April 28, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Local karate fans and competitors descended on Camosun College’s PISE gymnasium Saturday to take part in the 8th Annual Victoria Karate Cup. With smile’s on the competitor’s faces and cheer’s from the spectators in attendance, it is evident that this year’s tournament was another huge success for tournament organizer Greg Turnbull.
This year’s tournament, the largest to date, saw competitors from around the province and as far away as Puerto Rico and Japan converge on the Camosun campus for the day-long event to test their martial arts skills in what could only be described a spirited, intense,yet friendly day of competition between those like-minded in the karate community.
The tournament, co-hosted by Hanshi (master) Masanobu Kikukawa (9th dan black belt), and locally by Shihan Greg Turnbull of Turnbull’s House of Martial Arts and Yoshukai Canada, drew it’s largest competition to date as an estimated 150 + competitors of all ages and martial arts disciplines lined up to register early Saturday morning all with hopeful intentions, vying for gold medal honors in kata (forms), kumite (sparring), and kobudo (weaponry).
The host style, Yoshukai Karate, derives its influence from Chito-Ryu Karate-do and Shotokan as was created by the late Grand Master Katsuoh Yamamoto, who passed away February 2017. The style, recognized as a true martial art in 1963, is now trained around the world.
ISN photographer Erich Eichhorn spent the day at the tournament and has brought us this snap shot of the the day’s action.