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Sensei Hiroshi Ota is a karate-do instructor at Keio University in Japan, and he met Sato Sensei about ten years ago in India.

(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!

Keeping Up Standards

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.

Eating Out With Miura Sensei!

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.    

No Rest For the Wicked…Even on a Holiday Weekend, Part 3

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 [...]

No Rest For the Wicked…Even on a Holiday Weekend, Part 2, aka the Powell Street Festival

This past Saturday and Sunday was the 40th Powell Street Festival, Vancouver's celebration of our local homegrown Japanese community and culture. Again, we were invited to do a karate demonstration for the public, and we gave it our all. We arrived about an hour before, to warm up together. Even members not participating directly in the demo came to support us. Viki W. was our announcer, and she represented us well with her firsthand knowledge of our Hombu quirks and with her [...]