Sunshine Coast 2019 Spring Tournament Results

Competitor numbers were a little lower than expected for our spring tournament (15 September). As a result the tournament venue was moved to the dojo as we could get away with running a 1 ring tournament.

This competition saw the introduction of the flag system for kata events same as was used at the recent Soke Cup in Canada. For most competitors and referees there was a bit of a learning curve, but the new competition format seemed to be well accepted.

Running tournaments is always a big task and we’d like to thank all of the competitors & supporters and of course all of the volunteers who supported the event by volunteering their time in their respective roles: referee, event marshals, table officials, canteen/BBQ, first aid, setup & pack up. Thank you everyone.

Although it was a small tournament, there were still quite a few first time competitors and we’d like to acknowledge their courage in stepping up and competing for the first time. Tournaments can be a daunting experience, but despite the high levels of nervous tension in the beginner devisions everyone did their best and some even surprised themselves at how well they did.

Official photos will be posted soon, but for now, here are a few photos that individuals have shared.

Australian Team Arrival

After Sam arriving on Saturday most of the team arrived the next day (Monday). To start off the session Trond Sensei lead us through a Norwegian warm up and part way through the session Senpai Mike stopped by to say hello and meet the team. Whilst he was here we did the jump of the day together and almost forgot to take a normal photo. Here are some photos from our first session as most of the Sunshine Coast team in Canada.

After training we went out for dinner with and it was delicious! Here are some more photos from the day.

The second day of training with the team in Canada was with the full Sunshine Coast team this time. Training was similar to the first day, still trying to get into the swing of things for most of us, but I think we all did an awesome job. We also had the chance to do our “AUSSIE! AUSSIE! AUSSIE! OI! OI! OI!” with Trond Sensei. Here are a few photos.

Wednesday was our last team training before the tournament. This time though, was with the whole Australian team. There was such great energy and enthusiasm which I love and it was a great session. What a team!

At the end of the day we went out to ‘the peach’ to try it out and it was great. As well as that, I went to hang out with Klaudia, Jasmine and Rosemarie and ended up going for a nice swim and a walk afterwards.

Day 14: Bear Creek and Helicopter Rides

Early start for a Saturday morning. We started the day off with our second time running Bear Creek. It is a really beautiful run and we managed to capture some pictures throughout the run. We also have some photos of me afterwards of how I was feeling and also my jump of the day.

After going on the long run we picked Sam up from the airport and headed out for a quick lunch stop then to go ride some helicopters! I was fortunate enough to get to go in the front (even though I didn’t want to at first). On the second flight I went in the back, but it was still an amazing experience and would love to do it again.

Training with the Taneda Dojo team

Overall, these past two weeks of training and getting to explore our new environments have been amazing! Although the training was mostly just tournament based training, I was able to pick up some great pointers here and there and can’t wait to continue putting them into practise. As well as doing lots of competition preparation I was able to join in on some fun games and exercises that I will definitely be bringing back to Australia to spread around.

One of the more simpler games that we were introduced to since being over here is “the stretching game”. This game is difficult to explain in words, but with a demonstration it is pretty self explanatory. Basically, the aim of the game is to make your partner have to stretch out into the splits until they can’t go any further with the penalty being burpees. This is a great way to have fun and get competitive while stretching.

Another fun game we played a few times was “dojo basketball”. This game was similar to netball, but contact. There were two teams and a ball between each player you have to pass the ball without running and score. The team who scores does either 10 pushup or 10 situps and the opposing team runs laps of the hall until the game is resumed. This game becomes very competitive and intense, but is great fun. Since we don’t train in a hall very often, this would be a great game to introduce to one of our QLD camps.

Aside from some of the games there have been many things that I have been learning throughout training. Since arriving here two of my main focuses have been my posture (keeping my hips under) and finding the contrast between fast, slow, hard and soft techniques mainly throughout my kata that I’ll be using for the tournament. Both of these have been challenging, but I have been seeing improvements over the past two weeks.

Overall, I think that being able to train here prior to the tournament has been great to life my spirit. I have found that over here the energy is always buzzing and it’s really uplifting. Everyone in the dojo is so respectful and supportive of one another which always puts me in a better state of mind for training.

Training in Penticton, Wednesday night…

Day 10: Bike rides

After a long day yesterday we are back for another long day today. Today we headed out to around the same place as yesterday, to Myra Canyon. This time we went out for a long bike ride with Taneda Sensei.

On the way there, there were a few mishaps… First, the bikes fell off the truck and if I didn’t see them fall off, we would’ve completely lost them. And then it happened a second time! Thankfully we were able to make it the rest of the way there with the bikes intact.

The first half of the ride was exhausting. I was peddling so fast and I was literally moving no where. I tried changing the gears, but it wasn’t working. Once were almost half way, we figured out that one of the gears was completely broken from falling from the truck and it wasn’t all my fault after all. But, once it was fixed as much as we could we get on our way through the very scenic ride.

As we got on with our ride, we encountered some very cute, little squirrels. Taneda Sensei brought along some nuts to feed them and surprisingly they were quite tamed and friendly.

Once we reached the end it was time to head off for training I’m the park. In the car I fell accidentally fell asleep. We ended up arriving a bit late, but we needed a bit of food before getting back into it. Overall, it was an amazing day!