It’s a new season and a new chapter for the WKF Karate Team from Hourahine’s Martial Arts as fifteen local karate kids made the jump from the regional development program to provincial competition this past weekend returning home with 13 medals.
The junior karate athletes, ranging in age from 9-13, are a part of a growing pool of competitors that have been participating in the local chapter of Karate Canada’s long-term athlete development program. The program takes students with no experience and progresses them through a system that eventually leads to International and Olympic levels.
Coach, Andy Hourahine, who is also involved with the sports development at the national level, runs the program and team. Hourahine expressed his excitement about the up and coming potential on his junior team.
“If you are the sort of child that benefits from an external goals and a competitive environment, then WKF karate offers so many positive opportunities to learn and grow progressively. At the end of the day, it’s about becoming stronger human beings and I see a bright future for many of these great kids.”
With the very successful (and sold out) March Break Camps behind us, it’s time to think about the summer karate camp program! Hourahine’s Martial Arts has a long standing tradition of offering to quality karate lessons and instruction throughout the year and this summer we are pleased to announce three more weeks of Karate Camp action in Cambridge. CAMP FORMS AVAILABLE HERE, check out this video of our Ninja Camp Day when our dojo was transformed into a young ninja training academy
Best of luck to our own club heroes as they take on the country next week at Karate Canada’s National Black Belt Championships. Julia Hourahine (kata) has moved up a division to defend her champioship title as well as take a shot for a space on the World Championship Team. Sensei Andy Hourahine returns to the mats in his role as provincial kata coach. Good luck to all of the tournament competitors and safe travels as all eyes focus on Toronto.
We have all seen the hard work put by our team behind-the-scenes of this performance so take some time over the next few days and let them know they are not alone as they reach for new competitive heights…WHO ARE WE??? CAMBRIDGE!!!!
Registration for our always-popular March Break day camps is under way! Kids rave about the drills, games, trips and crafts they do at the camp and everyone has improved skill and knowledge at the end. Daily themed activities include classes in Karate, Kobudo, and Jiu Jitsu, martial arts games and activities, fitness training, performance critique and personal feedback. Students also are exposed to new areas of the martial arts everyday!
MONDAY, NINJA CAMP – Train like some of the most feared warriors of feudal Japan! Stealth practice, throwing star training, empty hand self defense.
TUESDAY, DRAGON DAY – Learn the basics and self defense moves of karate including the nunchaku … plus a classic Nerf war!!
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY – Castle Wars, samurai defense, special guest instructor for Kendo, the way of the sword!!
Camps are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with 8:30 – 9:00 am drop off and 3:30 – 4:00 pm pick up. Please bring appropriate snacks, water, lunch, play clothes, and karate uniform.
$30 per day plus HST
There is a Buddhist proverb that suggests, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. “ This saying holds very true to the study of martial arts. Karate is about becoming mentally, physically, spiritually, and technically stronger by challenging your personal limits on a regular basis. It is not about comparison, competition, or age but about the personal pursuit of new horizons no matter where you are in life.
So, no, you are not too old to learn karate. In fact, older is sometimes better. People with more life experience tend to be a little wiser, more coachable, and have the perseverance required for success that comes from doing a few rounds with life.
So maybe now is your time.
Hourahine’s Martial Arts is offering an introduction package for beginner adults with registration open until February 15th. Only 6 spaces available so email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an information session.
New for the holidays! Hourahine’s Martial Arts Team Gear sporting our new 2013 logo. Hoodies, jackets, and full zips are available in great colours, all sizes, and with your program displayed proudly on the back. Show your team and holiday spirit by grabbing some gear before it’s gone.
Order by December 5th to ensure holiday delivery! ORDER FORM HERE….
From November 9th to 11th, senior members from HMA Cambridge travelled to Montreal for the annual training camp with our sister dojo, Dojo K de Terrebonne. Over the weekend, students engaged in over 10 hours of traditional Goju Ryu instruction from Sensei Yaro Tarana, 7th Dan and senior instructor for the Canadian branch of the Kokusai Goju Ryu Karate Kobudo Renmei.
The training camp helped to strengthen technique, spirit, and fostered the continuing sense of teamwork and martial arts family. Congratulations to all who participated!
Julia’s quest for gold took her a long way from home this year and, for her first big international season, she did incredibly well. Provincial champion, National champion, Summer Games champions, Las Vegas Silver Medalist, and Top 16 at the Pan Am Championships to name a few. Best of all is that this now Sport Canada and IOC recognized “National A” athlete spends hours every week sharing her knowledge and experience with the next generation of competitors.
We are proud of you Julia and congratulations on this honour.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Julia’s documentary “RISE”:
To prepare for the influx of new and returning students we ask that everyone confirm their classes NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1ST. Classes will fill to capacity so unless you make the appropriate selections you run the risk of not getting your first choices. New students may register in person at 20 Dickson Street to choose classes and pick up their student uniform.
NEW for September 2012 is our Youth Competitive Program! Based on the success of the Yuujou Summer League and to further the Long Term Athlete Development Program for Karate Canada we are pleased to offer a new competitive program.
Congratulations to Sensei Hourahine for his nomination and acceptance to the Karate Canada’s National Team as Kata Coach. Canada’s IOC recognized Karate Team is home to some of the nation’s finest karate athletes and coaches. We are all looking forward bennefitting from the experience and knowledge Sensei Hourahine gains on this journey and wish him, and the team, the best of luck. First stop…. Junior Pan American Karate Championship in August!
Read the full CAMBRIDGE TIMES article HERE…