… and now… GRADING!

Now that our tournament has wrapped up, the club will turn its attention toward preparation for grading.

It’s time to put the polish on our katas and try to get our techniques crisp and clean. And as we learned at the workout on Friday night, STANCES have to be correct, deep, and solid.

Naturally, the senseis will be giving pointers to everyone to help them out and are more than happy to answer any questions.

Keep checking here for updates on a grading date.


What a great tournament this weekend!

The Friday night workout was fantastic. It’s always awesome to work with Sensei Ron and Sensei Rathe.

The tournament was also great! All of the divisions were fun to watch and the spirit of support and encouragement was apparent all around the dojo.

As always, the judging senseis were so helpful during the tournament by guiding the younger karateka through proper ring etiquette when they forgot (sometimes even the older students!) and providing feedback to the competitors at the conclusion of the division.

Sensei Ron and Sensei Rathe were their usual amazing selves! They most likely spoke to nearly everyone at the tournament and were always available to answer questions and give advice. Sensei Ron even went “carnival” for a moment and drew some kanji on the arms of excited young competitors.

The demonstrations were also excellent. Sensei Ron, with narration by Sensei Rathe, did an amazing demonstration of the sword martial art of Iaido. This was followed by Sensei Andrew, Kevin, and Ashton in an energetic demonstration of a “real-world” scenario where a person might use their shindo training. Sensei Ron and Sensei Rathe then performed another demonstration of Kushanku with Sensei Ron using a shindo to demonstrate the connection between Sensei Shintani’s shindo and karate. The final presentation was a short video about the life of Sensei Shintani which moved into the development of the National Wad0-Kai Team. It was a great break in the tournament action. Thank you to everyone who participated in the demonstrations.

Our iPod Touch was won by young Jeremy from Alberta. I know his dad will be happy because now he can get his iPhone back from his kids!

Thanks to everyone for all of the help in all aspects of the tournament. Without great volunteers, willing to jump in when needed, these tournaments would never succeed.

Our 25th. Anniversary Tournament was a success in every possible way thanks to you.

See you at our next workout!


Our new t-shirts sold like crazy! The men’s shirts were sold out before lunch!

We will be ordering more shirts soon so anyone, from any club reading this, is welcome to order. If you are from another club, please send your order to info@moosemountainkarate.com and we will be sure to add it to our list.

We will be taking orders in our home dojo over the next few classes.


Well, it’s finally here!

The 2010 Saskatchewan Provincial Wado-Kai Tournament begins tomorrow night with a group workout.

The workout begins at 7:00 p.m. (arrive early) at the Carlyle High School (a.k.a. – G.F. Kells High School) and will be led by Sensei Ron Mattie (8th Dan) – SWKKF Chief Instructor and coach of the Canadian National Wado-Kai Team. It promises to be a great workout!

The tournament portion of the weekend begins on Saturday morning with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the Black Belt competition beginning at 10:00 a.m.

While at the tournament, be sure to check out the prize table for some fun and interesting prizes; T-Shirts will be for sale with a great new design; and make sure you don’t miss out on our 25th Anniversary Draw for an iPod Touch!

For our local members, be sure to introduce yourself to a visitor from another community and welcome them to our dojo and tournament.

For visiting karateka who may be reading this blog… Welcome to Carlyle! We wish you the best of luck at the tournament and a pleasant stay in our community. We’re glad you chose to attend our tournament and hope that you learn much and make some new friends.

More tournament information is found in earlier posts below this.

Good luck, everyone!

Tournament Registration Form Now Online

Here is a link to the 2010 TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM. The form is also available in the “downloads” area of this site.

2010 Tournament Registration Form

Anyone attending is encouraged to complete this form and bring it with you to the tournament to avoid delays at the registration table.

The following is a link to download the tournament newsletter which contains a tentative schedule of events at the tournament. Remember, all times are approximate. You should be ready for your events at least 20 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.

2010 Tournament Newsletter

Regular classes this week!

Tournament Info

Our 25th PROVINCIAL Wado-Kai Karate Tournament is next weekend – Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 2010!

Here is a tentative schedule of events. These times may change if divisions run fast so you MUST be early for your division.

Friday, November 26
Workout with Sensei Ron Mattie, Welland Ontario. Sensei Ron is the trainer of our National Wado-Kai team.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. COST: $15.00 per person

Saturday, November 27
Tournament at Carlyle High School
COST: $15.00
(attend workout and tournament then cost is reduced to $25.00 total)
FAMILY RATE: Pay for first 2 competitors

Schedule – Tentative – be ready early!

(Student division usually compete first, then adult divisions)
9:00 a.m. – Black Belt Meeting
9:00-9:45 a.m. – Registration (all clubs are encouraged to pre-register – form will be posted in “Downloads” section soon)
10:00 a.m. – Black Belt competition (Shodan, Nidan)
11:00 a.m. – Just for Kicks (Ages 5, 6, and 7)
12:30 p.m. – White Belts
1:30 p.m. – Yellow Belts
2:30 p.m. – Orange Belts
3:30 p.m. – Black Belt (Sandan & Up) Kumite Competition and demonstration of top Kata winners
4:00 p.m. – Green, Blue Belts
5:00 p.m. – Brown Belts

We still need help with score-keeping or time-keeping. These are not difficult jobs and are very easy to understand. 2 or 3 volunteers for each table would be great. There will be 3 rings going at once.

Members of Moose Mountain Karate are also asked to bring a small gift/toy for a gift table. Tickets for these items will be sold throughout the day and a draw will be made later in the afternoon. Items can be brought to class and given to Senseis Joan or Cara.

People will also be needed to spell off other members at the prize table and the equipment table. At the tournament, feel free to go up and just offer to give them a break!

More to come!

2 Weeks left…

… until our tournament!

We still need some volunteers to help out with various things during the tournament. Sensei Cara has been working hard to get people in place to “organize” some of the various aspects of the tournament. Now those organizers will be asking for volunteers to fill out the duty list. None of the work is difficult and, “… many hands make light work!” If we all pitch in and so something, then no ONE person has to do EVERYTHING!

We spent some time going over “tournament etiquette” this week so be sure to take a few moments and just “step through” your tournament kata or imaginary kumite. If you can, try running through your tournament kata everyday so that you are completely familiar with it on the day of the tournament. Nerves can sneak up on anyone and suddenly, when you’re supposed to be doing a stellar Pinan Nidan, you find yourself two steps into Pinan Shodan!

Remember to schedule time to attend the workout on Friday, November 26.

The senseis will continue to talk about the tournament at our regular classes. See you on Tuesday!

tournament help

As the club begins to prepare for the Provincial Wado-Kai tournament, we need to turn to our members for help to make it a success.

We need to set up volunteers for certain aspects of the tournament. Some areas are:
1. Canteen
2. Kitchen
3. Prize Table
4. Score Keeping
5. T-Shirts…
and others.

All of these jobs are important to the success of OUR tournament. There are participants here from Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. We enjoy a reputation of putting on a 1st class event and we know we can keep that expectation high.

“Many hands make light work!” so let’s all jump in a help out. If you’re interested in helping but have no preference for which area then just let a sensei know at next week’s workout that you will help wherever you are needed.

Lots of great work last night after a tough warm-up!! Way to go, everyone! See you next week.