Students from Sylvan Lake Traditional Karate recently competed at the All Alberta Provincial Invitational Itosu Kai Karate Tournament last weekend in Devon.
Few things are as exhilarating as walking across the ring alone to face the unknown. As this was the first competition for a lot of the younger competitors – nerves were running high. This nervousness was quickly replaced with excitement as they began to settle in and rack up the medals.
We went down with a small group of seven competitors and came back with a very respectable 19 medals. This included medals from white belt six-year-olds all the way up to adult black belt.
Several students placed in three divisions or more which included kata [forms], kumite [sparring], kobudo [weapons] and team kata.
While our students won many medals and represented the physical aspects of karate exceptionally well, what stood out the most was their wonderful etiquette and sportsmanship.
We sometimes get caught up in the moment and focus on the prize, while forgetting the most important part of what karate can develop: that being confidence, courtesy and kindness.
Even at the youngest levels, competitors never forgot their sportsmanship and etiquette – even while taking risks and competing. They showed great character and were inspiring to watch – both new and old. Congratulations.