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.”

 

Announcements

  • 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!

Gary Sabean

Head Instructor