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2012 07 03


Black Belt Candidate Classes

This class has been very well attended by our own students and Black Belts from other area Dojos.  I want to congratulate our students on their dedication and the improvements that they have made.

Black Belt Grading - June 2012

Kyoshi Pat Haley (8th Dan & VP of Shorinryu Shorinkan Karate Association) was in attendance and joined Kyoshi Rick Roberts (7th Dan) on the Grading Board for the 2012 regional Shorinkan Black Belt Grading.  Several candidates from various Ontario Dojos were in attendance at Roberts Karate on Friday June 1st, 2012.  There were 2 testing for Godan (5th); 1 for Yondan (4th); 2 for Sandan (3rd); 2 for Nidan (2nd); and 4 for Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt).  Many Black Belts, family members, and friends were in attendance.

2012 Shorinkan Black Belt Grading at Roberts Karate
2012 Canadian Shorinkan Black Belt Promotions at Roberts Karate Dojo

Successful Black Belt Students

I want to congratulate all of our students who were promoted at the June 1st Grading.  Kyoshi Haley was very pleased with the quality of the karate that he saw during the grading.  He was also very pleased at the progress that all of the Canadian students have shown over the past 4 years.  Congratulations to all:

Renshi Stephen Ferraro - Godan
Sensei Rich Pittet - Nidan
Sensei Alex MacKeigan - Nidan
Sensei Darryl Bennett - Shodan
Sensei Gary Young - Shodan
Sensei J.D. Smith - Shodan
Sensei Philip Matthes-Sears - Shodan


Summer Hours

Our usual routine has been to combine some classes together during the summer because many students are involved in other activities and family vacations.  This year we are adding a class because of increasingly high summer attendance.

The summer classes will take place on Tuesday & Thursday evenings only, beginning July 4th and ending August 30th.

Tues. & Thurs.
Summer Hours
Attend if you are from the following Regular Classes
5:30 Class All Students from 5:30 & 6:30 Monday / Wednesday classes
6:30 Class Advanced Youth and Teens from the 5:30 & 6:30 Tuesday / Thursday classes
7:30 Class Adults

The regular schedule of classes will resume on the Tuesday after Labour Day - September 4th.

2013 Trip to Okinawa

Although it seems a long way off, it is not too early to start planning and saving for this absolutely phenomenal trip to train with Hanshi Shuguro Nakazato in his personal Dojo, and with Hanshi Gibo in his Dojo.  There will be sightseeing, and special activities while we are there.  More details will follow, but mark your calendars for 10 days in July 2013.

We plan on taking about 25 students from our Dojo and other area Shorinkan member dojos.  Parents are welcome, and any student under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Kyoshi Pat Haley will be our tour leader.  Kyoshi Haley speaks Japanese well, and leads groups to Okinawa annually.  More details will follow over the Summer and Fall.

Brown Belts

I want to remind all Brown Belts that a requirement of your Black Belt grading is that you have completed 80 hours of teaching in classes other than your own.  Some consideration may be allowed due to inflexible work schedules, but you must speak to Kyoshi about it long before you run out of time.  This especially applies to those hoping to test for Black Belt next June.

YMCA Program

The YMCA Program was a great success again this year.  Several students from this program have joined us at the Dojo, and we welcome them as a terrific addition.

Karate Summer Camp

Renshi Ferraro will be hosting a fun packed youth Summer Camp for the week of August 6th to 10th.  This camp will be filled with karate, movies, games, and fun activities.  Details will be coming soon.

Everyone have a safe and happy summer.  If you don't have the opportunity to train at the Dojo this summer, I will see you in September.

- Kyoshi Rick Roberts

News Headlines

2012 06 02
2012 Black Belt Promotions

2012 05 14
2012 Black Belt Grading & Weekend Seminar with Kyoshi Pat Haley

2012 01 09
NEWSLETTER - January 2012

2011 08 16
NEWSLETTER - September 2011

2011 06 19
Jessica Gaughan & Dave Mussar Promoted to Shodan

2011 04 18
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!