Coordination? Check. Fancy moves? Check. Calm in the face of chaos? Check. Comedic timing demonstrating in the rain at the Sakura Festival? Priceless.
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
We were very fortunate today: after a month and a half of ice and snow build-up, then a week of torrential rain, we arrive to beautiful, mild, even sunny, weather. Thank you UBC members, for coming in to rake and clear our temporary sand dojo. With all the (rightful!) attention on the local and global events this Saturday, we thought our Beach practice would be a quiet event seen only by friends, family, and a few passers-by. Here are [...]
Beach Practice Practical Wisdom ... Here are a few tips for our 46th beach practice on Saturday, January 16th, 2016, from 1-1:45 PM, at English Bay. Eat a good (warm?) breakfast a couple of hours before practice. Arrive dressed warmly: fleece, warm socks and boots, hat, on top of your gi. Hang on to what body heat you have. Beg friends and/or family to be there to cheer you on, take photos, and hold your stuff. You will be so grateful they are [...]
10. Rugrats Underfoot. 9. The Mental Crucible that is Testing. 8. Friends Old and New, From Near and Far (Yes, You, from Haida Gwaii!). 7. Expert Demos a.k.a. Spousal Negotiations - Someone Might Be Getting a Special Pinch When They Get Home. 6. Grown-Ups Having Fun, and Adolescent Fatigue. 5. Tournament and Competitive Training with Andreas and Junya. 4. The Annual General Meeting, a [...]
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 [...]