- Published: 12 October 2017 12 October 2017
- Last Updated: 15 October 2017 15 October 2017
We have been back at training for about a month – hopefully everyone is feeling like their brains and bodies are in the training groove. Welcome to our new members! The focus over the next weeks and months will be on supporting our fellow dojo members as they prepare for upcoming tournaments, as well as gradings. Colored belts who are ready, including brown belts, will grade before Christmas, whereas black belts who are ready will grade in the new year. Please speak to me if you have any questions about what gradings include and/or how you can prepare yourself for them. We will provide further information on grading dates in the coming weeks.
Karate Alberta has a busy weekend planned in St. Albert, October 21-22. On October 21, there is a Provincial Prospect Team Training scheduled for athletes who wish to be considered for the provincial team. That same day, KA is offering an officials’ clinic, including theory and practical evaluations for Karate Alberta members wishing to become certified WKF officials or enhance their current certification. On October 22, KA is hosting a tournament, open to anyone who wishes to compete from either the children’s or adult class. If you have any questions about any of these events, go to the Karate Alberta site for further information or contact me.
We wish the best of luck to Sempai Mariah Blunt as she has qualified to compete at the 2017 WKF Junior, Cadet & U21 World Championships in Tenerife, Spain, October 25-29. Mariah’s category includes more than 40 of the world’s best U21 kumite athletes. She has worked very hard to get there and we know she will do an excellent job of representing herself, her dojo and Canada!
- Class cancellations: classes are cancelled on the following days due to school use: Thursday, October 26 and Thursday, November 23
“A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity. A positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty.”
- Published: 20 August 2017 20 August 2017
- Last Updated: 20 August 2017 20 August 2017
Greetings. I hope everyone had a relaxing summer and is ready for training again. Our first class of the new season will be on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00PM. See you there!
- Published: 20 June 2017 20 June 2017
- Last Updated: 13 September 2017 13 September 2017
We are well into the last month of training before summer break – our final class day is Tuesday, June 27. It’s been a busy year and I have seen great progress at all levels in the dojo. Our younger students have become more active – with many students from the children’s class participating in their first tournament this past year. As well, a number of students have started training at our Friday night kumite classes – these are challenging classes and you have all shown good karate spirit and commitment. The three members of the provincial team from our dojo – Sempai Mariah Blunt, Ethan Baker and Diego Ruiz have also had a very strong year – competing provincially and nationally. Sempai Mariah will compete internationally at the Youth World Cup in Umag, Croatia in the next few weeks, followed by the Cadet & Junior Pan American Championship (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in August and the Cadet & Junior World Championship (Tenerife, Spain) in October. We also offer our support and good wishes to the provincial athletes that regularly train with us on Friday nights. Some of them will be competing internationally this summer. Congratulations to all and best of luck in all upcoming competitions!
At the end of May, we had several great training sessions with Soke Sensei, as well as Taneda Sensei and Higuchi Sensei. The classes, held in Canmore and here at our dojo in Calgary, touched on a wide variety of skills and once again gave us greater insight into the array of techniques that comprise the Chito Ryu style.
Though our thoughts might be turning to summer vacations and lazy days – it’s important to remember all the hard work that you put in this year. Keep up your fitness and remember to practice techniques, kihons and katas now and again to keep them fresh in your mind. If you have any questions about which techniques to work on this summer, or if you are interested in the Plumacher Sensei Kumite camps and need more information, contact me.
“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere.”
Have a great summer!
- 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.