WINTER 2008 NEWS CHECK OUT THE KARATE BC WEB SITE AT: www.karatebc.org Saying goodbye to James Looking back at a long and distinguished career in karate See pages 8, 9 & 10 Canada has lost ‘I need to go back, a great sensei I need to win’ Two-decade gap When David Akutagawa suffered a massive heart attack between medals The defining moment that ignited my desire and motivat- on October 8, he was doing Sometimes, the wait makes it all ed me towards gold, was the what he deeply loved – teach- that sweeter. Sensei David Bent- disappointment of the recent ing karate in his home dojo to ley is back on the winner’s podi- year’s championship. students who were like family. um. SEE PAGE 3 SEE PAGE 4 SEE PAGE 6 KARATE BC • 225-3820 Cessna Drive • Richmond, B.C. V7B 0A2 Tel: 604-333-3610 • Fax: 604-333-3612 • e-mail: email@example.com • Web: www.karatebc.org BLACKPANTONE485 KARATE BC NEWS PRESIDENT’S CORNER Karate BC has a new Executive executive director President Dan Wallis firstname.lastname@example.org 1st Vice-President Roy Tippenhauer We are moving tional karate practitio- email@example.com smoothly along with ners choose to remain 2nd Vice-President Mike Scales transition plans to find outside of our associa- firstname.lastname@example.org a replacement for James tion. Secretary Charles La Vertu Johnson, our long-serv- Robert Tuss has an email@example.com ing Executive Director. international reputation James will be retiring for helping companies Treasurer Julie Zilber firstname.lastname@example.org in January 2009, and take care of their busi- your Executive has tried ness by finding strate- Membership Andreas Kuntze to be very thorough and gies that work for them email@example.com thoughtful as we sought and their clients. Director-At-Large Rick Penner out his replacement. Bob’s background in firstname.lastname@example.org The KBC Executive tourism and sports tour- Director-At-Large Ken Corrigan struck a search commit- ism ensures that he is email@example.com tee consisting of Charles uniquely positioned to La Vertu (Secretary), help us take an outsid- Andreas Kuntze (Membership Director) er’s look at our association, its goals, Newsletter Team and Dan Wallis (President). strategies, successes and challenges. Our task was to widely advertise for We can expect him to initiate discus- Editor James Johnson potential candidates for this position, sions throughout our membership in to screen potential candidates, inter- these areas to help us review and refine Newsletter Committee view those short-listed and then pres- our vision and necessary strategies. Charles La Vertu, Chair ent two candidates for the full board to We are also looking for a person with Editorial Committee interview. strong marketing and fund-raising abil- Cheryl Gray, Nicole LeMire We used PSO and NSO websites and ities. Please look at Robert Tuss’ blog: Tammy Pilon, Jean Sorenson job search web sites. Twenty-two peo- http://www.craftingsuccess.blogspot. ple applied for the position initially. com/ and you will see the wealth of Design We reviewed their applications and expertise and experience he brings to Tamark Design reduced the list of potential candi- Karate BC. firstname.lastname@example.org dates to five. While we were doing ref- In particular, we are looking for lead- erence checks one of the candidates ership in the area of strategic market- Printing announced she had secured anoth- ing and how it can enhance Karate Infigo Imaging er position, so the Search Committee BC’s potential. interviewed four people November 4. He also has extensive experience All four candidates were strong and working with volunteers in sport orga- Contact Karate BC at: met most of our criteria. Two candi- nizations and we look forward to his Suite #225-3820 Cessna Drive dates stood out above the others as ideas and guidance as we continually Richmond BC V7B 0A2 they both met all of our criteria, are look for ways to extend our volunteer Tel: (604) 333-3610 very successful in their own careers, base as well as to express our thanks to Fax: (604) 333-3612 and are ready to tackle the challenge our valuable volunteers. Bob is a dis- we offer at Karate BC. tinguished leader in these fields, as his At the end of November, the full many testimonials speak to. People Karate BC Newsletter board interviewed both of these peo- offering testimonials range from Stan ple. Robert Tuss was clearly the best Hagen, past-Minister for Tourism, Sport is printed and published candidate to lead Karate BC over the and the Arts, John Cummings MP, and by Infigo Imaging next few years. even Kenneth Scott, Her Majesty’s Sec- What were we looking for in a can- retary (Buckingham Palace). #150-3820 Cessna Drive didate? We have been an entity since For the last number of years he has 1974 and we have evolved to the point been offering expertise in marketing, Richmond BC V7B 0A2 where we have two full-time employ- governance, and areas of economic ees who, in concert with many volun- development in developing countries CANADIAN PUBLICATIONS teers, manage an association of over around the world with CESO (Cana- MAIL SALES AGREEMENT #40063490 4,000 members. dian Executive Services Organization Karate BC was established as the pro- – International Services) so he clearly Sponsored by: vincial sport governing body of karate has the necessary organizational abil- in order to regulate the development of ity, oral and written communication karate in British Columbia and to allow skills, and diplomacy so necessary in athletes to compete at the national the Executive Director’s job today. level. We are blessed to have over 4,000 Your Executive was also looking for members, but as the provincial sport a leader who could help provide more governing body of karate we need to look carefully at why so many tradi- Continued on inside back page 2 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 “Canada has lost a great sensei” REMEMBERING KARATE LEADERS By Jean Sorensen “institution” of Shito-ryu karate using the Shito-ryu symbols. When David Akutagawa suffered a mas- Akutagawa’s Renskikan organization pro- sive heart attack October 8, he was doing moted traditional karate, in particular, kata what he deeply loved – teaching karate in as was originally taught by the founders of his home dojo to students who were like various styles such as Chito-ryu, Shito-ryu family. and, to a lesser degree, Goju-ryu. Akutagawa Sensei died later that day in Akutagawa was one of the early members hospital, but not before achieving mile- of Karate BC, realizing the need for a sports stones in karate, founding an organiza- body representing karate. tion with dojos from BC to the Maritimes, “In my view,” said Karate BC President becoming a major force in shaping Karate Dan Wallis, “he was a critical player in creat- BC and karate at a national level. ing harmony amongst styles in Karate BC.” “Canada and the world has lost a great His contribution to karate included an sensei and a respected leader in karate,” original member of the KBC technical com- long-time friend and colleague Masami Tsu- mittee, a member of the NKA technical com- ruoka wrote as a condolence. mittee for many years, long-time head of the Tsuruoka, often referred to as the Father of NKA and KBC officials committees, and head Canadian Karate and head instructor of Chi- of the Canadian Chito-Ryu Association of to-ryu, was only one of the distinctive leaders in karate that Western Canada for 20 years. Akutagawa Sensei would be linked to over a 51-year career. Karate BC Executive Director James Johnson remembers Akutagawa was born into a family with deep roots in mar- him as one “of a group of forward-looking instructors” who tial arts. The Akutagawa family castle had 300 samurai but set out in a cooperative effort to improve karate. 400 years ago, in the 1600s, it was destroyed by a ruling As with most building processes there is discord and dis- member of the Tokugawa dynasty, which sought to retali- agreement and “we experienced an era of turmoil and dis- ate against those who showed any favor toward European harmony, both nationally and provincially,” tells Johnson. cultures. Yet, throughout, Akutagawa remained resolute. Yet, Akutagawa family members moved to another cas- “He stood up to those who would bully and intimidate tle and Akutagawa’s grandfather continued teaching young and stuck to his principles. That was character!” recalls samurai, especially the art of the spear. Johnson. Akutagawa studied both Shotokan-ryu and Shito-ryu When he last spoke with him, Johnson said: “He expressed styles while at Japan’s Kohnan University in Kobe, where he the excitement he felt as he continued to explore the mys- earned a degree in economic science. Years later at B.C. tour- teries behind the martial arts.” naments, seated next to Hiroo Yamashiro, founder of Van- Close friend Dr. Chee Ling provided the eulogy for his couver’s first dojo, he would discover they had, in different “teacher”. He spoke of Akutagawa’s devotion to karate but years, shared the same sensei, Jun Sugano. also of his strong Christian faith, which was an equally-im- Sugano became vice-chairman of JKA from 1928 to the portant underpinning of his life. time of his death in 2002. Yamashiro remembers that Akuta- Akutagawa’s father served as a pastor in Calgary for many gawa would good naturely refer to him as “his sempai.” years and his mother played piano in church. The spiritual In Canada, he taught RCMP instructors for over a decade devotion was also reflected in Akutagawa, who studied the at the RCMP Self-Defense Depot in Penhold, Alberta and the scriptures with theological teacher Pastor Ellie Nessim. RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. “Akutagawa Sensei has often used stories and examples Tsuruoka, in 1966, introduced him to Tsuyoshi Chito- of the Old and New Testament to teach us, in the midst of se, founder of Chito-ryu and he began training in the style karate classes, about life, about developing character and until Chitose’s death in July 1984. He founded Renshikan growing the ideals of humanity in our hearts,” Dr. Ling told Karate Association in January 1997. funeral attendees. Akutagawa achieved a personal goal in June 2006 when Student Tom Mah became one of several who followed Soke Kenei Mabuni of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do promoted him Akutagawa’s devotion to religion. He recalls: “For many to 8th dan and Shihan. (He had also received his 7th dan years, Sensei felt alone, spiritually, because no one respond- from Soke Mabuni Kenei). ed to the message of the gospel,” he said at the service. But, Mabuni also aligned Akutagawa’s organization as an Akutagawa’s patience, humility, and love for his fellow man won Mah over and “God finally opened my eyes and soft- ened my heart.” While Akutagawa’s legacy remains the many students he helped over the years, both with karate and personal prob- Mark C. StaCey Singleton Urquhart LLP lems, Mah maintains it is also “being remembered as a man Partner #1200 - 925 W. Georgia St. who cared more for others than for himself.” email@example.com Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2 As with most sudden deaths, there was not the opportu- A Law Corporation Telephone: 604. 682 7474 nity for teacher and students, friends or family to exchange Fax: 604. 682 1283 good-byes. But, when Akutagawa received his 8th degree www.singleton.com and Shihan certificate, he wrote a simple message on the Shito-ryu website that reflected the humility of the man. It said: “Mr. Akutagawa wants to thank all the many sen- seis from the different styles he has had long-term relation- SINGLETON ships with and the support they have given over the years. L E G A L C O U N S E L He would also like to thank the members of the Renshikan U R Q U H A RT Karate-Do Association for their support and diligent pursuit of traditional karate-do.” KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 3 Fernando Correia KARATE-KAS IN THE NEWS on wall of fame Sensei Fernando Correia has been induct- ed into the North Cowichan/Duncan Wall of Fame. Two-decade Correia has been tireless in his efforts to promote and develop a high-level of karate gap between in the valley. Originally from the Azores, Correia relo- medals cated to Kitimat in 1963 and came to the valley in 1981. Soon after arriving, he start- ed teaching karate at the Vimy Hall and eventually moved to the Cowichan Centre where the prominent school bearing his name still exists today. Correia has trained countless students in karate discipline who’ve gone on to reap rewards from those teachings. He’s also been an official and administrator, bear- ing a passion for karate that’s unequalled in B.C. – Don Bodger, Cowichan News Leader and Pictorial Awards for six A two-decade hiatus proved fruitful for Sensei David Bentley a cracked rib!” He endured five fights and Excellent performances at the Canadi- of the Kimura Shukokai Karate defeated a Swiss fighter in the an National Championships in July in St. dojo in Brentwood Bay on Van- semi-final only to succumb to an John, NB have resulted in cash awards for couver Island. American in the final which was some members the BC Karate Team. Representing Canada at the filmed by Swiss television. “Your sacrifice in regards to training and 2008 Kimura Shukokai Interna- Bentley lead a team of seven devoting all your time to the sport of Kara- tional World Championships in from the Brentwood Bay dojo. te is a difficult endeavor and we are pleased Zurich, Switzerland in July, Bent- Since the Brentwood Bay dojo to offer you this award to say thank you for ley won silver medal in the vet- opened in 2000, this has been your hard work and dedication,” wrote Roy erans heavy-weight kumite com- the largest representation from Tippenhauer, High Performance Chair, in petition. Canada at this event. congratulatory letters to the winners. The last time he sparred in the The seven competitors this Based on the number of Gold medals at same tournament was in 1987 year have inspired others to the nationals, the following awards were with the British team. begin preparation for the next made: It was one of the largest cate- KSI world championships set for • Reuben James $400 gories with representation from Portugal in 2010. • Victoria Barusic $200 over 20 countries and 18 com- Visit their website for more • Cody Martin $200 petitors with no competitors information: www.shukokai-can- • Valentyna Zolotarova $600 under 3rd Dan. ada.com or to learn more about • Cassy Schouten $400 Bentley jokes, “I brought home Kimura Shukokai Karate and the • Jusleen Virk $200 two trophies: a silver medal and Brentwood Bay dojo. 7th Dan awarded to Norma Foster The highest-ranking female JKF Wadokai karateka Sensei Norma Foster has been award- ed 7th dan by Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-Kai. A student of Hideho Takagi, she is the highest-ranking female JKF Wadokai karateka. Foster was the only one of four candi- dates to pass the grading in Sendai, Japan in October, and the only non-Japanese. She was the first woman in the world to be qualified as an international judge, the first female World Karate Federation refer- Norma Foster (front left) during Dan grading in Sendai, Japan, where ee in the world and the first woman to be she became the highest-ranking female JFK Wadokai karateka. appointed to the WKF Referee Council. 4 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 Ailing McDonagh recognized HONOURING KARATEKAS Hundreds of Isshin “For more than 20 Ryu karate students and years he’s commit- supporters packed coun- ted his life and train- cil chambers October 8 ing to the community as Sensei Tom McDon- and karate,” said Atebe. agh received a special “Karate has been a way recognition award. of life for him, a cul- McDonagh has been ture. He’s inspired so providing a number of many. The youth in our karate-related programs community are better in the district for more off because he chose to than 20 years. He has live in this communi- touched thousands of ty.” young lives, and he’s However, he couldn’t made a difference in have done it alone, the lives of his older Atebe continued. “Every students as well. one of us that contrib- That’s why it was utes to the commu- with bittersweet emo- nity can’t do it alone. tion that Mission coun- We need our famiily to cil presented McDonagh McDonagh with Mission Mayor James Atebe after ceremonies help.” with a certificate of rec- honouring the long-time karate teacher in October. Atebe thanked ognition and apprecia- McDonagh’s wife, chil- tion for the work he has done in this “I know he’s touched many, many dren and grandchildren for “loaning community. Last month McDonagh people in the community,” said Mayor him to us.” was diagnosed with terminal cancer. James Atebe, who led the presentation. Although McDonagh is stepping The news not only sent shockwaves “He’s an inspiration and a leader.” down from instruction, he is passing through the club, but also throughout The district will recognize other on what he has built to his students. the community, as past students gath- leaders in Mission at a ceremony on “Tom’s legacy will go on,” said Atebe ered to honour him earlier this week, October 25, but it couldn’t wait until as he presented McDonagh with the including world champion swimmer then to tell McDonagh how much all coveted award, and the crowd rose to Brent Hayden and world champion the work he’s done means to every- their feet to show him their apprecia- karate competitor Shaun Dhillon. one. tion. – Carol Aun, Mission City Record Rébecca Khoury first The Search Is On for the Chunky woman to head NKA Rébecca Khoury of Montreal is MVC: Most Valuable Coach the new president of the Nation- New partnership brings opportunity for honours al Karate Association (NKA). She is the first woman and first Que- The Coaching Association of Can- recognition for the outstanding work bec resident to hold the position ada (CAC) is thrilled to announce to they do, then go to www.chunky.ca/ as well as the youngest president all those who have taken a National mvc and nominate that coach to be in the association’s history. Coaching Certification Program work- the Chunky MVC. Khoury will combine duties as shop its new partnership with the Get your printable poster with all president of Karate Québec and Campbell‚ Chunky brand. of the details here. Print some off and the national association This partnership kicks-off with the post them in your sports community! ‘’I felt there was a wind of Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach Let your friends, family, teammates, change,’’ said the former high contest in which sport organizations and sport organizations know about performance athlete. ‘’I have a lot can invite their teams and communi- the contest and help CAC and Chunky of support. I’m proud that all four ties to nominate dedicated coaches shine the spotlight on our great coach- members of my team were named who make a real difference. es. Invite them to nominate their most to the board of directors.’’ This campaign is designed to give valuable coach at www.chunky.ca/ ‘’Everything must be redone,’’ and share the recognition great coach- mvc! she continued. ‘’There’s a heavy es deserve. CAC is pleased to have a new lead workload. We also have to pol- Each year, thousands of coaches self- partner in Campbell/Chunky to help ish our international image.’’ The lessly give of themselves to continu- raise awareness on the importance of NKA has 14,000 members across ally improve their team, their sport good coaching. This exciting new pro- the country, almost half from and their community, and Campbell/ gram would not have been possible Quebec. Chunky and CAC want to recognize without CAC‚ long-time partner TSN, Khoury holds a Masters in busi- that effort. who will promote and administer the ness administration from Concor- The winner will receive the Chunky Chunky MVC online contest. dia University. She retired from MVC Tribute Day to be featured on ••• the sport as a competitor in 2002. TSN, among other prizes. For more information, contact: If you know a coach that deserves firstname.lastname@example.org KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 5 Competing at the Pan-Ams in Chile KARATE ON THE MATS ‘I need to go back, I need to win’ By Jusleen Virk The defining moment that ignited my desire and motivated me towards gold, was the disappointment of the recent year’s championship. I lost the chance at gold by a fatal mistake, step- ping out of bounds once too many. Without a doubt I was upset, yet it did not truly consume me until I watched that same girl fight and win in the finals. That is when I realized how close I had been and what my mistake had really cost me. Our team was contemplating on whether we would even attend the Pan American Champion- ships the next year, as there could be other benefi- cial international competitions, but now, this was not an option for me. While packing up in the change room I told Nicole that I needed to come back and I needed to win. If I had ever absolutely set my mind to some- thing, this was it. The entire year of training was very different than before, not only was the intensity soaring, but I was pushing myself harder than ever towards my goal. Training with world champions took the entire dojo to a new level, and drove our bodies to limits we never thought possible. Getting through two to three trainings a day Jusleen Virk (centre) with training partners Andrea and would have proved considerably more difficult if we Cody. did not have the support of our training partners. Andrea and Cody were with me the whole ride. Not only did we tough it out through train- ing together but they helped carry me over various obstacles that I could not have done alone. After arriving in Chile, my weight became a sub- stantial issue and a stress on top of the existing anxi- ety of the tournament. Andrea and Cody were beyond supportive and were by my side throughout the struggle. Stepping off the scale registered was an incredible feeling; my work had almost paid off. Seeing my draws detonated my nerves, I was ner- vous but at the same time excited and ready. I felt as though nothing was missing from this year of prep- aration and the day of the competition was no dif- ferent. Although many issues arose, such as protests delaying my event and the bitterly cold venue, nothing could get in the way. Andrea was, like always, there, to warm me up and maintain my mindset. As soon as my division was called and I saw my opponents a million thoughts were racing through my mind. Doubt was one of them, however it was quickly stomped out, knowing I had many special people behind me, supporting me. From the moment I stepped on the mats to the moment the referee calls yame, my mind was calm. Apart from many other fighters, my strength is my seeming lack of emotion. Sandeep and Nicole remain my strong base while I fight. Any confusion or doubt and I could look and listen to them to clear it. Everything that went on inside me during my final match is a blur. Walking off the mat, embracing my proud friends and coaches, and knowing that I had reached my goal was, and still is, an unexplainable feeling. 6 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 Training, KARATE ON THE MATS competing in Portugal By Dan Wallis Karate followers of Tatsuo Suzuki gathered in Braga, Portugal this past July to train with their sensei for three days and also to compete in the 5th Wado International Karate-do Federa- tion World Championships. Competitors from 27 countries attended this event surpassing even the highly successful World Champi- onships in 2005 in Dallas, Texas. Jeric Ross of Campbell River won a silver medal in kata for the 16/17 divi- sion and placed fifth in kumite. Sam Shaffie from Ontario fought very well and just missed out on a medal in the Open division. At the World Congress meeting Suzuki Sensei began his speech by say- ing, “I’m back from Hell,” referring to the heart attack he suffered three and a half years ago. The recovery he has made is noth- ing short of miraculous as he is back Suzuki Sensei teaching kata: Team Canada members: Sam Shaffie-Ontario, in his karate Gi doing what he loves: Ashely Power-Nova Scotia, Laurel Hache-Nova Scotia, Jeric Ross-BC, Brian passing on the teachings of Ohtsuka Simmons (coach)-BC, Dan Wallis (coach)-BC, Suzuki Sensei (seated) Sensei to followers of Wado Ryu Kara- te. Sensei concluded his speech by say- FAR LEFT: ing that he has no plans to retire: he Silver medal- only wants to keep training. list Jeric Ross What made the trip to Portugal on the podi- extra special for the B.C. participants um in Braga, was that each took a family member Portugal. with him to this World Champion- ships. Jeric was accompanied by his NEAR LEFT: father Barry, Brian Simmons took his Dan Wal- 85-year-old father Geoff, and I took lis and his my youngest daughter, Kaylee. daughter, What times, what memories! We are Kaylee, enjoy looking forward with great enthusiasm the Portu- to the next World Championships, in guese sun- Norway in 2011. shine. 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Executive Direc- strations during the Sixties, only to be struck by a “At the beginning, all senior senseis had a sense has served as an official provincially, nationally, tor, will retire at the end of the year, finishing police officer’s baton in the stomach. of purpose and a sense of working together and and internationally. a career with the provincial association that That strike launched his karate career, first study- cooperation,” he said. “I started to see outside my Positions he has held include: a member of the spans three decades and efforts to forge a pro- ing with Bill Burke (a Hidetaka Nishiyama student) own style and experience other styles of karate and KBC technical committee, KBC president, NKA pres- fessional organization from a concept. in Santa Barbara in 1969. their techniques.” ident, vice-president of the Pan American Karate Johnson, a 1991 inductee into Canada’s Kara- Johnson was also president of the universi- This sense of unity extended beyond the orga- Federation, an executive member of the Pan Ameri- te Hall of Fame, said: “Once we got into Sport ty’s black student union and that was enough to nization in camaraderie. Dojos of different styles can Karate Federation, and an executive member of BC, we were able to see what other organized make him a police target to hassle. Usually, once a would get together for Christmas parties. the World Karate Federation for six years. sports were doing and got ideas from them. We month, he recalls. After a visit to Canada to see an Mentors that Johnson credits for shaping his Since 1980, Johnson has maintained a club in began having organized annual awards banquets alumni friend, he immigrated in 1970 to Vancou- views on karate today include senseis Hidetada Burnaby (where he was inducted into the munic- and awards. We were also able to find other sourc- ver, never looking back. (See Norma Foster’s story Narumi and David Akutagawa. He credits Masami ipality’s sports hall of fame in 2005). He plans to es of funding to help our athletes and programs as on Johnson below). Tsuruoka (known as the father of Canadian kara- continue teaching karate, spend more time with we began seeing what others were doing.” In Canada, he worked with problem youth as a te) with encouraging local senseis to work together his wife Bernice and work, perhaps, in sports con- Originally focused on competition, KBC today childcare worker and later started a landscaping within an association. sulting, part-time. has broadened to include coaches training and cer- business and continued studying karate, making an “Akutagawa was one of the senior senseis who Reflecting on the years, the development of KBC tification, high-performance training for ath- indelible mark. had a deep sense of integrity,” he says. has been a source of pride but also one of challeng- letes, high school credits for teens that partici- He trained with Hidetada Narumi, received Shod- The experience of travelling internationally to es. pate in karate programs, and KidSport, which an in 1973, ascending to Rokyu dan in 2002. Europe and South America as well as the US and “There were some years I enjoyed more than oth- provides funding for children wanting to par- In 1975, 1976, and 1977, he was the Canadi- Canada has given Johnson the opportunity to gain ers,” admits Johnson, especially as pressure groups ticipate in sports. an kumite champion, an era before weight classes insight into how many countries and governments formed and attempted to upset the balance that “We are more professionally run now,” says were established. approach karate today. Johnson felt essential in deriving a fair association. Johnson, adding that this professional struc- In 1980, he coached the Canadian team bound At one time, BC dominated Canadian compe- “The last few years have been pretty good. Over- ture is also the framework for ensuring a fair for Germany. And, in 1984, he won, for the fourth tition, but today Quebec and Ontario lead, main- all, it’s been an interesting experience,” he says. “I and impartial treatment for all members with- time, the title of men’s kumite champion and ly because of provincial policies rewarding medal don’t regret the time I have spent here.” in Karate BC. retired from competition. He remains the only winners. A celebration of James’ career is planned for mid- “What I have tried to do with the organi- individual to hold the title four times, with the last Other South American countries have empha- January. Please call Mike Scales (604-945-9877) or zation is play fair and ensure that it does not victory at the age of 39. sized financial support for sport, rather than recre- e-mail Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bob Howlett play any favorites. Today, we have clear pol- A year later, he began working for KBC as a Pro- ational karate and that has enhanced and shaped (604-970-8048) or e-mail Bob at howlett.richview@ icies that apply to all situations and that we gram Coordinator and in 1986, spent eight months their stature in international competition. telus.net if you would like to speak or make some can rely upon in given situations to ensure (unpaid) as the Executive Director. In B.C. today, Johnson feels that there has been a type of contribution to the evening or if you want fairness.” In 1987, with the help of Mark Stacey, a full-time diversification of karate with only 10-20 per cent of to buy dinner tickets. Ensuring a level playing field has been a paid position was created. It was an exciting time students interested in competing. Making history: Johnson led fight for gender equity in karate By Norma Foster what. kumite competition, referee, coach, tially permanent and negative conse- member of the WKF Gender Equity com- Executive Director would demoralize and One of them was James. The others administrator, stop smoking and start a quences of being a black man fighting for mittee. decimate a weaker spirit. But that is not In 1979 I arrived in Vancouver and were Bino Felix and Masami Tsuruoka. new job. civil rights in 1960’s California – a battle He has been very active in ensuring that James. looked for a Shotokan club. James looked at me rather sardonical- From running his own landscaping that one individual could not win. karate remains included in the BC Winter The contributions that James has made None was listed in the phone book, ly and my image promptly changed from company, he became the first Executive To me, this is the essence of James. Games, in having karate recognized by to the growth and development of karate except for one that mentioned Shoto Ryu the “nice” person on the phone to this Director of Karate BC. He also became He believes in a cause, and then he will the BC Sport Hall of Fame and the Burna- in BC, Canada and the world, should be and the contact person was called Hide scary, disconcerting individual who nod- NKA President. fight and stake his life on it. by Sport Hall of Fame, in establishing pol- recognized and appreciated. Narumi. However, the number did not ded from a cloud of smoke. He was inducted into the NKA Hall of The opposite is also true, as he has lit- icies and procedures that affect and pro- Many have tried to minimize, ignore seem to work. That impression persisted for a long Fame and received the prestigious Ross tle time for illusions. One could say that tect us all. or make light of those contributions and I then called another Japanese name in time as I met Mike Scales at that event Rumbell President’s award for lifetime James does not deal in shades of grey, He has devoted countless hours to seek- achievements, and appreciation has not the phone book, and Mr. Akira Sato gave and learned that it was not necessary to contribution to the development of kara- even though such ability could be consid- ing funding and sponsorship opportuni- always been forthcoming. me a phone number for James Johnson. go from the West End to White Rock for te in Canada. ered a requirement for a successful admin- ties for Karate BC recreational members, However, the facts are undeniable and I talked to a soft spoken, polite and training, I only had to go to Burnaby. As NKA president, he accomplished istrator. coaches, instructors and athletes and Karate BC remains one of the best dem- helpful person on the phone and formed By 1983 I was beginning to make some many changes, one of which established James was president of the NKA dur- ensuring that such sources will endure. ocratic karate models in Canada, in great an image based on that conversation. small successes in competition and was the National dan ranking process pav- ing 1990 when I was told that women For example, James was responsible for part thanks to the efforts of one man to I ended up going to White Rock to invited to join the Provincial, and subse- ing the way for people outside the major could not judge men in WKF competition having karate athletes carded by the fed- fight for what he strongly believed in – study with Mr. Tak Sameshima, who sug- quently the National team. styles of karate to join the NKA. because it was “against the rules.” He did eral government and certainly, Karate BC the value of karate to change a life forever gested I attend a course with a clinic given James was reaching the end of his com- He served as the Canadian delegate to not hesitate to challenge the WKF Refer- athletes have personally benefited from - for the better. by Mr. Masami Tsuruoka – someone I had petitive career at that time and I came to the WKF and PKF and was much respect- ee Council to find this so-called rule, and this. never heard of. know him better. I got to know the chip ed by those organizations, which in turn the rest is history. He established the first Karate BC mar- ••• Upon entering a hall full of men for on his shoulder, the insecurities with increased their respect for Canada. Thanks to him, Canada is perceived as keting plan and countless other strategies the course, acrid smoke drifted out from which he wrestles, the beliefs that he During those times, James showed that a model of gender equity by the rest of for growth and set directions that could a small room off the training area. I was holds close to his heart and his nature, he was not afraid to defend a viewpoint the world. He has also supported other often be completely neutralized by the – Norma Foster is a member of the World introduced to three men who were enjoy- rather than the façade. to the death, or to expose a lie. women in terms of officiating, coach- wrong board of volunteers. Karate Federation referee council and the first ing cigarettes while drinking who knew I watched him retire, undefeated from He came to Canada to escape the poten- ing and funding and currently serves as a Thus, one could posit that the job of woman to become an international referee. 8 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 9 Panamanian judge proves he’s worthy ACHIEVEMENTS IN KARATE By Norma Foster truncated just below the elbow. As time marched on he became I first met Jaime Cardenos of immersed in karate and is pres- the Panama Karate Federation at ently 3rd Dan in Shotokan. the PKF Referee Course in Cara- He started officiating in 2002 cas, Venezuela, May 2008. and attended his first internation- He was already a certified Cen- al course in Honduras, where Mr. tral American Referee A and a PKF Katsutaka Tanaka of Anchorage, Kumite Judge C. He was attempt- Alaska encouraged him to show ing an upgrade to Judge B. that his ability to judge competi- The examiners evidently con- tion was just the same as – or bet- sidered that he was worthy of ter than – anyone else’s. an upgrade, having shown with- He became interested in refer- out a doubt that he could make eeing because he enjoys tourna- good decisions with a fast reac- ments, and has received much tion time. positive encouragement from Mr. Being in the same ring as Jaime Tanaka as well as Mr. Javier Man- for three days provided ample tilla, PKF Referee Council Chair, opportunity to confirm that the both of who Jaime holds in high examiners were correct. regard for their willingness to What makes Jaime so interest- give him a chance. ing is that he judges international His advice for the able-bodied? competitions single-handedly. Teach handicapped people all That’s right. aspects of karate just like every- He uses one hand to manip- one else. ulate both the red and the blue His advice for the handicapped? flag for all gestures. Avoid developing an inferiori- Jaime started karate in 1984 Jaime Cardenos of Panama was successful ty complex based on a disability for reasons of self-discipline and in achieving his PKF Kumite Judge B rating, and follow your dreams. to learn how to defend himself, proving that karate is for everyone with tal- Sage advice for all of us since he was born with a left arm ent, drive and desire. indeed. James Johnson in photos A photo or two from James Johnson’s long career as both a competitor and leader in karate, includ- ing (far left) a rare shot of a green-belted James from a few years back. 10 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 Kanazawa BUILDING KARATE seminar July 4, 5, and 6 in Nanaimo by Linda Deugau, Nanaimo Shotokan Karate-Do Nanaimo Shotokan Karate-Do and Sho- toCanada hosted Kancho Kanazawa, 10th Dan, and his son, Nobuaki Sensei, 6th Dan for a weekend seminar July 4 to 6. This was the first time in over 30 years Kancho had taught in western Canada. Kancho and Nobuaki arrived on Mon- day, June 30th and were guests of Sam McGee, the founding Sensei of Nanaimo Shotokan Karate-Do and his wife, Inge on Gabriola Island. Sam and Kancho have been friends for over 30 years and first met in Germany when Sam was stationed there with the armed forces. Kancho and Nobuaki settled in very quickly on Gabriola Island, and spent some time discovering the island where they enjoyed the wildlife, and especially the eagles and deer, a great deal. Sam and Sensei Nairn Semple also took them sightseeing during the week to Butchart Gardens and to see the incredi- ble trees at Cathedral Grove. They were well rested for instructing the weekend seminar. The seminar included 100 karatekas (almost all Shotokan stylists) from Van- couver Island, all over B.C., and as far away as Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. It was fascinating to see Kancho and his son work together teaching, as they seemed to be able to sense each other’s needs at all times. Friday night consisted of two hours of training; Saturday and Sunday each had four hours of instruction. There was a good balance of kihon, kata, and kumite, and everyone enjoyed each and every minute. This was the opportunity of a lifetime for many of the participants to train with a living legend of the karate world. Saturday night, Sandan Doug Rathy and his wife Ruth hosted a BBQ at their home. Many seminar participants took the opportunity to enjoy the social time, and have some one-on-one conversation with Kancho and Nobuaki Sensei. During the evening, Sensei Nairn Sem- ple presented gifts of a carved and paint- ed First Nations Talking Stick to Kancho, and a carved and painted plaque of a Kill- er Whale to Nobuaki. Over the course of the weekend partici- pants took many photographs and some video. There was also time set aside for autographs as well. Kancho and Nobua- ki were more than accommodating and From left, Nobuaki Kanazawa, 6th dan; Doug Rathy, 3rd dan; Sam stayed until the last book, photo, or McGee, 4th dan; Kancho Kanazawa, 10th dan; and Nairn Semple, 5th T-shirt was signed. dan. KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 11 12 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 IKGA North America Seminar 2008 KARATE-KAS IN ACTION By Donna Gardecki the class) and a demonstra- tion from members of the This past summer, West University of Alberta’s dojo Coast Gojukai, in conjuc- and Edmonton’s Women’s tion with the Internation- dojo. al Karatedo Gojukai Asso- A second demo was from ciation (IKGA) of Canada, Yamaguchi Shihan, Yamada hosted the North America Shihan and myself (eek..). I Seminar 2008. wasn’t sure I was going to Goshi Yamaguchi Shi- pull that one off. However, han (8th dan) was our spe- with a lot of help, I man- cial guest instructor along aged. with his assistant Shigeki The seminar formally Yamada Shihan (7th dan). ended with the banquet Yamaguchi Shihan is the dinner on Sunday night president of the IKGA.Also with presentations for all assisting with instruction those passing their exam was Canada’s Shibucho, and food enough for every- John Priegert Shihan and one. from the USA, Ian McGar- There were 98 people at rity Shihan. the banquet – a wonderful Friday morning started group of people!! early with the instructor All went very well and we class at my dojo in Coquti- have many people to thank lam – West Coast Gojukai. for their endless support Twenty IKGA instructors and words of encourage- were in attendance and we ment, especially the many were able to train hard for members of West Coast three hours (in the heat). Gojukai who helped with How we all fit into that this event. small space I am not sure Thank you to Yukiko Sen- but everyone seemed to be sei from Calgary for her sup- aware of where everyone Participants in the workshop got a good workout, and a port with translations, Rob else’s feet were going and chance to relax and enjoy the company of Goshi Yamagu- Richardson Sensei for his no one got injured. chi Shihan, as well. work on the beautiful pro- Yamaguchi Shihan said gram, Priegert Shihan and the the space was “just right.” at the last minute – doesn’t it? his dojo for the wonderful cloth bags, Lunch was delivered, courtesy of Training during the weekend was Ron’s Auto in Yellowknife for the pens, West Coast Gojukai. Meetings in the fabulously hot and wonderful. The West Coast Gojukai for the instructor’s afternoon took us to 3:30 p.m. It was grading on Saturday night was long class lunch, and junior karateka, Dun- quite a rush to get to SFU with all the (5:15 – 10:00 p.m.), hot and probably can and Calum Scott, for the pipes and registration stuff for 5:00 p.m. Friday stressful for most. I was so tired and drums performance just prior to the night. However, with help, we man- full of camp “stuff” that the exam was opening class. aged. a welcome relief. Yamaguchi Shihan and Yamada Shi- Thanks to some helpful colored belts, I didn’t have to think, just to work han had a nice three days of resting, Master Gogen Yamaguchi (whose pic- hard and spill my technique onto the sight-seeing and shopping after the ture I forgot at the dojo) made it to the mat (ok, a couple of stressful bits). seminar and left happy (I think) and training just in time to sit at Shomen The training weekend ended with rested (I hope). where he always is. the open class (thanks to all of you Overall, it was a great event – one of “Stuff” just always seems to happen Karate BC members who came to enjoy the highlights of my karate life so far. Gold, bronze medals from Junior Pan-Ams Results of the Junior Pan American in the 16/17 boys -61kg division. He BC has won in kumite in the history Championships in Chile: won 4 matches, and lost a very close of the Junior Pan Ams, and the first Josephine Shiu won a bronze match against Venezuala in the semi- in ten years. medal in the 14/15 girls kata divi- final. Congratulations, Jusleen. sion. Jusleen Virk won a gold medal in Andrea Maikawa, Reuben James, She won several tough matches the 16/17 girls -48kg division. Victoria Barusic, Valentina Zolotoro- before losing a close one to Peru in She needed 4 matches to win the va, Aishah Muhommad and Desmen the semi-final. gold, including an overtime match Jaldbert also did a great job represent- She did an excellent job in the against Chile and a very close match ing BC and Canada at this event. repecharge. against Ecuador in the final. Cody Martin won a bronze medal This is only the second gold medal – Sandeep Gill KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 13 KARATE ON THE MATS My Winter Games experience Representing Zone 5 eru Karate) and me. remember; it was only fitting that and West River Karate For team Kumite my teammates were Thien and Paulo. We were all we split gold in Kata and Kumite. Even though we have fought fiercely By Avneet Matharu pumped up like we had an over-dos- with one another, our friendship has age of Red Bull or something. I was strengthened with respect for each From the moment we participat- first up at bat. None of my fights last- other’s abilities. I am proud to have ed in the opening ceremonies to the ed over 30 seconds. During one of competed against and with Thien. moment we marched through the my fights, my opponent took a cheap I cannot forget our third mem- Gym door, I knew this tournament shot at me and after the referee said ber of West River. Even though I was was definitely unlike any other Satur- yame (stop/end) I kicked him. Man focused with the tasks at hand I could day tournament I have ever attended. that was the best feeling ever! hear that Victoria Barusic (West River We came in representing Zone 5, Thien made mincemeat out of his Karate) was doing great in her ring yet my heart and soul was West River opponent. We only needed two wins with her Kata and Kumite matches. Karate. to advance and we did it. Paulo stood She had a few great battles and came The drive and fire in me was on the sidelines taking notes. up on top as well. building up. I had a volcano in my We won the Team Kumite and we The three of us put on School of stomach ready to erupt and at that were on our way to the finals. Ush- Karate Excellence for everyone to moment I was starving for that elu- aaaay!!! see and admire. We each took home sive gold medal at the palm of my My opponent for gold was none three medals and it really felt great. hands. other then Thien. We are from the It was a great experience from the It was quite an experience staying same Dojo. This was going to be the moment I was on the bus to the time with Zone 6 and the coaches. We had battle. we left. It was an experience I will a lot of laughs and a lot of fun; like It was the kata finals and it was never forget and am proud to have we had our fair share of pranks and between Thien and me. Thien did shared it with Thien and Victoria. had pranks being pulled on us. But Niseishi I want to thank Sensei Kenny, Sem- Zone 5 dominated the pranks. Feeling super confident I did my pai Cindy, Sempai Andrew, Thien, It was obvious that the best of bread and butter Matsumura Rohai. It and Victoria, and the parents who each zone came together to compete was not enough as Thien took gold. came and cheered us on. for that gold medal, and I knew that During the Kata finals you could I could hear Randy (Thien’s Dad) some of them were going to give 110 hear a pin drop, with only one ring and my dad (Paul) cheering on Thien per cent, but I was determined to give for both the boys and girls. It was and me together when we were not a lot more than the others. very eerie. competing against one another. In my first round of Kata, it was It was a daring match between Thien and I cheered one another a smooth sail but as I advanced it Paulo and me. We were both very on as well. We all cheered Victoria. became more difficult. My three Kata aggressive and I took the gold medal. I am grateful to have experienced choices were Wankan, Matsumura Team Kumite was the best of all. the BC Winter Games with all my Rohai, and Juroku. We must have been the smallest team friends and family. I went through eight rounds of kata there and the Island had their giants. I am proud to have represented and I was in the Kata finals. It came We won every round. In one match West River Karate and Zone 5, and down to the two best for gold. Thien my opponent poked me in the eye showed the rest of BC that we are the Nguyen (West River Karate) and I and I got mad but ended up winning. Best of the Best. …. On to the Nation- would go for gold on Sunday It is true that the taller they are the als. After the Kata round was over I was harder they fall. changed and geared up for Kumite. I To the surprise of everyone we took (Avneet Matharu is the 2008 BC Win- walked over to Sensei Kenny Lim and the gold. ter Games Kumite Champion and the he gave me the pep talk of my life. Thien and I have always split 2008 12-13 Wado-Ryu World Champi- “Avneet you can do it, I know you first and second for as long as I can onships Bronze Medalist.) can. Just listen and don’t do anything stupid.” I listened (for the first time). I took my first fight too easy, my fighting was very crappy for the first minute, then I literally kicked it into overdrive and after that I was unstop- pable. With Sensei Kenny and Sempai Cindy yelling at me, I was working like a well-oiled machine. Most of my opponents were my size but man, some of them were huge! I was not intimidated by their size and they fell one by one. One of my hardest matches was between Thien because he knew most of my moves. Instead of fighting aggressive I fought smart. The match could not have been closer at 8-6. I won and I was moving on to the Vancouver Island referees were out en masse for the Victoria Interna- finals between Paulo Santillian (Kim- tional Karate Tournament. 14 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 A new executive director for KBC value to individual members and clubs how we best can tailor our programs to I invite all Karate BC members to for belonging to Karate BC. Bob is meet these needs. embrace this transition period with interested in helping clubs look closely Bob and James will be working the spirit of goodwill, openness and at how to operate their clubs for a prof- together in January: Bob as Execu- growth, and to make sure you intro- it as well as look carefully at today’s tive Director and James as consultant duce yourself to our new Executive market and how Karate BC clubs can to Karate BC to ensure a smooth tran- Director and make him welcome. occupy a greater share of this market. sition as Robert needs to get acquaint- He has exciting ideas relating to the ed with the provincial sport system in Respectfully yours, needs of today’s youth and adults and British Columbia. Dan Wallis NCCP Course Schedule Competition - Introduction Part A Modules Included in this package - Make Ethical Decisions, Planning a Practice and Nutrition **If you are required by your sport to take only specific multi-sport modules and not the full Part A or B package, please contact the CABC to request module specific courses in your area. Jan 9, 10, 2009 Vancouver Field Hockey BC (open to all sports) (604) 737-3145 Jan 10, 11, 2009 Vancouver Langara College (604) 323-5322 Jan 17, 18, 2009 Surrey Tong Louie YMCA (604) 575-9622 Jan 30, 31, 2009 Kelowna Pacific Sport-Okanagan (250) 469-8852 Jan 30, 31, 2009 Penticton Pacific Sport-Okanagan (250) 469-8852 Feb 7, 8, 2009 Kamloops Pacific Sport-Interior (250) 828-3583 Feb 7, 8, 2009 Victoria Pearkes Recreation Centre (250) 475-5400 Feb 13, 14, 2009 New Westminster Douglas College (604) 527-5472 Feb 27, 28, 2009 Kelowna Pacific Sport-Okanagan (250) 469-8852 Mar 7, 8, 2009 Vancouver Langara College (604) 323-5322 Mar 21, 22, 2009 Surrey Tong Louie YMCA (604) 575-9622 Mar 27, 28, 2009 Prince George Pacific Sport-Northern BC (250) 960-5348 Apr 17, 18, 2009 New Westminster Douglas College (604) 527-5472 Apr 18, 19, 2009 Vancouver Langara College (604) 323-5322 May 2, 3, 2009 Victoria Pearkes Recreation Centre (250) 475-5400 May 30, 31, 2009 Surrey Tong Louie YMCA (604) 575-9622 Jun 12, 13, 2009 New Westminster Douglas College (604) 527-5472 Competition - Introduction Part B Modules Included in this package - Design a Basic Sport Program, Teaching and Learning and Basic Mental Skills **If you are required by your sport to take only specific multi-sport modules and not the full Part A or B package, please contact the CABC to request module specific courses in your area. Jan 10, 11, 2009 Vancouver Field Hockey BC (open to all sports) (604) 737-3145 Jan 17, 18, 2009 Vancouver Langara College (604) 323-5322 Jan 31, Feb 1, 2009 Surrey Tong Louie YMCA (604) 575-9622 Feb 13, 14, 2009 New Westminster Douglas College (604) 527-5472 Feb 28, Mar 1, 2009 Kelowna Pacific Sport-Okanagan (250) 469-8852 Mar 7, 8, 2009 Kamloops Pacific Sport-Interior (250) 828-3583 Mar 7, 8, 2009 Victoria Pearkes Recreation Centre (250) 475-5400 Mar 14, 15, 2009 Vancouver Langara College (604) 323-5322 Apr 4, 5, 2009 Surrey Tong Louie YMCA (604) 575-9622 Apr 17, 18, 2009 New Westminster Douglas College (604) 527-5472 Apr 25, 26, 2009 Vancouver Langara College (604) 323-5322 May 1, 2, 2009 Prince George Pacific Sport-Northern BC (250) 960-5348 May 30, 31, 2009 Victoria Pearkes Recreation Centre (250) 475-5400 Jun 12, 13, 2009 New Westminster Douglas College (604) 527-5472 Jun 13, 14, 2009 Surrey Tong Louie YMCA (604) 575-9622 Theory Level 3 Jan 17, 24, 31 & Feb 7, 2009 Abbotsford PacificSport - Fraser Valley (604) 557-4019 KARATE BC NEWS, WINTER 2008 15 The KARATE BC NEWSLETTER is printed and published by Infigo Imaging, 150-3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond, B.C. V7B 0A2 CANADIAN PUBLICATIONS MAIL SALES AGREEMENT #40063490 Canada Post: Please return undeliverable pieces to: #225-3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC V7B 0A2 Calendar of Events 2009 Jan 11 Zone 5 Karate BC Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, Andreas Kuntze @ 604-321-1815 Provincial Qualifier North Vancouver, BC Jan 17 Shito-Ryu Seiko-Kai English Bay, Vancouver, BC: Andreas Kuntze @ 604-321-1815 39th Annual Beach Practice 12 noon to 1:00 pm Jan 18 Zone 6 Training Session & TBA Jacquie Smith Officials/Scorekeeping Clinic Jan 18 Zone 3 Karate BC Rick Hansen Secondary School Gym, Donna Gardecki @ 604-936-9067 Provincial Qualifier 31150 Blueridge Dr, Abbotsford, BC Feb 7 Sato Cup 2009 BCIT, 3700 Willingdon, Burnaby, BC Andreas Kuntze @ 604-321-1815 Feb 21 Zone 4 Karate BC Burnsview Secondary School, Bob Mooney @ 604-525-0480 Provincial Qualifier 7658 - 112th Street, Delta, BC Feb 28 Zone 6 Karate BC Carihi Secondary School, Dan Wallis @ 250-923-3916 Provincial Qualifier 350 Dogwood St, Campbell River, BC March 7 Zone 2 Karate BC Immaculata Regional High School, Elizabeth Wijnstra @ 250-765-5853 Provincial Qualifier 1493 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC March 7 36th Steveston Invitational Steveston Martial Arts Centre, Takeshi Uchiage @ 604-272-4660 Karate Tournament Richmond, BC May 9 - 10 2009 Karate BC BC Institute of Technology, James Johnson @ 604-333-3610 Provincial Championships 3700 Willingdon, Burnaby, BC Aug 5 - 6 2009 World Police and Fire Games Bill Copeland Arena, Burnaby, BC James Johnson @ 604-333-3610 Karate Competition Karate on IOC Please note our new address short list again Karate has been once again selected on the short list of the International Olym- pic Committee and, along with four other sports, it will be examined by the IOC Exec- utive Board for inclusion in the Olympic Programme. The IOC session that will take place in Copenhagen in October 2009 will review the Olympic Games Programme and will decide on the inclusion of new sports. Karate BC The IOC Sports Director, Mr. Christophe Dubi, has sent a letter to the WKF President, #225 - 3820 Cessna Drive Mr. Espinos, congratulating him for the tre- Richmond, BC mendous work accomplished in complet- V7B 0A2 ing the relevant questionnaire for IOC Rec- Telephone: 604-333-3610; Fax: 604-333-3612 ognised International Federations.