Sep 062018
 

Автор благодарит родителей и экспертов города Торонто (Канада) за предоставленную информацию, а также за то, что поделились своим опытом.

~Мария Моргунова

 

Раньше боевыми искусствами в Северной Америке увлекались преимущественно взрослые. Однако последние 20 лет это стало распространенным хобби среди детей и подростков, потому что такое увлечение хорошо укрепляет здоровье, развивает навыки самообороны и самообладания, а также учит дисциплине, воспитывает целеустремленность и ответственность, что самым положительным образом влияет на успеваемость в школе.

Обычно родители ищут ближайший к дому клуб, где преподают каратэ, айкидо, тайквондо, ушу и т.д.  В различных источниках можно найти информацию примерно о 140 наиболее известных и распространенных видов единоборств, которые специалисты разделяют на 3 группы:

К первой группе относятся боевые единоборства. Они помогут тем, кто хочет научиться защищаться во время внезапного нападения и выжить в опасной ситуации. Разнообразные техники боевых искусств позволяют успешно отказать сопротивление нескольких нападающих.;

Спортивные единоборства. Они отличаются четкими правилами и обязательным применением защитной экипировки. Спортсмен может получать престижные награды на престижных турнирах, стать мастером спорта и уважаемым тренером.

Смешанные единоборства – это сочетание разнообразных приемов и техник из разных боевых искусств. Здесь нет четких правил и каких-либо ограничений.

Единоборства также делятся на те, в которых применяется оружие, и на те, где в нем нет необходимости.

Выбирая спортивный клуб или школу боевых искусств, у родителей, как правило, возникают одни и те же вопросы, связанные с преимуществами и недостатками того или иного вида боевого искусства, но самый главный вопрос – какой вариант наиболее эффективный и безопасный для обучения в детском возрасте? Что же говорят эксперты и опытные родители?

 

Ушу или Кунг-Фу

История ушу началась более двух тысяч лет назад. В Китае ушу – это часть  системы образования. Большинство китайцев воспитывались в школах ушу, где их учили читать, писать, а также искусству общения с людьми. Со временем, «боевая часть» этой образовательной системы проникло в другие страны через эмигрантов, которые ввели для этого боевого искусства термин-синоним, – гунфу. Позднее его звучание преобразовалось в кунг-фу. Школы боевого искусства кунг-фу довольно быстро становились популярными, и туда стремились попасть студенты из разных стран. 

Если говорить о методиках преподавания, то они весьма разнообразны. Наиболее оригинальные из них попадают в исторические источники и передаются друг другу в жанре притчи. Вот одна из них: «Стихия воды».

Один парень решил поехать тренироваться в школу кунг-фу на целый год.  Однако уже с первого дня пребывания в этой школе, он был разочарован из-за того, что кунг-фу, по его мнению, он не изучал, а занимался какой-то ерундой. Его заставляли целый день бить ладонями по воде, стоя в ней по пояс. Потом ему давали чан с водой и заставляли посредством ударов расплескать как можно больше, а потом пойти к ручью и набрать воду снова, повторив то же самое.
Так прошел год. Парня оправили домой на каникулы, и, естественно, после такого обучения, он приехал домой очень расстроенным. Родители стали интересоваться, чему же их сын научился за это время. Парень сказал, что ничему его не научили, и с досады ударил ладонью об стол. При этом удар был такой силы, что прочная столешница разломилась, как хрустящий сухарик. Тогда все поняли мудрость этих великих мастеров, которые могут натренировать человека, когда он и сам не понимает, что тренируется.

Ушу (или Кунг-фу) полезно для детей, в основном, в смысле физического развития. Это проверенная веками система развития человеческого тела и духа, которая  помогает сформировать гармоничный, физически сильный и здоровый организм человека.
Если говорить о боевом применении, то ушу позволяет победить соперника, воздействуя на наиболее уязвимые зоны тела. Большинство ударов наносится низко (коленные чашечки или голень). Ушу отличается жёсткостью; многие приёмы основаны на имитации движений, характерных для разнообразных  животных, птиц и насекомых (вспоминаем мультфильм Кунг-фу Панда).

Айкидо

Айкидо было создано японским сенсеем Морихэй Уэсиба. Уэсиба стремился разработать такой вид боевого искусства, приемы и техники которого давали бы возможность обойтись без травм, как обороняющемуся, так и нападающему. «Айкидо — будо» в переводе с японского означает  «путь  к гармонии», и, в то же время, как говорят японцы: «это путь к прекращению убийства», то есть цель – остановить врага и прекратить борьбу.

В 1925 году Айкидо становится официально зарегистрированным  видом спорта.

Айкидо – это надежная система защиты. Настоящий мастер должен адекватно оценивать противника и предупреждать все его действия. Большинство приемов в Айкидо основано на круговых движениях, благодаря которым можно, как говорят инструкторы «перераспределить энергию», то есть не только избежать болезненного столкновения, но и контролировать ситуацию, сопровождая движение атакующего. При этом сам агрессор постепенно начинает терять свои силы.

Изучая айкидо, дети учатся обращать усилия атакующего в свою пользу, что очень важно для современных школьников, которые довольно часто оказываются в агрессивной среде, и при этом, согласно школьным правилам поведения, не имеют возможности дать сдачи в привычном понимании этого слова. Главным показателем высокого уровня мастерства является способность отразить нападение без причинения вреда здоровью и жизни противника. Защита в айкидо делится на три этапа:

  • определение уровня или степени возможной агрессии;
  • оценка противника;
  • ответные действия.

В айкидо можно применять оружие. Кроме того, полезно знать не только, как работать с оружием, но и как разоружить противника, и такие техники тоже преподаются учащимся.  

Разные школы айкидо используют в обучении следующие типы оружия:

  • Боккэн — деревянный меч для тренировок.
  • Дзё — деревянный шест обычно длиной примерно 128 см (зависит от конкретного человека) и 24—26 мм диаметром.
  • Танто — деревянный нож длиной до 30 см.
  • Вакидзаси — короткий стальной самурайский клинок.

Дзюдо

Дзюдо появилось в 1882 году. Название этой японской борьбы переводится как “мягкий путь”. Оно было создано мастером,  общественным деятелем и педагогом Кано Дзигоро на основе одной из школ джиу-джитсу. Кано вырос в обеспеченной семье. Начиная с семи лет, он получал разнообразное образование, например, среди прочих обязательных дисциплин, он изучал каллиграфию, конфуцианство и английский язык.  В 14 лет он поступил в Токийскую среднюю школу-интернат. Это оказалось неприятное место. Там была распространена «дедовщина». Старшие обижали младших, тех, кто не мог постоять за себя – подвергали травле и унижению. Все это не понравилось подростку, и он начал искать школу, чтобы научиться себя защищать. Однако это оказалось не так просто, как он думал. Многие учителя показывали ему ката (упражнения) или приемы, которые в то время уже считались устаревшими. Это было полезно для саморазвития, но совершенно непригодно для банальной драки с хулиганами. Только спустя несколько лет, он нашел учителя, который дал ему необходимые знания джиу-джитсу и помог развить необходимые навыки.

Это была крошечный класс на 9 матов мастера Фукуда Хашиносюке (Fukuda Hachinosuke), в котором было всего 5 студентов. В первой половине дня мастер зарабатывал как остеопат, а вечером – преподавал. Такая ситуация была распространена в то время в Японии, поскольку преподавание боевых искусств не приносило доходов.  

Спустя пять лет, Кано начал преподавать сам. Позднее, он изменил известную ему систему боевго искусства и сформулировал современные правила дзюдо, основанные на захватах, заломах и бросках. Как средство самообороны, дзюдо сочетало в себе броски и захваты с ударами руками и ногами по наиболее уязвимым частям тела противника.

В первый год у Кано было 9 учеников. Сегодня (по разным данным), дзюдо занимается  от 28 миллионов человек, при этом 8 миллионов из них – в Японии.  В 1907 году дзюдо было включено в обязательную программу для средних школ. С 1964 дзюдо входит в программу Олимпийских игр.

Техника современного дзюдо состоит из трех частей: броски, борьба лежа и борьба стоя.

Для борьбы лежа характерны три типичных приема – удержание, удушение, болевые приемы на суставы рук. Однако болевые приемы на ноги запрещены.
Тренеры и родители считают, что этот вид единоборства развивает наблюдательность, внимание, умение анализировать ситуацию, хорошую память, нравственность – именно то, в чем так нуждается любой ребенок.

В дзюдо, как и в любом другом единоборстве, есть свои секреты обучения, и о некоторых из них известны популярные истории, например,
Притча о секретном приеме.

Один10-летний мальчик, в результате ужасной аварии, лишился левой руки. Чтобы воспитать в сыне уверенность в себе, родители записали его в клуб дзюдо. Мальчик начал брать уроки у старого мастера дзюдо. Он не мог понять, почему после трех месяцев тренировок, мастер обучил его только одному приёму. «Сенсей, разве я не должен выучить больше приёмов?» – спросил ученик.

«Тот самый прием, который ты уже знаешь, — единственный, который тебе нужно знать.» – Ответил Сенсей. Доверяя своему учителю, мальчик продолжил тренироваться.

Через некоторое время, Сенсей привел ученика на турнир. К своему удивлению, мальчик с легкостью выиграл в двух первых поединках. Третий поединок оказался сложнее, но через некоторое время его соперник начал нервничать, потерял терпение и стал атаковать. Мальчик успешно применил тот самый единственный прием, который знал, и одержал победу. Пораженный своим успехом, он вышел в финал победителем.

После турнира мальчик спросил: «Сенсей, как же я выиграл турнир всего лишь с одним приёмом?»

«Ты выиграл по двум причинам, — ответил Сенсей. Во-первых, ты почти освоил один из наиболее сложных бросков в дзюдо, и во вторых, единственный способ защиты против этого приема — схватить тебя за левую руку» .

Тайквондо

«Ломающий путь рук и ног» – корейский вариант восточных боевых искусств, созданный на основе японского каратэ и традиционных корейских единоборств, существующих на протяжении 2000 лет. В тайквондо  преобладают удары ногами. Исторически это связано с тем, что древние корейские воины применяли удары ногой для того, чтобы выбить вражеского всадника из седла.

Тайквондо было создано после Второй мировой войны генералом Чой Хон Хи. Его детство и юность пришлись на тот период, когда Корея была оккупирована Японией. В детстве он был хилым и болезненным ребенком, что очень беспокоило его родителей, и они записали его в школу боевых искусств. Овладев карате и субак, молодой Чон стал тренироваться, смешивая приемы из этих боевых искусств.

В 1946 году он поступил на службу в только что созданную корейскую армию инструктором по каратэ. Обучая солдат, Чхве Хон Хи постоянно совершенствовал методику занятий, да и сами приёмы. В результате этих экспериментов, в течение последующих десяти лет,  генерал создал фактически новое боевое искусство, которое было названо тайквондо.

В 1994 тайквондо стало Олимпийским видом спорта и в 2000 включено в программу Олимпийских игр.

Если говорить об обучении детей, то физическое развитие, основанное на различных упражнениях тайквондо , способствует общему укреплению здоровья ребенка, а в некоторых случаях и решению серьезных проблем, например, исправление осанки ребенка, укрепление дыхательной системы при астме, укрепление иммунной системы детей, склонных к простудным заболеваниям.

Те, кто занимаются этим видом спорта, становятся выносливыми, сильными, ловкими и гибкими. В опасных ситуациях они умеют постоять за себя и защитить слабого.

В то же время, родителям следует обратить внимание на то, что в отличие, например, от каратэ, там нет бесконтактного метода. Поскольку здесь преобладают взмахи ногами, то необходимо защищать голову специальным шлемом. Поэтому, перед тем, как записать ребенка в клуб, имеет смысл задать тренеру вопросы, касающиеся безопасности..

Джиу-Джитсу

«Мягкое искусство» – это одно из древнейших японских боевых искусств. Джиу-джитсу считается прародителем многих видов борьбы – дзюдо, айкидо, карате и др. В древних японских литературных источниках, джиу-джитсу связано также с тайными знаниями «магии» и «колдовства». Великие воины древности считались опытными магами.
Согласно легенде, – «Врач Асияма Сиробеи из Нагасаки, занимавшийся боевыми искусствами,  наблюдал однажды, как ветви крупных деревьев ломаются под порывами ветра, и лишь гибкие ветви ивы противостояли ветру. Потом пошел снег. Толстая ветка сломалась под его тяжестью, а гибкая тонкая ветвь прогнулась под снегом и уцелела. Асияма расценил это, как метафорическое объяснение: ива уступает, чтобы одолеть! Позднее, он основал «школу сердца ивы», в которой изучалось единоборство без оружия, получившее название «мягкое искусство» (дзю-дзюцу)».

Практика и развитие Дзю-дзюцу было характерной чертой стиля жизни самураев феодальной Японии. Их целью было научиться побеждать вооруженного и защищенного доспехами соперника без применения оружия.

Основной принцип джиу-джитсу – не идти на открытый конфликт с соперником, а уступить его натиску, направляя его действия в нужную сторону до тех пор, пока тот не окажется в ловушке, и только тогда обратить силу и действия врага против него самого.

В джиу-джитсу используется и ударная техника, которая служит для того, чтобы остановить соперника, вывести его из равновесия, а затем провести болевой или удушающий прием.

 Философия Джиу-Джитсу состоит в следующем: в течение жизни человек строит и укрепляет 4 основные стены своей «крепости»: здоровье, общение с окружающими,  знания и работа, духовность.

Если хотя бы одна стена будет повреждена или разрушена, то жизнь человека может рухнуть, как карточный домик. Поэтому, эти жизненно важные составляющие целостного развития человека нужно формировать с детства.

При обучении детей, как правило, применяется бесконтактный метод, но лучше заранее спросить у тренера.

Каратэ

Каратэ боевое искусство, которое возникло на острове Окинава (термин известен с 18 века, но само искусство появилось гораздо раньше). В то время этот остров был независимым, но позднее вошел в состав Японии, поэтому каратэ считается японским боевым искусством. Остров Окинава – это уникальное место, которое известно, прежде всего, тем, что там живут долгожители. Нигде в мире на столь малом пространстве не живет столько людей старше ста лет. Окинавская поговорка гласит: «60 лет – это только бутон. 80 лет – цветок распустился».  

В начале 17-го века остров потерял свою независимость и был оккупирован Японией. В конце 19-го века, когда остров окончательно стал частью страны, молодые окинавцы обязаны были служить в японской армии. Во время медицинского осмотра, армейские врачи отметили высокий уровень физического развития призывников. Выяснилось, что все эти молодые люди занимались карате.

В начале 20-го века, карате стало обязательной частью программы для всех окинавских общеобразовательных школ.
Со временем, это боевое искусство стало очень популярным и престижным хобби во многих странах, а в 2016 году оно было включено в программу Олимпиады.

Карате – довольно необычное боевое искусство: всем известны навыки  каратистов разбивать кирпичи руками, ногами и даже головой. Неслучайно возникла крылатая фраза, которую часто можно услышать про каратистов: “Каратиста может обидеть каждый, но не каждый успеет извиниться.”

Каратэки также известны тем, что, будучи безоружными, они могут запросто победить крупного хищного зверя, как например, легендарный Гоген Ямагучи. По одной из версий, в 1930-е годы он был направлен правительством Японии на разведывательную работу в Китай, где представилась также возможность более глубоко изучить кэмпо. Однако шпиона поймали местные власти. Китайцы, которые знали, с кем имеют дело, предложили Ямагучи выбор: пулю в лоб или клетку с тигром. Ямагучи выбрал тигра. На следующий день его вывели во двор тюрьмы, где стояла бамбуковая клетка с голодным хищником. В ожидании кровавого шоу, собралась толпа любопытных. Пленника быстро втолкнули в клетку и захлопнули дверцу. Вопреки ожиданиям толпы, зрелище закончилось очень быстро. Увидев несчастного обреченного, голодный тигр прижал уши и присел на задние лапы, готовясь к смертоносному прыжку. Используя этот момент, Ямагучи сам прыгнул вперед и одним ударом кулака в переносицу поверг хищника на землю. Огромный тигр умер, а Ямагучи был с почётом препровождён на родину.

На примере этой истории можно сделать вывод, что победить врага можно без оружия, и именно поэтому этот вид боевого искусства называется Каратэ, что означает “пустая рука”, потому что каратист безоружен в привычном понимании этого слова. Каратэ наглядно демонстрирует, что в природе человека уже заложен весь необходимый потенциал, чтобы защитить себя без каких-либо дополнительных приспособлений.

 

На сегодняшний день, известно более 70 различных направлений каратэ.

Каратэ предлагает разные способы боя, где сочетаются удары руками и ногами. Главный принцип — быстрота движений и скорость реакции, а основная задача — сохранение на протяжении долгого времени основной стойки. Поэтому умение сохранять равновесие и держать баланс очень важно для каратиста.

В большинстве школ, при обучении детей каратэ применяется бесконтактный метод, то есть изучаются все приемы, но физически соперники друг друга не касаются. На сегодняшний день, это самый безопасный вид боевого искусства для детской и подростковой аудитории.

  1. Каратэ могут заниматься как младшие школьники, так и старшеклассники. Занятия каратэ для детей проводятся на основе упражнений, которые помогают им стать сильными, выносливыми и ловкими. Тренеры уделяют время не только отработке технических приемов,  но и изучению этических и эстетических принципов японской культуры. Дети учатся контролировать себя, самостоятельно корректировать свои ошибки и дисциплинированно выполнять поставленные задачи. Итак, какой же вид боевого искусства более всего подходит для детей? Большинство детских психологов и учителей физкультуры считает, что карате – это самый лучший вариант, и вот почему:
    1. Применение бесконтактного метода позволяет обеспечить стопроцентную безопасность во время тренировок. Дети не могут нанести друг другу травму, и им не надо надевать защитный шлем на голову, как в тайквондо, например.
    2. Доступность по цене по сравнению с другими видами спорта,
    3. Возможность выбора между традиционным и спортивным вариантом,
    4. Возможность сохранить это полезное хобби на всю жизнь, а также превратить его в профессию и стать профессиональным спортсменом или тренером.
    5. Возможность стать олимпийским чемпионом.

     


Для того, чтобы более детально разобраться в каратэ для детей и подростков, родителям имеет смысл посмотреть образовательный фильм «Karate in Ontario: THE UPHILL BATTLE. The Cost of Raising a Champion». Фильм был отмечен, как один из лучших по режиссуре и контенту на кинофестивалях США и Канады. Родители найдут там ответы на многие вопросы, в частности: как выбрать клуб, где найти хорошего тренера, основные затраты родителей на спортивное развитие чемпиона, как и где выбирать турниры для детей, как попасть в провинциальную сборную, как оценить работу тренера и многое другое.

Официальные трейлеры фильма: http://www.invisionpro.com/uphill-battle-documentary/
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2) Купить DVD и BRD можно здесь: https://www.invisionpro.com/uphill-battle-documentary/

About the Filmmaker
This documentary was directed by Maria Morgunova, Director of INVISION PRO, a media company in Toronto, Ontario. Maria’s background includes over 10 years’ experience in journalism and the film and video industry as a videographer, journalist, film editor, short-story producer, and director of TV talk shows. Maria holds an MA of Arts and has created successful stories and programs for the corporate world, broadcast television, and PR companies.

About INVISION PRO.
Independent Vision and Production is a media company located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. INVISION PRO produces quality documentaries, B2B marketing videos, short stories, and music videos.
Contact Information: Phone (416)721-3883, (416) 728-2552 e-mail: welcome@invisionpro.com

 

Martial Arts for Children written by Maria Morgunova

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Jul 142018
 

I am grateful to the martial arts experts and parents who provided valuable insights, facts, and anecdotal accounts to assist with research for this article. Thank you so much!

~Maria Morgunova

 

Martial arts have long been a popular pastime for adults in North America, but it is only during the last 20 years that martial arts have become accessible to children and teenagers.  Parents soon came to realise that martial arts training for children provided numerous benefits, from improving health and fitness to learning self-control, self-discipline, responsibility and purposefulness, while also learning valuable self defence and anti-bullying skills.  Parents were finding that not only were their children becoming more self-confident, their school performance also improved.

Understandably, many parents look for a martial arts club located within their neighbourhood where their children can learn karate, aikido, taekwondo, wushu or any other type of recognised martial arts.  In fact, there are about 140 different types of martial arts, which can be broadly divided into three groups:

Martial Arts and Military combat, in which students are taught to survive and defend themselves in critical situations against sudden attacks, or surprise attacks by several attackers;

Amateur Combative sports, which tend to have more stringent rules and are of a more competitive nature. Typically focused on one-on-one combat, students work towards competing in tournaments and competitions which are focused on a system of point scoring. Participants score points in a variety of ways, with the winner being the person with more points than their opponent, or the competitor who manages to disable their opponent.  Students work towards prestigious awards, participation in world-renowned tournaments, and can become a master in their chosen sport and go on to coach others.

Mixed martial arts, in which a combination of techniques and methods from a variety of different martial arts styles are taught.

Some styles of martial arts teach students how to use and defend against weapons, while others do not.

When parents choose a martial arts club for their children, they usually share a similar set of questions and concerns.  With so many different types of martial arts, parents wonder about the advantages and disadvantages of each particular style, which is the most effective and safe for children and teenagers to learn, and what martial arts experts and parents of children currently studying martial would recommend.

 

Wushu or Kung Fu

Wushu has a long and rich history, originating in China approximately 2,000 years ago.  In fact, wushu is much more than martial arts in China, but is a system of education.  Many Chinese people were brought up in wushu schools, taught the essential skills of reading, writing, and communication.  Before long, wushu was introduced to other countries around the world by Chinese immigrants, and the term kung fu was soon adopted.  Kung fu schools quickly became popular around the world, with students of Chinese origin and from a wide variety of backgrounds clambering to study kung fu.

Methods of kung fu teaching can vary, and can sometimes leave students feeling surprised or even frustrated.  Several historical stories of unorthodox kung fu teaching methods have made their way into Chinese lore, being passed down from one generation to the next as parables.

For example, we have the story known simply as Water Element.  In this story, a male student enrolled at a kung fu school for one year.  But from the first day of his training he was completely disappointed, believing that he was not being taught any essential kung fu skills.  As the story goes, the student was required to stand waist deep in water and beat the surface of the water with the palms of his hands all day.  Sometime later, his assignment changedsomewhat, and he was required to empty a vat of water by hitting and splashing it with his hands, only to refill the vat with water from the stream.

His year of training passed, and the student returned home to his parents for the holidays.  Eager to know what their son had learned after a year’s kung fu training, the son told his frustrating story of having learned nothing for the entire year.  He became so angry that he struck his parents’ table with the palm of his hand.  His blow was so strong that the solid tabletop broke instantly, shattering like a dry biscuit.  It was at that moment that the student – and his parents – understood that great kung fu masters have the wisdom to train a person in the ancient art without the student even knowing it.

Today, wushu training has recognised benefits for children, particularly related to their physical development.  After so many years, wushu has been proven to be a well-rounded system of human body development, allowing children to grow in a harmonious way to become physically strong and healthy.

A core tenet of wushu training is that students learn to attack sensitive areas of their opponent’s body, such as the eyes, throat, groin, knees, and nerve points.  Many blows are aimed low, such as at the kneecaps or shin.  Wushu training draws largely on imitating the movements of various animals, birds, and even insects.

Aikido

Aikido is a modern name for a modern martial art from Japan:created by Morihei Ueshibait has a synthesis of his martial arts studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.  Registered as a sport in 1925, aikido is a relatively new martial arts but one that continues to grow in popularity.  The philosophy ofaikido is “the way of unifying with the energy of life” or “the way of harmonious spirit”.

Aikido is a system of self defence, with the student learning to assess their opponent and predict – and prevent – theirlikely actions.  Many techniques taught inaikido training involve circular trajectories, which allow hard collisions to be avoided.  Additionally, circular or turning movements utilise the strength of the opponent’s attack, causing the opponent to rapidly lose their strength.

During their aikido study, children learn to use their opponent’s strength to their own advantage.  This has important relevance to schoolchildren, who may encounter bullies and aggression at school but may not be permitted to fight back.

An important tenet ofaikido is the student’s ability to repel their opponent’s attack without causing harm to their opponent.  As such, self defence inaikido includes three stages:

  • Determining the possibility of aggression,
  • Evaluating the strength and skill of the opponent, and
  • Responding appropriately.

Weapons training is optional in aikido.  When weapons are used in aikido training, students are typically taught how to use and defend against the knife (tantō), wooden sword (bokken), and short staff (jō).  In some schools, aikido students will be taught firearm disarming techniques, including weapon taking and weapon retention.  While students hope to never have to use these skills, it can boost the students’ confidence to know that they have the skills to defend themselves against firearms and other weapons, should the need arise. (We are going to dedicate another article to weapons training in different martial arts)

Aikido develops physical abilities in the student, as well as concentration and cooperation with fellow students and instructors.  Parents of children studyingaikido report that their children have become more balanced, calm and reasonable as a result of their training.

Judo

Judo originated in Japan in the 1880s by Jigoro Kano.  Meaning “soft way”, judo is based on the teachings of jujitsu and encompasses physical, mental, and moral elements. Jigoro Kano was born to wealthy parents and had the benefits of an academic upbringing.  From the age of seven, Kano studied English, Japanese calligraphy, and the four Confucian texts (Shisho) under a number of tutors.  At 14, Kano attended an English-speaking boarding school in Tokyo, where he was subjected to relentless bullying.  So serious was the bullying problem thatKano began searching for a school or teacher who would be willing to show him how to defend himself.  Several years passed before he finally found a willing teacher.

During the process, Kano discovered that many former jujitsu teachers had had to abandon their training to pursue alternative careers, with many choosing traditional osteopathy practices known asseikotsu-in.Kano started enquiring at local practices and eventually was introduced to a jujitsu teacher named Fukuda Hachinosuke, who had a small dojo where he taught five students.

Five years after beginning his jujitsu training, Kano himself started to teach.  He soon began making changes to the battle system that he had been taught, and formulating new, modern jujitsu rules.  These new rules became known as judo, which combined throws and grappling with punches and kicks aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the opponent’s body.

In Kano’s first year of teaching his new judo system of martial arts, he had nine students.  Today, it is estimated that there are 28 million people practising judo around the world, with 8 million located solely in Japan.  In 1907, judo became a mandatory aspect of the educational program in secondary schools in Japan.  Judo was added to the Olympic sports line-up in 1964.

Judo focuses on throwing, grappling or lying down combat, and striking techniques.  When it comes to lying down combat, judo encompasses three main techniques: holding, strangulation, and painful defences applied to the joints of the hands.  Note that painful techniques applied to the legs are prohibited in judo.

The parents of children studying judo tend to report that their children exhibit improved observation and attention skills, improved analytical skills, an excellent memory, and a strong sense of morality.

As with every form of martial arts, judo masters are highly skilled in their craft and know how to transmit knowledge to their students in a way that will prove most beneficial to the individual student’s needs.  Take, for example, the parable of the secret technique.  In this story, a 10-year-old boy lost his left hand after a terrible accident.  In order to raise his self-confidence, the boy’s parents decided to sign him up to a judo club where he was under the instruction of a highly experienced judo master.

For three months, the master taught the boy only one judo technique.  Confused as to why he wasn’t being taught other techniques, the boy queried his master, asking, “Do you think that I should learn more techniques?”.  “This is the only one technique that you have to know”, said his master.  The young boy trusted his master implicitly and trained hard, perfecting his one technique.

Before long, the boy was entered into his first tournament.  To his great surprise, he easily won the first two matches.  The third match was more difficult, but despite the superior skill and technique of his opponent, the young boy won the match.  He made his way to the finals of the tournament andwas declared the ultimate winner. 

Once the tournament was over, the boy approached his master and asked how he was able to win even though he only knew one technique.  The master said, “You succeeded for two reasons.  Firstly, you learned one of the most difficult throws in judo.  Secondly, there is only one way to defend against this method, and that is to grab you by the left hand”.

Taekwondo

With a name meaning “The way of breaking hands and feet”, taekwondo is a style of martial arts from Korea, originally based on Japanese karate and traditional Korean martial arts from more than 2,000 years ago.Taekwondo is characterised by fast kicking techniques, spinning and jumping kicks, and head height kicks.  Unlike other forms of martial arts,taekwondo involves 70 per cent use of the legs and only 30 per cent use of the arms and hands.  The predominance of kicks in taekwondo is a nod to the ancient Korean warriors, who used kicks to dismount enemy riders out of their saddles.

Taekwondo was created shortly after the Second World War by South Korean Army General Choi Hong Hi.  During his childhood and youth, Korea was occupied by Japan.  As he was a frail and sickly child, his parents had concerns about his health and well-being and signed him up to a local school of martial arts, where he studied both karate and subak.  Having trained in both styles, Choi Hong Hi began using both techniques at the same time.

In 1946, Choi Hong Hi was hired as a karate instructor for the Korean army.  While instructing the Korean soldiers, Choi Hong Hi continued to refine and improve his way of teaching and the techniques he utilised.  Over the course of the next 10 years, he created a new form of martial arts, now known as taekwondo.

Taekwondo has gone from strength to strength and was included as an Olympic demonstration sport at the Seoul Olympic Games in South Korea in 1988, and was added to the Olympic Games line-up at the Sydney Olympic Games in Australia in 2000.

When it comes to children’s taekwondo training, the sport offers numerous benefits, both physical and psychological.  Parents of children studyingtaekwondo report that children are healthier and stronger than they were before they commenced training.  In some instances,taekwondo can improve serious health problems, such as correcting poor posture, strengthening the respiratory system of children prone to asthma, and strengthening the immune system of children prone to colds and influenza.  Overall, children and adults who studytaekwondo can expect to become strong and resilient, yet agile and flexible.  In the event that they find themselves in a dangerous situation, they will have the skills and confidence needed to defend themselves or others.

One consideration that parents should make before choosingtaekwondo is that, unlike karate and other forms of martial arts, mostforms of taekwondo are contact sports.  There are isolatedtaekwondo schools that teach a noncontact version of the martial art, however children who participate in the contact version of the sport will need head protection by way of a specially made helmet.

Jujitsu

Jujitsu is an ancient martial art from Japan and is considered a precursor to many more modern forms, including judo, aikido, and karate.  In Japanese, “jū” means soft, gentle, supple, or yielding; while “jitsu” is typically translated to mean art or technique.  Together, jujitsu refers to the manipulation of the opponent’s own force against themselves, rather than resisting and confronting it with one’s own force.

In ancient Chinese literature, jujitsu was associated with the secret knowledge of magic and witchcraft.  Indeed, great warriors in ancient Japan were considered experienced magicians.  The exact origins of the ancient Japanese art of jujitsu are unknown, yet Japanese legend tells of a physician and experienced martial artist from Nagasaki by the name of Akiyama Shirōbei Yoshitoki.  After spending time making observations in nature, the physician noticed how large tree branches would break under strong gusts of wind, while thin flexible branches of the willow tree could bend and resist the wind.  When snow fell, he noticed that thick tree branches would break under the weight of the snow, while flexible thin branches would bend with the weight of the snow yet remain intact.

Akiyama Shirōbei Yoshitoki took his observations as a metaphor, noting that the willow gives way to wind and snow in order to win against them.  In 1631, he founded the Willow Art School and taught martial arts without weapons known as “soft art”, or jujitsu in Japanese.

The basic principle behind jujitsu is not to resist the attack of your opponent, but to give way to your opponent and to direct their energy in the direction that you choose, until your opponent is trapped.  It is only then that the jujitsu student will turn their opponent’s strength and actions against them.  Jujitsu practitioners are also taught to use striking techniques to stop their opponent, put them off balance, and then administer a painful or suffocating technique.

The philosophy behind jujitsu is based on the idea that in the course of a person’s life, they build and strengthen the four main walls of their “fortress”: health, communication with others, knowledge and work, and spirituality.  The philosophy is that if even one wall of the house is damaged, the entire house will fall – just like a house of cards.  For this reason, jujitsu students pay equal attention to all four aspects from childhood onwards.

The majority of jujitsu training is noncontact; however, it is always a good idea to confirm this with the instructors before your child’s training starts.

Karate

Karate originated on the island of Okinawa at a time in history when Okinawa was independent from Japan.  When Okinawa became part of the nation of Japan, karate was considered a Japanese style of martial art – but its true origins will always lie on the island of Okinawa.  Renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants, Okinawa has an impressive proportion of its population over the age of one hundred years.  In fact, there is a proverb in Okinawa that says, “60 years is just a bud.  80 years – the flower has blossomed”.  Many wonder if the secret to the longevity of the residents of Okinawa is their propensity to study karate for health and fitness.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the island of Okinawa lost its independence and became subsumed by Japan.  At the end of the 19th century, the youth in Okinawa were obliged to serve in the Japanese army.  It was during the compulsory medical examinations that army doctors discovered the high level of physical development of the conscripts from Okinawa, and first came to understand that the fitness levels could be attributed to their karate studies.

At the beginning of the 20th century, karate was included in the curriculum for the majority of public schools in Okinawa.  Over time, karate has become a popular and well-known hobby in many countries around the world, and in 2016 it was recognised as an official Olympic sport.

Karate students and masters are known for their ability to break bricks with their hands, feet, and even their heads.  There is little wonder why the following catchphrase can often be said about those who study karate: “Anyone can offend a karate master, but not everyone will have enough time to apologise”.

Karate masters are also known for their ability to defeat large predatory beasts while completely unarmed.  Japanese lore is rich with stories of unarmed karate masters defending against what would normally be a lethal attack by a large predatory animal.

For example, take the story of the karate legend Gauguin Yamaguchi.  As the story goes, in the 1930s Yamaguchi was sent by the Japanese government to China to perform intelligence operations. Yamaguchi also saw the assignment as a good opportunity to study Cempo in China more deeply. 

However, Chinese authorities caught Yamaguchi.  Knowing who they were dealing with, the Chinese offered Yamaguchi a choice: either a bullet in the forehead or being locked in a cage with a tiger. Yamaguchi chose the tiger.

The next day, Yamaguchi was taken to the courtyard of the prison, where a hungry tiger was imprisoned in a bamboo cage, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. Yamaguchi was forced into the cage, and the door was locked.

The hungry tiger saw an easy meal, and immediately sat back on its hind legs, adopting its pounce position.  But before the tiger could make its lethal jump, Yamaguchi leaped forward and struck the tiger on the bridge of its nose with his fist.  This single blow threw the predator to the ground, where he soon died. Yamaguchi was pardoned and sent home to Japan with honour.

This story, and countless others like it, prove that it is possible to defeat an enemy without being armed with a weapon.  It is for this reason that karate has its name, which translates as “empty hand”.  Visually, karate masters are unarmed in the traditional sense of the word, but in fact the karate master has much more than any physical weapon.  Karate training provides a clear demonstration that humans already possess everything they need to defend themselves without any additional tools.

 

Today, karate is made up of more than 70 different concepts.  Karate combines striking and kicking, and emphasises the need for speed and fast reactions.  Stances are very important in karate, and students are taught to maintain their balance and endurance for extended periods of time.

The majority of karate schools for children adopt a noncontact teaching method, which does not allow any contact to the student’s head.  Beginners wear a white belt and do not engage in any contact or sparring until they reach a higher level.  Karate students study all basic karate techniques including punches, blocks, kicks, and other moves.  Students learn karate katas (forms), which present combinations of basic techniques in a logical sequence.

As karate students move higher up the ranks, they begin working with partners to improve their techniques.  Of course, this partner work inevitably involves physical contact, but contact is limited and completely prohibited to the head.  For this reason, karate is generally considered the safest form of martial art for children and teenagers.

Children can begin their karate training at any age, with some schools accepting children as young as three years old.

Karate classes for children are built on exercises that develop physical strength, endurance, and manual dexterity.  Karate instruction is not limited to physical karate techniques, but extends to a study of the principles of Japanese culture.  Children learn self-control, respect for themselves and others, and how to recognise and correct their own mistakes.  Parents often report that children become more self-sufficient and internally disciplined as a result of their karate training.

All martial arts training can have recognisable benefits for children, teenagers, and adults alike.  But when it comes to the form of martial arts most suitable for children, many child psychologists and physical education teachers agree that karate training offers the deepest benefits for children, for the following reasons:

  1. The safety of children is guaranteed during karate training. Karate is a noncontact martial art and, as opposed to other forms of martial arts like some styles of taekwondo, children do not need to wear protective helmets.
  2. Karate is considered to be a more affordable martial art than other styles.
  3. In many areas, parents can choose between traditional karate training and a sports version of karate.
  4. Karate is a pastime that can be maintained throughout the student’s life. If they so choose, the student could turn their childhood hobby into their adult career, and go on to become an instructor or professional athlete.
  5. Since karate is a recognized Olympic sport, exceptional karate students have the opportunity to become Olympic champions.

For a deeper understanding of karate, please view the educational film for parents, “Karate in Ontario: The Uphill Battle – The Cost of Raising a Champion”.  The film answers many common questions about karate and provides parents with essential information about one of the world’s most popular and prolific martial arts. Parents will understand the key components of budget to grow a future champion, relevant age to start, how to choose a coach and club, travel expenses and tournaments, judges and rules and many others. Parents will meet 14 experts: respected instructors, referees, and judges share their experiences and reveal their secrets to success. This documentary is the first study and only known research about Karate in Canada.

Where to watch trailers: http://www.invisionpro.com/uphill-battle-documentary/
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About the Filmmaker
This documentary was directed by Maria Morgunova, Director of INVISION PRO, a media company in Toronto, Ontario. Maria’s background includes over 10 years’ experience in journalism and the film and video industry as a videographer, journalist, film editor, short-story producer, and director of TV talk shows. Maria holds an MA of Arts and has created successful stories and programs for the corporate world, broadcast television, and PR companies.

About INVISION PRO.
Independent Vision and Production is a media company located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. INVISION PRO produces quality documentaries, B2B marketing videos, short stories, and music videos.
Contact Information: Phone (416)721-3883, (416) 728-2552 e-mail: welcome@invisionpro.com

 

Apr 092017
 

Welcome House Karate Team successfully started competition year at First OKF Invitational Karate Tournament Apr 9 2017

Welcome House Karate Team has a great success at First OKF Invitational Karate Tournament Apr 9 2017. This was really great event 445 competitors and it was the first time when provincial status tournament implement the WKF rules (World Karate Federation). Each of six rings had proper safety zones and always had 5 judges. OKF started to use proper WKF approved mats which was used for the TO 2015 Pan Am Karate event.

Welcome House had only 7 competitors this time and got 4 medals: gold, silver and bronze for kumite and one silver for kata.

Congratulations to our winners:

Robert Keddy Cortez – Gold in Kumite up to 7 y.o.

Munir Habaybeh – Silver in Kumite up to 7 y.o.

Daniel Victorino – Silver in Kata and Bronze in Kumite in Novice 8-9 y.o.

We also would like to congratulate coach Denis Adigamov and other team members: Daniel Simonyants, Max Zhurba, Maxim Morozov and Alex Teryan with their first time participation in Provincial level tournament.

You made us proud.

Keep up the hard work!

Toronto Karate Kids League 2015 Video Report

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Jan 152016
 

 

Toronto Karate Kids League 2015 Video Report

 

Welcome House is really pleased to announce that the Toronto Karate Kids League had a very successful and enjoyable year! The project commenced in February 2015, and by years end we had successfully organised four karate tournaments for children and youth aged between 5 and 15 years. Project funded by City of Toronto.

 

The aim of TKKL is to involve young people in the disciplined and creative world of Karate discovering new talents and hopefully stars for Canada.

 

The Aims and Achievements of the Toronto Karate Kid’s League include –

 

  • To provide budding young athletes with invaluable experience in professionally organised and healthy competition;

 

  • The TKKL unifies all Karate clubs and stylesstyles in the Sportive event similar, by essence, to Pan Am Games Karate event. It’s important that young Karate athletes understand that Karate in general is a unification of many different styles;

 

  • During the year 2015, the TKKL held tournaments which included around 500 competitors from 24 Karate clubs;

 

  • The safety of our students is paramount with TKKL. All our events areinsured by Canfinse Group Inc. Every competitor uses safety sparring gear, and a Licensed Paramedic is always on site;

 

  • The Toronto Karate Kid’s League promotes Karate as a Sport, and we endeavour to make it accessible and affordable to all members of our community. This is a non-profit project designed to ensure that low-income families have easy access to sporting events. Our aim is to reintroduce sport to parents and to ensure that children of today are raised having fun, and generally enjoying all the advantages sports have to offer;

 

  • During 2015 we had two easy-to-access by public transit locations in Toronto, with free parking. In addition, no spectators fee was charged, ensuring that families were able to support their young athletes.

 

Special Guests

 

During the year we had many special guests visiting our competitions, such as politicians, writers introducing their books, and best of all, we had martial artists demonstrating their amazing and unforgettable talents.

 

We’re extremely proud of all our young athletes who participated in the 2015 Toronto Karate Kid’s League tournaments. In our opinion, every single athlete in our competition was a winner. Competitors fight their fear and perform their very best! We acknowledge, and value our karate kids’ efforts and purposefulness.

 

TKKL expresses our sincere appreciation to all parents and friends for their loyalty and patience. In addition, we sincerely thank all our Karate coaches and impartial judges for their time, their professionalism, and their support during the past year. And of course we can’t forget all our wonderful supporters, helpers and assistants: without you this project would never have seen the light of day. Sincerely, thank you!

 

TKKL will continue working on tournaments, and encourage all clubs and their participants, supporters and sponsors to contribute to what we believe will be a very exciting future for Karate in Canada.

 

Join. Participate. Win.

 

 

 

 

Jun 232015
 

Karate Training for Kids. End of the Season 2014-2015.

The 5th season of most popular Welcome House program Stress Relief through Karate is successfully done. We sincerely congratulate all participants – great job! Looking forward to see you in the next 2015-2016 season.

Stay tuned for our future announcements.

Welcome House Promotes Toronto Karate Kids League at Rogers TV

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Apr 072015
 

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Toronto Karate Kids League had a wonderful showcase today at RogersTV in Daytime Toronto Show. Later today at 12:20 am you can watch it on Rogers 10 or 63 channel or online: http://www.rogerstv.com/
Oleg Morgunov, Andrew Henderson, Ulyana Bunina, Alex Rosca, Ethan Qui and Denzel Teliagen presented the Toronto Karate Kids League Summer Tournament which is scheduled for Sunday May 24 2015 at the William Mackenzie CI (500m walk from Downsview subway station)
Event organized by Welcome House and funded by the City of Toronto, Host City of 2015 Pan Am Games.


 

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May 24 2015 Summer Toronto Karate Kids League Tournament

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Apr 012015
 

Welcome House proudly announces the 2nd Toronto Karate Kids League Summer Tournament.

The right date for Summer TKKL tournament is Sunday May 24, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute
Toronto Karate Kids League (TKKL) is a series of 4 Karate tournaments per year for non-elite athletes. The League intends to unify all Toronto Karate clubs in the Sportive Karate event similar, by essence, to Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 Karate event.

2015 League schedule:
1. Spring. Sunday March 8, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute;
2. Summer. Sunday May 24, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute;
3. Fall. Sunday October 25, 2015 (preliminarily William Lyon Mackenzie CI);
4. Winter. Sunday December 6, 2015 (preliminarily William Lyon Mackenzie CI);
Each tournament consists of Individual Kata (forms) and Individual Kumite (sparring) type of competition for recreational (non elite) participants. All categories will be divided by:
• gender: boys and girls
• age: -7, -9, -11, -13, -15
• levels: Novice (white to orange belt) and Intermediate (green to brown belt)

There are 40 categories in total (for details please look at categories (divisions) table on page 7).
There are 8 medals in each category with different
colors: Gold for 1st place, Silver for 2nd place, two Bronze for 3rd-4th place and 4 smaller size Bronze medals for 5th place.
Each medal adds points to the club scores:
1st place – 100 points,
2nd place – 50 points,
3rd-4th places – 25 points and
5th place – 10 points.
The club which accumulates the most points after all 4 tournaments is named League’s Winner and will be awarded League’s Cup.
The League accepts application from any Karate club regardless of their affiliation. One of the main scopes of Toronto Karate Kids League is to unify clubs with different affiliations on Sportive Karate platform base, to give them a forum to befriend and compete with each other. Individual (non club’s) applications is also accepted on site only. All points accumulated by such individuals without club affiliation will be distributed to any club of their choosing or will otherwise be lost.
Tournaments Fee:
Advance fee – $15 CAD/person (not later than 1 week before the event only accepted with collective application from clubs). On the site fee – $20 CAD/person.
For advance fee there is a Family 10% discount.

Mar 082015
 

First Toronto Karate Kids League tournament has been held in Toronto, North York, March 8 2015. Thanks to everyone who come and support this community children event promoting Karate as a sport.

Toronto Karate Kids League (TKKL) is a series of Karate tournaments for non-elite athletes. This is a new Toronto community initiative created and organized by Welcome House and funded by the City of Toronto as a part of preparation and promoting of Toronto Pan Am Para Pan Am Games 2015. That initiative intends to unify all Toronto Karate clubs in the Sportive Karate event similar, by essence, to Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 Karate event.

We cordially thanks our honorable guests MP Mark Adler, MPP Monte Kwinter, TDSB Trustee Howard Kaplan, TNO Executive Director Ahmed Hussein, President of Canfinse Group Tamila Mukelova and Lawyer Evgen Dankanych.

Toronto Karate Kids League tournaments are insured by Canfince Group and sponsored by leading Martial Arts Supplier in Ontario – Budo World Inc (http://budoinc.com/). The Legal support by Law office of Evgen Dankanych.

Toronto Karate Kids League tournament provisions.

The League consists of 4 tournaments per year:

1. Sunday March 8, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute;
2. Sunday May 24, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute;
3. Saturday October 3, 2015 Location will be confirmed in August;
4. Saturday December 12, 2015 Location will be confirmed in August;

Each tournament consists of Individual Kata (forms) and Individual Kumite (sparring) single elimination type of competition with repercharge for recreational (non elite) participants.

The League accepts application from any Karate club regardless of their affiliation. One of the main scopes of Toronto Karate Kids League is to unify clubs with different affiliations on Sportive Karate platform base, to give them a forum to befriend and compete with each other. Individual (non club ‘s) applications will be accepted on a limited basis on site only. All points accumulated by such individuals without club affiliation will be distributed to any club of their choosing or will otherwise be lost.

Toronto Karate Kids League (TKKL) Spring Tournament March 8

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Feb 232015
 

Toronto Karate Kids League (TKKL) is a series of Karate tournaments for non-elite athletes.

The League intends to unify all Toronto Karate clubs in the Sportive Karate event similar, by essence, to Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 Karate event.

The League consists of 4 tournaments:

1. Spring. Sunday March 8, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute;

2. Summer. Sunday May 31, 2015 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute;

3. Fall. Sunday October 25, 2015

(preliminarily William Lyon Mackenzie CI);

4. Winter. Sunday December 6, 2015

(preliminarily William Lyon Mackenzie CI);

Each tournament consists of Individual Kata (forms) and Individual Kumite (sparring) type of competition for recreational (non elite) participants. All categories will be divided by:

• gender: boys and girls

• age: -7, -9, -11, -13, -15

• levels: Novice (white to orange belt) and

Intermediate (green to brown belt)

There are 40 categories in total (for details please look at categories (divisions) table http://www.torontokaratekidsleague.ca/tournament-categories/).

There are 8 medals in each category with different

colors: Gold for 1st place, Silver for 2nd place, two Bronze for 3rd-4th place and 4 smaller size Bronze medals for 5th place.

Each medal will add points to the club scores:

1st place – 100 points,

2nd place – 50 points,

3rd-4th places – 25 points and

5th place – 10 points.

The club which accumulates the most points after all 4 tournaments is named League’s Winner and will be awarded League’s Cup.

The League accepts application from any Karate club regardless of their affiliation. One of the main scopes of Toronto Karate Kids League is to unify clubs with different affiliations on Sportive Karate platform base, to give them a forum to befriend and compete with each other. Individual (non club ‘s) applications will be accepted on a limited basis on site only. All points accumulated by such individuals without club affiliation will be distributed to any club of their choosing or will otherwise be lost.

Tournaments Fee:

Advance fee (before March 1, 2015) – $15 CAD/person (only accepted with collective application from club), online registration: http://www.torontokaratekidsleague.ca/registration-for-participants/

On the site fee – limited spots will be available for unaffiliated individuals or for adjusting earlier submitted club’s application by adding few new participants – $20 CAD/person. On-site registration for each category closes 20 min prior the time this category starts accordingly to the schedule http://www.torontokaratekidsleague.ca/schedule/.

Please arrive 30-40 minutes before your category starts to have a proper time to check out your registrantion, change attire and warm up.

For advance fee there are a few types of discounts – Bulk discounts and Family discounts:

• 2 tournaments in advance – $27 CAD/person for both tournaments

• All 4 tournaments in advance – $50 CAD/person (for all 4 tournaments)

• Family of 2 and more – additional 10% Discount

Please notice all fees are non refundable

Club’s applications for Spring Tournament (Sunday March 8, 2015) must be received with complete payment (Please make all payments to “Welcome House”) NO LATER THAN Thursday, March 5 2015.

Please note: we will accept limited applications on site. (please come as early as you can) Mostly for unaffiliated individuals or for adjusting earlier submitted club’s application by adding a few new participants.

Oct 112014
 

Toronto Karate Kids League is a project targeting children and youth up to 15 years, at beginner and intermediate levels. The league will hold 4 tournaments per year. Each will have 40 categories (by ages and levels) for forms and sparring. Medals will be awarded in each category (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze). At the end of the year the club with the most medals will receive the League’s Friendship Cup.

Our project aims to increase interest and engagement in community Karate and in Toronto’s upcoming 2015 PanAm Games. The project will allow non-elite athletes to be part of a movement similar to the Games’ Karate event. This project will involve up to 300 participants per event and is open to anyone regardless of ethnic, cultural, social background and/or gender; it is designed to unify people and to encourage friendships-between boys and girls, between new immigrants and the Canadian-born, and between rich and poor.

We plan to have project activities for on-going basis and expect the City of Toronto to help us for the first 2 years with establishment.

Our partners are: InVision Pro, United Martial Arts Academy, Maple Karate Club (Antibes branch), and Toronto Suiken Bugeikai.

We have a support from all York Centre Politicians:

MP Mark Adler, click here to read letter of support: MarkAdler-GameOnToronto-Welcome-house-letter-of-support

MPP Monte Kwinter, click here to read letter of support: MonteKwinter-GameOnToronto-Welcome-house-letter-of-support

City Councillor James Pasternak, click here to read letter of support: JamesPasternak-GameOnToronto-Welcome-house-letter-of-support

TDSB Trustee Howard Kaplan, click here to read letter of support: HowardKaplan-GameOnToronto-WelcomeHouse-SupportLetter

 

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