AKF New Club Locations

The AKF is moving! Here's an important announcement about Karate at Hillhurst.

In Calgary, the entire Karate at SAIT club has moved to Karate at Hillhurst. You can find us at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, located at 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 0S2.

Check out all the location information and details under "Club Locations".


AKF Karate Offers New CardioFit Karate Bootcamp Class

AKF Karate at Hillhurst is pleased to offer a new cardio karate class in Calgary. Burn calories and learn self-defence at the same time with our new CardioFit Karate Bootcamp.

This class covers the karate basics, including kicking, blocking, and punching. Classes also include cross-fit elements for strength training, increased stamina and flexibility. By the end of this karate-based cardio course, your body will be a lean, fat-burning machine.

Classes run on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Cost: $130 for the Fall & Winter terms and $75 for the Spring term. There are no uniform (Gi) requirements or memory work. Sign up today!


Karate is Safe … Really!

A number of years ago, one of our Senior Black Belt Instructors was overheard saying “this ain’t tiddlywinks ya know” … hardly a truer word has been spoken!

But, all kidding aside, we all know that we want to be safe in our pursuit of Karate. We want to ensure that everyone from Instructor to student can appreciate Karate for a long time – if we are injured, we can’t train.

Every Black Belt Instructor of the AKF is very aware of the potential for sports injury … especially concussions. Many of us are parents ourselves and work as doctors, nurses, teachers and other professionals who take safety very seriously. The result is that Instructors plan all activities with safety in mind and even though Karate is a contact sport, the incidence of injury in the AKF, including concussions, is virtually zero. The reasons for this are many including:

Kids working kumite with safety gear

  • The ever present attitude of safety first
    • Required First Aid/CPR and Police Checks
  • Direct, proven, real-life instruction from Black Belt Instructors
  • Black Belt Instructors ensure all training, including Kumite (sparring), is practiced in a safe, controlled manner
  • World-class training in proper techniques including
    • Blocking
    • Punching
    • Kicking
    • Kumite
      • Partner work
      • Sequences
      • Controlling the fight
    • Self-defense
      • How to prevent bad situations
      • How to fall
      • How to get up
  • Training in proper etiquette
  • Promoting the use of proper protective equipment suitable for the training
  • Training to harness and manage the competitive spirit

Another cause of injury can be from improper warm-up and insufficient strength in the muscles and joints. To help combat this, Black Belt Instructors:

  • Conduct regular warm-up activities including running and stretching to limber up the muscles and joints before Karate training begins
  • Include strength training and range of motion activities to help build strength and flexibility
  • Regularly train both sides of the body through line-work and Kata to develop a higher level of coordination and movement

All of these elements, plus more, have helped ensure our clubs are safe environments for Instructors and students alike – all while training hard. This provides for a great learning experience and allows everyone to help themselves, and others, to be safe.


A welcome message from AKF Chairman, Richard Fossey:

There are many reasons why you might want to learn Karate. For most, Karate is seen as a journey. For some, the journey is short; maybe their goal is to acquire their Black Belt or to learn some self defense skills. For others, the journey lasts a lifetime and becomes a journey of self-discovery, more than simply the pursuit of a martial art. Regardless of your journey...


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