Athens, Promotions, Food Drives — The First Half of May has Been Busy!

We’re only halfway through May and already the dojo is buzzing with plenty of exciting news. 

2018 World Kobudo Convention in Athens, Greece

Therien Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing is a proud member of the World Kobudo Federation (WKF), an organization that connects martial arts of all styles from around the world. Every couple years, our large martial arts family gathers for a few days of training, competition and friendship. From May 4th to 6th, the 2018 WKF Convention was held in Athens, Greece and Chesterville represented well!

On top of training with elite martial arts masters from dozens of different countries, the team was also treated to stunning martial arts demonstrations in the Kobudomania Show, including a demonstration from Therien Jiu-Jitsu featuring a ju nior team from our Gatineau dojo and demos by Therien Jiu-Jitsu’s most senior team. Kyoshi Norm put on a stunning routine with Nic Laplante helping as a uke and Renshi Daniel was also a uke for Shihan Brian Lacroix.

Congratulations Kyoshi Norm and Sensei Olivia

Also while in Greece, two members of the Chesterville Dojo received distinguished promotions. After testing in front of the WKF’s most senior masters, Kyoshi Norm, who has now been training for over 45 years, earned a rank of 8th degree black belt, representing his extensive knowledge and commitment to the sport. In addition, Olivia Esnard was promoted to the title of Sensei, symbolizing the incredible teaching abilities she’s developed over her years as a senior student.

Kyoshi Norm after being promoted to 8th Dan with some Therien Jiu-Jitsu instructors and Hanshi Cezar Borkowski of Northern Karate School.

Fill-a-Bag Food Drive

Finally, while some were away in Greece, other members of the dojo were helping the community by participating in Community Food Share’s Fill-a-Bag Food Drive. In total, this year’s food drive generated a record amount of food donations for the families in our area. A very special thank you to members Mark and Carolyn VanDelst who took the lead on this and coordinated the efforts on behalf of the dojo.