Fitness With A Purpose

Welcome To The Bushido Karate Association

The Bushido Karate Association is a Non-Profit Organization that has been offering youth and adult programs to people in the University-Area and southwest communities in Edmonton since 1993. Learn more about us here, or browse below for the latest news and information from our organization.

BKA Bunkai Clinic - Shintani Level 1

Club Members,

The BKA will be hosting a provincial clinic on Sunday April 28th at The Derrick Club Dojo (10:00AM - 2:00PM).  The information flyer is attached.

Attendance at this event is encouraged for youth students ranked orange and up, and highly recommended all adult members.

Online registration is available on our website - at this link:

BKA members will have explored some of these concepts in class before - but this clinic is a 4 hour deep dive on bunkai fundamentals that will support your training in class and success at upcoming gradings (and prime adult members for summer training)!  Content explored at this clinic will be used as part of the upcoming adult grading on May 10th at Grandview.  This clinic also counts towards your time requirements for coloured belt gradings, and clinic requirements for black belt candidates.

This will also be a sanctioned event for the Shintani Instructor Certification Program.
Details here:

We hope to see you there!

Fall 2018 Bunkai Clinic

A reminder about our upcoming BKA Bunkai Clinic!

The process of Bunkai and the understanding of fighting principles it unlocks is being formally reviewed by the SWKKF through its Bunkai Committee, and will be forming a part of the SWKKF black belt grading curriculum in the near future.  Our clinic will be a pilot of a Level 2 course, in which students will learn and apply bunkai techniques to understand the kata Pinan Yodan.  This is an exciting opportunity for students to receive advance instruction in this higher-level practice from three knowledgeable and experienced Bunkai instructors.

October 27th, 2018, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Mother Margaret Mary School, Edmonton

Cost: $40/Registration - Paid at the Door

• This event is open to all SWKKF member clubs, and will continue to explore how bunkai can uncover practical applications for wado kata.
• Rank Recommendations: Youth Members - Orange and Up, Aged 10 and Above, Adult Members - All Ranks

 Register Today for Saturday’s exciting event!  Pre-Registration is Required!

Youth Supplementary Strength Training

The BKA’s focus will always be martial arts - but a focus that is just as important to our instructor staff is supporting our members in a healthy and active lifestyle.  The amalgamation of these goals is reflected in our club’s tagline, “Fitness With a Purpose”.  One of the biggest differences between our youth and adult programs is an added 30 minutes of dedicated strength training in every class that focuses on overall fitness for our sport, but also larger athletic success.

We would like to expand that offering to our older youth members with introductory strength training classes!
These classes will be focused on elementary body/light weight exercises designed for youth members.

These will be offered once a month, and are free of charge for all BKA youth members 9+ from Grandview and the Derrick Club.

These classes are also highly encouraged for BKA Tournament Team members.

Our first training will be hosted at the Grandview Dojo on September 23rd from 3:00PM - 4:30PM.

If your child is coming out, please take a moment to register online - at this link!

Register online!

We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Black Belt Pre-Grading

With the Black Belt Grading in May closing quickly, the time has come for the annual Northern Alberta pre-grading. This year, the Bushido Karate Association will be hosting the event at The Derrick Club in Edmonton on March 18th from 10:00AM - 2:00PM. The dojo will be open at 9:30AM to allow students to warm up, as we will begin right at 10:00AM. Please bring snacks and other assorted drinks. There will be water breaks and break for lunch during the event to make sure you are well fuelled.

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.

Action Item: If you are sending any students that are looking to be examined, please send their Name and Home Dojo to Sensei Scott Knowles (

Action Item: If you or any of your senior students are willing to serve on the Joseki for the Pre-Grading, please contact Sensei Scott Knowles ( Ideally we would call for ranks Sandan or higher, but senior Nidans may be called on the day for extra assistance.

Download a copy of the PDF Flyer.

2017 Northern Alberta Black Belt Pre-Grading

Students,  The Bushido Karate Association is pleased to host the Annual Northern Alberta Black-Belt Pre-Grading Assessment Sunday March 19 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Derrick Club 3500 119 Street. All Blue and up students are welcome to attend, and students who will attempt rankings in May are strongly advised to attend.

Sensei Ron's Visit


A reminder that on Friday, September 23, classes will run from 6:00 - 9:00 pm for all ranks as we welcome Sensei Ron Mattie to our Grandview dojo. Please try to make it for this special event!

Q3 Instructors Clinic

All Brown and Black-belt Students,

Reminder. There will be an Instructor's Clinic next Sunday September 18 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Grandview Heights Community Hall.

As we head back into training and welcome new students, there are certain principles we want taught, and we'll also revisit class structure and discuss age-appropriate development and training techniques.

Tournament Training

Students, our next tournament team training event will be hosted at Grandview on April 10th from 3:30PM-5:30PM.  Sensei Scott hosts these trainings, and are recommended to students blue and up who have a tournament (or grading) focus.  Kata and kumite skills will be honed and polished for any upcoming events.

Northern Alberta Black Belt Pre-Grading

Students, a reminder that the Bushido Karate Association will be hosting the Northern Alberta Pre-Grading on March 20th at the Derrick Club (10AM-2PM).  This event is recommended for any students looking to grade at the Provincial Grading in May.  All students brown and up are encouraged to attend this event.

Back to Karate!

Students, our 2016 term is in full swing!  There have been some slight changes made to the schedule of some of our classes, so be sure to check your class hours to ensure you or your child are attending the correct classes.  Reminder - it's not too late to start for beginners!  If you have friends or family members who are interested in joining the program, they are welcome to attend class and try it out.

In the winter season we see a variety of training opportunities across the province for our members to attend.  Please check out our events section online for up to date information on clinics, tournaments, and gradings coming up in the next 6 months!

Black Belt Pre-Grading

Brown/Black Belts, we will be hosting the Northern Alberta Black Belt Pre-Grading this Sunday at the Derrick Club from 10AM-2PM.  For more information, please check the events tab of the website.

Thanksgiving Weekend Classes


There will still be classes held at usual times at Grandview, McKernan, and the Derrick for youth and adult programs on Friday and Saturday.  However for Thanksgiving, we will cancel the Sunday night workout for teen/adult members.

If you are going down to Calgary for the Nishimura clinics this weekend - have fun, and we'll see you there!

Nishimura Clinic Series


Our friends at the South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Club are offering a unique opportunity to train with one of the leading kumite instructors from Japan. Over the Thanksgiving Weekend, they are hosting Sensei Seiji Nishimura.

The BKA has pre-purchased 10 registrations valued at $100 each for students wishing to attend. We will offer them to club members on a first-come, first-serve basis. Imagine, a week-end of training with a world-renowned instructor at no cost to you!

To register, or for more information, see the link below!

Upcoming Events

Here's a summary of all the upcoming events.
Check out our events tab for more information on these events.

Youth Grading - Saturday April 26th, 2014 - Mother Margarget Mary School.
Black Belt Grading - Saturday May 3rd, 2014 - Edson, Alberta.
Adult Grading - Friday May 9th, 2014 - Grandview Dojo.
Teen Grading - Sunday May 11th, 2014 - Grandview Dojo.

Saskatoon Tournament - Saturday April 5th, 2014 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Whitecourt Tournament - Saturday April 12th, 2014 - Whitecourt, Alberta.
National Tournament - Saturday May 24th, 2014 - Simcoe, Ontario.

Saskatoon Tournament Clinic - Friday April 4th, 2014 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Whitecourt Tournament Clinic - Friday April 11th, 2014 - Whitecourt, Alberta.
Whitecourt Black Belt Clinic - Sunday April 13th, 2014 - Whitecourt, Alberta.
Black Belt Grading Clinic - Friday May 2nd, 2014 - Edson, Alberta.
National Tournament Clinic - Friday May 23rd, 2014 - Simcoe, Ontario.

Other Events
Fitness Testing - Friday May 16th, 2014 - Grandview Dojo.

November Events Updated

The events sections on the site have been updated to include all tournaments and clinics happening throughout November. If you are interested in attending speak to the senior instructors at the dojo, or download the information PDFs available.

Upcoming Fall Clinics

As the fall season begins, clinics are beginning to surface that members may be interested in attending.  Check out our events section regularly so you don't miss out on any events!

Whitecourt Brown/Black Belt Workshop
Sunday September 22nd, 2013 - 10:00AM - 1:00PM
St. Mary's School, 5630 Mink Creek Road, Whitecourt, Alberta
Contact Sensei Shelley McGregor for more information.

3rd Annual Advanced Clinic With Sensei Ron Mattie
October 4th - October 6th, 2013 - Times to be confirmed.
Calgary Alberta - Locations to be confirmed.
Contact Sensei Chad Roberts for more information.

Northern Alberta Black Belt Pre-Grading

A reminder to all brown-belt students that the Northern AB Shintani wadokai Federation Black-belt pre-grading is this coming Sunday March 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Derrick Club. There will be a short lunch break at around noon, but please bring food to eat, as we'll be right back out on the floor.

(1) Address (including postal code for the GPS users out there) and phone number (in case someone is lost)
3500 119 Street Edmonton, AB T6J 5P5
(780) 437-1833

(2) Parking: park anywhere in the parking lot that is near the front doors

(3) Once they get into the club, go past reception desk to the right, through the doors and down the stairs.

(4) There are male all ages and female all ages change rooms at the bottom of the stairs right across from the badminton gym. A water fountain is near the access to the gym.

(5) There is a lounge upstairs with full service food and bar if folks would like to stay and eat before leaving for home

BKA Youth Inter-Club Tournament

A note reminding students/parents that we are hosting our annual Inter-Club Tournament on February 16th, 2013 at Mother Margaret Mary School from 9AM - 1PM.  Tournaments are a healthy fufilling experience for all competitors (not to mention a lot of fun).

See you at the event!

BKA Youth Tournament/Clinic

The instructors of the Grandview and Derrick Bushido Karate clubs are proud to announce our annual youth karate tournament. It's going to be an amazing and fun experience. You can expect a morning full of friendly competition in kata, kumite, and pad kumite. As well, we will have a special youth clinic hosted by Sensei Freeman on a surprise topic.

As well as accomplishment certificates for competitors there will be a surprise keepsake for you to commemorate your participation!

If you haven’t been to a tournament before, they are a great way to meet new friends, have a lot of fun, learn some new techniques, and demonstrate your skill. This will be a very special day for all. See You There!

Where: Archbishop Joseph MacNeil - see newsletter for address.

When: The Tournament/Clinic will run on Saturday, February 25th from 9:00am-1:00pm. Please show up around 8:45 to register.

View the events section to download the newsletter.

Thank you to Sensei Iain Abernethy

We recently wrapped up Sensei Iain's Canadian tour thanks to Sensei Freeman's efforts and with support and assistance from Sensei Bill Hynes (Millwoods), Sensei Vic (St. Albert), Sensei Heather Fidyk (Calgary), and Sensei Darren Marshal (Toronto).
Sensei Abernethy's approach to studying kata and bunkai were very well received and the Bushido Karate Association would like to thank him for sharing his insights and depth of knowledge in this field.
Plus it was just great fun.

BKA Annual Fall Clinic

The BKA is pleased to offer a day of Bunkai-jutsu interpretation of the Pinans and Kushanku.
This year, the clinic is for Youth (half-day) and Adults.
Date: November 7, 2009
Location: Archbishop Joseph MacNeil, Edmonton AB

Work through a circuit training different principles drawn from the Pinans and Kushanku, including throws and take-downs, striking drills, and escapes
Split into smaller groups and work through five stations presenting bunkai-jutsu principles
Work drills designed to help train close-range fighting techniques
Warm-down with a yoga cycle aimed at stretching the major muscle groups

Training With Sensei Iain

Students, I'm back from a two-week family vacation in England. A karate highlight for me was visiting Sensei Iain in Cockermouth, and training with him in his garage and at his dojo during a regular class. In the one-on-one session, we worked Naihanchin, while his regular class was a good overview of many of his training ideas. I did much of my work during class with Sensei Murray Denwood, Yodan, who features in his Bunkai Jutsu DVDs. My girls had a great time playing with his kids, and it was nice to finaly meet his wife Helen. I've posted a few pictures on the club's facebook site, so have a look!

Self Protection Seminar

Friends, The BKA was pleased to host a self-protection seminar on February 28 for interested members of the community. Material from the seminar is hosted in our "Links" page. Here is a great testimonial from one of our clients: "Wow, it was no sissy course! I have come away from it with an aching right arm, a swollen and bruised knuckle, along with a bruised leg. BUT more than that, I personally have come away with it with the awareness of how easily a man could take me down, how difficult it would be to defend myself against an attacker. Thank you for the tools you provided for our ladies to avoid situations that could cause a potential incident, as well as for the encouragement and confidence you have given each of us to fight back. The two hours was so worth our time, and ultimately could be life changing"
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