The three months or so before every Sato Cup are always a buzz of activity, culminating in the weeks, the days, the nights before, where we wonder if we will get it ready. As usual, it is thanks to the volunteers, organizers, and sponsors. I don't have the (appropriate) photos of everyone who gave of their creativity, commitment, and sheer time and effort to make this yet another successful tai kai, an opportunity for meeting and friendship through competition and celebration. [...]
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."
A performance by our own Viki W., accompanied by The Lonesome Town Painters.
Less bombastic than prior years - remember Sato Sensei in front of the erupting volcano?!? - but still highly dramatic. Tony Sensei wore a wetsuit and stood shoulder-deep in the January surf to capture this image of the annual beach practice!
ShitoRyu Seikokai Karate-Do, Hombu Dojo Announces our 45th Annual Karate-Do Beach Practice By Susana Cheng December 21, 2014 Vancouver, BC - 2015 will be the 45th year that our Shihan, Sensei Akira Sato, has been teaching karate-do in Canada. As he has done every year, he will be leading our 45th Annual Karate-Do Beach Practice on Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1 to 2 PM, at English Bay. This is our karate-do version of the Polar Bear Swim. At 1 o'clock sharp, we will [...]