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!

Day 9: High ropes & Ziplining

After not doing too much the day before, we were ready to have a great day out. Since the drive to where we were going took more than an hour to get there, on the way we stopped to grab some more snacks to try out.

Once we finally arrived at the ropes course, I had to do my jump of the day.

The staff gave us a quick introduction to what we were doing and how to do things and then we were straight into things.

There were 7 different ropes courses with a few ziplines included into a few of them, with some ziplines at the end if we were up for it. The first five were mostly pretty straight forward and weren’t too much of a struggle, but the sixth and seventh course were much harder and more physically challenging. Here are some pictures from the day including some beautiful views.

Day 8: Short Day

This day was a pretty quiet day sinse we were so tired from the parade, but by the end of the day we managed to get out for a bit.

That evening we went out for dinner at a pizza place which was really nice. After it was made we went back to the car and drove to Okanagan beach and sat down to enjoy dinner.

After sitting for a while we had a nice walk through a small Japanese garden. Whilst on our way back in towards the car we got a milkshake from a little shop that looked like a peach. Instead of heading back to the car we did even more walking to find some good spots for training next week.

After a few hours we finally got home to rest. Although this wasn’t a long day, it was a good day to rest from yesterday.

Day 7: Parade

Yesterday we had a nice early start to our Saturday morning ready for a big day. First up, we participated in a parade in West Bank called Westside Daze. This was my first ever parade that I’ve been in, so this was an exciting experience. As soon as we arrived, I completely forgot my gi top, but thankfully someone was kind enough to lend me one.

For the parade there was a group of people doing some bunkai on the back of a big trailer, a very big group doing zenshin kotai, a group of people doing kumite and one doing weapons. I was apart of the group doing kumite, but every second time we stopped, we would do zenshinkotai as well. Although we would only have about three turns at doing a combination each everytime we stopped, it was really hot. It was also my first time using this type of bogu which was really different to what I’m used to wearing.

After the main performance part of the parade, we all hopped onto the back of the truck and we got our water guns out ready for the water fight. I didn’t really get too wet, but it was still really good fun being a part of it.

After the parade, we all headed down to Bear Creek where we all just socialised and had lunch in the park. Whilst we were there, I was given an awesome hat, but I’m not too sure the rest of the team will be too happy about.

Whilst we were here, we played a game called Ninja. It would be pretty hard to try explain here, but when I get back home I’m sure I’ll it a go at explaining it. It got pretty competitive which I loved.

Lastly, we ran a track which was probably only around 2.5km, but it was still challenging. It was only optional to run it, but it was my first time, so I thought I should just run it.

Basically the first half was all up hill and it was really steep. Right at the very start was a big lot of stairs which we had to do twice and I was already dying and it was only the start. But, the second half of the track was mostly down hill which I was grateful for, but I was pretty sure my legs were going to give out. Once we finished the track we had to walk all the way back up to the top to meet the rest of the team there. It was exhausting.

Big shout out to Faith for being such a trooper! She was just in front of me for most of the track and when I caught up to her, she was giving some great tips along the way. Her little legs were probably moving twice as fast as mine and she did not give up. At the end I ended up in front of her and I was starting to walk back up again and then I saw her coming down the last hill, so I waited for her and we finished it together.

After walking back up the hill to meet the team there, Senpai Mike reminded me of doing my jump. So, for yesterday’s jump I explained how to do it to everyone with the photo of just me and then we all did an amazing group photo. This one is by far my favourite picture!