Holiday Events!

Well, lots of stuff on the go this month, to be expected!

SMA Christmas Potluck – Monday, December 15th at the dojo in Royal Oak, 6pm – 9pm
PNHK Club Christmas Skate – TBA (likely Monday, Dec 22nd)
Yoshukai Winter Spirit Training – Thursday, Jan 1st, location TBA, 11:45am for a noon start.

Have a happy holiday season everyone, however you celebrate it; and enjoy some time with your family and friends!

Kata & Movement Workshop

Today we benefited from a sweaty 5 hour workshop with Grand Master Mike Shintaku, 8th dan Tang Soo Do stylist visiting from Washington state – hosted by Kyoshi Mike Puckett at his dojo (PNHK) in Sidney and organized by Sensei Nancy Puckett of Serenity Martial Arts.

We covered the principles of movement as it relates to transitioning through stances; and had an afternoon of kata development and how to apply what we learned in the movement portion of the workshop into our kata.

We covered two Shotokan kata: Jion and Bassai Sho as well as Shito-ryu kata Tomari Bassai.  Master Shintaku also has his shodan in the Shito style of karate.



Fall Karate Classes

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer – and enjoy those last three weeks of it if you can!

Group karate training will recommence after the summer break this coming Monday, September 12th at Royal Oak Middle School – hosted by Sensei Nancy Puckett, Chief Instructor of Serenity Martial Arts Club.  Classes are Monday and Thursday at SMAC.

Message me for times and directions, if you are new or interested in training!


Happy, healthy Canada & Independence Day!

Enjoy this week and the upcoming weekend, folks!

Stay happy and stay healthy (And dry.. if you’re going camping in the “wet coast” like me!).  Take some time and do a bit of hiking, cycling, walking or grab a frisbee and chuck ‘er around.

Lastly, flash up that barbeque, throw on a fresh piece of fish and some vegetables and enjoy a beer.  I know I will be.


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Nidan (2nd dan)

I am humbled and honoured to receive promotion to Nidan (2nd degree black belt) this afternoon from my instructors Kyoshi Mike Puckett (8th dan) and Sensei Nancy Puckett (5th dan).

I can’t think of a community I’ve felt more a part of, now having spent more than half my life training with these people – my karate family.  Thanks to the Puckett family for showing me the way – my life is better because of you all.


May/June Updates!

The weather is finally starting to show some consistency in it’s warmth and sunnier days!

Take this time to get outside, find a trail, grab your bicycle, get in your garden or just go for a walk.  A little bit of activity each day will do wonders for your overall health and well-being; plus, look at where we live.. don’t let it go to waste!

The Salt Spring Island Tourney was a success this past weekend, coupled with the Saturday Summer Market for spectators to check out while they were there.  There was lots to do and everyone was very busy; but because everything was so well organized, all four rings were active and running smoothly from the get-go.  Thanks to all the black belts who came out to provide judging, score/time keeping and registration assistance.

Don’t forget about the Coast Martial Arts Open in Port Alberni on June 14th – check out for more details!


Spring Tourney’s

Although I was unable to attend this year, the 2014 Victoria Cup went off without a hitch, on all accounts. This tournament has been successfully organized and directed by Renshi Greg Turnbull, 3rd dan [Yoshukai] (Yoshukai Canada Honbu Dojo), and Hanshi Masanobu Kikukawa, 9th dan (Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate Shinkokai), with influence and presence at an international level (all the way from Japan) for 4 years.  Please refer to to keep up with all the goings-on and future events put on by Masters’ Turnbull and Kikukawa.

Congratulations Masters, on this successful endeavour – once again.  Osu!

In May, the Salt Spring Island Invitational will open it’s arms to martial artists around Vancouver Island and the gulf islands to come and represent their schools and their styles. I have attended this event for a couple years myself and have always been impressed by the careful organization and planning on part of the Salt Spring Island Karate Club (Sensei Chris Barclay), with support of Puckett’s Noble House of Karate in North Saanich (Kyoshi Michael Puckett), the Rammed Earth Dojo on Saltspring Island (Sensei Pat Byron), Serenity Martial Arts in Victoria (Sensei Nancy Puckett) and supporting/affiliated clubs island wide.  Check out for more information!