Workout Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 5, will be the last day to turn in shirt orders. If you wish to order one, please complete an order form and leave a cheque with one of the Senseis.

Also, don’t forget to sign the participation form for the Saskatoon/Warman tournament in April. We’ll be looking at that soon to determine what the club can do for arrangements. It would be great to see lots of participation in that tournament.

Don’t forget to keep preparing for your grading. It’s coming soon!

See you at the dojo.

Another good workout!

Great work on Tuesday night, everyone! Things are looking good for your grading.

Remember to practice the things that we mentioned in class. Especially important are your stances. Keep your knees bent and backs straight for starters. When you’re practicing at home, keep it interesting by creating sequences of moves on your own. Try stringing together techniques that each use a different stance, for example. And don’t forget to practice your kata!

Anyone who is interested in ordering a shirt like we had on display in class must have their order forms handed in by February 5, 2013.

SASKATOON TOURNAMENTApril 5 and 6. If you would like to attend, please sign your name to the sign-up sheet at the next class. The number of people who sign up will determine whether the club will pre-arrange accomodation and possibly transportation.

Just an FYI regarding this event:

1. This is not like a school trip. The club senseis will not be acting as chaperones/guardians for any minor children who attend the tournament.
2. Members under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
3. If the club arranges hotel accomodation, it will be in the manner of a block of rooms being held for us that the members must then phone in to make a reservation.
4. Currently, members will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Saskatoon/Warman.
5. If enough members sign up, charter bus transportation may be considered.

If enough members participate, the club may consider helping to cover some of the costs associated with the tournament. This is only a possibility at this time.

Good to be back at it!

It was nice to see everyone back after an extended winter break! The Melitta Teaching Tournament is taking place as we write this and things are running smoothly.

The South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Tournament is coming up on March 8 and 9, 2013. Below is a link for the informational package and the registration form. This is one of the largest Wado tournaments in Western Canada and the members of our club who have attended have all really enjoyed the event.

2013 South Calgary Info

South Calgary 2013 Registration

Also, we would like our members to consider attending the Saskatoon/Warman Tournament which is being held on April 5 and 6. This is the last weekend of the Easter break so our younger members wishing to attend the workshop AND the tournament wouldn’t have to worry about missing school.

If there are enough members interested in attending this tournament, there is a chance we could arrange transportation for all of us and one of the senseis could look into accomodation arrangements. There will be a SIGN UP sheet at the next workout. More information about the tournament will follow soon. The Saskatoon/Warman Clubs have been strong supporters of our tournament for a number of years and it would be great to see our club return the favor. It is a fairly large tournament in a very nice facility and it gives us a chance to visit beautiful Saskatoon.

And lastly… remember to keep practicing for the upcoming GRADING. Your grading forms are due, along with any outstanding fees, at the workout on Tuesday, January 22.

See you at the dojo.

Last Class before Christmas break

Tomorrow night will be our last workout before the Christmas break. Be sure to come and get a good tune up before taking 2 weeks off!!

Also, just a reminder that we are now into Session 2 of our karate season. If you haven’t yet paid your fees, please do so. Any amounts owing will be noted on your sign in card.

A grading has been scheduled for January 15. Keep working over the break. We have only 1 class after the holiday to do final preparations for the grading. We return to karate on January 8, 2013!

Please consider participating in the “Teaching Tournament” hosted in Melitta, MB on January 19, 2013. It is an excellent, small tournament that is perfect for our younger karateka to get some tournament experience. It is also good for our higher ranking belts to develop some ring experience.

See you at the dojo.

Just for Kicks Grading and Club Wind Up Tonight! Make-up Class Tomorrow.

The Just for Kicks grading is tonight at 6:00 p.m. sharp! Be there early and warm up so we are ready to start the grading promptly at 6.

Following the grading will be the club wind-up. The Senseis hope to start the wind-up around 7:30 or so.

Remember, the burgers and buns are provided and everything else is pot-luck. See you there!

There will be an adult/jr. make-up class tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 16) at 7 p.m. here at the dojo.

The kyu belt grading will be held next Tuesday.

Just for Kicks Grading and Club Wind-up on Tuesday!

Just a short reminder that the Just for Kicks grading will be this Tuesday, May 15. The grading will begin at 6:00 p.m. sharp! Be sure to be on the floor ready to start.

The club wind-up will begin immediately following the grading. Likely around 7:30 p.m. Burgers and buns will be supplied. Everything else is pot luck.

We have booked the gym to hold a “make up” adult/jr class on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. The kyu belt grading for this group will be the next Tuesady, May 22.

Last Regular Class!

Today is the final regular class of the 2011-12 season! Remember that your gradings are being held the next two weeks. Be sure to come out and get those last minute pointers!

Next week, May 15, is the Just for Kicks grading AND after the grading, the club wind-up! Burgers and buns will be provided and everything else is potluck.

May 22 is the adult/junior kyu belt grading. The grading will begin at 6:30 so be sure to come and get warmed up ahead of time.

AND DON’T FORGET that before all this grading goodness, is the WEYBURN WADO-KAI KARATE TOURNAMENT. It is being held on Sunday, May 13 at the Weyburn Jr. High School (600 – 5th Street NE). What a great way to prepare for a grading! Having your kata judged by other senseis and participating in tournament kumite just 2 days prior to your grading is a great final tune-up! Sure it’s Mother’s Day… but what great mother wouldn’t understand the importance and dedication you’re showing by attending this nearby tournament?! Registration is from Noon till 1 p.m. The tournament begins immediately following registration.

Well Done!!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the grading last night. Even taking part in the workout is a rewarding experience.

Special congratulations to those of you who were awarded promotions!

A wise person once said, “… don’t treat a grading just like any other workout; treat every workout as if it were a grading.” Another wise person puts it this way, “Practice like you play!”

Well done, everyone!