Okinawan Karate coming to Baddeck
Sensei Leo Donovan seeking out apprentice to carry on defensive art
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 email@example.com.
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