A reminder for students that our annual general meeting will be held on November 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Gold Bar hall.We will have an all ages/ ranks class from 6 - 7 p.m.Dojo society fees must be up to date to vote. Membership is mandatory.The society is designed to promote the appreciation for Okinawan martial arts and culture. We purchase and manage equipment for the dojo and help organize a number of activities, such as seminar visits and dojo activities.
Well, the 100 Kata for Karate event 2018 is in the books!
We had a total of 10 people on the floor last night for varying periods of time. The core group of six made it through 3.5 hours of class (OK, so it took a bit longer than planned and someone *me* cannot count properly in terms of establishing rest breaks.)
In total, we have raised just south of $1000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. We beat out goal of $750 - and we have a goal for next year already established!My thanks to all those who participated and all who donated. You still have time if you want to donate!
How can a kata help cure cancer? Again this year, the dojo will be taking part in the international 100 Kata for Kaarte Day event. While the event will take place during the adult class, all students of the dojo are encouraged to participate.Students from other dojo are also welcome to join our event.
This is also a fundraiser for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Please donate in person or online - all proceeds go to the ACF.
We are pleased to announce that we are now a community program through the Gold Bar Community League. Our mission and focus remain the same: we continue to offer quality instruction at an affordable price. For information, check out the fees and classes pages. Classes are every Thursday evening at the hall.
This is a terrific space to train, and we are very excited to be their first martial arts program. We welcome all new students interested in studying Okinawan karate!
We are hoping to add more training opportunities at other halls soon. We will announce details in the news[...]
So, we are moving to a new space soon. Just putting the final touches on the agreements/ requirements for this change. Apologies to those who have been wanting to get on the floor this month. I miss training as much as you do.
What will it mean?
Well, we will be in a new community, so it will mean (hopefully!) new faces. Though I do hope the familiar faces will join us!It will also mean some new ways of operating for the dojo. More to come on this later.What I can tell you is that we are working harder to make our karate affordable for all!
I am excited by the potential in front of [...]
June 28 marked our last class indoors until the fall. We now move to our summer training schedule for July and August.
We'll be in Rundle Park every Wednesday night throughout the summer. For potential new students, it's a great opportunity to stop by and see what we do.
For students, well, it's a great way to make sure that your basics are in good order before regular training starts back up in the fall.
Classes run from 6 - 7: 30 p.m., weather permitting.
Please make sure you bring water. Applying sunscreen and bug spray is a good idea.
Dress for outdoor training is as [...]
Senaha Sensei recently celebrated his 77th birthday on Okinawa, complete with cake and fixings!
Happy birthday, Sensei! We wish you good health and happiness for this year and years to come!
We look forward to seeing you again!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]