Renshi Tom Okura Promotion

Congratulations to Tom Okura on his promotion to 6th Dan by Kancho Takamasa Okuyama, 10th Dan. Along with the hand written certificate he also received the title of “Renshi”. Tom Okura is the Co-Chief Chief Instructor of Traditional Karate Arts Canada (TKAC) and a regular instructor at Shikomu.

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2019 Shikomu Invitational Tournament

The Shikomu Karate Club, in association with Traditional Karate Arts Canada (TKAC), will be holding our Invitational Tournament on February 23, 2019 at the Haber Recreation Centre (Gyms 3 & 4), 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, L7M 0M3, Burlington. Doors open at 9:00. There will be a meeting at 9:30 for all black belts. Junior and intermediate competition starts at 10:00. There will be a break after the junior and intermediate divisions for medallion presentation. Adult competition and medallion presentation then follows.

Team Kata

We are introducing Team Kata this year and would encourage as many teams to take part as possible. The divisions are as follows:

  • White-Yellow-Orange (All ages)
  • Green-Blue (All Ages)
  • Purple-Brown (All Ages)
  • Black Belt

Teams will consist of three individuals. We understand that it may be difficult to put together a team based on the divisions above. Please note that a team that has a mixture of grades (e.g. Yellow, Green and Purple) will be accepted but the team will be entered in the division matching the highest graded individual in that team.


For safety reasons, all competitors must wear a mouthguard, hand pads and groin protector during Kumite (sparring). Any competitor not wearing this equipment will not be allowed to compete in Kumite.

This is an amateur, recreational, non-contact karate event. No prize money will be awarded.


Competitors should register online. Registration closes February 17, 2019.


Haber Recreation Centre (Gyms 3 & 4), 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, L7M 0M3, Burlington

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Guelph Open Tournament

Today was a great day for Shikomu as everyone who entered placed in their various divisions.

Our female blue belt placed second in her age group and rank Blue-Brown for Kata.

Both male students were in the same division for the rank of Green-Brown. One placed second and the other placed first in Kata. One also placed first in Kumite.

Sensei Sean, was unsuccessful in defending his titles this time around but managed to place second in Kata.

Congratulations to all the participants and hopefully next year we can have more competitors on the floor representing the club.

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Aug 18 – Shindo Seminar

On August 18, we will hold a Shindo seminar led by instructors from the SWOR Wado-Ryu Karate-do association. Students will be taught the basic techniques of working with the hanbo.


Sept 29 – Iain Abernethy Seminar 2018

It only seems only a short while ago that Shikomu Karate Club hosted the first Iain Abernethy Seminar in Burlington in 2014 and I can’t believe that the Seminar in 2018 will be our 5th!

The Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2018 and will be held again at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington (closest main intersection is Dundas and Walkers Line).

Pre-registration is currently open. Contact us to register.

This year we will be primarily looking at the “old-school” karate that existed prior to karate adopting the “do-ethos” and spreading worldwide. This will include an examination of some of the Chinese fighting methods that that were instrumental in shaping karate, the 12 two-person drills of Choki Motobu, and the takedowns of Morinobu Itoman! These methods will be of great interest, practically and historically, to all karateka; irrespective of style. We will also be looking at the close-range methods of Tekki / Naihanchi Nidan and Sandan; and showing how they build on the core methods of Shodan. This will include a great deal of clinch-fighting and limb-control. Finally, we will cover a number of Iain’s extremely popular focus mitt drills!

I’m looking forward immensely to the seminar as I’m sure you are as well. It promises to be memorable as always.

Yours in Karate-Do,
Sandy Roney
Chief Instructor
Shikomu Karate Club
Traditional Karate Arts Canada