Germain Bisson, ChPC – Karate

Winning is important, but not at the expense of holistic athlete development The competitive experience must serve the athlete. Of course, when they enter a competition, they’re hoping to win a medal or step onto the podium. Unfortunately, often these young athletes feel excessive pressure to win at all costs. Many parents and coaches live vicariously through the victories of their children and athletes. It isn’t rare to see athletes […]

Shane Y. Higashi: A Life Lived in Karate

The following is a piece I wrote about my teacher, Shane Higashi – 9th dan, head of the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate Association –  for the program given out at the celebration of his 50 years of teaching karate, held last April in Toronto. *   *   * To the cheers of 1,500 enthusiastic fans a 24-year-old Torontonian was crowned the new Karate champion of Canada. Shane Higashi, 1st Degree […]

Kate Campbell wins silver in karate at Pan Am Games

Kate lost to Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki in the final of the women’s 55-kilogram event Kate Campbell, a member of the New Maryland Chito-Ryu Dojo in Fredericton, won a silver medal in karate at the Pan Am Games in Toronto on Thursday. Campbell defeated Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki in the round robin portion of the event, but lost to the Brazilian in the final. Campbell fought Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki in the final […]