Our 2022 Sunshine Coast Chito-Ryu Winter Karate Tournament is all over. As our first major tournament for nearly 3 years, it was great to see lots of people participating. Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to all volunteers. For a lot of competitors and volunteers it was their first ever karate tournament, so there were plenty of learning opportunities, but I think there were also a lot of people who are keen for more.
This was our only major Sunshine Coast tournament planned for this year, but for our locals looking for more tournament action, there is a Gold Coast tournament planned for end of October. As we head into 2023 there will be more tournament action as we help prepare Sunshine Coast athletes who are currently working towards representing Australia at the 2023 Soke Cup in Japan.
Before we get to the result, a big shout out to all the people who volunteered their time to help make the event a success: referees, table officials, marshals, first aid, canteen/BBQ, set up & pack up crews, and the committee.
Congratulations to all competitors who participated in last weekend’s Sunshine Coast Autumn Tournament. After nearly 3 years since our last tournament, it was great to see so many enthusiastic competitors.
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the event such a great success. Tournaments are always a lot of work to put on and it’s only possible with the support of parents & volunteers.
For those who enjoyed the tournament experience, be sure to speak with your friends and lets work together to get even more people involved next time around.
Please see below tournament results & a few photos.
Professional photographer and member, Matt Craven has kindly offered his services for as a fundrasier for the association.
Register below to claim a studio photo session for an amazing price of just $39 for individual or $65 for family portraits. You can choose the style of your photos: karate action shot, portrait, even a family portrait. After the shoot you will receive high resolution digital images.
All funds raised will go directly to supporting the association.
Fees for the photo shoot can be paid by cash at the dojo or by bank transfer directly to the association’s bank account.
The ICKFA (Sunshine Coast Branch) Inc will be hosting the 2022 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Annual Training Camp, Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May 2022. The camp will be at the Currimundi Active Recreation Centre, located on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, just a few minutes walk from Dicky Beach.
The camp facilities feature cabin style accommodation with 6-12 people per room. All main meals (Saturday & Sunday), plus morning tea, afternoon tea and supper are included.
All Chito-Ryu members are welcome to attend, regardless of age and level. There will be plenty of karate training and some free time for socialising and other organised activities. The training program will be tailored to the age and level of the attendees. Please note, outside of training times and organised activities, only limited supervision will be provided, parents of young members are encouraged to attend.
In conjunction with the 2022 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Camp, the ICKFA (Sunshine Coast Branch) Inc is running a t-shirt design competition. T-shirts with the winning design will be available for purchase at a cost of $30. T-shirts must be ordered and paid by 31 Dec 2021, to allow for production and delivery by the 2022 QLD camp. Order your t-shirt below.
The winner of the t-shirt design competition will win a free t-shirt with their own design.
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.
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.
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.