It has been a year now since we were originally told to Lockdown due to Covid-19. Over the past twelve months our dojo has persevered and moved to a new location, handled renovations, reopened, grew its karate family, locked down a second time, and now… a third.Read more
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.
Our Step-by-Step Process to Ensure Safe Training
With the Province gradually reopening the economy, our studio has been given permission by our National Sport Organization – Karate Canada, our Provincial Sport Organization – the Ontario Karate Federation, and the Waterloo Regional By-law to continue practicing within our studio.
So what steps are we taking to ensure the safety of our students and our community?Read more
Black Lives Matter
PRIDE month is not just about one community but all communities who face oppression. And so we take a stand with the black community as they protest against racism, exclusion, brutality, and even lack of resources.Read more
We had the pleasure to sit with Walter Monteiro from the “I Love Cambridge Podcast” to discuss why we love Cambridge, our mission, and what our studio is doing to help our community during Covid-19.
You can watch the video below of our interview or visit the following links to watch other interviews of local businesses here in Cambridge!
As we enter another week of social distancing, our dojo is committed to its students and its community by providing programs suitable for all ages to help with:Read more
You don’t exactly need to be at the dojo to improve your karate skills. Here are a few simple exercises you can do to improve your kicks, balance, and stances!Read more
If you are not already aware by now, the world has had to take drastic measures and enforce social distancing to prevent spreading the virus we now all know as “Covid-19“. It’s a pretty scary time and has had major impacts on families, governments, and businesses everywhere; big or small.
However, the bright side is seeing how many people in our community taking the initiative to prevent it from spreading any further by isolating themselves within their homes and only going out when necessary.Read more
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.Read more