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 [...]
A week ago, we had a special kids-adult class to raise awareness about the impact of bullying. Recently, members of our club and those of other local martial arts clubs worked together to raise funds to support Pink T-shirt Day 2016, which occurred in Canada on February 22. If you don't know what it is, check out this website: pinktshirtday.ca The main purpose of our special class was to have fun together, to promote kindness, self-esteem, and most of all, connection, especially [...]
On behalf of Shihan Sato and the Shito-ryu Seikokai Association of B.C, I would like to officially inform you of the belt test results. The following Dan grades were awarded. Ger Vandeursen, Yondan, Ladner Club. Mike Nakatsu, Yondan, UBC Club. Linda Kong, Nidan, UBC Club. Karen Bozic, Shodan, Nikkei Club. Hannah Van Mook, Shodan, Mountain Karate Club. Nicolo Wakelin, Shodan, Hombu Dojo. Congratulations everyone!
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.
Last week, on June 16, Robert Sheng, the oldest member in our association, passed away. He had just turned 91. Robert Sensei was one of Sato Sensei's first students in Canada, starting his training in his mid-40s. He only stopped training in the last ten years, a 7th Degree Black Belt. He continued to teach Qi Gong, up until very recently. Our deepest sympathy to Robert Sensei's family. Thank you, Mrs. Sheng (Lillian), Mel, Roberta, Jennifer, and David, and your families. [...]
It was the forty-fifth time Sensei had done the winter beach practice and I did not know what to expect. I have only been practicing for a little over a year and this seemed like something only Black Belts would do but I could not miss this one and show up to practice the following week. (You're so right about missing Beach Practice, then showing up at the dojo the next week! Beach Practice is very much like commuting by [...]
Looking at this photo taken by a kind spectator from an apartment overlooking our practice on Saturday at English Bay, it looks like we had 50 karate-ka in attendance. Looks like 49, you say? We're also counting Tony Sensei, who made the grand sacrifice by donning a wet suit, instead of a white gi, so that he could stand armpit deep in the water to take photos of our training, from a different angle. Actually, we can probably add a few [...]
Stan Morrison, Black Belt at Hombu and our association webmaster for many years, passed away last month. Those of us who trained with Stan will remember a man with a gruff, warm presence, and a very opinionated sense of humour. Stan was a man who cared for and looked after others. Even after he stopped training regularly, he maintained our association website. Many of us were honoured to attend his celebration of life on November 30: Stan was so well-loved by his [...]