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June 27, 2016

The Canadian Karate Community Mourns the Passing of
Mr. Ryan Jimmo

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.

 

June 22, 2016

First Information Bulletin for the 2017 National Championships

NCK 2017

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!

 

 

 

June 17, 2016

Program of the 2016 Junior National Training Camp Now Available

JNTC 2016

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).

 

June 14, 2016

Updated Junior Athlete Rankings and Status

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:

  • Junior National Team Rankings - Kata (June 7, 2016) : (pdf)
  • Junior National Team Rankings - Kumite (June 7, 2016) : (pdf)

 

June 7, 2016

IOC Decision Brings Karate One Step Closer to Olympics

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:

-from the International Olympic Committee;
-from the World Karate Federation;
-from the Canadian Olympic Committee;
-from Karate Canada.

 

2017 National Championships : Age Eligibility Rules

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.

 

Updated Senior Athlete Rankings and Status

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:

- Senior Athlete Ranking and Status List - Kata (June 6, 2016)
- Senior Athlete Ranking and Status List - Kumite (June 1, 2016)

 

May 31, 2016

Two More Medals for Canada on Last Day of Senior Pan Ams

Team Canada at PanAm

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!


Canadian Officials at the Senior Pan Ams

Officials-at-PanAm

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!


June 12 Ontario-Quebec Inter-Regional Senior Kumite Training Canceled / Postponed

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.


Ms. Gillian Benson is Karate Canada’s New Administrative Assistant / Logistics Coordinator

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!

 

May 29, 2016

2nd Ontario-Quebec Inter Regional Training Camp of the Season - June 12

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).


2nd Regional Training Camps of the Season in British Columbia

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).


2nd Atlantic Regional Kumite Training Camp to be Held in Newfoundland, July 8-10

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…

 

May 26, 2016

Kenneth Lee Wins Bronze on Day 1 of Competition at the 2016 Senior Pan Ams

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.

 

Amended and Updated 2016-2017 National Team Criteria

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.

 

New Members on the Communications & Marketing Committee

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.

 

Invitations to the 2016 Junior National Training Camp To Be Issued Shortly

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: info@karatecanada.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.

 

May 25, 2016

Updated Junior National Team Roster Ranking Points

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.

Junior National Team Rankings - Kata (May 9, 2016) : (pdf)
Junior National Team Rankings - Kumite ( June 3, 2016) : (pdf)

 

May 6, 2016

Karate Canada is Proud to Sanction the Upcoming Western Canadian Karate Championships

WCKC 2016

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.

Register for the tournament, Officials' course and/or to volunteer!
Tournament registration
Officials' course
Volunteers

Don’t miss this great event!

 

April 29, 2016

Statement of Support for the Canadian Olympic Committee

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.
"

Crag Vokey
President

 

Announcing the National Team for the 2016 Senior Pan American Championships

Rio 2016

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!


 

1st Regional Training Camps of the Season in British Columbia

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 Sanction the Upcoming Montreal International Open Karate Championships

Open de MTL 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!

 

 

Vancouver to Host the Americas Masters Games Soon!

 

AMG 2016

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.

 

April 8, 2016

First Ontario-Quebec Inter Regional Training Camp of the Season

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).

 

April 1, 2016

Karate Canada Seeks a New Administrative Assistant / Logistics Coordinator

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.

 

Revision to the 2016-2017 Junior National Team Criteria

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.

 

March 24, 2016

New 2017-2018 Carding (AAP) 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.

 

Khyber Barnett Receives The Sport BC Athlete Of The Year Award

Khyber

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!

 

Karate Canada Office Closed for Easter Holiday

Please note that Karate Canada’s office will be closed from Friday March 25th to Monday March 28th inclusively.
Thank you.

 

March 22, 2016

Bronze For Karateka Kate Campbell At The Dutch Open!

Kate Cambell

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).

 

March 17, 2016

Five Athletes Carded for the 2016-2017 Cycle

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:

  • C1 : Camélie Boisvenue
  • SR: Kathryn Campbell
  • SR: Kamille Desjardins
  • SR: Sarmen Sinani
  • SR : Philippe Soucy

 

1st Atlantic Regional Training Camp and Open Kumite Seminar with Coach Varasteh

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.

 

March 16, 2016

National Team Athletes to Soon Compete at 2016 Dutch Open

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.)

 

March 7, 2016

NCCP Competition Development Workshop offered in Montreal

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.

 

March 1, 2016

Karate Canada Senior National Team Announced

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!

2016-2017 Senior National Kata Team (PDF)
2016-2017 Senior National Kumite Team (PDF)

 

February 19, 2016

Maxym-Olivier Rivest Receives a Bursary from FPN Sports

Maxym Olivier Rivest

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!

 

February 15, 2016

William Claveau Receives a Bursary from the Georges St-Pierre Foundation

William Claveau

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!

 

February 11, 2016

Videos from the 2016 National Banquet

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:

PAG 2015 video KC Medallist 2015 Farewell Video
KC at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games KC’s 2015 International Medalists Saying Farewell: Our Retiring Champions

 

February 10, 2016

Words from the President

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.

Sincerely,

Craig Vokey

 

 

Karate Canada Concussion Seminar

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.

  • Presenter: Karate Canada Medical Committee Chair, Mr. Gus Kandilas
  • Language: English
  • Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Location: Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON, M9W 1J5
  • Time: 7pm to 9 pm
  • Cost: $25 in advance (by February 18), $30 at the door/on February 19
  • Pre-requisite: The NCCP eLearning module 'Making Head Way' (free at coach.ca)
  • 2 Professional Points (PD) will be allotted for participating in the seminar

To register, send an email to alexandra.roy@karatecanada.org 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.

 

February 8, 2016

Mr. Derek J. Ryan is Karate Canada’s New Acting Vice-President

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!

Two New Members Join the High Performance & Coaching Committee

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.

Mr. Rozmarin Joins the Finance Committee

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.

 

February 3, 2016

Celebrating Canadian excellence in Karate at the 41st National Championships

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.

 

January 28, 2016

Important announcement from Karate Canada

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.

 

January 27, 2016

2016-2017 National Team Criteria and
New Youth Pilot Program

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

 

Live Streaming of the 2016 National Championships

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).

 

January 15, 2016

Karate Canada Seeks New Members for its High Performance & Coaching Committee

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: peter.davis.spm@gmail.com (and please cc Karate Canada’s executive Director, Mr. Olivier Pineau, at: olivier.pineau@karatecanada.org).

 

January 13, 2016

NCCP Workshop and Evaluations at 2016 National Championships

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.

 

January 7, 2016

Dan Testing at 2016 National Championships

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!

 

January 6, 2016

UPDATED VERSION of the Information Bulletin for 2016 National Championships

National 2015

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.

December 9, 2015

Karate Canada Seeks New Members for its Finance Committee

Karate Canada is looking for volunteer and qualified candidates interested in joining its Finance Committee. You can view the full job description by clicking here. Please submit applications no later than December 24, 2015 to the Committee Chair Mr. Stéphane Rivest, at: stephane.rivest@karatecanada.org.

New Composition of the Officials Committee

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the updated composition of its Officials Committee. Mr. Yaro Tarana has been appointed as Chair of the Committee, and he will be joined by fellow Committee members Mr. Babak Sotoudeh and Mr. Andreas Kuntze. We sincerely congratulate all three for these appointments. Mrs. Valentyna Zolotorova will continue to assist the Committee in a secretarial capacity, whereas Mr. Zvonko Celebija will act as an advisor to the Committee. We also wish to sincerely thank Mr. Celebija for his work as Co-Chair of this Committee over the last couple of years.

New Members Added to the Medical Committee

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that the following members have been appointed to the newly formed Medical Committee, and will be working alongside Committee Chair and Medical Director Mr. C. Gus Kandilas: Dr. David Venturi (Physician), Ms. Clare Richard (Certified Athletic Therapist), Ms. Kyra Lindsay-Ng (Certified Athletic Therapist / Osteopathic Manual Practitioner), Mrs. Star Deveau (Registered Nurse) and Mr. Leivin Chung (Registered Physiotherapist and Senior National Team Roster athlete). We congratulate all members on this new appointment, and thank everyone for this volunteer commitment.

 

December 2, 2015

Important Updates Regarding Participation in the 2016 National Championships

Please note that following recommendations from its High Performance & Coaching Committee, Karate Canada has adopted some changes with regards to the following elements of the 2016 National Championships:
-Automatic Invitations
-Individual Kata Competition Rules in the Youth (12-13 year old) Divisions
You may click here to read a document outlining these important changes, which are effective immediately.

Furthermore, Karate Canada has formally adopted a new National Championships Citizenship and Eligibility Policy. You may click here to read this important document (also found in our "Documents” tab, under "Governance”). Please note that this Policy comes into effect immediately as well, and will be implemented for and at the 2016 National Championships.

An updated version of the 2016 National Championships Information Bulletin will be available soon, reflecting these changes.

 

December 1, 2015

Team Canada Looking Strong at the Okinawa Open

Six of our Canadian National Team Roster Kata athletes competed at the Okinawa Open Karate 1 Championships in Japan, this weekend, under the leadership of National Team Kata Head Coach Katarina Vadovicova and Assistant National Team Coach Pam Ross, after taking part in a training camp with several Japanese National Team Kata athletes and Coach. Our athletes fared quite well in this very high-level WKF Premier League Karate 1 international competition, with KENNETH LEE earning a TOP 7 finish in Men's Individual Kata division, while SUMI UCHIAGE finished in the TOP 5 of Women's Individual Kata.

These promising results are very encouraging, and are a testament to the steady progress shown in Karate Canada's National Team Kata program. We sincerely congratulate all our athletes and Coaches for their great work in Okinawa!

Full results of the event can be found here.

 

November 26, 2015

National Team Athletes to Compete Soon at 2015 Okinawa Open

National Team members will travel to Okinawa in Japan and take part in the 2015 Okinawa Open (November 28-29). Athletes will also take part in a training camp prior to the competition. Both events will constitute great opportunities for development for all athletes. National Team Head Coach in kata, Katarina Vadovicova and Assistant Coach Pam Ross will accompany the athletes in Okinawa. Mr. Yaro Tarana, Co-Chair of the Officials Committee will also attend as an official. You may click here in order to view the entire team roster. Karate Canada sincerely wishes all participants the very best of luck in this event! (Stay tuned for results, and consult our Facebook page regularly for updates.)

 

November 24, 2015

Karate Canada Offices are Moving

Please note as of December 1st, 2015 Karate Canada’s office will move to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s office downtown Montreal. Our new address is as follow:

Karate Canada
c/o Canadian Olympic Committee
500 West René-Lévesque Blvd.
Montreal, QC
H2Z 1W7

 

November 23, 2015

Information Bulletin for 2016 National Championships

National 2015

Karate Canada is pleased to release the first 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.

 

November 19, 2015

4th Atlantic Regional Training Camp

Karate Canada will be holding its 4th Atlantic Regional Training Camp of the season, on Saturday November 21st (from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM AST) and Sunday November 22nd (from 9:00 AM to noon AST), at the Halifax Ryuseikan Dojo located at

1237 Cole HArbour Rd,
Cole Harbour, NS.

Training sessions will be led by Randy Rix and Karen Armour (Junior National Team Assistant Coach).

 

Bronze at Cadet & Junior World Karate Championships!

Équipe nationale junior de Karaté Canada

27 of Karate Canada's Junior National Team athletes recently competed in the 2015 Cadet & Junior World Karate Championships, which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 12-15. Hana Furumoto-Deshaies finished in the top 9 in U21 individual kata. Khyber Barnett and Émilie Simoneau both earned a remarkable 7th place finish in, respectively, junior male individual kata and junior female kumite -53 kg. Furthermore, Maxym-Olivier Rivest finished 3rd in the cadet male kumite 70+ kg bringing home a bronze medal from this very high-level international event. You may view the complete results of the event, by clicking here.

Denis Beaudoin, Karen Armour and David Strohbach, whom Karate Canada thanks again for their generous support and dedication, coached Canada’s athletes. Karate Canada is very proud of all of its representatives in Jakarta, and wishes to congratulate all of them for their remarkable performances.

 

November 6, 2015

Junior National Team Athletes Are on their Way to Compete in the 2015 Cadet & Junior World Karate Championships

Karate Canada wishes good luck to all of its delegation members who are currently on their way to Jakarta, Indonesia, to participate in the 2015 Cadet & Junior World Karate Championships taking place on November 12-15. Team Canada will include 27 athletes, three coaches, Mr. Stéphane Rivest as the Team Leader, as well as our President, Mr. Dragan Kljenak and Vice-President, Mr. Craig Vokey (click here to see the full roster). 4 Canadian referees are also making the trip (Mr. Zvonko Celebija, Mrs. Norma Foster, Mr. Yaro Tarana, and Mrs. Valentyna Zolotarova).

 

October 20, 2015

Top 7 for Tina-Smith Desrosiers at Salzburg Open

Senior National Team Kumite athlete Tina Smith-Desrosiers came in 7th position at the recent Salzburg Open Karate 1 Championships, one of the top WKF Premier League events of the year. Our 6 participating Canadian athletes all faced very stiff opposition in Austria, thereby earning invaluable international experience. Tina defeated a rival from Bosnia-Herzegovina before losing to the event’s silver medalist (in women’s -55 kg division), Man Sum Ma from Hong Kong (currently 13th in the World ranking). She then lost a close 1-0 match in repechage against a rival from Serbia. Meanwhile, Pan Am Games silver medalist Kate Campbell defeated her first opponent by decision, before losing a 1-0 bout to Alessandra Hasani of Italy (16th in the World ranking in women’s -55 kg Kumite, and a frequent Karate 1 medalist). Reigning Pan Am men's -84 kg Kumite vice-champion Sarmen Sinani defeated a rival from Austria before losing a close 2-1 match against the event’s gold medalist, Ivan Kvesic from Croatia. Sarmen then lost in repechage to an athlete from France, placing him in the Top 11 (in a division of no less than 82 competitors). Philippe Soucy, who was competing in the same division as Sarmen, lost to French athlete Nuno Moreira, who later claimed bronze at the event. Jasmine Landry (women's -68 kg Kumite) lost her first match by decision to a rival from Bosnia-Herzegovina, who then finished in 7th position. Finally, Derek Chan (men’s -60 kg Kumite) defeated a rival form Ukraine by a score of 2-0, before losing by a score of 2-1 to bronze medalist david Tkebuchava from Georgia (10th in the World ranking). You may click here to view full results. We salute all team members for their efforts at this prestigious international competition.

 

October 15, 2015

Last Quebec-Ontario Inter Regional Training Camp of the Season

Karate Canada will be holding its last QC - ON Inter-Regional Kata and Kumite Training Camp of the season, on Sunday October 25th (from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST), at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. Training sessions will be led by all three of our National Team Head Coaches (Kata sessions will be led by Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, while Junior and Senior Kumite sessions will be led by Mr. Denis Beaudoin and Mrs. Nassim Varasteh). We wish to remind invited athletes that, in accordance with published National Team Criteria, participation in this invitational training camp will be mandatory for all current Senior National Team Roster Kata and Kumite athletes and for all Junior National Team Roster Kata athletes residing in Ontario and in Quebec (participation in 2 of the 4 Inter-Regional ON-QC Trainings of the season is also mandatory for all Junior National Team Roster Kumite athletes residing in these 2 provinces). This event will constitute an important step in the final preparation of our Junior national Team Roster athletes for the upcoming World Junior, Cadet and U21 Championships (Jakarta, Indonesia, November 12 – 15, 2015).

 

1st Atlantic Regional Kata Training Camp on Saturday October 17th

Karate Canada is very proud to confirm that it will hold its first official Karate Canada Atlantic Regional Kata Training Camp in Nova Scotia this Saturday, October 17th. Training will be led by Regional Training Centre instructor Mr. Dave Griffin, in accordance with training plans approved by Karate Canada's National Team Kata Head Coach Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova.This training, which will be combined with a provincial training session, will be open to participants 10 years old and older (with a minimum level of green belt). The schedule will be as follows:

12:00-2:00 PM Basics / Development
2:00-2:30 (Break)
2:30-4:30 PM Kata-specific Training
4:30-6:00 PM Video Analysis (Provincial Team candidates only)

The sessions will be held at the Windsor Karate Club, located at:

4404 highway # 1
Three Mile Plains NS

 

Tentative dates of future Atlantic Regional Kata Training Camps are as follows
(exact schedules and locations to be confirmed):

-Saturday, November 21st 2015
-Saturday, December 12th 2015

 

For more information, you may click here to send an email to Mr. Griffin (or you may call him, at 902-798-1337).

 

October 14, 2015

National Team Athletes to Compete Soon at 2015 Salzburg Open

Senior National Team members will travel to Salzburg in Austria and take part in the 2015 Salzburg Open (October 17-18). The event will constitute a great opportunity for development for all athletes. Senior National Team Head Coach in kumite, Nassim Varasteh, will accompany the athletes in Salzburg. You may click here in order to view the entire team roster. You can watch the athletes compete live in Salzburg 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, and consult our Facebook page regularly for updates.)

 

October 6, 2015

2015 Summit A Success

Karate Canada is proud to report that attendance at the 2015 edition of its annual Summit has once again surpassed that of other recent editions, with nearly 100 participants. This event was overall a considerable success, and gave many members of the Canadian karate community a chance to get together and to take part in various workshops, seminars, meetings, trainings and conferences, benefiting our athletes, coaches, instructors, officials, leaders and administrators. Karate Canada also wishes to thank Karate Ontario, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Investors Group for their assistance and support in hosting this important event, as well as to thank the numerous participants, volunteers and staff involved in making this event such a success. Particularly, Karate Canada wishes to thank our Officials' Committee Co-Chairs Mr. Yaro Tarana and Mr. Zvonko Celebija (who both co-led a 2-day Referee Clinic), our 3 National Team Head Coaches (Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, Mrs. Nassim Varasteh, and Mr. Denis Beaudoin, who led and / or co-led national kata and kumite trainings), the members of our Technical Advisory Committee (and examiners, who held national Dan testings), our AWAD Committee Chair and National Team AWAD Coach Mrs. Heather Fidyk (who led a pioneering workshop on training and competition of Athletes with Disabilities), all the medical support staff (led by our Medical Chair Mr. Gus C. Kandilas), our NCCP Committee Chair Mr. Gérard Lauzière (who led a 1-day NCCP Comp Dev karate-specific Course), our pre-2015 Pan Am Games tactical video analyst Mr. Anthony Bhagwandin (who co-led a workshop on tactical video analysis for Coaches along with Pan Am Games Head Coach Mrs. Nassim Varasteh), Karate Canada's President Mr. Dragan Kljenak (who led a round-table discussion on sport karate and the role of the NSO, together with Mr. Marc Ward and Mr. Zvonko Celebija), as well as all participating athletes, referees and coaches and / or instructors. Last but not least, we wish to sincerely thank our two very special Guest Star Instructors, Mr. Antonio Oliva-Seba (Kumite trainings and Coach Education tactics workshops) and Mr. Akio Tamashiro (Kata trainings), who generously shared their extensive expertise with our athletes and coaches in this rare visit to Canada.

We look forward to greeting all of you again soon in Richmond, BC, for our 2016 National Championships (January 29-31), and hope you will all join us again next year for our 2016 Summit!

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Craig Vokey re-elected as Vice-President, Derek J. Ryan and Marc Ward Elected Onto Karate Canada’s Board of Directors

Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate Mr. Craig Vokey (Vice-President), Mr. Derek J. Ryan (Director at Large) and Mr. Marc Ward (Director at Large) for their recent (re-) election onto Karate Canada’s Board of Directors, each for a 3-year term, at the 2015 Annual General Meeting held last Friday, October 2nd, in Toronto (ON). We wish them much success in their future (and, in the case of Craig, continued) work with Karate Canada. Karate Canada also wishes to thank all Nominees for their involvement, generosity and dedication. We further wish to sincerely thank Mr. Daniel Piché and Mr. François Persico (former Directors at Large) for their many years of service and dedication as members of Karate Canada’s Board of Directors.

Finally, we wish to thank all attending members (Provincial / Territorial Association Presidents and Representatives) and registrants for their presence and participation.

 

October 2, 2015

Reports and Documents for 2015 AGM

AGM Report 2015

Karate Canada is pleased to release its various Committee and President’s reports, its 2015 fiscal year-end Audited Financial Statements, and other relevant documents for the upcoming 2015 Annual General Meeting. You may click here to view all these documents and reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 1, 2015

Karate Canada President is Appointed on the WKF Competition Rules Commission

As of September 29th, Karate Canada President, Mr. Dragan Kljenak, has been appointed as a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Competition Rules Commission. His expertise and experience will be key elements in the evolution of the rules within our sport. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate him and is enthusiastic to see his work and legacy within this Commission. (You may click here to view the official letter of confirmation from the WKF President.)

 

President Kljenak Elected as Commonwealth Karate Federation Vice-President

Karate Canada is very pleased to report that during the Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF)’s Congress, recently held in New Delhi, our President Mr. Dragan Kljenak has been elected to the position of CKF 2nd Vice President. We sincerely congratulate Mr. Kljenak on being elected to this important position, and have every confidence that his involvement will further contribute to the growth and development of this international organization.


Mr. Celebija Named Onto the Commonwealth Karate Federation’s Officials Committee

Karate Canada wishes to express its heartfelt congratulations to our national Officials Committee Co-Chair and seasoned International Referee Mr. Zvonko Celebija, for his recent nomination onto the Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF)’s Referee Commission (or Officials' Committee). We fully trust that Mr. Celebija’s considerable expertise and dedication will be highly beneficial to this growing organization.

 

September 30, 2015

SUMMIT 2015 : UPDATED BULLETIN and SCHEDULE
with room assignation related information

Karate Canada is pleased to provide you with yet another updated version of the official program and schedule of the upcoming 2015 Annual Summit, which will be held from October 2nd-4th at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre.

The Summit will offer world-class training, seminars and clinics to Canada's leading coaches, officials, athletes, as well as provincial association staff and administrators.

 

September 29, 2015

Karate is One Step Closer to
Being Included in the 2020 Olympics

Dear Karate Canada members,

We are finally being properly recognized as a modern sport that will in the future remain permanent and a possible standard Olympic sport discipline among combative sports.

It is now official:
Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (TOCOG) has proposed to the IOC Karate as an additional sport for these Olympic Games. The proposal includes the individual KATA categories (male and female) and the individual KUMITE categories (3 male categories and 3 female categories).

We have already expressed our gratitude to the WKF President Antonio Espinos as well as the WKF General Secretary Toshihisa Nagura. Both these gentleman have invested serious efforts into this successful bid to have our sport included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

We can all rejoice and look in the future with great satisfaction and pride. Our sport will certainly have a stronger appeal and increased following in the coming years. In order to justify this newly gained status we must also provide more concentrated effort in improving Karate Canada’s presence on our national as well as international karate sport scene.

Soon, we might have the opportunity to offer to all our deserving athletes this new opportunity to compete at the highest level of sport competition. The history of our sport will never be the same. Karate is one of five sports on the list proposed by Tokyo 2020. The IOC will make its final decision in Rio in August 2016.

Congratulations to all!

Dragan Kljenak
Karate Canada President

 

September 24, 2015

Jérémy Chenard receives a $2,000 grant from Hydro-Quebec and FAEQ

Jérémy Chenard

As part of the 18th edition of its program within the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ), Hydro-Quebec announced the names of 30 student-athletes who shared a total of $88,000 in individual grants.

Jérémy Chenard, member of the Junior National Team in kumite, was one of the winners and received on September 23rd a $2,000 grant to support his academic and athletic success. This type of grant is awarded to encourage a good conciliation of sport and education. Created in 1997, the Hydro-Quebec grants program rewards student-athletes classified Rising Star or Elite to intervene at the emergence of their talent. Congratulations Jeremy!

 

September 23, 2015

SUMMIT 2015 : UPDATED BULLETIN and SCHEDULE

Karate Canada is pleased to provide you with an updated version of the official program and schedule of the upcoming 2015 Annual Summit, which will be held from October 2nd-4th at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre.

The Summit will offer world-class training, seminars and clinics to Canada's leading coaches, officials, athletes, as well as provincial association staff and administrators.

 

A final reminder about Hotels

The cut-off date for reservations at our official 2015 Summit overflow hotel is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th.
If you haven't done so already, please reserve your room at:

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
33 Carlson Court, Toronto Ontario - M9W 6H5, Canada
Please call: 1-877-859-5899
Email: Reservations@cptayyz.com
Important: Mention that you are with the Karate Canada group

The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport is walking distance to the Sheraton Airport hotel and nice restaurants, and provides complimentary shuttling from/to the airport.

 

September 19, 2015

Nominees for the Election of Directors at the 2015 AGM

The following 6 registrants have duly submitted their nomination for election of Directors at the upcoming AGM; 4 are running for one of the two available positions of Director at Large and 2 for the Vice-President position:

• Mrs. Donna Gardecki, Director
• Mr. Jean-Pierre Gendron, Director
• Mr. Derek J Ryan, Director
• Mr. Marc Ward, Director
• Mr. François Persico, VP
• Mr. Craig Vokey, VP

You may click here to view each nominee’s profile and electoral platform (in their own words).

 

September 18, 2015

National Team Athletes to Compete Soon at 2015 German Open

Senior and Junior National Team members will travel to Coburg in Germany and take part in the 2015 German Open (September 26-27). The event will include trainings and competition. It will constitute an important preparation for the athletes going to the upcoming 2015 Junior World Championships as well as an opportunity for development for all athletes. National Team Head Coach in Kata Katarina Vadovicova and National Coach Pam Ross will accompany the athletes in Coburg. You may click here in order to view the entire team roster. Karate Canada sincerely wishes all participants the very best of luck in this event! (Stay tuned for results, and consult our Facebook page regularly for updates.)

 

September 10, 2015

2015 Summit: IMPORTANT HOTEL UPDATE

The Sheraton Airport Hotel is now sold out with the exception of club level rooms for $179/night plus taxes.
We invite you to stay in our official overflow hotel will now assume all remaining accommodations:

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
33 Carlson Court, Toronto Ontario - M9W 6H5, Canada 
Please call: 1-877-859-5899
Email: Reservations@cptayyz.com
Important: Mention that you are with the Karate Canada group

The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport is walking distance to the Sheraton Airport hotel and nice restaurants, and provides complimentary shuttling from/to the airport.

 

September 9, 2015

2015 Summit: Hotel Reservations Advisory - UPDATE

Please be advised that the technical issues with the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre's reservations system have been resolved. To compensate for this, the hotel has extended its deadline until September 14th. Please note that availability of rooms is limited.
 
Summit attendees may reserve their room by calling Sheraton Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and mention that you are part of the "Karate Canada's Summit" group (Group code KI28AA).

 

September 5, 2015

2015 Summit: Hotel Reservations Advisory

Please be advised that due to temporary technical issues with the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre's reservations system, reservations for hotel room nights for the 2015 Karate Canada Summit can not be be made at this time. The Sheraton has advised that they are working to resolve the issue, and will notify us when it is available again. Karate Canada thanks you for your patience and understanding, regarding this inconvenience and for these delays which are unfortunately out of our control.


Office Closure, September 7 to 13

Please note that Karate Canada’s office will be closed from September 7th to September 13th inclusively. Thank you.

September 4, 2015

2015 Summit: Registration Now Open!

All participants in the upcoming 2015 Karate Canada Summit (Toronto, October 2 -4) may now pre-register online. You may click here to register, and here to view the event’s Program. Please register no later than September 10th in order to take advantage of our Early Bird rates. We look forward to seeing all of you in Toronto soon, for the yearly rendez-vous of Canadian Karateka!

 

August 31, 2015

Junior National Team Delivers Strong Performance at the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships

In the end, Team Canada has emerged from the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships with a total of no less than 11 medals, seven top 5 finishes and eight top 7 finishes. These results show improvement over last year’s performance, and are very promising as our Junior National Team Roster athletes prepare for their imminent participation in the 2015 Cadet & Junior World Championships (Jakarta, Indonesia, November 8-15). You may click here to view the Cadet & Junior Pan American Championship’s full results, and you may visit our Facebook page for more detailed updates and some photos from the event.

Karate Canada thanks its coaching and support staff at this event for their dedicated and generous work, and we also salute the dedication and work of our Canadian International Referees, several of whom attended this event and successfully upgraded their licenses at this Championships. Finally, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations to all athletes, coaches, staff and officials for a job well done (and our respectful salute to the athletes’ parents, for their unwavering support and commitment)!

Until the team participates in the upcoming 2015 Cadet & Junior World Championships, we now turn our attention to our Senior National Team athletes, as they are getting ready to compete in Germany (German Open - Kata, September) and Austria (Salzburg Open - Kumite, October). Meanwhile, at home, we are also looking forward to a very exciting 2015 Karate Canada Summit (Toronto, October 2-4), which will once again offer great development and training opportunities for all (athletes, coaches, referees, administrators...). We hope to see all of you there, and wish to remind all Junior National Team Roster athletes that (as stated in section 4.1 of the 2015-2016 Junior National Team Criteria), participation in the training sessions offered at the Summit will be mandatory for all Junior National Team (kata and kumite) athletes residing in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

 

Call for Nominations: for Election of Directors at the 2015 Annual General Meeting

Please note that 2 of the positions of Director at Large (currently being held by Mr. Daniel Piché and by Mr. François Persico) as well as the position of Vice President (currently held by Mr. Craig Vokey) will be in election at the 2015 AGM, on October 2nd (Toronto). Karate Canada will accept nominations of candidates for these 3 positions until September 12th, 2015, inclusively. Please click here to view the official Call for Nominations, and here to view the Nomination Form. Please note that the form must include the nominee’s written consent (signature), as well as the signatures of 5 other registrants. Please complete and return this form to Karate Canada via email at the following address: karatecanadaelections@gmail.com,
by fax (at 514-252-3211),
or by mail, at the following address, no later than September 12th, 2015:

Karate Canada Elections
4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin
Montreal QC H1V 0B2

Thank you.

 

Notice of 2015 Annual General Meeting

Click here to view the formal notice of the 2015 Karate Canada AGM, which will take place at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre on October 2nd, 2015, from 6 to 8PM EST, in the context of Karate Canada’s 2015 Summit. You may also click here to view the Meeting's Agenda.

Please note that Karate Canada has recently requested a formal authorization from Industry Canada in order to be exempted from the requirements of article 4.04 of our Bylaws; indeed, the 2015 AGM will be held just a few days past the 6 months period (following fiscal year-end) indicated in this article. This authorization has indeed been recently granted by Industry Canada, thereby ensuring that Karate Canada may hold its 2015 AGM on October 2nd, in the context of its annual Summit, while remaining compliant with the requirements of the current Canadian Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

Additionally, we would like to remind all members that September 12th is the deadline to submit nominations for the elections of 2 (two) Directors at Large, which will occur at this AGM. Click here for access to the nomination forms.

 

August 28, 2015

2015 Summit Program and Schedule Now Available

Summit 2015

Karate Canada is pleased to publish the official Program and Schedule of the upcoming 2015 Annual Summit, which will be held at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre from October 2nd-4th.

This great event will offer world-class training, seminars and clinics for coaches, officials, athletes, provincial association staff and administrators and Karate Canada registrants.

Click here to review the 2015 Summit's detailed program,
or click here to view the full schedule.

Online pre-registration will open shortly and remain open until September 27th.
A notice will be posted on Karate Canada's website and its social media when pre-registration is available. Early bird rates are available to summit delegates that pre-register on or before September 10th. All fees include lunch on the days in which you are registered.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto.

 

August 20, 2015

Junior National Team Athletes Ready to Compete in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships

Karate Canada wishes good luck to all of its delegation members who are getting ready to depart for Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to participate in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships taking place on August 27-29. Team Canada will include 52 athletes, four coaches and Mr. Stéphane Rivest as the Team Leader (click here to see the full roster). 12 Canadian referees are also making the trip (Mrs. Chantale Boileau, Mr. Zvonko Celebija, Mr. Thomas De Freyman, Mrs. Yoshie Furumoto, Mr. David Griffin, Mr. Brian James, Mr. Yogen Mungroosing, Mr. Derek Ryan, Mr. Jean-Marc Somma, Mr. Babak Sotoudeh, Mr. Trevor Walmsley, and Mrs. Valentyna Zolotarova).

 

Regional Referee Clinic hosted by Karate Quebec

Karate Quebec is organizing a regional referee clinic in Montreal, QC on September 13th. This clinic will be given by Mr. Yaro Tarana, world licensed official, and will allow participants to obtain a provincial or regional license. For more information and to register, click here. Registration closes on September 4th.

 

August 19, 2015

Amendment to Junior National Team Criteria

Please note that following a recommendation from its High Performance & Coaching Committee, Karate Canada has recently revised its current Junior National Team Criteria (for Kata and Kumite Athletes, for the 2015-2016 season). The only change to this document is reflected in the first paragraph of section 3.4, and consists in the fact that moving forward, if an athlete earns a placement at a designated competition (as per Table 1, in Part II) due to only one victory, he / she will obtain 50% of the designated ranking points, rather than none at all. This change has been made in order to avoid penalizing athletes for pool sizes or draws which are completely out of their control. It also shows improved alignment with the Senior National Team Criteria, which already follow such a rule. You may find the revised 2015-2016 Junior National Team Criteria (dated August 18th, 2015) in the “ Documents” tab of our website, in the “ National Team” section, or you may click here in order to view the document immediately. Please note that this change is effective immediately, and will therefore apply to athletes’ performances at the upcoming 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships. Thank you.

 

August 12, 2015

Reminder : 2015 Commonwealth Karate Championships

We wish to remind all Canadian athletes that they are cordially invited by the Commonwealth Karate Federation and by the Karate Association of India to take part in the 2015 Commonwealth Karate Championships, which will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 12-15, 2015. This international competition is an Open event (open to athletes registered with a Commonwealth Karate Federation member National Federation, such as Karate Canada and its provincial member Associations), accessible to all athletes aged 10 and older, in both kata and kumite divisions. You may click here to view the event’s bulletin. Canadian athletes who choose or plan to compete in this event are asked to please kindly confirm this by filling out an online Doodle poll (click here for access), confirming intent to participate, as soon as possible, so as to help Karate Canada assess and anticipate the number of Canadian participants at this event. (Please note that filling out the Doodle poll to indicate intent to participate is, in this case, non-binding, and does not formally engage athletes to take part in the event. It also does not constitute registration, and all participants must register themselves.) Please note that due to budgetary considerations, Karate Canada does not yet have definitive plans concerning possible coaching support / staff at this event (if any), and participation of all athletes will be entirely self-funded.

 

August 3, 2015

Best Ever Medal Tally for Team Canada at the Pan Am Games

Pan Am KC Team

Karate Canada's Team returns from the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games having earned no less than four medals, a number which surpasses the total tally of medals achieved by Canadian karate teams at all previous editions of this event. (Of note: several final and semi-final matches lost by our Canadian medalists were only lost by "hantei", or decision...) Our four medalists are:

  • Kate Campbell (women's -55 kg kumite): Silver
  • Camélie Boisvenue (women's +68 kg kumite): Silver
  • Jusleen Virk (women's -50 kg kumite): Bronze
  • Patrice Boily-Martineau (men's -75 kg kumite): Bronze

Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate all 4 medalists on this remarkable and historic achievement, and also wishes to salute the efforts and dedication of all other Team members, including the team's coaching and support staff. Furthermore, Karate Canada wishes to sincerely acknowledge the support of the federal government (through Sport Canada) and of the Canadian Olympic Committee, without whose assistance and funding such success would likely not have been possible. We also wish to sincerely thank SMAI Karate for their generous support of our Pan Am Games Karate Team athletes, who all wore high-quality competition karate gi (uniforms) graciously supplied by SMAI Karate throughout the entire competition.

Through this unprecedented medal tally, Karate Canada's athletes and coaches have contributed to the overall success of the Canadian Team at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, which has also achieved a best-ever performance and has earned a record number of medals. The incredible support and sustained enthusiasm of the crowds and fans were undeniably significant contributing factors to this exceptional success. Not surprisingly, sources have indicated that attendance and viewership of the karate competition reached very high numbers, likely making it the most popular of all combative sports featured at the Games. This fantastic event was also attended by very prominent figures in world karate and in sport, such as WKF President Mr. Espinos, PKF President Mr. Maanon, our Canadian Minister of Sport the Honorable Bal Gosal, and many more. All were personally greeted by Karate Canada's President Mr. Dragan Kljenak.

Karate Canada also wishes to sincerely thank the countless volunteers and the staff at Toronto 2015 who have made this event such a tremendous success. Amongst these, we wish to express special thanks to the following:

  • all participating Officials;
  • Mr. Craig Vokey, Sport Organizing Chair for the karate competition at these Games (and Vice-President of Karate Canada);
  • Mr. Zvonko Celebija (Technical Delegate for the PKF in charge of overseeing karate competition at these Games, and Co-Chair of Karate Canada's Officials Committee).

Thanks to these great volunteers' unwavering dedication and generosity, this world-class event has unfolded very smoothly, and displayed the highest possible level of hosting quality and expertise.

We invite you to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more detailed accounts, and to view many great pictures from this unforgettable event. You can also find all results on the Toronto 2015 website.

Karate Canada now sets its sights on other upcoming major international competitions of the season for its elite athletes, such as the upcoming Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships (Sr kumite), the German Open Karate 1 Championships (kata), the Salzburg Open Karate 1 Championships (Sr kumite), and the Cadet & Junior World Championships (Cadet, Junior and U21 kata and kumite). Domestically, Karate Canada will also soon unveil the exciting program of its upcoming National Summit (Toronto, ON, Oct 2-4). We look forward to seeing all of you there!

 

July 22, 2015

Karate Coverage At Pan Am Games

Karate will be covered LIVE on cbc.ca and on the Pan Am Games app. Portions of the event will also air on their 3 daily sports shows hosted by Andi Petrillo and Scott Russell.

Competition starts tomorrow! Do not forget to tune in as Jusleen Virk (women -50kg), Leivin Chung (men -60kg) and Kate Campbell (women -55kg) make their entrance!

Check the complete schedule here.

 

July 14, 2015

Canadian Athletes Looking Strong at Junior National Training Camp

2015 KC Junior Camp people

As Karate Canada wrapped up the 2015 edition of its yearly 3-day Junior National Training Camp, last Sunday afternoon (July 12th) in Toronto, it was very obvious that up-and-coming generation of Canadian karate competitors holds immense promise. The Training Camp was once again a complete success, and assembled no less than 70 young athletes and 5 National Team Coaches, making it the largest edition of this event in years. 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 Toshihide Uchiage (Junior Kata). The event also benefited from the invaluable volunteer contribution of 11 of our Canadian International Referees, whom we all thank sincerely for their generous support (they are:  Mr. Yaro Tarana, Mrs. Tammy Hennessy, Mr. Jean-Pierre Gendron, Mr. François Persico, Mrs. Chantale Boileau, Mr. André Pronovost, Mr. Thomas De Freyman, Mr. Zvonko Celebija, Mr. Sebastian Pirrone, and Mr. Antonia Terra) in officiating and judging at the Saturday “Round Robin Challenge” portion of the event, which helped determine athlete rankings and team selection for the upcoming international events of the season.

Highlights of the Camp included the “Round Robin Challenge” matches, an educational presentation from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport on healthy sport as well as anti-doping regulations and testing, a physical testing segment for kumite athletes, a visit and speech from Karate Canada President Mr. Dragan Kljenak, information sessions on the upcoming Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Santa Cruz, Bolivia, August 24-30), as well as a surprise visit from Pan Am Games Team members Chris De Sousa Costa (Team Captain), Sarmen Sinani (athlete and reigning Pan Am silver medalist) and Nassim Varasteh (Senior Kumite Head Coach), and much more. (Of note: fellow Pan Am Games Team member and reigning Pan Am silver medalist Camélie Boisvenue also attended a portion of the Junior National Training Camp, in spite of her ongoing preparation for competition at the Pan Am Games next week.) Karate Canada wishes to salute the dedication and hard work displayed by all participants, and to once again thank its National Team Coaching, event / program management, and High Performance coordination staff at the Camp, as well as the medical support staff, Officials and all other staff and volunteers involved in ensuring the Camp’s success. We also wish to acknowledge the vital and remarkable support of all our Junior athletes’ parents and family members. Karate Canada looks forward to the upcoming Junior Team Roster events of the season, such as the National Kata Training Camp (Richmond BC, August 6-9; optional for all invited Junior athletes), the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships and the 2015 Junior World Karate Championships (Jakarta, Indonesia, November).

 

Nomination of the National Team for Participation in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships

Karate Canada is proud to unveil the composition of the Junior National Team which was named at the conclusion of the recent Junior National Training Camp, and which has been selected for participation in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Santa Cruz, Bolivia, August 24-30). You may click here to view the full Team Roster (updated). The Team will be supported and supervised by National Team Coaches Katarina Vadovicova (Head Kata Coach), Denis Beaudoin (Head Junior Kumite Coach), Karen Armour and David Strohbach. Several Canadian Officials will also be accompanying the team (full list to be confirmed soon), as well as volunteer Team Leader Stéphane Rivest. We wish everyone the very best of luck in Bolivia, and salute the unwavering dedication of our athletes, Coaches, Officials and volunteers!

 

Tickets for Pan Am Games

Tickets - There are still seats available for the karate competition at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Act fast and purchase your tickets online via Ticketmaster before they sell out!

Athletes from different divisions will compete as follows:

Thursday, July 23rd: - Women’s -50 kg kumite  (Jusleen Virk)
- Women’s -55 kg kumite (Kate Campbell)
- Men’s -60 kg kumite (Leivin Chung)
   
Friday, July 24th: - Women’s -61 kg kumite (Kamille Desjardins)
- Men’s -67 kg kumite (Leirick Chung)
- Men’s -75 kg kumite (Daniel Gaysinsky)
   
Saturday, July 25th: - Women’s -68 kg kumite (Jasmine Landry)
- Women’s 68+ kg kumite (Camélie Boisvenue)
- Men’s -84 kg kumite (Sarmen Sinani)
- Men’s 84+ kg kumite (Chris De Sousa Costa)
   

Click here for the full schedule of the Games.

 

July 3, 2015

Pan Am Team Open Practice on Friday, July 3rd (Thornhill, On)

All friends, family members, fans, media, community members and karateka of all ages are welcome to attend an open training session featuring our Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Team athletes and Coaches, as part of their final preparatory Training Camp before these Games, from 6 to 7 PM (EST) at the KanZenKai Karate Club in Thornhill (Toronto), ON.

Karate Canada's President Mr. Dragan Kljenak will be present and will speak about the Games and the Team. All visitors may then take pictures with our athletes and / or get them to sign autographs, from 7:00 to 7:30 PM. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see our nation's finest karate athletes in action, and to cheer them on as they prepare for these historic Games! It will also be a great way for these athletes to share their passion with and to inspire young karateka from Ontario and Canada.

The venue is located at: 117 Doncaster Avenue, Thornhill ON L3T 1L6

(Doors will open at 5:50 PM. No video or filming allowed during training. Thank you.)

 

Karate Canada is Seeking Volunteers for the AWAD Committee

Karate Canada is looking for candidates interested in joining the Athletes With A Disability (AWAD) Committee to work in collaboration with the Committee Chair, Mrs. Heather Fidyk. You can find more details and the application format by clicking here. Please submit applications by July 10, 2015 to Heather Fidyk heatherfidyk.kc@gmail.com

 

June 24, 2015

2015 Junior National Training Camp Registration Extended to June 26

In light of recent recommendations of additional participants from Provincial / Territorial Team Coaches, Karate Canada has extended the registration and hotel room reservation deadline for participants in the 2015 Junior National Training Camp until Friday, June 26th inclusively. You may click here to view the updated Information Bulletin, or click here to reserve your hotel rooms on line.

 

June 17, 2015

2015 Junior National Training Camp Registration Now Open! Junior 2015

Online registration is now open for all participants in the 2015 Junior National Training Camp, which will take place in Toronto on July 10-12. Karate Canada is also pleased to unveil the Camp’s Information Bulletin, which provides further details and the event’s schedule. You may click here to view the event’s Information Bulletin (Now is an Updated on June 24th version), and here to pre-register online (please note that online pre-registration is mandatory for all participants; confirmation of an athlete’s intent to participate via a recently published Doodle poll does not constitute actual pre-registration.). Participation is open to all invited Junior National Team Roster members (top 3 at the 2015 National Championships in kumite and top 4 in kata), to Cadet, Junior and U21 kumite athletes who ranked 4th at the 2015 National Championships, to medalists from the 2015 Youth Cup, to Rising Star athletes and to a few additional athletes as recommended by Provincial / Territorial Team Coaches. This exciting event will offer roughly 11 hours of technical and tactical training under the leadership of National Team Head Coaches Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (kata) and Mr. Denis Beaudoin (Junior kumite), with help from National Team Assistant Coaches Mrs. Karen Armour and Mr. Toshihide Uchiage. Important: All participating athletes (including Toronto area residents) must stay at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre for the full duration of the event, including the nights of July 9, 10 and 11. The hotel reservation cutoff date has been extended, and hotel rooms are now available at the special group rate until June 23rd inclusively. Please note that the online pre-registration deadline is also June 23rd, 2015. Thank you.

 

June 15, 2015

Notice of Special General Meeting

Karate Canada invites its member Provincial / Territorial Association Presidents to a Special General Meeting, to be held via teleconference on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, from 8 PM to (approximately) 8:15 PM EST. You may click here to read the formal Notice for this meeting. The purpose of this Special Meeting is to appoint Auditors for Karate Canada’s financial statements (more details coming soon). This meeting will then be immediately followed by a PSO / TSO - Karate Canada Meeting, revolving around several key topics (such as the future of the Travel Cost Share / Subsidy Program for National Championships, and the timing of the 2017 National Championships).

 

Regional and Inter-Regional Kata and Kumite Training Sessions Get Under Way for the 2015-2016 Season

Regional and Inter-Regional Kata and Kumite Training Camps and Sessions of the season are getting under way this weekend across the nation, as stated in the various current Junior and Senior National Team Criteria. These sessions will benefit an enlarged pool of participating athletes, this season, as eligible Junior and Senior kata and kumite athletes are invited to participate. Here is a list of such invitational events taking place this weekend:

Ontario-Quebec Inter-Regional Kumite and Kata Training
Location: Kingston Military Community Sports Centre
Coaches: Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (Kata), Mr. Denis Beaudoin (Junior Kumite), Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian (Senior Kumite) & Mr. Roman Saltikov (Senior Kumite)
Schedule:
Kata - Saturday, June 20; 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM EST
Junior Kumite -Saturday, June 20; 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM EST
Senior Kumite- Sunday, June 21; 10 AM to 3 PM EST

BC Regional Kumite Training
Location: Surrey Karate Academy
Coach: Mr. Sandeep Gill
Schedule: Sunday, June 22; 9 to 11 AM & 12 to 2 PM (PST)

BC Regional Kata Training
Location: Kimeru Shotokan Karate Club
Coaches: Mr. Brian James and Ms. Pam Ross
Schedule: Saturday, June 20;
Juniors: 9 to 11 AM & 2 to 3 PM (PST)
Seniors: 11 AM to 1 PM & 3 to 4 PM (PST)

Please note that Regional kumite trainings will continue in the Atlantic Provinces as well, with a first Training scheduled to take place in Newfoundland on July . Furthermore, Karate Canada is currently assessing the option of holding regional kata trainings in the Atlantic Provinces region as well soon. More details coming shortly.

 

Mr. Angelo Mendoza is Karate Canada’s New High Performance Coordinator

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that following a thorough search, it has recruited Mr. Angelo Mendoza to work as its part-time High Performance Coordinator. Angelo, who brings to this position valuable and relevant experience as a long-time karateka and Head Coach of the Manitoba Karate Team, will be working closely with Karate Canada’s other staff and the High Performance and Coaching Committee members. We gladly welcome Angelo to this new and important position.

 

June 13, 2015

Tickets and Hotel for Pan Am Games

Tickets - Toronto 2015 organizing committee just released additional seats for karate events. Act fast and purchase your tickets online via Ticketmaster before they sell out!

Athletes from different divisions will compete as follows:

Thursday, July 23rd:
- Women’s -50 kg kumite
- Women’s -55 kg kumite
- Men’s -60 kg kumite

Friday, July 24th:
- Women’s -61 kg kumite
- Men’s -67 kg kumite
- Men’s -75 kg kumite

Saturday, July 25th:
- Women’s -68 kg kumite
- Women’s 68+ kg kumite
- Men’s -84 kg kumite
- Men’s 84+ kg kumite

Click here for the full schedule of the Games.

Hotel - Karate Canada has reserved a block of affordable hotel rooms for friends and family members of athletes as well as all Canadian karate community members and fans / supporters who wish to come cheer our team on and watch them compete at the Pan Am Games (for the nights of July 22-23-24-25).

Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre
801 Dixon Road, Toronto ON

Located at a distance of 12 km - approximately a 13 minute drive- from the Mississauga Sports Complex, where the karate competition will be held.

The rates and link for reservations are as follows:
Special Group Rate (available until June 22nd, or until all rooms have been reserved).

Traditional Guest Rooms:
Single Rate: $119.99 (+ applicable taxes) per night
Double Rate: $119.99 (+ applicable taxes) per night
Triple Rate: $139.99 (+ applicable taxes) per night
Quadruple Rate: $159.99 (+ applicable taxes) per night

Click here to reserve your hotel online

Guests can also reserve by telephone at 1-866-932-7058.

Guests can reference the group name “Karate Canada Friends & Family Block” or the group code “KCG19A” in order to get the special group rate.

 

June 3, 2015

Canadian Karate Team nominated for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Sarmen Sinani, at the 2014 North American Cup.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Karate Canada are pleased to announce today the 10 karate athletes nominated to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games (July 23-25). The final roster was determined after the athletes’ participation in the 2015 Karate 1 Premier League Brazil Open Championships May 30-31 in São Paulo, which was the final point-earning event being considered for team selection.The Canadian roster features 2015 senior Pan American Championship medallists Sarmen Sinani (ranked #19 in the world), Kate Campbell (#20 in the world), Camélie Boisvenue and Daniel Gaysinsky; reigning US Open and Brazil Open Champion Kamille Desjardins (#13 in the world); as well as repeat national team members Jusleen Virk, Jasmine Landry, Chris de Sousa Costa, Leivin Chung and Leirick Chung. You may click here to read the full news release from the COC, with much more information and links to individual athlete profiles. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates all athletes and Coaches on their nomination, and wishes the entire team the best of luck in Toronto!


2015 International Montreal Open a Success

Karate Quebec held the 12th edition of the Montreal International Open, a tournament sanctioned by Karate Canada, on May 31st, at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, under the honorary Chairmanship of Mr. Junior Lefevre. The event was once again a considerable success. Click here for a detailed news release (in French).

 

June 2, 2015

Team Canada Delivers at Historic Brazil Open Karate 1 Championships

Canada’s delegation returns home from the first WKF Karate 1 Premier League event ever held on the American continent (in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 30-31) with no less than one gold medal, two bronze medals and 2 top 5 finishes. Kamille Desjardins dominated the women’s -61 kg kumite division and was crowned the 2015 Brazil Open Champion in that division, whereas first year Senior National Team member and 2015 Pan American Championships silver medalist Camélie Boisvenue claimed bronze in women’s +68kg division, as did Patrice Boily-Martineau in the men’s -75kg kumite division. Roxanne Côté and Cindy Jacob also both ended up in the top 5 of their divisions, in women’s -50 kg and -68 kg kumite respectively.  Canada thus finishes in 3rd place in this event’s overall medal tally. Our sincere congratulations to all participants in the Brazil Open for their performances! (You may click here to view the event’s full results, and visit our Facebook page for more details and photos.) This important event was the last point-earning opportunity for athletes competing for a spot on the Canadian karate team for the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games (July 23-25). This Pan Am Games' Team will be officially announced by the Canadian Olympic Committee tomorrow, June 3rd.

 

May 29, 2015

New 2016-2017 Carding (AAP) Criteria

Karate Canada is pleased to release its Carding Criteria for the 2016-2017 Carding cycle. You may click here to read this full document, which ensures further and more optimal alignment between Karate Canada’s Senior National Team Selection Criteria and Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program.

 

Important Revision to the 2015-2016 Junior National Team Criteria, for Kumite Athletes

Please note that Karate Canada has recently approved an important amendment to its Junior National Team Criteria for the 2015-2016 season, as recommended by its High Performance and Coaching Committee. You may click here to read the revised and current 2015-2016 Junior National Team Criteria. The objective of this recently approved amendment (which is reflected in section 3.4.5 of the document) is two-fold, and its aim is to:


a)   allow Karate Canada to fill vacant spots in divisions where there are 2 vacant spots or more to fill on the Junior National Team for specific events, due to changes in age, weight, or other, and;

b)   allow junior athletes to continue their progression in their age category, taking into account their growth spurt and changes in weight, as identified in the LTAD (please note that there is a 7 month period between the Canadian National Championships and the Junior Pan American Championships, and 10 months between the Canadian National Championships and the Junior World Championships, which represents a very significant gap at this age).


As a consequence of this important amendment, all Cadet, Junior and U21 kumite medalists from the 2015 National Championships who have recently been invited to take part in the 2015 Junior National Training Camp may submit a request to change weight division by email to Karate Canada, no later than June 10th, 2015. Karate Canada will promptly reply to every request, to confirm whether or not the athlete will be authorized to make this switch and to take part in the Round Robin Challenge in a heavier weight division at the Junior National Training Camp. We thank you kindly for your cooperation.

 

Ms. Heather Fidyk is Karate Canada’s New AWAD Committee Chair

Karate Canada is pleased to formally announce the recent nomination of Mrs. Heather Fidyk as the new Chair of the AWAD (athletes with a disability) Committee. Mrs. Fidyk is a seasoned karate instructor with extensive hands-on AWAD experience, and she accompanied and supported Canadian karate pioneer AWAD athlete Ms. Natalie Olson at the recent 1st World Karate Championships for Persons with Disabilities (Germany, November 2014) as a National Team Coach. We wish Mrs. Fidyk the best of luck in this new and important role. Karate Canada also wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. Joshua Drury for his numerous years of dedicated and generous service as Karate Canada’s former AWAD Committee Chair.

 

Mr. Gus C. Kandilas is Karate Canada’s New Medical Committee Chair

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the recent nomination of Mr. Gus Kandilas as the Chair of its new Medical Committee. Mr. Kandilas is a certified Athletic Therapist with expensive combative sports-related experience who has regularly supported Karate Canada’s events and National Teams over the last couple of years. We wish Mr. Kandilas the best of luck in this new and important volunteer role, as he will be tasked with structuring and populating this newly struck Committee. Karate Canada also wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Dr. Anne Kulenkamp for her numerous years of dedicated and generous service as Karate Canada’s former Medical Chair.

 

May 26, 2015

Team Canada in Sao Paulo for Brazil Open Karate 1 Championships

16 of Karate Canada’s current Senior National Team Roster athletes are travelling to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to take part in the first Karate 1 Premier League Open Championships ever to be held on the American continent. You may click here to view the full team roster, which includes several athletes eligible for selection onto the national team which will compete at the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto (July 23-25). This will constitute the last point-earning competition for athletes vying for such spots on the Pan Am Games national team, which will be officially named and announced on June 3rd. The participating athletes, 10 of whom are also taking part in an international training camp on the days preceding the start of competition, are accompanied by National Team Coaches Mrs. Nassim Varasteh and Mr. Kraig Devlin. The 2015 Brazil Open Karate 1 Championship (May 29-30) should present a very high level of competition. More information and full results coming soon...

 

2016 Youth Cup Kumite Divisions

Karate Canada is pleased to confirm it plans to hold a “Youth Cup” event (for 12 and 13 year old athletes) once again in 2016, alongside its National Championships (which are to be held in Richmond, BC, on January 29-31, 2016).

So as to align itself with international divisions, Karate Canada will, for the 2016 Youth Cup, implement the following PKF-approved kumite weight divisions:

Girls:
-35 kg
-40 kg
-45 kg
+45kg

Boys:
-35 kg
-40 kg
-45 kg
-50 kg
+50 kg

(Karate Canada will of course also continue to hold / offer 12-13 year old male and female kata divisions as part of the Youth Cup.).The number of athletes allowed per Province / Territory is for now scheduled to remain 2 per division in kumite, and 3 per division in kata. Should many spots remain vacant after the first wave of registrations, however, Karate Canada may then open up registrations again and allow Provinces / Territories to register additional athletes up to a specific number per division (to be provided at that time). Karate Canada has recently invited all of its member Provincial / Territorial Associations to conduct their Team Selections accordingly for the remainder of this season. At this time, Karate Canada still plans for the 2016 Youth Cup to be a participatory event, and there are no plans yet to use this event as a selection for participation of a “Youth (12-13) Team” in any subsequent international competition. This matter will, however, be under review by Karate Canada's High Performance and Coaching Committee soon. Should any change occur on that front, Karate Canada will of course notify all member Provincial and Territorial Associations promptly. (Please note: as this will be considered a participatory event, as was the case in 2015, no athlete registered to compete at National Championships in an older age division (in a given discipline - i.e. kata or kumite) may also register and compete in a Youth Cup division within the same discipline. Furthermore, athletes must be of age to compete (either 12 or 13 years old) on the dates of competition, which for the Youth Cup should be January 29 & 30, 2016.)

 

2015 Junior National Training Camp

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it has decided to invite all 2015 Youth Cup medalists (12-13 year old athletes) to take part in the 2015 Junior National Training Camp, which will be held at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre on July 10-12. Please note that Karate Canada has issued email invitations to this Training Camp to all medalists from the 2015 Youth Cup and from the Cadet (14-15), Junior (16-17) and U21 (18-20) divisions at the 2015 National Championships (in both kata and kumite). Invited athletes have been asked to confirm their intent to participate no later than June 10th, 2015. This important event will be co-led by National Team Head Coaches Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (Kata) and Mr. Denis Beaudoin (Junior kumite), and will (in accordance with the 2015-2016 Junior National Team Criteria) feature Round Robin Challenge matches for all athletes eligible for participation in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships as well as in the 2015 Junior World Championships. Full details of the camp’s program and schedule will be available shortly, as well as online registration information. We wish to remind all athletes that participation in the full Training Camp is mandatory in order to be eligible for participation in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships as well as in the 2015 Junior World Championships. Should any medalist from the 2015 Youth Cup (click here to view the list) or from the Cadet (14-15), Junior (16-17) or U21 (18-20) divisions at the 2015 National Championships (in both kata and kumite - click here to view the list) not yet have received this email invitation to participate in the 2015 Junior National Training Camp, for any reason, we invite this athlete and / or his parent(s) (and /or club coach) to contact Karate Canada promptly, at: info@karatecanada.org. Thank you.

 

May 20, 2015

Kamille Desjardins receives a grant from the FAEQ and Blue Bridge

The presentation of the grants from the Partnership Program of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ) was held last Thursday, May 14th. The FAEQ in collaboration with 15 partners have given $ 190,000 in scholarships to 55 distinguished student-athletes they sponsor. Kamille Desjardins, member of the Senior National Team, received a $ 4000 grant from Blue Bridge to support her academic and athletic success. Congratulations Kamille!

Award

May 5, 2015

2015 Montreal International OpenPan Am 2015

Karate Canada is proud to endorse the 2015 edition of the Montreal International Open, which will take place on May 31st in Montreal at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex. The Montreal International Open is a yearly event that Karate Québec has been holding for the past 11 years.

This event is open to all athletes age 10 and over and includes recreational divisions for all age categories and elite categories for athletes age 14 and above. There is also an AWAD (Athlete With A Disability) division.

This year's event will be under the honorary chairmanship of Mr. Junior Lefevre, a two time World champion and multiple European champion. Mr. Lefevre will also be conducting kata and kumite seminar on the Friday and Saturday before the Open.

Registration is now open on Sport Data
For the Open
For the Seminar with Sensei Lefevre
For the instructors/coaches conference with Sensei Lefevre

 

April 10, 2015

Revised Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes

Please note that Karate Canada has slightly revised and updated the recently published Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite athletes, for the 2015-2016 competitive season. You may click here to read the new version of this document. The only significant changes are reflected in tables 3 and 4, and pertain to the mandatory events for Carded athletes, as well as to the ranking points allocated for podium results at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Brazil Open and Training Camps

All Senior National Team Roster Kumite athletes will soon be invited to take part in the 2015 Brazil Open Karate 1 Championships (Sao Paulo, May 30-31). This international competition, which will be the first Karate 1 Premier League event to be held on the American continent, will also be a point-earning event for Canadian athletes, and the final point-earning opportunity towards selection of eligible Senior National Team kumite athletes for participation in the upcoming TO 2015 Pan Am Games (July 23-25, Toronto ON). You may click here for the event’s first bulletin. Karate Canada is in communication with the Organizing Committee and will soon share all information pertaining to an International Training Camp for Senior National Team Roster kumite athletes, to take place on the days preceding the event (tentative dates: arrival in Brazil on Saturday, May 23rd, with return on Monday, June 1st- for athletes only participating in the competition, the required arrival date will likely be Wednesday, May 27th - to be confirmed soon). While participation in this training camp will only be mandatory for Carded athletes, it will also be strongly recommended for other Senior National Team Roster kumite athletes.

Additionally, please note that all athletes eligible for selection onto the National Team which will participate in the upcoming Pan Am Games (in other words, all Senior National Team kumite athletes who participated in the recent Senior Pan American Karate Championships, held inToronto, March 19-21) will also be invited to a mandatory National Training Camp (SNTC 2) to be held in Kingston (ON) on the weekend of May 9-10, and where important Test Matches will be held (for possible tie-breaking, if total athlete Pan Am Games Team selection points are tied in any given division after the Brazil Open). Full details (occluding the Camp’s exact schedule) will be made available to all invited participants shortly.


Five Athletes Nominated for Carding

Karate Canada is proud to announce that Sport Canada has recently approved Karate Canada's nomination of five Senior National Team Roster kumite athletes for Carding (support through the Athlete Assistance Program) in the new (2015-2016) cycle, based on published Criteria and the results attained by these athletes in the course of 2014-2015. These five athletes are:

-Olivia Patricia Grant (Sr Card)
-Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez (Sr Card)
-Sarmen Sinani (C1 Card)
-Jasmine Landry (C1 Card)
-Derek Chan (C1 Card)

Karate Canada sincerely congratulates these 5 athletes for their nomination and approval. Please note that the Criteria for Carding Nominations for the 2016-2017 cycle will be published shortly. Thank you.


Revised and Updated Senior National Team Kata Athlete Ranking Points and Status

Please note that the previously released Senior National Team ranking points and status for Senior National Team athletes (dated March 25th, 2015) contained a few errors, in the kata divisions. Karate Canada sincerely apologizes for these errors, and is pleased to hereby release a corrected and updated list of all Senior National Team Kata point-holding athletes’ point totals and status, following (and including points from) the recent North American Karate Cup and USA Open Karate Championships, in accordance with the 2015-2016 Senior National Team Criteria for Kata athletes. You may click here to download this updated list (please note the two different tabs in the Excel document, for Men and Women’s points).


World Youth Cup and Training Camp in Croatia

Canadian Junior National Team athletes are cordially invited by the World Karate Federation and by the Croatian Karate Federation to take part in the 2015 Youth World Cup Karate 1 (Open event) and Youth Training Camp, which are to take place in Umag, Croatia, from June 29th to July 5th. You may click here to view the event’s information bulletin. (This event is Open to participants aged 10 or more.) Please note, however, that participation in the Karate Canada Junior National Training Camp (which takes place the following week, July 9-12, in Toronto, ON), will remain mandatory for all Junior National Team Roster athletes, and in order to be eligible for participation in the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Santa Cruz, Bolivia, August 26-29) as well as the 2015 Junior World Karate Championships (Jakarta, Indonesia, November 12-15). Athletes who choose or plan to also compete and train in the event in Umag (Croatia) are asked to please kindly confirm this by filling out an online Doodle poll (click here for access), confirming their intent to participate, no later than May 1st, 2015, so as to help Karate Canada assess and anticipate the size of its delegation at this event. (Please note that filling out the Doodle poll to indicate intent to participate is, in this case, non-binding, and does not formally engage athletes to take part in the event. It also does not constitute registration, and all participants must register themselves.) Please also note that due to budgetary considerations, Karate Canada does not yet have definitive plans concerning possible coaching support / staff at this event, and no direct financial athlete support will be awarded to athletes for participation.


2015 Commonwealth Karate Championships

Canadian athletes are cordially invited by the Commonwealth Karate Federation and by the Karate Association of India to take part in the 2015 Commonwealth Karate Championships, which will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 12-15, 2015. This international competition is an Open event (open to athletes registered with a Commonwealth Karate Federation member National Federation, such as Karate Canada and its provincial member Associations), accessible to all athletes aged 10 and older, in both kata and kumite divisions. You may click here to view the event’s bulletin. Canadian athletes who choose or plan to compete in this event are asked to please kindly confirm this by filling out an online Doodle poll (click here for access), confirming intent to participate, no later than June 30th, 2015, so as to help Karate Canada assess and anticipate the number of Canadian participants at this event. (Please note that filling out the Doodle poll to indicate intent to participate is, in this case, non-binding, and does not formally engage athletes to take part in the event. It also does not constitute registration, and all participants must register themselves.) Please note that due to budgetary considerations, Karate Canada does not yet have definitive plans concerning possible coaching support / staff at this event (if any), and participation of all athletes will be entirely self-funded.  


Karate BC Seeks a New Executive Director

Karate BC, Karate Canada’s member Provincial Karate Association in the province of British Columbia, is currently seeking a new Executive Director. You may click here to view the job posting and description. The application deadline is April 30th.

 

April 9, 2015

Canada Dominant at the 2015 US Open & Great Results at the North American Cup

Team Canada led all participating nations at the recent USA Open Karate Championships (Las Vegas, NV, USA; April 4-5) in the Senior Elite kumite divisions' medal tally, and excelled in many other divisions as well, with no less than 12 medals in Senior Elite divisions (4 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze), 10 medals in the Junior Elite (16-17) divisions (one gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze) and 7 medals in the Cadet Elite (14-15) divisions (2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze). Furthermore, Team Canada claimed gold in men’s Senior Team Kumite, as well as gold in female Junior Team Kumite, silver in male Junior Team Kumite, gold in female Cadet Team Kumite and gold in Junior Team Kata! Two days earlier, Team Canada had already earned a staggering total of 56 medals at the North American Cup, an invitational tournament assembling National Team athletes from Mexico, the USA and Canada. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate all participating athletes and Coaches for this remarkable success, and to salute the dedication of all participating Canadian Referees / Officials. You may click here to read a recent SIRC news item about these 2 events. Full results of the US Open Championships are available here, and you may click here for full results of the North American Cup. We also encourage you to visit our Facebook page for many great pictures and more detailed updates.

 

April 2, 2015

Strong Canadian Presence at North American Cup and US Open

Karate Canada is very proud to confirm that its largest official delegation to date is currently in Las Vegas (NV, USA), where no less than 76 Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes are preparing to represent Canada in two important international competitions: the 2015 North American Karate Cup (April 2nd; yearly invitational tournament assembling Junior National Teams from Mexico, the USA and Canada) and the 2015 USA Open Karate Championships (April 4-5), a long-standing event assembling teams from all over the continent and the world. Our Canadian athletes are accompanied in Las Vegas by 8 National Team Coaches, 1 Team Leader / Manager, and 8 International Officials (supported by Karate Canada for their work at the North American Cup). You may click here to view the full list of Team Canada athletes participating in these events. We wish all Team Canada athletes and Coaches the very best of luck in these tournaments, and salute the dedication of our Canadian officials. We also wish the very best of luck to any other Canadian participants in the USA Open Karate Championships. (Partial results will be updated as soon as possible on our Facebook page; more information and full results coming soon.)


Updated Pan Am Games Team Selection Ranking Points

Karate Canada is pleased to release its latest updated version of the total ranking points tally towards selection of the athletes who will compete as Canadian National Team members at the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, July 23-25). This list has been established in accordance with published Criteria, and includes the results of the recent 2015 Senior Pan American Championships. You may click here to download the full and updated ranking points list. Please note that the final team selection point-earning event for the eligible athletes will be the 2015 Brazil Open Karate 1 Championships (Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 29-30).


Atlantic Regional Kumite Training April 11-12 in PEI

The First Atlantic Regional Kumite Training session of the season, led by Karate Canada’s Regional Training Centre Coach Mr. Randy Rix, will be held in Prince Edward Island, on April 11th and 12th, at the Bluefield High School, located at:

  924 Colville Rd, North Wiltshire, PEI
   
  Schedule:
  Saturday 10am - 4pm
  Sunday 9am - Noon

National-level Junior and Senior competitive kumite athletes (and coaches) are welcome. Quality matches are to be held on Sunday, under the supervision of licensed officials. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank Karate PEI for helping secure the training venue and for hosting this training session. Coach Randy Rix may be reached by email with any questions, at: randy.rix@karatecanada.org.


New Assistant National Team Coaches

Karate Canada is pleased to confirm the recent selection of four new National Team Assistant Coaches, as selected by Karate Canada’s High Performance & Coaching Committee:

• Ms. Pam Ross (Kata)
• Mr. Toshihide Uchiage (Junior Kata - Traning Camps)
• Mrs. Karen Armour (Junior Kumite)
• Mr. David Strohbach (Junior Kumite)

These Coaches will work alongside our National Team Head Coaches at various events (competitions and training camps) of the season. We sincerely congratulate them all for their selection.


Karate Canada Office Closed for Easter Holiday

Please note that Karate Canada’s office will exceptionally be closed from Thursday April 2nd to Wednesday April 8th inclusively. Thank you.

 

March 25, 2015

Possible Important Changes to Carding Criteria

While this is still pending final approval from Karate Canada and from Sport Canada, it is most likely that the soon-to-be-released Carding Nominations Criteria for the 2016-2017 Carding cycle (Athlete Support Program) will reflect significant changes from previous editions. At this stage, Karate Canada is strongly considering using, as a its first two priorities for the selection and nomination of athletes for Carding in 2016, the following elements, in order of decreasing priority (until exhaustion of the number of available Cards):

  1. Medals obtained at the 2015 Pan Am Games;
  2. Highest total Points Ranking of each International
    (A, B or C) Status Holding kumite athlete (as per table 4 of the current Senior National Team Criteria ).

Consequently, please note that all ranking points obtained through performance in WKF individual kumite divisions at the competitions listed in table 4 of the current Senior National Team Criteria may come to bear on each athlete’s cumulative ranking points’ total at the time of the 2016 nomination, and may therefore impact athlete selection for 2016-17 Carding nominations. We ask all Senior athletes to please pay close consideration to this possible change when evaluating and replying to invitations to compete on Karate Canada’s behalf at point-earning competitions of the 2015-2016 season, such as the upcoming 2015 North American Cup and the 2015 USA Open Championships. Should any invited athlete who may have have declined such an invitation to compete in either of these 2 events now wish to change his / her mind, please note that Karate Canada may still register these athletes and avoid late fees, but we must receive such confirmation in writing no later than 5 PM EST tomorrow (Thursday, March 26th) at the very latest, by email to Ms. Alexandra Roy, at: alexandra.roy@karatecanada.org. We thank you kindly for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Updated Senior Athlete Rankings and Status

You may click here to view the updated and current Senior National Team Roster athletes’ ranking points and status (when applicable), as updated following the recent 2015 Senior Pan American Championships, and in accordance with table 4 of the current Senior National Team Criteria.

 

 

March 24, 2015

Team Canada Shines at the 2015 Sr Pan American Championships

The Canadian Senior National Team athletes who competed in the recent 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships (Toronto, ON; March 19-21), under the guidance of National Team Coaches Katarina Vadovicova, Pam Ross, Nassim Varasteh, Kraig Devlin and Roman Saltikov, inspired the nation and gave all Canadian spectators many reasons to cheer on, as our nation’s finest grabbed no less than 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals, while also achieving four additional Top 5 Finishes. The performances of our athletes at this event have a significant impact on the upcoming selection of the 10 kumite athletes who will be representing Canada at the TO 2015 Pan American Games, in July. The final selection of these athletes will be announced immediately after the final point-earning event being taken into account towards such selection, which will be the 2015 Brazil Open Karate 1 Championships (Sao Paulo, May 30-31). Our sincere congratulations to all athletes for their performances at this great event, and especially to the following athletes for their remarkable achievements:

• Kathryn Campbell: Silver Medal in women’s -55 kg kumite
• Camélie Boisvenue: Silver Medal in women’s +68 kg kumite
• Sarmen Sinani: Silver Medal in men’s -84 kg kumite
• Kamille Desjardins: Bronze Medal in women’s -61 kg kumite
• Daniel Gaysinsky: Bronze Medal in men’s Open Weight kumite
• Olivia Patricia Grant: Top 5 in women’s +68 kg kumite
• Carl Rodrigue: men's -67 kg kumite
• Philippe Soucy: Top 5 in men’s -84 kg kumite
• Monika Klisara, Kathleen Terra and Elizabeth Ferreira: Top 5 in women's Team Kata

These results clearly and further illustrate Karate Canada’s strong medal potential for the upcoming Pan American Games. You may click here to view the full results from the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships. (We also encourage you to visit our Facebook page for numerous great pictures of our team in action.)


Successful Conclusion to the XXIXth Senior Pan American Karate Championships

Karate Canada wrapped up 4 consecutive days of high-level international competition this Saturday, after having successfully hosted the Toronto 2015 XXIXth Senior Pan American Karate Championships (March 19-21) and Continental Qualification Karate Event for the 2015 Pan Am Games (March 18). Both events were held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, where spectator admission was entirely free, and all matches were available via online Live Streaming. The 2015 Sr Pan American Championships assembled no less than 276 of the continent’s very best karate athletes, coming from as many as 24 different countries, along with 51 Coaches, 88 International Referees and numerous other delegates, support staff and PKF Representatives. Canada’s Minister of Sport the Honourable Bal Gosal, was among the numerous guest of honour and dignitaries who graced the event with their presence during the Opening Ceremonies. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank all numerous participants, staff and volunteers for their contribution to the event’s success (with special thanks to Karate Ontario’s staff and volunteers). We also wish to thank our sponsors and partners for this event, such as Arawaza, Budo World, STGE and Exposure. Additionally, Karate Canada wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the City of Toronto as well as to governments of Canada and of Ontario, without whose financial support this fantastic event would not have been possible.

Finally, Karate Canada has been sincerely honoured and delighted to greet all other Pan American Federation member nations at this event, and we look forward to greeting you all again come July, for the TO 2015 Pan Am Games

Find out more information below in our daily summaries of the event.

• Pan Am Qualifier_Daily wrap_Day1_EN_Final
• 2015 Pan Am Karate Championships Day 1 Release_ENG_Final
• 2015 Pan Am Karate Championships Day 2 Release_ENG_Final
• 2015 Pan Am Karate Championships Day 3 Release_ENG_Final

 

"Funded by the Government of Canada." "Funded in part by the Government of Ontario."
Gov. Canada Ontario Gov.

 

Canadian Officials Well Represented at the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships


Karate Canada is proud to confirm that as many as 31 Canadian Judges and Referees took part in the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships recently held in Toronto (ON). Out of these, 22 have also successfully obtained or upgraded their International Licenses at this event. We sincerely congratulate all Referees for their great work at this competition, and particularly salute the following Officials for their recent license upgrades:

• Tyler Engram -Judge C Kata, Judge C Kumite
• Maryam Kermani - Judge C Kata, Judge C Kumite
• Mullai Manickavalli-Judge B Kata, Judge B Kumite
• Rosalind Clark - Judge C Kata
• Andreas Kuntze - Judge B Kata
• Rosella Ng JC Kata. Judge C Kumite
• Saeid Arian - Judge C Kumite
• Shirin Davarpanah Jazi - Judge C Kata, Judge C Kumite
• Gary Walsh - Judge C Kata
• Tammy Hennessy- Judge C Kata, Judge C Kumite
• André Pronovost - Referee A Kumite, Judge A Kata
• Yoshie Furumoto - Judge C Kata, Judge C Kumite
• Douglas Smerek - Referee B Kumite, Judge B Kata
• Farshid Hosseinirad - Judge C Kumite
• Barry Gaudet - Judge C Kumite
• Ali Najafi - Judge C Kata and Kumite
• Chloe Thibaudeau- Judge C Kata  , Judge C Kumite
• Babak Sotoudeh - Referee B (also held Judge A Kata before)
• Trevor Walmsley - Judge A Kata, Judge A Kumite
• Yogen Mungroosing - Judge B Kata
• Valentyna Zolotarova -Judge B Kata, Judge B Kumite
• Sebastian Perone- Referee A Kumite, Judge A Kata
• Antonio Terra - Referee A Kumite and Judge A Kata (re-confirmed)

 

National Post Article and News Clip on Karate at the Pan Am Games

In case you’ve missed it, you can click here to read and view this great little segment on karate at the 2015 Pan Am Games, featuring Karate Canada’s Vice President and TO 2015 Sport Organizing Chair Mr. Craig Vokey, as well as Canadian National Team member and 2015 Senior Pan American Championships’ silver medalist Ms. Kathryn Campbell, from New-Brunswick. Enjoy!


March 23, 2015

Karate Canada Office Closed March 23-24

Please note that following the hosting of the recent 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships, Karate Canada’s office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24, 2015. The office will re-open as of Wednesday, March 25th.

 

March 18, 2015

Continental Qualification Event Successfully Concluded

Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate all finalists from today’s Continental Qualification Event for the 2015 Pan Am Games. You may click here to view the full list of finalists, who have just earned the right to represent their respective countries at this summer’s TO 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, ON, July 23-25).  The stage is now set for the start of the official 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships, which will take place from tomorrow (Thursday, March 18th) to Saturday (March 21st) inclusively (you may click here for the competition schedule). Several of Canada’s Senior National Team athletes will compete on day 1 of these Championships (Kathleen Terra, Monika Klisara, Elizabeth Ferreira, Kamille Desjardins, Marianne Boulé, Jasmine Landry, Cindy Jacob, Daniel Gaysinsky, Patrice Boily-Martineau, Sarmen Sinani, Philippe Soucy, Chris De Sousa Costa and Kirill Bhazenov), and we wish them all the best of luck!

 

Live Streaming of the 2015 Senior Pan American Championships

The action got underway this morning in Toronto, with Day 1 of the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships and Continental Qualification Event for The Pan Am Games. You may catch all the action from home, by clicking here to enjoy our Live Streaming service. Spectators are also welcome to watch the action in person at the Metropolitan Ballrooom of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto (ON), as spectator admissions will be free for the entire duration of the event, thanks to the generous support of the government of Canada, TO2015 and our various sponsors and partners. You may click here to view full draw sheets for today’s Continental Qualification Event (where the two winners of each division will earn their spot for participation in the 2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto, July 23-25). Draw sheets for the upcoming 3 days of the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships will be available this evening. We look forward to these four days of great competition, and wish all delegations (and especially our Senior National Team, who takes to the tatamis as of tomorrow morning) the very best of luck!

 

March 13, 2015

Junior National Team Criteria for 2015-2016 Season

Karate Canada is pleased to release its 2015-2016 Junior National Team Criteria for kata and kumite athletes, which reflects numerous changes and improvements which had been announced prior to the start of the 2015 National Championships. You may click here to read this important document. Please also note that the date of the 2015 Junior National Training Camp has been set to July 9-12, and this mandatory event will once again be held at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre (Ontario). Please also note that invitations to the (optional yet strongly recommended) Regional (BC) and Inter-Regional (ON-QC) March 14th kata training camps have already been issued to all Junior National Team Roster kata athletes and Rising Star kata athletes, as well as Senior National Team Roster kata athletes (for whom participation is mandatory). The first Regional Kata Training Camp of the season for the Atlantic Provinces is tentatively scheduled for May 2015; more details coming soon.

 

2016 National Championships Dates Confirmed

Please note that the 2016 National Championships will take place in Richmond (BC), from January 29 to 31, 2016. Karate Canada is, however, paying close attention to feedback from its various members and stakeholders regarding optimal timing of this event, and is currently exploring options for a later date and different venue as of the 2017 edition. We will provide more information on this matter as soon as it becomes available.

 

USA Open Karate Championships and North American Karate Cup Registrations

Karate Canada has recently invited all current Junior and Senior National Team Roster athletes to compete in the upcoming USA Open Karate Championships, and selected (top-ranked) eligible athletes were also invited to compete in the 2015 North American Karate Cup. Based on the numerous replies received, Karate Canada is proud to confirm that one of the largest Canadian delegations to date will be in Las Vegas for these international events (close to 100 athletes, plus Coaching Staff, National Delegate and Referees / Officials). Please note the following important information regarding these events:

1- We remind all invited Junior athletes that the Organizing Committee of the USA Open Championships has confirmed it will accept registrations of participants in an older age category, for athletes who competed above their age at the 2015 Canadian National Championships. For all athletes who did so, please note that you may still register in such "older” age divisions at this time. Should you have registered through Karate Canada and wish to modify your registration or to register in an additional division, please contact our Program Manager Mrs. Alexandra Roy via email as soon as possible, and no later than this Sunday, March 15th.  
2- While Karate Canada will gladly offer Coaching support, via our National Team Coaching Staff (our 3 National Team Head Coaches plus several Assistant Coaches), for all National Team Roster athletes participating in the USA Open event and who have accepted our invitation, please note that invited athletes may also decline such assistance and compete under the auspices of their club team if preferred (or if already planned previously). In such a case, however, please note that the athletes who will not compete under the National Team banner will not be authorized to wear Canadian National Team apparel at this event, nor will they be invited to take part in National Team trainings on location on the days preceding the start of competition. Only athletes competing as National Team members (and being coached by official National Team Coaches) will be authorized to wear national Team apparel at this competition, and to train alongside their fellow team members under the tutelage of our National Team Coaches. We thank you for your understanding and co-operation. (Should invited athletes wish to compete under their club but did not yet advise Karate Canada accordingly, we ask that these athletes or their club coach(es) please communicate this information to Karate Canada as soon as possible, so that we may plan Coaching requirements accordingly.)
3-Exceptionally, unlike for official competitions, and given how early in the season this event occurs, Karate Canada is not requiring or demanding that all athletes participating in the US Open under the banner of the National Team be present for the same specific dates and at the same hotel. Information about this has been communicated accordingly to all invited athletes.
4- As the North American Cup is an official (closed) competition, however, Karate Canada asks that all invited and confirmed participants in this event comply with team requirements for the duration of that event. Participants in the North American Cup event will be coached by the official National Team Coaching Staff.

 

March 6, 2015

The Canadian Karate Community Mourns the Loss of Mr. Farhad Varasteh

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the recent passing of Mr. Farhad Varasteh, who left this world peacefully on March 1st, 2015. Mr. Varasteh, who was the father of Karate Canada’s Senior National Team Kumite Head Coach Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian, was also a pioneering figure in modern karate in his native land of Iran, was the founder of Kan Zen Kai Karate-Do, and has been a highly influential figure, having significantly contributed to the growth of both Iranian and Canadian karate.

Karate Canada wishes to express its deepest sympathies to all of Mr. Varasteh’s family and numerous friends. You may click here for more information about Mr. Varasteh’s remarkable journey,  and for details about the upcoming funeral service, which is to take place in Toronto (ON) on Sunday, March the 8th.


Karate Canada Announces its 2015-2016 Senior National Team Roster

Following the recent conclusion of its highly successful Senior National Training Camp 1 (or SNTC1, held in Toronto, ON, February 27th-March 1st), Karate Canada is very pleased to officially announce its new Senior National Team Roster for the 2015-2016 competitive season. You may click here to read the full list of these athletes, who are now eligible to represent Canada at various international events of the season, in accordance with our published Sr National Team Criteria. We sincerely congratulate all these athletes for their selection, and salute the excellent work of their respective club / dojo and Provincial Team Coaches!

 

The National Team is Ready for the 2015 Senior Pan American Championships

The selection of Senior National Team Roster athletes has been finalized for participation in the upcoming 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships (Toronto, ON, March 19-21). You may click here to view the full team composition for this event. Karate Canada has great confidence in these remarkable athletes and coaches, and wishes everyone the very best of luck in this important tournament. The 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships will constitute a crucial step in the final selection of Canadian athletes who will participate in the TO 2015 Pan Am Games in July. We welcome you to enjoy all the action, and are happy to announce that admission will be free for all spectators at this prestigious event. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to cheer for our nation’s finest athletes, as they compete on Canadian soil and face off against the rest of the continent’s top karate athletes!

 

February 26, 2015

Important: Approved Senior National Team Criteria for the 2015-2016 Season

Karate Canada is pleased to release the Senior National Team Criteria, for Kata and Kumite athletes, as approved by Karate Canada’s Board of Directors. The Junior National Team Criteria will be released soon.

◦ Please click here to read the Senior National Team Criteria for kata athletes for the 2015-2016 competitive season.
◦ Please click here to read the Senior National Team Criteria for kumite athletes for the 2015-2016 competitive season.

We wish all much success throughout the new competitive season!

 

February 19, 2015

Call for volunteers

Karate Canada invites you to be part of the action as Canada hosts world class athletes at the XXIXth Pan American Karate Championships in Toronto. Volunteers are needed to fulfill a variety of positions at the host venue, the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, from March 16 - 22. If you would like to be involved in this prestigious event, simply complete the following application form.

 

February 18, 2015

Karate Canada Seeks Assistant National Team Coaches

Karate Canada is currently seeking two Junior National Team Assistant Kumite Coaches, as well as two National Team Assistant Kata Coaches, who are to support the Head Coaches and National Team athletes at key events of the new competitive season. Please click here in order to read the job description and posting for the Junior National Team Assistant Kumite Coaches, or here to read the job description and posting for the National Team Assistant Kata Coaches. Please note that all interested candidates must apply no later than March 5th, 2015. Thank you.

 

February 17, 2015

Important: Revised 2015 Pan Am Games Team Selection Criteria

As announced in a previous News item dated January 26th 2015, and as communicated to all Senior National Team Roster athletes by email at the time, please note that Karate Canada has recently adopted a revised version of its 2015 Pan Am Games’ Team Selection Criteria. You may click here to read these revised Criteria, which indicate that while "2015 Pan Am Games Team Selection Ranking Points" are no longer available for results obtained by Canadian athletes at the 2015 Sharm-El Sheikh Open Karate 1 Championships, equivalent ranking points are now being offered for eligible athletes’ performances and results at the upcoming 2015 Brazil Open Karate 1 Championships (May 30-31, 2015). We thank you for your understanding.

 

February 15, 2015

Top Senior Athletes Invited to the Senior National Training Camp 1

50 of the nation’s best Senior kata and kumite athletes have been invited to take part in the upcoming and first Senior National Training Camp (SNTC 1) of the season, which will take place in Toronto, Ontario, from February 27th to March 1st inclusively. This important event will be co-led by National Team Head Coaches Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (kata) and Mrs. Nassim Varasteh (kumite), with assistance from numerous other Coaches and International Officials. You may click here in order to view the complete list of invited athletes. (Please note: all athletes have been invited by email to confirm their participation no later than Sunday, February 15th. Should any invited athlete not have received the confirmation link, they may confirm attendance by emailing Karate Canada’s Program Manager, Ms. Alexandra Roy, as soon as possible. Thank you.) More details coming soon.

 

February 5, 2015

Karate PEI named Sport Organization of the Year!

Sport PEI and the Province of PEI recently recognized Karate PEI at the Sport PEI annual awards banquet. They received the Premiers Award for being the Sport Organization of the Year! This honor is awarded annually to a sport governing body whose administrators and programs have enhanced and maintained a strong provincial sport organization. When presented this award, Karate PEI was told the organization’s growth and the dedication of its administrators in 2014, made the province feel they were most deserving of this honor.

Premiers Award

 

February 4, 2015

2015 National Championships a Resounding Success

No less than 334 athletes, 59 referees, 41 coaches and numerous delegates and volunteers were assembled in the Richmond Olympic Oval, in beautiful Richmond, BC, last weekend, for the 3-day long 2015 Karate Canada National Championships. All participants were greeted to warm welcoming speeches during opening ceremonies by 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), Karate Canada’s President, Mr. Dragan Kljenak, as well as Karate BC’s President, Mr. Charles Lavertu, before the action got underway. Co-host Karate BC has been an instrumental partner in ensuring the success of this event, by providing numerous volunteers, assistance and equipment.

For the very first time in its 40 year history, the National Championships featured and showcased competitors in AWAD (Athletes with a disability) divisions, who inspired the entire Canadian karate community with their display of determination, courage and perseverance  Another great and popular addition to the event was the inclusion of the “Youth Cup” divisions, featuring 12-13 year old athletes.

For the 2nd  consecutive year, the entire event was webcast live across the nation, thanks to our continued partnership with ViaSport (you may click here to view all matches, including several with colour commentary), and the action was followed closely at home 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 hosted by our long-time MC, Mr. Charles Fink. 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 Karate Canada and Karate BC President (and current Karate BC Executive Director) Mr. Dan Wallis, 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 Officials Mr. Zvonko Celebija and Mr. Yaro Tarana, its staff at the event (including Program Manager Ms. Alexandra Roy, 2015 Nationals’ Manager Mr. Warren MacLean 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 (the Canadian government), Hosting BC, Hosting Richmond, Sheraton and Marriott Hotels, ViaSport, Arawaza, Canadian Martial Arts Supplies, Mikado, Singleton Urquhart, 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 2015-16 competitive season, and look forward to greeting you in Richmond again in 2016 for our next edition of these Championships!

You may click here to view the full results of this tournament (and here for the results fo the Youth Cup portion) 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, TO 2015 Pan Am Games, 2015 Junior World Championships, and numerous other events of the season.

 

January 29, 2015

Important: Summaries of Approved Changes to National Team Criteria for the 2015-2016 Season

Karate Canada is pleased to release a summary of upcoming changes to the Senior and Junior National Team Criteria, for Kata and Kumite athletes, as approved by Karate Canada’s Board of Directors. These changes will be included and reflected in the soon-to-be-released official National Team Criteria for the 2015-2016 competitive season.

The announced changes are also reflective of what has been presented to various member Provincial / Territorial Associations’ High Performance and Coaching staff and volunteers yesterday evening, at a meeting held in Richmond BC. Please note that some of these changes can impact team selection and the calendar of events for the coming season. Where no changes are mentioned, the soon-to-be-released new season Criteria are expected to be a continuation of what has already been in place with the 2014-2015 National Team Criteria. The official 2015-2016 National Team Criteria documents will be available and published in the coming weeks. We thank you for your patience, and wish all Teams much success at the 2015 National Championships and throughout the new competitive season!

 

January 28, 2015

Office Closed January 28-February 3rd

Please note that the Karate Canada Montreal (QC) office will be closed from Wednesday January 28th to Tuesday February 3rd inclusively, due to the hosting of the 2015 National Championships in Richmond BC. We thank you for your understanding.

 

January 26, 2015

Revised 2015 National Championships Bulletin Now Available!National 2015

Please click here to view version 2 of the event’s bulletin, which includes all details about live streaming, recently adopted kumite competition rule changes, links to all draws and competition schedule, a revised schedule of all activities and meetings surrounding the event, information on group ticket reservations, information about professional photography at the event, etc. We look forward to greeting you soon in Richmond BC for this great event!


Live Streaming of the 2015 National Championships and Youth Cup

Karate Canada is very pleased to confirm that it will once again offer free live streaming of the entire competition events! Click here for the link to this live coverage, which will begin on Friday morning, January 30th. Don’t miss all the action!!


2015 National Championships and Social Media

The Karate Canada National Championships are quickly approaching and we want to stay connected with you! Make sure you follow Karate Canada on Twitter (@KarateCanada) and Facebook for the entirety of the event. The official hashtags of the 2015 Nationals are: #KCNationals2015 and #OwningTheHouse.
Be sure to use them in all posts!


All Draws and Competition Schedule Now Available for the 2015 Nationals and Youth Cup

You can now download the detailed competition schedule and view full draws for all divisions of the 2015 National Championships, via SportData, by clicking here. For all 2015 Youth Cup divisions, please click here. (Please note that all draws and schedule remain subject to changes. Thank you.)


2015 National Championships: Kumite Competition Rule Change

Please note that Karate Canada has recently adopted a modification to kumite competition rules which will be implemented at the 2015 National Championships: for all kumite divisions at the 2015 National Championships, if a match is tied on points at the conclusion of the regular duration, athletes will be granted a full minute of overtime during which they may score and accumulate additional points. Warnings allocated during the match will carry over to this overtime minute. If, after this minute of overtime, the score is still tied, Karate Canada will then use the Referee and Judges’ decision to determine the winner. (Please note that this does not apply to Youth Cup divisions, where ties will continue to be broken using simple “Hantei”, or decision, with no overtime allocated.)

 

2015 Pan Am Games Team Selection: Points No Longer Available at Sharm-El Sheikh Open

Please note that due to unavoidable logistical constraints, Karate Canada has had to reschedule it’s 2015 First National Training Camp (FNTC) to the dates of February 27-28 and March 1st. As this conflicts with the timing of the 2015 Sharm-El Sheikh Open Karate 1 Championships, Karate Canada has recently notified all its Senior National Team roster athletes that it will no longer award “2015 Pan Am games Team Selection Ranking Points” for results at the 2015 Sharm-El Sheikh Open Karate 1 Championships. A replacement tournament where athletes may earn equivalent ranking points should be announced shortly, along with a revised version of the “2015 Pan AM Games Team Selection Criteria”. We thank all athletes for their patience and understanding.

 

January 15, 2015

Last Day to Apply for Dan Testing at 2015 National Championships

Members of Karate Canada's Technical Committee will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel on Thursday January 29th 2015 from 1-4pm and 6-8pm 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 Thursday January 15th. Do not miss this opportunity to get certified!

 

January 9, 2015

Registration: NCCP Course January 28-29, 2015

As part of the 2015 National Championships taking place in Richmond, BC, Karate Canada is organizing a NCCP course for coaches. Two Karate Competition Development modules (Plan a practice 2 & Performance planning) will be offered on January 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.
You can register until January 21st (early bird registration until January 16th). Do not wait to register, as space is limited.

 

December 22, 2014

AWAD at 2015 National Championships

Following the 2014 World Karate Championships in Bremen (Germany) this past November, Karate Canada will be continuing the drive forward with the motto “Everyone is Karate” at the 2015 National Championships in Vancouver, BC.
This year Karate Canada will host an exhibition competition event for any athlete who qualifies and would like to participate. Please see the bulletin for more information.

 

December 19, 2014

Karate Canada Seeks a New High Performance Coordinator

Karate Canada seeks a new part-time, contractual High Performance Coordinator. You may click here to read the full job description. All interested candidates must apply by submitting their resume via email no later than January 7th, 2015.

 

Clarification About Eligibility for Athletes Participating in 2015 Youth Cup and National Championships

Please note that athletes participating in the Youth Cup may also participate in the 2015 National Championships in the Cadet divisions (if eligible in age), as long as it is not within the same discipline (kata or kumite; i.e. an athlete may compete in kumite at one event and in kata at the other, but may not compete in kumite, for instance, in both the Youth Cup and in the National Championships’ Cadet division).

 

Revisions to the Current Senior National Team Criteria for Kata Athletes

Following recommendations from its Coaching and High Performance Committees, Karate Canada has recently adopted some revisions to its current, 2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria for Kata athletes. (The only significant change is that performance points will no longer be awarded for results at the upcoming 2015 Paris Open Karate 1 Championships, as was recently announced would likely occur. This change was adopted in order to allow kata National Team athletes to focus on optimal preparation for the 2015 National Championships.) You may click here to read these revised Criteria. New Criteria for the 2015-2016 competitive season will also be released soon.

 

Revisions to the Current Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes

Following recommendations from its Coaching and High Performance Committees, Karate Canada has recently adopted some revisions to its current, 2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite athletes. (The only significant change is that results at the 2015 Almere Open Karate 1 Championships will also be considered for earning of performance ranking points; however only the top 2 results will be considered for point-earning, from all 2014 European-held Karate 1 events, the 2015 Paris Open and the 2015 Almere Open Karate 1 Championships. This change was adopted in order to allow kumite National Team athletes more flexibility in their preparation for the 2015 National Championships and other upcoming international competitions.) You may click here to read these revised Criteria. New Criteria for the 2015-2016 competitive season will also be released soon.

 

Important: Revisions to the 2015 Pan Am Games National Team Selection Criteria

Following recommendations from the Canadian Olympic Committee and from Karate Canada's Coaching and High Performance Committees, Karate Canada has recently adopted some revisions to its “National Team Selection Criteria for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games". (Among significant changes, athletes may now earn Pan Am Games’ team selection ranking points for results at the 2015 Paris Open Karate 1 Championships, at the 2015 Almere Open Karate 1 Championships OR at the 2015 Sharm-El Sheikh Karate 1 Open Championships. Only the top result will be considered for point-earning, from either of these three Karate 1 events. This change was adopted in order to allow kumite National Team athletes more flexibility in their preparation for the 2015 National Championships and other upcoming international competitions, while strongly encouraging participation and performance in such important preparatory international competitions as well.) You may click here in order to read these revised Criteria, which have been approved by the Canadian Olympic Committee.

 

2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships:
Information Bulletin Now Available
Pan Am 2015

You may click here to view the 2nd Information Bulletin for the upcoming 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships (and Continental Qualification Event for the TO 2015 Pan Am Games), which will take place in Toronto, Ontario, from March 18th to the 21st, 2015. This official Information Bulletin contains information for all national delegations about the schedule, divisions, and hotel reservations. More information will become available soon regarding online registration, ground transportation, Coach and Referee Courses, spectator admission, etc. Make sure to be there for this historic event!

 

Karate In the 2020 Olympics:
Add Your Signature To The Campaign!

Looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Japan Karatedo Federation, in coordination with the WKF, has been making every effort for the inclusion of Karate into the Olympics with the support of Nippon Budo-kan, Japan Budo Association, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Promotion of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which has been set up with more than 110 members from both Houses of Parliament.

The JKF is now in the middle of its signature-collecting campaign, together with JKF & WKF members and all karate fans. The inclusion of Karate to the Olympics gives hopes and dreams to everybody in the karate world and also to the next generation.

Karate into the Olympics Banner

In order to publicise the overwhelming wave of passionate vocal support for Karate’s inclusion in the Olympics to the world, as well as in Japan, the JKF would like to ask your full support for and cooperation with this online signature-collecting campaign.  You may therefore click here to add your online signature. You may also click here to view a superb promotional video on this topic.

 

Revised Code of Conduct and Ethics

Please note that in order to comply with recent requirements from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and its new Canadian Anti-Doping Program, Karate Canada has slightly revised its existing Code of Conduct and Ethics. You may click here to read the revised version of this document (the only change from the last version consists in the addition of the item 7.h).

 

December 18, 2014

New Anti-doping section

Following the adoption of the new 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program, Karate Canada has made some additions to its website, including a new dedicated anti-doping section, aimed at informing athletes, coaches and parents, by providing various educational materials from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). You can also see the addition of an important point in Karate Canada's Code of Conduct and Ethics, available in the Documents tab, under the Governance section. The new item (article 7.h) implies that anyone related to the sport should work with the CCES and comply with its anti-doping rules. Finally, all of the Senior National Team athletes and coaches have recently participated in an online education course on true and clean sport, focused on promoting the values and principles of a pure sport.

 

December 9, 2014

Meet the Senior National Team

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Karate Canada is very proud to release profiles of its 2014-2015 Senior National Team members. You can now browse through their individual profiles online, and learn more about the best Senior karate athletes in the country. We also invite you to take a look at a short video featuring some of the Senior National Team members talking about their goals and objectives for the Pan American Games and other top international competitions (on Karate Canada’s new Youtube Channel). The Games will be taking place in Toronto, in July 2015, giving our Canadian National Team athletes an exceptional opportunity to shine on home soil and in the eyes of the world. Click here to view the athlete profiles, and here to see the video.

 

Pan Am Games tickets available now!

Buy your ticket to history today — nothing beats being there.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, tickets for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games are now being sold on a first-come, first-served basis! Now’s the time to get your tickets to be part of the Pan Am Games action and join in on the biggest international, multi-sport event that Canada has ever hosted. Come and cheer for your Canadian karatekas!

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Ceremonies — CAD$90 to CAD$350

  • Tickets to the Opening Ceremony on July 10, 2015, will range in price from $100 to $350. This will be an exclusive, one-time-only show by Cirque du Soleil, Official Creative Partner.
  • Tickets to the Closing Ceremony on July 26, 2015, will range in price from $90 to $200 and will feature top entertainment by Live Nation, Official Live Music Partner.

Check out TO2015’s Ticket Program Guide to learn more about the sports and plan your Games experience.

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December 4, 2014

Junior Team Member Alexandre Benjamin Rivest Receives Grant from the GSP Foundation

The Georges St-Pierre Foundation Sponsorship Program has held, in collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, a second press conference and presentation of bursaries in Montreal (QC), on November 21st. The GSP Foundation has, for the second edition of its sponsorship program, awarded $14,000 in scholarships to seven promising young student-athletes, who compete in sports which Mr. St- Pierre draws direct inspiration from for his training, such as boxing, fencing, judo, karate, Olympic wrestling, taekwondo and gymnastics. Among these student-athletes is Alexander Benjamin Rivest, a member of Karate Canada's Junior National Team. Here is a brief profile of Alexander Benjamin, as supplied by the FAEQ:

"Alexander Benjamin Rivest / Karate
Academic Excellence
➢ 1st in Quebec and Canadian U-15 and U-17 rankings in 2014
➢ Student in 5th Year of High School at Nicolas-Gatineau High School, and has maintained an academic average of 84% last year.
➢ Alexandre is a fast and explosive karateka, despite his imposing size, who excels in close combat and has a very good kick. He is working on his cardio, so as to enable him to be more intense during all of his matches, and is also working on improving his guard. In the short term, Alexandre seeks a gold medal at the North American Cup and a podium at the Pan American Championships. Later on, Alexander wants to continue his studies in science and one day work in health.”

Our warmest congratulations to Alexander Benjamin for this well-deserved award, and our heartfelt thanks to the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence and to the GSP Foundation for their important support to the development of our athletes! (You may see photos of the presentation on our Facebook page.)

 

Important Changes to Senior Team Criteria

As per ongoing revisions of the season’s events calendar by our national Coaching Committee, and while the final wording of these revisions will likely be published shortly (pending final and formal approval by Karate Canada’s Board of Directors), please take note of a few potential changes, which are very likely to be reflected shortly in revised 2014-2015 Sr National Team Criteria, for both Kata and Kumite athletes. You may click here to read a summary of these likely changes.

 

Next Vancouver-Area Regional Training on December 6th

The next Vancouver-area Regional Training session for invited kumite athletes will take place this Saturday, from 12 to 2 PM, at the usual location:

Surrey Karate Academy
12725 80th Avenue (Punjab Cloth House building)
Surrey BC, V3W 3A6.

The training session(s) will be led by Regional Training Centre Coach Mr. Sandeep Gill, following Karate Canada-approved plans.

 

December 3, 2014

December 6th Atlantic Regional Training Session

The next Atlantic Regional Training session for invited kumite athletes will take place this Saturday, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the following location:

Gibson - Neil Memorial Elementary School (Original Location)
Fredericton North
67 WynGate Dr.

The training session(s) will be led by Regional Training Centre Coach Mr. Randy Rix, following Karate Canada-approved plans.

December 6th Toronto-Area Regional Training Cancelled

Please note that the Toronto-area Regional Kumite Training which was originally planned and announced for December 6th has exceptionally been canceled. In order to ensure that that no member of the Senior National Team who are usually invited to these trainings will be penalized due to this cancellation, for the purposes of tracking attendance and participation, please note that Karate Canada will consider all athletes residing within 100 km or less of the Regional Training Centre (and for whom a certain number of presences is mandatory) as having taken part in the training session originally scheduled for that date. We thank you sincerely for your understanding and cooperation.

Please also note that according to the "2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes”, this Regional Training was to constitute the last such training session of the season. However, please note that an alternate / replacement Regional Training session is being considered for athletes from the Toronto area, to take place some time in January 2015. Should this occur, all eligible participants will be contacted and invited directly (via email).The calendar of Regional Trainings for the 2015-2016 season (if any) will be announced at the imminent publication of the “2015-2016 Senior National Team Criteria".

Dan Testing at 2015 National Championships

Members of Karate Canada's Technical Committee will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel on Thursday January 29th 2015 from 1-4pm and 6-8pm 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 Thursday January 15th. Do not miss this opportunity to get certified!

 

December 1, 2014

December 6th Gatineau-Area Regional Training Cancelled

Please note that the Gatineau-area Regional Kumite Training which was originally planned and announced for December 6th has exceptionally been canceled. In order to ensure that that no member of the Senior National Team who are usually invited to these trainings will be penalized due to this cancellation, for the purposes of tracking attendance and participation, please note that Karate Canada will consider all athletes residing within 100 km or less of the Regional Training Centre (and for whom a certain number of presences is mandatory) as having taken part in the training session originally scheduled for that date. We thank you sincerely for your understanding and cooperation.

Please also note that according to the "2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes”, this Regional Training was to constitute the last such training session of the season. The calendar of Regional Trainings for the 2015-2016 season (if any) will be announced at the imminent publication of the “2015-2016 Senior National Team Criteria".

 

November 24, 2014

2015 National Championships Information Bulletin National 2015

Karate Canada is pleased to release the first version of its Information Bulletin for the 2015 National Championships (Richmond, BC, January 30-February 1st). This important event will constitute the 40th edition of the Canadian National Karate Championships, and it will, for the first time, include a “Youth Cup” portion, aimed specifically at the 12-13 year old athletes (see Appendix 8 of the Bulletin). Click here to read this important document, which provides all necessary information about hotel and tournament venue, registration deadlines and process, eligibility guidelines, competition rules, Travel Program, and schedule of meetings and activities leading up the event. Online registration is now open on SportData. More information is coming soon about the Comp Dev NCCP Course which will be offered on the days preceding the start of the competition. We look forward to seeing all of you again soon in Richmond, BC for this historic event.

Changes to Age Eligibility Requirements for Athletes at the 2015 National Championships

Please note that in light of its potential impact on various athletes from our member Provincial / Territorial Associations, Karate Canada has decided to modify its recently announced age eligibility criteria for athletes participating in the 2015 National Championships. You may therefore disregard the information pertaining to athlete age eligibility requirements for the 2015 National Championships which was previously published in the October 27th News item (under the title: “Rules About Eligibility and Format at the 2015 National Championships”). More specifically, the section which has been modified is section 2 (“Age Eligibility Requirements”) of the pdf document entitled: “KC_Format_and_Eligibility_Information_2015_Natl_Championships_Final.pdf”  (which the October 27th News item offered a link to). The new and correct age eligibility requirements for the 2015 National Championships are now as follows (in line with the criteria used at the 2014 National Championships):

"Cadet, Junior and U21 athletes may compete in the age category for which they are eligible at the time of the 2015 National Championships, and may ALSO register to compete in an older age category provided they will reach the minimum age of this category within the year following the start of the 2015 National Championships.

Participants in all categories must be aware that unless they are of age to compete in the said category at the season’s key international events (on the dates of these events, such as the 2015 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships, the 2015 Junior World Karate Championships, the 2015 Sr Pan American Karate Championships, etc), they may NOT represent Canada at these competitions.


We thank all registrants for their understanding and cooperation. A detailed Age Eligibility Matrix (Appendix 5 of the event’s 1st Information Bulletin) further clarify this. Please note that the age eligibility Criteria described above DO NOT apply to the “2015 Youth Cup” portion of the event, for which all participating athletes must be 12 or 13 years of age on the first day of the competition (January 30th), as explained in Appendix 8 of the 2015 National Championships’ Information Bulletin.

 

November 11, 2014

Canadian Officials and Coaches Also Excel at Worlds

While we have been highlighting our athletes’ recent performances at the 2014 Senior World Championships in Germany, we must also emphasize the excellent work performed by other key members of the Canadian delegation at this event. Notably, our three National Team Head Coaches, Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian, Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova and Mr. Denis Beaudoin, have all successfully undergone a formal course and examination resulting in their obtention of WKF Coach certification status, while supporting our National Team athletes and just before coaching them through numerous matches at this great event.

Additionally, our national Officials’ Committee Co-Chair Mr. Zvonko Celebija is now fully licensed as a WKF Kumite Referee A and Kata Judge A (which are the highest level licenses offered in the World Karate Federation). He thus now joins his fellow Officials’ Committee Co-Chair Mr. Yaro Tarana as well as Mrs. Norma Foster, as the only three Canadian Referees who currently hold such licenses. Meanwhile, other Canadian Referees have successfully upgraded their own licenses in Germany as well: Mr. Allen Tanzadeh has obtained a Kumite Referee B licence, Mr. Derek Ryan has obtained his first Kata Judge B license, and Mr. David Griffin was upgraded to Kata Judge A. Furthermore, Mr. Yaro Tarana was selected, from 240 participating officials, to officiate in final matches during the last 2 days of the tournament. Finally, Mr. Tarana was awarded a special pin celebrating his 10 years of service as a WKF official, while Mrs. Foster received a certificate of appreciation, “in recognition of over 20 years of excellence in refereeing and loyal dedication to the growth and development of WKF Karate-Do”. We sincerely congratulate all our Coaches and Officials for these remarkable accomplishments and for their work at this event, and we also wish to salute the work of our Athletic Therapist at the event, Mr. Gus Kandilas, along with the dedicated work done in Germany by our President and National Delegate at the WKF Congress, Mr. Dragan Kljenak.

 

Improved Overall Performance for Team Canada at the 2014 Sr World Championships

While much work still lies ahead in achieving Karate Canada's medium to long-term high performance objectives, we are proud to announce that the overall performance of the Canadian Team at the recent Senior World Championships has shown a definite improvement over our performance at the previous (2012) edition of these Senior World Championships. Indeed, in individual categories, the vast majority of our athletes have either won the same number or, in most cases, more numerous matches this year than our Canadian athletes had in the same divisions 2 years ago, and in most cases, athletes facing elimination did so, this year, in far closer matches, and against higher-ranked athletes. To top it off, our Women’s Team Kumite performance assured us of a Top 8 result in this very competitive division (the best result achieved by any nation from the American continent, in this category), thus concluding our delegation’s participation on a high and promising note. (You may click here to read a recent news communiqué from the WKF about the event’s final results, or click here to access the WKF’s SportData link, where you may find all final results and draw records.)

Karate Canada warmly salutes the work of its athletes and coaches at this prestigious event, and will continue to expend every effort to ensure sustained improvements in international performances in the months and years to come. Domestically, our focus now shifts towards our upcoming 2015 National Championships (Richmond, BC, January 30-February 1), while our 2015 Senior National Team athletes will be focusing, in the following months, on achieving optimal performances and results at both the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships (March, Toronto) and the TO 2015 Pan Am Games (July).

 

Pioneer AWAD Athlete Natalie Olson Finishes in 8th Position

Karate Canada wishes to proudly salute the performance of its first ever AWAD (Athletes with a disability) representative in the 2014 1st World Championships for Persons with Disabilities, also held in Bremen, Germany, last week. Ms. Olson achieved an 8th place finish in her division (Women’s Individual Kata for persons with Learning Disabilities -you may click here for full results). We wish Natalie and her Coach Ms. Heather Fidyk much continued success in their practice of karate, and we hope that many more will follow in Natalie’s and her coach's footsteps, and represent Canada at the highest level, thus demonstrating beyond any doubt that true spirit, dedication and sportsmanship can overcome virtually all obstacles.

 

November 7, 2014

Women’s Team Kumite Makes Top 8 at Worlds!

Canada's Women's Team Kumite athletes (Roxanne Côté, Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez, Kamille Desjardins and Pat Grant) delivered a strong performance today at the 2014 Senior World Championships in Bremen, Germany. They first defeated the teams from both Denmark and Tunisia, before losing to the reigning World Champions from France. As France is now qualified for the finals, our women's team then took part in the repechage draw, where they unfortunately lost to Russia, who will now be facing Japan for the bronze.This nonetheless places our women's team in the Top 8 in the world (out of 55 registered teams), which is in itself quite a remarkable accomplishment.

You may find detailed updates about all other Canadian athlete results on our Facebook page. Although none of our team members has unfortunately reached the medal rounds, all event finals (taking place over the next 2 days, Saturday and Sunday) should be accessible online via live streaming, on the World Karate Federation’s Youtube Channel.

We wish to sincerely congratulate all our athletes on their performances, and to salute our entire delegation’s dedication! (Full results of the Championships will be available soon. For now, all draw records can be found by clicking here.)

 

November 4, 2014

World Championships Kick Off Tomorrow- Follow the Action On Line!

Competition will get under way tomorrow morning (Wednesday, November 5th) at the 2014 Senior World Karate Championships in Bremen, Germany, as our nation’s finest karate athletes will take to the tatamis and face other nations’ top competitors. On this first day of competition, elimination and repechage rounds will take place in all of the following divisions: male and female individual kata; kata for persons with learning disabilities; male +84 kg, -84 kg and -75 kg individual kumite; as well as female -68 kg and + 68 kg individual kumite divisions. Our Canadian representatives in these divisions are:

  • Sumi Uchiage (Female Individual Kata)
  • Toshi Uchiage (Male Individual Kata)
  • Natalie Olson (Female Individual Kata- Persons with Learning Disabilities)
  • Jasmine Landry (Female Individual -68 kg Kumite)
  • Pat Grant (Female Individual +68 kg Kumite)
  • Daniel Gaysinsky (Male Individual -75 kg Kumite)
  • Sarmen Sinani (Male Individual -84 kg Kumite)
  • Chris De Sousa Costa (Male Individual +84 kg Kumite)


We wish everyone of them much success!

Please note that the WKF has announced it will be offering live streaming of the final rounds (which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th), via its Youtube Channel (click here for access). Highlights of the tournament should also be broadcast later, on television (most likely on the Fight Network- details and schedule to be confirmed later). In the mean time, you may visit our Facebook page for frequent updates and photos.

 

Karate Canada Seeks a New Events Manager

Karate Canada is now accepting applications for a contractual Event Manager position. You may click here for the full job description and posting. Please note that all interested candidates must apply by the November 14th deadline.

Karate Canada also wishes to sincerely thank Mr. Ken Saint-Eloy for his work as Event Manager for the last year, and to wish him the very best in his future professional endeavours.

 

October 27, 2014

Team Canada On Its Way to Germany for the 2014 Senior World Championships

Karate Canada is very proud to announce the final composition of its National Team for the upcoming 2014 Senior World Karate Championships:


Women:

• Sumi Uchiage (Individual Kata)
• Roxanne Côté (-50 kg Individual Kumite)
• Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez (-55 kg Individual Kumite)
• Kamille Desjardins (-61 kg Individual Kumite)
• Jasmine Landry (-68 kg Individual Kumite)
• Olivia Patricia Grant (+68 kg Individual Kumite)

Team Kumite: Roxanne Côté, Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez, Kamille Desjardins & Olivia Patricia Grant


Men:

• Toshi Uchiage (Individual Kata)
• Derek Chan (-60 kg Individual Kumite)
• Denis Adigamov (-67 kg Individual Kumite)
• Daniel Gaysinsky (-75 kg Individual Kumite)
• Sarmen Sinani (-84 kg Individual Kumite)
• Chris De Sousa Costa (+84 kg Individual Kumite)

Team Kumite: Derek Chan, Denis Adigamov, Daniel Gaysinsky, Sarmen Sinani, Philippe Soucy, Kirill Bhazenov & Chris De Sousa Costa

Coaches:

• Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (National Team Head Coach, Kata)
• Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian (National Team Head Coach, Sr Kumite)
• Mr. Denis Beaudoin (National Team Head Coach, Kumite)


Mr. Gus Kandlias, Athletic Therapist, will also accompany the Team and offer paramedical support to all of our athletes. The entire team will travel as of this Thursday (October 31st) to Bremen, in Germany, where they will rejoin our President Mr. Dragan Kljenak (who will be Canada’s Delegate at the upcoming WKF Congress) as well as numerous Canadian Officials ( Officials' Committee Co-Chairs Mr. Zvonko Celebija and Mr. Yaro Tarana, as well as other International Referees such as Mrs. Norma Foster, Mr. David Griffin, Mr. Derek Ryan, and Mr. Allen Tanzadeh) for this great tournament, which will showcase the highest-level karate competition the world has to offer. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 5th, and will conclude on Sunday, November 9th. You may click here to visit the official 2014 Senior World Karate Championships' website.

We wish the very best of luck to our entire delegation!

 

AWAD Athlete to Represent Canada at World Championships for the First Time!

Karate Canada is very pleased to announce that Ms. Natalie Olson, from Alberta, will be representing Canada in the “People with Learning Disabilities” kata division at the “First World Karate Championships for Persons with Disabilities”, which will be taking place at the same time as the regular Senior World Karate Championships, in Bremen, Germany, on November 5-9. Natalie will be accompanied and supported by Coach Heather Fidyk. This represents an important and historic step in the development of the AWAD (Athletes with a Disability) component of world and Canadian karate (please note that Karate Canada is a recognized member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee), and we wish Natalie the very best of luck at this international competition!  (You may click here to read a recent WKF News posting about this event.)

 

Rules About Eligibility and Format for the 2015 National Championships

Karate Canada has recently prepared a document outlining, for all Provincial / Territorial Member Karate Associations, several key elements pertaining to the upcoming 2015 Karate Canada National Championships (Richmond, BC, January 30-February 1st). You may click here to read this important document. The main items covered in this document pertain to the eligibility requirements for participating athletes, as well as to the format and rules of competition.  You may also click here to find (download) an updated list of current status held by our Junior and Senior athletes. (Please note that this list may change slightly following the results of the imminent 2014 Sr World Karate Championships, as well as the expiration of points earned at the 2013 Salzburg Open karate 1 Championships. A revised version will be posted again over the next few weeks.) More information about the 2015 National Championships will become available shortly.

 

October 22, 2014

2014 Summit Surpasses Previous Editions

Karate Canada is proud to report that attendance at the 2014 edition of its annual Summit has surpassed that of other recent editions. This event was, overall, a considerable success, and gave many members of the Canadian karate community a chance to get together and to take part in various workshops, seminars, meetings, trainings and conferences, benefiting our athletes, coaches, instructors, officials, leaders and administrators. Additionally, Karate Canada has held a press conference and demonstration, on October 18th, assembling many of our nation’s finest athletes, along with Karate Canada and Karate Ontario’s Presidents, our Vice President, one of our National Team Head Coaches and our Athlete Representative, in anticipation of the TO 2015 Pan Am Games, and highlighting coming events as well as our preparation for these Games. We wish to thank all community members, supporters and the numerous young karateka from the area who came to watch this demonstration and to meet with Pachi, the 2015 Pan Am Games mascot. Karate Canada also wishes to thank Karate Ontario for its partnership and assistance in hosting this important event, as well as to thank the numerous participants, volunteers and staff involved in making this event such a success. Particularly, Karate Canada wishes to thank our Officials' Committee Co-Chairs Mr. Yaro Tarana and Mr. Zvonko Celebija (who led a 2-day Referee Clinic), our 3 National Team Head Coaches (who led and / or co-led national kata and kumite trainings), the members of our Technical Advisory Committee (and examiners, who held national Dan testings), Mr. Guy Brodeur (who led a technical karate seminar for all), all the medical staff, the SDRCC, the Sport Law and Strategy Group, Dr. Peter Davis (High Performance expert / consultant), our NCCP Committee Chair Mr. Gérard Lauzière (who led a 2-day NCCP Comp Dev Course), Mr. Curt Harnett (3-time Olympic medallist and Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2015 TO Pan Am Games), Mrs. Holly Abraham (Senior Manager/ Sport for Toronto 2015), as well as all participating athletes, referees and coaches or instructors, and last but not least, we wish to sincerely thank our special Guest Star Instructor, 5-time World Kumite Champion Mr. Gilles Cherdieu, who generously shared his extensive expertise with our athletes and coaches, in his first visit ever to Canada.

We look forward to greeting all of you again soon in Richmond, BC, for our 2015 National Championships (January 31-February 2nd), and hope you will all join us again in Toronto next year for our 2015 Summit!

 

Debra Kofsky, Gary Walsh and Chris De Sousa Costa Elected Onto Karate Canada’s Board of Directors

Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate Mrs. Debra Kofsky (Director at Large), Mr. Gary Walsh (Director at Large) and Mr. Christopher De Sousa Costa (Athlete Representative) for their recent (re-) election onto Karate Canada’s Board fo Directors, each for a 3-year term, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting held last Friday, October 17th, in Toronto (ON). We wish them much success in their future (and, in the case of Debra and Chris, continued) work with Karate Canada. Karate Canada also wishes to thank all Nominees for their involvement, generosity and dedication. We further wish to sincerely thank Mr. Sylvain Berthiaume (former Director at Large) for his many years of service and dedication as a member of Karate Canada’s Board of Directors.

In the context of this AGM, our President Mr. Dragan Kljenak has presented a short video montage paying homage to the recently departed founder fo Karate Canada, O’ Sensei Masami Tsuruoka, which was followed by a moment of silence observed by all assembled members and registrants. You may click here to view this short tribute play. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank Mr. Steven Hillmer and the Tsuruoka Karate Organization for having granted us permission to use photos from their official website in order to assemble this montage (you may click here to access the Association’s official website, where you may also order a very interesting documentary film on Mr. Tsuruoka’s fascinating journey.).

We wish to thank all attending members (Provincial / Territorial Association Presidents and Representatives) and registrants for their presence and participation.

 

Minister of Sport Gosal Announces that 2015 Will Be the Year of Sport in Canada

Canada’s Minister of Sport, the Honourable Mr. Bal Gosal, has recently made a special public announcement, on October 16th (in Ottawa, ON) in which he has declared that 2015 will officially be “the Year of Sport in Canada”. Karate Canada greets these great news with much enthusiasm, as it prepares to host the 2015 Senior Pan American Karate Championships in Toronto (ON) in March, and as it prepares for a historic karate competition at the TO 2015 Pan American Games (in July 2015). You may click here in order to read more about this announcement, through a news link from the Canadian Olympic Committee.

 

October 20, 2014

Office Closed October 20-21

Please note that Karate Canada’s office will exceptionally be closed on Monday October 20th and on Tuesday October 21st. Thank you.

 

October 10, 2014

Canadian Karate Community Mourns the Loss of Founder O’Sensei Masami Tsuruoka
 

We regret to inform you that Mr. Masami Tsuruoka, who was known as the “father of Canadian Karate”, has passed away this morning, at the Trillium Hospital in Mississauga (ON), at the age of 85.

O'Sensei Masami Tsuruoka

Mr. Tsuruoka began teaching karate in Canada as early as 1957, and founded the National Karate Association, which later became Karate Canada, just a few years later, in 1963. As eloquently stated by the Tsuruoka Karate Organization earlier today: "O'Sensei was a teacher and mentor both in and out of the dojo. His dedication, loyalty and passion affected thousands worldwide. He will be remembered in the hearts of many and in the karate legacy he leaves behind. "Karate Canada is very saddened by these news, and wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Tsuruoka’s entire family.

(You may click here to visit the Tsuruoka Karate Organization website for more information on Mr. Tsuruoka’s remarkable biography, as well as to share your sympathies.)

 

Reports and Documents for 2014 AGM

Karate Canada is pleased to release its various Committee and President’s reports, its 2014 fiscal year-end Audited Financial Statements, and other relevant documents for the upcoming 2014 Annual General Meeting. You may click here to view all these documents and reports.

 

GUEST STAR INSTRUCTOR Mr GILLES CHERDIEU CONFIRMED summit2014summit2014

Karate Canada is very honoured and excited to greet Mr. Gilles Cherdieu, from the French Karate Federation, as the Guest Star Instructor at the upcoming 2014 Summit, October 17-19 (in Toronto). Mr. Cherdieu is a living legend of sport karate, boasting no less than 5 World titles and 8 European titles (in individual and team kumite). He is also a world renown instructor and trainer, having worked for many years with such teams as France, Tunisia and Luxemburg. Mr. Cherdieu holds a French state-issued 2nd degree Sport Educator License, and holds a 6th Dan in karate.

Don't miss this great opportunity to train under this brilliant tactician and technician, who will lead kumite training sessions (with the help of our National Team Head Coaches) open to all provincial, national and international-level athletes (12 years and older), at the upcoming national Summit.

Click here to get the schedule in PDF only.


Notes:

  • Online registration remains open until Sunday Oct. 12h, 2014 at http://www.cvent.com/d/c4q552
  • Since there is no more room available at Sheraton Toronto Airport & Conference Center, Karate Canada has pre-booked a few rooms in 2 other hotels for the late/last registered (to book before Tuesday 10/14):
    1. Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport (in Terminal 3 - Free Shuttle every 30 min between Terminal 3 and the Sheraton Conference Centre): Double @ 139$ + Tax. Please call 1-888-627–7092, mentioning Karate Canada Summit.
    2. ERRATUM: Please note that the 2nd additional hotel originally listed in this posting ("Residence Inn by Marriott Toronto Airport, at 17 Reading Court, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 7K7") has been replaced with the correct hotel information, which is the CARLINGVIEW TORONTO AIRPORT HOTEL (221 CarlingView Drive, Toronto ON M9W 5E8). Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this error.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Toronto next week.

 

October 9, 2014

Chris De Sousa Costa is the Nominee for the Athlete Representative Position

In accordance with its Bylaws, Karate Canada has recently invited its Senior National Team members to vote in order to elect the person to be presented as the sole Athlete Representative for the upcoming Election of Directors, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting (Toronto, October 17). Mr. Christopher De Sousa Costa has collected the most votes, and is therefore the only candidate for this position at the upcoming election. We congratulate Mr. De Sousa Costa on being nominated and entrusted by his fellow athletes to once again fill this important role. You may click here to view the revised list of candidates for the upcoming Election of Directors.

 

Call for Applications - Athletes with a Disability at the 2014 Senior World Championships

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications from athletes with a disability to possibly attend the 2014 Senior World Championships in Bremen, Germany.

The application should include your name, date of birth, time you have practiced karate, classification, and a short biography of yourself and your karate practice.

Please see the information enclosed in the bulletin, as well as fill out and attach the appropriate forms with your application.

All applications should be directed to alexandra.roy@karatecanada.org.
The deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

 

October 2, 2014

Nominees for the Election of Directors at the 2014 AGM

The following 4 registrants have duly submitted their nomination for election of Directors at the upcoming AGM; all four are running for one of the two available positions of Director at Large:

• Ms. Debra Kofsky
• Mr. Joe Alfonso
• Mr. Adam Wackerhauser
• Mr. Gary Walsh

You may click here to view each nominee’s profile and electoral platform (in their own words). The sole nominee for the position of Athlete Representative will also be announced shortly, following a vote by the current Senior National Team Roster athletes.

 

Team Canada Shines at the 2014 Mexico Open

Several of Canada's top kumite athletes recently traveled to Saltillo, Mexico, along with National Team Head Coach Mrs. Nassim Varasteh (as well as National Delegate Mr. Angelo Mendoza and International Referee Mr. Jean-Pierre Gendron), in order to take part in the 2014 Mexico Open Karate-Do Championships. This event was also preceded by a round robin invitational competition, with Mexican National A and B teams. All in all, Karate Canada's athletes performed remarkably well, as is obvious from the following results (from the Mexico Open):

Women:
• Roxanne Côté (-50 kg): bronze
• Kathryn Campbell (-55kg): gold
• Marianne Boulé (-61 kg): silver
• Goli Khalili (-68 kg): bronze
• Camélie Boisvenue (+68 kg): bronze
• Kathryn Campbell (Open): silver

Men:
• Derek Chan (-60 kg): gold
• Denis Adigamov (-67 kg): silver
• Daniel Gaysinsky (-75 kg): gold
• Sarmen Sinani (-84 kg): gold
• Christopher de Sousa Costa (+84 kg): gold
• Christopher de Sousa Costa (Open): silver

We sincerely congratulate all of our athletes for their great results, and wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Mexican Karate Federation for their generous invitation and gracious hospitality. Next challenge: Team Canada will soon compete at the 2014 Senior World Championships in Bremen, Germany, early November (you may view a short promotional video of these World Championships by clicking here)!

 

Team Canada Faces Strong Opposition at the 2014 German Open

The group of Senior National Team and Rising Star kata athletes who recently traveled to Hanau (Frankfurt, Germany) to take part in the 2014 German Open Premier League Karate 1 Championships, under the supervision of National Team Head Kata Coach Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, was faced with very strong opposition, and our athletes were unfortunately all eliminated in the early rounds of this high-level international competition. This nonetheless constituted an invaluable experience for our kata athletes, as part of Karate Canada's renewed emphasis and support of this component. We salute the dedication of all Canadian athletes who took part in this optional event of their own initiative (including a few kumite athletes as well). Needless to say, such valiant efforts are key towards achieving the level required in order to rival with the world's best kata competitors on a regular basis. You may click here to view full results and draw records via SportData.

 

The Countdown to the TO 2015 Pan Am Games Has Begun

Less than ten months remain before Toronto hosts these great Multi-sport Games, where ten of our nation’s very best kumite athletes will have the chance to shine on Canadian soil and on the international stage. Click here to view a promotional video from Travel Ontario, or here to view a promo video from the Games' Organizing Committee. Be part of the action, summer 2015!

 

 

September 23, 2014

Online pre-registration is available

Online pre-registration is available at http://www.cvent.com/d/c4q552 and will remain open until October 12th. All Summit attendees who pre-register online by October 4th, will be entitled to a discount on the cost of registration fees. Participants who register between October 4th and 12th will need to pay the regular registration fees.

 

2014 NATIONAL SUMMIT:
Program now updated! summit2014

The program for the 2014 National Summit has been updated.
Click here to get the program in PDF.

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you all in Toronto next month.

 

 

 

September 20, 2014

Dan Testing at Karate Canada 2014 Summit

Members of Karate Canada's Technical Committee will be at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center on Saturday October 18th between 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. Do not miss this opportunity to get certified!

 

September 19, 2014

National Team Athletes to Compete Soon at 2014 Mexican Open of Karate-do

The Mexican Karate Federation invited members of the Senior National Team and Rising Star kumite athletes to travel to Saltillo in Mexico and take part in the 2014 Mexican Open of Karate-do (September 27-28). The event will include trainings and competition. It will constitute an important preparation for the athletes going to the upcoming 2014 Senior World Championships as well as an opportunity for development for all athletes. Teams from Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Panama and Croatia will be attending. National Team Head Coach Nassim Varasteh, Canadian Referee Jean-Pierre Gendron and National Delegate Angel Mendoza will accompany the athletes in Saltillo. You may click here in order to view the entire team roster. Karate Canada sincerely wishes all participants the very best of luck in this event! (Stay tuned for results, and consult our Facebook page regularly for updates and photos.)

 

September 18, 2014

2014 NATIONAL SUMMIT:
Program and online registration now available!

ProgramSUMMIT2013The program of the National Summit that will be held from October 17 to 19 (except NCCP Course, from 16 to 17) at Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre is now available here: https://animavdo.box.com/s/y2shakvcji6ld2e5zax9.
This first version will be updated soon as we are still waiting for the final confirmation from a few speakers. Please be aware, and visit the website and the Facebook page frequently, in the following days and weeks.

To register on line and benefit of the advance purchase price, click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/c4q552. Online registration will remain open until October 12, but all participants who register after October 4 will need to pay higher registration fees. On site registration will be subject to availability and will be subject to a higher fee.


We look forward to welcoming you all in Toronto next month.

September 16, 2014

Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting

Click here to view the formal notice of the 2014 Karate Canada AGM, which will take place at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre on October 17th, 2014, from 6 to 8PM EST, adjacent to Karate Canada’s 2014 Summit. You may also click here to view the Meeting's Agenda.

Additionally, we would like to remind all members that September 26th is the deadline to submit nominations for the elections of 2 (two) Directors at Large, which will occur at this AGM. Click here for access to the nomination forms.

 

Important Reminder: KC Summit
- One Day Left to Reserve Your Hotel Room!

As you surely know, the 2014 National Summit will be held on October 17-19 at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre. The full program of the event will be published very shortly, and online registration will be open within the next 24 hrs. Karate Canada will share the link by email with all Provincial Associations, and will post it on this website and on its Facebook page as soon as it is available. Until then, please make sure that you reserve your hotel room immediately. Indeed, space is limited and the deadline to benefit the preferred group rate is tomorrow (Tuesday September 16th). You can book your room online by clicking here, or you can call Sheraton Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535, and mention that you are with a group for the “Karate Canada Summit”. We look forward to greeting all of you soon at this great yearly rendez-vous of Canadian karate!

 

September 6, 2014

Roxanne côté wins bronze and Jusleen Virk finishes in Top 5 at the Istanbul Open

At the conclusion of Day 1 of this important competition, our 2 Canadian female -50 kg kumite athletes delivered an impressive performance, as Roxanne Côté seized the bronze medal, winning her final match against a rival from Hungary by a score of 3-0, whereas Jusleen Virk came very close to the podium, losing her last match against an athlete from Hong Kong by a score of 3-2. (You may click here to view the event’s complete results, up until this point.) Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate these 2 athletes for such remarkable results, to also salute the work done by all of their teammates today, and to wish the very best of luck to Canadian athletes still to compete tomorrow. Day 2 of competition will showcase female -68kg and +68kg Senior kumite divisions, as well as male -84kg and +84kg Senior kumite divisions.

Call for Nominations: for Election of Directors at the 2014 Annual General Meeting

Please note that 2 of the positions of Director at Large (currently being held by Mrs. Debra Kofsky and by Mr. Sylvain Berthiaume) as well as the position of Athlete Representative (currently held by Mr. Christopher de Sousa Costa) will be in election at the 2014 AGM, on October 17th (Toronto). Only one nomination for the position of Athlete Representative will be accepted and announced soon, following the vote of current Senior National Team athletes. Karate Canada will, however, accept nominations of candidates for the 2 'Director at Large' positions until September 26th, 2014, inclusively. Please click here to access the official Call for Nominations, and here to view the Nomination Form. Please note that the form must include the nominee’s written consent (signature), as well as the signatures of 5 registrants. Please complete and return this form to Karate Canada via email at the following address: kc2014elections@gmail.com, by fax (at 514-252-3211), or by mail, at the following address, no later than September 26th, 2014:

Karate Canada Elections
4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin
Montreal QC  H1V 0B2


Finally, you may click here in order to view the latest version of Karate Canada’s Bylaws, which was adopted during a Special General Meeting held in July 2014. The official notice for the upcoming October 17th Annual General Meeting (to be held in the context of our annual Summit) will be posted and shared with all shortly. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

September 5, 2014

Team Canada Ready for Action at the Istanbul Open

The majority (17) of Karate Canada’s Senior National Team kumite athletes are currently in Istanbul, Turkey, along with three National Team Coaches, where competition will begin in just a few hours, at the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships (click here for the updated full team roster). Day one will feature women’s -50kg, -55kg and -61 kg divisions, as well as men’s -60kg, -67kg and -75kg divisions. All draws are now available via SportData. You may also click here to access a live streaming website, where you can follow all the action live! You are cordially invited to consult our Facebook page regularly, for the latest updates and photos, and so you can share your words of encouragement with our Canadian athletes. You may click here to read the WKF’s latest Press Release on this exciting and top-level competition, and finally, you may click here to view the latest, updated Karate Canada 2014 Senior World Championship Team Selection Point totals and ranking, as it stands prior to the start of this competition. Karate Canada sincerely wished all participating athletes and coaches the very best of luck in this event!

 

September 4, 2014

Junior National Team Shows Great Promise at the 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships

In the end, Team Canada has emerged from the 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships with a total of no less than 9 medals, eight top 5 finishes and five top 7 finishes. These results are very promising, especially since several of the 2014 Karate Canada National Championships' gold medalists and repeat Junior medalists from previous years have declined participation and chosen to focus on Senior events instead, this season, given the proximity of the Senior World Championships and the 2015 Pan Am Games. Several athletes who had previously medaled at other editions of this Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships have confirmed without a doubt that they are top contenders, while much new talent is surfacing as well, and new faces have climbed onto the podium, or have come within inches of it. It therefore seems obvious that a strong, new generation of Canadian athletes is on the rise. You may click here to view the full results, and you may visit our Facebook page to view many photos from the event.

Karate Canada thanks its coaching and support staff at this event for their dedicated and generous work, and we also salute the dedication and work of our Canadian International Referees, many of whom attended this event and successfully upgraded their licenses at this Championships. Finally, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations to all athletes, coaches, staff and officials for a job well done (and our respectful salute to the athletes’  parents, for their unwavering support and commitment)!

We now turn our attention to our Senior National Team athletes, as they are getting ready to compete in Turkey (Istanbul Open - kumite) and Germany (German Open -kata), in preparation for the upcoming World Championships (November, Germany). And on home turf, we are also looking forward to a very exciting 2014 Karate Canada Summit (Toronto, October 17-19), which will offer great development opportunities for all (athletes, coaches, referees, administrators...). We hope to see all of you there!

 

Mr. Zvonko Celebija Honoured for His Many Years of Service as a PKF Referee

Karate Canada is very pleased to mention that one of its Officials’ Committee Co-Chairs, Mr. Zvonko Celebija, has recently been awarded a certificate of recognition and gratitude by the Pan American Karate Federation for his 26 years of continued and outstanding service as a Pan American level referee. Mr. Celebija is also a member of the PKF Referee Commission, and has been appointed by the PKF as the Technical Delegate for the karate competition at the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, ON). This award was given to Mr. Celebija during the recent 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships, which were held in Lima, Peru, August 28-31. You may click here in order to view the received certificate. We sincerely congratulate Mr. Celebija on this remarkable achievement!

 

UN Special Advisor Wilfried Lemke is Patron for the 2014 Bremen World Championships

In recent news, the WKF has announced that it is highly honoured that the Special Adviser of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), Senator Wilfried Lemke, has decided to take over patronage for the 22nd World Senior Karate Championships 2014 in Bremen, Germany. Mr Wilfried Lemke, former manager of the football Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen and Senator for Education and Science, as well as for Home Affairs and Sports in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen will intensively promote the World Championships, which will be held from November 5-9 in the ÖVB arena. 1,200 athletes from at least 130 Nations are expected to attend. WKF President, Mr Antonio Espinos, indicates that the whole karate family “feels highly honoured that the United Nations Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace has taken over Patronage of the next World Championships.  The support of Mr Wilfried Lemke is of great importance for the development of karate worldwide and for our recognition from the highest international governing bodies. It encourages us to further integrate Karate in the Olympic movement”.

The United Nations is collaborating with international and national sports organizations and particularly with the International Olympic Committee since its very beginning in 1922. A series of partnerships between the IOC and the UN system partners have since then reinforced the initial institutional cooperation.

 

National Team Kata Athletes to Compete Soon at 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships

A team of Senior National Team and Rising Star kata athletes will soon travel to Hanau (Frankfurt), in Germany, to take part in the 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships (September 27-28). This high-level international competition will constitute an important preparation for the upcoming 2014 Senior World Championships, and this will also be the last point-earning event of the season (for kata athletes) towards selection of the team which will participate in these World Championships. The athletes will be accompanied in Hanau by National Team Head Kata Coach Katarina Vadovicova, and will be met in Germany by Karate Canada President Mr. Dragan Kljenak. You may click here in order to view the entire team roster. Karate Canada sincerely wishes all participants the very best of luck in this prestigious event! (Stay tuned for results, and consult our Facebook page regularly for early updates and photos.)

 

August 15, 2014

Junior National Team Ready for Pan American Championships

Karate Canada’s Junior National Team athletes will be traveling to Lima, Peru, over the next few days, in order to represent Canada at the upcoming 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Aug 28-31). You may click here in order to view the entire team roster, including all athletes, as well as the Team Leader, the International Referees from Canada, the four national Team Coaches and the medical staff who will be traveling alongside the team. We wish all participants the very best of luck in this prestigious event! Stay tuned for results, and visit our Facebook page regularly for early updates and photos.

 

Senior National Team Kumite Athletes To Compete Soon in Istanbul

18 Senior National Team Kumite Athletes will soon be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey, in order to take part in the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships. This high-level international competition will constitute an important preparation for the upcoming 2014 Senior World Championships, and this will also be the last point-earning event of the season (for kumite athletes) towards selection of the team which will participate in these World Championships. The athletes will be accompanied in Istanbul by 3 National Team Coaches; you may click here in order to view the entire team roster. Many of the participating athletes will also take part in an international training camp on the days preceding the start of competition. Karate Canada sincerely wishes all participants the very best of luck in this prestigious event! (Stay tuned for results, and consult our Facebook page regularly for early updates and photos.)

 

2014 Karate Canada Summit Program Coming Soon!

Remember to save the dates for the upcoming 2014 Karate Canada Summit: October 17-19, at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre. This year’s edition will offer and include such diverse training and development opportunities for all as NCCP Comp Dev Modules, an Officials’ Clinic and testings, Dan testings, workshops and conferences on governance, leadership, sports science and the 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as a National Team training camp (open to provincial level participants as well) and more…  The full program of the event will be published shortly, and online pre-registration will be open very soon. Karate Canada’s 2014 Annual General Meeting will also take place on the first day of the event, the evening of Friday, October 17th (official notice coming soon). Be sure not to miss the yearly rendez-vous of Canadian karateka!

 

 

August 6, 2014

Registration of Canadian Athletes in the 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships

Important: All non-Senior National Team Canadian karate athletes wishing to participate in the 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships may register for this event through Karate Canada (so as to minimize the risks of facing other Canadian kata athletes in the early rounds). You may click here to view the event’s Information Bulletin, or click here to view the list of hotels suggested by the Organizing Committee. All requests must be submitted by email to Karate Canada’s Program Manager, Ms. Alexandra Roy (alexandra.roy@karatecanada.org) no later than Wednesday, August 13th, 2014. Emails must include the following information: athlete’s full name, date of birth, division(s) in which he / she wishes to compete, club and personal coach, and home address. Athletes are also required to provide a photo (head shot) for registration and accreditation, in JPEG (JPG) format, no larger than 250 kb in size. Participants must be members in good standing with their Provincial / Territorial Karate Association, which must in turn be a member in good standing of Karate Canada. Once registered, athletes will receive written confirmation from Karate Canada, along with an online invoice for the Canadian dollar amount of their registration fees / cost (plus Paypal fees), to be paid back to Karate Canada prior to the start of the event.

Please also note that Canadian participants are welcome to join the Team Canada trainings on the days preceding the tournament (on location). If you wish to do so, please specify your expected arrival date and time in your email, and mention your interest in training alongside the Senior National Team. National Team Head Kata Coach Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, who will be accompanying and supporting our Senior National Team and several “Rising Star” kata athletes  at this event, will also attempt to coach non-National Team Canadian kata athletes requiring assistance if and whenever possible, but please bear in mind that her priority and primary task will, in Hanau / Frankfurt, consist in coaching and supporting the Senior National Team kata athletes participating in the event. We thank you for your cooperation.

 

August 2, 2014

Karate Canada Seeks Two Event Coaches for the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships

Karate Canada’s Coaching Committee is looking to recruit two National Team Coaches to accompany the Senior National Team kumite athletes at the upcoming 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships (Istanbul, Turkey, September 4-8), alongside National Team Head Kumite Coach Nassim Varasteh. Pending a positive evaluation after this event, the selected Event Coaches will also become part of a pool of coaches to be considered in priority for future Senior National Team events within the following year. Please click here to read the full job description and posting. All interested applicants must please submit their resume by email no later than Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.

 

August 1, 2014

Registration of Canadian Athletes in the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships

Important: All non-Senior National Team Canadian karate athletes wishing to participate in the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships may register for this event through Karate Canada (so as to minimize the risks of facing other Canadian athletes in the early rounds). You may click here to view the event’s Information Bulletin. All requests must be submitted by email to Karate Canada’s Program Manager, Ms. Alexandra Roy (at: alexandra.roy@karatecanada.org) no later than Wedenesday, August 13th, 2014. Emails must include the following information: athletes’ full name, date of birth, division(s) in which he / she wishes to compete, club and personal coach, and home address. Athletes are also required to provide a photo (head shot) for registration and accreditation, in JPEG (JPG) format, no larger than 250 kb in size. Participants must be members in good standing with their Provincial / Territorial Karate Association, which must in turn be a member in good standing of Karate Canada. Once registered, athletes will receive written confirmation from Karate Canada, along with an online invoice for the Canadian dollar amount of their registration fees / cost (plus Paypal fees), to be paid back to Karate Canada prior to the start of the event.

Please also note that Canadian participants are welcome to join the Team Canada trainings on the days preceding the tournament (on location). If you wish to do so, please specify your expected arrival date and time in your email, and mention your interest in training alongside the Senior National Team. National Team Coaches at this event will also attempt to coach non-National Team Canadian athletes requiring assistance if and whenever possible, but please bear in mind that their priority and primary task will, in Istanbul, consist in coaching and supporting the Senior National Team athletes participating in the event. We thank you for your cooperation.

 

2nd 2014 National Team Kata Training Camp

Karate Canada is pleased to be hosting the 2nd 2014 National Team Kata Training Camp, which will take place at the Hollyburn Country Club, located in West Vancouver, BC, on August 7-10. This event will assemble a dozen Junior and Senior National Team and Rising Star kata athletes, under the tutelage of Karate Canada’s National Team Head Kata Coach, Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova. You may click here to view the full list of confirmed participants. Parents and club coaches of participants are welcome to observe the trainings.

 

July 29, 2014

4 Medals for Canada and Kamille Desjardins Wins Gold at the 2014 Pan Am Sports Festival

Karate Canada sent a team of 6 athletes to the recent karate competition at the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival (in Tlaxcala, Mexico), a vast multi-sprt event assembling the continent’s best athletes in preparation for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Our Canadian athletes, who were accompanied by National Team Coach Kraig Devlin and International Referees Zvonko Celebija and Yaro Tarana, were invited on the basis of their results (top 8 finish) at the 2013 Senior Pan American Karate Championships. Team Canada emerged from this tournament with no less than 4 medals, as Arash Beytoei and Philippe Soucy both earned bronze medals (in men’s -67 kg and -84 kg kumite divisions, respectively), while Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez won silver in women’s -55 kg kumite and Kamille Desjardins won gold in women’s -61 kg kumite division. These promising results are very encouraging, as our athletes prepare for the upcoming 2014 Senior World Karate Championships (Germany, November) and the 2015 Pan Am Games, in Toronto. We sincerely congratulate these athletes for their remarkable performances, and we thank the Canadian Olympic Committee, PASO and the Local Organizing Committee for their generous assistance and hosting. You may click here to view the full event results, and consult our Facebook page for a few splendid pictures (courtesy of Mr. Kraig Devlin). Next challenges for our Senior National Team: the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships (for kumite athletes) and the 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships (for kata athletes)…

 

July 14, 2014

Karate Canada Seeks an Event Coach for the 2014 Junior Pan American Championships

Karate Canada’s Coaching Committee is looking to recruit a fourth National Team Coach to accompany the Junior National Team at the upcoming 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Lima, Peru, August 25th to 31st), alongside National Team Coaches Katarina Vadovicova, Denis Beaudoin and Gabriel Sylla. Pending a positive evaluation after this event, the selected Event Coach will also become part of a pool of coaches to be considered in priority for future Junior National Team events within the following year. Please click here to read the full job description and posting. All interested applicants must please submit their resume by email no later than Monday, July 21st, 2014.

 

Seven of our Nation’s Best to Compete Soon at the 2014 Pan Am Sports Festival

Karate Canada is very pleased to announce that 7 of its 2013-14 Senior National Team athletes have been invited (in light of their performances at the 2013 Senior Pan American Karate Championships) to compete in the prestigious 2014 Pan Am Sports Festival, a vast multi-sport event which will be held shortly in Mexico by the Pan Am Sports Organization (you may click here for more information on this great event). These 7 kumite athletes are:


•  Arash Beytoei
• Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez
• Kamille Desjardins
• Daniel Gaysinsky
• Jelena Miljkovic
• Philippe Soucy, and
• Olivia Patricia Grant


All 7 athletes will be accompanied and supported by National Team Coach Mr. Kraig Devlin, and will take part in an international training camp (July 24-25) led by world-renown French Coach Mr. Gilles Cherdieux, before taking part in the official karate competition (July 26-27). Karate Canada's 2 Officials' Committee Co-Chairs and seasoned International Referees Yaro Tarana and Zvonko Celebija have also been invited to officiate at this Sports Festival. We wish them all the very best of luck in Mexico!

 

The 2014 Junior National Training Camp Ends on a High Note

Karate Canada's 2014 edition of the Junior National Training Camp took place on July 4 to 6 in Toronto, and assembled over 55 of our nation's top Junior karate athletes, as well as several elite coaches. The 3-day event was led by our National Team Coaches Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova (Kata Head Coach), Mr. Denis Beaudoin (Head Kumite Coach- Juniors) and Mr. Gabriel Sylla (National Team Event Coach and physical preparation expert). This high-energy event also included such great segments as a Judo cross-training session with Coach Pedro Guedes (Judo Ontario and Judo Canada), and informative workshops / conferences on High Performance, sports nutrition, Long Term Athlete Development, Junior National Team programs, physical preparation, and specific training plans leading up to the upcoming 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships. Karate Canada's President (Mr. Dragan Kljenak) and Vice-President (MNr. Craig Vokey) also both attended part of the event, and greeted the athletes with words of wisdom, inspiration and encouragement. Additionally, our 2 national Officials' Committee Co-Chairs, Mr. Yaro Tarana and Mr. Zvonko Celebija, have generously shared their extensive expertise with our participating athletes and coaches, in workshops on current WKF and PKF competition rules for both kata and kumite. Finally, several national and international Referees have volunteered their precious help in order to help referee test matches during Sunday's "tournament simulation" portion of the Camp.

Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank its volunteers, referees, coaches, guest consultants and staff for their immense contribution to the success of this event (and special thanks to our Treasurer and proud parent Mr. Stéphane Rivest, for his numerous great pics of the event, which can be seen on this Facebook page!), and we also humbly salute the dedication and commitment of the numerous parents and family members who accompanied our athletes to this camp.

The future of Canadian karate certainly looks very bright, and we look forward to the upcoming success of our elite karateka in international competitions!

 

July 5, 2014

Notice of Special General Meeting

Karate Canada invites its member Provincial / Territorial Association Presidents to a Special General Meeting, to be held via teleconference on Friday, July 25th, 2014, from 6 PM to (approximately) 7:30 PM EST. You may click here to read the formal Notice for this meeting. The purpose of this Special Meeting is to vote on proposed changes to Karate Canada's Bylaws. You may also click here to read the proposed new version of the Bylaws.

 

June 28, 2014

2014 Junior National Training Camp schedule now available

Karate Canada is proud to release the official schedule (v3.1) of the upcoming Junior National Training Camp program that will take place in Toronto on July 3-6. This event, mandatory to the Junior National Team athletes who will compete to the 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships, is also open to our "Rising Star" athletes and any other Junior Provincial-level athlete (14-20 years old) or coaches. Registrations end today so this is your last chance to participate in these 3 days of training and conferences that constitute a great development opportunity for all.
Registration HERE and further details on the last version of the program HERE.

 

June 20, 2014

Revisions to the 2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria

Please note that Karate Canada has recently made revisions to the 2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria. The only changes pertain to upcoming competitions. For kumite athletes, participation in the 2014 Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships is now strongly recommended but optional, and it is no longer mandatory to take part in this event in order to be eligible for selection onto the 2014 Senior World Championships Team (you may click here to view the revised criteria for kumite athletes). For kata athletes, participation in the 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships is now strongly recommended but optional, and it is no longer mandatory to take part in this event in order to be eligible for selection onto the 2014 Senior World Championships Team (you may click here to view the revised criteria for kata athletes).

 

June 13, 2014

2014 Junior National Training Camp: Registration Now Open

This exciting event, which will take place in Toronto, on July 4-6, will offer development and high-level training opportunities for our Junior National Team athletes (for whom this will represent an important and mandatory part of their preparation for the 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships), “Rising Star” athletes and all provincial-level Junior competitors (14 to 20 years old). Several educational workshops will also be available for participating coaches.
You may click HERE to access the website of the event to see the detailed schedule and register. Online registration is MANDATORY for ALL participants! (deadline Friday June 20th, 2014)

An updated version of the program is also now available here.

Please note that registration fees do NOT include lodging or meals, except breakfast and lunch on Sunday that are thematic conferences. Karate Canada has negotiated special rates with the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel for accommodation and team buffet. More details on the website of the event.

 

June 10, 2014

2014 Junior National Training Camp Program Now Available

Karate Canada is proud to release the first version of its 2014 Junior National Training Camp program. This exciting event, which will take place in Toronto, on July 4-6, will offer development and high-level training opportunities for our Junior National Team athletes (for whom this will represent an important and mandatory part of their preparation for the 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships), “Rising Star” athletes and all provincial-level Junior competitors (14 to 20 years old). Several educational workshops will also be available for participating coaches. You may click here to view the event’s program. A more detailed schedule will be available soon, and online registration will open shortly.

 

June 2, 2014

Canada Delivers Strong Performance at the Senior Pan Ams in Peru

Team Canada earned a total of 6 medals at the recent 2014 Senior Pan American Karate Championships in Lima, Peru, thus reaching the highest medal tally for Canada in 5 years at this event. Olivia Patricia Grant lost in finals by a one point margin, claiming the silver medal in women’s individual +68 kg division, while Goli Khalili and Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez each won bronze in the women’s -68 kg and -55 kg divisions, respectively. The Canadian men (Christopher de Sousa Costa, Philippe Soucy, Sarmen Sinani, Daniel Gaysinsky, Patrice Boily-Martineau and Kirill Bazhenov) once again took the bronze medal in Team Kumite, and a few new athletes on the Senior Team showed remarkable promise, such as Derek Chan (men’s -60 kg kumite) and Jasmine Landry (women’s -68 kg), who both finished within the top 5 in their respective divisions. But the most remarkable performance by a Canadian athlete at this event was perhaps the 3 medals won by Sarmen Sinani, who was not only part of the bronze medal mens’ kumite team, but also earned bronze in both his WKF weight class (men’s -84 kg) and in men’s strongly contested Open Weight kumite division. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate its entire delegation (including our four dedicated National Team Coaches at this event) for this performance! (You may click here for the event’s full results, or consult our Facebook page for pictures of our team in action.)

It is also important to remember the important work performed at this event by our Canadian Referees, as well as by our Board representatives, who have, amongst other important duties, helped plan for upcoming international events, during the PKF Congress, including of course the 2015 Pan American Championships and the 2015 Pan Am Games, which will both be held in Toronto (Ontario).

Next on the Senior National Team agenda will be the Istanbul Open (kumite) and German Open (kata) Karate 1 Championships, in September, in preparation for the 2014 World Championships! A few invited athletes will also compte at the Pan Am Festival in Mexico (July). In the mean time, our Junior National Team is also preparing for its participation in the 2014 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships, to be held in August, also in Lima, Peru.

 

May 28, 2014

Follow the Live Action from the Senior Pan American Championships!

The action begins tomorrow in Lima, Peru, as our Senior National Team takes on the other best athletes on the continent, on Day 1 of the 2014 Pan American Karate Championships. The following athletes will take to the tatamis on day 1: Kathleen Terra, Monika Klisara and Elizabeth Ferreira (Female Team Kata); Kamille Desjardins and Marianne Boulé (Female -61 kg Kumite); Goli Khalili and Jasmine Landry (Female -68 kg Kumite); Patrice Boily-Martineau and Daniel Gaysinsky (Male -75 kg Kumite); Sarmen Sinani and Philippe Soucy (Male -84 kg Kumite), and Chris De Sousa Costa and Kirill Bazhenov (Male +84 kg Kumite). You can follow the action live, at:
http://www.perudeporte.com/

 

May 27, 2014

2015 Pan Am Games Team Selection Criteria

Karate Canada is pleased to release its National Team Selection Criteria for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, as recommended by its Coaching Committee and High Performance Committee, and as approved by the Board of Directors. You may click here to view and read this important document.

 

Revised 2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria

Please note that Karate Canada has made slight revisions to its current Senior National Team Criteria, for both Kata and Kumite athletes. These are only minor revisions, and they simply reflect some of the recent changes in Karate Canada's coaching staff structure and in the national and international events calendar, as well as a recently adopted change in the future targeted events calendar for kata athletes, as recommended by the national Coaching Committee (whereby Sr National Team kata athletes will be invited to compete at the 2014 German Open Karate 1 Championships, instead of in the Istanbul Open Karate 1 Championships, in September, as this was identified as a more optimal tournament for kata athletes in preparation for senior World Championships). You may click here to view the revised Kata Criteria, and here to view the revised Kumite Criteria.

 

May 21, 2014

Team Canada Headed to Peru for Senior Pan Ams

Karate Canada’s Senior National Team will be competing in the 2014 Senior Pan American Karate Championships, from May 25 to June 1st, in Lima, Peru. The Team will be accompanied and supported by Senior National Team Coaches Mrs. Nassim Varasteh, Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, Mr. Kraig Devlin and MR. Roman Saltikov. You may click here to view the entire team roster. Karate Canadas’s President, Mr. Dragan Kljenak, will also accompany the team as Canada’s delegate at the PKF Congress, while Karate Canada’s Vice-President Mr. Craig Vokey will also be present as the sponsored Sport Organizing Chair for karate at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. Several International Referees from Canada will; also complete the delegation, including Karate Canada’s Officials Committee Co-Chairs, Mr. Zvonko Celebija and Mr. Yaro Tarana. We wish the very best of luck to the entire delegation!

 

April 25, 2014

Kamille Desjardins Takes Gold and Team Canada Shines at the 2014 US Open

Team Canada returned from the recent and prestigious 2014 USA Open Karate Championships (held April 19-20) with no less than 8 medals in Senior divisions, and 6 medals in Junior divisions (out of only 7 athletes accompanying the Senior National Team as “Rising Star” athletes)! National Team member Kamille Desjardins, who has, within the last year, won silver at the 2013 Pan American Championships and gold at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships, was crowned US Open champion in the -61kg individual women’s kumite division. Our Junior athletes have also earned several medals at the Junior International Cup (which was also held in Las Vegas, NV, just prior to the US Open), and many other Canadian athletes (competing individually or with their club team) have also climbed onto the podium of both events, thereby adding to the total Canadian medal tally. You may click here to view the full final results of the 2014 USA Open Karate Championships, and here for the results of the 2014 Junior International Cup. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates all athletes and coaches for this remarkable performance! Next challenge: the Senior National Team athletes are set to compete at the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru, at the end of May.

 

April 16, 2014

New Carding (AAP) Criteria for 2015-2016 Cycle

Karate Canada is pleased to release the new, Sport Canada-approved Criteria for nomination of athletes for Carding (Athlete Assistance Program) support, for the 2015-2016 cycle. You may click here in order to read this important document. Karate Canada once again thanks Sport Canada for its generous and ongoing support of our elite athletes!

Karate Canada Seeks a New Program Manager

Karate Canada is now accepting applications for a full-time position amidst our administrative team. Click here for the full job description and posting. Please note that all interested candidates must apply by the April 23rd deadline.

 

April 5, 2014

Team Canada Roster for the 2014 USA Open

Karate Canada’s Senior National Team athletes will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada shortly to compete at the prestigious USA Open Karate Championships (April 19-20). This international competition will serve as preparation for the Team’s participation in the Senior Pan American Championships, in May (Lima, Peru). Also competing in Las Vegas alongside these athletes will be several Canadian athletes identified and invited as “Rising Stars” (some of whom will also be competing at the 2014 Junior International Cup, on April 18).  The athletes will be accompanied by the following 4 National Team Coaches: Nassim Varasteh, Katarina Vadovicova, Denis Beaudoin and Kraig Devlin. Karate Canada’s President Mr. Dragan Kljenak will also be present at this event. Please click here to view the full team roster for the USA Open (and here for the Junior International Cup). Karate Canada wishes the best of luck to the entire delegation!

 

Otousan, The Life of Masami Tsuruoka”, premieres in Toronto April 12th

A new documentary entitled OTOUSAN: The Life of Masami Tsuruoka will premier at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (in Toronto, ON) on Saturday, April 12th, at 4:00 pm.  O’Sensei Tusruoka, who is the founder of Karate Canada and a pioneering figure of Canadian karate, will be present as a special guest. The film celebrates the career of this great Canadian through family interviews and photographs from Tsuruoka Sensei’s sixty year archive.
Contact Bloor Cinema for advance ticket sales ($11.00) or purchase at the door. Details can be found on the Hot Docs website.

 

4 Regional Trainings Under Way This Weekend Across Canada

Due to the usual training venue being unavailable, Karate Canada has replaced its first Inter Regional Kumite Training of the season with trainings in the Gatineau and Toronto areas, respectively, on the same day (April 5th).Participation is mandatory for all current Senior National Team kumite athletes residing in Ontario and Quebec (participation in the Toronto area Regional Training for all such athletes residing in Ontario, and participation in the Gatineau area Regional Training for all such athletes residing in the province of Quebec). Participation is optional for all other invited athletes (such as "Rising Stars").
Here are the schedules and venues for these 2 Regional Trainings:

1- GATINEAU AREA:
Saturday, April 5th, from 1PM to 3 PM EST
Coach: Mr. Germain Bisson (in replacement of Mr. Denis Beaudoin, who is temporarily unavailable)
Location: Karate Cama Dojo
110 rue Georges
Gatineau QC J8M 1A2
 
2- TORONTO AREA:
Saturday, April 5th, from 10 AM to 12 PM (noon)
Coach: Mrs. Nassim Varasteh
Location: Kan Zen Kai Dojo
117 Doncaster Ave
Thornhill ON L3T 1L6
 
Additionally, Regional Kumite Trainings will also be held in the following 2 regions:

3- VANCOUVER / SURREY AREA*:
Saturday, April 5th, from 1 to 3 PM
Coach: Mr. Sandeep Gill (Regional Training Centre Coach)
Venue: Surrey Karate Academy
12725 80th Avenue (Punjab Cloth House building)
Surrey BC, V3W 3A6.
(* We wish to remind all invited Senior, U21 and Junior (16-17) National Team kumite athletes residing within 100 km of this training venue that participation in a minimum of 66% of all Regional Training Sessions of the season is mandatory, in order to maintain National Team status. Participation is optional for all other invitees.)

4- ATLANTIC PROVINCES:
Saturday, April 5th, from 4 to 8 PM
Sunday April 6th, from 9 AM to 12 PM
Coach: Mr. Randy Rix (Regional Training Centre Coach)
Venue: Gibson - Neil Memorial Elementary School
67 WynGate Dr.
Fredericton North  NB
All training sessions will be led in accordance with a training plan pre-approved by Karate Canada, and participation is entirely free. Parents, friends and coaches who wish to observe these sessions are always welcome.

 

Camille Michaud Receives Bursary from the National Bank

Ms. Camille Michaud was recently awarded a $2,000.00 bursary for athletes from the National Bank, in support of her academic excellence and success. Camille obtained this bursary through the Excellence Athlete Foundation of Quebec (FAEQ), which has been supporting elite and development athletes in Quebec for decades. Camille, who trains at the dojo of one of Karate Canada’s National Team Head Coaches, Mr. Denis Beaudoin, in Gatineau, was nominated by Karate Quebec. We are very proud of this athlete's considerable success to date. Camille has already been identified by Karate Canada as a "Rising Star" athlete, and we wish her the very best of luck in the future! Congratulations, Camille, and our sincere thanks to the National Bank and the FAEQ for supporting our athletes! You may click here to read a detailed communiqué from the FAEQ.

 

 

 

March 27, 2014

Decision In The Matter Of Three Complaints Filed Under Karate Canada’s Discipline And Complaints Policy, Between: Rebecca Khoury (Complainant) and Paul Glinker, Shivakumaar Vadivelu And Dragan Kljenak (Respondents),and Between: Joe Alfonso (Complainant) and Paul Glinker (Respondent), and Between: Dawn Brown (Complainant) and Paul Glinker (Respondent)

Click here to view the Decision.

 

March 26, 2014

SUCCESS FOR CANADA AT THE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN CUP

Karate Canada has proudly hosted the 2014 edition of the annual North American Karate Cup, as well as the 2014 North American Regional Qualification Event for the 2015 Pan Am Games, at the Richmond Olympic Oval, last Friday and Saturday (March 21-22).  This event was once again a huge success, and assembled the very best Senior and Junior kumite and kata athletes from Mexico, the USA and Canada.
Team Canada emerged from this event with a remarkable final medal tally of 24 medals (5 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze in the Junior divisions, and 2 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze in the Senior divisions). You may click here to view the full results. We wish to sincerely congratulate all participating athletes and coaches for their outstanding performances!
Karate Canada also wishes to sincerely thank the USANKF and FEMEKA for bringing their very best athletes, coaches and referees to Canada, in order to take part in the latest edition of this great yearly event, alongside our own delegation. Finally, Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank the entire Organizing Committee, all the Canadian staff, volunteers and referees who made this event possible, and to particularly acknowledge the important and generous contribution of Karate BC.


Next steps for our National Team athletes: the 2014 USA Open Karate Championships, mid-April, in Las Vegas, NV, followed by the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships, in Lima, Peru (late May)!
Also, the 2014 Junior National Team Training Camp (Toronto, July 4-6), while mandatory for Junior National Team kata and kumite athletes, will also offer sessions open to all provincial level athletes! More details on this event soon…

 

IMPORTANT: CHANGE OF DATES FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Karate Canada is pleased to announce and confirm that the 2015 National Championships will in fact be held on January 30-31 and February 1st, 2015, in Richmond, BC. While the dates of future editions of this event are still being examined at this time, this was the latest date on which this Championship could possibly be held in 2015, in light of the international calendar of events for that year. Indeed, the 2015 Senior Pan American Championships will be held as early as March 2015, in preparation for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, which will occur in July (which is much earlier in the year than was the case for previous editions, which were typically held during the fall). Please make note of this date change and plan accordingly. We look forward to greeting all of our nation’s finest once again at this prestigious event!

 

March 11, 2014

National Team Ready to Shine at The North American Cup

Karate Canada’s National Team athletes are ready to take on the national teams from the USA and Mexico next week, as they take part in the 2014 North American Karate Cup. This year’s edition of this invitational, international event will be held in Richmond, British Columbia (click here for access to the event bulletin), at the Richmond Olympic Oval, on Saturday, March 22nd. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to watch our Canadian athletes face some of the continent’s best opponents on home soil!  (Please note that the event will be preceded by a Regional Qualification Tournament for the Mexican and USA Senior National Team kumite athletes seeking a spot for participation in the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games, in Toronto. This qualification event will take place on Friday evening, March 21st, at the same venue, starting at approximately 6:30 PM local time.) Karate Canada’s Junior (16-17) and Senior National Team athletes (you may click here to view the entire Canadian Team roster for this event) will be supported at the North American Cup by our three National Team Head Coaches, Mrs. Nassim Varasteh, Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova and Mr. Denis Beaudoin. National Team Coach Kraig Devlin will also assist our Head Coaches and athletes at this event. Numerous International Referees from Canada will also be present to help run this event, such as:  Mr. Zvonko Celebija , Mr. Yaro Tarana, Mr. Alan Tanzadeh, Ms. Norma Foster, Mr. Derek Ryan, Mr. Brian James, Mr. Paul Sexton, Mrs. Elizabeth Wijnstra, Mr. Andreas Kuntze, Mr. Trevor Walmsley and Mrs. Valentyna Zolotarova. Mexico and the USA will also be graciously providing seasoned international referees for this competition. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank Karate BC and all referees and volunteers who will generously contribute to the event’s success, and we wish the best of luck to our athletes and coaches!

 

First Regional Trainings To be Held Soon Across Canada

As announced in the 2014-2015 National Team Criteria, Karate Canada is proud to announce the holding of its first Regional Trainings of the season, starting March 15th, in Gatineau (QC), Surrey (BC), Toronto (ON) and Fredericton North (NB).  Senior National Team athletes, Junior (16-17) National Team athletes from BC and Rising Star athletes from across the nation have all been invited to take part in these training sessions, assembling many of the country’s best karate athletes, under the tutelage of Karate Canada - appointed Coaches, and in accordance with Karate Canada -approved training plans, in preparation for upcoming international competitions.
Here are the dates, times (all based on local time), locations and trainers for these various sessions:

GATINEAU AREA:
Saturday, March 15th, from 3 PM to 5 PM
Kata Trainer : Katarina Vadovicova (National Team Head Coach)
Kumite Trainer: Denis Beaudoin (National Team Head Coach)
Venue: Beaudoin Karate Gatineau
914 Boul Maloney Est
Gatineau QC, J8P 1H5

TORONTO AREA:
Sunday, March 16th, from 10 AM to 12 PM
Kumite Trainer: Nassim Varasteh (National Team Head Coach)
Venue: Kan-Zen-Kai Dojo
117 Doncaster Ave.
Thornhill ON, L3T 1L6.

SURREY / VANCOUVER AREA:
Saturday, March 15th from 1 to 3 PM
Kumite Trainer: Mr. Sandeep Gill (Regional Training Centre Coach)
Venue: Surrey Karate Academy
12725 80th Avenue (Punjab Cloth House building)
Surrey BC, V3W 3A6.

ATLANTIC PROVINCES' REGION:
Saturday, March 15th from 4 to 8 PM
& Sunday, March 16th, from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kumite Trainer: Mr. Randy Rix (Regional Training Centre Coach)
Venue: Gibson - Neil Memorial Elementary School
67 WynGate Dr.
Fredericton North, NB

Participation is entirely free for all invited athletes. Please see the National Team Criteria (in our Documents tab) for all information pertaining to mandatory participation and future training dates. Please note that participation remains optional for all invited Rising Star athletes, non-National Team members, kata athletes and Senior National Team kumite athletes residing in the Atlantic Provinces, or farther than 100 km from the venues of any of the other three Regional Training Centres.

 

2014 Senior Pan American Championships –Date and Venue Change

The Pan American Karate Federation (PKF) has recently announced that the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships, which were originally scheduled and announced to take place in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, from May 19th to May 26th, will in fact take place in Lima, Peru instead, from May 26 to June 1st, 2014. Please see our calendar for the updated list of the events of the season.

 

 

March 5, 2014

Five Athletes Carded for the 2014-2015 Cycle

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that once again, five Canadian karate athletes have been nominated and approved for Carding (Athlete Assistance Program) for the 2014-2015 cycle. This means that for only the second time in Karate Canada's history, five athletes are benefiting from financial support and other key services to assist them with their competitive pursuits this season. Here is the list of this year's Carded athletes, who have been selected on the basis of their competitive results and of our published AAP Criteria. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates each of them, and has every confidence that they will make the best possible use of the support and resources being allocated to them:

  • C1 : Kamille Desjardins
  • C1 : Philippe Soucy
  • SR : Olivia Patricia Grant
  • C1 : Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez
  • SR : Kathryn Campbell

 

February 24, 2014

Karate Canada Proudly Announces Its New Coaching Committee

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the recent nomination of its new Coaching Committee. The Committee members will be National Team Head Coaches Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian (kumite), Denis Beaudoin (kumite) and Katarina Vadovicova (kata).  Karate Canada’s Athlete Representative Mr. Chris De Sousa Costa will also sit on the Coaching Committee. All three National Team Head Coaches will accompany and support the National Team athletes competing at the 2014 North American Cup (Richmond, BC, March 21st), which will be the first international competition of the new season. We congratulate all Committee members on their nomination!

Mr. Celebija and Mr. Tarana Appointed as New Chairs of the Officials’ Committee

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the nomination of Mr. Yaro Tarana and of Mr. Zvonko Celebija as the new co-Chairs of the Officials Committee. Both Mr. Tarana and Mr. Celibija are WKF A Referees. Additionally, Mr. Celebija is currently a member of the Pan American Karate Federation’s Officials’ Committee, as well as the appointed PKF Technical Delegate for the sport of karate at the 2015 Pan American Games (in Toronto). Congratulations to both for this appointment!

2014 FNTC Kicks Off the New Season

Thirty-two of our nation's finest kumite athletes have taken part in a 3-day training camp in Toronto, this last weekend, in preparation for the coming season's international events. This training and selection camp was co-led by National Team Kumite Head Coaches Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian and Mr. Denis Beaudoin. They were assisted by fellow Coaches Mr. Kraig Devlin and Mr. Gabriel Sylla. Special guest instructor Mr. Pedro Guedes (from Judo Ontario) also helped the athletes sharpen their sweeping and takedown skills (Mr. Guedes holds a considerable reputation as an international judo competitor, and currently trains several National Team athletes in Judo). Several training matches were conducted under the supervision of and with the precious assistance of the following International and National Officials: Mr. Zvonko Celebija (Officials’ Committee Co-Chair), Mr. Allen Tanzadeh, Mr. Kiran Kainth, Mr. Saeid Arian and Mr. Babak Sotoudeh. Karate Canada is very grateful to these gentlemen for their generous assistance. Karate Canada's President Mr. Dragan Kljenak also attended important segments of the event, galvanized the participants with inspiring opening words, and proudly introduced Karate Canada’s new National Team Kata Head Coach, Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova. Karate Canada’s Vice-President and Treasurer, Mr. Craig Vokey and Mr. Stéphane Rivest, also attended parts of the camp. Karate Canada's Project Manager, Mrs. Kathy Waterworth oversaw the event’s coordination and logistics, under the direction of our High Performance staff, and with the assistance of Karate Canada's Executive Director, Mr. Olivier Pineau.
 The new Senior National Team Roster for the 2014-2015 competitive season has been announced by the Coaching Committee at the conclusion of this event (including Senior National Team kata athletes), and will be published shortly. We commend all participants for their hard work and dedication, and wish everyone great success on the international stage, throughout the new competitive season!

 

February 11, 2014

2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria Now Available

Karate Canada is pleased to publish its 2014-2015 Senior National Team Criteria for kata and for kumite athletes. Please click here to view the kata criteria, or here for the kumite criteria. These documents outline in detail the team selection process, requirements and competition calendar.

 

February 8, 2014

2014 North American Cup Will Include Junior Athletes

We are happy to confirm that the upcoming 2014 North American Karate Cup (March 20-22, 2014, in Richmond, BC) will offer competition in both Junior and Senior kata (16-17 & 16+) and kumite (16-17 & 18+) divisions. This event is an invitational tournament assembling National Team athletes from Mexico, Canada and the USA, at a ratio of (maximum) 2 athletes per division. Invitations will be issued shortly to all eligible Canadian Junior National Team members, in accordance with the 2014-2015 Junior National Team Criteria, and to Senior National Team athletes at the conclusion of the upcoming First National Training Camp (Toronto, February 21-23), where the Senior National Team Roster will be announced for the 2014-2015 competitive season. The North American Cup will also be preceded by a Regional Qualification event for Mexico and the USA’s Senior National Team Kumite athletes (on Friday, March 21st), towards qualification for participation in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Full details, schedule and all registration information are coming very soon…

 

2014 Events Calendar Updated

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it has updated its list of domestic and international events for 2014. You may view the updated calendar by clicking here. Please note that the Senior National Team Criteria should be published shortly, and will specify which of the listed events will be targeted for supported participation of the National Team. Please further note that this calendar remains subject to changes, and that several of the events listed on it are “Open” competitions, in which non-National Team athletes may still choose to compete.

 

January 22, 2014

Celebrating Canadian Karate Excellence at the 40th Edition of National Championships

No less than 270 athletes, 61 referees, 40 coaches and numerous delegates and volunteers were assembled in the Richmond Olympic Oval, in beautiful Richmond, BC, last weekend, for the 3-day long 2014 Karate Canada National Championships. All participants were greeted to warm welcoming speeches during opening ceremonies by Richmond’s mayor, Mr. Malcom Brodie, Karate Canada’s President, Mr. Dragan Kljenak, as well as Karate BC’s President, Mr. Charles Lavertu, before the action got underway. Karate BC has been an instrumental partner in ensuring the success of this event, by providing numerous volunteers, assistance and equipment.

For the first time in its long history, this event was webcast live across the nation, thanks to our new partnership with Viasport (you may click here to view all matches, including several with colour commentary), and the action was followed closely at home by thousands of friends, members, supporters and family members. As usual, the National Championships were preceded by a National Referee Clinic, as well as by a National Coaching Certification Course 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 event, which was graciously hosted by our long-time MC, Mr. Charles Fink. You may click here to view the entire list of award recipients, and you may also click here to view a short video montage honouring some of recently retired Senior National Team athletes and repeat international medalists.

Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank Karate BC, the event’s Tournament Director Mr. Kurt Nordli, its Head Official Ms. Norma Foster, its staff at the event (including Project Manager Mrs. Kathy Waterworth and Event Manager Mr. Ken St-Eloy), all participating Committee members and volunteers, various members of the Board of Directors, our national officials, as well as our various partners and sponsors for this event, including Sport Canada (the Canadian government), Hosting BC, Hosting Richmond, Sheraton and Marriott Hotels, Viasport, Arawaza, Canadian Martial Arts Supplies, Mikado, Singleton Urquhart, 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 2014-15 competitive season, and look forward to greeting you in Richmond again in 2015 for our next edition of these Championships!

You may click here to view the full results of this tournament.

 

Camélie Boisvenue Receives a Bursary from the GSP Foundation

Our Junior National Champion and 2013 Youth World Cup Grand Final gold medalist Ms. Camélie Boisvenue has been awarded a $2,000.00 bursary on January 14th, for her success both on the mats and in school. She has received this bursary from the hands of famous UFC champion and mixed martial arts gentleman, Mr. Georges St-Pierre, in Montreal. This bursary is the result of a collaboration between the GSP Foundation, which supports up-and-coming athletes in combative sports, and the Excellence Athlete Foundation of Quebec (FAEQ), which has been supporting elite and development athletes in Quebec for decades. Camélie, who trains at the dojo of the Quebec Provincial Team Head Coach, Mr. Denis Beaudoin, in Gatineau, was nominated by Karate Quebec. We are very proud of this athlete's considerable success to date. Camélie has already been identified by Karate Canada as a "Rising Star" athlete, and we wish her the very best fo luck in the future! Congratulations, Camélie, and our sincere thanks to the GSP Foundation and the FAEQ for supporting our athletes! You may click here to view photos from the related press conference (photo credit: Géovanny Solis/tvgo.ca <http://tvgo.ca> ), or here to read a more detailed communique (in French) from the FAEQ.

 

Debra Kofsky Named to Karate Canada’s Board of Directors

Karate Canada wishes to congratulate Karate Manitoba President Ms. Debra Kofsky for her recent nomination to Karate Canada’s Board of Directors, where she will fill the role of Director at Large, in replacement of Mrs. Kristel Buendia-Larouche, who has recently resigned from her position on the Board. We wish Debra the best of luck in this new role, and sincerely thank Kristel for her generous and dedicated volunteer work these last few years.

 

New 2014-2015 Junior National Team Criteria Now Available

You may click here to read the new 2014-2015 Junior National Team Criteria. (Please note that this document remains subject to changes, pending any Board of Directors’ motion to that effect.)

 

 

January 16, 2014

National Championships: Watch the Action Live!

ViaSport Productions is proud to partner with Karate Canada to live-stream the 2014 National Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Tune into www.viasport.ca from Friday, January 17 to Sunday, January 19 to watch elite athletes compete for the national title. This National Championship will be the first of a series of four editions that will all take place at the Olympic Oval annually between 2014 and 2017. This event brings together high profile karate athletes and expects to draw spectators and participants from all over Canada, as the nation’s best talents take to the rings.

 

Draw Sheets and Schedule for the 2014 National Championships Are Now Available

You may click here for the full competition schedule, or here to access all draw sheets from SportData.

 

January 8, 2014

Craig Vokey Named as New Sport Organizing Chair for Karate at the 2015 Pan American Games

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Craig Vokey has recently been named as the new Sport Organizing Chair for Karate at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Mr. Vokey is a well respected member of the Canadian karate community, is the current Vice President of Karate Canada, and was Vice President of Karate Ontario from 2008 to 2013. While on the Board of Karate Ontario, Mr. Vokey has headed the project to place Karate into the Ontario Summer Games, and has acted as OSG Convener in both 2010 and 2012. Living in Sudbury for the last 20 years, Mr. Vokey has served in a number of volunteer capacities, including as President of Big Brothers of Sudbury and District. Possessing a BA in Psychology, Mr. Vokey also teaches Karate as a Volunteer at Laurentian University.

Mr. Vokey has the full support and confidence of both Karate Canada and Karate Ontario, and will undoubtedly ensure a smooth transition to continue the work of the previous representatives. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely congratulate Mr. Vokey for his new appointment.

 

January 3, 2014

Dan Examinations at Nationals

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding Dan Examinations on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 1:00PM at the National Championships. Any members who wish to upgrade their Dan from their current rank or receive Karate Canada Dan recognition (testing required for 4th Dan and above) may apply to participate in the examination.

Associations are now able to request Dan certificates for their members by simply filling out the form available online. The required application forms as well as more information about the Dan Testing program can be found by clicking here.

The due date for applications has been extended to Monday, January 6th.

Should you require any further infomation, please contact our Program Manager, Joshua Drury, at: joshua@karatecanada.org

 

December 18, 2013

Office Closed for Holidays

Please note that Karate Canada's office will be closed from Monday, December 23rd, until Friday, January 3rd, inclusively. For all questions pertaining to Karate Canada's 2014 National Championships, please contact Karate Canada's Event Manager Mr. Ken St-Eloy, at: ken@karatecanada.org . We thank you, and wish all of our members and their families the very best for this Holiday season!

 

December 16, 2013

Karate Canada Seeking Volunteers at the Upcoming National Championships

You want to be part of the action? You want to be involved and to make a real difference? Karate Canada and Karate BC are seeking several helpful volunteers to lend a hand in making the upcoming 2014 National Karate Championships that will be held at the Richmond Olympic OVAL (BC) on January 17, 18 and 19 a total success. This will also be a great opportunity to be close to the action and participants. You may click here to indicate your interest and availability. We thank you in advance very much for your generosity and contribution!

 

December 3, 2013

2014 National Championships: Registration is NOW open and Information Bulletin updated.

As announced in the bulletin released last week, the registration opened last Friday on Sportdata. Please remember that registrations will close on December 20th and no changes will be accepted after that. There will be no late registrations neither.

Regarding the bulletin, please see the new information below which has been added to the bulletin:

  • Accommodation : a second hotel in addition of the Sheraton to increase the reception capacity for the teams and the companions
  • An improved medical form in the Appendix 6

Please click here to open the new document.
We look forward to seeing all of you in Richmont next month.

 

December 2, 2013

Dragan Kljenak is Karate Canada's New President

Following the election of Directors held in accordance with our bylaws at the recent Annual General Meeting (Friday, November 29th, 2013), Mr. Dragan Kljenak has been elected as the new President of Karate Canada for a three year term. Mr. Kljenak holds a great wealth of experience in many different aspects of the sport of karate, namely as a seasoned administrator, and we wish him the best of luck in this new position. Mr. Paul Oliver (former National team member and coach, and current Karate New Brunswick President) has also been elected as a Director at Large, replacing Ms. Jennifer Guillette. Mr. Stéphane Rivest has also won the election by acclamation for the position of Treasurer, a role which Mr. Rivest had already been fulfilling these last few months. Karate canada wishes to congratulate all three of these gentlemen for their recent election, and to express its sincere gratitude to Ms. Rébecca Khoury and to Ms. Jennifer Guillette for their great work and dedication over the last few years.

 

Great Content Offered at the 2013 Karate Canada Summit

Karate Canada wishes to thank all guest speakers, facilitators and instructors who have contributed to the success of the latest edition of the yearly Karate Canada Summit. This year's edition offered great workshops and sessions on a vast array of sport leadership and high performance topics, as well as high-quality technical segments led by world-class, renown instructors. We thank all participants and volunteers for their presence and participation, and look forward to greeting all of you again next year for this important event.

 

Camélie Boisvenue Gets Gold and Jusleen Virk Grabs Bronze in Salzburg

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that Junior National Team member Camélie Boisvenue (from Quebec) has won the gold medal in women's Junior (16-17) kumite -59 kg division at the recent Youth World Cup Grand Final, which was held in Salzburg Austria, on November 30-December 1st. Camélie had been invited as a "Rising Star" athlete to accompany the Senior National Team athletes at this prestigious event, which serves as part of her long-term development pathway towards Senior international success. Jusleen Virk, a Senior National team member from British Columbia, has also won the bronze medal in women's -50 kg Senior kumite division, at the Salzburg Open Karate 1 Premier League Grand Prix Final (same dates and location). This sums up a very full competition season where Canada has earned numerous international medals, which forebodes well for such future key events as the 2014 Senior World Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games. Karate Canada is very proud of the success of these young women, and salutes the hard work of the entire team and delegation at this last international event of the season, where all have gained priceless experience under the leadership of National team Coaches Nassim Varasteh, Kraig Devlin and Don Ritter. You may click here to view full results.

 

November 28, 2013

2013 Summit : Last minute news!

Judo Coach Mr. Pedro Guedes will be replaced by Mr. Mitchell Kawasaki, who will lead the Friday evening Cross Training Session.

During his illustrious competitive career, Mr. Kawasaki has gleaned no less than 7 National Champion titles, was crowned as Commonwealth Champion, and earned a 6th place at Olympic Games (in wrestling). As a coach, Mr. Kawasaki has also developed many elite athletes, one of whom competed in the 2000 Olympic Games. We look forward to seeing you on Friday night (18:30-20:30).

IMPORTANT: There were some recent changes in the schedule of the event, so please take the time to have a look at the final version by clicking here (please pay attention to times and room assignments). Thank you.

 

November 27, 2013

Information Bulletin for 2014 National Championships Now Available!

Click here to read this document, which provides all necessary information about hotel and tournament venue, registration deadlines and process, eligibility guidelines and competition rules.
Please pay particular attention to the sections Travel Cost Share information and the "Wildcard" system.
A more detailed online version of the bulletin will be available shortly, and will include more information on the seminars, courses and workshops leading up to the tournament, as well as on Dan examinations.

 

November 26, 2013

Team Canada to Compete Soon at the Salzburg Open

Thirteen of Karate Canada's National Team athletes are traveling to Austria today, where they will compete in the 2013 Salzburg Open Karate 1 Premier League Grand Prix Final and Youth World Cup Grand Final. These athletes are companied by National Team Coaches Nassim Varasteh, Kraig Devlin and Don Ritter. Click here to view the entire team roster, made up of 11 Senior National Team athletes and 2 "Rising Stars" (Junior National Team athletes). As usual, Karate Canada is proud to offer substantial financial support to 7 (top-ranked) of these athletes, in accordance with our National Team Criteria, for their travel and participation in this event. Karate Canada wishes the best of luck to its entire delegation, which will also include international referee and Karate Newfoundland President Mr. Derek Ryan. Other Canadian athletes will also be participating in this event of their own initiative, such as former National Team member Daphné Trahan-Perreault from Quebec, and Karate Canada wishes them the best of luck as well. More updates and results coming soon on this website and on Karate Canada's official Facebook page.

 

November 25, 2013

 

2014 National Championships,
January 17th-19th in Richmond, BC

Karate Canada will host the next National Championships at the Richmond Olympic OVAL (BC) from January 17th to January 19th.

 

 

Registration will be open from Friday November 29th, 2013 to Friday December 20th, 2013.
The official hotel, where Karate Canada will host the badges pick up, coach and referee meetings, trainings, weigh ins and the banquet, is the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Please book your room on line by cliking here or by calling 1-800-325-3535 (for individual reservations), or at 604-233-3962 or harolyn.stefanik@sheratonvancouverairport.com (for larger groups)

There is a free shuttle service running between the airport and the hotel provided by the Sheraton for its regular costumers, but it is not able to handle large groups. Teams wanting to arrange for travel of large groups from the airport to the hotel must therefore make their own transport arrangements.
A shuttle service between the hotel and the venue will be provided for teams by the organization at a cost to be announced later. If you wish to make use of this optional service, your group will need to pay during your accreditation pick up.

TRAVEL COST SHARE PROGRAM
As the National Championships will be held in Richmond for the next 4 years, Karate Canada has adopted a travel cost share program in order to balance the cost of participant travel equally between the provinces. All PSO/TSO Presidents, Team Managers and coaches have received from Uniglobe the list of flights that have been reserved for their respective delegations. Provincial / Territorial Team managers are asked to please use the document released by Karate Canada to capture the required traveller/participant information and submit this information to Uniglobe.
Please note that no participating competitor, athlete or team coach is to book his/her trip individually, and all must be reserved through the respective Provincial / Territorial Teams (with the exception of athletes representing Team Canada at the 2014 national Championships, whom Karate Canada will reserve and pay flights for; the amounts due for these flights will then be collected directly from these National Team athletes.).

REGISTRATION OF TEAMS
All participating athletes, referees, coaches and delegates must be pre-registered online through the SportData website, at: www.sportdata.org.
All Provincial / Territorial delegations must have an online user name and password for access to the event and pre-registration. All Teams should use the same User Names and Passwords that they have used for online pre-registration to the 2013 National Championships. If you do not yet have a user name and password, please submit an online request to SportData via their website.
The official registration will take place on Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th, at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

ENTRY FEES
•  Each Individual entry: $95.00 CAD
•  Each Kata Team division entry: $125.00 CAD
•  Each Kumite Team division entry: $150.00 CAD

NOTE: The organization will NOT accept late registration and there will be NO REFUNDS for cancelation.

 

PAYMENT OF FEES
Payments will must be made online during the registration on SportData through Paypal or mailed to the Karate Canada head office, postmarked no later than December 20th, 2013, at:

Karate Canada
(2014 National Championships)
4545 Av. Pierre-de-Coubertin
Montreal, QC H1V 0B2

 

All information about COMPETITOR ELIGIBILITY, INTERNATIONAL STATUSES, CATEGORIES, SCHEDULE, etc. will be provided in the Information Bulletin to be released shortly.

 

 

November 20, 2013

Only 5 Days Left to Register for the Summit

Karate Canada wishes to remind all of its members that the online pre-registration deadline for the 2013 Summit is November 25th. Don't miss out on this great event, assembling many great experts and speakers. Click here for the full program, or here to pre-register online.

 

NCCP Multi Sport Modules Offered at the Summit

Karate Canada is proud to offer 2 very important Multi Sport modules which are required of all coaches seeking training and certification at the Competition Development (Comp Dev) level. This level of coaching education and certification is particularly relevant to coaches working with athletes who compete on the provincial and national scene, and is currently the highest level of sport-specific NCCP coaching certification offered by Karate Canada. Please bear in mind that certain minimum NCCP training levels will be required of all coaches participating in the upcoming editions of Karate Canada's National Championships.

The 2 Multi Sport modules being offered at the Summit are:

-Managing Conflict (November 29)
-Leading and Coaching Effectively (November 29-30)

You may read more information in the Summit Program by clicking here, or click here to register UNTIL NOVEMBER 25th.

 

2013 Summit: Volunteers Needed

Karate Canada is looking for motivated people to support the organization of the upcoming Summit, which will be held in Toronto, Ontario, on November 29th -30th and December 1st. 2 hour shifts, half day shifts and full day shifts are available. Interested candidates may click here to fill out an online registration form. We thank you for your support!

 

Kamille Desjardins Named Onto CIBC Team Next

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that its current Senior National Team member, Commonwealth champion and Pan American silver medalist Kamille Desjardins has been selected to represent the sport of karate on CIBC Team Next. Kamille is one of the 67 amateur athletes from across Canada who will receive from CIBC $15,000 in funding over three years as well as invaluable life skills and sport mentorship from eight of our nation’s finest high performance athletes.

The athletes were unveiled in a special ceremony on Monday, November 18 amid much fanfare at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. CIBC Chief Operating Officer Richard Nesbitt, the Honourable Bal Gosal, Canada’s Minister of State (Sport) and the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the Government of Ontario were on hand for the event, along with pre-event entertainment from PACHI, the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and freestyle soccer demonstrations.

CIBC is the Lead Partner of the 2015 Games and recently joined the Canadian Paralympic Committee as a Premier Partner. CIBC designed the CIBC Team Next program in partnership with AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario to create a lasting sports legacy in Canada. To be considered for the program, the athletes had to be nominated by their national sport organizations.

The CIBC Team Next program provides:

  • $15,000 in funding over three years;
  • Annual workshops and advice on personal finances, post-secondary and career planning, sport leadership skills, media training and public speaking;
  • Exclusive access to the CIBC Team Next idea sharing forum;
  • Community support and networking opportunities through the local CIBC branches and employees in their home community; and,
  • Preferred CIBC products and services.

 

November 17, 2013

Shihan Bill Carr will be sorely missed by so many who knew him, loved him and respected him.

There is hardly a single member of Karate Canada who does not know the name of Shihan Bill Carr, his reputation is as strong as his Karate and moreover his involvement in the tournament aspect of Karate has taken him from coast to coast as a National Level Judge and Referee.

Shihan Carr began this remarkable journey in December of 1965 after having witnessed a class taught by Sensei Masami Tsuruoka, who taught Chito Ryu at the time. The very next class found him in attendance and from that day forward, Shihan Bill Carr has trained the only way he knows how and that is with 100% commitment and a personal demand that every move is understood and perfected. He had attained the rank of 8th dan.

The fruits of this thirst for excellence were on display in 1967 when Dr. Tsyoshi Chitose, the Soke of Chito Ryu and 10th Dan visited Toronto and stayed for three months to teach. Before returning home to Japan, he held a grading for those who were blue belts or higher. This included Shihan Carr who wore a blue belt at the time. So impressed was O-Sensei Chitose and Sensei Gosei Yamaguchi, also in attendance, that they presented a Shodan grade black belt to Shihan Bill Carr.

Shihan Carr built a solid reputation as a fearsome fighter, and proof to everyone that Karate was a viable self defense tool. His success in tournaments in the late 60’s and 70’s and early 80’s is a matter of legend. Shihan Bill Carr competed on many provincial teams and national teams in his tenure as a competitor, including Paris 1972 and Long Beach Ca. in 1975, where he was listed as one of the top 10 in the world.

In 1979 Shihan Bill Carr began his involvement in refereeing and went on to become an A Level Referee and Judge for tournaments both provincially and nationally. He became one of the most respected members of this group that the art and sport of Karate has seen.

Shihan Bill Carr began teaching Karate in Oakville Ontario, and one year later established a dojo in his home town of Port Credit. It was here that he taught 6 days a week until his retirement from that dojo in 2008. It is with great pride that Shihan Carr tells of having taught students of such skill that they went on to become Canadian champions at one level or another, and many went on to compete in the Pan Am Championships as well as World Championships.

After closing the doors of his dojo, Shihan Carr began training at Shikomu Karate Club in Burlington and was a member there until his death, on November 16, 2013.

He will be sorely missed by so many who knew him, loved him and respected him.

 

Click here to find some additional information and details concerning Mr. Bill Carr's service and visitation.

 

November 10, 2013

Trysten Deveau Finishes in Top 8 at Junior World Championships!

Seven of Karate Canada's Junior National Team athletes recently competed in the 2013 Junior World Championships, which was held in Guadalajara, Spain, on November 7-10. While Philippe Soucy and Patrice Boily-Martineau were defeated by rivals from Japan, Brandon Ly lost to an athlete from Brazil and Jasmine Landry lost to a rival from Italy in their first rounds, Rafael Silva vanquished a rival from Algeria in his first bout before losing by accumulation of penalties against a competitor from Israel. Reigning Junior Pan American Champion Hana Furumoto-Deshaies won her first two matches against Luxemburg and Russia, before losing to a Hungarian rival. Trysten Deveau defeated an athlete from Malaysia before losing to a German competitor (who ended up winning the gold medal in their division), and then won against Spain in her first repechage match. Trysten then lost a close battle to Croatia, earning a remarkable 7th place finish at this very high-level international event. You may view complete results on the event website, by clicking here.

Canada's athletes were coached by Mariève Blais and Germain Bisson, whom Karate canada thanks again for their generous support and dedication. Canadian officials have also represented our country very well at these prestigious Championships, and a few of them have successfully undergone examinations and have earned new WKF Referee and Judge licenses. For instance, Mr. Zvonko Celebija (member of the PKF Referee Council) has successfully earned his Referee A license on the days preceding these Championships, while Mr. Allen (Ahad) Tanzadeh (member of Karate Canada's Officials Committee) has obtained his Kumite and Kata Judge A licenses. Finally, Mr. David Griffen has successfully earned his Kata Judge B license. Karate Canada is very proud of all of its representatives in Guadalajara, and wishes to congratulate all of them for their remarkable performances.

 

November 6, 2013

Online Registration Now Open for the 2013 KC Summit

Karate Canada is pleased to inform you that online pre-registration for athletes, coaches, referees, instructors, dojo owners/administrators, PSO/NSO Board members / representatives and PSO/NSO Staff is now open for the 2013 KC Summit, which will be held in Toronto, on November, 29th, 30th and December 1st.
 
Please click here in order to register online, no later than November 25th.

All Summit attendees who pre-register online by November 12th will be entitled to a discount on the cost of registration fees. On site registration for participants who did not previously pre-register online will be subject to availability and will be subject to a higher fee. On–site registrants may not participate in the lunches/lunch conferences on Saturday and Sunday. Karate Canada cannot guarantee access to the event for everyone.You will also find all information about the venue, its location, lodging details and rates on the registration website.

The Summit is open to all adult Karate Canada members, and to Karate Canada junior members between the ages of 14-18, who are 1st Dan holders and/or are provincial-level elite competitors. Non-Karate Canada members are also welcome to attend (see conditions in program).
 The 2013 KC Summit is also active on social networks! We encourage you to visit Karate Canada's Facebook page by clicking here.

We hope to greet all of you soon in Toronto.

 

November 4, 2013

Stéphane Rivest is Karate Canada's New Treasurer

Following the resignation of Mr. David Kelly, whom Karate Canada warmly thanks for his years of generous service on its Board of Directors, Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it has recently appointed Mr. Stéphane Rivest as its new Treasurer, by unanimous decision of its Board members.

Mr. Rivest is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing currently working with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.  He is also very active in the community and has served as a Director on many Board of Directors and is currently serving terms as Treasurer of Les Centres Jeunesses Outaouais and FRP Canada Inc., and as a member of the Finance Committee of Parkinsons Society of Canada.Furthermore, Stéphane is a Shotokan Black Belt holder with Quebec Team Head Coach Mr. Denis Beaudoin, has been a volunteer with Karaté Québec for 7 years and is Karaté Québec’s Treasurer since 2011. In the past year, Stéphane was been very active in assisting Karate Canada in implementing the Travel Cost Share program for the National Championships, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Karate Canada warmly welcomes Stéphane to this new role, and has every confidence that his expertise will greatly contribute to the continued and growing success of the organization.

 

Junior Team in Guadalajara, Spain for 2013 Junior World Championships

Seven of our best Junior National Team athletes are currently in Guadalajara, Spain, where they will compete in the next few days at the 2013 Junior World Karate Championships. You may click here to view the entire roster of these athletes, who all qualified for participation in this event through their performances at the recent Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Medellin, Colombia, August). These athletes will be coaches and supervised by National Team Coaches Mariève Blais and Germain Bisson. Also proudly representing Canada at this prestigious event will be Canadian officials Jaroslav Tarana, Zvonko Celebija, Allen (Ahad) Tanzadeh, David Griffen and Joshua Drury, along with Karate Canada's President Ms. Rébecca Khoury. We wish our entire team the best of luck, and we will post full results as soon as possible (you may follow the action more closely on Karate Canada's Facebook page, which should be updated rather regularly).

 

October 31, 2013

2013 Summit Program and Schedule Now Available

ProgramSUMMIT2013Karate Canada is very pleased to publish the official Program and Schedule of the upcoming 2013 Annual Summit, which will be held at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre on November 29th , 30th and December 1st. This great event will offer conferences, workshops and learning opportunities for all (coaches, athletes, Provincial Association staff and administrators, club owners, etc). Karate Canada's Annual General Meeting will also be held on Day 1 of the Summit, on Friday November 29th, from 6 to 8 PM (notice to be published soon). You may click here to read the 2013 Summit's detailed program, or click here to view its full schedule. Online pre-registration will open shortly. We look forward to greeting all of you in Toronto very soon.

 

October 25, 2013

Toronto and Vancouver area regional trainings postponed until November 2nd and November 3rd

Please note that in light of unforeseeable conflicting schedules with local events, Karate Canada has decided to postpone the Regional Trainings for kumite athletes originally scheduled to take place in the Toronto and Vancouver areas this Saturday, October 26th. Both trainings will take place the following weekend instead, on Saturday, November 2nd for the Surrey (Vancouver) area training, and on Sunday, November 3rd for the Toronto area training, at their usual time and location. More details to come soon, and all invited athletes will received this information by email.

Karate Canada thanks you very much for your understanding and cooperation.

 

3rd Atlantic Regional Training Camp, November 9-10

Following the success of the latest 2 Regional Training Camps led by Mr. Randy Rix in the Atlantic provinces, Karate Canada is pleased to remind everyone that a 3rd such Training Camp is scheduled to take place on November 9th and 10th, at the New Maryland Recreation Centre, located at: 754 New Maryland Hwy, New Maryland (NB) E3C 2A9 (Saturday from 6 to 9 PM ,and Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM).

This invitational 2-day Training Camp, assembling Junior and Senior National Team athletes and other guest athletes, will once again be led by nationally approved Coach and Trainer Randy Rix (personal club trainer of Pan Am medalist and Carded athlete Kate Campbell), and will be run in accordance with a Karate Canada - approved training plan.

Additionally, Karate Canada is pleased to announce the participation of renown Judo instructor Mr. Jean-Pierre Cantin (Olympian, holder of numerous national titles, former National Team Coach and current Executive Director of Judo NB), who will assist participating athletes in perfecting takedowns and sweeping techniques.

Karate Canada sincerely thanks Mr. Rix once again for volunteering to share his expertise with our top Atlantic Region athletes and coaches.

 

Reminder: 4th Ontario-Quebec Inter Regional Training Camp to take place in Kingston, Nov 10th

Please note that the 4th and last Ontario-Quebec Inter Regional Training Camp of the season will take place on Sunday, November 10th, 2013, at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The training session(s) will be co-led by Coaches Nassim Varasteh and Roch Laflamme.

All current Senior National Team kumite athletes residing in the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario are invited to take part in this mandatory training camp. Other athletes may participate upon invitation, and Senior National Team kumite athletes from any part of Canada may participate as well.

This will constitute an important step in the preparation of athletes competing at the 2013 Salzburg Open Karate 1 Championships at the end of November.

 

Gatineau-area Regional Training

We wish to remind all Sr National Team Kumite athletes and "Rising Star" athletes from the Gatineau area that they are invited to take part in a Regional Training Session which will be held this Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 PM to approximately 2:30 PM, at the Cama Karate Club, located at: 110, rue Georges, Gatineau (Quebec) J8M 1A2.

This training session will be led by the Gatineau Regional Training Centre Coach Mr. Germain Bisson, in accordance with a training plan approved by Karate Canada.

Only invited athletes and Junior National Team athletes preparing for imminent participation in the 2013 Junior World Championships may participate. We wish to remind all Sr National Team kumite athletes residing within 100 km of the Cama Karate club that a minimum of 66% of all Regional Trainings offered this season in order to remain eligible to compete at events as Karate Canada National Team members (for more on this, see our PDF document on Sr National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes).

 

October 23, 2013

Karate Canada will be holding Dan Examinations at the Summit

We are pleased to announce that we will be having Dan Examinations on Saturday, November 30, 2013 <calendar:T2:Saturday, November 30, 2013>  from 1:00-5:00PM <calendar:T1:1:00-5:00PM>  at the annual Summit. Any members who wish to upgrade their Dan from their current rank or receive Karate Canada Dan recognition (testing required for 4th Dan and above) may apply to participate in the examination. The required application form as well as more information about the Dan Testing program can be found at http://www.karatecanada.org/en/dantech2013En.html

Should you require any further infomation, please contact our Program Manager, Joshua Drury at joshua@karatecanada.org

 

October 17, 2013

7th Commonwealth Championships a Resounding Success

Karate Canada wrapped up the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships last weekend, as over 600 participants from across Canada and from 6 other nations (Australia, Botswana, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa) faced off to compete at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre, in Montreal (Quebec). The World Karate Federation President, Mr. Antonio Espinos, has graced the event with his presence, as have several guests of honour, such as the Commonwealth Karate Federation President Mr. Michael Kassis, Canadian Olympic Committee representative Andrew Baker, and Ms. Érika Duchesne, from the City of Montreal. Canada has made a strong showing at this tournament, with many podium results, alongside top competitors from other participating nations.You may view full results of all three days of competition by clicking here. We also suggest visiting our Facebook page in order to view many of the great pictures from the event kindly shared with Karate Canada by its members and staff. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank all participants, coaches, referees and volunteers for contributing to the overall success of its recent 7th Commonwealth Karate Championships. We hope that this memorable event has lived up to everyone's expectations, and look forward to the next edition of the Championships, will will take place in India, in 2015.

 

Karate Canada Seeks Two National Team Coaches

Karate Canada is looking to hire two part-time National Team Coaches, to work alongside our National Team Head Coach Mrs. Nassim Varasteh. You may click here to view the full job description and posting. Interested candidates must apply no later than October 29th, 2013. Thank you.

 

October 4, 2013

Updated Schedule of Activities and of Divisions Per Day Now Available for the 2013 Commonwealth Championships

You may click here for the latest version of the schedule of activities, which includes meeting room assignments. You may also click here to view the list of divisions competing on each day of the event.

 

Karate Canada Seeking More Volunteers at the Upcoming Commonwealth Championships

You want to be part of the action? You want to be involved and to make a real difference? Karate Canada and Karate Quebec are still seeking several helpful volunteers to lend a hand in making the upcoming 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships a total success. This will also be a great opportunity to be close to the action and participants.You may click here to indicate your interest and availability. We thank you in advance very much for your generosity and contribution!

 

Referees at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships

Please note that even though registration in this event is officially closed for all athletes and coaches, referees may still register by clicking here, and may also still register for the CKF Referee Course (Thursday, October 10th). Also, please note that Provincial level Officials may not only act as referees and /or judges for Sunday (October 13th)'s kyu (colour belt) and Children / Youth divisions, but may also assist National and International Referees by working as score and time keepers at the tables of the different rings on Friday and Saturday (October 11 and 12), thereby being close to the action for the WKF Elite divisions, and benefiting from the experience of seasoned national and international referees. You may confirm your availability and interest in doing this by email, at commonwealth2013@karatecanada.org

 

Canada's National Team Ready For Action at the Commonwealth Championships!

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that 29 members of its Junior and Senior National Teams will be competing on home soil at the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships, in Montreal, Quebec, on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th. These athletes will be supported by National Team Coaches Nassim Varasteh, Kraig Devlin, Mariève Blais and Roman Saltikov. You may click here to view the entire team roster. Don't miss out on the chance to see many of our nation's best in action! We invite you to come to Montreal and encourage our home team and its athletes in person. Admission tickets for spectators may be purchased in advance (at a reduced rate) or at the door (all information can be found on the event's official website). Karate Canada wishes its National Team athletes the very best of luck at this event.

 

2nd Atlantic Regional Training Centre Training Camp This Weekend

Following the considerable success of its first edition (held in New Maryland, NB, on August 17-18), which assembled numerous elite athletes, Karate Canada is proud to announce the holding of its 2nd Atlantic Regional Centre Training Camp, which will take place this weekend (Saturday, October 5 from 5 to 8 PM, and Sunday, October 6 from 9 Am to 1 PM), at the New Maryland Recreational Centre (754 New Maryland Hwy, New Maryland NB, E3C 2A9). This invitational 2-day Training Camp, assembling Junior and Senior National Team athletes and other guest athletes, will be led by nationally approved Coach and Trainer Randy Rix, and will be run in accordance with a Karate Canada - approved training plan (You may contact Mr. Rix directly for more details by clicking here.). Please note that a 3rd Atlantic Regional Training Camp is also scheduled for November 9th and 10th (Saturday from 6 to 9 PM ,and Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM, at the same location). We sincerely thank Mr. Rix again for volunteering to share his expertise with our top Atlantic Region athletes and coaches.

 

Mr. Hasan Bratic Named to Karate Canada's High Performance Committee

Karate Canada is very pleased to announce the recent addition of Mr. Hasan Bratic to its High Performance Committee. Mr. Bratic is the Chair of Karate Ontario's High Performance Committee since 2011, where he has, in collaboration with the Canadian Sport Centre of Ontario, led the development, completion and begun overseeing implementation of a HP Plan which has been endorsed and approved by the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport. Mr. Bratic is also the successful owner of a karate school which has been fostering the culture of HP sport karate, and he has, for more than 12 years, coached and designed the training plans of numerous athletes who have achieved national and international podium success (including results on the world stage). Additionally, Mr. Bratic, who is currently working towards certification in the Comp Dev NCCP level, has been thoroughly involved in Karate Canada's recent High Performance Review and the creation of the first version of its Strategic HP Plan (2011) over the last few years. He has also been instrumental in the development of the National Team Regional Training Centre concept. Karate Canada is delighted to welcome Mr. Bratic in this new and important role, where he will join other current HP Committee members Nassim Varasteh (National Team Head Coach and Toronto Regional Training Centre Coach), Kraig Devlin (High Performance Coordinator and frequent National Team Coach), Germain Bisson (Gatineau Regional Training Centre Coach and frequent National Team Coach), Chris De Sousa Costa (National Athlete Representative), Gérard Lauzière (CAC Consultant and HP expert) and Olivier Pineau (Committee Chair). We are certain that Mr. Bratic's contribution to this Committee will be of great assistance in driving Karate Canada's High Performance programs in the desired direction.

 

September 27, 2013

Revised Conflict of Interest Policy

Following recent revisions, Karate Canada proudly presents its new Conflict of Interest Policy.
Click here to view the entire document.

 

September 26, 2013

Only 3 days left to register in the Commonwealth Championships!

We wish to remind everyone that registration in the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships will close at end of the day this Sunday, September 29th. Don't miss out on this great international event, assembling athletes form various countries. Over 800 participant entries so far, and divisions for all ages and levels... We are also glad to confirm that the World Karate Federation President, Mr. Espinos, will grace this event with his presence. All information can be found on the event's official website, at: www.karatecommonwealth2013.com

Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian is Karate Canada's New National Team Head Coach

Following its recent postings and extensive search, Karate Canada is thrilled to announce that it has finally selected and hired its new part-time, permanent National Team Head Coach. Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian for her nomination, and for having accepted to take on this very important role. Mrs. Varasteh-Reyhanian is a former repeat World Championship medalist, and was without question the most decorated athlete in the recent history of karate in Canada. Since her retirement from the competitive scene, just a few years ago, Mrs. Varasteh-Reyhanian has convincingly demonstrated her ability to train and lead athletes to consistent international podium results. She is also a highly successful club owner and instructor, and has worked alongside Karate Canada's National Teams, as an Event Coach, at various key international events over the last few years. She has also been leading the Toronto area Regional Training Centre for Senior National Team kumite athletes, and has co-led numerous Quebec-Ontario Inter Regional Training Camps. Mrs. Varasteh-Reyhanian's passion, dedication, leadership and considerable expertise will undoubtedly be of great help in achieving Karate Canada's High Performance objectives of the next few years. We warmly welcome Nassim to this new and crucial role within our organization, and will be posting openings for 2 additional and permanent, part-time National Team Coaches shortly.

Philippe Soucy Receives 4,000$ from Hydro-Quebec

As part of Hydro-Quebec's athlete bursary program, current Junior and Senior National Karate Team member Philippe Soucy has just been awarded 4,000$ in support for his athletic pursuits. Philippe, who won a silver medal at his first participation in the Senior Pan American Championships earlier this season, had been nominated for his remarkable results by Karate Quebec, who has recommended him to the "Fondation de l'athlète d'excellence du Québec" (Quebec Excellence Athlete Foundation). You may click here for a detailed communique (in French), and you may click here to view a picture of Philippe receiving this award (photo: Hydro-Quebec). Our sincere congratulations to this deserving athlete, and our sincere gratitude to Hydro-Quebec for their generous support of amateur athletes!

Karate Canada Announces New Events Manager

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it has retained the services of Mr. Ken St-Eloy for management of the upcoming key domestic events of the season (2013 Commonwealth Championships, 2013 Annual Karate Canada Summit, 2014 National Championships, 2014 First National Training Camp and 2014 North American Cup). Himself a former professional athlete and graduate in sports administration, Mr. St-Eloy brings to Karate Canada a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of event management and coordination, partnerships and communication, as well as thorough knowledge of the international sports scene. We welcome Ken to his new role with our organization, and look forward to his important contribution.

Karate Canada Hires New Program Manager

Following the abolition of the former full-time Program Coordinator position, Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it has recruited Mr. Joshua Drury to work as its part-time Program Manager. Mr. Drury will help oversee such key programs as the NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program), Officials' development and Technical and Dan-related programs. Aside from his long-term involvement in karate and his active role as a coach and official, Mr Drury is Karate Ontario's former Executive Director, as well as being Karate Canada's AWAD (Athletes with a Disability) Committee Chair. We welcome Joshua to this new role within our organization, and have every confidence that he will quickly familiarize himself with and help ensure smooth delivery of national programs under his supervision.

Mr. Yaro Tarana Nominated to the National Officials' Committee

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the recent addition of Mr. Jaroslav Tarana to its national Official Committee. As a very high-level and seasoned International Referee and Judge, Mr. Tarana will undoubtedly bring a great wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Mr. Tarana will be joining other Officials Committee members Norma Foster (Chair), Zvonko Celebija, Allen Tanzadeh and Don Mazerolle. We welcome Mr.Tarana to his new role, and thank him as well as all other volunteers on this Committee for their generous involvement and contribution.

Success in Europe as Roxanne Côté Grabs Bronze at the German Open

Following their participation in the 2013 Lion Cup (Luxemburg), 4 of Canada's top Senior female kumite athletes (Roxanne Côté, Vanessa Retrepo-Hernandez, Kate Campbell and Kamille Desjardins) were joined by their teammate Mr. Chris De Sousa Costa and took part in a 4-day training camp in Liege, Belgium. This training camp was led by former world champion and renown coach Junior Lefevre, and our athletes were accompanied by National Team Coaches Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian and Kraig Devlin. Following the intensive training camp, the group met up with fellow Canadian athlete Kirill Bahzenov in Hanau, where the team competed in the 2013 German Open Premier League Karate 1 Championships, one of the highest level Open karate tournaments in the world. Most of our athletes had a few rounds at this event, and Roxanne Côté went on to grab a bronze medal (her second international medal within less than 10 days!), winning 3 matches and only losing one very close match to her rival from Austria (currently ranked number 2 in the world in this division by the WKF), who went on to win gold in the division. Karate Canada wishes to extend its sincere congratulations to the entire team for their remarkable performances, and to express its heartfelt gratitude to our National Team Coaches and to Mr. Junior Lefevre, who generously shared his knowledge and expertise with our athletes and coaches.

 

September 21, 2013

Updated Schedule of Activities for the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships

Please click here to view an updated schedule of activities surrounding the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships (Montreal, QC, Oct 9-13), including activities for Athletes, Referees, Coaches, Delegates, Committee members, etc.

 

IMPORTANT: Registration Period Extended for Commonwealth Championships & Discounted registration fees for ALL color belts

Due to numerous requests, Karate Canada has extended the registration period for the 2013 Commonwealth Championships until September 29th, inclusively. Additionally, here are the revised registration fees:

Color Belt Categories

6-9 years : $50 CDN, SINGLE PRICE for one or more entries

10 years + : $55 CDN single entry fee + 20 CAD for a second entry in another division

NB
People who already have paid on Sportdata will be refunded of the difference on this new prices basis

 

September 16, 2013

Schedule of Activities for the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships

Please click here to view a more detailed schedule of activities preceding the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships (Montreal, QC, Oct 9-13), including activities for Athletes, Referees, Coaches, Delegates, Committee members, etc.

Referee Registration for the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships

Please find below all information needed for participation and registration of officials in the upcoming 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships:

  • All WKF, continental and nationally licensed referees are welcome to officiate at 2013 CKF Championships with proof of such status (WKF, continental or national passport).
  • Officials must register online via SportData (see registration process information on the event website, at www.karatecommonwealth2013.com , in the "Delegations" tab) by September 22, 2013.
  • Participation as tournament official is free of charge.
  • Lunch and snacks provided throughout competition days for all officials.
  • Shuttles available between Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), Montreal Sheraton Centre and tournament venue.
    See hotel lobby for times, and please provide travel itineraries to the Organizing Committee, at: commonwealth2013@karatecanada.org
  • Karate Canada Referee A and Kata Judge A may officiate all divisions.
  • Karate Canada Referee B and Kata Judge B and Canadian below may officiate Youth
    and Kyu divisions on Sunday, October 13.
  • Mandatory briefing for all participating officials: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:00 to 9:00 PM , HQ hotel (location: TBA).

 

CKF Referee Seminar at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it will be holding a Commonwealth Karate Federation-sanctioned Referee Seminar in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), on the day preceding the start of the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships (October 10th).Please find the information about this course below:

  • Time / Date: 9: 00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday October 10, 2013
  • Location: CKF HQ Hotel (Montreal Sheraton Centre, 1201 Boul. René-Lévesque West, Montreal, QC, H3B 2L7).
  • Facilitators / instructors: Karate Canada RC Chair Norma Foster together with CKF officials from Commonwealth countries holding WKF Referee A and Kata* Judge A will present the course.
  • Participation in this course is recommended for all officials planning to officiate at the 7th CKF Championships.
  • International officials completing this Course will be awarded CKF participation certificates.
  • Canadian officials with a national officiating qualification may obtain participation certificates or new / upgraded Karate Canada officiating licenses.
  • Participation Fees: $75 CAD
  • Canadian officials undergoing examination: $125 CAD ( includes course registration and examination fee).
  • Canadian participants in Referee course and CKF competition must have any current level of Karate Canada referee licence and hold passport ($20 for new passport).
  • Registration: All course participants must complete an online Google Registration Form by September 30th, 2013 (accessible by clicking here).
  • Information: Please email Norma Foster directly for more information, at: guseikai@hotmail.com.

 

Strong Start to European Trip as Canada Earns 3 Medals at Lion Cup

As part of a recent high performance initiative, 4 of Canada's top ranked athletes and 2012-2013 Pan American medalists have taken part in the 2013 Lion Cup, an international competition held in Luxemburg on September 14th. Roxanne Côté (-50 kg) and Kate Campbell (-55kg) have both won silver medals, and Vanessa Restrepo-Hernandez (-55 kg) has earned a bronze medal at this event. Kamille Desjardins (-61kg) also delivered a strong performance, despite not climbing on the podium. This tournament hosted several experienced international athletes, and was a great start / warm-up tournament for our 4 Canadian women in preparation for next week's 2013 German Open Karate 1 Championships. All 4 athletes were coached by National Team Coach Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian. Next on the group's agenda is an international 5-day training camp with Mr. Junior Lefevre at Club Champions (Liege, Belgium), from September 15 to the 19th inclusively. Karate Canada's High Performance Coordinator and fellow National Team Coach Mr. Kraig Devlin is also accompanying the group, as is 2012 Pan Am silver medalist Chris De Sousa Costa (men's +84kg). You may view full results of the 2013 Lion Cup by clicking here. You may also follow the group's journey and progress more closely on our official Facebook page!

 

September 3, 2013

3rd Ontario - Quebec Inter-Regional Kumite Training Camp of the Season To Be Held in Kingston, September 8

Karate Canada is pleased to confirm and remind athletes that it will be holding the third Quebec-Ontario Inter Regional Training Camp for National team athletes on Sunday, September 8th, 2013, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. The training will once again be led by Regional Centre Coaches Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian and Roch Laflamme, and participation will be mandatory for all Senior Kumite National Team athletes residing in Ontario or Quebec.

 

Team Canada Delivers a Strong Performance at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships

The Junior National Team earned a total of 10 medals at the 2013 Junior Pan American Karate Championships recently held in Medellin, Colombia, thus showing that they are indeed "Strong, Fearless and Unstoppable" (the Team's power words). The final medal breakdown is as follows:

Gold medal: 1. Hana Furumoto-Deshaies - Junior Kumite -53kg
Silver medals: 1. Rafael Silva - Junior Kumite-68kg
2. 14-17 Male Team Kata
- Geoffrey Newell
- Jean Newell
- John Sawal
Bronze medals: 1. Trysten Deveau - Junior Kumite -48kg
2. Brendon Ly - Junior Kumite +76kg
3. Patrice Boily Martineau - U21Kumite -78kg
4. Philippe Soucy - U21 Kumite +78kg
5. Philippe Soucy - U21 Open Weight Kumite
6. U21 Men Team Kumite
- Philippe Soucy
- Tyler Deveau
- Patrice Boily-Martineau
- Jean-Sébastien Bisson
7. U21 Women Team Kumite
- Francessca Béchard
- Jasmine Landry
- Marianne Boulé
- Yashna Hathi


Several other Canadian have athletes also finished amongst the top 5 of their division, and all Cadet athletes are returning from this tournament armed with invaluable experience. Full results can be found soon on the WKF website. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates all the National Team athletes and Coaches for their performance, and thanks all Canadian referees present for their important participation in this event. Next on the Junior National Team calendar: the 2013 Commonwealth Championships (Montreal, Quebec, October 11-13) and the Junior World Championships for qualified athletes (November 7-10, Guadalajara, Spain).

 

August 30, 2013

Reminder: Early Bird Registration for Commonwealth Championships Ends August 30th

We wish to remind all Canadian Clubs / Dojos and athletes that early bird online registration for the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships is only available to all competitors until August 30th inclusively. Participants registering after this deadline will have to pay the full registration fee. All details can be found on the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships official website. Please note that participation in this prestigious international event (held in Montreal, on October 11-13) is open to all Canadian competitors (who are members of clubs which are duly affiliated with our member Provincial Associations), and the event will offer divisions for participants of all ages and levels (Youth to Senior kata and kumite divisions, for both colour belts and elite black belts). Information will be available soon with regards to Referee registration and the Commonwealth Karate Federation Referee Seminar which will be offered on October 10th, 2013.

Karate Canada is also pleased to announce that National Teams from such reputable nations as Australia, New Zealand and various African nations have already confirmed their participation. Karate Canada's Junior and Senior National Teams will also be competing at this event. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take part in a high-quality international karate tournament on domestic soil!

 

August 29, 2013

Draws for Junior Pan Am Championships

Canadian athletes were stepping onto the mats as day 1 of the 2013 cadet & Junior Pan American championships got underway this morning. You may view the full draws by clicking here. More updates coming soon.

 

August 21, 2013

2013 National Junior Team To Compete Shortly at Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that a team of 44 Cadet, Junior and U21 athletes will be traveling to Medellin, Colombia shortly, to take part in the 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships. You may click here to view the entire list of athletes on the National Junior Team for this event. The team, which will travel from August 23rd to September 1st inclusively, will be accompanied and supervised by National Team Coaches Mariève Blais (Lead Coach), Louise Provencher, Ed Docherty and Mike Ditson. Karate Canada's President Ms. Rébecca Khoury will also accompany the Junior National Team, as will Mr. James Johnson (PKF Commission Member), Mr. Zvonko Celebija (PKF Referee Council Member), Ms. Norma Foster (Karate Canada Referee Chair), as well as Derek Ryan, Wing Au, Babak Sotoudeh and André Pronovost (international referees from Canada). Karate Canada wishes the very best of luck to the entire delegation.

 

August 11, 2013

First Atlantic Regional Kumite Training Camp, August 17-18

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the holding of the first Atlantic Regional Kumite Training Camp, which will take place under the supervision of nationally-appointed trainer Mr. Randy Rix, on August 17-18, 2013. Mr. Rix is a Karate Canada-approved National Team Trainer, and has, amongst other achievements, been the long-time personal coach and instructor of Senior Pan American Championship medalist and Carded Senior National Team athlete Kate Campbell.

This Training Camp will take place at the New Maryland Recreational Center, in Maryland, New Brunswick. It will focus exclusively on competition kumite training, and will primarily serve as a preparatory training session for all National Team athletes preparing for upcoming international tournaments of the season. All trainings will be run according to training plans approved by Karate Canada.

Please note that while participation in this training camp is optional, it is highly recommended for all Junior and Senior National Team athletes as well as for “Rising Stars” and all other invited athletes from the Atlantic provinces. Participation is entirely free for all National Team athletes and other invited athletes.

Karate Canada wishes to salute local initiatives having made the start of an Atlantic Regional Centre possible, as well as the generosity of Mr. Rix in willingly sharing his expertise with our athletes at this inaugural event.

Future Atlantic Training Camp Dates (to be confirmed):

September 7-8, 2013;
November 9-10, 2013.

( For more information, you may contact Karate Canada's High Performance Coordinator, Mr. Kraig Devlin, at: kraig.devlin@karatecanada.org.)

 

Karate Canada Seeks an Assistant Director

Karate Canada is looking for a full-time Assistant Director, who will be working at the Montreal office, as of September 16th. Please click here to view the full job posting and description. Interested candidates must submit their resume and cover letter to Mr. Olivier Pineau by email, no later than August 25th, 2013, at: olivier@karatecanada.org.

 

August 8, 2013

2nd Ontario - Quebec Inter-Regional Kumite Training Camp of the Season To Be Held in Kingston, August 18

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it will be holding the second Quebec-Ontario Inter Regional Training Camp for National team athletes on Sunday, August 18th, 2013, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. The training will be led by Regional Centre Coaches Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian and Roch Laflamme, and participation will be mandatory for all Senior Kumite National Team athletes residing in Ontario or Quebec.

 

August 6, 2013

Reminder: Deadline for Head Coach Application is August 7th

We wish to remind any potential applicants that tomorrow, August 7th 2013, is the deadline to submit one's resume for the part-time National Team Head Coach position. Please click here in order to see the full job posting. All applicants must submit their resume along with a cover letter, by email, to Karate Canada's Executive Director Mr. Olivier Pineau.

 

July 21, 2013

Karate Canada Seeks New National Team Head Coach

A new and permanent part-time National Team Head Coach position is now available at Karate Canada. Please click here in order to see the full job posting. All applicants must submit their resume along with a cover letter, by email, to Karate Canada's Executive Director Mr. Olivier Pineau, no later than August 7th, 2013.

Karate Canada Office Closed Until August 4th

Please note that the Karate Canada office will be temporarily closed from July 22nd to August 4th inclusively. For any urgent inquiry pertaining to High Performance programs, please contact our High Performance Coordinator Mr. Kraig Devlin. For questions or inquiries about the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships, please contact Mr. Geoffrey Théodule, Intern Project Manager. For urgent inquiries relating to the upcoming 2013 Junior Pan American Championships, please contact our Administrative Assistant and Project Manager, Mrs. Kathy Waterworth. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

July 19, 2013

Team Canada at the Frankfurt Open

Karate Canada will soon invite a small group (probably 10 athletes) of Senior National Team athletes to compete at the upcoming 2013 FRANKFURT OPEN KARATE 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS (Germany, September 21-22), in accordance with our Team Selection Criteria. We therefore recommend that top-ranked Senior National Team roster athletes keep these dates available for the time being. Of course, participation in this Open tournament is also accessible to non-Team members, and is strongly suggested for all elite athletes (ranking points will be granted for top 5 and higher finishes). More details coming soon!

 

Team Canada at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships

Please note that both the Senior and Junior Canadian National Team athletes will be invited shortly to compete as National Team members at the upcoming 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships (Oct 11-13, Montreal QC). Final selection of invited athletes will occur soon, and in accordance with our Team Selection Criteria; this will take place immediately after the conclusion of the 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships in the case of Junior athletes. Any athlete invited to compete as a Team Canada member but who may have previously registered through his Club or Provincial Association will be refunded the full amount of the registration fees, if he /she accepts Karate Canada's invitation, and his /her registration will of course be modified accordingly.

 

Online registrations for the Commonwealth Championships now open

Karate Canada is pleased to inform you that online registration for athletes, coaches and accompanying teams is now open on Sport Data for the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships, which will be held in Montreal, October, 11‑ 13.
 
You have until September 22 to register your delegation on Sport Data (click here)
 
Only directors of National Karate Federations, directors of Karate Canada’s Provincial Associations and Canadian club/dojo directors are authorized to register their delegation/members. Individuals may not register themselves and a single authorization will be given per National Karate Federation/Canadian Karate Club/Karate Canada Provincial Association. Please advise your karate club or your Provincial Association of your intent to participate if you live in Canada, or your National Karate Association if you live abroad. (Please note that even though some Provincial Associations may offer the possibility to register their members for this event, they are not obligated to offer this service, and individual members of Canadian clubs/dojos may register through their karate club. Karate Canada will validate the membership standing of these clubs before allowing them to proceed with the online registration.) To register for this event, an authorization is required. The system will automatically request that the director proceeding to the registration submit an authorization request to the organizer. The organizer will then verify the request (by confirming that the National Federations are members in good standing of the Commonwealth Karate Federation, and that the Canadian clubs or Provincial Associations are members in good standing of Karate Canada) and give this authorization to all applicants in good standing. You will automatically be informed by email once you are authorized to register for the event.
 
We invite you to visit the event Website at : www.karatecommonwealth2013.com, where you will find all the relevant information on the sporting aspects (divisions, competition rules, schedule), the registration process through Sport Data, the costs and methods of payment, as well as the information needed to organize your stay in Montreal (accommodations, transportation, venue address, visa procedures for National Karate Federations).
 
The Commonwealth Championship is also active on social networks! We encourage you to visit the official event page on Facebook by clicking here.
 
We hope to see you all in Montreal in October!
 
(We remind you that National Karate Federations must be members in good standing of the Commonwealth Karate Federation and the World Karate Federation. For more information regarding your eligibility, please contact the Commonwealth Karate Federation at gnkwe@yahoo.com).

 

July 10, 2013

Karate Canada Seeks Event Coaches for the 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships

Three event coach positions are currently available for coaches supporting Karate Canada's Junior National Team at the upcoming Junior Pan American Karate Championships (Medellin, Colombia, Aug 26 -Sep 1). The selected coaches will accompany and assist the event's Lead Coach, Ms. Mariève Blais. Qualified candidates are welcome to apply no later than July 18th. Please click here to view the full job description and the details of the offer.

While permanent coaching positions will also be posted soon, please note that being selected for coaching at the 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships will not affect in any way any coach's eligibility to be hired as a contract part-time yet permanent National Team Coach shortly.

 

July 9, 2013

2013 Junior National Training Camp An Overwhelming Success

No less than 34 Junior National Team kumite athletes, 14 provincial level athletes, 14 club and / or Provincial Team coaches and 5 Senior National Team athletes were assembled in Toronto recently, in order to take part in a challenging and intense 3-day training camp (July 5 to 7), mostly focused on the preparation of Junior National Team members for their participation in the imminent 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships. The kumite training sessions were co-led by our guest star instructors Douglas Brose and Lucelia Ribeiro Brose (from Brazil), along with our Canadian National Team Coaches Mariève Blais and Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian.

The camp also included such varied elements as information sessions and conferences on athlete preparation and competition tactics, athlete commitment and responsibility, Karate Canada's High Performance initiatives, sports nutrition and mental preparation for high-level athletes, an update on the 2015 Pan Am Games, an info session for Friends and Families of athletes, coach debriefs and specific workshops for coaches on sports psychology as well as taekwondo kicking drills and training. It also included a taekwondo cross-training session as well as a few fun team building activities for all participating athletes. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank all of its coaches, staff, volunteers, participants and their parents for their significant contribution to the success of this important event.

A special word of gratitude also goes out to Mr. Dick Grant, who has, as always, captured many of the event's key moments for posterity through his camera lens (you may view many of these pictures on Karate Canada's official Facebook page), as well as to Mr. and Mrs. Brose, for their generosity and passion in sharing their knowledge and expertise with our athletes and coaches. A short post-event survey will be submitted to all participants shortly, as part of our ongoing efforts to constantly improve the quality of our various events.

 

July 3, 2013

Invitation to a 2015 Pan Am Games Update & Community Outreach Meeting

All Canadian Karate athletes are welcome to this meeting which will be held on Thursday July 4, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, in the Collingwood Room of the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre. All Canadian Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Karate athletes are welcome to attend. Click here for the formal invitation and details.

 

Junior Training Camp Schedule Modified

Karate Canada has made final additions and minor changes to the 2013 Junior Camp Training Schedule. Three presentations have been added around lunch time for participating Junior National Team athletes, and athletes will be grouped according to age categories (Cadet, and 16 years and older) for training sessions on Saturday, July 6th.
You may click here for the revised event schedule.

 

"Friends and Family" Presentation at Junior Camp

All parents and family members of Junior athletes participating in the 2013 Junior National Training Camp are cordially invited to attend a one-hour presentation in the Algonquin room of the Toronto Airport Sheraton Airport and Convention Centre, from 5 to 6 PM on Saturday, June 6th. Topics covered will include: parental and family support, training requirements for different LTAD stages and age groups, time management and reconciling training and competition demands with academic success, as well as promotion of a healthy, drug free sport and lifestyle.

 

June 28, 2013

KARATE CANADA ADDRESS CHANGE

Please note there has been a change of address for Karate Canada. There is no longer a P.O. Box, and the Postal Code has been changed. Our new address is:

Karate Canada
4545 Pierre de Coubertin
Montreal, QC
H1V 0B2

 

June 27, 2013

Last Chance!
Junior National Training Camp Registration's Final Extension

Due to many late requests from members, Karate Canada has agreed to extend registration in the 2013 Junior National Training Camp one last time, and registration will remain open until Sunday, June 30, inclusively. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to train amongst the nation's best and learn from world-renown experts. Act fast, as places are limited! You may click here for the full event program , or click here to register online . We would like to remind everyone that pre-registration is mandatory for all participants (there will be no on-site registration).

 

June 21, 2013 - CORRECTION -

Correction: 2nd Regional Training in Toronto Moved to saturday, June 22nd

Please note that the Toronto-area Regional kumite training for Sr National Team athletes which was originally scheduled to be held on Sunday, June 23rd, has been moved to Saturday, June 22nd. So the training will occur at the following time and place:

  • Satuday, June 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST, at the Kan-Zen-Kai Dojo, located at:
    117 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill ON L3T 1L6.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

 

June 21, 2013

Junior National Training Camp Registration Extended

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that following considerable demand, it has extended the registration deadline for the upcoming 2013 Junior National Training Camp (Toronto, July 5-7) until Tuesday, June 25th inclusively. Please note that registration for Junior National Team members has closed, and registration is now only accessible to other provincial-level athletes and coaches. Please also note that at this time, Karate Canada may no longer reserve meals or accommodations on behalf of participants for this event. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to train amongst the nation's best and learn from world-renown experts. Act fast, as places are limited! You may click here for the full event program, or click here to register online. We would like to remind everyone that pre-registration is mandatory for all participants (there will be no on-site registration).

 

2nd Regional Trainings for National Team Athletes

Karate Canada wishes to remind Senior National Team kumite athletes from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec that the season's 2nd Regional Trainings will take place this weekend, at the following dates, times and locations:

  • Gatineau Area: Saturday, June 22nd, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST, at the Karate Cama Dojo, located at: 110 Georges St, Gatineau QC J8M 1A2
  • Toronto Area: Sunday, June 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST, at the Kan-Zen-Kai Dojo, located at: 117 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill ON L3T 1L6.
  • Vancouver Area: Saturday, June 23rd, from 1:00 to 3:00 Pm PST, at the Surrey Karate Academy, located at: 12725 80th Avenue (Punjab Cloth House building), Surrey BC V3W 3A6.

We would also like to remind everyone that attendance in 66% of the season's regional trainings is mandatory for all invited National Team athletes (kumite Senior National team members plus invited guests in Ontario and Quebec, Junior and U21 kumite National Team members as well as Senior National Team members in BC) from these regions who reside within a 100km radius of the training locations.

 

June 12, 2013

2013 National Junior Training Camp Registration Now Open

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that online pre-registration is now officially open for the upcoming 2013 Junior National Training Camp, which will be held at the Toronto Airport Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre (Ontario), from July 5th to July 7th 2013. While this training camp is mandatory for all Cadet, Junior and U21 kumite National Team athletes who have been selected to participate in the upcoming 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships, it is also open and available to any and all Cadet, Junior and U21 athletes having competed in provincial selections towards participation in National Championships within the last year.

ProgramJuniorCamp2013The Camp will be lead by guest star Coaches Douglas Brose and Lucelia Ribeiro from Brazil (whose team finished first in the cumulative ranking at the latest Senior Pan American Championships), with the assistance of two of our current National Team Coaches, Mariève Blais and Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian. The camp will also include a cross-training session aimed at perfecting kicking skills with current National Taekwondo Team Head Coach and 2-time Olympic Coach Shin Wook Lim, and will offer sessions on sports nutrition and mental preparation. Paramedical support will be present for the full duration of the camp, in order to ensure participant safety and support. Club Coaches and instructors may observe all athlete training sessions at no cost. Certain specific instructional sessions, such as a coach-oriented kicking seminar, a mental preparation workshop for coaches and closed debrief sessions with the Camp's Coaches will also be available for all club coaches and instructors at a modest cost. You may click here for the event program and schedule. All participants may click here to pre-register online for this exciting event. Please note that pre-registration is mandatory for all participants, and must be completed no later than Monday, June 17, 2013. The online registration questionnaire also contains further information about the event. We look forward to greeting you in Toronto soon for this exciting event!

 

June 6, 2013

James Johnson Re-Named to the PKF Technical Commission

Karate Canada's long term member and former NKA President Mr. James Johnson has recently been appointed once again to serve as a member of the Pan American Karate Federation's Technical Commission. Additionally, Mr. Johnson, who was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal earlier this year for his exceptional contribution to the growth and development of karate in British Columbia, was also named as the PKF Technical Delegate for the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games. Karate Canada warmly congratulates Mr. Johnson on these prestigious appointments.

 

June 5, 2013

Zvonko Celebija Appointed to PKF Referee Council

Karate Canada is very proud to announce that one of its most active members and seasoned referees, M.r Zvonko Celebija, has recently been appointed as a member of the Pan American Karate Federation Referee Council. Mr. Celebija is a very familiar face to the entire Canadian karate community, being very involved on many fronts and for many years, namely as a national Officials Committee member and Karate Ontario's Referee Chair. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates Mr. Celebija on this important and prestigious nomination, which will undoubtedly further consolidate Karate Canada's presence on the Pan American scene, and will also contribute to cementing close and sustained relations with our Pan American Federation and other member nations.

Canadian Referees Shine in Buenos Aires

Besides Mr. Celebija's recent appointment, there is much other recent Pan American success worth mentioning on the Canadian officials' front. Indeed, no less than three officials from Atlantic provinces, three officials from the province of Quebec and one official each from the provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia have taken part in the PKF referee course offered at the recent 2013 Senior Pan American Karate Championships, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, thus demonstrating the constantly rising level of officials from across Canada. Six of these referees have attempted kumite and/or kata examinations (among 60 and 25 other participants, respectively). Karate Canada wishes to offer its sincere congratulations to those who have achieved new licences or upgrades at this event:

  Kata Kumite
Chantale Boileau Judge A Judge A
Derek Ryan Judge B Referee B
Daniel Piché Judge C Judge C
David Griffen   Referee A
Jean-Marc Somma   Referee B

The newly upgraded Referee B officials from Canada were active throughout individual and team elimination and repechage rounds, during the course of the 2013 Pan American Championships. We would also like to point out the prominent roles of Mr. Don Mazerolle, who judged and refereed in several kumite finals, and Ms. Norma Foster, Karate Canada's Officials Committee Chair, who was assigned as Chief judge in Women's individual and team kata finals at these Championships.

Male Kumite Team Brings Back Bronze from Argentina

Karate Canada's Male Team kumite athletes (Chris De Sousa Costa, Shaun Dhillon, Philippe Soucy, Daniel Gaysisnski, Leirick Chung and Leivin Chung, as spare) have delivered a remarkable performance at the recent 2013 Sr Pan American Championships, earning the bronze medal in a highly contested and very strong division. While the team lost on points scored after a a 2-2 tie in their first round against Venezuela, they then went on to win against El Salvador, and finally won a close round against Chile in order to grab the bronze medal. Karate Canada warmly congratulates its male team kumite athletes for this success! (While this news had been mentioned on our Facebook page earlier, we had inadvertently omitted to mention it on this website until now, and thus apologize for relaying this information only some time after the event).

 

May 28, 2013

7th Commonwealth Karate Championships Website Launched!

Karate Canada is pleased to announce the official launch of its new 2013 7th Commonwealth Karate Championships website, as well as the creation of a new Facebook page for this event. Online registration of participants will be accessible very soon via SportData, and spectator / admission tickets will also be available for online pre-purchase soon. Click here for access to the official event website, and click here for access to the new 2013 Commonwealth Championships Facebook page. Stay tuned for more updates and information!


2013 Junior National Training Camp

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that in addition to guest star instructors Douglas Brose ( former World champion and World Combat Games gold medalist) and Lucelia Ribeiro (4-time Pan Am Games gold medalist) from Brazil, we have retained the services of National Team Coaches Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian (former 2-time world championship silver medalist and repeat National Team Coach) and Mariève Blais (former National Team member and repeat National Team coach at international events and training camps) for this 3-day training camp (Toronto, July 5-7). Additionally, 2-time Olympic Coach and current Taekwondo Canada Head Coach Mr. Shin Wook Lim will lead cross-training taekwondo sessions for all (including club, provincial and national level coaches) at the training camp, in order to help perfect everyone's kicking skills. Full details on the upcoming Junior National Training Camp will be available and posted shortly, along with an online pre-registration link. We would like to remind everyone that the Camp will be offered and available to Junior National Team athletes, in preparation for the upcoming 2013 Junior Pan American and World Championships, but the event will also be open and accessible to provincial level competitors (any Cadet, Junior and U21 athletes having taken part in provincial selection events, towards selection for National Championships, in the course of the last season).


Junior National Team Kata Athletes Exempted from Mandatory Participation in the 2013 Junior National Training Camp

Please note that following a recent decision from Karate Canada, the upcoming 2013 Junior National Training Camp will focus exclusively on kumite components and aspects of training and competition. All current Junior National Team kata athletes are therefore exempted from participation in this event, which had previously been announced as being mandatory for all in our 2013-2014 Junior National Team Criteria. Karate Canada is currently exploring other and more optimal development strategies for its kata athletes. We thank all of our members for their understanding.

 

2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships Team Selection

A first list of email invitations has recently been sent to all Junior athletes who have been selected for participation in the upcoming 2013 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships (which will be held in Medellin, Colombia, on August 26-31), in accordance with Karate Canada's 2013 Junior National Team Criteria and recent results and performances of our Junior athletes. (Please note that invitations for Junior kata team athletes only are not being issued yet, at this time, but should also be issued very shortly). All Junior National Team athletes will be expected to reside in Medellin from August 25th to September 1st, inclusively, for this international event. Once the first wave of selected athletes confirm whether they indeed accept this invitation or not, Karate Canada will consider filling any remaining vacant spots with other top-ranked athletes in accordance to Criteria and National Team Coaches' recommendations.

New High Performance Coordinator

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that as part of its new High Performance Plan implementation strategy, it has recently retained the services of Mr. Kraig Devlin as a contractual, part-time High Performance Coordinator. Mr. Devlin, who is a former National Team athlete and a repeat National Team Coach at various international events over the past few years, brings to this position a considerable wealth of knowledge and very relevant experience. He is also a National Coaching Institute trained Coach, and he is the current Karate Canada LTAD Committee Chair, as well as a current High Performance Committee member. We warmly welcome Kraig to his new position within our Association, and have every confidence that his contribution will help Karate Canada soar to new heights on this front!

 

May 17, 2013

Bronze for Vanessa Restrepo and Olivia Patricia Grant at Sr Pan Ams

Day 2 of the Sr Pan American Championships (Buenos Aires, Argentina): Vanessa Restrepo and Olivia Patricia Grant, two of Karate Canada's Senior National Team's top-ranked female athletes, have both made their way onto the podium, adding 2 bronze medals to Canada's tally at this event, in the -55kg and +68 kg divisions. Kathryn Campbell has also ended up amongst the top 5 in her division (also in women's -55kg kumite). Karate Canada wishes to express its sincere congratulations to all three of them. Much more exciting action is scheduled for tomorrow, as our athletes compete in Open weight kumite and Team kumite divisions.

 

Silver for Kamille Desjardins and Philippe Soucy at Senior Pan Ams

After four flawless, consecutive victories, Kamille Desjardins lost in the women's -61 kg kumite division finals on Day 1, at the 2013 Senior Pan American Karate Championships, against a rival from Mexico who was the reigning 2012 Pan American Champion in that division. Kamille thus earns a well deserved silver medal for Canada at this event, in only her second year on the Senior National Team. Her Team mate Philippe Soucy, who at 18 years of age was recently selected onto the Senior National Team as a replacement (due to injury) for Sport Canada-Carded and 2011-2012 Pan Am medalist Sorin Alexandru, has also done extremely well, earning a 2nd silver deal for Canada at this Championship. Karate Canada warmly congratulates both of these athletes on their achievement, salutes the performances of all who have competed yesterday, and wishes all our National Team athletes the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament.

You may click here to read an article by Sportcom (in French) on Kamille and Philippe's remarkable performance. An exciting second day of competition is now underway, with our kata athletes and 2012 Pan Am kumite medalists Roxanne Côté (women's -50 kg), Olivia Patricia Grant (women's +68kg), and Kathryn Campbell stepping onto the mats. You may follow some of the action live by clicking here. Stay tuned for more results and updates…

 

May 16, 2013

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Karate Canada Proudly Launches its New and Official Facebook Page

Click here to access Karate Canada's new and official Facebook page, where you can easily find and keep track of recent news items and updates!

 

Strong Start for Senior Team at Pan Am Championships

The first news from Day 1 of the Senior Pan America Championships in Buenos Aires (Argentina) are very exciting, as Karate Canada has just learned that Kamille Desjardins (women's -61 kg kumite) and Philippe Soucy (men's -84kg kumite) are both qualified for finals in their divisions! We wish both athletes much success and we will inform you of final results as soon as possible. You may view some of the action live by clicking here.

 

May 7, 2013

Senior National Team Ready To Face The Continent at Upcoming Pan Am Championships

Ready for action after the recent North American Cup and the latest Regional and Inter Regional Kumite Training Camps, twenty-four National Team athletes are preparing to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they will represent Canada at the upcoming Senior Pan American Karate Championships (May 16 to 18). The Team will be supported and supervised by National Team Coaches Kraig Devlin, Mariève Blais and Roman Saltikov. Also accompanying the Team at this important event will be Karate Canada President Ms. Rébecca Khoury (National Delegate at the PKF Congress), Mr. James Johnson (member of PKF Commission), Ms. Norma Foster (National Officials' Committee Chair) and several other international referees from Canada: Chantal Boileau, Don Mazerolle, André Pronovost, Jean-Marc Somma, David Griffin, Yaro Tarana, Daniel Piché and Derek Ryan. You may view the full athletes'  team roster by clicking here. We wish all the athletes and coaches the very best of luck in Argentina!

 

Erratum: Total of 35 Medals at the 2013 North American Cup, and Not 34

Please note that our National Team athletes have in fact earned 10 medals in the U21 divisions, and not 9 as mentioned in yesterday's News item. This brings the total medal tally at the recent North American Cup to 35, instead of 34. We apologize for this slight error in calculation.

 

May 6, 2013

Highest Medal Tally to Date at 2013 North American Cup

With the addition of U21 divisions at the recent North American Cup (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, April 28th), Team Canada has brought back home a staggering total of 34 medals (5 in Juniors, 9 in U21 and 20 in Senior divisions). This constitutes a substantial improvement from last year's edition of the event in Las Vegas, where Canada had earned a total of 21 medals. Despite the limited participation of the US Team, our athletes have faced great challenge and earned invaluable experience at this event, in preparation for the upcoming Senior Pan American Championships (Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 16-18). You may click here for full results. Karate Canada sincerely congratulates the athletes and National Team Coaches for their excellent work in Mexico!

 

April 29, 2013

Five Carded Athletes for First Time in Karate Canada's History

Karate Canada is pleased to announced that thanks to its new Carding Criteria and to recent changes in the Carding (Athlete Assistance Program) allocation process from Sport Canada, five Canadian karate athletes have been nominated and approved for Carding for the 2013-2014 cycle. This means that for the very first time in Karate Canada's history, five athletes are benefiting from financial support and other key services to assist them with their competitive pursuits this season. This represents a considerable progress from the 2011-2012 cycle, for instance, where only 2 Canadian karate athletes had been approved for Carding. Here is the list of this year's Carded athletes. Karate Canada is very proud of each of them, and has every confidence that they will make the best possible use of the support and resources being allocated to them:

-SR: Olivia Patricia Grant
-SR: Roxanne Côté
-SR: Sorin Alexandru
-C1: Christopher De Sousa Costa
-C1: Kathryn Campbell

 

April 24, 2013

Canadian Team On Its Way to Mexico for the North American Cup

At National Team comprised of 34 Junior and Senior athletes is currently traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where they will be taking part in an international training camp alongside National Teams from Mexico and the USA, before they compete in the 2013 North American Karate Cup, on Sunday April 28th. The Team will be accompanied and supported by National Team Coaches Mariève Blais, Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian and Louis-Philippe L'écuyer-Lafleur, and by Canadian Referees Norma Foster, Joy Ang, Don Mazerolle, Allen Tanzadeh and Antonio Terra. Click here to view the full list of athletes on the Team. Tournaments results will be posted soon. Karate Canada wishes the best of luck to the entire team!

Karate Canada Salutes the Generous Contribution of its Volunteers on National Volunteer Week

As the National Volunteer Week (April 21-27) is currently under way, Karate Canada wishes to take this opportunity to express its sincere gratitude to all volunteers who dedicatedly and generously give their precious time to support and promote karate in Canada, by offering their expertise on various Committees or their vital support at various key events (including our very important Referees and Officials). Volunteers are the heart and soul of Karate Canada, and we could not possibly continue to deliver our various programs, events and services without the all important help of our volunteers. Karate Canada also invites all of its members to thank our numerous volunteers via the Volunteer Canada Facebook Page.

 

April 22, 2013

Karate Canada Names Three New Regional Centre Coaches

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it will, as mentioned in the 2013-2014 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite Athletes and in the 2013-2014 Junior National Team Criteria, begin holding regular kumite trainings under the supervision of nationally-appointed trainers in the regions of Gatineau, Toronto and Vancouver, as of May 4-5th, 2013. Please note that attendance in 66% of these trainings will be mandatory for all invited National Team athletes (kumite Senior National team members plus invited guests in Ontario and Quebec, Junior and U21 kumite National Team members as well as Senior National Team members in BC) from these regions who reside within a 100km radius of the training locations.

Athletes residing within 100 km of the Regional Training Centres who do not meet this minimum attendance requirement and who have not participated in at least 66% of the training sessions offered from May 4th inclusively until then may not be selected onto the National Team for participation in international events, as of July 2013.

The coaches in charge of leading the trainings at these three Regional Centres this season will be as follows:  

Gatineau Area Regional Centre - Trainer: Mr. Germain Bisson
Toronto
Area Regional Centre - Trainer: Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian
Vancouver
Area Regional Centre - Trainer: Mr. Sandeep Gill

All three coaches selected have acted as National Team Coaches over the course of the last couple of years, and have repeatedly and consistently demonstrated their ability to train and raise karate athletes to a remarkable competitive level. All trainings will be run according to training plans approved by Karate Canada.

Here are the dates and locations of the first such trainings of the season (invited athletes will receive further details about future trainings shortly):

-Gatineau Area: the 1st regional training will take place on Saturday, May 4th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST, at the Karate Cama Dojo, located at: 110 Georges St, Gatineau QC  J8M 1A2

-Toronto Area: the 1st regional training will take place on Sunday, May 5th, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST, at the Kan-Zen-Kai Dojo, located at: 117 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill ON L3T 1L6.

-Vancouver Area: the 1st regional training will take place on Saturday, May 4th, from  1:00 to 3:00 Pm PST, at the Surrey Karate Academy, located at: 12725 80th Avenue (Punjab Cloth House building), Surrey BC V3W 3A6.

We wish to congratulate and thank our three Regional Centre Coaches for taking on this new role, and wish to thank Mr. Germain Bisson, Mrs. Nassim Varasteh-Reyhanian and Mr. Shaun Dhillon for generously allowing Karate canada to hold these regional trainings in their club locations during this entire season. Karate Canada is very confident that this new initiative, to multiply joint kumite training opportunities for many of our elite athletes under the tutelage of nationally-appointed trainers, will bear fruit and be conducive to improved performances by these athletes in the coming years

 

Launching of Karate Canada's "Rising Stars" Program

As announced at the recent National Championships (Toronto, ON, March 2013), Karate Canada is launching a talent detection, scouting and development program  targeting promising karate competitors. The first wave of kumite athletes identified by National Team Coaches, under this new program, was announced at the conclusion of the 2013 National Championships. While the full scope and nature of this program is still being determined, and while its concept is still evolving, one of the first steps of this program will consist in inviting all eligible and identified Junior and U21 "Rising Stars" to upcoming Regional and Inter Regional National Team Training Sessions for kumite athletes. You may click here to view the entire list of athletes targeted and identified in March 2013 as Karate Canada's first wave of  "Rising Stars."

 

National Team Athletes Receive National Bank Bursary

Camille Michaud and Kamille Desjardins, two national team athletes form the Gatineau and Ange-Gardien areas in Quebec, have recently each been awarded a 2013 National Bank Bursary. Camille Michaud was identified by the "Fondation de l'athlète d'excellence du Québec" (Quebec Excellence Athlete Foundation) as a recipient in the "Relève" division, hence receiving a 2,000$ bursary (click here to view photo), whereas Kamille Desjardins was selected on the "Élite" division, hence receiving $4,000 for the second year in a row (click here for photo; as Kamille was unable to attend, National Team Coach Mariève Blais accepted the bursary on her behalf). You may click here to read a press release on this topic (in French only). We are very proud of these remarkable athletes' achievements, and sincerely thank the National Bank and the Fondation de l'athlète d'excellence du Québec for recognizing and generously supporting their passionate quest for competitive success.

 

April 9, 2013

Karate Canada National Championships NCCP policy

In order to assure that Provincial Coaching Staff are obtaining the proper training to provide their athletes with the best possible support and in alignment with Sport Canada Expectations, Karate Canada is establishing the following requirements for coaches who wish to participate in the National Championships and other coaching related events.

For more information click here >>>

 

April 2, 2013

Additions to the 2013-2014 Senior National Team Roster

Karate Canada is proud to announce that based on their remarkable performances at the recent National Championships, and in accordance with the current Senior National Team Criteria for kumite athletes, Jelena Miljkovic (women's -68 kg kumite), Arash Beytoei (Men's -67 kg kumite division) and Daniel Gaysinsky (men's -75kg kumite division) have been named onto the 2013-2014 Senior National Team roster, where they will be occupying positions left vacant at the conclusion of the February 2013 First National Training Camp (FNTC). Furthermore, Philippe Soucy has also been named onto the Senior National Team roster as an alternate for Sorin Alexandru (in the men's -84kg kumite division), for both the upcoming 2013 North American Cup and Senior Pan American Championships. (You may click here to view the full current Senior National Team roster.) Karate Canada sincerely congratulates these deserving athletes, and welcomes them onto the Senior National Team. We wish the entire Senior Team much success on the international stage this season!

 

March 28, 2013

Juniors and U21 Invited to 2013 North American Cup & International Kumite Training Camp

The host Mexican Karate Federation has just recently announced that contrary to what was originally expected, based on the latest edition of the event, the 2013 North American Cup invitations have now been extended to the top 2 eligible Juniors (16-17) from each division from each participating nation (whereas Karate Canada expected top 3 eligible Junior athletes to be invited) as well as the top 2 eligible U21 (18-20) athletes per division from each participating nation (Canada, USA and Mexico). Senior National Team members are of course also invited to compete. Invitations will be sent to all eligible athletes over the next few days. Please note that Mexico has also announced that an international kumite training camp will be held on April 26th, assembling athletes form all 3 participating nations. It is mandatory for all Senior Canadian kumite athletes competing at the North American Cup (April 28th) to take part in this April 26th International Kumite Training Camp (and is highly recommend for Junior kumite athletes as well) . All athletes will be expected to arrive no later than April 25th, and may return as of April 29th, 2013. In divisions where at least one of the top 2 athletes in any given Junior or U21 division are not eligible to compete or decline the invitation to do so, Karate Canada may extend an invitation to eligible bronze medalist from this division at the 2013 National Championships.


1st Ontario - Quebec Inter-Regional Kumite Training Camp of the Season To Be Held in Kingston, April 13

Karate Canada is pleased to announce that it will be holding the first Quebec-Ontario Inter Regional Training Camp for National team athletes on April 13th, 2013, from 11 AM to 6PM, at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre. The training will be led by Sr National Team Coaches, and participation will be mandatory for all Senior Kumite National Team athletes residing in Ontario or Quebec. Email invitations will be sent to all shortly. Junior competitors preparing for their upcoming participation in the 2013 North American Cup will also receive invitations to this event.


2013-2014 National Team Criteria

Karate Canada is releasing its 2013-2014 National Team Criteria. Please note that some minor corrections have occurred and these final versions may differ slightly from what had been circulated to athletes as tentative Criteria at the post -competition meetings recently held with medalists from the 2013 National Championships and National Team members (March 17, 2013, Toronto Centre Sheraton Hotel). Click here to view any of the 3 different Criteria:
2013-2014 Junior National Team Criteria
2013-2014 Senior National team Criteria for Kata Athletes
2013-2014 Senior National Team Criteria for Kumite athletes

 

March 25, 2013

Online survey on the 2013 National Championships available

We ask that you take 5 minutes of your precious time to complete this survey and provide us with your opinion on the various processes and activities which were held during this tournament. Your feedback truly matters to us (whether you are a coach, athlete, referee, PSO/TSO staff member, or a volunteer, etc.), as it will help us improve the service and quality of future editions of the National Championships.
Thank you once again for your continued support!

 

Karate Canada would like to thank all the volunteers who took part in the 2013 National Championships

On behalf of Christine Béchard , President of the Event Committee Chair of Karate Canada, we would like to thank all the volunteers who have taken part in the 2013 National Championships.

Please click here to download the official thank-you letter in pdf format.

 

March 20, 2013

Canada's Athletes Shine at the 2013 National Championships

Junior and Senior Canadian athletes from across the country have delivered outstanding performances at the recent 2013 Karate Canada National Championships, held in Toronto on March 15-17. Karate Canada wishes to sincerely thank Karate Ontario for their support in hosting this event, as well as every volunteer, official, coach, medical staff and Committee member who has made this great event possible and helped ensure its continued success. You may click here to view the full results and list of medalists from these Championships. Karate Canada warmly congratulates all of its newly crowned National Champions, and salutes all of its member Provincial / Territorial Associations' sustained efforts to constantly raise the bar and bring stronger and stronger teams to this event each year. We look forward to greeting all of you again for the next and 40th edition of Karate Canada's National Championships, in Richmond BC, on January 18-20, 2014.

 

Various Members of Canada's Karate Community Honoured at the 2013 Annual Banquet and Award Presentation

Several prominent members of the Canadian Karate Community have recently been honoured during the latest edition of Karate Canada's annual Banquet (held immediately after National Championships, on March 17th, in Toronto, ON). Most notably, photographer extraordinaire Mr Dick Grant has been presented with the prestigious Ross Rumbell award, which underlines the exceptional contribution of volunteers to Canadian Karate. Click here for the full list of award recipients from this latest banquet. Karate Canada wishes to thank the evening's MC, Mr Charles Fink, who has also once again greatly contributed to the success of this yearly event.


New 2014-2015 Carding Criteria

Please note that Karate Canada's 2014-2015 Carding Nominations Criteria (for athletes who may benefit from Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program) have been officially approved by Sport Canada. You may click here to view these new Criteria, which will determine selection of athletes for Carding nominations in 2014-2015, on the basis of performances achieved by these athletes during the 2013-2014 competitive season.

 

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