Martial Arts Training Festival Weekend to Support Local Food Bank

Published on: 2020/02/14 - in Releases

RELEASE — Celebrating its 25th Anniversary event, Tallack Martial Arts will be hosting their annual Winter Training Festival weekend, February 15th & 16th at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront. This weekend will feature over 150 participants from across Canada attending two days of seminars taught by multiple master instructors of Martial Arts.

A banquet dinner and award ceremony on the Saturday evening will provide special awards and recognition for some in attendance, as well as provide entertainment from demonstrations and live entertainment. The final event on the Sunday afternoon will feature students testing for various ranks of Black Belt mastery as well as the collective Canadian delegation’s demonstration to be performed in Kyoto, Japan during 5th World Martial Arts Festival in April 2020.

Saturday morning kicks off with a youth event for all Tallack Dojo youth members and all members of the Tallack’s Karate Kids Program, hosted at 23 local Kingston and area elementary schools. This event is directly in support of the Kingston partners in mission Foodbank. Admission is by non-perishable food or monetary donation to the Kingston Foodbank.

Deputy Mayor Simon Chapelle will welcome everyone during our opening ceremony Saturday afternoon where it will be the start of two days of seminars led by over 30 instructors of various disciplines of Martial Arts. Some local including Kingston’s Hanshi Ken Tallack who was the FIRST Martial Artist recently inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, as well as across Canada, including Kyoshi Richard Mark, arriving from Victoria, British Columbia. Multiple instructors from Ontario and Quebec will also be in attendance.

Saturday evening will host a formal dinner and banquet to recognize some of the wonderful students and instructors in attendance, as well as celebrating and commemorating this special anniversary. Local artisans including Joanne Gervais, Jolanda Noble, and Tim Conboy will be providing special Kingston-made gifts and awards for some in attendance.

Sunday morning will feature the remainder of the 52 instructional blocks held over the weekend, with other instructors such as Hanshi Alex Atkinson, member of the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame, and Sifu Robin Young who are both attending from the GTA.

Sunday afternoon will end the weekend of festivities as some students will have the opportunity to present for various rankings of Black Belt Mastery in front of a grading panel of the instructors in attendance. This will also be the last time that this group of Canadian students will all be in once place again until they reconvene to demonstrate again in Kyoto, Japan for the 5th World Butokusai in April.

Raffle and silent auction tables will also be featured throughout the weekend with many items graciously donated by local businesses and citizens in support of the weekend’s fundraising efforts to these two great local causes. Special commemorative booklets, t-shirts, and more will also be on sale for participants to purchase in support of our fundraising efforts.

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