Mestre Sylvio da Matta Behring's annual fall visit to Calgary and Edmonton to teach, grade, and share his vast Jiu Jitsu knowledge was a smashing success!
On Saturday, October 31, Arashi-Do North hosted an Halloween party at Deerfoot North for the West Hillhurst and Deerfoot students, members and family!
The students, members, and their families at Rutland Park and Acadia had a wonderful Halloween party at the Acadia, Calgary south location on Saturday afternoon.
A tournament can be fun, competitive, and affirm your skills and development as a martial artist. The Samurai Sword Series 4, Calgary, was definitely fun, competitive, and affirming!! The fourth in a five part series of tournaments for our Calgary and Cochrane locations, this tournament was a special challenge as there were so many students who were brand new and had never participated in a tournament. Every one of the competitors was an example of good sportsmanship, courage, and skill development across the martial arts continuum.
* Disclaimer: I am not a martial artist. I am a parent of several, friend to even more, and have attended close to 100 tournaments over the last 15 years. This is written from my perspective and is meant to be helpful to those who have never been to a martial arts tournament or have never been the support system for a participant before.
It's tournament season! For those of you relatively new to martial arts, tournament season runs from late September through early June, usually, and a tournament can be a small club tournament where only those members of a certain club, such as Arashi-Do, are invited to participate, or a huge open tournament that is open to all clubs and several martial arts styles. I would like to offer my top 12 hints, tips, tricks, and things-you-should-know before your first tournament.
Hugh has a Karate Black Belt with Arashi-Do Martial Arts out of Springbank, Calgary. He cross trains in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started Karate with his 3 sons and though they have since taken on other pursuits, Hugh stayed with it. After 4 years he earned his Black Belt. He sometimes helps teach at the Springbank dojo, and attends most of the seminars and tournaments (as time allows). He admits that he was in generally good shape when he started Karate, or he thought he was, but believes his current good health can be attributed in part to continuing to train, to develop as a martial artist, and to the community of martial artsists who encourage and build up their team mates. Hugh is 60; he started when he was 52.
I am a teacher. I was certified as an Early Childhood educator and Elementary Educator over 20 years ago.
When it came to choosing extra-curricular activities for my children I stood upon my high elevation as
an educator and judged those who were "teachers" in these activities. It did not take long for me to be humbled,
inspired, and in turn to learn from the outstanding Karate educators my children were fortunate enough to learn from.
WELCOME! It's a new season and we have a lot to catch up on. First and foremost, welcome or welcome back to all of our students, family members, staff and instructors, to the new season!