2021 Northern Alberta Pre-Grading

The Northern Alberta Black Belt Pre-Grading has been scheduled and will be hosted by the BKA.  The pre-grading process is strongly recommended for all students looking to grade in May, so that they can be assessed by instructors outside their dojo, and received constructive feedback to assist in their success on grading day. This event will be open to all brown belt students and up. Southern Alberta grading candidates are welcome to attend this event if they are unable to attend the grading in their region.

Date: Sunday March 7th, 2021
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Online Registration for this event must be competed by end of day on February 27th.

  • This event will be a fully digital session via Zoom.  Zoom information will be distributed to registered participants and joseki members in the week before the event.
  • Primary focus will be on grading techniques, katas, and kihon combinations.  No jiyu kumite or contact karate will be tested at this event.
  • This event is open to attendees from all clubs, ranked Brown and up.  Only pre-grading candidates will be assessed by the Joseki board.
  • Registered Joseki Board members must be ranked Sandan or above.

Action Item: Complete Registration Online for Grading Candidates, Participants, and Joseki Board by end of day on February 27th.

Registration and Information Link: http://www.edmonton-karate.com/events/2021-black-belt-pre-grading/

Youth Classes Resume January 16th, 2021

Club Members, Happy New Year!  

On behalf of our instructor team, I wish you and your families all the best in the new year.  There is still a certain degree of unknowns due to the current restrictions in place by Alberta Health Services, but we are excited to announce our 2021 Return to Karate.

Classes will resume for our youth program on Saturday, January 16th, and complete with the grading on April 24th.
Please take a moment to fill out the applicable registration method listed below.

If we remain in lockdown after January 11th,  live interactive classes will be taught digitally via our zoom dojos.

When we are permitted to re-open our dojo doors, we will shift our classes back to in-person training following the COVID protocols for in-person physical activity that many of our current members are already accustomed to from last term.*

*These protocols may be modified to reflect updated guidance from AHS.

A full breakdown of our protocols are available at this link: http://www.edmonton-karate.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/BKA-Relaunch-Protocol-v2.pdf

BKA will continue to simulcast the classes in the zoom digital dojos for the entire term, for those members who are uncomfortable or unable to attend in-person.

Class Schedule: 
Tuesday Introductory Classes – White, White Stripe, Yellow, Yellow Stripe, Orange – 5:30PM – 6:20PM
Tuesday Intermediate Classes – Orange Stripe, Green, Green Stripe, Blue, Blue Stripe – 6:30PM – 7:20PM
Saturday Introductory Classes – White, White Stripe, Yellow, Yellow Stripe, Orange – 9:30AM – 10:20AM
Saturday Intermediate Classes – Orange Stripe, Green, Green Stripe, Blue, Blue Stripe – 10:30AM – 11:30AM


Online Registration: COVID protocols dictate that the BKA must enforce strict class caps, and as such, all classes will be capped at 18 for this term.  Please complete the applicable registration as soon as possible to secure your spot in our program.

Students Returning from Fall 2020 Term: You have all already completed the registration form and waiver, and do not need to complete it again.  Please visit this link to let us know you are returning this term: http://www.edmonton-karate.com/register-online-returning/

Students Returning from Terms Prior to Fall 2020: Full completion of the BKA Member Application and Waiver is required for participation in classes from the BKA.  If you have completed this form prior to January 1st, 2021, you will need to complete it again.  Please register online for classes at http://www.edmonton-karate.com/register-online/

New Students: Full completion of the BKA Member Application and Waiver is required for participation in classes from the BKA.  If you have completed this form prior to January 1st, 2021, you will need to complete it again.  Please register online for classes at http://www.edmonton-karate.com/register-online/

Adult Classes Resume January 15th, 2021

Club Members, Happy New Year!  

On behalf of our instructor team, I wish you and your families all the best in the new year.  There is still a certain degree of unknowns due to the current restrictions in place by Alberta Health Services, but we are excited to announce our 2021 Return to Karate.

Classes will resume for our adult program on Friday, January 15th.
Please take a moment to fill out the applicable registration method listed below.

If we remain in lockdown after January 11th, live interactive classes will be taught digitally via our zoom dojos.

When we are permitted to re-open our dojo doors, we will shift our classes back to in-person training following the COVID protocols for in-person physical activity that many of our current members are already accustomed to from last term.*
*These protocols may be modified to reflect updated guidance from AHS.

A full breakdown of our protocols are available at this link: http://www.edmonton-karate.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/BKA-Relaunch-Protocol-v2.pdf

BKA will continue to simulcast the classes in the zoom digital dojos for the entire term, for those members who are uncomfortable or unable to attend in-person.

Class Schedule: 
Tuesday Advanced Classes – Blue Belts and up – 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Friday All Ranks Classes – White Belts and Up – 6:00PM – 7:10PM
Friday Advanced Classes – Blue Belts and up – 7:15PM – 9:00PM
Sunday All Ranks Classes – White Belts and up – 6:00PM – 8:00PM


Online Registration: COVID protocols dictate that the BKA must enforce strict class caps, and as such, all classes will be capped at 18 for this term.  Please complete the applicable registration as soon as possible to secure your spot in our program.

Students Returning from Fall 2020 Term: You have all already completed the registration form and waiver, and do not need to complete it again.  Please visit this link to let us know you are returning this term: http://www.edmonton-karate.com/register-online-returning/

Students Returning from Terms Prior to Fall 2020: Full completion of the BKA Member Application and Waiver is required for participation in classes from the BKA.  If you have completed this form prior to January 1st, 2021, you will need to complete it again.  Please register online for classes at http://www.edmonton-karate.com/register-online/

New Students: Full completion of the BKA Member Application and Waiver is required for participation in classes from the BKA.  If you have completed this form prior to January 1st, 2021, you will need to complete it again.  Please register online for classes at http://www.edmonton-karate.com/register-online/

Adult Grading on December 11th

Club Members, 

A reminder about our annual fall grading, occurring tomorrow night from 7:00PM-9:00PM.  This event will be hosted on Zoom in Dojo Room 2.

We will have three candidates looked at for grading.  As we can’t do partner work, the grading will have a heavy focus on kata and kumite style waza, movement, and kata presentation.

All members are encouraged to come out and support the club and the candidates!  Students and candidates training are asked to turn on their cameras for the workout.

Sensei James, Sensei Craig, and Sensei Scott will preside over the grading.

Thanks, and we will see you tomorrow!

December Classes

Students, with the completion of the youth term on Saturday, we have moved to a modified schedule for the balance of December. All classes will be taught in the high belt virtual dojo room on Zoom.

Tuesday, December 8th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: James Freeman

Friday, December 11th – Grading
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructors: James Freeman, Craig Pettie, Scott Knowles

Sunday, December 13th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: Scott Knowles

Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: James Freeman

Friday, December 18th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: James Freeman

Sunday, December 20th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: Scott Knowles

Tuesday, December 22nd
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: James Freeman

Friday, December 25th
Time: Class Cancelled

Sunday, December 27th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: Scott Knowles

Tuesday, December 29th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: James Freeman

Friday, January 1st
Time: Class Cancelled

Sunday, January 3rd
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ranks: Adults, All Ranks
Instructor: Scott Knowles