A Successful Kick-A-Thon

Making our way to the Olympics, one kick at a time!

The Olympic Games are just under 100 days away and it has all of us hyped up since it will be the debut for Karate as an Olympic Sport. Amongst the athletes who will be competing our kumite instructor, Sensei Hamoon and his wife Sensei Samira, will be headed to the games; a dream come true for these two.

But it does not come with its own challenges, especially with the global issue we have all been fighting against throughout 2020 and into 2021.

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Leave Your Mark With Our Local Olympian

Sensei Hamoon and his Olympic Dream

At Kazoku Martial Arts, we are proud to say that we have the chance to work with Sensei Hamoon and his wife, Sensei Samira, as they work towards the Olympic Games this coming Summer in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s not often that a local athlete gets accepted in a global event like the Olympics, this is why we are asking for our community’s support to help him get the training he needs to bring home the gold for the Waterloo Region.

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Alternative Ways to Train

Here are four alternative methods to achieve your goal without training in person

Alright, we have now surpassed the one year mark for Covid-19 and we are still in lockdown #3.

Woo?

No… no woo! This is is frustrating and annoying and well… we all feel the same way.

In fact, the word someone used for me last week was “Languished” – to lose or lack vitality. What a great word, especially now! The feeling of not wanting to progress is the right emotion.

But, we can not succumb to defeat since there are still opportunities around every single corner, even if it isn’t the way we want to do it. So whether you are working on your personal fitness goals with me (James – your personal trainer) or training in karate with… also me (Sensei James) here are four simple ways to still progress even if we are not meeting in person.

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The Definition of Perseverance

“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?

Absolutely!

So long as you have the right instructor to teach you.

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Japan 202?

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.

How Will You Emerge

When We Return to “Normal”?

We are officially into our eighth week of self-isolation. For some, it’s been a gruelling process and for others it has been a piece of cake. I personally like to look at it as an opportunity to self-reflect, self-improve, or even just indulge and take advantage of all of the free time you have. But no matter how we look at it I think we can all agree on one thing… we can not wait to return to some level “normal”.

But how will you emerge from this?

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I Love Cambridge Podcast

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!

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