- Published: 07 December 2017 07 December 2017
- Last Updated: 16 December 2017 16 December 2017
Thank you once again to everyone who supported the All Alberta Karate Invitational Tournament held on November 25. From the volunteers who helped with activities such as set-up, take-down, scorekeeping and officiating to the athletes who not only competed but assisted younger members of our dojo through coaching and warm-up: these contributions were integral to the tournament’s success. Well done to all!
Following the tournament, we had a short debrief about what worked well and what could be improved from both athletes’ and volunteers’ viewpoints. The debrief helped us all to understand tournament demands from a variety of perspectives – and everyone came away with ideas for how to improve. One important point, particularly for athletes, is related to discipline and sportsmanship. This is a carry-over from the discipline and respect we show in the dojo every day. While we can all get carried away focusing on a specific technique or scenario – it is important to remember that karate is based on discipline and respect. And no matter the situation, we all must bring that attitude to every interaction we have with Senseis, Sempais, officials and our fellow karateka.
With the All Alberta Tournament completed, our attention turns to two important events: ongoing preparation for athletes vying for a place on the Alberta Provincial team and gradings for those deemed eligible. The try-outs and preparation for the provincial team are ongoing – the team selection should be finalized in January.
Though we have talked in general terms about conducting gradings in the next few months, it’s important to remember that grading for Shodan and above (current brown and black belts) requires a recommendation – i.e. before a schedule can be set for grading, I will confirm with each of you whether or not you are ready. Grading for colored belts in the adult class requires a similar approach – a discussion with me to confirm if you are ready. Currently, there is no grading schedule set for anyone. Keep in mind that grading isn’t about getting a different colored belt or title. Rather, it’s valuable not only because it assesses your skill and understanding of specific techniques, but also because it ensures that you have a solid foundation of knowledge from which to move to the next level successfully and safely. For Shodan and above, grading answers both the “how?” and “why?” for performance of specific techniques. If you have any questions about grading, please contact me.
“Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.”
- The last day of class before the Christmas/Holiday break is Tuesday, December 19. There will be one combined kids class from 6:45 to 7:30pm that evening. The adult class will be held as scheduled. Classes will resume on January 4, 2018.
- Please remember to stay active over the Christmas break!
Happy holidays to everyone!
- Published: 18 November 2017 18 November 2017
- Last Updated: 18 November 2017 18 November 2017
Congratulations to Sempai Mariah Blunt and the entire Canadian contingent who recently competed and coached at the WKF Junior, Cadet & U21 World Championships in Tenerife, Spain. Sempai Mariah completed the competition – her last in the Under 21 category – with a 9th place finish. Well done Sempai!
The coming weeks will continue to have a dual focus: helping eligible students to prepare for upcoming belt tests as well as helping all interested athletes to prepare for the upcoming 2017 All Alberta Karate Invitational tournament. This tournament will be held in Calgary on November 25. See the link on the right side of this page for more information. Please note that this is the 4th edition of the tournament where the goal is to further foster the development of athletes of all ages in a fun and competitive environment. The tournament has been a great success since its inception because of the commitment of both athletes and volunteers. Volunteers can assist with range of activities for a couple of hours or the whole day. Please contact me or Sempai Mariah with any questions about the competition and to volunteer – help us to make this tournament a rewarding day for everyone.
- Class cancellation: classes are cancelled on Thursday, November 23, due to school use.
- Belt testing before Christmas is still the plan for eligible colored belts. Eligible black belts will test after Christmas. Please contact me with any questions.
- Sensei Luis Plumacher is holding a Kumite Clinic open to all interested athletes, green belt and up, age 11 and older, on Saturday, December 2. Contact me for more details.
- We have been asked by the school custodial staff to ensure that we leave our shoes in the front hall on the mats provided, though we will still leave our gym bags in the hall just outside the gym during classes.
- The last day of classes before the Christmas break is Tuesday December 19. Classes restart on Thursday, January 4.
“The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude.”
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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.