We are saddened at the news of the passing of Soke Sensei's mother at the age of 96. I have fond memories of her and in particular my first visit to Japan. I travelled to Japan after the world championships in Malaysia. Somehow I managed to become sick with food poisoning and Soke's Mom took it upon herself to look after me. Can you
Sensei Masayoshi Nishiuchi, Shito Ryu world champion, and member of the Karate Alberta Team will be teaching our kumite class this Friday December 12th. If you can make it please come on out as you don't want to miss this opportunity to train with a world class kumite specialist.
Over this past weekend our dojo, along with Sensei Adam Wackershauser’s dojo, held our inaugural All Alberta Karate Invitational Tournament at Bowness High School. The tournament was a great success – more than 180 athletes competed in categories ranging from flag kumite for four-year-olds to kumite for over-35-year olds, and everything in
Thanks to everyone for your commitment and hard work over the past weeks – our training has been going very well as evidenced by some strong participation at the recent Karate Alberta Recreational and PQ Tournament. And even if you did not participate in the tournament, know that your support – either through volunteering or when we all work
We have had a great start to our karate training year – everyone has gotten back into the rhythm of training very quickly – which is excellent! The competitors within the club have had several opportunities already this year to continue and enhance their training in preparation for upcoming Karate Alberta Tournaments and, ultimately the Canadian
The school has informed us that they are using the gym on Thursday for a special event. All classes will be cancelled on Thursday, October 9th. Also note there no classes on Friday, October 10th for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Take this opportunity to do some training on your own. You can do some conditioning and stretching, or work on you
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
For those members who normally attend the adult classes and are interested in getting in some summer fitness training we will be holding fun-run sessions Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00PM at Baker Park. Our first run will be on July 8th. This will be an informal gathering so please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before as we will set out
Happy Canada Day Everyone!
Our dojo is now on summer break. Classes resume on September 9 at 6 pm for the white/yellow belts. Registration is ongoing – membership fees are paid in three-month blocks – for new members, registration and fee payment occurs when you join.
Remember, Soke Sensei – the worldwide head of Chito Ryu Karate, is holding a
It’s hard to believe we are into the month of June already – it has been an excellent year for the club and I am so impressed with how hard everyone has worked and all of the new skills and techniques you have acquired. Well done to everyone for your commitment and perseverance!
Over the past month we have been focussing once again on helping
Here are a few additional announcements for May.
In spring, our attention often turns to outdoor sports, other activities and end-of-year school commitments. And though spring still seems to be nowhere in sight here in Calgary, the baseball and soccer calendars are filling up. While it is tempting to direct all of our efforts toward the new activities in our schedules, it is important to keep
This past month has seen us spend a lot of time working on strength and flexibility. I have been emphasizing the idea that flexibility comes not only from supple muscles, but, more importantly, from strong muscles. For example, we have done lots and lots of lunges, some with tedo weights and some without – but all are focused on training a
Sorry for the short notice, but due to school use the children's and adult classes will be cancelled for Thursday March 13th. Please check the schedule for alternate class times.
Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on our sparring stances. While the 50-50 weighting we have been working on is not new, I have put a much stronger emphasis on lowering your stances, ensuring that your back foot is at a 45 degree angle and, most importantly, staying engaged in that position for the entire match. When done correctly,
Alberta Chito Kai (the provincial Chito Ryu association) is holding a casino fundraiser in April and is in urgent need of volunteers. The casino will be held at Cash Casino at 4040 Blackfoot Trail SE in Calgary on April 25 and 26. Volunteers are needed for the following positions:
Important! No classes on Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th for the Family Day long weekend.
All three of our dojo members competing at the national championships – Mariah Blunt, Noah Thompson and Joseph Workman – represented us well, with Mariah capturing the bronze medal in her division for junior kumite.
Well done to all! For
Please remember that though fees are paid in three-month installments, there are 10 months in our training year. So depending on when you first joined the club, your fee payments may not match with a September or January start. As a result some members have gotten behind in payments by one or more months. Please kindly review your cancelled
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday season. We are now ready to jump back into training – classes resume on Tuesday, January 7, with the children’s class at 6 pm.
2014 promises to be an exciting year – and it begins with the Canadian National Karate Championships in Richmond, BC, January 17 to 19. Three of our dojo
As another year draws to a close, it is a good time to look back on what we have accomplished. The focus for our training has been on basics: our stances, controlled movements, speed and power. We have been working hard at ensuring that the Kihons become second nature to all and we have spent time focusing on the specific Katas and Bunkais needed
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