Mayne Island Karate
Beginning in September 2017 at Dinner Bay Park, Kelsey began teaching karate to kids and youth between the ages of 5-14 on Mayne Island. The group now practices weekly at the Mayne Island Community Centre.
Kelsey's background in karate began in 1997 at the Delta Karate School studying Renshikan karate from instructors Dr. Chee Ling, Dr. Rassamee Ling, and Dr. Marshall Cheng - all former national karate champions - as well as late Sensei David Akutagawa. As a teenager, Kelsey competed nationally and internationally through Karate BC, the National Karate Association, and the World Karate Federation. Between 2002-2007, they represented the BC, Quebec and Canada Teams, winning 3 golds and a silver medal in kumite (sparring) and 4 bronze medals in kata (pre--arranged forms) at the national level; and a silver medal in kumite at the Pan American Championships in 2004.
In 2008, Kelsey was introduced to non-competitive ki-based Soshinkan karate, founded by Sensei Kenji Ushiro in Tokyo, Japan. Kelsey has been very inspired by this style and does their best to follow Ushiro Sensei's teachings to bring to Mayne Island Karate.
Mayne Island Karate reflects Kelsey's experience in sport and traditional karate, as well as their life's work in community organizing and social justice. Kelsey believes in guiding students to be reflective of their personal needs and personal growth to inform their karate practice. Karate has been a practice that has supported Kelsey's life in many ways beyond physical and mental exercise. It is a practice they continue to find depth in that informs how they navigate through conflict and challenges that arise in their life. They hope they can pass on these teachings so karate as a practice will be a tool Mayne Island Karate students can relate to as a support throughout their lives.
As Kelsey's sensei Dr. Ling has always said "karate is a lifelong practice".
Classes are Wednesdays from 6:15 - 7:15pm and are $10/class.