A Big Win For Para Karate Athletes

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Our Markham City Open venue remains the same at Markham District High School and the date is November 10th, 2019. New for 2019 is $1000 in honorariums to the Grand Champions for black belts, male and female, who are 17 years and under and another for 18 years and older. In addition, the Para Karate athlete who earns the most points regardless of belt also qualifies. The break down is as follows.

  • $275: Female Black Belt (18 years and older)
  • $275: Male Black Belt (18 years and older)
  • $150: Female Black Belt (17 years and younger)
  • $150: Male Black Belt (18 years and younger)
  • $150: Male or Female Para Athlete (any age and belt)

This year, the tatami count is expanded to 5 and and earlier start time of 8:00 AM will allow for a timely event.tshirtexample

This is a traditional karate and kobudo tournament that attract athletes from all over southern Ontario and northern New York state.

Register before October 27th, 2019 and get a free MCO t-shirt.

 

Registration forms 2019

 

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Flooded With Champions

The Markham City Open 2018 had a rush of athletes this year. More than twice as many athletes from the same ratio of clubs, came together for a fun and challenging day of Karate and Kobudo competition. What they got was more than they expected.

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The Markham City Open took a risk 3 years ago adopting a double elimination format for a martial arts tournament that included both traditional kobudo (Okinawan weaponry) and karate here in Canada. It was a blended format taking the best from AAU Karate and the World Karate Federation rules. It has never been done before so it was unfamiliar to everyone. Yet a few clubs took part with 75 athletes in the first year. The organizers expected a small growth annually with this year hosting realistically 100 – 125 athletes. Instead, word got out and it exploded to 205 athletes.

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Returning from last year were our USA friends from AC-TKO, of Albany, New York, Shiva Fighters from Brampton and Scarborough, Driftwood Martial Arts from Kitchener, CWKF from Toronto, and the local Markham sport karate team of Team Meibukan (NOX Dojo-Club Seiryu) who loved the event so much that together entered 100 athletes alone. The remaining athletes were from Akiyama Karate (USA), Benoit’s Martial Arts (Sudbury), Canada’s Best (Vaughn), Central YMCA (Toronto), Copeland’s Karate (Windsor), Dojo Seienchin (London), Iron Fist Karate (Toronto), Kazoku Martial Arts Centre (Cambridge) Kitchener Karate (Kitchener), Kokoro Karate (Toronto), London Karate Club (London), and Musashi Karate (London), Seiwai Kai (Ingersol), Shindokan Canada (Thornhill), and Shito-Kai Penetangushine (Penetangushine).

MCO2018 also broke ground this year by being the first tournament in the area to feature multiple divisions of Para-Karate to include Kobudo, Individual Kata, and Team Kata. Working closely with Dave Hackett of the Ontario Karate Federation Para Athlete Committee, the event featured athletes who were either a survivor of stroke, seeing impaired, autistic, and more who had their day to shine by setting their goals to compete. It was a touching and inspirational moment for even the officials.

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The surprise of over 200 athletes meant the event went over time and some people were understandably disappointed. However, the overall feedback was extremely positive regarding double elimination, the positive energy, and overall organization. Many clubs are already planning for a 2019 return and we have even heard that more new clubs want to be a part of MCO2019. Because of this, we are already looking for a larger location in Markham.

The tentative date for MCO2019 is November 10th, 2019. Look for better everything.

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Thank you to Joe Tran and Veronica Ramos for the pictures.

 

 

One Week Left for Early Bird

Ariel 2Just one week left for our early bird savings. Get almost 50% off our Ariel Torres kata clinic when you register and pay before October 1st, 2018. Up and coming WKF kata champion and future superstar Ariel Torres will be leading participants in Anan Dai. One of today’s most popular forms.

This clinic is FREE for all preregistered officials and coaches.

Kata Champion Seminar led by Ariel Torres

  • 8x USA TEAM MEMBER Jr. & Sr.
  • 8x National Champion
  • 2x Jr. Pan American Silver Medalist
  • Bronze Medallist 2018 Sr. Pan American Championship
  • 5th Place 2017 World Championship
  • Multiple time US OPEN And JIC Champion
  • Ranked #8 in the world for WKF

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: NOX Dojo, 5762 Highway #7, Unit 17, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1A5
Cost: = $75 (Limited to 30 combined with early registered)

Discounted Fees for Markham City Open Early Bird Registration

  • Must Be Submitted by and paid in full before October 1st 2018
  • Competitive Athlete = $40
  • Early Registered Referees = FREE (Limited to 12)
  • Early Registered Coach = FREE (Maximum 4 per club and 1 coach/5 athletes)

Athlete enrollment for non-Team Meibukan members is extremely limited to just 30 participants and is only on first come, first serve basis.

Download registration forms from MarkhamCityOpen.com
Payment by eTransfer Only

 

Ariel Torres Clinic – November 3, 2018

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Kata Champion Seminar led by Ariel Torres

  • 8x USA TEAM MEMBER Jr. & Sr.
  • 8x National Champion
  • 2x Jr. Pan American Silver Medalist
  • Bronze Medallist 2018 Sr. Pan American Championship
  • 5th Place 2017 World Championship
  • Multiple time US OPEN And JIC Champion
  • Ranked #8 in the world for WKF

Come meet and train with one of the world’s rising stars for Kata. WKF Kata athlete and USA champion Ariel Torres will be at NOX Dojo on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 leading athletes through his training routine, teaching Annan Dai, and giving feedback on your own kata.

This clinic is a companion event with the Markham City Open held the following week on November 11th, 2018. Discounts listed below for competing athletes.

Three full hours of intense training.

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: NOX Dojo, 5762 Highway #7, Unit 17, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1A5
Cost: = $75 (Limited to 30 combined with early registered)
Discounted Fees for Markham City Open Early Bird Registration

  • Must Be Submitted by and paid in full before October 1st 2018
  • Competitive Athlete = $40
  • Early Registered Referees = FREE (Limited to 12)
  • Early Registered Coach = FREE (Maximum 4 per club and 1 coach/5 athletes)

Athlete enrollment for non-Team Meibukan members is extremely limited to just 30 participants and is only on first come, first serve basis.

Download registration forms from MarkhamCityOpen.com
Payment by eTransfer Only

Markham District High School Secured

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Markham District High School is once again secured for for the 2018 Markham City Open. The school is perfect for our event since it is close to the host club of NOX Dojo and large enough to hold 4 rings comfortably. There are also 3 sets of bleachers in one of Markham’s newest high school facility.

The school is located in an older residential part of Markham surround by natural green space with lots of parking.

Doors open at 8:30 for registration.

Address is: 89 Church St, Markham, ON L3P 2M3

MCO17 Update

Thanks to everyone who took part on our 2nd annual event. This year we had considerably more athletes as well as more clubs partaking. Yet we were able to shave off 2.5 hours off of our time compared to our inaugural event. This is a result of implementing improvements from our lessons learned in 2016. Although the event received many words of praises from parents and athletes, the tournament committee made up of our dojo parents and I agree that we can still improve in several areas as we feel that “nothing is good enough” for these kids who step up onto the mat and give it their all.

I would like to thank members of Shiva Fighters who supported the event by providing referees and for Selwyn Postan who acted as the head referee. Other volunteers from Northern Karate and NOX Dojo were also introduced to being officials at this event. Thanks to MCO they now look forward to learning more about the competitive part of the sport we all love.

Just like last year, athletes from the USA made the trek to the great white and participated. This year we grew to 3 USA clubs to include CNY Karate (Syracuse), TKO (Albany), and Seavey’s Karate (Virginia). We were also able to introduce new local dojos to traditional sport karate with the new WKF format. I saw this as an keen opportunity to build bridges as all parties care about the positive growth experiences of our students over all else.

Thanks the representative from the OKF who came to see the event and our candid discussion for MCOs growth potential for next year. I am grateful for his desire to make it happen. Next year we are planning on 3 or more mats to accommodate our continued growth. The tentative event date will either be:

NOVEMBER 11th, 2018 or NOVEMBER 18th, 2018

On behalf of the parent committee and myself thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the day a successful one. Until next year have a great competitive season.

(Selfie with Samin Eftekharnejad, coach of Toronto YMCA Wado Ryu Club)

Rules Update

Scope of the event:
Markham City Open is a recreational traditional karate tournament perfect for athletes being all belts but with little experience. The atmosphere will be friendly and positive like last year.

Ontario Karate Federation Compliance:
We have been communicating with the OKF in order to comply with their requirements.

Rules:
Uniform – In recognition of the new clubs becoming interested in the sport karate, we will be permitting pants of a different colour for this year only. The jacket must still be white. Club or national flag patches are permitted.
Kata: Only Traditional Kata found in the WKF list will be permitted. You can download them here: https://www.wkf.net/pdf/WKFCompetitionRules2017.pdf and

Team Kata: Adults may participate with the 16 year old an over divisions.
Number of Kata: Only one kata needs to be performed and can be repeated in every round.