Nova Scotians headed to Junior World Karate Championships in Spain!

Karate Nova Scotia congratulates Yanick Boudreau, Riley Deveau and Ryan O’Neil on being selected to represent Team Canada at the 2017 WKF Cadet, Junior, and U21 Championships in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain). The competition will take place from October 25th-29th, bringing together over 1700 athletes from 109 different countries. Karate Canada will be represented by a total of 25 athletes. To view the entire team roster, click here:

It is a great accomplishment to have 3 Nova Scotians on the team!

  • Ryan O’Neil U21 -67 kg (Halifax, NS)
  • Riley Deveau Junior -61 kg (Church Point, NS)
  • Yanick Boudreau Cadet -63 kg (Dartmouth, NS)

Sensei Dave Griffin will also be there as an Official.  Great representation from Nova Scotia!

See the event streamed Live:


Cleve’s Source for Sports Athlete of the Month of September – Ryan O’Neil

Ryan O’Neil of Halifax has been named the Cleve’s Source for Sports Male Individual Athlete of the Month. O’Neil, 20, won a gold medal in the U21 -67kg division at the 2017 Junior Pan American Karate Championships in Argentina. As a result of this placing, O’Neil was recently named to Team Canada for the Jr. World Karate Championships which are being held next month in Spain.

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Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic’s fall Podium Performance Series

The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic’s fall Podium Performance Series as well as the new Coach Webinar Series, are now open for registration!

Registration for all of these events is done through the CAC Locker at  Login to your account and go to Calendar > Nova Scotia and then click register on the event.  These free professional development opportunities give CAC PD points for your coach maintenance of certification requirements.

All Podium Performance Series events are held in person from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax.  These are open to any coach and are targeted toward performance team, University, Canada Games and Provincial level coaches.

The new Webinar Series events are held online from 9:00 – 10:00 PM.  These are open to all coaches, at all levels.  You will have the opportunity to speak and interact with the presenters if you attend live and they will be recorded and posted if you are unable to attend the live session.

Upcoming Dates (please register online);

  • Tuesday September 19, 2017 – Podium Performance – Developing Resiliency
  • Thursday October 5, 2017 – Webinar – The Business of Coaching
  • Wednesday October 25, 2017 – Podium Performance – Mental Emergencies in Athletes
  • Thursday November 9, 2017 – Webinar – Misconceptions surrounding coaching athletes with a disability
  • Tuesday November 21, 2017 – Podium performance –  Balancing Training Loads in Multi Sport Athletes
  • Thursday December 7th – Webinar – Athlete Wellness

Ryan O’Neil medals at U21 Pan American Karate Championships!

Congrats to Team Canada’s success so far in Argentina! Especially Nova Scotia’s own Ryan O’Neil. Bronze medalist. Won 8-0 against Peru first match, won second match 7-0 against Colombia, won third match 6-0 against Brazil, he lost 4th match 2-0 and won bronze medal against Guatemala 8-0!

Nova Scotians headed to U21 Karate Championships and headed to Junior Pan American Karate Championships!

Karate Nova Scotia wishes all the Canadian Athletes all the best as they make their way to Buenos Aires for the Junior Pan American Karate Championships August 23-26! We have a special place in our hearts for the Atlantic Canadians representing Canada! And an even more special place for our local Nova Scotian Athletes on the team:

Ryan O’Neil U21 -67 kg (Halifax, NS)
Trysten Deveau U21 -55kg (Church Point, NS)
Riley Deveau Junior -61 kg (Church Point, NS)
Yanick Boudreau Cadet -63 kg (Dartmouth, NS)
Maddox Fields Youth -50 kg (Salt Springs, NS)

Chronicle Herald Article


New Glasgow teen headed to Junior Pan American Karate Championships!

New Glasgow – Anyone who watched the Canada Day Parade in Westville probably saw Maddox Fields.  A member of the New Glasgow Karate Club, he and his father demonstrated kumite (freestyle martial arts fighting) along the parade route.  People will want to keep on watching the 13-year-old as he enters the world of international competition this summer. In August, he will travel to Argentina to compete in the Junior Pan American Karate Championships.

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KNS – Sponsorship of 2018 National Karate Championships

Amazing promotional opportunity with local, national and inter-national potential. On March 9, 10 and 11, 2018 Karate Nova Scotia will be hosting the 2018 Canadian Karate Championships at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event will feature about 400 athletes from across Canada, as well as hundreds of Coaches, Officials, parents and other support staff. The event is live streamed and is seen by many people across Canada and around the world. Download the information package which details the various levels of sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in a sponsorship package or would like to discus this further, please contact Dave Griffin (

Information Package

Karate Canada Junior National Team!

Congratulations to KNS Team Member Maddox Fields for being named to the Karate Canada Junior National Team, and will represent Canada at the Jr. Pan American Championships in Argentina in August.  If you would like to support him, check out his make a champ fund!

KNS Awards Recipients!

June 3rd saw the Mukashi Karate Club host the Annual KNS Awards banquet.  Sensei Bourque and his team put on a great show!  Dwayne Robicheau was the “Host with the Most”.  Lots of words of encouragement and recognition were shared with the sold out crowd of 70+.  This event also saw an addition to KNS Hall of Fame in the form of Sensei Michael S. Delaney.

Award Winners!

If you want to take a look at the history of the awards and past recipients, visit the awards page >>

Yarmouth Challenge Cup Results!

The Yarmouth Karate Challenge Cup was a success once again. We ended up with 138 competitors. Two from NB and Two from St. Pierre Miquelon.

Windsor won the cup with 110 points over Ryuseikan. We had a late start due to an accident on Hwy 103 and did not get underway until 10 am or so. However with three plus rings and 19 officials we were all wrapped up with the mats loaded on the truck by 4:45. I thought that was awesome. we shut things down between 12:20 and 1 pm for the demos.  Only two this year but again lots of good feedback. The King of the Ring was a success. We had 11 boys and ran 30 matches in 15 minutes. It wasn`t as exciting in the girls with only  4 competitors. Prior to the competition we had a minute of silence for 2 gentlemen who had an impact on the local karate community: Mr Victor Swinimer, and Ryan Jimmo.

Tournament Award Winners:

  • Windsor Karate Club – CUP!
  • Jeremy Crossley (Windsor) Junior Sportsman
  • Warren Surette (Shoto Ryu Jutsu) Senior Sportsman
  • Emmi German (Ryuseikan) Best Junior Female
  • Saad Eldlio (AKC) Best Junior Male
  • Madison Hollett Best Senior Female Windsor
  • Brayden Ott (Ryuseikan) Best Senior Male
Full Results

See you next year!

– Milton Bourque

KNS – First Aid Course Notice

First Aid Notice

Karate NS will pay the cost for two members of each registered dojo to attend.  Any other person who would like to attend is welcome but they will be required to pay their cost for the course.  The cost is due on the course date.  If you are not selected to attend but wish to attend, please speak with your Chief Instructor and they will pass your name along with the two designated club members. See notice for all the details!  Deadline to confirm June 6th!

KNS – NS Athlete Represents Canada at Senior Pan Ams

Ryan O’Neil from NS will be part of Team Canada competing at the Senior Pan Ams.  In total, 27 athletes will be competing in Curacao (Dutch Caribbean) on May 25-27. This year for the first time, the Sr Pan Ams will include Para-karate divisions and Canada will be well represented with 3 athletes.

Yarmouth Challenge Cup Weekend

The Yarmouth Challenge Cup is shaping up to be an action packed weekend, June 2th-4th!

Here is the “Official List” of Events:


Complete details will be available during the week on the events page of the KNS Website, and of course .. Facebook

Thanks for your time and please share with your fellow karateka, family, friends and fans!

Which DOJO will be crowned CHAMPIONS!!

Event Information Package


2017 AGM Results

Herald Sports – Brookfield karate medalist motivated by heartbreak at nationals

Brooklyn Rutherford thought it was the breakthrough of a lifetime. Brooklyn Rutherford thought it was the breakthrough of a lifetime.

The 18-year-old karateka had just snatched gold at the Canadian National Karate Championships — her first in five years’ worth of competitions — and in the process had unraveled an old foe who was previously unflappable.

The moment was hers to cherish until, moments later, it wasn’t.

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LOCALXPRESS.CA – Colchester County teenager sets high goals in karate

Brooklynn Rutherford hated fighting, but ended up in karate anyway. Now the Grade 12 student from Brookfield is a national bronze medalist.

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Hants Journal – Karate Nova Scotia comes to Horton High School

GREENWICH NS – Eleven-year-old Kailyn Beaton was beaming on April 8. And no wonder – the Windsor karate athlete won a gold medal in age 10/11 advanced kata at the third Grand Prix tournament of the season. Kailyn was one of 160 competitors who turned out to spar in three rings simultaneously at Horton High School. Windsor coach Theresa Griffin said there were athletes taking part from age five right up to those in their 50s on Saturday. Dojos from Yarmouth to New Glasgow were represented.

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KNS – 2018 Team Tryouts and Training Camps!

Nationals will be held in Halifax, March 8-11, 2018. Athletes need to be 12 years by March 9, 2018 in order to compete at Nationals.

Try Out Notice Info

The Karate Nova Scotia website has a team page that will also have information as the season moves one. Please visit regularly.

Athlete Information Form

Please make every effort to bring your completed Athlete Information Form with you!

Anyone who has questions about the team workouts please contact Karen Armour at

KC – New Certified Master Coach Developer!

Gary Walsh has completed all the requirements to become a Certified Master Coach Developer. Gary is the first to attain this level of competence in Karate Canada. His knowledge, motivation, enthusiasm and perseverance make him an ideal model for others and a great asset to Karate Canada’s NCCP program. He will certainly contribute to elevating the quality of coaches and pave the way for others, in the Maritimes and in the rest of Canada.

Sincerely Gerard Lauziere

NCCP Chair, Karate Canada

SNS – February’s Cleve’s Source for Sports Athlete of the Month Winner – Brooklynn Rutherford

HALIFAX, NS (March 23, 2017) – February’s Cleve’s Source for Sports Female Individual Athlete of the Month honours have been awarded to Brooklyn Rutherford of Brookfield. Competing in the kumite Individual Female U21 +68kg and the kumite Individual Female Senior +68kg divisions, the 18 year-old won two bronze medals at the Canadian National Karate Championships in Quebec.

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KNS – 2017 Provincial Team Success at Nationals!

2017 Nationals are over, here is the summary of our success! Congrats to everyone!

Ryan O’Neil – Gold in Men’s Senior -67kg
Ryan O’Neil – Silver in Men’s U21 -67kg
Brooklynn Rutherford – Bronze in Women’s Senior +68kg
Brooklynn Rutherford – Bronze in Women’s U21 +68kg
Riley Deveau – Bronze in Men’s Cadet -57kg
Riley Deveau – Silver in Men’s Junior -61kg
Yanick Boudreau – Silver in Men’s Cadets -63kg
Trysten Deveau – Bronze in Women’s Senior -55kg
Adee Burgess – Bronze in Women’s Cadet +54kg

All results:

Medals by competitor:

KNS – 2017 Provincial Team Heading to Nationals, Feb 22nd to 26th!

2017 KNST

Announcing the Karate NS Team.  They will be attending Nationals in Quebec City from Feb 24-26, 2017.  The members of the team and their divisions are:

Name of Athlete Division
Boudreau, Yanick Kumite: Cadet -63 kg
Burgess, Adee Kumite:  Cadet +54 kg
Deveau, Riley Kumite: Cadet -57kg

Kumite:  Junior -61kg

Deveau, Trysten Kumite: U21-55kg

Kumite: Sr. -55kg


Doane, Shannon Kata: Sr.
Fields, Maddox Kumite:  Youth -50 kg
Gaudet, Mia Kumite:  Youth  -45 kg
Hollett, Maddison Kata: Cadet- Female
Lyghtle, Alexander


Kata: Youth-Male

Kumite: Youth -40kg

Niet, Angel Kumite:  Cadet -54 kg

Kumite:  Junior -53 kg

Niet, Jesse Kata:  Youth- Female

Kumite:  Youth -45kg

O’Neil, Ryan Kumite:  U21 -67kg

Kumite: Sr. -67kg

Kumite: Open


Postma, Aiden Kumite:  Youth -40 kg
Rutherford, Brooklynn Kumite: U21 +68kg

Kumite: Sr +68 kg

Kumite:  Open


Theriault, Marc-Andre Kumite:  Cadet -52 kg

Also attending are 4 coaches:  Mitchell German, Greg Da Ros, San Fung German, and Karen Armour.
We have 3 officials attending:  David Griffin, Milton Bourque, and Garrett Chase.

KNS – 2018 Nationals Organizing Committee

2018 Lead Organizing Committee for Nationals

In case you have not heard, Halifax will be the host city for the 2018 Karate Nationals!  We would like to introduce the Lead Team Members for the National Championships, to be held in Halifax on March 9th to 11th of 2018.  The team held their first meeting Saturday 5 Feb 2017 at King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, N.S.


Lead Team Members in the photo from L to R are:  Patrick Thompson, Gary Walsh, Cary Hollett, Craig Sexton, Chris Richards, Garrett Chase, and Dave Griffin.  Missing from the photo are Cherry and Rick Whitaker.

The next meeting will be after the Quebec City Nationals.

WKF – Karate in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games – Buenos Aires

The IOC Executive Board has agreed to include Karate in the Youth Olympic Games 2018, which will be held in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This is a new milestone to be added to the already decisive decision of including our sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


Winter 2018!!! We are looking for 15 plus Volunteers to work the tables as Minor Officials!! Are you that one of 15 persons we need?

Volunteer Notice

Taekwondo world champ O’Neil eyes Olympics in karate

What do you do when you are a two-time world champion in taekwondo? For Halifax’s Ryan O’Neil, you switch your focus to karate.
Find out!

Heavy Hearts -Victor Swinimer

Friends and Family Members of Karate Nova Scotia:

The Karate Community recently lost a dear friend – with the passing of Victor Swinimer.

Victor was known by all, and greatly respected throughout the Province, the Atlantic Region, and Nationally – as a Sensei, a Coach, a Regional Director, an Official, a Father, and a true friend.

KNS Condolences – Victor Swinimer

Here is the obituary for Sensei Victor L Swinimer. I imagine there will be a big group to celebrate the life of Victor on Nov 19th.


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