Grading Update

Just for Kicks  grading on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Kyu Belt grading on  Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

Just for Kicks class is cancelled on January 28 for the kyu belt grading. A make up class  will be scheduled for a later date.

Please keep in mind the Melitta Tournament coming up next Saturday, January 18, 2014. Sensei Alby Morris hosts a terrific, mini tournament and morning self-defence workshop. Click HERE for some details.

New Session Fees and the Next Tournament

Great workout tonight everyone!

Just another reminder to pay your fees for the new session that started today. Thank you.

Also, we have posted information regarding the next tournament in our area.

The Melitta Tournament is hosted by Sensei Alby Morris in the Melitta School Gym on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The morning is advertised as a “Self-Defense class focused on Female Assault”. Well, if you’ve never attended one of Sensei Alby’s self-defense classes, you really should go to this one. It IS NOT just for women!! Sensei will show you many techniques for a number of situations that leave us with no other method of escape. He is direct and the techniques he teaches are highly effective. It is definitely a self-defense clinic worth attending. The tournament itself is an excellent little tournament specifically designed to help develop confidence in tournament performance for karateka of all ages. It also provides new black belts and brown belt students an opportunity to learn to do some corner judging. It is a terrific little event and so close to us.

There are more details on our “Events” page.

Last Workout and Tournament THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!

Please bring your “gifts” for the prize table to the workout this week. You can give them to Payton. If you forget, you can still bring them on Saturday.

Our last workout before the tournament is our opportunity to make sure everything is order and ready to go for the weekend. That includes everyone’s kata and kumite preparation!

Be sure you are going through your tournament kata every day so that you can perform it with distractions. There will be quite a few people in the dojo that day so it’s easy to lose your focus.

Here is a letter about the tournament: 2013 tourney Letter

If you haven’t registered for the tournament online yet, here is a downloadable 2013 Tournament Registration for you to complete. Here is the online version:

You may need to copy and paste that link into your browser window.

EVERYONE should really try to attend the clinic on Friday evening. There is no school that day either so the kids should be good and rested and ready for a good karate work out. Here is the schedule and a short note regarding the tournament.

Carlyle Prov Tourney Flyer – 2013

Supper is being held at The Skyline in Carlyle. A special will be served but ordering from the menu is also permitted. Price will be posted tomorrow.

2 Classes to go before Tournament

We have regular class tomorrow night. Only tomorrow and next week left before our tournament on November 29 and 30.

We are asking our members to bring prizes for the draw table. Just a small item, either a toy or other item for younger members or a gift suitable for an adult, is fine. Please bring your gift to karate class and leave it with Payton Littlechief.

More details will be announced at karate class.

See you at the dojo.

The Duffles Have Arrived!

The last of the duffle bags arrived on Wednesday! We’ll be handing them out in class next Tuesday. They look GOOD!

It was great to see everyone out again! We are officially up to 99 active members for this session! Now… let’s get EVERYONE out to the tournament!

We can’t say enough about how great the tournaments are! Yes, it seems like a scary thing at first but once you’re there and doing it you will really enjoy yourself. Doing your kata in front of 5 judges you don’t know and then doing kumite against an opponent you’ve never seen before can seem like an intimidating experience. However, all of the judges (higher ranking black belts) are there to help make us all better karateka. It is their primary goal to keep us safe and improve our skills. If there is a competitor in kumite who is being overly aggresive, the judges will tell them to back off. When we get a score for our kata we can use it as a bench mark for the next tournament and try to beat OURSELVES at the next event. And one of the most fun aspects of any tournament is meeting other people who share a similar interest to us. We have all been in the position of the rookie tournament participant… not sure where to go; not sure to whom to bow; and trying like crazy to remember even the first move of our chosen kata! We’re telling you now that you have nothing to worry about. Just try to be relaxed and whatever happens… happens.

We’ll be working on tournament prep over the next few weeks in order to get everyone in tournament shape. We REALLY would like to see most, if not all, of us register in the tournament. DON’T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR! Even if this is your first year just jump in to the deep end and go for it!

We will be adding an ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM this year. When it is ready, we’ll post the link here on the blog.

See you at the dojo!

Regular Class Tonight

We’re back in our regular dojo tonight. Class times are also at the usual times.

Remember to think about ways that you can help out with our tournament. We host the Saskatchewan Provincial event so we always want to make it an exciting and memorable event.

See you at the dojo!


Everyone Made It!

It was good to see that everyone found their way to our alternate location last night! Everyone worked hard and should be feeling it in their legs, hips, and quite likely the side of their ribs!

We’re back to the regular dojo next week and we’ll be starting to turn our attention to some tournament preparation. We’ll be asking for volunteers to handle various aspects of the tournament such as but not limited to: prize table, canteen, clothing etc. Also, if you have any thoughts on a unique tournament activity to do with each age/belt division please let a Sensei know about it and maybe we can work it into the tournament.

See you at the dojo.

Change in Location for tomorrow…

Just a reminder that we have to change locations for our class tomorrow night.

On Tuesday, October 22, classes will be held at G.F. Kells High School in Carlyle. Classes are still at the usual time.

Please use the entrance at the rear of the school (South East Gym doors) and remove your shoes in the entrance to help keep the school clean.

See you at the temporary dojo!