The dojo has had a very busy fall season with full classes and multiple competition and training events for our competitors. Karate Alberta has held several development clinics aimed at supporting and developing our kumite and kata athletes. In addition, Karate Alberta (KA) held its first tournament on November 18 in Edmonton. This tournament is an important building block for our athletes vying for spot on the Karate Alberta Provincial team as membership on the team enables athletes to represent our dojo (and themselves!) at the Canadian National Championships to be held in Laval, Quebec in July 2024.
Congratulations to our dojo members for their excellent results at the KA tournament:
- Omar Almishri: 1st in Advanced Open Kumite; 2nd in Junior Advanced Kumite (-68KG)
- Mariah Blunt: 2nd in Advanced Open Kumite
- Kurt Ho: 1st in Junior Advanced Kumite (-61KG)
- Mavis Ho: 1st in Junior Advanced Kumite (-59 KG)
Congratulations also go out to Diego Ruiz; he recently competed at the K1 Series A Tournament in Matosinhos, Portugal. Well done for earning the chance to represent yourself and your dojo on the world stage!
Members recently had the opportunity to learn from World Karate Federation #1 Ranked Anzhelika Terliuga. The kumite workshop was open to all ages; our athletes and coaches in attendance were hugely impressed and have returned to the dojo with many new drills and techniques that will benefit all ages and levels in our dojo.
The Canada Open Karate Championships are scheduled for December 2 and 3 in Richmond, BC. Our dojo will be well represented by Kurt Ho and Mavis Ho in their respective kumite divisions and by Sensei Gary Burniston as Referee/Judge.
Our dojo recently completed our annual Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser. Thank you to all who contributed! Please pick up your order at the dojo after class on December 14. In all, the dojo sold $2,263 in chocolates resulting in $568 funds for future dojo events. A huge thank you to Rose Buckie and Sensei Mariah Blunt for organizing the fundraiser!
- Last day of classes before the winter holiday break: Tuesday, December 19
- First day of classes in 2024: Tuesday, January 9
- If you will be late or absent from class, please text your instructor to let them know
- For participants in the adult class, bring all your kumite equipment to each class to ensure you are ready to fully participate in any drills or techniques being taught
One final note: remember, that while we are happy to celebrate the efforts and successes of our competitors as they represent themselves, our dojo, the province and the country in the karate community, each and every dojo member has contributed to their progress and development. When we come to class ready to learn, while challenging ourselves and our training partners, we support each other in our karate aspirations, whether that is the top of a podium, a referee designation or the next color of belt.
Enjoy your training!
I am sure we have all heard about the horrible floods in Libya. We have multiple families in our dojo from Libya and unfortunately some of them have been directly affected by the floods.
“The current flood disaster in Libya is a calamity of epic proportions. The death toll in the devastated Mediterranean city of Derna is 5,200, and it’s expected to rise as recovery operations continue. The number of deaths could potentially reach 40,000. More than 5,000 people are missing and about 7,000 were injured.
The flooding was caused by Storm Daniel, which swept through the eastern part of the country. The storm led to catastrophic and unprecedented flooding. Two dams burst upstream from the city on Sunday afternoon, releasing a wall of water that tore through Derna, sweeping away buildings and the people inside them.
Residential neighborhoods disappeared after the torrents swept them into the sea along with thousands of their residents. The situation is catastrophic and unprecedented in Libya. The United Nations in Libya is closely following the emergency caused by severe weather conditions in the eastern region of the country.
At least 30,000 people have been left homeless by the catastrophic flooding. The first satellite images from the disaster zone showed huge devastation to a coastal city. Rescuers and aid convoys are struggling to get to Derna, which has only one functional road left leading into it.
This is a developing situation and the full extent of the disaster is still being assessed.”
To help fundraise a GoFundMe site has been set up here. Please take a moment to have a look and contribute where you can. Thank you for your support!
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.