2014 Gold Cup

This past weekend I attended the 2014 Gold Cup Open Karate Tournament in Quebec, presented by The Ohan Brothers Dojo. I went as part of my dojo, and we had some members competing. This was my first time at such an event, and I was really looking forward to it. It was a long drive from Toronto to Lavel, Quebec, but …

Perseverance

A short post today, as I am preparing to hit the road for six hours to a Kyokushin tournament in Quebec. I’m not competing, but I wanted to go, so that I could cheer my team on, as well as watch and write about the event. Wednesday’s class was pure conditioning and it was hard! Without getting into all the …

Tough Lessons… in Life, and Play

Last night was one of those evenings when I was asking myself, “why am I doing this again, at my age”? One straight hour of sparring. Round after round, with a different person each round. As a beginner in Kyokushin, and I’ve written it here before, my conditioning and gas has been a major problem, so after a few rounds …

Mortar of Training

I haven’t posted in about a week. One class was cancelled due to a snow storm, and honestly, I haven’t been sure how to approach this blog now. My training is becoming a very personal journey. It it bringing things up in me, some of which are emotional. On top of that, I feel honored to have such a gifted …

Sensei Artur Hovhannisyan: Life after kumite, written by Ben Stone

The 100-man kumite is not for everyone. In fact, less than 20 people in the world have ever partaken in this brutal test of karate skill, endurance and, most of all, spirit. But Sensei Artur Hovhannisyan knew from his very early days in karate that this would be the ultimate test in his search for his ‘ultimate truth’ — the …