 2018
Congratulations to our dojo members selected for the 2018 Karate Alberta Provincial team! Returning team members are Sempai Mariah Blunt (8th time team member and gold medallist in her U21 kumite division), Ethan Baker (3rd time) and Diego Ruiz-Silva (3rd time). Making their debut on the team are Darshleen Singh, Hafid Ben Mahmud and Muhimen Ben Mahmud. They will compete at the Canadian National Karate Championships, being held in Halifax on March 9 to 11. We know their perseverance and hard work will be rewarded and we wish them the best as they represent themselves, our dojo and the province. Well done to all!
Over the last month we have been working to help athletes prepare for nationals as well as belt testing. With significant challenges facing many of our dojo members, it’s important to remember the value of positive self-talk. Everyone has been working hard to perfect techniques, improve fitness and create the proper mindset for success. But an important factor in all of that is confidence. And confidence is built not only on diligent practice, but also on reminding ourselves of the hard work we do each training session and the improvements that result from that.
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
- Class Cancellations: Note that with the upcoming national championships and the Easter/spring break, there will be changes and breaks in our class schedule – please see the column on the right side of this page for specifc dates and times.
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- Published: 08 March 2014 08 March 2014
- Last Updated: 26 June 2016 26 June 2016
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.