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2010 03 01

NEWSLETTER - March 2010

We have had an exciting start to 2010 and the year holds great promise for all of us. Your choice of pursuing karate as a physical activity, spiritual journey, self defence skill and personal achievement is one of those life style choices that you will never regret. I am grateful that you have allowed us to be part of it.

Okinawa Trip

Sensei Steve Ferraro, Darryl Bennett, Jaydee Smith, Greta (my wife) and myself traveled to Okinawa this January; in company with Sharon Champagne (Bushido Martial Arts), Kathy Painter (Lorelei M.A.), Brenda Copeland and her husband Dale (Lorelei M.A.).  Kyoshi Pat Haley was our tour leader and guide.  We had the opportunity to train with Hanshi Gibo and to have a wonderful tour of the island.  Unfortunately our planned training with Hanshi Shuguro Nakazato was cancelled due to the untimely death of Mrs. Nakazato.  With respect we attended the funeral, representing our fellow Canadian students and the thousands of Shorinkan students worldwide.

Roberts Karate at the Shuri Gate in Okinawa
From Left: Jaydee Smith, Sensei Ferraro, Renshi Roberts, Darryl Bennett


We are asking students or parents to list your email addresses so that information can be sent directly to students and their families.  If you would like us to have your email address, please add your address to the list on the reception desk.

Kyoshi Pat Haley, 8th Dan

On May 1st and 2nd, Kyoshi Pat Haley will be in Guelph at Roberts Karate for his instructional seminar in Kata and Bunkai (self defence applications).  We had a packed dojo last April and this year will be no exception.  Please sign up early so that you do not miss out.  Signup sheets are on the Reception Desk.

Family Night

Our Annual Family Night will be held on Thursday April 15th from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.  This is an evening for family and friends to come out and see what you have achieved during the past year.  All are welcome and photos and videos are permitted.  Please mark this on your calendar, it is a terrific night.  Light refreshments will be served.

Family and Friends Participation Night

This is an exciting evening for you to bring a family member and or a friend to come out and join you in class.  They will participate in the exercises and learn some karate with you.  The date for this activity will be announced at Family Night.

New Members

We are always happy to welcome new members and ask that you tell your friends and family how much you are enjoying our dojo and suggest that they join us.


This Saturday afternoon class is proving to be a lot of fun.  The ladies are having a great time and working out hard.  Sensei Steve Ferraro is running the class.  Participation is open to anyone, so tell your family and friends and suggest that they put it on their GET IN SHAPE FOR SUMMER List.  Flyers are on the desk.

Karate is spiritual, not physical

You will hear this a lot during this year.  In this sense spiritual is not religious, but very personal and comes from within you.  Each of us have an inner strength energy that can be harnessed to make our life and the lives of those around us better.  To understand this and to be able to tap into this inner strength is the essence of karate training.

March Break

We will hold our regular classes throughout March Break.

Stripes and Belt Fees

Please check with Sensei to see if you are up to date in your payment.

May Belt Testing

The May belt testing for all students and all coloured belt ranks will be on Saturday morning May 29th starting at 9am to coincide with the Black Belt Pre-test grading.  All brown Belts are expected to join us that morning starting at 6am for the 8km run, for the kata practice and the experience prior to their own Black belt testing.  Please mark your calendars.

     "Persevere and Do Right"
      - Sensei


News Headlines

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NEWSLETTER - September 2011

2011 06 19
Jessica Gaughan & Dave Mussar Promoted to Shodan

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NEWSLETTER - April 2011

2010 09 20
NEWSLETTER - September 2010

2010 08 03
Sensei Rick Roberts Promoted to Kyoshi
(7th Dan) in Okinawa, Japan

2010 07 18
Congrats to Sensei Ferraro & Ola on their Marriage

2010 06 04
Alex MacKeigan Promoted to Shodan
NEWSLETTER - June 2010

2010 03 04
Seminar with Pat Haley (8th Dan, Kyoshi) from California

2010 03 01
NEWSLETTER - March 2010

2010 02 11
Kicking off 2010!