MEET OUR CANADIAN TEAM GOING TO PAN AMS
Gabe is the result of our Little Tigers program. He started with us when he was 4 and a half years old, and has trained ever since. He is now the only Alberta karate athlete who has medaled twice at a Pan American level.
For the past year Gabe has been getting ready to compete again for Canada, and aiming to place in the top 5 at Pan Ams with a strong focus to stand on that podium again. This would earn him a spot on the Canadian Team going to the Jr World Championships in Chile later this year.
Vale started karate when she was 10 at our Cougar Ridge dojo, in only two years she was starting to become competitive. Valeria is the only female athlete from Alberta to ever win two consecutive Nationals. Valeria is a very focused athlete and we are sure she will represent us very well in Ecuador. She also has her sight on the Jr World Championship and looking to place in te top 5 at Pan Ams, but with a clear sight on the podium. She has been preparing for a year for this challenge.
Richie is our youngest and our rookie. He started karate at the age of 6, and moved to our dojo at 10. Richie is one of our few dual athletes, he made the provincial team in both Kata and Kumite, and made the Canadian Team in kumite this year. Richie has been working very hard, he trains at our regular classes, does extra private time for Kata with Sensei Osuna, trains with Sensei Luis and lately has been working with Sempai Carson. Richie will compete in the 12 to 13 years of age.
A traditional Shotokan Karate-Do school, Osuna Karate is the headquarters of the World Shotokan Karate-Do Federation Canada (WSKF Canada), an organization headquartered in Japan with worldwide representation. With 2 locations in the South West of Calgary:
Cougar Ridge Dojo & Springbank Dojo
We offer Recreational and Competitive classes for children, teens and adults.
Osuna Karate is a club (Dojo) dedicated to teaching karate-do to people of all ages and abilities. A dojo that supports the goals of all their students from those who are looking to be fit and learn some self-defense to those that have competitive and Olympic aspirations. Karate-do, more generally referred as Karate, is a Japanese martial art that develops the use of the human body as a weapon of defense and builds on a philosophy of perseverance and discipline. All our Dojos follow traditional Shotokan Karate-do training and philosophy.
MEET the SENSEIS
SENSEI JUAN OSUNA
5th Dan black belt.
With over 20 years of teaching experience. Sensei Osuna holds 30 years of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do training. Apart from following karate traditions, Sensei Osuna has dedicated many years to the sport side of karate, and is currently devoting part of his teaching time to coaching competitive athletes. In addition to his technical and teaching skills, sensei Osuna devotes significant time to Karate inclusion and the development of the sports side of Para-Karate for people with disabilities.
SENSEI LUIS PLUMACHER
3rd Dan black belt
Sensei Plumacher is visiting Canada and training at the Osuna Karate dojo. Sensei Luis has been practicing Shotokan Karate since the age of 4 and is a very good representative of traditional karate. Apart from his regular training, Sensei Luis is a very relevant figure in sports karate, as he is one of the most decorated competitive athletes in the Americas, having won a WKF World Championship, the Pan American Games and several times Karate PKF champion, among many others. His presence training the dojo has represented a great contribution to improve the level and ability of our students.
SENSEI RAFAEL SILVA
2nd Dan black belt.
Rafael has trained under the guidance of Sensei Osuna from the age of 7, Rafael has become a very experienced practitioner of Shotokan Karate-Do and one of the leading children instructors at Osuna Karate. Apart from his traditional training, Rafael devotes a lot of time to develop his competitive abilities, and has become a common name in the Canadian national team. In the sports arena Rafael has achieved a Pan-American Silver medal, as well as medals in the North American Cup and Karate Common Wealth.
SENSEI FRANK FRASER
3rd Dan (Sandan). Frank has trained karate for nearly three decades. He started in the UK, and continued his training once he moved to canada. Sensei Frank is one of our instructors and brings a wealth of knowledge to our dojo.
MEET the SEMPAIS
A first degree (shodan) black belt. Cam has been training for nearly a decade. He is an experienced assistant instructor and several years member of the Provincial team.
A first degree (shodan) black belt. Carson has been training karate for 9 years, and is one of our assistant instructors. Carson has been a provincial team member for the past 4 years.
A first degree (shodan) black belt. Ashtin is a new member of our instructor team. Ashtin is an experienced instructor and competitor with several years on the BC team and has also been a member of the Canadian National team. Her karate history has taken her through several styles, although her formation was mainly done in Shotokan.
A first degree (shodan) black belt. Santiago is an experienced instructor and competitor in Para-Karate and is a member of the Canadian National team.
En Route to Junior Pan-American
Argentina, August 2017
This year, 7 of our athletes made the Provincial team, and traveled to Quebec City at the end of February. They all represented our club very well, leaving everything they had on the tatami. Four athletes managed to make the National Team. Congratulations all, and best of luck to those representing Canada at the Pan-American championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 24th to 26th , 2017.
THE WORLD SHOTOKAN KARATE FEDERATION
SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO ASSOCIATION OF CALGARY
KARATE ALBERTA ASSOCIATION
Osuna Karate has 3 locations:
SOUTH WEST- WEST
COUGAR RIDGE DOJO
Calgary Waldorf School - Main Gym
515 Cougar Ridge Dr. SW
Calgary, AB T3H 5G9
#3, 141 Commercial Drive Springbank
Calgary, AB T3Z 2A7
THE GENESIS CENTRE DOJO
Multipurpose Room A
#10, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE
Calgary, AB T3J 0C9