Is­land Karate Dojo rec­og­nized by Ja­panese Im­pe­rial fam­ily

MacAleer, Catalli, MacLeod re­ceive belts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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