Hamoon Derafshipour Going to Tokyo
This morning we had the opportunity to watch as Sensei Hamoon was interviewed by the CBC National News before he heads off to Istanbul for training to enhance his skills to win in the Olympic Games.
Some Potential Challenges When You Return
With our third lockdown officially over and we begin to enter the first Phase of Reopening (again), there are a few thoughts one might want to consider if they intend to return to in-person training. We have spent nearly 8 months learning online and while some found it difficult to participate, they may face some challenges when they return to the mats.
These are a couple of hard truths that should be considered before returning to class.Read more
Leave Your Mark in the Olympics
We will collectively work together as a dojo to complete 10,331 kicks in a 1-2 hour timeframe for your donations.
Why 10,331? Because it’s 10,331 km from Cambridge to Tokyo.Read more
Each year, Kazoku Martial Arts celebrates every mom within the community during their annual Mother’s Day High Tea at EVO Kitchen. Since Covid-19, we have had to cancel the event, which has put a pause on our fundraising mission to send a group of our students to Japan (when it is safe to travel again).
However, this year we are partnering up with Little Mushroom Catering to create a new experience and to continue our celebration of every mom across Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo.Read more
“Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.”
“I want my child to get a little more disciplined and I heard karate will do that.” Would you believe I couldn’t count the number of times I have heard this on one hand? It’s our practice and our sport that has always been the “go-to” when it comes to building character and discipline in a person.
The question is… does it?
So long as you have the right instructor to teach you.Read more
Hamoon Derafshipour is Representing Canada in Tokyo 2021
It has been announced that our Kumite instructor and friend, Sensei Hamoon Derafshipour, is headed to the Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan this coming Summer. With multiple gold medals in the Asian Club Championships, World League Championships in Indonesia and Turkey, as well as several silver and bronze medals it all comes down to this!
Representing Canada in Tokyo 2021.Read more
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
Fundraiser and Charity Drive
Kazoku Martial Arts and Sandnboards is working together this Holiday Season to fundraise for the Cambridge Humane Society. We are making Club Christmas Ornaments for $22 each. With every ornament sold, we will be donating $4 to help support our local animal shelter.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.