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  • Karate Day - betcha didn't know there was a such a thing, did you? Well, on Okinawa, it's kind of a big thing. On Okinawa, Karate is a big thing! Since 2005, October 25 has been designated as Karate. Why this date? Well, essentially it was on that date in 1936 that Okinawa's indigenous empty-handed arts became known as karate. So, the day sorta makes sense. Flash forward to 2014 and James Pankiewicz, a Brit karateka living on Okinawa and an all-around great bloke, comes up with the idea to get Okinawan karateka around the world  And 100 Kata for Karate Day was born.  Our dojo [...]

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    Two days after getting back from the Parksville kobudo seminar and I am still coming down from the experience. And not just the driving! :) Some incredible opportunities to connect with other Tesshinkan members, to see Tamayose Sensei and his wife - and to learn!   This is really the only opportunity that I get to spend with my Tesshinkan peeps - time and cash being the rare commodities. So, you may ask - you travelled all the way to Vancouver Island (by car, one may add) for a day and a half of training? Are you crazy? Well, that has been debated, especially by my [...]

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    The 2017 Western Canadian Ryusyokai gasshuku is now officially in the books. Sensei has returned to Japan and many karate students are richer for his brief presence here. Attendees included dojo members and others from Gojy Ryu and Chito Ryu - with one special attendee from California! There was plenty of good, hard training and some great social opportunities as well. Overall, Sensei was very pleased with his visit to Edmonton and area - and the reception he received from all attendees and students. Sensei taught a small but keenly interested group of individuals from Friday to Sunday. He [...]

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    November 2017 will mark our sensei's 40th year of training. That's quite a milestone! So, how do we mark that milestone - with more training, of course! Starting this month and for the first half of September, because we think we need to share this occasion with you - we have a special offer for new students: Pay for three, train for four! That's right - get four months of training for the price of only three! Applies to all membership groups - individual or families! All in all, that is a pretty good deal! But, you have less than a month - from August 22 to Sept 15! After that, the[...]

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    2017 fall seminar

    August 2, 2017

    It's just a little under four weeks until we welcome Senaha Sensei for our fall gasshuku (seminar), starting September 15. Registration is open to all styles of karate. There will be a total of four sessions for this karate seminar,  held at the locations below. Please note: we have had to seek alternate venues for Saturday sessions due to Community League Days activities in the city. This karate seminar will cover the bulk of the Ryusyokai curriculum and offer many insights into traditional Okinawan karate. Each session will cover different information. It is an event for all karateka, [...]

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      We now have the August dates for fall registration. Check out the Events page for dates and times. The dojo is a community program that operates within the South Clareview Community League. All members must have a valid community league membership, preferably from South Clareview. Starting this year, the dojo will be assisting the League with some of their needs. Community participation and support is why this dojo exists. We will be asking students and parent to help out when and where they can. This will include two-4 hour duties per session (can include work around the facility as [...]

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    Can you dig it? Yes, I can! Sun, fun and some good old fashioned karate! Our dojo offers classes for youth( ages 7-12) and adults! Parents are welcome to train with their kids in the youth class! It's Canada's 150th birthday - let's kick it off right! People kicking, people blocking. A real celebration! Members of the dojo will be out training in Rundle Park on Canada Day from Noon to 2:30 p.m. Come get your sweat on with us - try a free session with us. Try your hand at our special balloon break! For more information, give us a call or send us an email - details in the [...]

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    Karate is for everyone but not everyone can do karate. This may seem like a contradictory statement, but at its heart, it is entirely true. I’ve been teaching martial arts for a little over 30+ years now (full disclosure, at least four of those years was spent with a taekwon do club), and I have watched countless people come and go. They came to class for different reasons, and they all left for different reasons. It doesn’t matter the age of the person, I am always fascinated by the declaration of what brings the person to the dojo. For example, if you wish your child to learn [...]

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    2017 Western Canada Ryusyokai Goju Ryu Seminar - registration now open!

    We are now accepting early registrations for the September 2017 Western Canadian Ryusyokai seminar. This will be Senaha Sensei's first visit to Western Canada. The senior student of Yagi Meitoku and a kobudo proponent (in the teachings of his instructor Taira Shinken), Senaha Sensei is considered a leading authority of Okinawan Goju ryu and on the concept of Okinawan ti. Senaha Sensei's visit will encompass the Ryusyokai curriculum including kata and application, futari geiko and various drills.

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    Welcome To Our New Website

    Kaizen Dojo is proud to welcome you to our newly updated website. Our hope is that this new site will help visitors find the information they need with ease and provide a better visual appeal. In addition to that it also provides a more streamlined members area for our students to access relevant information in regards to their training. If this is your first time to this site please have a look around and send us any feedback to let us know if you like it or if there are things we can improve on. Spring is here and it is a great time to get active! We are now accepting new registrations for [...]

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