With the westerns being a huge success for our members, the local media has taken notice.
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.