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.
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
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 [...]