Dojo Duels 3 – Kata Tournament

DOJO DUELS 3 – KATA TOURNAMENT
The club recently held it’s third Dojo Duels Tournament on March 1st at the Moncton Boys and Girls Club. What a great afternoon spent among friends and family. A total of 48 competitors from our various dojos competed and showcased their skills. Everyone was entertained and amazed as they watched special demonstrations by Chrysat Allogho Ondo with his speed, strength and stamina; Sensei Johnny’s kata and board breaking talents; and last but not least, Sensei Ron Cormier and Danny Dutcher’s self defense moves.
Results:
CHILDREN- WHITE TO ORANGE BELT
1. Jacob Ward (Moncton)
2. Alexandre Allard (Moncton)
3. Jacob Poirier (Memramcook)
CHILDREN- ORANGE STRIPE TO BLUE STRIPE
1. Alexander LeBlanc (Dieppe)
2. Aden de Grace (Dieppe)
3. France Landry (Memramcook)
CHILDREN- YELLOW – GREEN BELT
1. Alyssa LeBlanc (Cocagne)
2. Jérémie Hébert (Memramcook)
3. Shaun Moore (Cocagne)
ADULTS- WHITE TO ORANGE STRIPE
1. Victor Duplessis (Cocagne)
2. Guy LeBlanc (Dieppe)
3. Kamil Bouhamdani (Moncton)
ADULTS- BLUE TO YELLOW BELT
1. Danny Dutcher (Cocagne)
2. Carron Moore (Cocagne)
3. Jason Greene (Memramcook)
GRANDS CHAMPIONS
1. Alyssa LeBlanc (Cocagne)
2. Victor Duplessis (Cocagne)

Vancouver Cup 2013

«Le talent et le don ne sont rien si on ne sait pas comment s’en servir.»

Lorsque j’ai commencé à m’entraîner avec Sensei Johnny Leblanc à Moncton, j’avais peut-être du talent et potentiel mais il faut dire que je ne savais pas quoi en faire ni comment les utiliser comme il faut. Au bout de quelques mois je me sentais prêt et mon premier teste fut ma première participation à la compétition de karaté Vancouver Cup Kyokushin en 2011 à Vancouver organisée par Sensei Tats Nakamura qui l’une des compétions les plus prestigieuses au Canada, mais cela ne fut pas une très grande réussite car j’en avais encore beaucoup à apprendre. Les mois qui suivaient me poussaient à m’entraîner encore plus dur et aller sur de nouvelles bases avec les enseignements de Sensei Johnny qui ne cessait de me donner les armes qu’il faut et comment les utiliser puis par la même occasion améliorer mes points forts et renforcer mes faiblesses. Après plusieurs mois d’entraînements je retournais de nouveau pour la Vancouver Cup 2012 où je suis monté d’un cran même si j’ai perdu en final contre le québécois Julien Marquette (champion en 2008 poids léger), j’arrivais donc en 2nd place par rapport à ma première participation. Les entraînements se poursuivaient très bien avec Sensei Johnny et de mon coté je me sentais plus confiant et plus fort, je commençais à mieux utiliser mon potentiel puis arriva la Vancouver Cup 2013 un de mes rendez-vous les plus attendu de l’année, ayant gagné en force, technique et puissance j’étais assuré que tout allait bien se passer et j’ai fini cette fois en 1ère position kumite (combat) en battant le champion coréen poids léger par TKO. De nombreuses choses restent encore à perfectionner afin d’être meilleur combattant et les entraînements continueront de plus bels dans le but d’être prêt pour de nouvelles compétitions. Osu!! Joyeuses fêtes à tous!

INTERDOJO CHALLENGE III Kumite

 

INTERDOJO CHALLENGE III

Sensei Johnny LeBlanc held his 3rd annual  Interdojo Challenge recently, allowing a little friendly rivalry between the different dojos.  We had a great turnout for both the kata tournament (held April 28, 2013) and the Kumite tournament (held May 26, 2013). Thank you to all who came out and supported us and the competitors.

 

KUMITE TOURNAMENT RESULTS (MAY 26, 2013)

Non- Contact division

1st. Isabelle Saulnier ( Memramcook )

2nd. Jessie Potvin ( Dieppe )

3rd. Gabriel Legresley ( Cocagne )

4th . Connor Gaudet ( Dieppe )

 

 Girls Light- Middle Weight  division

1st. Alexia Daigle ( Cocagne )

2nd. Madison Chipper ( Dieppe )

3rd . Sophie Daigle ( Dieppe )

4th. Eve Arsenau ( Moncton )

 

 Girls Middle-Heavy Weight  division

1st. France Landry ( Memramcook )

2nd. Amelie Galant ( Cocagne )

3rd. Kayla Dutcher ( Cocagne )

4th . Sabrina Husain ( Dieppe )

 

 

Boys Light Weight division

1st. Aden De Grace ( Dieppe )

2nd. Nicholas Frenette ( Dieppe )

3rd. Michael Breau ( Dieppe )

4th. Alexander LeBlanc ( Dieppe )

 

 Boys Elite- Light Weight division

1st. Marco Allain ( Moncton )

2nd. Cedric Greene ( Memramcook )

3rd. Yannick Robichaud ( Cocagne )

4th. Brandon Cormier ( Cocagne )

 

Boys Middle Weight division

1st. Benjamin Roy ( Dieppe )

2nd. Anthonie Breau ( Dieppe )

3rd. Ryan Courtney ( Moncton )

4th. Alex Hamel ( Dieppe ) , Cedric Raymond ( Memramcook ).

 

Boys Heavy Weight division

1st. Johan Kjolbro ( Moncton )

2nd. Shaun Moore ( Cocagne )

3rd. Jeremie Hebert ( Memramcook )

4th. Denis Gaudet ( Dieppe )

 

Junior Boys  Open division

1st. Maxxime Lajeunesse ( Dieppe )

2nd. Clement Galant ( Cocagne )

3rd. Curtis Paquette ( Moncton )

 

Mens Light- Middle Weight division

1st. Rejean Allain ( Moncton )

2nd. Martin Gaudet ( Memramcook )

3rd. Denis Daigle ( Dieppe )

4th. Guy LeBlanc ( Dieppe )

 

 Mens Middle-Heavy Weight division

1st. Jeremie Gaudet ( Cocagne )

2nd. Jason Greene ( Memramcook )

3rd. Nolan Bourgeois ( Memramcook )

4th. Rick Brantnall ( Moncton )

 

Kids Fighting Spirit Award

Nicholas Frenette  ( Dieppe )

 

Mens Fighting Spirit Award

Martin Gaudet  ( Memramcook )

INTERDOJO CHALLENGE III Kata

INTERDOJO CHALLENGE III

Sensei Johnny LeBlanc held his 3rd annual  Interdojo Challenge recently, allowing a little friendly rivalry between the different dojos.  We had a great turnout for both the kata tournament (held April 28, 2013) and the Kumite tournament (held May 26, 2013). Thank you to all who came out and supported us and the competitors.

 

KATA TOURNAMENT RESULTS (MAY 28, 2013)

Children (11 & under)  White Belt – Orange with stripe

1st. Aden de Grace ( Dieppe )

2nd. Antonie Breau ( Dieppe)

3rd. Zachary Breau (Cocagne )

4th. Tatiana Samuel ( Dieppe )

5th. Jessie Potvin ( Dieppe )

 

Children (11 & under)  Blue Belt – Yellow with stripe

1st.  Denis Gaudet ( Dieppe )

2nd. Jérémie Hebert ( Memramcook )

3rd.  Alyssa LeBlanc ( Cocagne )

4th.  Marco Allain ( Moncton )

5th. Stephanie Babineau ( Moncton )

 

Adult (12 years +)

1st.  Maxime Lajeunesse( Dieppe )

2nd. Denis Daigle ( Dieppe )

3rd.  Danny Dutcher ( Cocagne )

4th.  Guy LeBlanc ( Dieppe )

5th. Jason Greene ( Memramcook )

 

Grand Champion

Maxime Lajeunesse ( Dieppe )

25th Fighting Spirit 2013

 

The 25th anniversary Fighting Spirit tournament was successfully held in Montreal, Quebec. The event, which is organized by Shihan Andre Gilbert and his affiliated dojos, has given great opportunities to Canadian and international fighters over the quarter century. Ten years have passed for us since we first participated in 2003. During that period of time, several VKK fighters earned valuable experiences from this event to step up to the World Tournament.

One of them is Sempai Johnny Leblanc, who now lives in New Brunswick and actively runs his own dojos there. Days of tournament fighting for himself might have passed. He now focuses on passing his knowledge to next Kyokushin generation. Since about three years ago, A few of his students have risen at the tournament circuit in Canada, and distinguished themselves as fighters with high potential abilities. Chrysat Allogho is a leading fighter of the group.

Originated from Gabon, Africa, Chrysat naturally possesses superb muscular endurance and resilience. He fought three matches in this event and placed 2nd in the men’s lightweight division. As I could see, this young fighter makes improvement at every tournament he enters. I’m already looking forward to his next performance.

It was great to see all the familiar faces in Montreal and to know that there are a lot of counterparts working hard for Kyokushin on the other side of the nation. I’d like to congratulate Shihan Andre and his organization on the years of the successful events, and like to thank for their efforts and time put in.

Osu.

Tats Nakamura
Vancouver Kyokushin Karate

Vancouver Cup 2012

(English below)

À mon arrivée à Vancouver, je fus très bien accueillit par Sensei Nakamura, directeur organisateur de la Vancouver Cup, qui m’attendait depuis quelques instants déjà et me conduisit chez Sempai Isabelle Guitard et Sempai Curtis Mason et tous deux me reçurent très bien dans leur maison.

Le vendredi on me faisait découvir le centre ville de Vancouver en prenant une petite marche avec Sempai Isabelle et sa fille Cassandre, nous avons visité quelques magasins de la place.

Le samedi Sempai Isabelle m’emmena avec elle au YMCA pour relaxer et évacuer le stresse, puis dans l’après midi on était en route pour le BCIT dans le but de préparer la salle pour le dimanche. Tout le monde y mettait du sien, les compétiteurs et les bénévoles aidaient Sensei Nakamura et son équipe dans le transport des tatamis et d’autres matériels, cela se fit vraiment vite.

Dimanche 02 décembre jour de la compétition, l’ambiance était très bonne, la compétition débutait par la présentation des katas enfants et adulte et leurs remises de prix.Par la suite du déroulement on était dans la phase des combats commençant par les juniors. En ce qui me concerne j’ai eu de très bons combats et sempai Isabelle était là pour me coacher, je me retrouvais en final contre Julien Marquette, où je me suis incliné par décision de l’arbitre.

Malgré le fait que Sensei Johnny LeBlanc n’ait pas pu venir avec moi, tout le monde fût accueillant, chaleureux et prêt à me donner un coup de main. Ce fut de encore une fois une expérience acquise en participant à la Vancouver cup et à cet effet je tiens à remercier Sempai Curtis Mason et Sempai Isabelle Guitard pour leur accueil et leur support, mais aussi tout particulièrement sensei Nakamura pour son invitation à participer à ce championnat sans oublié le IKOC-K pour avoir organisé ce tournoi professionnel qui s’est déroulé dans de très bonnes conditions.

Osu.

Chrysat Allogho Ondo

(English below)

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When I first arrived in Vancouver, I was very well received by Sensei Nakamura, organising director of the Vancouver Cup event. He had been waiting for a little bit already and drove me to Sempai Isabelle Guitard and Sempai Curtis Mason`s, where they welcomed me into their home.

On Friday I had the chance to explore bits of downtown Vancouver by foot with Sempai Isabelle and her daughter Cassandre, taking the time to check out some shops and stores.

Saturday morning, we went to the YMCA to de-stress and then, in the afternoon, we joined the forces to help prepare the tournament grounds. Everyone was participating; competitors, volunteer etc. All giving a hand to Sensei Nakamura and his event organization team, transporting Tatamis, and all the material. Everything went up in no time.

Sunday, Dec 2nd, competition day, the mood was great. The event began with Katas presentations and its awards for children and adults. This was followed by the Kumite section of the tournament starting with the junior competitors. As far as I`m concerned, being coached by Sempai Isabelle, I had great fights. I went in final with Julien Marquette where I lost by decision.

Even if Sensei Johnny LeBlanc did not make it to Vancouver with me, everyone was so welcoming  and warm and helpful. Once again, The Vancouver Cup was a great experience and I wish to give thanks to Sempai Curtis Mason, Sempai Isabelle Guitard for their welcome and support, but I would like to give a special thanks to Sensei Nakamura for his invitation to participate in this championship. I would also like to thank IKOC-K for organizing this professional tournament.

Osu.

Chrysat Allogho Ondo

31e Championnat de l’est du Canada à Montréal; Results

 

Courtesy of Debbie LeBlanc

What an amazing job by Team NB today in Montreal!!! Everyone did very well and showed true spirit!!

Congratulations to Chrysat Allogho who took 1st place in his category for BOTH Kumite and Kata!! And to Jason Greene who took 2nd place in his category for kumite!!

Our young athletes did very well in the Kata part of the tournament winning the following for each of their Kata divisons:
Alyssa LeBlanc (3rd place)
Yannick Robichaud (3rd place)
Denis Gaudet(1st place)
Jérémie Hébert (3rd place)
Calvin Carruthers (2nd place)

The kids also placed very well in the Kumite part of the tournament for each of their categories:
Annie Leger (1st place)
Alyssa LeBlanc (2nd place)
Yannick Robichaud (3rd place)
Marco Allain (2nd place)
Cedric Greene (4th place)
Jérémie Hébert (3rd place)
Calvin Carruthers (2nd place)

Very proud of each and every member of the team!!!

Here are 4 galleries of photos of the event big thanks to Darlene Gaudet!

OSU!

Overview of the event:

The Girls:

The Boys:

The Men:

Dojo Duels 2012 -Kumite

Saturday the 16th of June, Kyokushinkaikan New Brunswick NB had held the final installment of the 2012 Dojo Duels – The Kumite tournament.

All colored belts; Kids non contact, to kids and juniors semi contact, to adults full contact, it was an exciting event.

Here are the results with pictures of each divisions:

Non Contact:

1st Sophie Poirier -Cocagne

2nd Maël Cormier – Memramcook

3rd Louka Poirier -Cocagne

4th Brandon Kenny -Moncton

Semi-Contact Girls light weight 8-11 yrs:

1st Chloé Gilfilan -Dieppe

2nd Isabel Doiron -Memramcook

3rd Alyssa Leblanc -Cocagne

4th Madison Chipper -Moncton

Semi-Contact Girls middle weight 8-11 yrs:

1st Annie Leger -Moncton

2nd Kayla Dutcher -Cocagne

3rd Kendra Fillmore -Memramcook

4th Megan Goguen -Cocagne

 

Semi-Contact boys light weight 8-11 yrs:

1st Justin Chiasson – Dieppe

2nd Cedric Greene -Memramcook

3rd Marco Allain -Moncton

4th Yannick Robichaud -Cocagne

Semi-Contact Boys middle weight 8-11 yrs:

1st Sebastien Tremblay -Memramcook

2nd Ryan Courtney -Moncton

3rd Cedric Poirier -Cocagne

Semi-Contact Boys heavy weight 8-11 yrs:

1st Jérémie Hébert -Memramcook

2nd Souleye Drisdelle -Moncton

3rd Shaun Moore -Cocagne

4th Denis Gaudet -Dieppe

Semi-Contact Girls heavy weight 8-11 yrs -1 Match:

1st Amanda Doucet -Cocagne

2nd France Landry -Memramcook

Junior Boys light weight -1 Match:

1st Maxime Lajeunesse -Memramcook

2nd Chadd  Hughes – Cocagne

Women Open weight class -1 Match:

1st Mélanie Parent  -Memramcook

2nd Carron Moore -Cocagne

Men Open weight class:

1st René Belliveau -Memramcook

2nd Jason Green -Memramcook

3rd Brian Wigmore -Moncton

4th Michel Cormier -Memramcook

Fighting Spirit Award

Madison Chipper -Moncton

René Belliveau -Memramcook

 

 

 

 

 

Dojo Duels 2012 -Kata

June 9th 2012, Sensei Johnny Leblanc held the first annual Dojo Duels installment; the Kata tournament. Approximately  100-120  spectators attended. We had a large number of participation, over 40 students from our 5 dojos, most of them juniors, but several adults also tried their hand at this competition. For results and albums scroll down.

  5-8 years (*left to right)

1st place -Alex Leblanc (Dieppe)

2nd place -Iannick Robichaud (Cocagne)

3rd place -Maeve Holm (Moncton)

4th place -Ryan Courtney (Moncton)

 

 

 

9-12 years (*right to left)

1st place -Alyssa Leblanc (Cocagne)

2nd place -Denis Gaudet (Dieppe)

3rd place -Cedrick Greene (Memramcook)

4th place -Souleye Drisdelle (Moncton)

 

 

 

   

Adults (*right to left)

1st place -Guy Leblanc (Dieppe)

2nd place -Danny Dutcher (Cocagne)

3rd place -Melanie Parent (Memramcook)

4th place -Rick Brantnall (Moncton)

 

 

 

 

Grand Champions (*right to left)

1st place -Alyssa Leblanc (Cocagne)

2nd place -Guy Leblanc (Dieppe)

3rd place -Alex Leblanc (Dieppe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The public had the chance to see a board break and kata demo by Sensei Johnny which was accompanied by taiko style drumming, by Richard Bourgeois;  here are some pictures of the demo:

 

Here’s a gallery of the overall event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24th Fighting Spirit Championship 2012

The 24th Canadian Fighting Spirit Championships was held at the College Notre Dame in Montreal and we had a special guest , former Kyokushin World Champion and K-1 Kickboxing Star Shihan Francisco Filho. 

With 1200 people in attendance, I was happy to see some great people from Montreal who strive to make Canadian Kyokushin Karate the best it can be and to contribute to the growth of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan. I was fortunate to meet the attendees including:  Shihan Andre Gilbert, Shihan Renald Lamarre , Shihan Pierre Cataford, Shihan Allain Bonnamie, Sensei Lino Gambuto, Sensei Sylvie Lamarre and Sensei Sylvain Lemire. And it was also great to see my teammates whom I have been proud to be on the North American team with at those World Tournaments that I fought in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Sensei Tats Nakamura from Vancouver, who is my former Karate teacher from 2001 to 2008 , participated in this event as well. I was his apprentice and fighter for all those years and owe much of stuff I know about Karate to him. Since I moved to my home province of New Brunswick in 2008, I have established my own dojos at five different locations, which follow the training style of Vancouver Kyokushin Karate.

It is always a great joy to see him and his team at a special event such as this. We had planed for a couple of months to meet and participate in this high caliber tournament. Sensei Tats brought Mark Berg from his dojo. The World Tournament contender, Mark placed 1st at the Vancouver Cup 2011 last December. He was aiming for a title shot of the Super Heavyweight division at this event. And I brought the New Brunswick Kyokushin Challenge lightweight champion, Chrysat Allogho.

There were over 100 competitors and some were world class fighters. For the last few months I had been preparing Chrysat for this competition.  The preparation included,  according to him, the hardest training camp he has had in his life. Chrysat started martial arts at 5 years old in his native country of Gabon in Africa. He is now a university student at the Universite de Moncton and has trained at our dojo for one year. When Chrysat first joined me he had great talent with lightning fast kicks. His weaknesses were defense and punching techniques.  We have worked so hard for 1 year together and now he is a complete Kyokushin fighter.

On the day of the tournament, Sensei Tats appointed me to coach Mark Berg as he was occupied as one of the main judges in the event. I truly did my best to prepare Mark Berg and Chrysat before their matches with proper warm ups and strategic advice. The first fight would be Chysat vs Edgardo Paz Briceno.  Edgardo was from the famous Lamarre Dojo and I knew it would be a tough challenge. In the first round it was truly a close fight with nonstop action, the crowd was excited and it was a draw at the end of the round. The extension round was no different and only in the last 20 seconds Edgardo started to feel the effects of Chrysat’s upper cuts and right low kicks and was not able to regain his energy in time to win the round which was awarded to Chrysat. This was truly the hardest fight he had throughout the day. He was so exhausted as he gave 100% of himself.

Now fully recovered, Chrysat moved to the second round where he would face Shihan Andre’s fighter, Stephen Taylor. For this match Chrysat had a extra encouragement on him. Sensei Nakamura had some free time from officiating and sat next to me as coach for Chrysat. Chrysat seemed more relaxed during the fight and landed a beautiful ushiro mawashi geri (spinning heel kick) to the head which clearly landed and scored a wazari (half point). The score resulted in the win of the fight.

The next fight I had to coach would be Mark Berg’s first fight against Sebastien Vallee from Chateauguay Dojo. During this round Mark seemed a bit slower and  less intense than usual but the powerful heavy weight did enough to secure the win.  Sensei Tats was not quite happy with Mark’s speed during the match so my only advice passed onto the Vancouver fighter for the next match was to kick less but when he would kick to set them up with punches and lots of speed.

Now that the semi finals were done we had a big job to do in the finals which both fighters had made it to. First to go was the final lightweight match which was Chrysat’s last fight and biggest challenge of the day against top North American fighter and champion Julien Marquette from Boucherville’s Shihan Cataford dojo. The fight was one of the most exciting of the day with crushing blows traded Julien’s superior punching power were awesome and on the other hand Chrysat displayed a rampage of lighting fast acrobatic kicks which made the crowd scream wow during the tough fight.

The judging this day was truly impressive and fair, the decision was a draw and Julien and Chrysat prepared for a extension round , the battle was ongoing just like the first round but near the last minute Julien landed heavy punches which slowed down Chrysat enough that he felt desperate to land a knock-out with high rolling kicks. Julien Marquette deserve to win as the judges decision was final. This was Chrysat Allogho’s 2nd real Kyokushin tournament and a 2nd place finish made all of the New Brunswick team very proud !

The last task of the day for me was to help coach Mark Berg beside Sensei Tats. Mark was to face David Labreque from Laval. David fought very well at his previous round that I felt worried Mark would have a hard time beating the black belt in the finals.

To my surprise Mark Berg just came out more relaxed in the final bout of the day and displayed strong punches and fast low kicks which landed at will. David was a bit outclassed by Mark’s power and was unable to give Mark enough damage to pull a win. Mark Berg easily won the fight to prove that he was indeed the 24th Kyokushinkai Fighting Spirit Super Heavyweight Champion.

All in all, it was a great experience for me and Chrysat to work together with Sensei Tats and Mark. The matches that Chrysat fought gave him tremendous confidence and experience as well. I would like to thank Shihan Andre and his team of the Montreal dojo for hosting such a great tournament. Special thanks goes to Shihan Francisco Filho for travelling all the way from Brazil. It was great honor for all the fighters to compete in from of the World Champion. Finally, I would like to thank IKOK-C for giving us access to the tournament. Osu.

Johnny Leblanc
Kyokushin New Brunswick