May 2016

When we set goals and develop a training plan to support them, we often consider what might get in the way: an injury, not enough time to train, not enough commitment.  I don’t think an earthquake and damages resulting from it would ever enter our minds – but that’s where we are.  While making a change to our training can be a challenge, it has a positive


ICKF - NS Chito-ryu Summer Camp and Friendship Tournament

ICKF Nova Scotia is holding a summer camp and friendship bogu tournament from August 3rd to 7th in Yarmouth, NS.  Details and schedule can be found here.  Watch this space as we will publish more information as it comes in. This will be a great camp with lots of training and special events planned.  There will be something for every rank and skill


Soke Cup Postponed

Due to the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto the Soke Cup scheduled for August has been postponed.  As soon as we here of a new date we will let you know. 

Unfortunately, it appears that the Sohonbu dojo was in one of the areas with more severe damage and as a result has sustained significant structural damage.  A fair bit of funds will be required for the


Recent Earthquakes – Island of Kyushu, City of Kumamoto

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Chito-Ryu friends in Japan – Soke Sensei and his family – as well as many karate colleagues we have had the honour and opportunity to work with over the years.  Right now we are waiting and watching, hoping that everyone is safe.  As we learn more about the situation, and how our travels to Japan in August may


April 2016

Congratulations to our dojo members who recently returned from the US open and Junior International Cup held in Las Vegas over the Easter weekend.  Sempai Mariah Blunt, Diego Ruiz and honorary dojo member – Ethan Strobach – all worked extremely hard and competed well.  Diego posted very strong results by winning the bronze medal in the Advanced


12th International Soke Cup

Here's a promotional video for the upcoming Soke Cup in Kumamoto, Japan from August 5th to 8th.

March 2016

Over the last few weeks we have been preparing our katas and kumite skills for both the Soke Cup and upcoming gradings.  We have adopted a new set of drills to prepare us for kata.  It includes lots of leg strengthening work, followed by line drills focusing on the range of stances needed for all of our katas.  Though our katas range in complexity, every


February 2016

Congratulations to our dojo members on the Karate Alberta Provincial team – Sempai Mariah, Ethan and Diego – for a very strong showing at the recent Canadian National Championships in Richmond, BC.  Sempai Mariah won a bronze medal in each of U21 and team kumite and Ethan won a silver medal in youth kumite.  The Alberta team had their best showing ever


January 2016

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a good holiday break and is ready to get back to training.  

As we finished out our classes in December, I was reviewing an important factor that is often missing from our training – intensity.  Both Plumacher and Brose Sensei, in their additional kumite sessions with us, noted it.  We can try to justify the lack of


December 2015

Congratulations to Sempai Mariah Blunt, Ethan Baker and Diego Ruiz-Silva as they were selected to the Karate Alberta Provincial team and will compete in kumite at the Canadian National Championships in Richmond, BC at the end of January. All three have worked very hard to secure a spot – this is Sempai Mariah’s sixth time as a team member and both


November 2015

The end of October and beginning of November have been busy with the Karate Alberta tournament held October 24 in Blackfalds and the all Alberta Karate Invitational tournament held November 7 in Calgary.  Congratulations to all of our participants in the Alberta competitions and thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help the


October 2015

We have been training for a month now – it’s great to see everyone getting back into the rhythm of classes.  Well done!  For both our new and returning members, September can be a challenge – new and refreshed techniques, new goals, and new priorities.  As I mentioned, the 70th anniversary of Chito Ryu and the Soke Cup will be held in Kumamoto,


September 2015

Welcome to a new training year for Sabean Karate Academy!  It’s great to see everyone again! I’d like to offer an especially warm welcome to our new students – thank you for choosing Sabean Karate Academy.  This website provides ongoing information about our club, training times, special events and fees, so please check back often.

At the start of


First Class - September 8th

Greetings.  I hope everyone had a relaxing summer and is ready for training again.  Our first class of the new season will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:00PM.  See you there!

Casino Volunteer Needed for Alberta Chito Kai

The Alberta Chito Kai Association is looking for a volunteer to help organize Casino events in Edmonton.  We are hoping for someone from Edmonton, but anyone from one of the clubs in Alberta would be welcome.  If you are interested in helping out please contact Sensei Grad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript


July - August 2015

The dojo is now on summer break – I hope everyone is getting the chance for some fun and relaxation and enjoying this wonderful weather! 

This is a quick reminder of the Canmore Summer Camp, scheduled for August 12 to 16 in Canmore, Albertafeaturing the world-wide head of Chito Ryu Karate, Chitose Sensei Soke, from Kumamoto, Japan. We are


June 2015

We are now in our last month of training before our summer break.  It’s hard to believe the time has gone by so fast – but it’s been great to see the results of your hard work throughout the year.  The last few weeks have been very busy with the Karate Alberta Recreational and Provincial Qualifier tournaments at the end of May and with Soke


We are on Twitter!

We are now on Twitter.  Please follow us for last-minute announcements, schedule changes, bulletins, or anything else that we care to tweet about.  Follow us at @SabeanKarate or simply click the Follow button found at the bottom of any page.


May 2015

As we move towards the end of our karate training year, there is one important concept that we should revisit.  Why are you here?  I know that might sound like an existential, out-there kind of question, but it’s an important one.  Each of us comes to karate for a different reason, but it’s important for you to know what your reason is.  If we cannot


April 2015

We had a busy start to April with a number of our dojo members travelling to Las Vegas to participate in the North American Cup and the US Open Tournaments.  Everyone represented our dojo well – with very good efforts and very good results.  In general, Canadian athletes showed very well, taking top places in a number of categories.  Here are the