It's late in the day. Everyone is getting tired. We're all hungry and most of the medals have been awarded. As divisions finish the ring mats are getting packed up - like taking apart a giant jigsaw! And yet we are not finished. Still there are people who want to compete, have experiences they haven't had, or experiences they want to repeat. Karateka are a tenacious bunch, as are those who support us. So many stuck it out with us into [...]
Sensei Hiroshi Ota is a karate-do instructor at Keio University in Japan, and he met Sato Sensei about ten years ago in India.Shito
(Check out our new website: shitoryu.net) Sensei Ota's university Karate club sempai is Mr. Nakura, the WKF general secretary, who was one of the key proponents for Karate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020. On Tuesday, October 25, Sensei Sato has invited Sensei Ota to come back to Vancouver for a seminar, from 7-9 pm. $20 per adult, $10 for juniors. See you there!
Hello! Our annual invitational tournament is Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the BCIT Sportplex. Want to register? Go to www.shitoryu.net - our new, vastly updated website! (Check that out!) The registration package is online. Want to watch and support competitors? Come on the date!
Competitive karate-do offers opportunities to develop and present our skills honed in practice. Having officials who are knowledgeable and experienced supports that. Here are Andreas Kuntze and Trevor Walmsley (centre) at the German Open in Hamburg. Who knows, with the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo in four years, we might recognize more faces next year.
Miura Sensei, who lived and trained in Vancouver for many years, recently came back for a visit. After 2 weeks, he and his mother Mrs. Miura had a lovely Chinese dinner with several longtime karateka and our children, including Miura Sensei's daughter Chelsea and her husband Dennis.
Mid-summer is a great time to visit other dojos, and this year we were invited to come train with the Gibsons Club on the Sunshine Coast ...the day after the Powell Street Festival demo. We few, we intrepid (caffeine-deprived) few, managed to get on the early Sunday morning ferry. Homemade muffins helped. We were picked up by Sensei Dallas on the other side and taken to our third outdoor dojo of the weekend. Thankfully the weather cooperated. After a shared training [...]