Hope to see everyone at the 6th Annual All Alberta Karate Invitational Tournament this weekend (November 23) at Crescent Heights High School!

 

When: Saturday, November 23. Set-up begins at 8:00 am. Competition begins at 9:30 am.

Where: Crescent Heights High School: 1019 1st Street NW, Calgary, AB

More information and a tournament package can be found here.

UPDATE!  A schedule for the tournament has been published and can be found here.

This competition – which we co-host with Sensei Adam Wackershauser – has grown significantly over the past few years and we expect this one to be the biggest ever with more than 200 entries across a range of recreational and competitive divisions. I hope everyone competing has a great tournament! Thank you in advance for all of the volunteers helping with set-up, registration, marshalling, scoring, refereeing and the million other tasks that have to get done to run a successful event. We couldn’t do it without you!

Speaking of the tournament, I know everyone has been preparing their katas and working hard on kumite to be ready for the competition. As we work on kumite techniques, I often have athletes ask me which technique is going to work the best. Everyone is looking to have a secret weapon that will allow them to surprise their opponents. Is it a head kick, a sweep or a flurry of punches? Well, as we’ve discovered over the past few weeks, it might be any of those techniques, but it’s not you who decides. It’s your opponent. Even if you feel that your head kick is excellent, if your opponent has a very strong guard protecting his or her head, why would you throw a technique that won’t score? Instead, a strong guard protecting their head means they likely aren’t thinking about a sweep. Or a body kick. So, while you might be itching to throw the head kick you have been practising, the smart karateka will see what opportunities are available and use techniques to capitalize on them.

 

Announcements

  • Please check your records to see that you are up to date in paying your training fees! Note that the three-month fee payment is due before the training session occurs.
  • Last Classes before Winter Break will be on December 20, 2019

"Nobody who gave their best ever regretted it." George Halas

 

Enjoy Your Training!

Gary Sabean

Head Instructor