Karate Canada is thrilled to release the very first issue of its new online Newsletter. You may stay up-to-date on all recent news, and obtain important updates on all upcoming events, by subscribing to the newsletter and receiving email notices of and links to all future editions (plans are to release the next issue this fall). This first issue contains a word from our President Mr. Craig Vokey, as well as an individual athlete profile / interview highlighting 2016 Senior Pan Am kata medalist Mr. Kenneth Lee. You may click here to read this first issue now. Enjoy!
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Karate Canada is very proud to release the first version of its official Program / Information Bulletin for the upcoming 2016 Annual Summit, which will once again be held at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre, from September 30th to October 2nd inclusively.
This exciting event will offer elite kumite and kata training sessions with world-renown international Guest Star Instructors and with our National Team Head Coaches, as well as seminars and clinics for Coaches / instructors, Officials, athletes, and Provincial / Territorial Association staff and administrators. On the heels of the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic announcement, the 7th edition of this yearly event will also be accessible to all, and include both an “Olympic Outreach” and an "Open House” component.
Online pre-registration will open shortly, and will remain open until September 25th.
A visible notice will be posted on Karate Canada's website and its social media once pre-registration becomes available, and Provincial / Territorial Association Presidents will receive email notification of this as well. Early bird rates are available to Summit participants who will pre-register on or before September 16th. Hotel reservations at the special discounted group rate for Summit participants is available now and until September 9th inclusively.
Don’t miss this great yearly rendez-vous of Canadian karateka! We look forward to seeing all of you soon in Toronto.
Following the announcement that karate will be included in the Olympic Program at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, our President, Mr. Craig Vokey would like to share his thoughts on the path to Tokyo 2020:
“What a fantastic time to be a part of Karate Canada! The IOC announcement allows so many dreams to take flight and further enhances the opportunities and credibility of legitimate, government recognized amateur sport in Canada. I want to take a moment and thank my PTSO colleagues, Heritage Canada, Sport Canada, the PKF and WKF for standing by Karate Canada through its transition from the NKA to a modern and professionally run not-for-profit sport organization. The true test of leadership is to dedicate your efforts to benefiting others and to espouse modern governance principles. There have been many difficult decisions that have been essential to our success and I congratulate the past leadership, PTSO Presidents and the Board for taking the difficult path when it was required.
I also wish to thank the dedicated athletes, coaches and officials for their continued selfless support and dedication to our sport. I am continually overwhelmed with pride when I watch our athletes compete, our coaches coach and the professionalism and impartiality of our officials. This dedication is matched only by our Executive Director, staff and our many volunteers.
Tokyo 2020 will not be easy. The tournament is small, the path difficult and the challenges many, but, in my heart, I know that all members of this federation are up for the challenge. Ganbatte!”
The world and Canadian sport karate communities are celebrating today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that it has formally approved the addition of five new sports, including karate, to the program of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The inclusion of these five new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes to the Olympic program in Tokyo, without impacting existing sports. The sport of karate will be represented by total of 80 athletes, set to compete in six kumite (sparring) and two kata (forms) divisions.
“The entire Canadian karate community is thrilled with this historic news,” says Karate Canada President Mr. Craig Vokey, “and inclusion of the sport of karate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ program represents a milestone of immense significance for all karateka across the globe. With the continued support of the Canadian government, the Canadian Olympic Committee and our other partners, Karate Canada is sparing no effort to ensure its readiness for these Games, and we excitedly look forward to seeing our remarkable Canadian karate athletes shine on the world stage, in the very birthplace of this hugely popular martial art and combat sport.”
“We have been preparing for this opportunity for years, and can’t wait for the entire world to see some of our best athletes shine in Tokyo in 2020. We sincerely hope that we may benefit from increased support and funding in the near future, in order to help further ensure the Canadian karate team’s success at these Games” adds Executive Director Olivier Pineau.
The Canadian Olympic Committee has also provided the following statement:
“We applaud the IOC’s decision to include karate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program. It is an important recognition of that sport which has experienced significant growth world-wide and the exceptional athletes who take part in it. This addition will attract millions of new fans around the world to the Olympic Movement. Congratulations to Karate Canada, we’ll see you in Tokyo.”
President, Canadian Olympic Committee
Upon having received final confirmations from invited athletes selected at the conclusion of the recent 2016 Junior National Training Camp (in accordance with published Criteria), Karate Canada is very pleased to release the final composition of its National Team for participation in the upcoming 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (August 22-28, in Guayaquil, Ecuador). You may click here to view the full list of athletes and support staff / volunteers who are scheduled to represent Canada soon, at this prestigious competitive event (where they will also be accompanied by numerous parents, family members, and Canadian officials). We sincerely congratulate all athletes on their selection, and wish everyone the very best of luck in Ecuador!
Karate Canada is pleased to announce the recently confirmed and imminent participation of several USA National Team Senior Kumite athletes in the upcoming Senior Kumite Ontario-Quebec Inter-Regional Training Camp, which will take place in Kingston (ON) on August 6th and 7th. Please note that participation in this training camp is by invitation only. This event will constitute an important step in the preparation of our Senior National Team Roster kumite athletes for upcoming international events of the season, such as the German Open Karate-1 Championships (September) and the Senior World Championships (October).
Karate Canada will hold its third Ontario - Quebec Junior Kumite InterRegional Training Camp of the season on Sunday, August 7th (from 10 AM to 2:30 PM EDT) at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. The training sessions will be led by Karate Canada’s Junior National Team Kumite Head Mr. Denis Beaudoin. Email invitations have already been issued to all eligible participants. We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in this Training Camp will be mandatory for all current and eligible Junior National Team Roster kumite athletes residing in the provinces of Quebec or Ontario (within 300 km of the venue). This event also represents an important step in the final preparations of our Junior National Team athletes for the upcoming Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (August).
Karate Canada will hold its third BC Regional Kumite Training Camp of the season on Saturday, August 6th, at the Tiger’s Eye Karate-Do Club (North Shore), located in North Vancouver. The joint Junior and Senior training sessions will be led by Karate Canada’s BC Training Centre Kumite Coach Mr. Sandeep Gill. Email invitations have already been issued to all eligible participants. We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in this Training Camp will be mandatory for all current and eligible Junior and Senior National Team Roster kumite athletes residing in the province of BC and within 200 km of the training venues. This Training Camp represent an important step in the final preparations of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming German Open and World Championships (September & October), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (August).
Karate Canada will soon hold its annual National Kata Training Camp for Senior National Team athletes. This invitation Training Camp will be led by our National Team Kata Head Coach Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, and will take place at te Steveston Karate Dojo in Richmond, BC, on August 11-14. This 3 and a half-day event will assemble current Senior National Team Kata athletes (including AWAD / Para athletes), and is also open to invited Junior National Team Roster kata athletes and Youth medalists from the 2016 National Championships. We wish to remind all invited Senior National Team kata athletes that their participation in this Training Camp will be mandatory. This Camp will serve as important preparation of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming German Open and World Championships (September & October), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (August).
Karate Canada has proudly concluded on Sunday July 17th the largest edition to date of its annual Junior National Training Camp, assembling no fewer than 88 athletes and 5 National Team Coaches, in both kata and kumite. This 3-day Camp ended on a high note, as Karate Canada announced the selection of its National Team athletes for participation in the 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (to be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in August - the full list will be posted shortly). The Camp was co-led by National Team Head Coaches Katarina Vadovicova (Kata) and Denis Beaudoin (Junior Kumite), with the help of Assistant National Team Coaches Karen Armour (Junior Kumite), David Strohbach (Junior Kumite) and Pam Ross (Junior Kata). The event also benefited from the invaluable volunteer contribution of the following five referees, whom we all thank profoundly for their generous support: Mr. Babak Sotoudeh, Mrs. Tammy Hennessy, Mrs. Kiran Kainth, Mr. Farshid Hosseinirad, and Mr. Mahmud Majlesi. Highlights of the Camp included an educational presentation on mental preparation by sport psychology expert Mr. Patrick Béland; a physical testing segment for kumite athletes; as well as a surprise visit from Senior Kumite Head Coach Nassim Varasteh and much more.
As usual, Karate Canada salutes the unwavering commitment of all parents who support and accompany their young athletes through their journey to excellence. We also wish to sincerely thank all of the staff members and volunteers who once again made this great event possible. Finally, we wish to congratulate all participating athletes for their hard work and dedication, and we look forward to the remaining Junior National Team Roster events of the season, such as the National Kata Training Camp (Richmond BC, August 11-14; optional for all invited Youth and Junior athletes), the upcoming Regional Kumite Training Camps to be held in Kingston (August 7th, for Ontario and Quebec junior athletes) and North Vancouver (August 6th, for BC junior athletes), and the aforementioned 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships.
Karate Canada is pleased to release the current Junior athlete rankings and status lists for both kata and kumite athletes, as updated after the recent World Youth Cup in Croatia. Please note that these status and ranking point listings will be used to select our National Team for participation in the upcoming 2016 Junior Pan American Championships, in accordance with current and published Junior National team Criteria:
Karate Canada will hold its second Atlantic Regional Training Camp of the season (in kumite) this Friday to Sunday, July 8-10, at the Mary Queen of Peace School, located at 137 Torbay Road, in St. John's, Newfoundland (A1A 2G9). This Training Camp will be led by our Atlantic Training Centre Kumite Coach Mr. Randy Rix, and is being organized jointly with Karate NL. Here is the complete Schedule:
Friday July 8:
-Session One: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
(National Team Roster, Youth Division medalists from 2016 Nationals and invited sparring / training partners only)
Saturday July 9:
-Session Two: 10:00 am - 12:30 am (also open to provincial-level participants)
-Session Three: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm (also open to provincial-level participants)
Sunday July 10:
-Session Four; 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
(National Team Roster, Youth Division medalists from 2016 Nationals and invited sparring / training partners only)
We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in this Training Camp will be mandatory for all current Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes (in kata and in kumite) residing in the Atlantic provinces and within 200 km of the venue.This event also represents an important step in the final preparations of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming German Open and World Championships (September & October), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (August).
Karate Canada would like to extend its sincere congratulations to all members of the Junior National Team Roster (and Youth division medalists from the 2016 National Championships) who competed at the 2016 WKF Karate 1 World Youth Cup in Umag, Croatia, on July 1st-3rd. Our official delegation included 40 athletes, as well as 6 coaches, and some officials and support staff. We are pleased to report that in their first participation in this prestigious international event, Canadian athletes have achieved 15 top-ten finishes, including no less than 7 medals. You may click here to view the full results, and you may visit our Facebook page for more detailed information and pictures. Next on the horizon for our Junior National Team Roster members is the upcoming Junior National Training Camp in Toronto, where Karate Canada will announce the final team selection for the 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships!
Karate Canada is pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications from additional athletes with a disability (AWAD) to possibly attend the 2016 Senior World Karate Championships in Linz, Austria (October 22-31).
Karate Canada has already qualified two Athletes to the AWAD Senior National Team for the 2016 Senior World Championships in Linz, Austria. To be eligible, athletes must qualify in one of the categories set out in the WKF- Rules Karate for Person with Disabilities:
Athletes may be selected up to a maximum of 3 per category.
Athletes who are eligible and who apply for selection may be selected to the team in the following decreasing order of priority, based on available spots:
1. Athletes who are eligible and who have placed first in their division at the most recent (2016) National Championships, followed by second place, and then by third place winners;
2. Athletes who are eligible and who participated in the most recent (2016) Nationals Championships;
3. Athletes who are eligible but who have not participated in the most recent (2016) National Championships.
** IMPORTANT: All selected applicants / athletes MUST attend either the 2016 Kata National Training Camp (Richmond, BC, August 11-14; invitational only) OR the National Kata Training Camp which will be held at / during the 2016 Karate Canada Summit (Toronto, ON, Sep 30- Oct 2) in order to be eligible to compete at Senior World Championships as part of Karate Canada’s AWAD Senior National Team.
All applications must include the athlete’s name, date of birth, time they have practiced karate, classification, and a short biography (including information about practice of karate). All applications should be submitted by email to Karate Canada’s Program Manager Ms. Alexandra Roy, at: email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2016.
(Karate Canada will reply to all applicants by July 28, 2016. Selected athletes will be provided with all the necessary information for participation. Please note that while Karate Canada will cover any registration fees and offer qualified coaching staff and assistance at the event, all other participation costs (including travel and accommodation) will be the sole responsibility of participating athletes. )
Karate Canada is very excited to confirm that no less than 40 Junior National Team Roster athletes and Youth division medalists from the 2016 National Championships are preparing to represent Canada at the 2016 WKF Karate-1 Youth World Cup, which will assemble teams from all over the world in Umag, Croatia, on July 1-3. Our Canadian athletes are accompanied in Croatia by 5 National Team Coaches, 1 Team Leader / Manager, Karate Canada’s President, and a number of International Officials from Canada. You may click here to see the full list of Team Canada athletes and coaches for this event. We wish all Team Canada athletes and Coaches the very best of luck in this tournament, and salute the usual dedication of our Canadian officials. We also wish the very best of luck to all other Canadian participants in the World Youth Cup. (Results will be updated as soon as possible on our Facebook page and website.)
Karate Canada is profoundly saddened by yesterday’s news of Mr. Ryan Jimmo’s sudden, tragic passing. The son of long-time Canadian Referee Mr. Paul Jimmo, Ryan was actively involved as a karate competitor at the national level for a number of years; he was also a very successful mixed martial arts competitor. He was greatly appreciated and respected by his peers. On behalf of our President Mr. Craig Vokey, our entire Board of Directors and everyone in the Canadian karate community, Karate Canada wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the entire Jimmo family. Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimmo’s loved ones in this difficult time.
Karate Canada is thrilled to release its first version of the Information Bulletin for the 2017 National Championships, which will take place in Quebec City (QC) on February 24-26, 2017. This document contains loads of useful information pertaining to the venue, host hotel, registration timeline, eligibility criteria, competition divisions, automatic invitations, wildcards, schedule of activities, coaching requirements, etc. Additional information will also be available soon in later versions of this Bulletin. You may click here to read this important document. We wish everyone the best of luck in their preparations leading up this tournament, and we look forward to greeting all of you in Quebec next February!
The 2016 Junior National Training Camp (Toronto, July 15-17) is quickly approaching. Athletes who have received a formal invitation to attend from Karate Canada are strongly encouraged to register online before the deadline of June 24th. You may click here to view a short program / Information Bulletin containing information about this event. (Reminder: participation in this invitational 3-day training camp is mandatory in order for invited Junior National Roster athletes - and Youth division medalists form the 2016 National Championships - to remain eligible for possible selection onto the 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships Team.) Don’t miss your opportunity to receive targeted high performance training from Karate Canada's National Team Head Coaches Katarina Vadovicova (Kata) and Denis Beaudoin (Kumite), as well as from other National Team Coaches, and to benefit from an educational seminar presented by mental performance expert Patrick Béland (M2M).
Karate Canada is pleased to release the current Junior athlete rankings and status lists for both kata and kumite athletes, as updated with regard to age eligibility for each category. Please note that these status and ranking point listings will be used to select our National Team for participation in the upcoming 2016 Junior Pan American Championships, in accordance with current and published Junior National team Criteria:
The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board has taken a very important decision last week which brings the sport of Karate one crucial step closer to being featured in the Olympic Games’ program for Tokyo 2020. You may click on the various links below to read different press releases on this topic:
Karate Canada is pleased to confirm new age eligibility rules for the 2017 National Championships, set to take place in Quebec City (QC) on February 24-26, 2017. You may click here to read a document and matrix outlining these age eligibility rules. Provincial and Territorial Associations are encouraged to use this information for their team selections towards participation in these National Championships. More information will be available very soon regarding automatic invitations, wildcards, seeding of draws, etc, and Karate Canada will be releasing a first Bulletin of the 2017 National Championships very soon.
Karate Canada is pleased to release the current Senior athlete rankings and status lists for both kata and kumite athletes, as updated after the recent Senior Pan American Karate Championships. Please note that these status and ranking point listings will be used to select our National Team for participation in the upcoming 2016 Senior World Karate Championships, in accordance with current and published Senior National team Criteria:
Team Canada is celebrating two additional bronze medal wins in Rio de Janeiro, at the 30th Senior Pan American Championships. On Saturday, May 28th, the final day of competition, Canadian athletes finished in third place in two separate events. In the women’s team kata category, athletes Daphné Trahan-Perreault, Hidemi Uchiage, and Sumi Uchiage defeated the Mexican team 3-2, before losing to the team from the Dominican Republic, who then went on to claim the silver medal. In the men’s team kumite category, athletes Patrice Boily-Martineau, Alexandre-Benjamin Rivest, Nicholas-Patrick Rivest, Carl Rodrigue, Sarmen Sinani and Philippe Soucy defeated very strong teams from Columbia and the Dominican Republic, before losing by a very narrow gap (3-2) to Venezuela, whose team went on to claim the silver medal. In a heated repechage face-off, the Canadian male kumite team defeated the Argentinian team 2-1 for the bronze. This brings Canada’s final medal tally at this event to three bronze medals, with two top 5 and two top 7 results as well. You may click here for full results from the tournament, and click here for a recent news release regarding the conclusion of the event. Karate canada wishes to sincerely congratulate all participating athletes, Coaches and Referees!
Karate Canada wishes to salute the dedication of our Canadian Referees who recently officiated at the 30th Senior Pan American Karate Championships in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil: Mrs. Yoshie Furumoto, Mrs. Valentyna Zolotarova, Mr. Trevor Walmsley, Mr. Doug Smerek, and PKF Referee Commission member Mr. Zvonko Celebija. Our sincere congratulations also to Mr. Trevor Walmsley for achieving his Referee B license, to Mrs. Yoshie Furumoto for obtaining her Kata Judge A license, and to Mr. Doug Smerek for successfully securing his Referee A and Judge A licenses in Kata!
Please note that the 2nd Ontario-Quebec Inter-Regional Training originally scheduled for June 12 (in Kingston ON) is being cancelled / postponed for Senior Kumite athletes only (training will go on as planned for all Youth, Cadet, Junior and U21 divisions as well as for all kata athletes). This has been decided in order to ensure optimal recovery and preparation of athletes for the upcoming German Open and Senior World Championships. More information will be made available soon regarding a possible replacement event, likely near the end of July / early August. Thank you for your understanding.
Karate Canada is pleased to announce the recent addition of Ms. Gillian Benson to its office staff, where she will fulfill the dual role of Administrative Assistant / Logistics Coordinator. Ms. Benson will be working out of our Montreal office, and will provide assistance with daily office operations, communications, administrative tasks and various logistical duties, mostly around Karate Canada's National Team programs.
We wish to warmly welcome Gillian to the team!
Karate Canada will hold its second Ontario - Quebec InterRegional Training Camp of the season (in both kata and kumite) on Sunday, June 12 (from 10 AM to 3:00 PM EST) at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. The training sessions will be led by our 3 National Team Head Coaches (the kata trainings will be led by Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, and Junior and Senior Kumite sessions will be led by Mr. Denis Beaudoin and Mrs. Nassim Varasteh, respectively). All invited athlete (s) will receive the necessary information by email shortly.
We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in this Training Camp will be mandatory for all current Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes (in kata and in kumite) residing in the provinces of Quebec or Ontario (within 300 km of the venue). This event also represents an important step in the final preparations of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming German Open and World Championships (September & October), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Youth World Cup Karate-1 event and Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (June / July & August).
Karate Canada will hold its second BC Regional Kumite Training Camp of the season on Saturday, June 11th, in the Vancouver area (exact schedule and location to be confirmed shortly). The joint Junior and Senior training sessions will be led by Karate Canada’s BC Training Centre Kumite Coach Mr. Sandeep Gill.
Furthermore, Karate Canada will hold its first BC Regional Kata Training Camp of the season on Sunday, June 12th (from 9 AM to 4 PM PST) at the Kimeru Shotokan Karate Club (in Vancouver). The Junior and Senior training sessions will be led by Regional Kata Training Centre Coach Mr. Brian James, with assistance from National Team Assistant Kata Coach Ms. Pam Ross. All invited athletes will receive the necessary information by email shortly for both of these training camps. We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in these Training Camps will be mandatory for all Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes residing in the province of BC and within 200 km of the respective training venues. These training sessions represent important steps in the final preparations of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming German Open and World Championships (September & October), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Youth World Cup Karate-1 event and Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (June / July & August).
Karate Canada will hold its second Atlantic Regional Kumite Training Camp of the season in Newfoundland, on the weekend of July 8-10 (exact schedule and location to be confirmed shortly). The Junior and Senior training sessions will be led by Karate Canada’s Atlantic Regional Training Centre Kumite Coach Mr. Randy Rix. More details and email invitations coming soon…
Team Canada has claimed its first medal of the tournament today in Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), as Kenneth Lee won a bronze medal in men’s individual kata division, the first Pan American medal for Canada in this division in many years. Other highlights of this first day of competition include a top 5 finish for Alexandre-Benjamin-Rivest (men’s 84+kg kumite) and a top 7 finish for Rita Ngo (women’s individual kata), both newcomers to the Senior National Team. You may click here in order to read a press release summing up today’s events. Stay tuned for more updates, as many more of our nation’s best karate athletes step onto the mats tomorrow and Saturday.
Please note that Karate canada has recently adopted minor changes to its 2016-2017 National Team Criteria (Senior and Junior, in both kata and in kumite), as well as to its 2016-2017 Youth Team Pilot Project Outline.
These amended documents can be found in our “Documents" tab, or by clicking on the titles listed below:
1- 2016-2017 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes (version 2.0, May 21, 2016);
2- 2016-2017 Senior National Team Criteria for Kata Athletes (version 2.0, May 21, 2016);
3- 2016-2017 Junior National Team Criteria (version 3.0, May 21, 2016);
4- 2016-2017 Youth Team Pilot Project Outline (version 2.0, May 21, 2016).
Please note: the only significant changes from previous versions consist in the following:
- the tie-breaking criteria have been updated (in section 6.1 of both the Sr Kumite and Kata Criteria, and in section 4.4 of the Jr Team Criteria) to ensure increased objectivity in selection, while alleviating potential problems linked to the wording of the previous version (and previously prescribed use of “challenge matches”)
- the dates and calendars of the upcoming Regional and Inter-Regional Trainings and competitions have been updated.
- a few other minor changes were made in order to ensure improved consistency and clarity.
Karate Canada is Pleased to Announce that the following three individuals have been appointed as new members of the Communications & Marketing Committee: Mrs. Debra Kofsky (Chair), Mr. Marc Ward, and Mr. Clarence Borja. All three volunteers bring a wealth of relevant expertise to this new role, and the Committee is excited to get important work underway very soon. Karate Canada wishes to welcome them in this new role, and to thank them for their dedication and commitment.
Individual invitations will be issued very soon to all eligible and current Junior National Team Roster athletes and to all eligible Youth division medalists from the 2016 National Championships, for participation in the upcoming 2016 Junior National Training Camp. This 3-day event will be held on July 15-17, at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre. We wish to remind all eligible participants that attendance will be mandatory in order for invited athletes to remain eligible to be selected in order to represent Canada at the 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships. Eligible athletes who would not, for any reason, receive an invitation in their email inbox by next Tuesday (May 31st) should contact Karate Canada promptly, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this official invitation email will contain all required information, such as the start and end dates and times for the Training Camp, the link and information for hotel room reservations, the link to the event’s online registration page, etc.
We thank you kindly for your patience.
The Junior National Team roster ranking points have been updated according to the 2016-2017 Junior National Team Criteria and include the points for the US Open. They can be found on our website under Documents/National Team or by clicking on the links below.
Karate Canada is proud to endorse the 2016 edition of the Western Canadian Karate Championships (WCKC), which will take place on June 4th at the Crescent Point Regional Field House located in beautiful Okotoks, AB.
The WCKC will showcase all levels of karateka from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. There are numerous events which athletes will be able to participate in including: Recreational, Elite, AWAD, Masters divisions and Team events. Furthermore, National Referee Committee Chair Mr. Yaro Tarana will conduct a National Officials’ Clinic on Friday June 3rd.
Don’t miss this great event!
“ The Karate Canada Board of Directors wishes to state its support for the new President, Ms. Tricia Smith, and the actions taken by the Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors to improve its policy structure, to strengthen the Canadian Sport System, and to protect and value the men and women who work at the COC and who do so much good for sport in Canada. At all levels of governance, from the very top to community-based associations, the concepts of integrity, respect and ethical decision making should permeate Canadian sport culture.
We congratulate Tricia on her leadership and look forward to the continued positive changes within the Canadian Olympic Committee. "
Karate Canada is thrilled to announce its official lineup for the 2016 Senior Pan American Karate Championships. You may click here to view the full list of National Team members who have been selected for this event, in accordance with our published Senior National Team Criteria. These 25 athletes will be competing in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on May 26-28, and will be supported by four National Team Coaches: Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (Kata Head Coach), Mrs. Nassim Varasteh (Sr Kumite Head Coach), Mr. Kraig Devlin and Mr. Roman Saltikov. The team will also be accompanied by Karate Canada’s Medical Committee Chair and certified Athletic Therapist Mr. Gus Kandilas, as well as by Team Leader and Karate Canada President Mr. Craig Vokey, who will be Canada’s delegate at the next Pan American Karate Federation Congress. Finally, several international officials from Canada will also be part of the delegation, including Mrs. Yoshie Furumoto, Ms. Valentyna Zolotarova, Mr. Douglas Smerek, Mr. Trevor Walmsley and Mr. Zvonko Celebija. We sincerely congratulate our athletes for their selection, and wish our entire delegation the very best of luck in Rio!
Karate Canada will hold its first BC Regional Kumite Training Camp of the season on Saturday, April 30th (from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST) at the St-David’s Church, located at 1525 Taylor Way, in West Vancouver. The joint Junior and Senior training sessions will be respectively led by Karate Canada’s BC Training Centre Kumite Coach Mr. Sandeep Gill and by Guest Star Instructor and world-renown Coach Javier Mantilla (graciously invited by Karate BC).
Furthermore, Karate Canada will hold its first BC Regional Kata Training Camp of the season on Sunday, May 8th (from 9 AM to 4 PM PST) at the Kimeru Shotokan Karate Club (in Vancouver). The Junior and Senior training sessions will be led by Regional Kata Training Centre Coach Mr. Brian James, with assistance from National Team Assistant Kata Coach Ms. Pam Ross. All invited athletes should have received the necessary information for both of these training camps by email already. We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in these Training Camps will be mandatory for all Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes residing in the province of BC and within 200 km of the respective training venues. These training sessions represent important steps in the final preparations of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming Pan American Championships (May 23-29, 2016), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Youth World Cup Karate-1 event (June 27- July 3, 2016).
Karate Canada is proud to endorse the 2016 edition of the Montreal International Open, which will take place on May 15th at the Vaudreuil-Dorion Multisports Centre. This will be the 13h edition of this event, held by Karate Québec on a yearly basis.
All karateka 8 years old and more with a green belt and above are welcome. An AWAD (Athlete With A Disability) karate division is also offered. This tournament will offer both recreational (non-Elite) divisions and Elite divisions (with prize money). Seminars led by world-renown experts Tom Scott and Akio Tamashiro will also be held on the days preceding the start of competition, and National Referee Committee Chair Mr. Yaro Tarana will conduct a Regional Officials’ Clinic offered by Karate Quebec and Karate Canada. You may click here for more information.
Registration is now open on SportData. Don’t miss this great event!
Karate BC is excited to be working with the organizers of the upcoming Americas Masters Games in Vancouver (August 26 to September 4, 2016) to host the karate portion of the Games. Karate is one of 25 sports participating in this event, and Karate BC would like to extend an invitation to you to come and join them at the Games this August. This event should constitute a wonderful opportunity for karate practitioners aged 30 years and over to get together to compete, make new friends, renew friendships and socialize with other 30 years + athletes in Vancouver, British Columbia. For general information and to register for the Games please visit the website at www.americasmastersgames2016.com.
You may also you may click here for more information about the karate portion of the Games.
Karate Canada will hold its first Ontario - Quebec InterRegional Training Camp of the season (in both kata and kumite) on Sunday, May 1st (from 10 AM to 3:30 PM EST) at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. The training sessions will be led by our 3 National Team Head Coaches (the kata trainings will be led by Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, and Junior and Senior Kumite sessions will be led by Mr. Denis Beaudoin and Mrs. Nassim Varasteh, respectively). All invited athlete (s) will receive the necessary information by email shortly.
We wish to remind all invited athletes that participation in this Training Camp will be mandatory for all current Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes (in kata and in kumite) residing in the provinces of Quebec or Ontario (within 300 km of the venue). This event also represents an important step in the final preparations of our Senior National Team Roster athletes for the upcoming Pan American Championships (May 23-29, 2016), and of our Junior athletes for the upcoming Youth World Cup Karate-1 event (June 27- July 3, 2016).
Karate Canada seeks a full-time Administrative Assistant / Logistics Coordinator. You may click here to read the full job description. All interested candidates must apply by submitting their resume by email no later than April 15th, 2016.
Following recommendations from its High Performance & Coaching Committee, Karate Canada has adopted a slightly revised version of its current Junior National Team Criteria. The only changes are featured in article 3.4.5 of the document and pertain to possible weight division changes for kumite athletes. You may click here to read these updated Criteria.
Karate Canada is pleased to release its Carding Criteria for the 2017-2018 Carding cycle. You may click here to read this full document, which continues to ensure optimal alignment between Karate Canada’s Senior National Team Selection Criteria and Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program. Please note that the Carding cycle, as of 2017, will begin on May 1st of every year.
Junior National Team athlete Khyber Barnett was identified by Sport BC as one of the three top athletes under the age of 19 in British Columbia across all sports. Khyber's achievements in the sport of karate was celebrated at the Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards on March 10th in Vancouver. The Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards is Canada’s longest-running sport recognition event, honouring BC’s best athletes, coaches and officials in 18 different categories. Congratulations Khyber!
Please note that Karate Canada’s office will be closed from Friday March 25th to Monday March 28th inclusively.
Canada's Senior National Team Roster athletes competed at the Dutch Open Karate 1 Championships in Rotterdam (Netherlands) March 19th and 20th. In kata, most athletes went through several rounds, and Kenneth Lee ended up in 7th position. Canada’s best result goes to TO2015 Pan Am Games silver medalist Kate Campbell who earned a bronze medal in women's -55kg kumite division. We salute the great work of our athletes, who are working diligently in preparation for the Senior Pan American Karate Championships (May, Brazil) and the Senior World Championships (October, Austria).
Karate Canada is pleased to announce that five Canadian Senior National Karate Team Roster athletes have once again been nominated and approved for Carding (Athlete Assistance Program) for the 2016-2017 cycle. Please note that Sport Canada has modified the dates of its Carding cycle for the sport of karate (and a few other sports) as of 2017, when the cycle will in fact start on May 1st instead of on March 1st. Consequently, the athletes who have been approved for AAP support for the full 2016-2017 cycle will benefit from this support for a period of 14 months. The 2017-2018 Carding Criteria will be published shortly. Here is the list of this year's Carded athletes, who have been selected on the basis of their competitive results, status and ranking point, and of our published AAP Criteria. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates every one of them, and has every confidence that they will make the best possible use of the support and resources being allocated to them:
Karate Canada, in partnership with Karate Newfoundland and Labrador, Karate Nova Scotia, Karate New Brunswick and Karate PEI, is pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Atlantic Regional Kumite Training Camp of the season, which will be coupled with an Open Elite Kumite Seminar led by Karate Canada’s Senior National Team Kumite Head Coach and two-time World Championships silver medalist Mrs. Nassim Varasteh. This 2-day event will include numerous training sessions open to all Youth, Cadet, Junior, U21 and Senior Provincial Team athletes (with only one invitational session reserved exclusively for National Team Roster members and invited training partners). The Training Camp and Kumite Seminar will take place on April 29-30, in Halifax (NS). Coach Varasteh will be working in collaboration with Atlantic Regional Training Centre Kumite Coach Mr. Randy Rix and with Junior National Team Assistant Kumite Coach Mrs. Karen Armour for delivery of the various training sessions. You may click here for more information. (Please note that Karate Canada plans to hold other similar events in the future in other parts of the country as well, involving our various National Team Head Coaches, in partnership with member Provincial / Territorial Associations.) Also, the dates of the first Regional and Inter Regional Training Sessions taking place in other parts of the country will be announced shortly, as well as the planned calendar of other such trainings for the remainder of the season.
Senior National Team members will travel to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and take part in the 2016 Dutch Open Karate 1 Championships (March 19-20). This event will constitute a great development opportunity for all athletes. Nassim Varasteh, Senior National Team Kumite Head Coach, and Katarina Vadovicova, National Team Kata Head Coach, will accompany the athletes in Rotterdam, along with Assistant Coaches Pam Ross and Roman Saltikov. You may click here in order to view the entire team roster. You can watch the athletes compete live in Rotterdam via the sportdata YouTube channel: YouTube.com/sportdatalive. Karate Canada sincerely wishes all participants the very best of luck in this event! (Stay tuned for results, use the event’s official hashtag #LDO2016 and consult our Facebook page regularly for updates.)
Karate Canada will offer the Competition Development module Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance at their downtown Montreal office on Sunday March 20th, 2016. Please find all the details here. The deadline to register is March 16th.
Following its Senior National Training Camp, which took place February 19-21 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, Karate Canada would like to officially announce the athletes selected on the Senior National Team for the 2016-2017 season. Congratulations!
On February 20th, FPN Sports in partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence has granted, on the occasion of the second year of its sponsorship program, $24,000 in bursaries to 16 up-and-coming student-athletes identified as Rising Stars by their federation. Maxym-Olivier, Junior National Team member in kumite -70kg, was granted an Academic Excellence Bursary, to honour his outstanding school performances. Congratulations Maxym-Olivier!
On January 20th, the Georges St-Pierre Foundation in partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence has granted, on the occasion of the third year of its sponsorship program, $14,000 in bursaries to seven up-and-coming student-athletes competing in sports that Georges St-Pierre draws upon to hone his own skills including karate. William Claveau, Junior National Team member in individual kata, was granted an Academic Excellence Bursary, to honour his outstanding school performances. Congratulations William!
You may click on the following links in order to enjoy a few short videos which were recently presented at the 2016 Karate Canada Annual Banquet:
|KC at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games||KC’s 2015 International Medalists||Saying Farewell: Our Retiring Champions|
Here is a recent statement from Karate Canada’s President Mr. Craig Vokey:
To the membership of Karate Canada.
Firstly I would like to congratulate all involved on the fantastic success of the recent Karate Canada National Championships. Over 500 people participated from all 10 provinces including 375 athletes (530 entries), 67 officials, 44 coaches as well as numerous support staff and volunteers and I could not have been happier with the deportment of all involved and the atmosphere of collegiality that persisted throughout the entire event. It is a testament to the professionalism of all involved that such a large event appeared so seamless.
I would also like to thank the Sheraton Hotel, the Richmond Oval, the city of Richmond and Karate BC for their efforts in ensuring the success of the event and for the support given to Karate Canada. Thanks also go to Mr. Seiji Okada, General Counsel for Japan in Vancouver; Minister Amrik Virk, BC Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services and Mr. John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston for taking time out of their very busy schedules to speak words of welcome and encouragement at the opening ceremonies and also to Ms. Jacquie Dawes, Deputy Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for attending our event. I would like to congratulate the many medalists and look forward to meeting those attending the First Senior National Training Camp to be held shortly in Toronto. A special note of congratulations to the many Coaches who used the opportunity afforded by the NCCP Program to successfully upgrade their Competition Development Certifications and also to the many Officials who continue to volunteer their time, year after year, to professionally and impartially judge the youth of our sport. The last word of thanks, however, goes to the many parents across the country who support our sport by investing their time, energy and resources into their children to attend not only National and International events, but also local, regional and provincial events as well as the many Provincially and Territorially recognized Dojo across the country. There is a cost to sport in Canada that we are all keenly aware of.
This year promises to be a momentous year for Karate Canada with the lead up to the announcement for Tokyo 2020. With the anticipation of increased opportunities for our sport will also come increased oversight and ever increasing monitoring from our funding partners. Regardless of direction, Karate Canada will continue to use its core principles and values as outlined in its Strategic Plan to guide its decisions, namely: Our people and members always come first; We are driven by excellences in everything we do; We believe in the power of the Team; We are driven by high ethical standards. Beyond our core principles I would state that a National Federation is only as strong as its Provincial and Territorial affiliates. It is my hope that at all levels of governance we will achieve improved communication, collaboration and program alignment for the betterment of Karate in all parts of Canada.
Karate Canada will be offering a Concussion Seminar on February 19th during the 2016 Senior National Training Camp. The Karate Canada Concussion Seminar is designed for the participant who wants more information on concussion anatomy and physiology, injury recognition and management
as well as Return to Play and Return to Learn guidelines. Present and proposed Karate Canada concussion forms will also be discussed.
To register, send an email to email@example.com by February 18 with your full name and NCCP number. Payment must be done prior to the registration deadline. A Paypal invoice will be sent to your email once we receive your request to register.
Karate Canada’s Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Derek J. Ryan to fulfill the role of acting Vice-President, on an interim basis and until the next Annual General Meeting (September 30th). Our sincere congratulations to Mr. Ryan for this appointment!
Mr. Jim Jennings and Mr. Kraig Devlin have both been appointed by Karate Canada’s Board of Directors to sit on the High Performance & Coaching Committee, where they are now joining the other 6 members of this Committee: Dr. Peter G. Davis (Chair), Christopher De Sousa Costa, Katarina Vadovicova, Nassim Varasteh, Denis Beaudoin and Hasan Bratic. Jim and Kraig both bring a considerable wealth of HP-related experience and expertise to this Committee. We thank and salute all members for their ongoing dedication, and wish to warmly welcome Jim and Kraig to this new and important role.
Seasoned Business Analyst Mr. Bogdan Rozmarin has recently joined Karate Canada’s Finance Committee, where he will work alongside other current members Stéphane Rivest (Chair and KC Treasurer), Craig Vokey and Olivier Pineau. We thank Bogdan for his commitment, and warmly welcome him to this important new role.
Hundreds of athletes and dozens of coaches, referees, delegates and volunteers were assembled once again in the Richmond Olympic Oval, in beautiful Richmond, BC, last weekend, for the 3-day long 2016 Karate Canada National Championships. All participants were greeted to warm welcoming speeches during opening ceremonies by the Consul of Japan to Vancouver Mr. Seiji Okada, by the British Columbia’s Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services, the Honourable Amrik Virk (also father of long-time Senior National Team member Jusleen Virk and her sisters, who are also elite karate competitors), by the Richmond-Steveston MLA Mr. John Yap, and by Karate Canada’s new President, Mr. Craig Vokey (who acknowledged the gracious presence of the honourable Deputy Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Mrs. Jaquie Dawes), before the action got underway. Co-host Karate BC has been a vital partner in ensuring the tremendous success of this event, by recruiting numerous volunteers, and by providing generous assistance and equipment.
For only the 2nd time in its 41 year history, the National Championships featured and showcased competitors in AWAD (Athletes with a disability) divisions, who once again inspired the entire Canadian karate community with their display of determination, courage and perseverance Another very popular item was the continued inclusion of the “Youth” divisions, featuring 12-13 year old athletes.
For the 3rd consecutive year, all matches from this event were webcast live across the nation, thanks to our partnership with SportsCanada.TV (you may click here to view all archived matches, including several with colour commentary), and the action was followed closely at home (as well as in numerous other nations) by thousands of friends, members, supporters and family members. Please visit Karate Canada’s Facebook and Twitter pages for more details and numerous pictures. As usual, the National Championships were preceded by a National Coaching Certification Course, Dan examinations and various other activities. Karate Canada also held its customary annual Banquet shortly after the conclusion of the tournament. Various prestigious awards were presented to members of the Canadian karate community at this banquet, which was graciously co-hosted by our long-time MC, Mr. Charles Fink and Karate Canada’s Executive Director Mr. Olivier Pineau. This year’s Ross Rumbell Award (in recognition of years of outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Canadian karate) was awarded to none other than former Team Ontario Head Coach, National Champion and National Team member Mr. Jim Jennings, whom we sincerely congratulate for this well deserved honour. You may click here to view the entire list of award recipients.
Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank Karate BC, the event’s Tournament Director Mr. Kurt Nordli, its Head Official Mr. Yaro Tarana, its staff at the event (including Program Manager Ms. Alexandra Roy and Karate Canada’s new Events Manager Mrs. Cheryl Tataryn), all participating Committee members and volunteers, various members of the Board of Directors, our National and International Officials, as well as our various partners and sponsors for this event, including Sport Canada / Heritage Canada (the Canadian government), Hosting BC, Hosting Richmond, Sheraton and Marriott Hotels, Singleton Urquhart Legal Counsel, Arawaza Equipment, Bushido Martial Arts & Fight Gear Supply, Mikado Martial Arts Supplies, Barnett-Dembek Architects Inc, Special T Group Events, and many others. Finally, we wish to thank and congratulate all Provinces and participants for their remarkable performances. We wish all of you a great 2016-17 competitive season, and look forward to greeting you in Quebec City in March 2017, for our next edition of these Championships!
You may click here to view the full results of this tournament, which was the main entry point for members of our Junior and Senior National Teams. Given the high calibre of performances seen at these National Championships, the future looks bright, and Canada has very strong hopes leading up to the upcoming Senior Pan American Championships, Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships, Senior World Championships and numerous other international events of the season.
Following a decision of the Members of Karate Canada, Mr. Dragan Kljenak has been removed from his position on the Board of Directors. Mr. Craig Vokey has been appointed as the new President, until the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Karate Canada is pleased to release its National Team Criteria for the 2016-2017 season, along with the outline of its new Youth (12-13 year old division) Team Pilot Program and Selection Criteria. These Criteria all come into effect immediately. You may click on the following links to view these documents:
- 2016-2017 Youth Pilot Program Outline
- 2016-2017 Junior National Team Criteria
- 2016-2017 Senior National Team Criteria for Kata Athletes
- 2016-2017 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes
Karate Canada is pleased to announce that all the action from the 2016 National Championships (January 29-31, Richmond BC) will be available online, through SportsCanada.TV’s live streaming service. You may click here to enjoy all matches, which will begin this Friday morning. The complete competition schedule is also now available via SportData; you may click here to view this schedule (please note that this schedule remains subject to change).
Karate Canada is looking for volunteer and qualified candidates interested in joining its High Performance and Coaching Committee. You can view the full job description by clicking here. Please submit applications no later than January 23, 2016 to the Committee Chair Dr. Peter Davis, at: firstname.lastname@example.org (and please cc Karate Canada’s executive Director, Mr. Olivier Pineau, at: email@example.com).
Karate Canada will offer the Competition Development module Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel on Thursday January 28th 2016. The opportunity to get certified for coaches trained in Competition Introduction and/or Competition Development will also be offered during the National Championships. Please find all the details here. The deadline to register is January 20th.
Members of Karate Canada's Technical Committee will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel on Thursday January 28th 2016 from 1-4pm to evaluate karatekas and provide National Dan Certification. In order to register, please fill up the following form and follow the instructions. We will then contact you with more details on your examination. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday January 20th. Do not miss this opportunity to get certified!
Karate Canada is pleased to release the second version of its Information Bulletin for the 2016 National Championships (Richmond, BC, January 29-January 31st).
This important event will constitute the 41st edition of the Canadian National Karate Championships, and it will, for the first time, formally include athletes with a disability (AWAD) in active competition.
Mark your calendars as online pre-registration on SportData will begin November 23rd, 2015 and close January 11th, 2016. A direct link will be provided closer to the opening date. More information will be released soon regarding the Comp Dev NCCP Course which will be offered preceding the start of the competition. We look forward to seeing all of you again soon in beautiful Richmond, BC.