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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Friends and Family BBQ

BBQCome on out and join us for a swim, food, and of course some karate at Shades Mills Conservation in Cambridge.

This is a friends and family event, so feel free to bring additional guests to join in on the fun. Just be sure to let James know so we can ensure there’s plenty of food.

We will be providing hot dogs, burgers, and extra snacks but please we invite everyone to bring their favourite picnic food for everybody to enjoy!

There is a list at the studio for everyone to write down what they’ll be bringing.


Event Schedule:

9-12am: Black Belt/Team Training on the Beach
12-1pm: FOOD!
1-3pm: Games, swimming, and enjoying the sun!Black belts and athletes need to be there by 9am, everyone else can arrive anytime after 10:30am.

Contact us if you have any other questions: info@kazokumartialartscentre.com

NEW Intro to Karate

Kazoku Martial Arts Centre would like to introduce our new “Intro to Karate Program” for kids ages 10-13. It’s the perfect way to introduce your son or daughter to world of martial arts. See below for details or e-mail us at info@kazokumartialartscentre.com.

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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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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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