We see her at the dojo and in the gym everyday, technique after technique, repetition after repetition… and we see the payoff! Julia Hourahine’s recent martial arts tournament success is a tribute to her work ethic. The now Provincial, National, and Commonwealth medallist sets a great example for us all. Believe, Work Hard, and Achieve!
You can support Julia in her 2014 debut in Karate’s Premiere League by contributing a small sponsorship to her Make-A-Champ account HERE…
The recent Karate Black Belt exam at the conclusion of the 2013 training camp proves that there is no one perfect type of martial arts student. Eight karate-ka of different ages, genders, sizes, and backgrounds from our Cambridge dojo successfully presented their skills to Sensei Eiki Kurashita, 10th Dan, from Okinawa and received their 1st Dan in Goju Ryu Karate Do.
Darren Radtke, Geordie Given, Emily Traichel, Joseph Rideout, Amirah Bacchus, Dan Ngo, Amanda Addesso, and Duy Ngo all started the martial arts path at different places (children’s classes, beginner adults, competition) but all ended up together on a valuable life journey. All admit that the process changed them for the better and are excited to continue learning and developing.
We have all enjoyed the many months of intensive training and, from a dojo perspective, we now have eight more ambassadors to help others learn karate and use the experience to become stronger, healthier, and happy members of our Cambridge community.
Learn more about why martial arts uses belts here…
Every few years, the students from Hourahine’s Martial Arts have the rare opportunity to welcome leading experts on karate from Okinawa to Cambridge. This November, Sensei Eiki Kurashita, a 10th Dan from Naha, Okinawa visited to offer his expert martial arts instruction to student of all ages. This is a very unique honour for our community as access to this high level instruction is most often restricted to higher ranking black belts in Japan.
Sensei Kurashita’s message of using martial arts to create strong bodies, hearts, and minds was very important to our karate students as they continue in their martial arts journey. Participants and spectators were amazed at Sensei Kurashita’s strength, expertise, and compassion. We look forward to seeing him again soon.
Sensei Hourahine, Sensei Yaro Tarana, the Canada Traditional Goju-Ryu Karate Do Association, and Hourahine’s Martial Arts is pleased to welcome you to attend the 2013 Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate and Kobudo Seminar to be hosted in Cambridge, Ontario from November 1st to 3rd, 2013.
All students of traditional Okinawa Karate Do will benefit from the experience of training with esteemed guest instructor Hanshi Eiki Kurashita, 10th Dan from Naha, Okinawa and international representative of the Seiko Higa Shodokan school.
The Shodokan schools preservation of traditional Goju Ryu offers students exposure to one of the longest, unaltered connections to Grandmasters Higaonna’s and Miyagi’s Naha-Te.
Check out this video by Force Productions that was created as part of the The Active City Television show. It captures the essence of karate and our endeavours to promote it very well!
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
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….