It’s hard to believe it has been over a week now since we left our home in Canada. We travelled 10,000km to Omagari, Japan to train with the rest of our Seiwa Kai family. Welcoming us with open arms, it would be six long days and thirty hours of sweat, sweat, and more sweat before the end of our training together.
The first day was just the warm-up, they joked, as we were trying to acclimatized to the heat. Punch after punch, kick after kick, and kata performance after kata performance we remained focused while the sweat ran down our faces. And even though it was hard and we were gasping for air, we couldn’t be happier knowing we were going to learn so much more during our time in Omagari.
Simple yet effective adjustments would be made throughout each hour; slowly but surely improving our technique. At the end of each day we would drag ourselves back to our rooms to wash up and replenish ourselves with delicious Japanese food, then to go back and fall asleep for yet another day of training.
It didn’t take long for this routine to feel natural. We even looked forward to it, although we knew we would be sweating in just a few minutes.
But like all good things it had to come to an end. We finished with one last performance, hugs and of course some high-fives, while wishing all of those who were about to test for their next Black Belt rank “good luck“. In the end we can’t wait to bring everything we learned to our students back home and to our fellow instructors within Seiwa Kai Canada.
Special Thanks To:
- Seiwa Kai Canada
- Seiwa Kai
- Our karate family
- Jokyo Paul, Shidoin Victoria, Sempai Jenn and all of the coaches
- To the Japanese locals who helped us get around
- And of course our main support during the entire week of training – Jeric – who captured every moment and wished us luck. Thank you for keeping us on the straight and narrow and for finding the way to and from our destinations!
Kazoku Martial Arts won medals in all age and belt levels this weekend while competing in Ingersoll this past weekend. The Seiwa Kai Canada Open welcomed over 130 athletes from all over Ontario.
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.
After month’s of driving from Cambridge to Hamilton, to Ingersoll, and back. Going over again and again the same moves to ensure they were correct. Testing myself and relying on my years of experience, I can finally say that I’ve passed the grading requirements and received my Sandan (3rd level blackbelt) this past weekend along with the formal teaching title of Shidoinwith Seiwa Kai Canada.
I can’t tell you all how thankful I am to have had your guidance and your support over the period of time it’s taken me to get this far. And now that I have travelled further along the path, I am really looking forward to showing you all the way towards your own true potential.
Thank-you again to Sensei (Jokyo) Paul and Shihan Yabunaka for showing me what I needed to know and of course everyone else within the Seiwai Association! Thank-you to my students and other club members at Kazoku Martial Arts and Fitness for cheering me on. My family who started me on this path when I turned 11 years old. And most importantly, Jeric for believing in me and making sure I pushed myself hard each and every day to get to where I am.
And to everyone else who’ve been apart of my journey, good and bad. It only motivates me to truly become a better version of myself each and everyday.