We are pleased to announce that Sundance was selected by the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International (CTFI) to host the 2015 Western Canadian Championships. The decision was made at the recent annual general meeting held in Regina during the National Championships.
The tournament will see 350-400 competitors from across the western provinces competing for medals as well as rankings in our black belt national seeding point system. This will be the largest ITF event hosted in the Okanagan Valley in well over a decade and will mean great exposure for the sport aspect of Taekwon-Do in our region.
The westerns will feature competition for colour belts in both patterns and sparring. This will be a great opportunity for all of our colour belts to experience a large event without having the added costs of travelling. The tournament will be open to ages 5 and up starting at white belt.
For black belts the tournament will feature 7 categories of competition which will include individual patterns and sparring, team sparring, team patterns, individual power breaking, individual special technique and pre-arranged sparring. The event will also feature several Team Canada athletes as they prepare to represent Canada at the World Championships in May 2015.
The tournament will be held on April 11, 2015 at Kelowna Secondary.
More information can be found at www.ctfi-westerns.com
All members ages 7 and up are invited to participate in a very special seminar given by Master Michael Barker, 7th degree black belt and former multi time national champion. This seminar will take place on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm with a one hour break for lunch.
Students will learn and benefit from Master Barker’s over 35 years of experience in martial arts training as we go through all the patterns from Chon-Ji to Choi-Yong using an application based teaching method. The afternoon will consist of several strength and conditioning exercises as well as sparring techniques and strategies.
Now based in the lower mainland, Master Michael Barker is a 7th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor with the International Taekwon-do Federation. His 35 years of martial arts training includes Taekwon-Do, Hapkido and Golden Gloves boxing. Master Barker spent many years travelling the world attending seminars given by General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Taekwon-Do. Competitively he is a former Canadian National Champion and Pan-American champion in Free Sparring and has been a member of the Canadian Men’s Team as well as the BC Men’s Team. Master Barker is the Master Instructor of the Northern Taekwon-Do Academy group of schools, of which Sundance is a member. He has trained several top athletes to national and international success. He is the current instructor of both Mr. White and Mr. Leung. Master Barker is the highest ranked ITF black belt in British Columbia. We are very thrilled that he has offered us his expertise by teaching what is sure to be an incredible event.
Regular Cost: $50 (includes a certificate of participation)
Black Belt Club Members: $45(includes a certificate of participation)
Note: Members can use Sundance Dollars to cover up to 50% of the seminar cost.
The 2014 BC Cup will be held at Simon Fraser University on October 12. This is a great event for those looking to get their feet wet competing in a fun, safe and controlled environment. Registration is now open online. The deadline for registration is September 21st.
Click HERE for more information and to register for the tournament.
Click HERE to book your hotel room at the official host hotel.
For more information about the rules, click HERE
The 2014 Canadian National Championships have been set for Regina, Saskatchewan on November 7 & 8. More information to follow…
The members of Sundance Taekwon-do in Vernon achieved success at the 2014 International Taekwon-do Federation British Columbia Championships in Prince George on May 31st. The Provincial Championships featured over 200 competitors from different clubs all over British Columbia. Sundance Taekwon-do sent a team of 5 competitors bringing home a total of 10 medals. All of the members worked extremely hard in their preparations to bring in 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze in patterns, sparring and breaking competitions.
Leading the pack was Kelly Kinniburgh, a 3rd degree black belt who took home bronze in women’s 3rd degree patterns and gold women’s black belt heavyweight sparring.
Other black belts in competition included Natalie Bowie, 21, who took a silver in 1st Degree patterns and bronze in women’s lightweight sparring. Ciara Wilson, 14, in her first competition as a junior black belt took in bronze in 1st degree patterns and also took bronze in the jr. girls lightweight sparring.
In colour belt competition Maira Wilson, 11, brought home a bronze in pre-junior red belt patterns and silver in girl’s sparring.
Sundance Head Instructor and Coach David White was also in competition, taking the silver medal in 4th degree patterns and also a silver in the men’s power breaking category.
“This was a great showing by some of our most dedicated members, we couldn’t be more proud as a school and as a community” said head coach David White, a 5th degree black belt and International Instructor and Examiner with the International Taekwon-Do Federaion.
“One of the great things about Taekwon-Do competition is the emphasis on respect to your opponent and sportsmanship which was definitely on display at this event.” said White who also serves as the Vice President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation of BC.
“To see the camaraderie and friendships amongst competitors from all over the province and all walks of like is truly inspiring.”
Up next for the members of Sundance is the The BC Cup which will be held at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby this October, followed by the Nationals and Canadian team selections in Regina in November. Sundance has several athletes who will be trying for spots on the Canadian team heading to the Taekwon-Do World Championships in Italy in May 2015. For more information on Sundance Taekwon-Do and it’s programs check out www.sundancemartialarts.com or contact David White at 250-306-2285. The club is currently accepting new members.