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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Ontario Karate Federation

Elite Team Selection #3

Yesterday, four of our KMAthletes rose at 5am and drove all the way to the Vaughn Sportsplex to compete in the Third Team Selection at the Elite Level with the Ontario Karate Federation. For the four of them, they have only had the chance to compete at this level a handful of times, however, their hard work in the dojo is starting to show as they continue to improve in their competitive skill.

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Ontario Karate Federation Recreational Division

AJThe day starts with the sun barely up and you begin to make your long drive to the venue. When you arrive you walk through the doors to hear nothing but commotion as each competitor makes their way to compete. And even though you are tired and you know it’s going to be a long day, it is always exciting to be there.

October 22, 2017 marked the first time any of our students would compete on the mats themselves in the recreational division with the Ontario Karate Federation. A longer day for some, but exciting all the same!

First we had our 6-9 year olds compete in kata (a series of moves put into a pattern) and kumite (or sparring). And even though they were nervous, they pulled it off and showed the other competitors they meant business. Afterwards, our 10-12 year old students made it to the mats and managed to make it to the second round. They certainly moved like true athletes.

When Liam went up to compete in the 13-14 year kata, we fell silent. He didn’t just win his first round, or his second, but managed to attain a silver medal. A first for him and our club! Excited, we cheered and a proud mum and dad could be heard across the room.

And that was just a start.

Our second winner was Nick who brought home a bronze in kumite. Our girls Amie, Olivia, and Alyssa also managed to bring home a couple more bronze, silver, and even gold medals in kata and kumite! They were forces to be reckoned with.

But congratulations again to all of our competitors who came out to test their skills and who gave it their all. Thank-you to all of the parents who invested a whole Sunday to cheer on their little ones as well as Jeric and Jamie-lynn (plus Brad!) for coming out to assist Sensei James while we had multiple rings going on at once. To our fellow friends who provided us with the proper equipment when we needed it. It’s great to know everyone is there to support one another. And lastly, thank-you to the organizers/volunteers who managed to pull-off another wonderful competition.


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