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Karate at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!

Posted on: August 10th, 2016

The K is on The Way - Poster

For the first time in history, Karate will be present at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo!

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has just announced the addition of five new sports, including karate, at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 under the governance of the WKF (World Karate Federation).
The World Karate Federation (WKF), is the International Association recognized by the IOC TO PRACTICE KARATE AT THE OLYMPIC AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. Therefore, at the Canadian hierarchical level, Karate Canada is the ONLY National Sport Organization recognized by Heritage Canada and the COC (Canadian Olympic Committee) that will have the sole responsibility to guide the destiny of the athletes representing Canada at the 2020 Olympic games.

At the provincial level, each province and territory is recognized by their respective Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) as recognized by their provincial governments under Heritage Canada. Karate Manitoba is the official Provincial Sport organization to that effect, duly recognized and partnered with the Provincial branch of Heritage Canada, Sport Manitoba. Athletes who wish to pursue the Olympic sport karate path will, inevitably, be required to become members of Karate Manitoba in order to access the required competitions of provincial, National, international and Olympic level.

Karate Manitoba is the official sport governing organization recognized by Sport Manitoba and the government of Manitoba, and the official Provincial governing body representing the province of Manitoba in the National Sport organization – Karate Canada, whose primary mission is to ensure leadership in terms of development and promotion of WKF Olympic karate.

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2011 Karate Canada National Tournament News

Posted on: August 11th, 2011

March 16 – 20, 2011

St. Hyacinthe, Quebec

Team Manitoba Competitors

Team Manitoba for Karate Canada Nationals 2011

Photographs courtesy of Nathalie Slavik of Lac du Bonnet Karate Club: shotokandave@gmail.com

5 of our ‘Team Toba’ athletes placed at the KC Nationals:

Brittney Katchin from Bushido-Kai pulled in a bronze medal in Women’s Senior Kumite Black Belt

Jarek Zetterstrom (Midwest EARL GREY), Ruski Sungalon (Midwest EARL GREY), Frank Marr (Midwest Main), & Joe Kryschuk (Midwest THE PAS) pulled in a bronze for Team Kumite

(March 19 & 20, 2011 at KC Nationals in Que)!

Way to go Team Toba!

Team Manitoba Officials

Not only did 5 of our ‘Team Toba’ athletes place with a bronze medal (as per the previous email) but we have two of our officials who have upgraded their officiating rank:

Dan Piché received Level A Judge in Kata and Level B referee in Kumite with 100% score on his written tests. Dan is the instructor for Karate Saint-Boniface.

Eugène Fillion received Level A Judge for both Kata and Kumite with 97% and 98% scores respectively on his written tests. Eugene is a student at Midwest Main.

Both Dan and Eugène judged all 3 days of the National Competition and the Manitoba Team was very proud of their performance.

*A shout out to our two youngest athletes, both from Bushido-Kai Canada, Joe Hrzich & Elaan Grassler for excellent performances at the Nationals, too. Joe was the first Manitoba fighter at the tournament and, by all accounts, Joe set the bar high forcing the other competitors from other provinces to compete hard. Elaan’s kata in training was absolutely of National calibre so we will post more on her and Joe’s achievements and where these two young athletes placed!*

A round of applause to our athletes Elaan Grassler, Joe Hrzich, Brittney Katchin, Joseph Kryschuk, Frank Marr, Ruski Sungalon and Jarek Zetterstrom as well as to Dan Piché and Eugène Fillion but let’s not forget our excellent and dedicated coaches Ron Porath and Angelo Mendoza as well as our Team Manager Jenn Cook and our Team Health & Fitness Coach Kim Ogren. Well done!

L-R Back Row: Ron Porath (Coach), Ruski Sungalon, Jarek Zetterstrom, Frank Marr, Joseph Kryschuk, Dan Piché (Official), Angelo Mendoza (Coach)

L-R Front Row: Eugène Fillion (Official), Brittney Katchin, Jennifer Cook (Team Manager), Elaan Grassler, Joe Hrzich, Kim Ogren (Team Fitness/Health coach)

Coaching Team

Coaching Team:

Technical Director: Sensei Jerry Marr

Assistant Technical Director: Don McKenzie

Team Manager: Jennifer Cook – Instructor for Midwest THE PAS Karate

Team Coach: Ron Porath Instructor for Charleswood Karate

Team Coach: Angelo Mendoza Instructor for Bushido-Kai Canada

Health & Fitness Coach: Kim Ogren from Lac du Bonnet Karate



Brittney Katchin
Elaan Grassler
Jarek Zetterstrom
Ruski Sungalon
Joe Hrzich
Joseph Kryschuk
Frank Marr

Karate Manitoba Accepted Into NKA

Posted on: March 27th, 2008


145 Pacific Avenue

March 27, 2008

Dear Karate Manitoba Members,

I am pleased to inform you that Karate Manitoba has officially been accepted as a provincial member with the NKA. I received a letter yesterday as confirmation. We are looking forward in working with the national body and taking part in their events and activities. There will be greater opportunities for our athletes, coaches and officials as the NKA is the body that is recognized by Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

It has taken us a number of months, but last week the NKA executive sent their recommendation to the national counsel which was approved and ratified by vote. As further developments unfold, those will be shared with you and posted on our web site.

Sincerely yours,

Meron Solonynka
Karate Manitoba

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