A warm welcome to everyone as we begin our 2014-15 season at Sabean Karate Academy! It’s great to see so many returning members and new participants too.  Our club practices the Chito-Ryu style of karate, one of the oldest styles of karate in Canada. Chito-Ryu karate offers participants excellent physical conditioning and strong mental discipline, as well as a proven method of self-defense.

From September to June, classes are offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  Classes are split according to experience/belt color (Kyu) and age.  See the Club Information tab for complete class times and club location. Registration for the 2014-15 training year is ongoing. New participants are encouraged to contact us for further information at 403-827-1871 and/or attend a class to discover firsthand the challenge and fun of learning karate. See the Forms section under the Support tab for printable application and waiver forms.

During the summer we were fortunate to have a visit from Soke Sensei – the world-wide head of Chito-Ryu Karate.  He facilitated four intensive days of training at our friend Shimizu Sensei’s dojo in Canmore.  During that time we gained greater insight into the meaning and practice of our techniques:  kata, bunkai, kumite and bo.  We also received a refresher in dojo etiquette.  As we get back into our training regime, we will introduce the concepts that Soke Sensei shared with us. 

You may notice that the website has a new gallery section – we will be including pictures from various camps, competitions and classes as they become available – check back often!

 Starting (or restarting!) training can be a bit overwhelming with all of the information we share.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  And as I emphasized in class, if you have an injury or physical limitations, please let me know so that, together, we can effectively modify your training techniques.

Enjoy your training!

Shihan Gary Sabean

Head Instructor