It’s hard to believe it has been over a week now since we left our home in Canada. We travelled 10,000km to Omagari, Japan to train with the rest of our Seiwa Kai family. Welcoming us with open arms, it would be six long days and thirty hours of sweat, sweat, and more sweat before the end of our training together.
The first day was just the warm-up, they joked, as we were trying to acclimatized to the heat. Punch after punch, kick after kick, and kata performance after kata performance we remained focused while the sweat ran down our faces. And even though it was hard and we were gasping for air, we couldn’t be happier knowing we were going to learn so much more during our time in Omagari.
Simple yet effective adjustments would be made throughout each hour; slowly but surely improving our technique. At the end of each day we would drag ourselves back to our rooms to wash up and replenish ourselves with delicious Japanese food, then to go back and fall asleep for yet another day of training.
It didn’t take long for this routine to feel natural. We even looked forward to it, although we knew we would be sweating in just a few minutes.
But like all good things it had to come to an end. We finished with one last performance, hugs and of course some high-fives, while wishing all of those who were about to test for their next Black Belt rank “good luck“. In the end we can’t wait to bring everything we learned to our students back home and to our fellow instructors within Seiwa Kai Canada.
Special Thanks To:
- Seiwa Kai Canada
- Seiwa Kai
- Our karate family
- Jokyo Paul, Shidoin Victoria, Sempai Jenn and all of the coaches
- To the Japanese locals who helped us get around
- And of course our main support during the entire week of training – Jeric – who captured every moment and wished us luck. Thank you for keeping us on the straight and narrow and for finding the way to and from our destinations!
It’s becoming a tradition! Kazoku Martial Arts Centre held its second annual BBQ at Shades Mills Conservation area in Cambridge during the Canada Day long weekend, and we certainly had a splashingly good time!
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Fundraising for Japan 2021
Kazoku Martial Arts Centre and E.V.O Kitchen partnered up again this year to host their Second Annual Mother’s Day High Tea in their beautiful venue upstairs.
Kazoku Martial Arts won medals in all age and belt levels this weekend while competing in Ingersoll this past weekend. The Seiwa Kai Canada Open welcomed over 130 athletes from all over Ontario.
It was a super exciting day as we took to the mats, once again, to face new and familiar faces from dojo’s across Ontario; an event sanctioned by the Ontario Karate Federation.
Kazoku Martial Arts Centre and The Core Climbing Gym have partnered up to help fundraise for our students to visit Japan in 2021.
Want to take part? It’s easy!
Join us on Saturday, January 12th from 10am-12pm and simply mention the word “karate” to the front desk. Your shoe rental of $5 will then be donated to our student’s so they may go and experience a whole new culture and train with our head instructors within Seiwa Kai.
Location: 500 Jamieson Parkway, unit #1, Cambridge, Ontario
Entry Fee: $14 +hst day pass / $5 minimum donation shoe rental
Time: 10am – 12pm
More: we will also have raffle prizes and snacks for purchase. Contact us for further details.
Summer is nearly over and we always like to end it with a bang! So this year we hosted our second annual ALL Nighter where our students push themselves for 24 hours. However in order to participate, everyone needs to fundraise as much as they can to put towards their trip to Japan in 2021.
And with much success, we were able to survive the night and fundraise over another $1300.00.
Thank-you again to everyone who came out to train, including our friends from the Honbu Dojo in Ingersoll as well as all of the volunteers who BBQ’d, brought us coffee, plus breakfast in the morning, and to Pam and Bryhnn who came out to teach a thing or two about yoga and flexibility (Mindful Life Studios and Bre Free Yoga).
We really appreciate everyone coming together to help us with the event and we are definitely looking forward to next year’s ALL Nighter!
We could not have asked for a more perfect Sunday during our Friends and Family BBQ. Clear skies, warm weather, delicious food, and most importantly everyone who could make it out!
Here are just a few snippets from last Sunday’s (July 8th) BBQ at Shades Mill Conservation Area in Cambridge, Ontario.
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