Students practice karate at the Aldergrove Yoshukai Karate Program. Courtesy Township of Langley

Kinsmen karate teaches mental and physical strength

The Aldergrove Yoshukai Karate Program offers classes for all ages.

In Aldergrove, athletes can strengthen their defence and confidence at the Aldergrove Yoshukai Karate Program.

“We strive to foster and develop ‘life champions’ through the teachings of traditional karate principles and values,” said Sensei Mark Hepburn of Yoshukai International Karate. “Vigorous physical training along with the traditional values help to improve self-confidence, focus, and positive character development for a brighter, better, and stronger future.”

Since 2009, Yoshukai International Karate has been teaching the benefits of karate through a school (dojo) at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 – 29 Avenue. Taught by head instructor Sensei Troy Chaffee, Aldergrove’s Yoshukai International Karate School offers classes from Tiny Tigers (ages 7-9 years) and Juniors (ages 10-13 years) all the way to Adult, for those aged 14 years and older.

Karate classes started at the Kinsmen Centre in 2009 under the direction of Sensei Andrew Vogt, as a satellite school to Yoshukai International Karate’s home dojo. Located in Cloverdale, the home dojo recently celebrated 25 years of serving Langley, Cloverdale, and Surrey.

Both Chaffee and Vogt are black belts from the main dojo and have actively continued their own training with chief instructor Hepburn, sixth degree black belt (rokudan) of Yoshukai International Karate.

Since becoming the Aldergrove location’s head instructor in February of 2017, Chaffee has been supporting students in their study of traditional karate techniques, forms or patterns known as kata, sparring (kumite), and self-defence.

“Student safety is paramount,” said Sensei Hepburn, noting that classes are conducted in a safe and structured environment where head contact is not permitted. “This is an atmosphere that stresses mental strength and rewards you from within.”

Yoshukai International Karate School classes at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre are presented in partnership with the Township of Langley and run throughout the year, then close for summer break in July and August. Register in person at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre, call 604.857.4299, or go online at RecExpress.ca.

For more information on Aldergrove’s Yoshukai International Karate School, contact Sensei Troy Chaffee at aldergrove.yoshukaikarate@shaw.ca.

For more information on the school’s karate style and history, visit YoshukaiInternationalKarate.com.

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