Qld Junior Traditional Karate Network Championships 2017
- the webpage is now open for registrations
We have finally decided to put a tournament together to cater from 4yrs to 11yrs of age. The web sign-up page & rules are a clone of our Australian Traditional Karate Championships but applied at the Qld level.
We are creating a good diversity of events for kids, especially for younger ones a little like some JKA & Shito events I saw in in Japan (but with one novel addition of a "theory competition"). Regardless of kids rank/age, the idea is to get them warmed to the tournament scene. Many of the kids competing from our organisation will be white to orange, so it will cater to to low ranks also. Older kids will also be eligible for 5 event types. Events include:
The event will be at Fig Tree Pocket State School (near Kenmore). There will be 3 rings and how long the day goes will depend on entrant numbers, but the youngest age group (4-6yrs) will likely be all done on rings 1 & 2 within an hour. Ring 3 will start the older kids cycling through divisions from 10am and once the Little Tigers are done older ages will then be on all 3 rings.
The full webpage & rules (with videos showing event types) is at:
As a heads up prior to our first full day black belt gathering for the year, which is the Pathway to Sensei course - Session 3 on Apr 29th. We will be doing the typical theory/philosophy component up front, kihon drills, boxing comparison drills, work our way in depth through Chinto (Gankaku) & Pinan Sandan then to kumite & referring.
As a reminder, if you have time to brush up on your refereeing terminology & gestures as illustrated in our "Speaking Japanese for Martial Artists" book, please do so. Also a new video covering off on Chinto will provide fore learning for anyone motivated. It is at the below webpage.
It was good to have 6 members of the Fig Tree Pocket dojo visit the Redlands dojo for a kumite class while Ed Sensei was visiting from California.
Congratulations to Grace Mattner for "Student of the Term" at the Fig Tree Pocket Dojo. A great term for the 5 year old knowing kata and other things outside her Little Tigers curriculum (some thanks to her big brother Harrison) on top of excellent behaviour in the dojo and clean technique. Thanks to Ashleigh senpai for being our test panel and sparring with the kids as well!
Congratulations to Ben Baker for "Student of the Term" at the Fig Tree Pocket Dojo. A great term for the 6 year old showing great strength in our preliminary fighting work & always eager to train hard.
A big thanks to Catherine of the FTP dojo (mom of Luke) for bringing in cupcakes today for the Little Tigers group at the Fig Tree Pocket dojo. They tasted even better than the look. Happy birthday Luke!
Congratulations to Ethan Merolla for "Student of the Term" at the Fig Tree Pocket Dojo & to Hugh Armstrong for his assistant instructor medal for helping the 4-5yr old class.
5yr old & 6yr old Kate & Hugh had a wonderful learning experience in California at the Pacific Coast Karate Championships. Pictured with Sensei Young (one of the Network's senior sensei) & Shihan Jason Armsrtong. A big thanks to Shawn Danaher sensei for organizing the event & the many supporting sensei/senpai. Osu!