- Published: 31 January 2019 31 January 2019
- Last Updated: 31 January 2019 31 January 2019
Congratulations to Sensei Mariah Blunt for her strong results at the recent Canadian National Karate Championships held in Gatineau, Quebec on January 19 and 20. Blunt Sensei finished second overall in a very challenging kumite division. Congratulations also go out to Sempai Brooklyn Buckie for her strong showing – she finished 5th in the same tough kumite division in her first senior National Championships. Well done to both! As well, special thanks to Rose Buckie for her dedication and hard work as manager of the senior national team!
We are well into the New Year – our holiday break already seems like a long time ago – but now it’s time to get back to work! Every January we are inundated with messages about tidying up, organizing or simplifying. And while those are most often talking about your personal space, they can also be applied to what we do every day in karate. If, when we are practicing techniques, we take a moment to tidy up a stance by removing extra movements, the results are much better. During training, if we take the time to organize or categorize movements, the results can be surprising. For example, last week we worked on head kicks – but we started the training with sweeps. While they are two different techniques and create two different reactions, we use the same movement to perform both of them. Mastering the one movement enables us to have two more tools in our kumite arsenal. Finally, the idea of simplifying is very useful when fatigue sets in. When you remove extra movements, tighten your muscles and take a second to reset your form, you’ll be able to draw that little bit of extra energy you used on wasted movement. So – now if someone asks, you can absolutely say you did some January tidying!
- CLASS CANCELLATIONS: February 15, 2019 for the Family Day long weekend
Mastering techniques takes hard work, developing tactics takes knowledge.
Enjoy Your Training!
- Published: 20 December 2018 20 December 2018
- Last Updated: 20 December 2018 20 December 2018
Our Fall 2018 training session is about to wrap up before the Christmas/Holiday break. Though we got off to a slow start with the gym floor out of commission for almost one month, since then I have seen excellent effort and focus in the dojo.
Congratulations to Sensei Mariah Blunt and Sempai Brooklyn Buckie as they were selected to the Senior Karate Alberta Provincial team and will represent Canada at the 2019 Senior National Karate Championships in Gatineau, Quebec on January 19-20, 2019. They are both repeat provincial team members and we wish them the best as they finalize their preparations for the competition. A number of athletes are vying for a position on the Junior Karate Alberta Provincial team in an effort to represent the province in the Junior National Championships to be held in Edmonton in May. Final selections will be made for the Junior team early in 2019.
Please take some time over the break for rest and relaxation with your family and friends, but do yourself a favour and include some fitness and training in the next two weeks. Otherwise, January training is going to hurt.
- The last day of class before the holiday break is Friday, December 21, 2018.
- First class after the holiday break is Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all! See you in 2019!
Enjoy Your Training!
- 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.