The first SWKKF National Team was hand picked by Sensei Shintani himself in 1997, 19 years ago. This team paved the way for later teams to participate in international training and tournaments, displaying to the world what our organization believes. Subsequent teams have travelled to train and compete all over Canada, the United States, Northern Africa, Europe and Japan often with top coaches, highly ranked athletes and delegates. The purpose of the SWKKF National Team is to represent the organization at various events within Canada and around the world. The team strives to uphold Sensei Shintani’s values of humility and kindness while competing for top spots on the world stage. Our teams have stood on the podium for medals and awards but more importantly, have been complimented on their professionalism and sportsmanship in and out of the ring.
This past team supported workshops, competed at SWKKF tournaments, including the 30th Annual Saskatchewan Provincial Tournament in Carlyle, SK. They have competed in Karate Ontario, Karate Alberta, and the Montreal Open. The team’s international event will be March 2016 in Las Vegas, competing at the US Open Tournament.
Our goal in moving into the future with the 2016-2017 National Team is to maintain our ties to the past and develop confident individuals. This coming year the team will move to a one-year team with a developmental, junior and senior squad for both kata and kumite. Team Members will be required to train both in their club and at team training camps.