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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.

Tournament Results (28 Apr 2019)

It was wonderful to see such a good turn out for our first Sunshine Coast Tournament of the year. Lots of new competitors, lots of the old regulars, competitors from Gold Coast & Blue Mountains too.

Tournaments take a lot of work both behind the scenes and on the day: compiling entries, preparing event draws, setup, table officials, referees, event marshals, canteen/BBQ and lots more. As always we’re very grateful to everyone who steps in to give so freely of their time, without your help, these events would not be possible.

This tournament also coincided with a visit from Miyazaki Sensei (7th Dan, Kyoshi) from Japan. Miyazaki Sensei spent 4 hours on the Saturday before the tournament working with our seniors to help with our referee development. It was a great day of learning and a really good opportunity to learn from a very good referee. On the day of the tournament, Miyazaki Sensei also assisted by refereeing all day and continued to offer feedback and advice to both referees and competitors.

Supporting the small team of competitors from the Blue Mountains, Mark Snow Sensei (5th Dan, Shihan) & Adam Macdonald Sensei (3rd Dan) refereed all day. And supporting the Gold Coast team, Adam Higgins Sensei (3rd Dan, Shidoin) also refereed all day. Plus other seniors from all dojo many of who were also competing.

After the morning session of competition, everyone was treated to kata demonstrations from Miyazaki Sensei and Mark Snow Sensei.

It was great to see everyone competing with great enthusiasm and spirit, whilst still demonstrating good manners. It was a real testament to the hard work that everyone is putting in at their respective dojos.

L-R: Mark Snow Sensei, Fuzio Miyazaki Sensei, Adam Macdonald Sensei
Some of the referees (ring 2): Renae Saunders, Keanu Caston Sensei, Adam Macdonald Sensei, Helen O’Grady Sensei, Sam Lenton
Beginner Kobudo Event – Bo kata
Beginner Kobudo Event – Sai kata

Sunshine Coast Tournament – 28 April 2019 – Entries Open

Entries are now open for the upcoming Sunshine Coast Tournament.

When: Sun, 28 April 2019
Where: Kuluin State School, Sunshine Coast
Entry Fee: 1 event – $20, multiple events – $40, families – $100
Entries Close: Sat, 6 April 2019


  • Individual kata
  • Team kata
  • Individual kumite tag (Little Champions & beginner kids only)
  • Individual kumite
  • Kobudo (sai & bo)

2019 QLD Camp

This year we are proud to be hosting the 2019 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Annual Training Camp.

When: Fri 10 – Sun 12 May 2019
Where: Currimundi Active Recreation Centre
Cost: $140 per person ($110 per person, non-participants)
Registrations close: Sat, 6th April 2019

The camp facilities feature cabin style accommodation with 6-12 people per room. All main meals, plus morning tea, afternoon tea and supper are included.

There will be plenty of karate training and some free time for socialising and other organised activities. This year the theme of the camp is about leadership, so all dojo leaders are encouraged to attend and help organise some of the team building activites.

All members are welcome to attend, regardless of age and level. The training program will be tailored to the age and level of the attendees. Please note, outside of training times and organised activies, only limited supervision will be provided, parents of young members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Bonus Brown & Black Belt Training on Friday from 9am at Maroochydore dojo. To help set the tone for the camp, we have decided to have a full day of training just for seniors. If this applies to you, we highly encourage you to make it to this bonus training, subject to work and school commitments. This will only available to camp attendees.

To secure your place, return your form and full payment to your dojo instructor no later than, Sat, 6th April. No late bookings will be accepted.

Here are a few photos from last year’s QLD camp at the Gold Coast.

2018 Team Challenge Tournament – Results

Another year of tournaments over.  And what a way to finish off the year.  It’s been a few years since our last team challenge tournament.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day such a success. 

Of course, thank you to competitors, parents and supports.  It was only a small tournament, but the spirit of competition, friendship and fun was definitely there in a big way.

Once again it was great to see a few new competitors stepping up and competing for the first time.

Rhiannon’s first karate tournament ūüėČ

As always good to see some quality kumite action.  Here’s aSensei Keanu & Senpai Jack in action in the men’s kumite division.

And the winning team…. Dragon Squad.

Dragon Squad – 2018 Team Challenge Winners 
(Unfortunately missing a few team members from this photo)

Team Challenge Tournament – Entries Now Open

Entries for the final Sunshine Coast tournament for 2018 are now open.  This tournament will be a team challenge tournament.

Date:  Sunday, 4th November 2018
Venue:  Kuluin State School
Entries close:  Saturday, 20th October 2018

  • Join a team from your dojo, maximum 15 people per team.
  • Every event you enter earns you points for your team.¬†
  • Choose your team wisely, so that you are on the winning team?

2018 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate State Titles Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in last weekend’s QLD Chito-Ryu State Titles. This was the biggest tournament we have ever hosted on the Sunshine Coast and it was great to see such a strong standard across all divisions.

It was also great to see so many first time competitors and lots of support from volunteers. It takes a lot of work from many volunteers to run events like this and we’re very grateful that so many people stepped up to make it possible for everyone.

Tournament results are now available for download (PDF).

A special mention to the tournament champions, both from the Sunshine Coast dojo.
Jr champion – Bailey Keefe
Sr champion – Lachlan Davies

And also congratulations to the winners of the advanced team kata division from the Sunshine Coast, once again winning this perpetual trophy. Klaudia Caston, Keanu Caston & Sam Hunt.

Unfortunately, though, the Gold Coast dojo had a better team this year in the team kumite event, although it did literally go down to the very last point of the last match.

Congratulations to everyone who competed at last weekend’s Qld Chito-Ryu State Titles. This was the biggest tournament we have ever hosted on the Sunshine Coast and it was great to see such a strong standard across all divisions. It was also great to see so many first time competitors and lots of support from volunteers.A special thank you to Mark Snow Shihan and Adam McDonald Sensei from who came all the way from the Blue Mountains to referee. Also thank you to interstate competitors from Blue Mountains & Sydney.A special mention to tournament champions from the Sunshine Coast.Jr champion РBailey KeefeSr champion РLachlan DaviesFor those who are keen for more tournaments there are just two more chances to compete this year.Gold Coast Tournament Р9 Sep Nationals (Blue Mountains) Р30 SepEntry forms are available now for the Gold Coast tournament and Nationals entry forms will be available soon.

Posted by Sunshine Coast Karate on Thursday, August 16, 2018

I’d also like say a huge thank you to Jane Graham who has put up lots of great photos from the tournament. A great historical record. Here is the links to the albums (there might still be more coming, I’m not sure).

Advanced Kata (Individual)
Advanced Team Kata
Kumite Tag & 4-5 Yrs Mixed Kumite
Boy’s Kumite
Girl’s Kumite
Men’s U/70kg Kumite
Ladies Kumite
Men’s O/70kg Kumite

For those who had a great time at this tournament, entry forms are now available for two more tournaments next month.

2018 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate-Do State Titles – Entries Now Open

Entries are now open for the 2018 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate-Do State Titles.

The event will be held on the Sunshine Coast, at Kuluin State School.  Sunday, 12th August 2018.

Entries Close:  Saturday, 28th July 2018.

Download your entry form: entry form РQLD state titles 2018-08 (SC) [PDF].

This event is open all students of Chito-Ryu Karate-Do. There will be divisions and events for all ages and levels.

If you’ve never competed before, we recommend the best place to start is with the individual and team kata events. This year we’ll be running a special team kata event where beginners can team up with more experienced members.


Team Kata – Teams of 3 people. In this tournament, there will be 3 divisions.

  • Beginner¬†Team Kata (Little Champions & White-Orange Belt)
  • Intermediate Team Kata (Green-Purple Belt)
  • Advanced Team Kata (Brown-Black Belt)

Beginner division, teams may have 1 member of any rank.  Intermediate and advanced divisions will be determined by the rank of the most senior member.  Competitors in the intermediate and advanced division may also enter the beginner division.

Individual Kata – Perform on your own against people of a similar age and level.

Individual Kumite Tag – This is a fun non-contact event for little champions and beginner children (11 yrs and under, orange belt and under).

Individual Kumite – This is a sparring event, with controlled contact and protective equipment. This is open to all ages and levels, but recommended for students who have had some kumite experience in class.

Adult Team Kumite ‚Äď This event is made up of teams of 5 fighters: ¬†3 men & 2 ladies. Each dojo will have the opportunity to enter at least 1 team and is sure to be a feature event of the day.

Are you going to enter the tournament?  Talk to your instructor and get your entry in today.

Reminder:  entries close,  Saturday, 28th July 2018.


Tournament Results – Sunshine Coast Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Tournament – March 2018

Congratulations to everyone who competed at yesterday’s Sunshine Coast Tournament (Sunday, 18th March 2018). ¬†Although competitor numbers were a bit down the standard of competition was very high and there has also been big improvements in the standard of refereeing, especially in the junior referee. ¬†The ongoing improvements are a reflection of the hard work that is going on in the respective QLD Chito-Ryu dojos: Sunshine Coast Karate & Gold Coast Karate and Kobudo Centre.

Here are the results:

Tournament results РSunshine Coast Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Tournament РSunday, 18th March 2018 (PDF)

A special mention to our tournament champions, who were the top performers in individual kata and individual kumite.

  • Junior Tournament Champion – Patrick Edwards (Sunshine Coast)
  • Senior Tournament Champion – Samantha Lenton (Gold Coast)

As always, tournaments are not possible without the efforts of a lot of volunteers.  Thank you to referees, table officials, event marshalls, canteen & BBQ helpers, and everyone who helped with the setup and pack up.

Of course, also thank you to the parents of our junior competitors for your continued support.

The next tournament will be:  Sun 20th May (Sydney).

The next QLD tournament will be: Sun 24th June (Gold Coast).

Here are a few photos we’ve found. ¬†If anyone has any more photos or videos, please let us know and we’ll add them below.w

Sunshine Coast Tournament – 18 March 2018 – Entries Open

Entries are now open for the first tournament of the year for the QLD Chito-Ryu tournament circuit for 2018.  All Chito-Ryu students from around Australia are welcome to attend.

When:  Sunday, 18th March 2018
Registration:  From 9:00am
Competition Starts: 9:30am
Tournament Venue:  Kuluin State School, Tallowwood Dr, Kuluin
Entries Close:  Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Entry form is out now:  Sunshine Coast Tournament entry form (Sun, 18 March 2018).