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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.



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 (scott@edmonton-karate.com).

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 (scott@edmonton-karate.com). 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.
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Youth Grading

Club members,

The BKA annual Spring Youth Grading will be held Saturday, December 9th at S Bruce Smith School.  More information is available on the Event Flyer PDF, available in our Events section online.

The grading is split into two parts, to accommodate the number of students we have:

  • a. If your son or daughter is currently a white, white-stripe, yellow, or is green belt or higher, then they are to arrive by 8:45 am for a 9:00 am start.  For white, white stripe, and yellow, your grading will be done by 10:30, and you’ll be free to go at that time.
  • b. If your son or daughter is currently yellow stripe, orange, or orange stripe, they should be at the venue by 10:15 for a 10:30 am start.  Their grading will be done by 12:45.
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Youth Grading Results

Students,

What an awesome grading yesterday! 90 participants, 10 helpers, and 12 black-belts oversaw a grading where 62 young people achieved new rankings.

I want to thank members of the teen and adult class for helping, parents who, throughout the year, got their kids to class, and instructors, who helped make the day special for many bright talents.
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Youth Grading Results

Great grading this morning! 101 candidates, with 74 successfully morning to new ranks.
Thank you to the 14 black belts, 6 members of the adult club, and all of the parents, siblings, and supporters who came out to make the day special for all kids!
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Fall Youth Grading

Members,

On Saturday, December 10, the BKA will host its Annual Fall Grading for our Youth Members at S. Bruce Smith School 5545 184 Street NW.

9:00 - 10:30 White, White-stripe, Yellow
10:30 - 12:30 - Yellow Stripe, Orange, Orange-Stripe
9:00 - 12:30 - Green and Up

Adult members who would like to volunteer to help and see amazing feats performed by young people are welcome.
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Fall Adult Grading

Members,

On Friday December 16, the BKA will host its Annual Fall Grading for Adult Members. Given the size of the grading this year, the event will be at the Derrick Club 3500 119 Street, and will run from 6:00 - 9:30 pm. All adult members are welcome to come out to support students being graded.
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Black Belt Grading Results

Students,

As head instructor of the Bushido Karate Association, I am very proud of the hard work and dedication of our seven new Nidan Instructors, newly promoted on May 7, 2016:
Sensei Sidney Chan, 2nd Dan
Sensei Raye Willms, 2nd Dan
Sensei Crystal Reynolds, 2nd Dan
Sensei Mike Reynolds, 2nd Dan
Sensei Andrij Demianczuk, 2nd Dan
Sensei Adam Knowles, 2nd Dan
Sensei Bernadine Jugdutt, 2nd Dan

Each is beginning to share their personal reflections on the day on Facebook, and it is clear this accomplishment means a lot to them, as it should! I want to acknowledge the splendid organization of our event and support from the Knowles Family:
Sensei Scott Knowles
Sensei Elliott Knowles
Leonie Knowles

I also want to thank other members of the club, who came out to experience the grading and to support the members of our community. I believe we had 8 other students join us on the floor, to witness the spectacle. Well done Bushido, host organization for the Annual 2016 AB provincial grading!
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Spring Youth Grading

Club members,

Our annual spring grading for our youth members at McKernan and the Derrick Club is quickly approaching.  The event will be hosted on April 23rd at Mother Margaret Mary (9AM-1PM).

More information to follow!

We will be looking to our adult members to help support the event.  Please see Sensei Scott to let us know if you're available to help out.
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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.
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BKA Fall Youth Grading

Students,

The BKA Annual Fall Youth Grading will be held Saturday, December 5 at AJM, 750 Leger Way, at the following times:

a. If your son or daughter is currently a white or white-stripe student, or is green belt or higher, then they are to arrive by 9 am for a 9:15 am start. For white and white stripe, your grading will be done by 10:45, and you’ll be free to go at that time.

b. If your son or daughter is currently yellow up to orange stripe, they should be at the venue by 10:30 for a 10:45 am start. Their grading will be done by 12:30.

For members of the Adult Club, if you can come out and help, it would be much appreciated!

Please download the information PDF in the events section for more details!
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Fall Adult Gradings

Students,

The BKA Annual Fall Adult Grading will be held Friday, December 11 from 6-9 pm at Grandview Heights Community Hall 12603 63 Avenue.

All adult club members are encouraged to come out and help make the evening a memorable experience for those students being graded.
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Adult Grading Results

Students, on Friday May 8th we had our annual spring grading for adult coloured ranks.  With 30 people on the floor, 8 of which were testing for new ranks, we feel the event was a fantastic success!  Congratulations to the members who achieved their goal, and thank you to the other club members who came out to support them.

To Orange:
Rea Naidoo

To Green:
Stephen Lamoureux
Alex Wong
Ethan Franz

To Blue:
Vincent Pham
Kierra Andruko
Ben Lamoureux

To Blue-Stripe:
Ryan Bangit
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Blue-Brown Grading Event

Students,

On Sunday June 7, we will be conducting an exclusive clinic and grading for students who are presently blue belts. This will take place from 10:00 - 2:00 pm at the Derrick 3500 119 Street in Edmonton.

This is a unique opportunity to profile the skills expected of the transition from blue-to-brown, and to make special the last club grading for those who do grade. E-mails and written exams will be sent out shortly to potential candidates.


All other ranks are welcome to attend.
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Black Belt Grading Results

Students, the black belt grading is complete! I'm incredibly excited to announce 2 new black belts for our dojo, and one dan promotion!

Elise Leong-Sit to Shodan
Veronica Pelkowska Krawcewicz to Shodan
Elliott Knowles to Sandan

Congratulations Senseis!

Other black belts on the floor today: Adam Knowles, Michael Chmay, Raye Willms, Janet Ross, Craig Pettie

Joseki Members: Scott Knowles, Kelsey Mramor
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Spring Youth Grading

Club Members, the annual spring grading for BKA youth members is this Saturday, April 25th at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil.  For more information please check our events tab, and we'll see you there!
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Black Belt Grading

Students, the annual Alberta Black Belt Grading will be held in Okotoks on Saturday, May 1st.  We have several members of the club attempting new ranks, so be sure to wish them well, or come down and support them on their big day!  For more information, check out the flyer online, or contact Sensei Scott.
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Youth and Adult Grading Success


We're proud to announce that our youth grading on December 13th had 113 youth students out to the event with 82 achieving new ranks.  Congratulations to you and your families on all your success this term.

At our adult grading on December 12th, we had 5 members move up in rank after a gruelling 3-hour event.  Congratulations, and keep working hard!  Thank you to the club members who came out to support their peers, and thank you to the instructors/black belts who assisted on the Joseki Board.

To Orange:
Alex Wong

To Blue: 
Bryn Murray
Gene Klenke
Ceara Kelly

To Brown: 
Julieta Dikova
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Fall Teen/Adult Grading

We will host our fall teen/adult grading on Friday December 12th from 6:00-9:00PM at the Grandview Dojo.  Please come out to support your club mates face the grading process, and be a part of their experience!  Eligible students will be contacted by email this weekend.  Good luck!
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Fall Youth Grading Information

Our Youth December Grading will be held on Saturday December 13 from 9AM-1PM at Archbishop Joseph Macneil School (750 Leger Way, Edmonton).

9:15AM-10:15AM - White/White Stripe/Green+ Students Grading
10:15AM-10:45AM - White/White Stripe Belt Presentations
10:45AM-12:00PM - Yellow/Orange/Green+ Students Grading
12:00PM-12:30PM - Yellow/Orange/Green+ Belt Presentations

The next term will start January 2015. Saturday January 10 or Tuesday January 13.  Please watch your email or check our website www.edmonton-karate.com. The coming year will be very exciting, featuring even more club and inter-club activities like tournaments, clinics and fun-days.

Bring A Friend To Class With You!

On behalf of the Bushido Karate Association, I’d like to wish all our members and their families the best of the season.

- Sensei James Freeman
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May Training Schedule

With the completion of the Youth program for this spring, and a number of special events upcoming, I thought I would provide an update on our class times for the next few weeks:

Friday May 2 - 6:00 - 7:30; 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Regular Winter Schedule
Sunday May 4 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm; Regular Winter Schedule
Tuesday May 6 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm; Regular Winter Schedule
Friday May 9 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm Adult Spring Grading
Sunday May 11 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm Teen Spring Grading
Tuesday May 13 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm; Last Tuesday on the Winter Schedule
Friday May 16 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Spring Fitness Test
Sunday May 18 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Last Sunday Class
Beginning Tuesday May 20 all ranks - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Beginning Friday May 23 all ranks 6:30 - 8:30 pm
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Upcoming Events

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

Gradings
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.

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

Clinics
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.
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Youth Grading Results

Wow. We had a record-setting day for our club today. Our youth programs from the Derrick and Grandview clubs saw 134 kids show up, with 95 receiving new rankings this morning. Thanks too to our 13 instructors and eleven members of our adult club who helped out today. I am proud of all of our youth members, and wish everyone Season's Greetings. Back in January!
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Adult Grading Results

Our fall adult grading is now complete, and congratulations are in order for three students!  Congratulations to Bryn and Gene for achieving the rank of Green, and congratulations to Aaron for achieving the rank of Blue.  Well deserved gentlemen!
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Upcoming Gradings

We have announced the dates of our youth and adult gradings.  Please check the Grading section under Upcoming Events for the grading that applies to you or your youth member.

Youth Grading
Day: Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Time: Depends on Rank (Check the PDF)
Location: Mother Margaret Mary School
Ranks Being Tested: White - Blue
Dojos Attending: Grandview, Derrick

Adult Gradings
Day: Friday, December 6th, 2013
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: Grandview Dojo
Ranks Being Tested: White - Blue
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More New Ranks

Our annual spring adult grading was hosted earlier this evening, and we are very happy to announce that 13 students moved forward in ranks.  Congratulations!

To Yellow: Caeleigh
To Orange: Vincent, Gene
To Green: Brennan, Loren, Aaron, Shawn
To Blue: Rafael, Preston, Hassan
To Brown: Veronica, Erin, Elise
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Grading Success

The BKA is incredibly proud to announce the addition of FIVE new black belts into our ranks!  Mike Reynolds, Crystal Sincennes, Andrij Demianczuk, Raye Willms, and Janet Ross were all successful at the grading this weekend in Calgary.  Congratulations!  We as a club commend you on your tremendous success.
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BKA Spring Adult Grading Announcement

Reminder that we will be hosting our annual Spring Grading for Adult coloured belt students on Friday May 10th, from 6:00PM - 9:00PM.  Written examinations have been provided to students that are testing by the instructional staff over email.  Train hard, and good luck!
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Black Belt Grading

Reminder that the annual provincial Black Belt Grading will be hosted by Tuscany Karate in Calgary this weekend on Saturday, May 4th.  Our club is very proud to be sending five candidates and we wish them nothing but success at the event.  For more information on the event please visit www.shintani.ca
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Youth Gradings Completed


The Youth Program is now wrapped up for Spring 2013. Over the last two Saturdays, we have examined a total of 110 students, with 56 progressing to new ranks.

Congratulations to all students, and a special thank you to all instructors and adult club members who came out to support our event. Without your help, we could not achieve our objective of providing a quality event for our students.
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Upcoming Youth Grading Information


Spring Derrick Youth Grading
Saturday April 20

Orange and Up start 9:15 am
White-Yellow Stripe start 10:00 am

Venue: Derrick Club Badminton Gymnasium


Spring Grandview Youth Grading
Saturday April 27

Orange and Up start at 9:30 am
White-Yellow Stripe start at 10:30 am

Venue: Archbishop Joseph MacNeil School, 750 Leger Way


Help from adult club members would be much appreciated!
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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
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Youth Grading Approaches

The youth grading will be held on Saturday, December 8th at Mother Mary Margaret school (2010 Leger Road NW)

Students who are presently white-yellow-strip: 10:30 - 12:15 pm
Students who are presently orange or higher: 9:30 - 12:15 pm

Members of the Adult Club are kindly requested to help with the grading if they are available.
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Adult Grading

The adult grading will be held on December 7th, from 6:00 - 9:00. If you are being considered for grading you will be contacted by Sensei Freeman.
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Successful Adult Grading

Congratulations to everyone for a great effort and to those who were promoted this term.
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Successful Youth Grading!

Our April 28 Youth Grading set an attendance record. We had 92 kids on the floor, with 51 successful in achieving new ranks. This would not have been possible without the help of 7 instructors and 9 members of our adult club, so thanks to everyone who made yesterday special for the kids, and a success for our club.
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Youth Grading Approaches

The BKA is excited to be conducting their youth grading on Saturday April 28th, 2012.

We're expecting a large turn out and encourage all the students participating to do their best to ensure a successful day.

For more details visit the Events section.
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BKA Adult Grading

Students, This Friday, December 16th, the BKA will hold it's adult coloured belt grading. Even if you are not yet eligible to grade, come out and support your peers. The grading will take place from 6-9 at the dojo. Good luck.
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Successful Youth Grading!

Thanks everyone! We had 80 kids on the floor, with 65 moving up in ranks. I want to thank the adult club for helpig out. We had nine black belts and ten adult club members to help out, and everyone played a part. The senior kids worked for three hours, and I'm very proud of them and all of the kids. Sensei Freeman.
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BKA Adult Grading

Location: Grandview Heights Community
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The writtem exams have been circulated by email and are to be completed by students intended to participate in the upcoming December 10, 2010 grading.
These must be completed and returned to Sensei Freeman no later than December 9th.
Good Luck!
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Holiday Season Schedule

Year-end 2010 and Back to Training in 2011

Sundays
Dec 5th: Regular times
12th: Cancelled; attend Tuesday
19th: Cancelled; attend Tuesday
26th Cancelled; attend Tuesday
2rd: Cancelled; attend Tuesday
9th: Regular times resume

Tuesdays
7th: Regular times
14th: 7:00 – 9:00 all ranks
21st: 6:30 – 8:30 all ranks
28th: 6:30 – 8:30 all ranks
4th: 7:00 – 9:00 Advanced
11th: 7:00 – 9:00 Advanced

Fridays
10th: Grading Day 6:00 – 9:00 pm
17th: 6:30 – 8:30 all ranks
24th: Cancelled
31st: Cancelled
7th: Split/Regular times
15th: Split/Regular times

2011 Regular Schedule resumes Tuesday, Jan 4.

On behalf of the instructors of the Bushido Karate Association, I would like to wish all members and their families a safe and happy holiday season. This past session has been one of growth for the club, new initiatives, and solid efforts from all students. We certainly wish you and your family a safe and prosperous holiday season. 2011 promises to be an exceptional year for the club!
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BKA 2010 December Youth Grading

Location: Archbishop Joseph MacNeil - 750 Leger Way (Riverbend)
Schedule: Please Plan To Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
9:30am - 11:45am Orange and above Stripe Belts
10:00am - 11:45am White - Yellow stripe belts
11:45am-12:15pm Belt Presentations
12:15pm-1:00pm Special Fun Event!
Classes resume January 4th (Tuesday) or 8th (Saturday)at the usual times.
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Congratulations to the new Brown Belts

Congratulations to Sidney, John M., and Adam for their new ranks. The examination process was VERY thorough and VERY challenging. All three left everything they had on the floor and were rewarded for their hard work with their new ranks.
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Successful Black Belt Grading

Congratulations to Sensei Scott and Sensei Bernadine for great performances at the Black Belt grading this past weekend in Whitecourt.
There was a strong turnout and lots of support for the event; helping to make it an exciting success.
And many thanks to Sensei Shelley and her team for organizing the events.
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Congratulations on a successful grading

The BKA completed two successfully grading events this past weekend.
On Friday April 23rd, the BKA conducted an adult grading and we would like to extend our congratulations to the following students for their promotions:
Hassan, Don and Matthew F. to Yellow
Mathew S and Mark to Orange
And Crystal and Kerrie to Green

Your hard work throughout the term has paid off.

On Saturday April 24th, we conducted a very large youth grading at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil school, consisting of students from both the Grandview and Derrick programs. The kids had a great time and underwent a thorough grading process. Congratulations to all who received their new ranks and a big thank-you to everyone who came out to support the event and their peers.
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Successful Adult Shinsa

Students, We're pleased to announce another successful grading process.
The candidates completed the written and three-hour exams to qualify for their new rankings.
Congratulations to all students for their hard work, and thanks to all yudansha who formed the Joseke Board and helped with the grading.
And a special thank you to all of the students who attended in support of their peers.
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Successful Youth Shinsa (Grading)

On December 12, the BKA held its annual fall Shinsa for youth members. We congratulate all of the students who successfully received their new ranks and appreciate the support of all of the students who came out to support them in their efforts. The event was also memorable because we had a record turnout of participants on the floor. We are very proud of all students from the Derrick and Grandview programs for their hard work, dedication and support of their fellow students.
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BKA 2009 Adult Shinsa

The BKA has set Friday December 11 as the date of our Fall Shinsa. All students attempting rank must complete the written exam by December 9, and participate in the floor portion of the grading on December 11 from 6-9 pm at the dojo.
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Successful Adult Spring Shinsa

Students,

I'm pleased to announce the names of the candidates who successfully completed the written and three-hour exams to qualify for their new rankings:
Sean B - to Blue
Sydney C - to Green
Andrij D - to Orange
Mike R - to Orange
Crystal S - to Yellow
Rafael C - to Yellow

Congratulations to all students for their hard work, and thanks to all yudansha who formed the Joseke Board and helped with the grading. It was truly memorable.
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Successful Youth Spring Shinsa

On April 25, the BKA held its annual spring Shinsa for youth members. All together 65 students were on the floor, with 47 passing to new ranks. I'd like to recognize the senior-most gradings: Janet Ross - to Blue belt Aden Willms - to Blue belt Raye Willms - to Blue belt Jason Husak - to Blue belt We are proud of all students from the Derrick and Grandview programs.
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Spring 2009 Yudansha Shinsa

On May 2, the SWKKF holds its Annual 2009 Black Belt grading in Olds Alberta. Sensei Ron Matti, 7th Dan, Chief Instructor for the SWKKF, presided over the event along with Sensei Danny McCoy, 7th Dan. I sat on the grading Joseke panel. A total of about 20 students were testing fro ranks, and I'm pleased to announce that our three candidates were successful: Dr. Anglea Juby - to shodan Emily Cliff - to nidan Lee Restivo - to nidan The BKA would also like to congratulate Sensei Kevin Bowes of the Calgary Glamorgan club on his superb performance in achieving his yodan ranking.
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