Last weekend, local martial arts school, Tallack Martial Arts, hosted their 26th Annual Winter Training Festival, though in a different capacity this year.
Over 125 participants took part in the annual tradition, which saw 21 master level instructors of Karate, Kung-Fu, Weaponry, and more martial art styles conduct simultaneous seminars over Zoom on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb, 20, 2021.
According to Tallack Martial Arts, these instructors and students attended from across all Canada, including Victoria BC, Fredericton, NB, Yellowknife NWT, Ontario, Quebec, and many locations in between.
“118 members ended up being registered and with guests also participating, we were over 125 members training, learning, and enjoying the spirit of the event, getting the chance to reconnect again over virtual long distance,” Tallack said in the release.
A portion of the registration fees for this event will go to Partners in Mission Food Bank. Each year, Tallack Martial Arts makes a donation to the local food bank post-event.
“Even though the event was smaller in scale, timing, and finances this year, we are still tremendously happy to support the Partners in Mission Kingston Food Bank with a monetary donation of $750 to be presented within the week,” said Kyle Cochrane, one of the event organizers. “This will hopefully help give the local food bank a bolster of funds to help during these increased times of difficulties with food security.”
The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) Canadian Division also held a small ceremony during this event, including certification presentations of black belt rank and professional instructor certification. Tallack shared some individuals of note: Laura Sywyk of Ottawa, ON receiving her title of Kyoshi (Expert Teacher) certificate, Dennis Butler of London, ON receiving his Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in Karate, and Dr, Gregory McKenna of Charlottetown, PEI recommended to the title of Hanshi (Master Instructor).
The DNBK Canadian Division will also see a portion of the event fees help with their fundraising efforts for the group of students, many of whom were in attendance at this event, for their next trip to Kyoto, Japan for the World Martial Arts festival, which will hopefully be held in 2022.
Visit the Winter Training Festival website for news and updates.