Ok­i­nawan Karate coming to Bad­deck

Sen­sei Leo Dono­van seek­ing out ap­pren­tice to carry on de­fen­sive art

The Victoria Standard - - Sports - JEN­NIFER RI­P­LEY

Sen­sei Leo Dono­van, cer­ti­fied sec­ond de­gree black­belt and founder Cape Bre­ton High­lands Karate Club (CBHKC), is bring­ing Ok­i­nawan karate to Bad­deck. Start­ing Septem­ber 27 and run­ning un­til May 10, CBHKC will of­fer weekly classes to all ages on Wed­nes­days at the Ma­sonic Hall in Bad­deck.

For thou­sands of years, Sen­sei in Ja­pan have passed on the art of Ok­i­nawan karate to ded­i­cated and dis­ci­plined stu­dents. With help from Sen­sei Paul Dono­van, Sem­pai Scott Au­coin, and Sem­pai Randy Roach, CBHKC of­fers weekly classes to over 50 stu­dents in In­go­nish and Cheti­camp in Chito-ryu, a form of Ok­i­nawan Karate.

Dono­van has been prac­tic­ing and teach­ing the art for 25 years and is now di­rect­ing his pas­sion to­ward train­ing ap­pren­tices who are look­ing for ways to serve their com­mu­ni­ties. Sem­pai Scott Au­coin and Sem­pai Randy Roach have trained with Dono­van and the pair now fa­cil­i­tate the Cheti­camp classes. Dono­van will take on the first year of classes in Bad­deck. Dur­ing this time, he is will­ing to train an ap­pren­tice who will even­tu­ally take over the Bad­deck classes.

“We want this to last," he said on August 23 in Bad­deck while pro­mot­ing the up­com­ing classes.

In part­ner­ship with the Bras d'or Lakes Day Camp As­so­ci­a­tion, CBHKC of­fered a full-day karate camp to peo­ple of all ages at the Vic­to­ria High­lands Civic Cen­tre. As­sisted by Sem­pai Au­coin, and stu­dents Con­nor Phee-dono­van and Thomas Robin­son, Sen­sei Dono­van in­tro­duced 26 par­tic­i­pants to the history of karate, ba­sic karate ter­mi­nol­ogy, stances and moves as well as in­tro­duc­tory med­i­ta­tion. In­cluded in the camp was an in­tro­duc­tion to wrist and choke hold es­capes and weapons train­ing with wooden sticks.

Dono­van de­scribes karate as a folk art that teaches par­tic­i­pants self-de­fense tech­niques. Not only a form of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, there is also an em­pha­sis on dis­ci­pline.

"Be­cause it's such a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, you must have con­trol,” said Sem­pai Au­coin.

The dis­ci­pline pro­motes char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and emo­tional self-reg­u­la­tion.

“As­pire to be some­thing big­ger than your­self,” said Dono­van.

In keep­ing with the prin­ci­ples of Karate and the not-for-profit sta­tus of the Club, the reg­is­tra­tion fee is only $75.00 per stu­dent ($100 per fam­ily) plus $3 in-club dues ($5 fam­ily rate) payable each class. Fees cover in­sur­ance, tour­na­ment equip­ment, cer­tifi­cates and belts.

For full in­for­ma­tion, visit http://lgdono­van.wix. com/cbhkarate or email lgdono­van@staff.ed­net.ns.ca.

Sen­sei Leo Dono­van of Cape Bre­ton High­lands Karate Club fin­ish­ing a full-day karate camp at the Vic­to­ria High­lands Civic Cen­tre in Bad­deck on August 23. Be­gin­ning Septem­ber 27, Dono­van is of­fer­ing weekly karate classes in Bad­deck. Photo by Carolyn Bar­ber / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard

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