Announcements - Test Prep Class, Grand Beach Training, IKD World Camp

posted May 15, 2013, 11:45 AM by Phil Harris   [ updated May 15, 2013, 11:49 AM ]

Kyu-Level Test Preparation Class
Sensei Ron will be holding a makeup test for Kyu-level Charleswood Karate students on Saturday, June 1st at Westgrove School.  There will be a class before that which we have been invited to attend.  There is no charge for the class, and it will focus on what is required for your next belt test.  I encourage all of you to attend.  There will also be mock testing for Dan-level students who are wanting to prepare for their next black belt test, so if you are curious to know exactly what a black belt exam entails, feel free to stick around to watch testing.

What:  Test Preparation Class and Makeup Testing With Sensei Ron Porath, 6th DAN
When:  Saturday, June 1st
Class:  10AM - 11AM
Testing 11:15 - 12:30
Cost:  Free!

Grand Beach Training
End of class meditation

The date for the annual Budo IKD Manitoba Grand Beach training day has been set.  Saturday, July 6th at 11:30 AM.  This is a fun day in the sun with karate class beginning on the beach and ending in the water!  There is a potluck picnic held immediately after class, and the food is always great.  So mark your calendars!  Hopefully we can get luck out and have a warm and sunny day at the beach.  Click here for more info.

IKD World Camp 2013
IKD Shihan-Kai (Master Instructors) - All are 7th DAN and above with A-Class Instructor, Examiner, and Judge certifications

This one is just an informational note.  I will be attending the 3rd IKD World Camp at Camp White Pine near Halliburton, Ontario from June 14th to the 17th.  Dont' worry.  There will not be any disruption to classes prior to and after the camp.  

As you can guess from the heading, this is a training camp open to all Shotokan karateka throughout the world.  I have trained and made friends with people from all around the world by attending these camps.  It may seem slightly ironic where people from countries near and far come together to punch and kick each other in the face, but originally one of the main reasons for teaching karate outside of Japan was (and still is) promoting world peace.  Despite what wars and conflicts are happening in the world, people come to camp, put aside their differences, eat, sleep, and train hard together regardless of race, religion, or personal beliefs.  It's a beautiful thing.  It's really wonderful to meet people from other countries with the same passion and enthusiasm for karate.  

Training camp is typically hard work, but pretty fun too.  Training takes place 3-4 times a day, with the first class starting at 6:30AM.  I am excited as this will be my first time going to camp in Halliburton (Camp White Pine), which I hear is a fantastic facility.  The first IKD Camp was held there, but I missed it as I was preparing to sell my house and move to North Kildonan.  Last year the camp was held in Toronto at Ryerson University.  I attended this as it was combined with the 1st IKD World Cup in which I competed (and placed 4th in Kata).  

Cabins at Camp White Pine look clean and bright

I have attended several ISKF Master Camps in Philadelphia, and also the Canadian Western Camp in Saskatoon on numerous occasions.  Each time was a fantastic experience, and by attending these events I have had the privilege of being taught by some of the most technical Master instructors from Japan and all over the globe.  It is important to me that I continue to attend these excellent training camps, not only for my own benefit, but now for the benefit of my students.  It is my job to pass on what I learn at these camps to my students.

Camp is open to all levels and ages, but brown and black belts will get the most out of this training opportunity.  Additionally, very young students might find it difficult to attend 6 hours of training each day (no skipping classes unless you're sick or injured).  By this time next year, we should have some brown belts amongst our ranks in the dojo.  It would be fun to go as a group!

That's all for now.  Keep training!


Heijoshin Karate at the Stonewall Tournament

posted Mar 24, 2013, 12:52 PM by Phil Harris   [ updated Mar 24, 2013, 5:58 PM ]

Here are some photos and video footage from the Stonewall Tournament.  Thank you to Jill Lampi, and all the parents who were able to record all the action that day. 

Heijoshin Team Kata - Team A

Heijoshin Team Kata - Team B

Heijoshin Team Kata - Team C

Heian Sandan - 6 Year Old Green Belt

Heian Sandan - 7 Year Old Green Belt

Sensei Phil - Unsu

Sensei Phil - Kumite - Ippon with Ura Mawashi Geri

2013 Stonewall Tournament Results

posted Mar 10, 2013, 3:36 PM by Phil Harris

Yesterday a number of students made the trek out to Stonewall, MB to compete in the 17th Annual Interlake Karate Competition.  According to the results which have been posted, Heijoshin Karate did quite well!  Everyone who competed managed to take home at least 2 medals each, which is fantastic.  Great job, everybody!  Unfortunately for me, I was judging for most of the day and did not get to actually see how everyone did, but from what I could see, I was quite pleased.  I saw good effort, strong spirit, and big smiles.  What more could a Sensei hope for?  Anyway, I hope you all had fun and enjoyed watching the day's events.

Congratulations to:

Heijoshin Team A
Samuel Penner - 2nd Kata, 3rd Kumite, 2nd Team Kata
Michael Penner - 3rd Kata, 2nd Kumite, 2nd Team Kata
Charles Agustin - 1st Kata, 1st Kumite, 2nd Team Kata

Heijoshin Team B
Melodie Sitar - 1st Kata, 2nd Kumite
Ethan Stark - 2nd Kata, 2nd Kumite
Austin Bartel - 1st Kata, 3rd Kumite

Heijoshin Team C
Devin Warszycki - 3rd Kata, 3rd Kumite, 1st Team Kata
Kathleen Stallard - 1st Kata*, 1st Kumite*, 1st Team Kata
Victoria Warszycki - 3rd Kumite*, 1st Team Kata
*Kathleen and Victoria had to compete against adults during their individual events, and they still managed to bring home some hardware.  Awesome work!

Heijoshin Team Sensei   ;-)
Phil Harris - 1st Kata, 3rd Kumite

For a complete listing of results for this year's event, click here.
For tournament result archives, click here.


April 19-20 - Seminar and Testing with Shihan Bryan Mattias, 7th DAN

posted Feb 16, 2013, 3:35 PM by Phil Harris

Well it seems like we were just at a seminar (we were!), but here is the official announcement for the next seminar in April with Shihan Bryan Mattias, 7th DAN.  Sensei Mattias is the Vice President of the International Karate Daigaku (IKD), and chief instructor at the Centre de Karate Shotokan Laval dojo in Quebec.  View his official IKD bio here.  Although I have known Sensei Mattias for many years, this will be my first opportunity to train under him.  He is a (mostly) gentle giant, with a great sense of humour, and has developed some of the best karate competitors in Canada.  I'm definitely looking forward to this!

Seminar and Testing with Shihan Bryan Mattias, 7th DAN

Garden City Collegiate
711 Jefferson Avenue
Center Gym

Friday, April 19th, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - All Levels
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Black Belt
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Instructor Training

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - All Levels
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Brown and Black
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Kyu and Dan Testing

$20 per class
$65 for both classes and Kyu testing ($20 savings)

This will be the first time that Heijoshin Karate students will have the opportunity to test at a big seminar like this.  Students who received a B on their last test in December will not be eligible to test, but are encouraged to participate in both day's classes.   Students who received a full kyu on their last test in December and have maintained an 80% attendance will be eligible to test for their next belt at this event.  Unless there is a family emergency, all students who are testing MUST attend both day's classes prior to testing.

So mark your calendars!  April's event should be a good one.


Register now! Stonewall Tournament - March 9th, 2013

posted Feb 16, 2013, 2:23 PM by Phil Harris   [ updated Feb 16, 2013, 2:38 PM ]

The 17th Annual Interlake Karate Competition, hosted by Stonewall Karate, is fast approaching.  The Stonewall tournament will take place on Saturday, March 9th, 2013, and I am accepting registrations now.  Please fill out the forms attached below and hand them in to me along with your registration fees.  The deadline to register is February 28th.  Technically, the deadline is March 2nd, but our last class before the deadline is the 28th.  If you don't get it to me at the dojo by the 28th, you will have to drive it to Stonewall yourself, so please hand them in on time, thank you.

Saturday, March 9th, 2013
17th Annual Interlake Karate Competition
Stonewall Legion
401 Main Street, Stonewall, MB
9AM - 4PM

Last year our club had several students participate in the Stonewall tournament and everyone did well, managing to bring home at least one medal each.  It's not all about winning though.  Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan style of Karate, once said:

"Do not think you have to win.  Think you do not have to lose."

Do your very best.  Try not to lose.  See how your karate measures up against others.  This is what Master Funakoshi meant.  If you lose, that just means you need to train harder.  If you win, it means that you were the best that day, but need to train harder than anyone in order to continue to be the best everyday.

Tournaments just are another fun aspect of Karate training.  Everyone has their own reasons for training, but for me growing up, it was the competitions that kept my interest in Karate.  They were a fun challenge, I got to travel all across Canada and to various international destinations, and I made friends with people all over the world.  I always looked forward to the next National tournament where I would get a chance to visit with friends from different provinces.  I started competing at National competitions in 1992 in Calgary, and have been to nearly all subsequent events since then.  These national tournaments are for brown and black belts.  For those who are interested, this year the IKD Canada Cup will be hosted in Moncton, NB this May.  Winnipeg will be hosting the IKD Canada Cup in 2014.  We should have some brown belts by then!

Kata eliminations are flag-based where two competitors perform the same kata at the same time:

Kata Eliminations

Kata finals are normally point-based where competitors each perform a kata of their choice individually:

Kata Finals

Kumite eliminations and finals for Kyu-level (colour belts)  youth are the same.  White and Yellow will do 3-step sparring.  Skip to 3:27:

Kihon Sanbon Kumite ‎‎‎(3-Step Sparring)‎‎‎

Orange, Green, Blue, and Purple will do 1-step sparring.  Skip to 10:59:

Kihon Ippon Kumite ‎‎‎(1-Step Sparring)‎‎‎

There is also a Team Kata event, where teams of 3 perform a kata together.  Judges score based on synchronicity, speed, timing, target, and correct application of techniques:

Team Kata

There are a few other events, such as Team Bunkai (demonstration of self-defence using kata techniques), but none in which we are quite prepared for.  They are quite fun to watch however.  

So get those registration forms in and train hard.  Not much time left before March 9th!


Thank you, Sensei!

posted Feb 16, 2013, 12:46 PM by Phil Harris

It has been a while since the blog has been updated.  Last weekend we were very fortunate to have Shuseki Shihan (Founder and Chief Instructor of the IKD) Frank Woon-A-Tai visit Winnipeg to teach.  Sensei Woon-A-Tai's plane was delayed on Friday (his plane was on the tarmac for 5 hours waiting to be de-iced), and as a result he missed the first class for the brown and black belts that day.  Saturday was business as usual, and students of all ranks were able to enjoy his brand of thought-provoking karate.  On behalf of Heijoshin Karate, thank you, Sensei, for making the trip!

Quite a few Heijoshin Karate students were able to attend, which I am very happy about.  One of the comments I remember hearing from them was "there's so many black belts here!"  For now, we are a small dojo with only young students.  I believe it is important for them to see what lies ahead should they continue training.  Keep training, and before you know it, you can be one of those numerous black belts!  Anyway, I hope the experience was an encouraging one.  There is a sense of community that comes with getting together with the other IKD dojos in Manitoba a few times each year and training hard.  It's always a fun time.  Having said that, I would like to see all of my students regularly attend these seminars.  We are very fortunate to bring such high calibre instructors to Winnipeg to teach us on a such a frequent basis.  It is important to attend to show support to the Masters who are coming to support Shotokan Karate in Manitoba.  They lead very busy lives, traveling for most of the year.

The next seminar is in April with Shihan Bryan Mattais, a 7th DAN instructor from Quebec.  Although I have known Sensei Mattais for a long time, this will be my first class under him.  I'm looking forward to it!  More details to come in a separate blog post.


Winter Session Has Begun

posted Jan 8, 2013, 7:05 PM by Phil Harris

Tonight was the first class of the winter session, and just like that we're back in the swing of things.  Congratulations to all who tested in December and received their next rank.  For many there is a new kata to learn.  For any who are looking for some extra help, please check the Links page, for links to kata maps and kata videos on YouTube.

There are a few important dates to be aware of:

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
Seminar with Shuseki Shihan (Chief Instructor) Frank Woon-A-Tai, 9th Dan
Once again, Master Woon-A-Tai will be paying us a visit.  There is an all levels class which I strongly suggest attending.  So far the date has been confirmed, but the location is still up in the air.  I will be sure to let you know where to go, but please mark it down on the calendar.  The cost of the class is only $20 per student.
More information can be found on the IKD Manitoba site here.

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
17th Annual Interlake Karate Competition in Stonewall, Manitoba
Sensei Debbie Hinds, Instructor of Stonewall Karate is once again hosting the Interlake Karate Tournament in Stonewall at the Legion.  This is a fun event open to students of all ranks.  Compete in individual Kata and Kumite events, as well as Team Kata (groups of three).  Last year, Heijoshin Karate students all did very well.  We cleaned up with each student bringing home at least one or two medals each.  Tournaments are just another form of Karate training, and can be a great place to make friends with students from other clubs.  More information on the tournament can be found on the IKD Manitoba site here.

There are more fun events coming down the pipe, but for now these are the ones that are next up on the radar.  Please mark your calendars!  I do hope to see many of you participating in these great opportunities.

As usual, I will update once I get more information.

See you in class.


Christmas Bowling Party with Charleswood Karate - December 7th

posted Nov 20, 2012, 9:17 AM by Phil Harris

Each year, around this time of the year, Sensei Ron has organized a Christmas-themed bowling party for his students and their families at the Polo Park bowling alley.  This year is almost no different except that Heijoshin Karate students have been invited to partake in the festivities.  If you can make it out, it's a fun night.  Come out, knock down some pins (we play bingo bowling and use the small bowling balls), have some snacks, and have a good time.  I understand that Sensei Ron has booked the entire bowling alley for us, but so far only 50 people have signed up.  If you and your family would like to attend, please let me know so I can let him know how many of us are attending.  For more information, please check out the Charleswood Karate blog post.

Where:  Polo Park Bowling Centre (Inside the mall, down the stairs by the Pet Land)
When:  Friday, December 7th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $10 for 10 and under.  $15 for 11+


Kyu Testing at Charleswood Karate - December 1st, 2012

posted Nov 6, 2012, 2:04 PM by Phil Harris

I have spoken with Sensei Ron Porath, and we have confirmed that the date for the next belt test will be on Saturday, December 1st at Charleswood Karate.  Students who are testing must attend class at 11:00 AM.  Testing will be held immediately after class at 12:30 PM. 

All students must get permission to test from Sensei Phil.  In addition, students must maintain a minimum of 75% attendance (18 classes) from the beginning of the session up to the last class before testing in order to test.

When:  Saturday, December 1st, 2012
Time:  11:00AM - 12:30PM Class, 12:30PM - 1:00PM Testing
Where:  Charleswood Karate, 5924 Roblin Blvd
Cost:  $45 per student payable to 'Charleswood Karate' (includes belt and certificate)

The IKD Grading Syllabus can be found here.
Information on belt ranking can be found at the bottom of this page.

Only 8 classes left before testing.  Train hard!


Seminar with Master Maureen Woon-A-Tai - November 2-3

posted Sep 29, 2012, 11:16 PM by Phil Harris   [ updated Sep 29, 2012, 11:18 PM ]

Master Maureen Woon-A-Tai, 8th DAN, is returning to Winnipeg to teach special classes on November 2nd and 3rd.  She last visited us in February 2012 and several of our students attended her excellent classes.  For a bio of Master Maureen Woon-A-Tai, please visit the IKD website.

Students are encouraged to attend Saturday's Kyu Level Class as it is a great opportunity to learn from one of the highest-ranking female instructors in the world.  I need to confirm, but I believe the cost of the class is only $20, payable to 'Budo IKD Manitoba'.  There is testing taking place immediately after Saturday's class, but I don't believe we will have any students that are ready to test at that time.  Despite that, it is recommended that students stay and watch testing (at least for their belt level) to see what is in store for them come December (and I'm not talking about Christmas presents!).

Friday Evening, November 2nd 
6:30-8:00 pm Brown & Black Belt Class
8:00-9:00 pm Dan Testing

Saturday, November 3rd 
9:00-10:00am Instructor Class (Age 21 & older/Nidan & up)
10:00-11:00 a.m. Brown & Black Belt Class
11:00-12:00 All Kyu Level Class (Coloured Belts - Black belts may attend)

12:30– Kyu Testing

Location: Garden City Collegiate
West Gym (Airlies St. end) 

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