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Student Highlight

iain and liamThis month we would like to highlight Iain and Liam who have been participating with our martial arts program over the past four years, and since then have been involved with coaching as well as all of the other events we host here at the studio.

Especially lately they have been coming out and getting involved with our 12 Hour Cycle Relay, Team Training with Seiwa Kai Canada, and completing the CN Tower Climb for the World Wildlife Fund. Their involvement has helped us fundraise over $2000 in the past six weeks for both our trip to Japan in 2021 and for the World Wildlife Fund.

Their hard work and enthusiasm has not gone unrecognized and we would like to thank them for their efforts today.

Keep up the great work!

And thank-you again to everyone who have also been supporting our efforts here at Kazoku Martial Arts Centre.

 

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Student Highlight

EthanThis month I (Sensei James) would like to nominate Ethan as the Student of the Month for his generosity and humble sportsmanship during his first tournament with the Ontario Karate Federation. For those of you who could not attend October’s recreational tournament or had to leave early before Ethan’s division was up, him and I were watching while another young student was competing. Within this division it is required to be equipped with protective gear and something to distinguish which colour you are (blue – ao or red – aka in karate).

This young boy did not have blue gear or a chest protector. About to be disqualified because of this, I stood up and asked Ethan if we could use his gear and without hesitation he took it off to lend to the other athlete. Because of this, the young boy was able to finish his match without being disqualified.

This is a great example of a true athlete and it is why we do what we do. Great job Ethan!

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OKF Tournament

OKF logoSunday, September, 24, 2017 marked the day of many firsts. We participated in the Ontario Karate Federation Elite Level Tournament associated with the World Karate Federation.

Dean, our club’s elite competitor, bravely entered the ring to compete in the Kumite (sparring) division against other young athletic individuals. His division was the 14-15 year old Cadet Boys -57kg. In his first round, Dean’s tenacity brought him up six points against his competitor. Unfortunately within the final few seconds his opponent captured three points bringing him one point above Dean.

We were given a second chance later within the match to rank-up, but after receiving a kick to the inner-thigh the match had ended with our the other competitor advancing.

However with this being Dean’s first time competing at the elite level, his confidence has made us very proud here at Kazoku Martial Arts Centre. We now know what we are up against and will continue to improve our skill level to compete more in the future.


Dean 4I was really glad that there was so much support in the crowds today while I competed. I just wanted to let everyone know that I appreciate all of their help and support. And I appreciate the time they took out of their Sunday to cheer on myself and the Dojo. Also, thank you Sensei, for believing in me.” – Dean .M


And a special thanks from us at Kazoku Martial Arts Centre to Shihan Yabunaka and Victoria Rode for guiding us through the tournament, it’s processes, and getting us mentally prepared for Dean’s competition. We would also like to say thank-you to all of the individuals who helped organize the event. Conestoga College for hosting, the organizers at the Ontario Karate Federation, the referee’s, other competitors, and of course ALL of the volunteers who took the time out of their weekend to help run things extra smoothly.

And thank-you to Peter Pakatchian for ensuring we were in the right ring at the right time. His calm focus certainly made it feel that everything was under control.

Kazoku Martial Arts & Fitness Centre