[Far Right] Carri and Dion Rogers competed in a world championship karate event in Hamilton

Sylvan Lakers win big at world championship karate

A Sylvan Lake couple competed in a world championship Goju-ryu Karate event in Hamilton.

A Sylvan Lake couple competed in a world championship Goju-ryu Karate event in Hamilton, Ontario recently.

Carri and Dion Rogers, who train out of White Tiger Martial Arts in High River, Alberta, flew to Hamilton along with their instructor Norman Mahar and two other competitors to try their craft against some of the best Goju-ryu competitors in the world. Goju-ryu is Japanese for hard-soft style and the main traditional Okinawan style of karate according to whitetigerkarate.ca

Carri won silver medals in sparring, forms and weapons and Dion won gold in weapons and bronze in forms. The medals came as a surprise to the Roger family.

We went in for the fun of it and it turns out we did better then we ever would have thought,” Dion said. “We practiced like we normally practiced and we did well.”

Carri added “We wanted to go and make it through, so to come out and place was really great.”

The Rogers take weekly trips to High River to practice their form of karate and were excited to mingle with Goju-ryu practitioners from all over the world.

“We met so many people and we even met the guy who brought our style to Canada,” Dion said. “We have made connections. We have met other people and heard stories it was an unbelievable experience.”

With confidence running high, the Rogers are looking forward to another competition in Vancouver in 2017. The world championship event in Hamilton was a bi-annual event that they will compete again in 2018.

The Rogers hope to one day open their own training facility. That process is at a fledging stage; however, it has been encouraged by their Instructor Maher. The Rogers humbly shared the news of their success in Ontario to honour their instructor.

“We aren’t normally the people that put things out there but we wanted to let people know for our instructor,” Dion said.

If you would like more information about Goju-ryu Karate, you can log on to whitetigerkarate.ca.

reporter@sylvanlakenews.com

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake students prepare for opening night of ‘Almost, Maine”

Students and staff from H.J. Cody have been hard at work since September to bring Almost to life

WATCH: Sylvan Lake’s Daddy/Daughter Dance

The event was put on by SPARC Parent’s Association on Nov. 17

West Central Midget Tigers pounce on Airdrie

The Tigers’ regular season record is 10-1-2 after two wins this weekend

Big Bear Energy makes a big donation to Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau

Big Bear Energy recently gave a donation to help families in need this holiday season

PHOTOS: H.J. Cody celebrates Academic Excellence

The Academic Awards ceremony was Nov. 16 at the Nexsource Centre

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

The latest advent calendar trend: Holiday cannabis

A Canadian company is giving people from coast to coast a new way to celebrate the Christmas countdown.

Ponoka’s Caleb Shimwell arrested after pursuit

Police allege that Shimwell rammed a police cruiser

731,000 Canadians going into debt to buy prescription drugs: UBC

Millennials and those without private coverage were more likely to borrow money

Pot users, investors need to be vigilant at Canada-U.S. border

U.S. authorities say anyone who admits to having used pot before it became legal could be barred

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

Ponoka woman and Sylvan Lake man see assault charges withdrawn

Charges dropped in Rimbey Provincial Court, stayed against Morsette

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Most Read