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8 Days To Go…. Let’s Get Competitive!

Although most people never start karate wanting to get into competition, tournaments can certainly be a lot of fun and a great way to put your skills to the test and develop mental and emotional strength under pressure. With just 8 days to go until our Come & Try Day, we want to share a little bit about the tournament experience.

At Sunshine Coast Karate, we have been privileged to help students perform competitively at state, national and international levels.  The competitions that we participate in follow the ideals that O Sensei pursued with his strong fighting spirit.  Although he often put his own skills to the test in kakedameshi (field combat) and he had the scars to prove it, as a teacher he realised that it wasn’t realistic to expect all of his students to do this and in turn became an advocate for bogu kumite (fighting with protective equipment).

In practicing kumite and competing in this way, we develop a greater sense of commitment because you have to make contact, but we do it in a safe way.  Let’s face it, in the modern world, most of us need to get up and go to school or work the next day, and if you fight like O Sensei did without all of the protective equipment, there are going to be a lot of injuries.

As I mentioned earlier, we don’t just participate in local tournaments, every few years we take a team to compete at the Soke Cup, International Chito-Ryu Karate Championships. In 2017 we took a team of members from the Sunshine Coast to compete, and early next month we’ll be announcing our team to compete in Canada later this year.

In 2017, we had a relatively small team, of just 11 competitors, we came away with some great results, including:  6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals and 2 overall tournament champions in their respective divisions.  For full details read the original blog post.

And here are a few video clips of our Sunshine Coast representatives from the 2017 International Chito-Ryu Soke Cup for you to enjoy too.

Sami Phillips (then aged 12 yrs), competing for the first time internationally.  A video of her individual kata performance.  No placing this time, but still a great performance.

Posted by Martin Phillips on Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sensei Martin Phillips, overall tournament champion in the men’s black belt division.  Final round kata performance, winning the gold medal.


My final round kata, Sanshiryu. 1st place – Men's black belt kata. It's been 28 years between gold medals at Soke Cup in individual kumite for me. My first and only other one was in Vancouver, Canada 1989 as a 12 yr old, competing in my first Soke Cup.

Posted by Martin Phillips on Friday, 18 August 2017

Sensei Sandra Phillips.  Ladies Black Belt, Kumite Champion.  This is her final round match, going through the entire tournament without any points being scored on her by any other opponent in either individual or team kumite.

2017 International Soke Cup – Kumamoto, Japan. Women's Black Belt Kumite Final – Sandra Phillips v Hal Mizumura.

Posted by Martin Phillips on Thursday, 24 August 2017

Jack Graham, overall tournament champion in the Jr A (19-20 yrs), black belt division.  This was Jack’s 2nd Soke Cup.

Jack – Individual Kumite (match 3)

Jack Graham, individual kumite, Jr A-B boys black belt division (match 3). Soke Cup, Kumamoto, Japan, 2017.

Posted by Sunshine Coast Karate on Thursday, 24 August 2017

Of course as a new student, tournaments are probably the very last thing on your mind, but it’s definitely worth knowing that there are plenty of opportunities to go down this path if it becomes your passion.

We are getting very excited now as we are just over one week away from our Come & Try Day.  Stay up to date as we continue our countdown via our SCK Facebook Page.

We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

Below is a poster sharing more details about our upcoming Come & Try Day. We would love to meet you on Saturday 16th February. If you require further information, be sure to connect with us.

Join us as we count down the days leading up to our 2019 Sunshine Coast Karate Come & Try Day.

Learn more about our Come & Try Day on Facebook.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.