Monthly Archives - January 2014

Official Nationals Results From Our Seikokai Competitors

Claudia Laos-Loo (Ladner), 3rd, Kata Individual female Juniors; 3rd, Kumite Individual female Juniors -48 Miho Kataoka (Hombu), 7th, Kata Individual female Seniors; 5th, Kumite Individual female U21 -60 Evan Kwong (Hombu), 2nd, Kata Individual male Juniors; 2nd, Kumite Individual male Juniors -55 Erin Maher (Courtney), 5th, Kumite Individual female Cadets -54 Claudie DeMuylder (Courtney), 5th, Kumite Individual female Juniors +59 Lindsey MacDonald (Courtney), 7th, Kumite Individual female Juniors -53 Valerie Doyon (Campbell River), 2nd, Kumite Individual female Juniors -59 Kalan Anglos (Courtney), 4th, Kumite Individual male Seniors [...]

Congratulations Courtney Competitors at the Nationals

From Courtney Dojo, four competitors vied in their individual divisions:  Lindsey Macdonald in kumite,16/17 girls -53kg:  Claudie De Muylder in kumite, 16/17 girls +60 kg; Erin Maher in kumite, 14/15 girls -54kg; and Kalan Anglos in Men's Kumite -84kg. All 4 competitors competed in kumite.  They all fought very hard in their respective divisions.  All came very close to the podium but unfortunately missed the mark.  Kalan sustained a head injury which resulted in him being pulled from the competition going into the bronze [...]

Congratulations Claudia Laos-Loo!!

Claudia started at Ladner Karate when she was 7, following her older brother Alex. Claudia showed karate potential right from the start. Sensei Sato remarked at her orange belt test that one day she could be in the Karate Nationals. Claudia was shy and reluctant to enter tournaments.  However, a couple of years ago, she was encouraged to compete and begin training with Junya Yamamura at Nikkei Karate. With Junya's exceptional coaching, Claudia became an all around competitor in [...]

Congratulations, Valerie!

Valerie Doyon of Campbell River Shito Ryu competed at the Canadian National Championships this January 17 and18th in Richmond BC.  Valerie competed in the girls 16-17 -59 kg kumite division and had 5 fights.  She finished with a silver medal. Valerie is a very motivated student who works hard every night.  She does about 20 hours a week of training on her own and in the dojo. Valerie first came to the dojo when she was 8 years old, and has put in many hours [...]

Tremendous Thanks…

to the members of the UBC Dojo: The night before the National Championships were to begin, Mike Nakatsu and the members of the UBC club stayed at the Olympic Oval until about 3 am, setting up the tatami mats for the four competition rings.  Not a fun job.  It may be fun to rip them apart at the end of a competition, but it is a very...persnickety job putting them together so that they fit properly.  Those of you who [...]

Nationals 2014

This past weekend, the Canadian National Championships took place at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC.  I got a great view for two of the three days of competition, as I volunteered to do scorekeeping. I'm still awaiting access to the official list of competition results, but here are a few "attagirls" and "attaboys" to the participants who happen to train in Shitoryu: Claudia Laos-Loo, Ladner:  Kata Individual Female Juniors and Kumite Individual Female Juniors -48 kg Miho Kataoka, Hombu:  Kata Individual Female [...]

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For Future Reference…

For the next time you get ready for our beach karate-do practice, here are the tips we'd emailed before today's practice: Beach Practice Practical Wisdom ... Here are a few tips for our 44th beach practice on Saturday, January 11th, 2014, from 1-2 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 [...]

2014 Beach Practice

The last few days in Vancouver have been gray, with torrential rain and wind. Yes, not a huge deal compared to the snow storms back east, but wow, few of us were looking forward to training in the heavy rain! Thankfully, at exactly the time we were scheduled to train, the rains and winds stopped. Thank you to the members of the UBC club who arrived earlier to rake and clear the sand of sharp objects! Here we are against the [...]