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Starting September 15, 2009 Shudokan Karate and Education Canada Society is set to begin its 8th year of providing free martial arts lessons and perspective-broadening educational experiences to underprivileged children and students of East Vancouver. This year will likely see the 1,000th student through the program. The purpose of the program is to teach healthy living, self-control, manners, responsibility, discipline, and self-defence to challenged inner-city children. Though the program is located in the gym of the Grandview /? Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School it is open to all students and parents at no cost.The Society is most pleased to acknowledge the major sponsorship contribution of Error! Filename not specified.for the 2009/2010 years. Error! Filename not specified.is the first corporation to become a “Circle of the Eagle Feather” sponsor and is an uncontested leader in promoting healthy living and positive relationships for youth in communities in which they are active. The society is grateful for the vision and leadership of CN Chairman, David McLean, for recognizing the opportunity to assist those most in need, to find a chance for a better life through self-reliance. The dedication of CN has permitted children in 2009 to experience the Spring 2009 Karate Camp and a rare opportunity for some of its most dedicated students to travel to Japan this October to further their study of karate, and experience the beautiful Japanese culture. The society would also like to thank the McLean McCuaig Foundation for their contribution as platinum feather sponsors (to see other past sponsors of the Society go to: http://www.shudokan.ca/sponsors.shtml and http://www.native-invest-trade.com/index_basic.shtml).
Principal of Grandview /? Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School, Gloria Raphael, has noted that “We are most blessed to have such a program run by the Shudokan Society. The children in our school and region benefit enormously from the opportunity to improve their lives through martial arts and the other activities organized by the Society. When financial resources are so scarce, we all appreciate the enormous contributions of sponsors like CN to making our community a better place to live.”
Karate Camp 2009
At the end of April 2009, the Westbank First Nation hosted the Society students for their weekend karate camp at the Westbank Community Centre. A traditional dancer greeted the group with a formal welcome dance, the community provided the most wonderful traditional dinner, and WFN member, Chris Derickson, provided an informative tour of the progressive community.
In addition to their karate camp practice, the Society students performed a karate demonstration for the members of the Westbank First Nation. As well, the students were able to travel to Nk’mip Desert Cutural Centre which was generously provided by the Osoyoos Indian Band.
The Society wishes to provides its most grateful thank you to Councilor Mike DeGuevara, and to community member, Chris Derickson, for their wonderful efforts expended to make this a memorable occasion for inner city students (for more photos of the camp click here).
Karate and Cultural Visit to Japan
Thanks to the generosity of kind sponsors such as Error! Filename not specified., a key group of hardworking and dedicated students has been selected for a karate training and cultural visit to Japan. They will travel to Japan in the first two weeks of October 2009. The students selected are:
The circumstances of student, Tucker Parnell, were featured last year nationally on widely viewed CBC National News Program. Tucker, Conor, Robert, and Stephanie have spent the last several years practicing diligently, and attending classes regularly. Jeannette Angus, Tucker’s Grandma, also has attended classes regularly and has been asked to participate as a chaperon.
Among other highlights, students will have the rare opportunity to train with Master Akira Shiomi, and will experience a range of uniquely Japanese cultural experiences.
Website is Now Available in Japanese Language
For further information go to: http://www.shudokan.ca/ or Call (604) 275-6670
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