Author - Shito

Karate National Championships 2017

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...

Thank You For Seeing It Through 

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...

Sensei Hiroshi Ota is a karate-do instructor at Keio University in Japan, and he met Sato Sensei about ten years ago in India.

(Check out our new website: Sensei Ota's university Karate club sempai is Mr. Nakura, the WKF general secretary, who was one of the key proponents for Karate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020. On Tuesday, October 25, Sensei Sato has invited Sensei Ota to come back to Vancouver for a seminar, from 7-9 pm. $20 per adult, $10 for juniors. See you there!

Keeping Up Standards

Competitive karate-do offers opportunities to develop and present our skills honed in practice.  Having officials who are knowledgeable and experienced supports that.   Here are a few familiar faces at the German Open in Hamburg. Who knows, with the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo in four years, we might recognize more faces next year.

Nikkei Demonstrations

The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby had its annual festival during Labour Day Saturday and Sunday.  Both days, we participated in karate-do demos, alongside practitioners of aikido, kendo, jujitsu, and judo.  Here are a few photos from Day One.