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 [...]
As some of you already know, we have done karate-do demonstrations at the Powell Street Festival for many years. This year we were offered an additional opportunity to do a demonstration, this time at VanDusen Gardens, during the Cherry Blossom -Sakura - Festival. The challenge? We were first on the roster: 10am, when the garden opened. Thankfully, it was a beautiful, bright day, so although our uniforms got muddy quickly in the morning dew, our spirits were high. The demo went [...]
Heartfelt tributes, a few tears, then of course one of Sensei Sato's stories, which led to more tears, this time accompanied by hysterical laughter. Can't recount the story to give it justice. As usual, it was all in the execution and timing. "Anyway, thank you."
Yesterday was the first Sato Cup Invitational Tournament since February 2013. Because it was our first tournament (in a long time) held in the fall instead of the winter, it felt like new. As usual, our members and friends worked tirelessly and passionately to make it as much a celebration of friendship and our karate-do community as it was a competition. Everyone was integral to the running of this tournament. This list is not inclusive and will be added [...]
There are several events in BC COMING UP fast! As mentioned a few days ago, the Qe'pen Tournament in Pemberton/Mount Currie is in early October. Also, Campbell River Dojo is also holding a tournament - details to come. OF COURSE, the biggest adjustment to make is to get ready for the SATO CUP, which is moving to the Fall (instead of the Winter). Mark this weekend down please: November 15, 2014! Here are the details for the [...]
The first weekend of October will be the 5th Qe'pen First Nations Karate Invitational Tournament, open to practitioners of traditional karate-do. This is not only a competition; it is a celebration of young First Nations karate-ka in the Whistler-Pemberton-Mount Currie area. Come participate if you can!
For those of you in Vancouver tomorrow, Hombu Dojo is holding a fundraiser, to benefit the survivors of last year's typhoon in the Philippines. Sato Sensei was in the Philippines a few months ago, and learned that many continue to struggle in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Therefore, tomorrow, Saturday, March 29th, from 10;30am-12;30pm, at Hombu Dojo, in the Peretz Centre, there will be mini-lessons conducted by branch club instructors and demonstrations by all clubs present. Association members are [...]
On behalf of Shihan Sato and the Shito-ryu Seikokai Association of B.C, here are the official belt test results, from the examinations taken on November 10, 2013, during the Black Belt/Brown Belt Workshop at Hombu Dojo. The following Dan grades were awarded. James McCarthy, Rokudan (Victoria) Tony Han, Nidan (Nikkei) Warren MacLean Shodan (Hombu) Takeshi Fukuda, Shodan (Pemberton) Kota Fukuda, Shodan Ho (Pemberton) Congratulations! See you all at the next Black Belt/Brown Belt Workshop, scheduled for the Spring on Vancouver Island.