Master Koei Nohara Hanshi 9th Dan places a medal around the neck of a tournament participant during the 4th NC- Okinawa Ryukyukan International Tournament on Saturday. Volunteer organizer, Mallory Person, right, gets the contestants in line and ready for their matches at the fourth N.C.-Okinawa Ryukyukan International Tournament on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, sensei Timmy Smith was promoted from junior black belt to Adult Shodan, while on the same day, Caleb Krzyzanowicz was promoted from brown belt to junior black belt, during a two-hour promotion ceremony held by Kempo Karate at the Boys and Girls Club, in Dunkirk.
Darrell Goodyear, head instructor for the St. Bernard Parish karate program, has been taking his students to national championships for 35 years where they have won 300 gold medals. And for Goodyear the thrill of going to a national championship is still as exciting as it was the first time he went.
By Greg Nikkel Karate is “a way of life” for three members of the Weyburn Martial Arts Training Centre, who all took tests for their black belt on Aug. 16 at the Knox Hall, under the scrutiny of Shinhan Terry Rasmussen. The trio, who all graduated from Grade 12 at the Comp in June, included Tyler Ochitwa, Mitch Bellefleur and Scott Mercer, who shared what it means to them to have gone through the training and reaching the black belt level before they go on to university this fall.
Five athletes from Kuma Karate-Do, a Beach-based karate club, qualified to compete in the Ontario Summer Games karate competition, held in Mississauga on Aug. 12. The competition included kata and kumite . Local athletes Annaliese Bissell and Anna Dawson competed in both disciplines, Olivia Dawson and Sam Chau competed in kata, and Nathalie D'Andrea competed in kumite.