The Bushido Karate Association presents… The SUMMER OF KARATE Challenge!

Join us online this summer for a series of karate challenges you can do in your own home. 
Some will be physical, some will be mental, all will be fun! 

What: A series of 5 karate challenges for you to try. Participate in all 5 to win a prize!

When: From June 1 – Aug 16, with a new challenge posted every 2 weeks!

How to Participate: 

  • Visit This Website!
  • Choose your category (recommended categories based on rank, but if you would like to try harder challenges you can go up a category)
  • Check the current active challenge for your category
  • Submit your challenge response
  • Check back for the next challenge! 
  • Enter all 5 challenges to win a prize!

Have fun!  We are excited to see what you create!

– Sensei Bernadine and Sensei Scott

Category One: Young Grasshopper

(recommended for white – yellow belts)

Challenge 1 (June 1 – 14)
Challenge description: “Submit 3 photos and/or video clips of yourself doing karate outside. Be creative!”

https://youtu.be/w13SG3dPUJE

Challenge 2 (June 15 – 28)
Challenge description: Submit a video of you throwing 10 punches/kicks/blocks while counting to 10 in Japanese. Bonus: Try counting higher!

https://youtu.be/vuHW-c9B0lY

Challenge 3 (June 29 – July 12)
Challenge description: “How fast and how many times in a row can you do this balance flow drill? Submit a video of your longest run!”

https://youtu.be/m6Mz-XN3Cg0

Challenge 4 (July 13 – July 26)
Challenge description: “Create and show us your bunkai — your analysis of the meaning of a technique — for a sequence from Power Kata. Feel free to demonstrate on (willing) family members!”

https://youtu.be/xIeYSML4434

Open – Challenge 5 (July 27 – Aug 9)
Challenge description: “Create your own kata! It needs to be at least 6 moves long. You can use traditional karate moves, self-defence moves, or any other techniques you’d like to include.   Come up with a name for it and film yourself demonstrating it. Get as creative with your video as you like!”

https://youtu.be/mVHs7Wx6p9c

Submissions close August 9th at midnight.

Category Two: Eye of the Tiger

(recommended for yellow stripe – green)

Challenge 1 (June 1 – 14)
Challenge description: “Submit 3 photos and/or video clips of yourself doing karate outside. Be creative!”

https://youtu.be/w13SG3dPUJE

Challenge 2 (June 15 – 28)
Challenge description: “Find the Japanese terms for all of the techniques in the video, and submit a clip of yourself performing the sequence while calling out each move in Japanese.”

https://youtu.be/pJaWuEZU9eY

Challenge 3 (June 29 – July 12)
Challenge description: “How fast and how many times in a row can you do this hand speed flow drill? Submit a video of your longest run!”

https://youtu.be/kOTxoSXtIZ4

Challenge 4 (July 13 – July 26)
Challenge description: “Create and show us your bunkai — your analysis of the meaning of a technique — for a sequence from Pinan Nidan. Feel free to demonstrate on (willing) family members!”

https://youtu.be/fiRRarWH73o

Open – Challenge 5 (July 27 – Aug 9)
Challenge description: “Create your own kata!   It needs to be at least 3 sequences long. You can use traditional karate moves, self-defence moves, or any other techniques you’d like to include. Come up with a name for it and film yourself demonstrating it.  Bonus: show us the bunkai for your kata!  Get as creative with your video as you like!”

https://youtu.be/mVHs7Wx6p9c

Submissions close August 9th at midnight.

Category Three: Enter The Dragon

(recommended for green stripe – brown)

Challenge 1 (June 1 – 14)
Challenge description: “Submit 3 photos and/or video clips of yourself doing karate outside. Be creative!”

https://youtu.be/w13SG3dPUJE

Challenge 2 (June 15 – 28)
Challenge description: “Submit a video of you performing the first 3 sequences of Pinan Shodan while talking through each move in Japanese (including stances, right vs left, and hand techniques).

https://youtu.be/Y-4jFg0_j5k

Challenge 3 (June 29 – July 12)
Challenge description: “How fast and how many times in a row can you do this kicking flow drill? Submit a video of your longest run!”

https://youtu.be/zUlAmFzPxDU

Challenge 4 (July 13 – July 26)
Challenge description: “Create and show us your bunkai — your analysis of the meaning of a technique — for a sequence from Pinan Yodan. Feel free to demonstrate on (willing) family members!”

https://youtu.be/Gkn3LsLYlOI

Open – Challenge 5 (July 27 – Aug 9)
Challenge description: “Create your own kata!   It needs to be at least 4 sequences long. You can use traditional karate moves, self-defence moves, or any other techniques you’d like to include. Come up with a name for it and film yourself demonstrating it.  Bonus: show us the bunkai for your kata!  Get as creative with your video as you like!”

https://youtu.be/mVHs7Wx6p9c

Submissions close August 9th at midnight.

Note: We may post some clips of your submissions (without names or identifying information) on the BKA’s social media platforms. If you would like to participate in the challenges but would NOT like your video/photos posted, please let Sensei Bernadine know at bernadine@edmonton-karate.com.