This week I started training at Douvris Orleans with Sensei Ben. Though it’s always hard to leave the known for the unknown I am excited to see what the future holds. Douvris Orleans is conveniently located at Ray Friel so if you’d like to come check it out and start up Karate take a look at this introductory offer. Hope to see you there!
What an incredible weekend! The grading spans over three days which not only makes it hard physically but mentally as well. I am so proud of all thirteen of us that trained together every week since January under the legendary Black Belt Training of Sensei Rick and persevered through the grading to earn our Black Belts.
Something that made it extra special this time around was my sister, Kalli, grading with me. Surrounded by my fellow students and lead by so many great Sensei’s that give their time and energy to see us succeed, I could not have done it without them and I’ll forever be thankful to all of them. It was truly an inspiration to see Sensei Maria going for her second degree and showing me that young or old you can always set new goals and work hard to achieve them.
My journey started six years ago, here at Elite Martial Arts and if it weren’t for Sensei Guy and his tireless dedication to our dojo, the students and to me this day could never have happened. Thanks Sensei Guy!
Springtime is always so busy with tournaments and qualifications for Worlds but since it’s my 4th year competing I’ve really gotten to know lots of the girls and it’s great seeing them all again and getting to know some new competitors.
This year my eyes were on qualifying for the WKU World Championships in Greece. At nationals I became the national champ in point fighting and light contact and also came second in weapons. I also fought up a weight category and came 3rd. This means that I am on the Canadian WKU National team and will be heading to Greece at the end of October.
For the first time this year I competed in the WAKO Nationals and one of my highlights was getting coached by my friend, Vicky from Quebec City. I got first in both point-sparring and light contact and this qualified me to be on the Canadian national team for the Worlds in Italy but my parents told me that money doesn’t grow on trees so I had to decline this opportunity.
And finally I had the WKC Nationals right here in Ottawa. I won gold in light contact making me the national champ in three different federations but in point sparring it was my friend Vicky who beat me and took first place and stopped me from getting all three national titles in point sparring. Unfortunately the WKC World Championships in Ireland overlaps by a few days with the WKU World Championships so I won’t be able to make it to Ireland this year since I’ll be busy competing in Greece.
I thought this would be a great time to say a BIG THANK YOU to all my sponsors and supporters for 2017. Your support means so much to me! It allowed me to get some unique training opportunities and help me travel to the World Championships in Orlando.
Here are some of my highlights for 2017:
- World Championships in Orlando – 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze and a 4th place
- Selected to the top Canadian team for both point sparring and continuous team fighting at Worlds
- Training with Sensei Morgan Plowden in Orlando
- Competing in Las Vegas
- Qualifying on Team Canada for Weapons for the first time
- Hosted a free self defense seminar for Women and Teen Girls
Coming up in 2018:
- Qualifying for Worlds
- Competing in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, London (ON), Philadelphia, Orlando and Europe
- Competing for the first time in Extreme Kata
Thanks again and Happy New Year!
Thanks to the great support and generosity of my sponsors I was able to go to my fourth World Championships which took place in Orlando in November. Getting to represent Canada on the World stage is always such an honour. It’s always such a great time to meet up with my Canadian teammates from other dojos across Canada and to reconnect with competitors from other countries and make some new friends. In both my individual fights I lost in the Semi-Finals to Sophia, a Guatemalan, who went on to win the Gold. On the podium she asked me if we could exchange jackets and of course my answer was YES!
This year I was able to have a private training session with Sensei Morgan Plowden. She is an incredible world champion and getting to learn from her was amazing, I didn’t want it to end. And yes, even though she is an American she was still willing to teach a little Canadian like me.
Something new for me this year was competing in traditional weapons and after the first round I was in 3rd place and moved on to the finals. Unfortunately, in the final round I moved down one spot and didn’t place.
One of the most exciting parts of Worlds for me is team fighting. The format is 3 fighters from 3 different weight classes from one country against 3 fighters from another country. For those that know me I’m sure you know that I was the smallest one on my team and fighting in the lower weight class. In team point sparring we fought against the Americans for Gold and we got to hear the Canadian anthem standing on top of the podium. In team continuous fighting we lost in the finals against England and took home the silver.
Finally, I want to thank those that coach me and get me ready for Worlds. Renshi Guy, from Elite Martial Arts, has so much experience and a wealth of knowledge and for the past 5 years he’s been investing into me. When I get to Worlds Renshi Maeghen from 5_Elements takes over and makes sure I’m at the top of my game for the competition. A BIG thank-you to the both of them!
I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with a local business here in Orleans called Pumpkins & Peanuts. Amongst other things they make Natural Soap, handcrafted with local ingredients. I’m selling five different kinds of soap (see pictures below) so put in your order by November 3rd and you will receive your order by Mid-December right on time for Christmas! They cost $6.50/bar of soap or get 5 for $30. To order click here and send me a note with the quantity of each kind you would like to order and when I receive it I will confirm with you the total amount and you will be able to pay by Credit Card or by e-transfer or by giving me cash when I deliver them to you. For those outside the Ottawa/Gatineau region I’m sorry but I won’t be able to deliver and postage would be too expensive. Thanks again for your support!
On a daily basis we see news of women and girls being assaulted and this is not just happening in other parts of the world it’s happening right here in our own neighborhoods. Would you be able to defend yourself or would you be the next victim? We need to be ready to defend ourselves by learning the basics of Self Defense and it is so important to me that I decided to sponsor a free self defense seminar hosted by Elite Martial Arts and Renshi Guy Ouellette, a sixth degree black belt in Karate.
If you are a woman or a teenage girl (grade 7 or up) then please come out to Elite Martial Arts on Saturday October 21, 12pm to 2pm and join us to learn invaluable self defense techniques that could one day save your life.
REGISTRATION: please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the “Contact” link in the menu and let me know you will be attending as well as who will be attending with you.
This seminar is usually offered for $25/person but it is being offered FREE of charge by http://www.kjreddragon.com. I’m offering it free because money should never be the reason why someone doesn’t learn how to defend themselves. If you wish to donate feel free to click on the “Donate” link in the menu and support me for the upcoming World Championships in Orlando.
Let’s get the word out and make sure none of us become the next victim!
Me with Canadian teammates from Alberta and from my dojo, Elite Martial Arts, in Dublin, Ireland
Last year I went to the WKC World Championship in Dublin, Ireland to represent Canada. It was such an exciting competition and I brought home the Gold in continuous light contact fighting as well as three bronze medals. This year it’s my third year on team Canada and the Worlds are in Orlando but this one will be a little different for me because on top of fighting I will also compete in traditional weapons with my katana. Walking in with your teammates at Opening Ceremonies with the Canadian flag around your shoulders is such an honour. Making new friends is always fun as well as seeing old ones like my teammates from 5 Elements in Calgary. But for now I’m training hard at Elite Martial Arts to be battle ready come November. I just want to finish by saying a big thank-you to all those that support me including my coaches, teammates and sponsors. If you want to help me out let me know. THANKS!