In the past, competitors qualified for many KarateBC-sanctioned events through zone competitions. In recent years, we have moved to participation-based events. Here are a few photos from the non-elite level competitions, run by many of our elite-level competitors. These enable the more advanced to share their expertise, and the newer karateka to gain some hands-on experience.
IMG_8162 Last Sunday was our third year participating in the martial arts demonstration at the Nikkei Festival at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural. This year, we were elegantly sandwiched between the kendo and shorinji tempo segments. Here we are making the transition alongside the kendo practitioners. Of course, us being the foodies that we are, many of us shared a meal afterwards.
Frank W. from Germany (by way of Detroit, USA) came to Hombu for Friday night practice, and got...incorporated into our Powell Street Featival demo preparations, all in good fun. Then, of course, we went out to eat! Lovely of you to join us during your vacation, hope to train with you again!
Subject: Official Dan Test Results (June 11 2017) On behalf of Soke Akira Sato and the Shitoryu Satokai Canada Association, I would like to officially inform you of the belt test results. The following Dan grades were awarded. Jascha Espley Shodan Nikkei Nia Laos-Loo Shodan BMK Daniel Wong Junior Black Campbell River Cody Chamberlin Junior Black Campbell River Mert Horita, President, Shitoryu Satokai Canada Association June 12, 2017
Here is our beautiful new Satokai logo. The outside design comes from part of Sensei Sato's family crest, or kamon. The Japanese characters around the bottom translate as: Sato-Ha Shito-Ryu International Federation. The middle character is Do, "way" or "path", as in Karate-do. It was beautifully executed by Misaki Narutaki, a professional Shodo calligrapher in Japan, who lived here for a few years and was friends with many at Hombu Dojo. Congratulations for a job well done!
Karate has always been for me an enjoyable sport and way of self-expression but I never thought that it would give me the opportunity to represent my dojo and province at the Canadian National Tournament. Arriving into Quebec City, I was both excited and nervous but my goal was simple: to stand on the podium. My competition for Kata was very difficult. It was a large division made up of 17 competitors from all corners the country. It was certainly [...]
On behalf of Shihan Sato and the Shito-ryu Seikokai Association of B.C, I would like to officially inform you of the belt test results. The following Dan grades were awarded. John Cruz Shodan Hombu Gregory Yu Shodan Hombu Dheva Setiaputra Shodan Hombu Mert Horita, President, Shito-ryu Seikokai Assoc. of B.C. January 23, 2017