Fitness With A Purpose

Welcome To The Bushido Karate Association

The Bushido Karate Association is a Non-Profit Organization that has been offering youth and adult programs to people in the University-Area and southwest communities in Edmonton since 1993. Learn more about us here, or browse below for the latest news and information from our organization.

Upcoming Black Belt Pre-Grading

With the Black Belt Grading in May closing quickly, the time has come for the annual Northern Alberta pre-grading. This year, the Bushido Karate Association will be hosting the event at The Derrick Club in Edmonton on March 18th from 10:00AM - 2:00PM. The dojo will be open at 9:30AM to allow students to warm up, as we will begin right at 10:00AM. Please bring snacks and other assorted drinks. There will be water breaks and break for lunch during the event to make sure you are well fuelled.

The pre-grading process is strongly recommended for all students looking to grade in May, so that they can be assessed by instructors outside their dojo, and received constructive feedback to assist in their success on grading day. This event will be open to all brown belt students and up. Southern Alberta
grading candidates are welcome to attend this event if they are unable to attend the grading in their region.

Action Item: If you are sending any students that are looking to be examined, please send their Name and Home Dojo to Sensei Scott Knowles (

Action Item: If you or any of your senior students are willing to serve on the Joseki for the Pre-Grading, please contact Sensei Scott Knowles ( Ideally we would call for ranks Sandan or higher, but senior Nidans may be called on the day for extra assistance.

Download a copy of the PDF Flyer.

Spring Inter-Club Tournament


As distributed in class over the past few weeks, here is the information for the upcoming inter-club tournament for our youth members.  For this event we bring together the Grandview and Derrick programs for a spirited morning of fun, with an introduction to tournaments for our junior students, and some high level competition for our more senior ranks.  We hope to see you at the event!  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the instructional team, or speak to us in class.

The BKA’s tournament team will be in attendance!

Click here to download a copy of the PDF flyer.

New Semester Begins January 9th

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a fantastic holiday season.

Our classes resume this coming Tuesday (January 9th), at the Grandview Community Hall.

Youth Class Times
Grandview Dojo - 12603 63rd Ave NW
• Tuesday Introductory Youth Classes (White - Yellow Stripe): 5:30PM - 6:30PM
• Tuesday Intermediate Youth Classes (Orange - Blue): 6:30PM - 7:30PM
• Saturday Introductory Youth Classes (White - Yellow Stripe): 9:30AM-10:30AM
• Saturday Intermediate Youth Classes (Orange - Blue): 10:30AM-12:00PM

Adult Class Times
Grandview Dojo - 12603 63rd Ave NW
• Tuesday Advanced Classes: 7:30PM - 9:00PM
• Friday Beginner Classes: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
• Friday Advanced Classes: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
• Sunday All Ranks Classes: 6:00PM - 8:00PM

We thank you for taking the time to fill out our registration documents in the fall, and as such you will not have to for the spring term.
If you did not fill out the form (or are new to the dojo), please visit our website to register:

A reminder that class fees are due for the upcoming term.  Please see Sensei Scott to take care of payment for the January - April term.

As in the fall term, we will be hosting a youth inter-club tournament on February 17th.  More information to follow.

We are excited to get back to training - and are looking forward to seeing you all this week!

One more class... and happy holidays!

We will host one more class this coming Tuesday, December 12th for Grandview youth students.  This will be done in the standard 5:30-6:30/6:30-7:30 split classes.  We’ll have some fun, get a sweat on, and enjoy one more workout for the term!

After that, we will pause classes for the winter break, and return for the new semester on January 9th.  See you then!

Tournament team members, you have one more workout this year - Sunday, December 17th!

On behalf of the instructional staff of the Bushido Karate Association… we wish you a happy holiday season, and all the best in the year to come!

Youth Grading Results

Youth Grading complete! We had 87 youth students on the floor, with 54 moving to new ranks.

I want to thank all parents for their support through this fall training session. I also want to thank the 16 instructors and 10 members of the Adult club who came out to help. Your dedication and efforts helped make the event a meaningful one for our students.

Holiday Hours

The Bushido Karate Association Adult program will switch to holiday schedule training starting Tuesday, December 19, as follows:

  • December 19: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - all ranks
  • December 22: 6:00 - 8:00 pm - all ranks, followed by Holiday Social
  • December 29: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - All ranks
  • January 2: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - All ranks
  • January 5: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - All ranks

Regular training times will resume Tuesday, January 9.

Youth Grading

Club members,

The BKA annual Spring Youth Grading will be held Saturday, December 9th at S Bruce Smith School.  More information is available on the Event Flyer PDF, available in our Events section online.

The grading is split into two parts, to accommodate the number of students we have:

  • a. If your son or daughter is currently a white, white-stripe, yellow, or is green belt or higher, then they are to arrive by 8:45 am for a 9:00 am start.  For white, white stripe, and yellow, your grading will be done by 10:30, and you’ll be free to go at that time.
  • b. If your son or daughter is currently yellow stripe, orange, or orange stripe, they should be at the venue by 10:15 for a 10:30 am start.  Their grading will be done by 12:45.

Youth Tournament This Weekend

The instructors of the Grandview and Derrick Bushido Karate clubs are proud to announce our FALL YOUTH KARATE TOURNAMENT. Its going to be an amazing and fun experience. You can expect a morning full of friendly competition in kata, kumite, and pad kumite.  If you haven’t been to a tournament before, they are a great way to meet new friends, have a lot of fun, learn some new techniques, and demonstrate your skill. We will also see in attendance our brand new BKA Tournament Team.  This will be a very special day for all. See You There!

Mother Margaret Mary Catholic School
2010 Leger Rd NW

Saturday October 21, 2017

WHITE / WHITE STRIPE - 9 am (sharp)
YELLOW AND ABOVE - 10 am (sharp) to 1pm

Please arrive minimum 15 minutes early Students May Leave When Their Ring Completes

General Information
• Arrive on time / Remain to completion of your ring.
• Support and encourage your fellow competitors
• Make new friends.
• Practice your kata(s) prior to your competition time.
• Relax and have fun.
• The spirit of this event is for all competitors to have a safe and fun experience with their fellow karate-ka.
• Excessive contact or any un-sports-person like behavior will not be permitted.

Please see Sensei Freeman PRIOR to tournament to purchase if needed. On a  first come basis, we will have a few pairs of hand pads to loan out.

Please Note. Participating students must be have completed the Bushido Karate Association online registration form. Students who have not completed their registration will NOT be allowed to participate.

White belts will spar with instructors. All other ranks will spar within their own rank level.


Club members,

a reminder there will be no classes scheduled for Sunday, October 8th.  Happy Thanksgiving from the BKA instructional staff!

Fall Fitness Testing

Adult Members,

A reminder that we will be hosting our fall fitness test on September 29th at the Grandview dojo from 6:00PM - 9:00PM.

The protocol is scheduled to take the full three hours.  The testing protocol is designed to assist you in benchmarking your overall fitness and will guide goal setting for the future.

Please bring a copy of the testing protocol (distributed over email), comfortable workout clothes, running shoes, a measuring tape, and a stopwatch.

Wearables for tracking things like heart rate are also welcome, and encouraged!  Remember to fuel up 2-3 hours before to maximize your success at the event.
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