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.

Tournament Team Year 2

Club Members,

Last year the Bushido Karate Association launched it’s own tournament team!  Our team members received specialized training at exclusive training sessions throughout the year, and every member saw successes at the events they attended.

We’re now ready to select our Year 2 team!  The selection process is available for members ranked Green and up, and will be hosted on September 16th at the Grandview Dojo.

To register to participate in the tryouts process, please take a moment to fill out the registration form online.

Register Online!

2018 Summer Camp for BKA Youth Members

The Bushido Karate Association is offering an exciting summer camp for your karate kid! The camp will include opportunities to further karate training in both kata and kumite, as well as enrichment in self-defense, technique, and physical fitness. Your son or daughter will be able to enjoy indoor and outdoor karate, sports, and crafts.   Come join us, and have fun!

Register now!

This year the students will get to try...

Students will learn the rules of the international ring, work on their kumite strategy, and test their speed and agility with fun and challenging drills!

A wide range of unique and interesting katas are performed on the international stage. Your child can try out movements and techniques from different styles of karate, and maybe even learn a cool new kata!

The art of analyzing kata to find the application behind the moves. We’ll learn about practical self-defense techniques contained within some of the katas the students are already familiar with.
We may have a few surprise guests coming too...

Sign up now for a fun-filled, active, and exciting week!
Grandview Heights Community Hall

12603 63rd Ave, Edmonton
July 23rd - July 27th, 2018
8:30AM - 3:30PM
Cost: $150/child

Fees payable by Cash or Cheque.  Payable on the first day of the camp.

Note: Minimum of 10 Students Registered by June 20th, 2018 for camp to go forward.

Register Online at this link:

Adult Grading Results

Great grading last night!  Congratulations to the 18 adult club members who achieved new ranks ranging from yellow to brown. We had a beautiful night in Edmonton, and were able to move parts of the grading outside to add to the memorable experience.  Thank you as well to the 17 yodansha from the BKA who participated in the Joseke Board, and to the other 11 club members who helped make the event special.

Black Belt Grading Results

Awesome grading day yesterday at the Annual AB Black Belt Grading in Edmonton. Congratulations to four successful candidates from the BKA: Sensei Gene Klenke (to Shodan), Sensei Pedro Garcia Guerra (to Shodan), Sensei Sidney Taylor (to Nidan), Sensei Michael Chmay (to Nidan).

Sensei Freeman was surprised and honoured to be granted his 6th Dan and appreciates the confidence the Senate has shown in him in making this grant!

It was an awesome day, and a time to reflect on the lineage of the karate we train, and thank Sensei Shintani and those who have both transmitted his values and also those who shaped his understanding of martial arts.

Summer Hours

Adult Club Members,

We will shift to our summer schedule starting this Tuesday, as follows:
• Tuesdays starting May 1 – 6:30PM - 8:30PM (all ranks)
• Fridays starting May 18 – 6:30PM - 8:30PM (all ranks)
• Last Sunday class – Sunday May 13 – 6:00PM - 8:00PM (all ranks)

Upcoming Events:
• Adult Grading – May 11th - 6:00PM - 9:00PM - Grandview Dojo (all ranks)
• Fitness Testing – May 18h - 6:00PM - 9:00PM - Grandview Dojo  (all ranks)

2018 Spring Youth Grading

Parents and club members, the spring youth grading is this Saturday!

Attached below is information about the event, and the information flyer that has been distributed at the dojo in class and over email.

1.       Grading - The BKA annual Spring Youth Grading will be held Saturday, April 28th at Mother Margaret Mary School.  We are going to try a new format this time, and have everyone begin the grading at the same time: 9:00AM.  As the day progresses we will do three separate grading ceremonies, and upon completion of you son or daughter’s grading, they are free to go.  You are also welcome to stay and watch the higher ranks continue their gradings!
  • If your son or daughter is currently a white, white-stripe, yellow, they will begin their grading at 9:00AM, and finish by 10:30AM.
  • If your son or daughter is currently a yellow stripe, orange, or orange stripe, they will begin their grading at 9:00AM and finish by 11:45AM.
  • If your son or daughter is currently a green, green stripe, blue, or blue stripe, they will begin their grading at 9:00AM and finish by 12:45PM.
2.       Promotion – Progress in rank in karate comes primarily through a combination of three things:
  • Time – time is required to master techniques, improve timing, and build gross and fine motor skills.  For the lower ranks, we outline the general minimum times where students can expect to remain at a given rank in the attached sheets.  We do keep attendance, and look at this as we consider which students are likely ready for promotion.
  • Skill – results from practice, which results from time spent on the floor.  In general, we look at three aspects to karate training.  The first is basic technique, in isolation, or in combinations.  These need to be performed at a level of proficiency appropriate for the age and rank sought.  The second is kata.  Kata is good because it shows individual commitment to learning and mastering a specific routine.  It is something your son or daughter could practice at home to improve.  The last element is sparring, either with pads, the instructors, or against other students, according to their rank.  This shows an ability to integrate basic technique into combinations in a random situation.
  • Attitude – the general approach the student brings to class, and their supportiveness for other students as a training partner and in some cases, mentor.
  • It is not uncommon for students at the yellow-stripe and higher ranks to need one year of training in order to advance.  Where instructors have decided that a student would benefit from another term at their present rank, they are still encouraged to come and participate in the grading experience, but we try to let parents know in advance (by e-mail) so that you can best decided how to prepare your son or daughter.  In some cases, decisions are made on the day, based on the opinion of other instructors present.  Please realize that it does not do any favours to the student to advance them too fast, as they can become frustrated with the new material and overwhelmed with the experience if they are not ready.  We explain it to the kids as being like skipping a grade at school.
See you Saturday!

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!
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