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Rock Climbing Fundraiser

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.

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Dance-a-thon/Karate Marathon

After a month of planning I’m excited to say that our event was a BIG success! But for those of you who may not know, here’s what we got up to!

A team of us will once again climb all 144 flights of stairs up the CN Tower. In doing so we have to fundraise for the World Wildlife Fund. So to collect those donations, Autumn from ONE Movement and myself (James), from Kazoku Martial Arts Centre, came up with our first ever Dance-a-thon and Karate Marathon. Two worlds collided over six hours giving our students the chance to experience something different.

With many of our own attending the event and draw prizes to be won, we were able to collect $300.00 for our fundraiser. After calculating everything that’s been collected so far, from our event and our other team members, we have raised over $1000.00! And now with just one month to go all we need to do is prepare for the hike up 144 flights of stairs in the CN Tower.

Thank-you again to all of the local businesses who donated items for our draw prizes; including Monigram Coffee Roasers, E.V.O Kitchen, Sunset Gourmet, Sugar Berries, Moksha Cambridge, and Nature’s Vibe. Also a BIG thank-you to Autumn for letting us use her space and another thank-you to all of those who participated.

Kazoku Martial Arts Centre.

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Chickpea Stew (Vegan & Gluten Free)

puppiesSince the New Year, my partner and I have decided to go a little more Pescatarian (vegetarian’s who eat fish) at home; that way we can save a few dollars while grocery shopping and at the same time, eat a little healthier!

Last night I attempted a vegan/gluten free chickpea stew from Healthier Steps. It didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped but it was delicious all the same. But give it a try and let us know how it turned out for you; better yet if you have any recommendations for another awesome recipe, comment below.

Prep Time: 10min

Cook Time: 25min

Ready in: 40min


Ingredients

FOR: 6 SERVINGS

  • 1 cup chick peas, dry or two-15 ounce cans chick peas, drained
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, (1/4 cup water)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups liquid from boiled chickpeas, or water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Per 100g


Energy: 400kcal/1672kJ

Fat: 8g

Protein: 20g

Carbohydrate: 65g


Instructions

  1. If you are using dried chickpeas, sort, wash and soak them overnight. The next day drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Cover with water about 2 inches above chickpeas and bring to boil on medium heat.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and cook until tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Drain chickpeas and reserve 2 cups of liquid, set aside.
  5. If using canned chickpeas, start at step 5.
  6. Heat oil or water in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds stirring. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, parsley, basil and oregano.
  8. Add tomato paste and water, cover and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until thickened.
  9. Mash some of the chickpeas, with the back of a fork to thicken stew.
  10. Check seasoning with extra salt and pepper.
  11. Delicious served with brown rice.

 

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Are Your Ready?

Congratulations to all of those who had gone for their next belt level! After taking the time to reflect on the ones who we tested I wanted to share with you my decision making process. And if you’re considering the next belt test, the time to start training is now! Read what we’ve just posted below and let us know if you have any questions.


james-1So you want to go for your next belt level? It’s not that easy… well it is but only if you put in the work.

Every three to four months we host a belt exam. Within those three months (depending on your belt level) you are being taught and corrected on all of your techniques; whether it is your basic punches, kicks, blocks, and stances or your kumite (sparring), kata (patterns), or bunkai (self-defence tactics).

But other factors contribute to our decision process.

Attitude:

Your attitude plays a big role on our decision making. Someone who comes to class every time, ready to train, and puts in 110% within the hour has the right mindset. But sometimes we get that person in class who only goofs off, then that hour goes to waste and they think because they put in the right amount of time, they deserve a belt. Unfortunately we don’t work that way! (Sorry to break it to you)

Skill:

Each belt introduces a new technique while old ones get better and better. Like a fine wine, it just gets better with age.

Previous Experience:13433142_846549392145146_3131803266972687379_o

Sometimes previous experience plays a role in your belt exam. If you had been training in another martial art, it can transcend and aid you in the belt exam process. But sometimes this only lasts for so long. There may be a point where you no longer excel and need to take a little more time to master the new techniques you’re learning.

How Often You Train:

How much do you actually practice? Seriously, ask yourself that question. After training for as long as we have, we can see who actually puts the time and effort in. Whether you train just the 2-3 days a week or you actually put in a fourth day or even an extra 10 minutes each and every day. It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, and remember… practice makes perfect!

Length of Time:

How long have you been training? Belt exams aren’t mandatory for everybody. A certain length of time is required before going for your next belt, but sometimes it takes a little longer for others or sometimes it takes less time. Contributing factors? All of the reasons listed above!

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Club’s Sweater Weather Gear is Here!

With the Fall fast approaching, we thought it would be better to prepare ahead of time before it gets too cold. That said, we’ve finally prepared our club’s sweater weather gear! Available in men’s, women’s, and youth.

You can browse through all of our Club’s swag below.

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Gym bags and custom orders are available upon request, contact Us for details.

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Good Karma Summer Yoga

Hello and thank-you once again for taking the time to read our club’s blog! Today I would like to share with you the immense impact we have been making with our Good Karma Summer Yoga program.

Yoga 3Each week we have been picking a different charity to raise money for. All together we have raised over $200.00 in just a couple of weeks, and with another month of Summer ahead of us we should be able to double – if not triple that number!

So far we have raised money for:

  • Worldvision – providing text books and emergency water supplies
  • National Service Dogs
  • The Rainbow Railroad
  • Medical Service Dogs for Autism

In the weeks to come, we hope to help:

  • Cambridge Food Bank
  • Little Friends Rescue
  • The Women’s Crisis Services
  • And more

You can join us every Tuesday evening from 6-7pm and Saturday morning from 10-11am and help make a bigger impact for these local charities!

Contact James at: info@kazokumartialartscentre.com

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Dojo Etiquette

Here are just some simple rules to remember when entering the dojo; whether it’s your own or when you are visiting somebody else’s.

  1. Entering/leaving the dojo area: whether you’re entering or leaving the dojo you should always make sure you bow. It shows that you respect the space you are about to train in.
  2. To the instructor or anybody else: you should always greet the instructor, coach, or fellow student with a bow. Like the dojo itself, it shows that you want to give them your respect.
  3. Hygiene: a clean uniform, clipped toe/fingernails, and a little bit of deodorant can go a long way. Clipped nails is also a safety thing! Nobody wants to get scratched.
  4. Talking: the best time to have a conversation is at the end of class. Having a conversation while your instructor’s trying to teach… not the best time.
  5. Equipment: remember that the equipment in the room is for everybody to use. Studio 1Throwing it around may damage the equipment, the space, or actually hurt somebody. So it’s probably best if it doesn’t go airborne.
  6. Jewellery: watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings (especially diamond rings) should be removed before class. Keeping them in a safe place at home will prevent them from either being damaged or worse… stolen! Jewellery or any other accessory can also cause injury.
  7. Sick: if you’re sick, it’s probably best to rest.
  8. Profanity/Insults: sometimes it’s best left unsaid. Avoid swearing or saying something mean about another student. We’re all here to become better martial artists and saying inappropriate things is definitely not allowed.
  9. Blaming Others: take responsibility for your actions. If it’s something you sincerely didn’t do, bring the situation to your instructor. They can help mediate the situation and help avoid any further conflict. (i.e. who tagged who in the warm-up game!).
  10. Last but not least… Ego: leave the ego off the mats. nobody likes a know-it-all. We’re all leaders in the dojo and must lead by example.

There are plenty of other rules that can be added here but these are just the top 10. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!