Team 'Toba cleaned up, and took home a total of 55 gold medals, and was awarded the IKD Canada Cup! Way to go, Manitoba! That's a lot of hardware! From Heijoshin Karate, four brown belt students competed in the tournament and they did not disappoint! Charles, Devin, Kathleen, and Victoria all had very strong performances despite this being their first National competition. Victoria even placed 2nd in the Female Youth 15-17 division, which took everyone, including herself, by surprise. I am extremely proud of all four of them. Be sure to congratulate our competitors on a job well done the next time you see them!
As for Sensei Phil, I too had a good competition, placing 3rd in both Individual Men's Kata and Kumite, as well as placing 2nd in Team Embu, and 3rd in Team Kata with my teammates, Deril and Patrick. I am continuing to work on my tokui kata, Unsu, and was pleased that it seems to be improving in the judges eyes. I took home some valuable kumite experience as well, having had to fight against both the current IKD World Cup kumite champion, and two former Canadian kumite champions.
The full results of the tournament can be viewed here.
Be sure to subscribe to the IKD Canada Cup 2014 YouTube Channel. Videos are being uploaded in a steady stream of ones and zeroes, so keep checking back for more footage. Big thanks to Jill Lampi for her tireless efforts recording and posting the entire tournament.
I'll leave you with a few videos from the demonstration we performed during the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday.