Karate Canada Karate Canada



October 10, 2018

The 2018 Karate Canada Summit welcomed 205 participants from across the country last weekend, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport and Conference Centre. The event was a significant success, and gave many members (registrants) and non-members of Karate Canada a chance to get together and to take part in various workshops, seminars, meetings, trainings and conferences, benefiting our athletes, coaches, instructors, officials, leaders and administrators.

Karate Canada wishes to thank the Ontario Karate Federation for their assistance and support in hosting this important event. KC also thanks the numerous volunteers and staff involved in making this event such a success. Particularly, Karate Canada wishes to thank Officials’ Committee members Mr. Yaro Tarana (Chair), Mr. Andreas Kuntze, Mr. Don Mazerolle and Mr. Babak Sotoudeh (who co-led a 2-day National Referee Clinic), our 3 National Team Head Coaches (Mrs. Katarina Vadovicova, Mrs. Nassim Varasteh, and Mr. Denis Beaudoin (who led and / or co-led national kata and kumite trainings), the members of our Technical Advisory Committee (and examiners, who held National Dan Evaluations), our Para-karate Committee Chair and National Para Team Coach Mrs. Heather Fidyk (who led a training and education for Para-karate athletes and coaches), Mr. John DeVicentis a member of our Para-karate Development Committee (who led a session on how to coach athletes with a disability), our Medical Chair Mr. Gus C. Kandilas (who led a seminar on Concussion Awareness and Management for officials) and all the medical support staff, our NCCP Committee members Mr. Gérard Lauzière (Chair) and Mr. Gary Walsh (who co-led a NCCP Comp Dev karate-specific course), Mrs. Karyn Kibsey from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc. (who presented on awareness and education on child sexual abuse in sport), Kevin Iwasa-Madge and Onika Green from the CSIO (who respectively offered tips on sport nutrition and mental preparation), our High Performance Manager Mr. Kraig Devlin (who offered a conference on video analysis), as well as all participating athletes, referees and coaches and / or instructors. Last but not least, we wish to sincerely thank our two very special Guest Star Instructors, Mr. Douglas Brose (Kumite trainings) and Mr. Jesus del Moral (Kata trainings), who generously shared their extensive expertise with our athletes and coaches in this rare visit to Canada.

We look forward to greeting all of you again soon for our 2019 Sr National Championships (dates TBC), and hope you will all join us again next year for our 2019 Summit!