Church Point karate club members compete at provincials

Published on April 12, 2017

The Bushino Ki Karate Club had several participants at this year’s provincials, all of whom are trying out for the Nova Scotia provincial team. From left: Sensei Anna Bartlett, Sensei Trysten Deveau, Mia Comeau, Madison Smith, Denise Thibault, Sensei Riley Deveau, Dylan Thibault, Marc Andre Theriault and Dorian Thibault.

©Angel Flanagan

DIGBY, NS – Eight members of a Church Point karate club competed at provincials Apr. 8 at the first tryout for the provincial team.

Sensei Anna Bartlett runs the Bushino Ki Karate Club. Several of her students competed at provincials Apr. 8 at Horton High School in Wolfville, and the club placed fourth out of 18 teams.

“The kids were revved up, and you could tell they wanted to win,” said Bartlett.

“They’re really giving it their all this year.”

The competition was the first selection tournament for the provincial team. The tryouts are based on points earned at each selection tournament, with the overall points earned determining who makes the team.

Two club members trying out for the team are Dylan and Dorian Thibault, aged 10 and 12 respectively, who’ve both been involved with karate for almost 4 years and are both brown belts.

Their mother Angel Flanagan says the sport has given her boys lots of great role models and new friends.

“Karate has been the best thing I ever did for my kids,” says Flanagan.

“It’s helped them develop respect, patience and better focus, and they can defend themselves.”

Flanagan says she and Bartlett have seen much improvement in the kids, who continue to grow with each competition they enter.

 “Each athlete has grown so much, and most have moved up in age category, weight and skill level,” said Flanagan.

“Not everyone got a medal but they all fought well. It’s great to see the kids compete and then shake hands and go hang out after their matches.”

The students are training hard and gearing up for the next tournament held in June called the Yarmouth Cup, and a few are also training fornationals, held April 2018 in Halifax.

Bartlett encourages people to get involved in karate, which is as much a sport as it is a discipline.

“We teach all ages, from five years to as old as you want,” said Bartlett.

To join, check out the group’s Facebook page or call Sensei Bartlett at 902-746-3706. The club also holds demonstrations at schools every fall.