Day 2: Finding our way around

Second day so far and I feel like I am already starting feel like I have mostly caught up on sleep from the long day yesterday.

Since we hadn’t really seen much yet, Senpai Anne took some time this morning to show us around Penticton so we would be able to slowly find our way around.

First stop today was to Budget, to hire a car. This was a nerve-racking experience for the both us since we are both used to driving on the left hand side of the road, but now everything is the opposite. But after starting to get our head around things, we decided to go and check out the tournament venue.

After taking some time to check the tournament venue out, we went down to the local mall, Cherry Lane. Here we found some food for lunch and also a quick new treat to try. Whilst we were out, we also found a store called Coles just like the one back home, but this one wasn’t a grocery store, it was a book shop!

Feeling hungry at this point, we headed home to get into our lunch and after that I had a small-ish nap. Feeling refreshed from my nap, we had some dinner and Senpai Anne took us for a short evening walk along the beach and then back home to meet some chickens with a pair of funky crocks hahaha.

At this point it was already night time and the sun was still out! This was really different for us, as we are used to the sun setting much earlier back home. Here is a picture of the sun starting to set at almost 9pm.

The air started to cool down, so we decided to head inside for bed. But before we settled down for the night, we had to try this cool machine.

Although, we didn’t get any training in today, there will definitely be some waiting for the rest of the week starting tomorrow morning!

Day 1: Arriving in Canada

Before the 1st flight

Day one of the trip was amazing! The first flight to Vancouver was surprisingly good apart from the having to sit there for 13 and a half hours and the bad plane food, it wasn’t all that bad.

On the plane I did try to get some sleep, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to, so I ended up watching a total of 7 movies before we finally landed.

Although there wasn’t much to do on the flight, I did find it really cool how we landed a couple hours before we left.

After landing in Vancouver for around a 10 hour stop over, despite the lack of sleep, we managed to tour around for the day.

For the day, we enjoyed a 12-13km walk around Stanley Park. As it was a Sunday, only few shops were open, so the city wasn’t too busy and there were light showers going on all day which was probably also helping with the fact that it was fairly quiet all day. Although the walk felt like it went on forever, it was also a beautiful walk whilst also learning about some of the history. We didn’t finish the whole track, but on the way back we treated ourselves to some lunch at Subway.

After this, we headed back to the airport where we still had around 4 hours til our 2nd flight into Penticton. In this time we had a small wander around the airport and then we just sat down and waited. In one of the stores when we were wandering around, I found Maltesers! That’s some pretty exciting news.

When we were waiting for the flight, I was trying really hard to stay awake, even though I hadn’t slept in over 24 hours at this point… I ended up just sleeping. I also ended up sleeping through the whole flight.

Finally after two flights, we have made all the way from Brisbane to Penticton! Now for the next 2 weeks before the rest of the team makes it here, we will be staying with Senpai Anne and her husband Wayne with lots of adventures to come!

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

2019 Canada Training Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Sam Phillips for being chosen as this year’s winner of the Canada training scholarship. The training will be hosted by Taneda Sensei in Kelowna and Penticton, British Columbia, host of this year’s Soke Cup. Sam will be accompanied by Sensei Martin and will be joining the rest of the Soke Cup squad for the tournament in late July. 

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

Events

  • 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.