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This August, the Ottawa JKA will host a camp unlike any before. Five Japanese instructors will head a group of more than 30 visiting Japanese students and lead four days of powerhouse training. Adult black belts will also have the opportunity to square off against the contingent of Japanese students in a goodwill kumite tournament. Join Ottawa JKA from August 11th to 14th for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
It is recommended that you book your rooms at Algonquin College Residence. You will need to book your rooms yourself and rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis so it's essential that you should book early.
For the first time, five Japanese instructors, including a multiple All-Japan kumite champion, an instructor of tactical fighting techniques for the Special Forces of Japan's National Police, the head coaches of two elite university teams, and the veteran Sensei who taught them all, will get together and challenge camp attendees to master traditional and applied fighting and self-defense techniques through:
Karate is a martial art of self defense. The Japanese characters which form the word Karate mean "empty hands". Literally, this means that the Karate practitioner uses his unarmed body to aid him in a reliable system of self defense.
As a method of self-defense, Karate is probably as old as the human race. However, only in recent years has this method of empty-hand defense taken on a vast scientific approach in which body movement, timing, balance, and even psychology are studied and applied in formulating techniques that are effective against any would-be assailant.
Many people have fallen victim to an undisciplined, over indulgent, and stressful society. A look around clearly shows man's poor condition. Disregarding the need to balance our activities with proper exercise creates obesity, chronic back pain, weak and flabby muscles, poor posture, minimal flexibility, lack of endurance, tension, depression and emotional instability.
The superb co-ordination and stamina required in executing each Karate movement demands the utmost from your body. With training, you will learn to strengthen your body with proper exercises. In time, each part of your body will take a new dimension of conditioning and growth. Learning these skills will aid you in eliminating and preventing a variety of illnesses and other conditions that cause your body to deteriorate. Karate training brings about a great physical high which will overcome any temptation to indulge in drugs, alcohol, or junk food.
Self-defense does not in itself create a worthy art. Karate-Do involves mental training as well as physical training. It is hoped that the practitioner will open new doors of learning and understanding - that exercise will take greater meaning. After many hours of practice, the meaning of "Kara" or "empty" will change from the literal definition to a deeper, more aesthetic meaning - ridding the mind of negative thoughts and feelings thereby creating space for useful actions more worthy of cultivation.
As harmonious interaction of mind and body evolves, the practitioner will come to realise that we are mere links in the chain of life. Practising Karate only to prepare for an attack that may never come proves useless. Striving to strengthen one's mind and body only to achieve worldly happiness would also prove useless if death comes tomorrow. One must learn to expand his thoughts beyond the physical realm in to the spiritual sphere. Learn to forget yourself and to adapt to the pace of nature, and you will learn to accept the absolute truth. You must study this well.
Ottawa Japan Karate Association teaches authentic and traditional martial arts Japanese Karate-do for adults and children in Ottawa for over 35 years. Their training instills in students a drive for consistent effort, honesty, and respect. The observed benefits for students, especially among children and youth, are: improved fitness, increased attention, self-respect, and consideration for others. These qualities form a foundation to foster calmness and self-confidence for all students regularly attending classes at our schools.
There are two schools offering Karate classes: Ottawa JKA dojo provides training to adults whereas JKA Shinseikan dojo is dedicated to children (starting from 8 years old) and youth.
Established in 1973 by Sensei Saeki, the Ottawa JKA is a member of the Canada JKA Karate Federation (CJKF) which is made up of more than 20 Karate schools across Canada. Their emphasis is to maintain the highest quality of teaching and training in accordance with the Japan Karate Assoctiation (JKA) by setting strict standards for kyu grading (belt levels from white to brown) and for dan level exams (black belt).
The CJKF also provides the opportunity to train and compete with students of other dojo at the tournaments that it sponsors periodically throughout the year. It also sponsors the annual CJKF Koyo Karate camp in Ottawa which features senior instructors from Japan and attracts students from all over Canada. Sensei Saeki is the Chief Instructor of the Canada JKA Karate Federation.
Karate can be described as a martial art involving a variety of techniques including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). A typical class at Ottawa JKA would involve the following activities: warm-up and streching exercise, brief meditation and a combination of basics, forms, sparring and self-defense training.
The schools offer quality instruction for people of all ages with training specifically geared to each individual potential. Their aim is to provide students with a combination of high quality instruction, authentic Japanese culture, and a friendly atmosphere that any member of the family can enjoy and benefit.
The camp will take place at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Ottawa is a compact, clean, cleverly planned center of culture and politics. And it's an ideal choice for a weekend getaway because you can see so much in a short time. Start downtown at the architecturally stunning National Gallery of Canada. Other fine museums, like the Canadian Nature Museum and the National Aviation Museum, await. The Gothic Revival-style buildings of Parliament Hill convey the political stature. A free, guided tour of the main building offers information on both the present-day government and important historical events.
While Ottawa does have its fair share of lofty attractions, there are also lots of ways to kick back and have fun. The lovely Rideau Canal, which cuts through the city, offers boating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter. Gatineau Park is always buzzing with cyclists, walkers and benchwarmers. For an eclectic mix of old and new Ottawa, stop by the Byward Market. Whether you're in town for a few hours or a few days, Ottawa offers a gratifying taste of Canadian culture and hospitality.
Food is generally not included in the price, except for the following meals: lunch on Friday and Saturday, and banquet on Sunday.
Arrive at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW).