Leave Your Mark With Our Local Olympian

Sensei Hamoon and his Olympic Dream

At Kazoku Martial Arts, we are proud to say that we have the chance to work with Sensei Hamoon and his wife, Sensei Samira, as they work towards the Olympic Games this coming Summer in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s not often that a local athlete gets accepted in a global event like the Olympics, this is why we are asking for our community’s support to help him get the training he needs to bring home the gold for the Waterloo Region.

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Mother’s Day High Tea

Fundraiser

Each year, Kazoku Martial Arts celebrates every mom within the community during their annual Mother’s Day High Tea at EVO Kitchen. Since Covid-19, we have had to cancel the event, which has put a pause on our fundraising mission to send a group of our students to Japan (when it is safe to travel again).

However, this year we are partnering up with Little Mushroom Catering to create a new experience and to continue our celebration of every mom across Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo.

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Sensei Hamoon is Going to the Olympics

Hamoon Derafshipour is Representing Canada in Tokyo 2021


It has been announced that our Kumite instructor and friend, Sensei Hamoon Derafshipour, is headed to the Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan this coming Summer. With multiple gold medals in the Asian Club Championships, World League Championships in Indonesia and Turkey, as well as several silver and bronze medals it all comes down to this!

Representing Canada in Tokyo 2021.

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Japan 202?

While we had been planning on going to Japan in 2021 we have obviously had to put a bit of a slight pause on our trip. As the world continues to handle the pandemic accordingly, we are obviously going to hold off travelling in a large group anytime soon.

Now I know everyone has been wondering what the plan is, so here is where my mind has been over the course of the last six months:

  • Global lockdown and borders closing
  • Postponing fundraising due to economy affecting local households
  • Postponing our bigger events due to social distancing
  • Keeping in touch with our head instructors to find out what Seiwa Kai is going to do
  • Waiting to hear when the Olympics will happen (we want to avoid being in Tokyo when that’s happening)

Now I am aware if I were to ask if you wanted to still go to Japan at this moment, you might say “no“. I just want to suggest holding off on your decision until we officially know what’s going to happen with the world. Once we do and we can propose a new timeline, please give me your decision then and we can reform our group with who wishes to go.

I’m not 100% sure what travelling in Japan will be like, it was complicated enough! And now with current protocols… it just makes it that much more confusing. But here is a link to the current status of the country as they plan on figuring out their international borders with the Olympic Games just around the corner (again).

Lastly, and this is just a thought, but any of our students who were originally going might have a cool opportunity if they attain their brown belt one year prior to the trip. If they get enough practice ahead of time and receive not just mine, but our head instructor’s blessing, they could potentially do their Shodan (black belt) exam in Japan. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and something to think about.

Ontario Winter Games

Two Athletes from Kazoku Martial Arts Centre Competed in the Ontario Winter Games

Kazoku Martial Arts Centre had been invited to take part at the Ontario Winter Games in Barrie, Ontario for karate. Two of the club’s elite athletes were given a great opportunity to train with Sensei Gabriel and Sensei Anta, provincial coaches under the Ontario Karate Federation, to provide Ethan and J with the tools they will need to improve their overall performance in future elite competitions.

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Rock Climb with Kazoku Martial Arts

At the Core Climbing Gym in Cambridge

We want to invite you, your family, and friends to a fun filled morning of rock climbing here in Cambridge. Admission is only $14/person for the day, and daily shoe rentals are just $5 (minimum donation) which will help support our students going to Japan in 2021.

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Happy Holidays

Kazoku Martial Arts Annual Potluck

Every year the members of Kazoku Martial Arts get together to celebrate the Holidays. It’s a time when everyone can get together to meet new faces or hangout with old ones. This year, we had a full-house as we welcomed all of our newest members since the start of the school year.

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