This is what we do on a cold winter's night in our Karate at Hillhurst club! We are preparing for our annual Karate tournament, which is coming up on March 10th, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. Our Little Dragons class had our share of fun with a Haga Kuri ring and a Board Breaking station.
The Kohai program is strong; our Youth are assisting and leading the classes! They are learning to be judges for games, they present an example for techniques, and they assist in Board Breaking.
We are looking forward to our annual bus ride to Edmonton!
This year the Karate at Hillhurst club decided to collect socks to donate to Mustard Seed. They will be put to good use with those that need them!
What inspired this donation? One of our instructors, Sensei Chris, left his socks in the change room during class. When he was changing back into his regular clothes he noticed that his socks were missing! Hmmm... That started Sensei Trudy thinking about the homeless folks needing socks! Well, she made an announcement in class for donations, and we have a huge number of socks, plus a toque, two really warm jackets and some cash!
Thank you to all for your generosity! We really appreciate your donations!
Karate at Hillhurst
Most fun day ever!
We had an exceptional turnout this year and the “breaking fever” was high! Our participants aged from 10 to adult, and came from our Hillhurst Club, Bow Valley Martial Arts and from our charity, Redefin’d. The volunteers from Redefin’d were so enthusiastic and gained confidence by the break! At the start the youth and young adults were shy to get started, and then as the day progressed, they gained so much confidence and enthusiasm, they ended the day smiling and talking to everyone! Thank you to all that helped prepare for the event!
One of our youth had a stack of broken boards almost as tall as he is!
We are so proud of our members and the young adults from Redefin’d, as well as the efforts of the adult volunteers. We are pleased to donate funds to this wonderful association designed to help young adults transition.
Here is a quote from Liz Duerholt, the President of Redefin’d, to Trudy and Richard Fossey.
“I want to send huge thanks out to you, Richard and your fellow AKF club members. We had an absolute blast yesterday. The youngsters on your team displayed hearts of lions. They kept on trying! I also loved seeing your team teaching and being so supportive of everyone. Our Krew had the courage to break in front of the crowd and by the end, they were chatting up the audience. The day was a huge confidence booster.
A couple of special guests to mention. We had a visit from a photographer that was shooting Redefin'd for an article on ATBX Cohort 2 and we were joined by a member of our board of directors. It was a fantastic day and everyone was more than impressed by the show.
I also want you to know how grateful I am for you. Thank you, doesn't seem enough. You believed in me and the idea of Redefin'd before anyone else and your generosity was the seed funding that turned a dream into reality. Your continued support has been a blessing. My heart thanks you.”
AKF Karate at Hillhurst is pleased to offer a StrangthFit sparring class in Calgary. Burn calories and learn self-defence at the same time with our Karate StrengthFit Sparring class.
This class covers the karate basics, including kicking, blocking, and punching, and incorporates the latest in fitness elements including body-weight training for strength, cardio movements for stamina, and yoga basics for increased flexibility. By the end of this class, you will have developed a solid foundation in Karate basics, sparring, and self-defence.
Classes run on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Cost: $140 for the Fall & Winter terms and $80 for the Spring term. There are no uniform (Gi) requirements or memory work. Sign up today!
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:
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:
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.