- Published: 17 September 2018 17 September 2018
- Last Updated: 17 September 2018 17 September 2018
Welcome back to all returning members and to those new to the dojo, thank you for choosing Sabean Karate Academy! We have had a challenging start to the year with our dojo being unavailable while the floor is being refinished. Though we haven’t begun our physical training together for the year – currently our start date is September 25 – now is a great time to consider our mental preparation. Whether starting something new or just coming back from a break, it’s always a good idea to think about what brought you here. Consider these questions to help you figure out how to have a fun, challenging and successful year in karate:
- What are your goals for the year?
- What do you hope to achieve/abilities you want to develop?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What actions are you willing to take to get there?
- How will you know when you have arrived? What is the measure of your success?
- What might get in your way?
- Who can help you on your quest?
If you need any help setting goals for this year, contact me.
As we closed out our training in June, we talked a bit about the changes each of us could make to gain the greatest improvements. And while enhanced fitness, strength, flexibility and speed are all important, changing the way we think will have the greatest impact. We all tend to pigeon-hole ourselves: I’m not fast enough, other competitors are stronger, I’m not experienced enough. But if we take some time to change the way we think about the challenges we face, chances are good that we will see significant improvements.
Speaking of challenges, our provincial team members will begin preparing right away for the 2019 national championships. This year the competition has been divided according to age: the Canadian National Senior Championships will be held in Montreal in January, while the Canadian National Junior Championships will be held here in Calgary in May. Stay tuned for more information about these important competitions and, for the Calgary event, ways to get involved.
- No fees are required for September – please adjust your records accordingly
- Class cancellation: No class on Friday, October 5 for the Thanksgiving Weekend
“Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they are crazy enough.” Colin Kaepernick
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- Published: 07 August 2018 07 August 2018
- Last Updated: 14 September 2018 14 September 2018
Update - The saga continues.
We just received another call from the school indicating that the contractor is late on getting the gym ready for use. Unfortunately this means the gym will not be ready until at least Tuesday, September 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Owing to the lateness of the start of classes we will not be charging for classes until October.
Here is an image of beach training in Halfix this summer. You can find more images here: https://www.facebook.com/Halifax-Ryuseikan-Karate-Club-182270369778/ Enjoy.
- 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: 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.