- 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.”
- 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: 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.