Island Karate Dojo recognized by Japanese Imperial family
MacAleer, Catalli, MacLeod receive belts
Three Islanders recently received their black-belt rankings from Hanshi Ken Tallack, an international Goju-ryu master karate instructor and ninthdegree black belt.
Darren MacAleer received his third-degree black belt (Sandan) while Adriana Catalli and Cathy MacLeod received their first-degree (Shodan) belts. All are members of The Path dojo in Charlottetown.
In karate, the black belt is widely recognized as representing the highest standard of physical training and mental discipline. Tallack noted in this traditional Okinawan style of karate, Goju-ryu means ‘hard-soft style,’ which refers to the underlying philosophy of the system and is represented physically through closed-hand linear techniques (hard), and open-hand circular movements (soft) that characterize this style.
Hanshi Tallack is head of the Canadian branch of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, the oldest Japanese martial arts organization in the world. On behalf of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, Hanshi Tallack presented the honorary title of Renshi to Denise Arsenault, a fourth-degree black belt, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in martial arts. This Samurai title is only given to students who have undergone extensive training under a qualified instructor and who have shown a strong, long-term dedication and commitment to practising and teaching the art.
“Knowing karate doesn’t mean that you must be aggressive,” said Mary MacPhee, coowner/operator of The Path, who received her Renshi title in 2013. “It gives you the confidence and the inner peace to know that you don’t have to resort to violence.”
During his visit to the Atlantic region, Tallack also granted a general membership in the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai to Andrew and Amanda McKenna, a 13-year-old blue belt and an 11-year-old yellow belt who are the son and daughter of MacPhee and Kyoshi Greg McKenna, a sixth-degree black belt.
The Path has been a home to enthusiasts of traditional martial arts for more than 10 years. It is located on University Avenue in Charlottetown.