2021 KNS Annual General Meeting Results

Karate NS hosted their first ever virtual AGM on August 29th, 2021, 6:30-9pm. We had great representation with over 50% of the clubs in good standing!

All the standard reports were discussed and approved, we also approved our  new bylaws (with a few amendments to follow) for Karate NS!

All documents and minutes (coming soon) can be found at

The evening ended with a long overdue election due to the absence of a 2020 AGM, a result of the challenges of the pandemic.  We had a portion of the board who did not re-offer;  thanks to Matt Tippert and Matt Sullivan for their time on the board over the recent years; and special thanks to Milton Bourque, Thresa Griffin and Dave Griffin who have spent many many many years representing the members in various board roles.  We thank you all for your time, and hope that you continue to stay involved in the association in other ways.  You are all valued resources with lots of experience.

This election introduced us to leverage electronic anonymous voting.  This worked out very well!

Karate NS AGM Election Results:

  1. President – Greg Da Ros
  2. Vice-President – Shannon Doane
  3. Treasurer – Peg Mumford
  4. Secretary – Michaela Peters
  5. Director at Large – Mark Doubleday
  6. Director at Large – Rob Sweeney
  7. Director at Large – Randy Roach
  8. Director at Large – Kevin Jones
  9. Athlete Director – Maria Habchi

Congrats to everyone!  Great to see all the new faces!  There is lots of work to do, a few weeks to regroup, then back at it!

For contact info and list of board members, support, staff, current committees, see

Feel free to reach out at any time!

Yours in Karate!
Greg Da Ros
President KNS

2021 KNS Annual General Meeting & Nomination Process

We hope everyone is enjoying summer! What better way to end summer than to have an Annual General Meeting!

This is to give notice to its members that on August 29th, Karate NS will be having its AGM via Zoom.  See the event details on the KNS website for all the info!

Times have been challenging for all of us, and we missed 2020, so we felt the time was right to elect a new Executive and Board to see KNS through the next few years and continue to set plans for the future.

Due to the extended period of the current board, all members have served their mandate.  Some will look to be nominated to continue, while others have put in their time and are interested in other opportunities.

The AGM will be open for any registered member for 2021.  A meeting registration form will be made available the week of the AGM, and the Zoom link will be shared with you once you KNS membership is validated.

NOW on to nominees!  Each dojo has 2 voting members, these voting members are up to the dojo to decide.  The voting members can nominate an current member for any position on the board/executive, or even multiple (but nominee must choose one to accept if offered).

If any of the vacancies may be of interest to you, perhaps you could reach out to your sensei to see who the voting members will be and seek a nomination for a position.  The nomination process is on the event details page on the KNS website.

You do not have to be of any senior rank to be on KNS board/executive, you just need to be able to commit the time and energy.

As usual we hope to see a great turnout by our members,


Greg Da Ros / KNS President

2022 KNS Team Coaching Opportunites Coming Soon …

With the 2022 Nationals to be hosted in Newfoundland July 2022, the KNS Team program will have to be up and running early fall.  We will be looking for those interested in coaching for the 2022 season, keep an eye out for the Coach job description, it will:

      • Be posted on the Karate Nova Scotia’s website;
      • Outline job duties, key responsibilities and performance criteria;
      • State the Karate Nova Scotia Provincial Team’s commitment to creating a fair, safe and open environment for participants;
      • Outline the Karate Nova Scotia Provincial Team’s expectations for coaches; and
      • Outline the Karate Nova Scotia Provincial Team’s thorough screening process.

Karate Olympic GamesWe are fast approaching the most important moment in our history, the debut of our sport at the Olympic Games.

The success of Karate at the Games depends solely on all of us doing everything in our power to mobilize the Karate family as much as possible around the values of our sport to be displayed in Tokyo. The Olympic success of our sport requires our courage, perseverance and our ability to overcome adversities. 

We need you to share the actions that we are generating within our Olympic campaign, #KarateSpirit among your affiliates and followers on social media, as well as on all your platforms.

Antonio Espinós 
WKF President 

KNS First Virtual Tournament Results!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first virtual kata tournament All the judging is complete, and you can see all the kata video and results here:

Welcome new Staff to KNS!

Karate Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that after a few years of working with Sports NS (SNS) and Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic (CSAC), all the hard work has paid off!

Join me in congratulating Jeff Murphy as Karate Nova Scotia’s first Technical Director, and Mitchell German as our first High Performance Coach!
Both part-time roles start February 1, 2021! Contract Durations: February 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023.
There are many people to thank for making this happen, starting back a few years with Gary Walsh, who dedicated a great deal time outlining and establishing our eligibility for the funding through the CSAC program. Once we were approved for the program Jason Fields and other members of the executive moved forward evaluating the pros and cons for the opportunity and drafting a possible list of responsibilities. Over much of 2020 the team finalized the job descriptions, postings, fair interview process, scoring matrix and eventual selection and award of the positions. There were many key members of the various teams and committees! Thanks to everyone, but special thanks to Pat Thompson at SNS played a large role in making these positions a reality.
Position Summaries:
The Technical Director is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing Karate Nova Scotia’s technical programming including coaching, officiating and athlete development programs while providing leadership to clubs in implementing related initiatives; and help create the supporting structure and system to foster the growth of the sport of karate.
Jeff brings with him 30 years of karate experience, a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate; teaching since 1994; Chief Instructor of Murphy’s Karate Academy since 2011, medalist in JKA Nationals, and ISKF World Championship; Karate NS Team Assistance Coach since 2017; NCCP Comp Dev Certified; and KNS Executive Member since 2016. He is very excited about taking on this position and looks forward to the possibilities it will bring to KNS.
The position of High Performance Coach is to lead and create both high performance coach and athlete development programs and services across Nova Scotia in accordance with direction provided by the Board of Directors; and help create the supporting structure and system to foster and sustain a culture of performance excellence. Performance program overreaching goal: Develop athletes through the Karate Nova Scotia system that consistently finish on the podium at Junior and Senior National Championships qualifying those athletes for Karate Canada National Teams and the opportunity to represent Canada at International competition.
Mitchell brings with him 35 years of karate experience, a 6th Degree Black Belt and the rank of Renshi in Chito Ryu Karate; Chief Instructor of Halifax Ryuseikan since 2005; Former WKF Canadian National Kumite Champion (-80 kg) and Canadian National Team member (1998-2001); 6-time Chito-Ryu Soke Cup World Champion: 3-time Kumite (1995, 2010, 2013), 1-time Team Kumite (2013), 1-time Henshuho competition (1995), 1-time kata (2013); Kakedemeshi (Chito-Ryu) Kumite Champion (2008); Karate NS Team head coach since 2001; Canada National Team Coach (KC) 2002-2008, 3-time Karate Canada Coach of the Year, Karate Canada Assistant Regional Training Centre Coach (Atlantic); and NCCP Comp Dev Certified. He has a clear vision for the role, and the ability to achieve the desired outcomes for the position.
The addition of these positions represents a very significant step forward, and we are excited to see our organization rise to the next level in the coming years!
Should you have any questions on their roles and responsibilities do not hesitate to reach out!
The KNS Website will soon be updated with their contact info @
Please share amongst your social networks.
Greg Da Ros
President, Karate NS

COACH  NS – NCCP Multi Sport Virtual Learning


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RETURN TO KARATE TRAINING – Update September 18, 2020

Good news for class sizes. The government announced today that effective October 1st, the number of people allowed in a group without social distancing has increased from 10 to 50. Further details are in the email below, so our organization can start moving forward with the planning of Provincial Team workouts and tournaments.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Murphy at

Career Opportunities!

KNS is pleased to announce that after a few years of working with Sports NS and  Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic, all the hard work has paid off!   

We are searching for a part-time Technical Director and a part-time High Performance Coach.  An application to one position does not prevent you from applying to the other should you feel you are qualified. 

We are excited for the outcome these roles!

You can get the job posting and contact info here

Closing date is October 13, 2020

RETURN TO KARATE TRAINING – Update July 28, 2020

As most of you are probably aware, as of July 31st it will become mandatory to wear non-medical masks in indoor places. We received clarification today in a Conference video with Dr. Strang as this new rule applies to indoor sports such as karate. Dr. Strang stated that masks need to be worn while entering and exiting the building, getting changed, etc. While doing the activity wearing the mask is not mandatory. If the participant can wear the mask while doing the activity it is recommended, but not mandatory. One thing to note is that those not doing the activity would have to wear a mask, like parents who may be picking up and/or watching.

The Return Play document has been updated with this information.

Click to access KNS%20Recommended%20Protocols%20Return%20To%20Karate.pdf

We hope this provides some clarification to all those operating indoor classes, but if you have any further questions please reach out to Jeff Murphy at

RETURN TO KARATE TRAINING – Update June 19, 2020

As many of you have probably already saw, the Nova Scotia Government has announced that they are “bursting the bubble” and allowing for larger gatherings. Here is how these changes impact karate training:

  • Groups of 10 are allowed to train with each other with contact and no social distancing. It is recommended that if there is consistent programming, that training groups are identified and remain together for a 2 week period… as much as possible.
  • Groups up to 50 can train together. If your group is larger than 10, but less than 50, then you make subgroups of 10 within the group of 50. Those groups of 10 must remain exclusive to each other, and can not intermingle with the other groups of 10 in a single training session. Contact and no social distancing is allowed within the groups of 10, and there needs to be a 2m distance between groups. The same recommendation exists as above, best practice is if there is consistent programming, that training groups are identified and remain together for a 2 week period… as much as possible.
  • Please refer to Phase 4 of the Karate Return to Play document with more advice on how to operate during this time.

Link to protocols:

If there any questions, please contact Jeff Murphy at


Karate NS formed a working group to put together the protocols so that some aspects of karate training could resume within our membership.  The group is comprised of:

  • Jeff Murphy – Chair (Murphy’s Karate Academy)
  • Pat Thompson (Sports NS)
  • Kevin Jones (East Coast Wado Karate Club)
  • David Griffin (Windsor Karate Club)
  • Shannon Doane (SMU Shotokan Karate Club)
  • Jason Fields (New Glasgow Karate Club)
  • Greg Da Ros (Halifax Ryuseikan)

As a result of the support of Karate Canada, further research within the Provincial Guidelines and other sports within NS, we are pleased to announce that Sport Nova Scotia and the Provincial Ministry of Communities, Culture and Heritage have reviewed our submission; and they have indicated that our plan, Phase 1 reasonably demonstrates that the Nova Scotia Sport Guidelines will be met.

Planning can now begin to meet the Phase 1 recommendations.

Return to Training

For information, you may contact Karate NS’ “Return to Training” Chair Mr. Jeff  Murphy, at:

Yarmouth Challenge Cup Weekend (includes KNS Awards)!

The Yarmouth Challenge Cup is shaping up to be an action packed May 31st to June 1st!
Here is the “Official List” of Events:
•    May 31st, 7-9 PM Kumite Clinic ($10) – Canadian Team Member – Ryan O’Neil
•    May 31st, 7-9 PM Officials Clinic (Free) – WKF Referee Dave Griffin
•    June 1st, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Karate Challenge Cup
•    June 1st, 7-9 PM KNS Recognition Awards
Complete details will available 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!!

Visit the Events Page!

KNS – Awards Nominations

Nova Scotia’s sport community has much to be proud of.

KNS takes pride in recognizing the achievements and the valuable contributions of so many.

Provide your input to the KNS Awards, get your votes in by May 19th

KNS – 2019 Junior National Championships RESULTS!

Overall a great national tournament in Alberta! No one looked out-classed, all gave their best.  As a results we are brining back some hardware from the 2019 Karate Canada Junior National Championships held in Edmonton, May 3-5.

4 Medals: 1 Gold and 3 Silver

  • Gassan Alkurdi, Halifax NS- Gold in Youth -55kg
  • Brayden Ott, Dartmouth NS-  Silver in Youth -50kg
  • Riley Deveau, Clare NS- Silver in Junior -61kg
  • Angel Niet, Windsor NS- Silver in Junior -50kg

Congrats to all representatives of Karate Nova Scotia, the athletes, the coaches and the officials!

KNS – 2019 Junior National Championships

Announcing the 2019 Junior NS Karate Team.  Our team will be attending the Karate Canada Junior National Championships 2019 taking place in Edmonton, Alberta,  May 3-5, 2019.

We have 23 athletes attending this year’s Nationals,  6 of which will be competing in both Kumite and Kata.  

The members of our team are as follows:

Kumite Competitors:


  • Ben Khan: +55kg
  • Brayden Ott: -50 kg
  • Darren Bush: -45kg
  • Dylan Thibault: -45kg
  • Evan Peddle: -40kg
  • Gassan Alkurdi: -55kg
  • Ian Yorke: -55kg
  • Jack Boutilier: -40kg
  • Saad Eldlio: +55kg
  • Sam MacKenzie: +55kg


  • Brayden Ott: -52kg
  • Daniel McCabe: -52kg
  • Darren Bush: -52kg
  • DeniseThibault: -47kg
  • Dorian Thibault: -57kg
  • Gassan Alkurdi: -57kg
  • Hannah Glennie: -47kg
  • Jesse Niet: -47kg
  • Kaetlyn Ott: -54kg
  • Koen Schlief: -57kg
  • Maddox Fields: -57kg


  • Angel Niet: -50kg
  • Riley Deveau: -61kg
  • Marc-Andre Theriault: -61kg
  • Maria Habchi: +59kg
  • Yanick Boudreau: -68kg


  • Angel Niet: -50kg
  • Riley Deveau: -60kg

KATA Competitors:

  • Jesse Niet- Cadet
  • Angel Niet- Junior
  • Hannah Glennie- Cadet
  • Saad Eldlio- Youth
  • Koen Schlief- Cadet
  • Jack Boutilier-Youth

Our team will also be travelling with 5 coaches: Mitchell German, San Fung-German, Greg Da Ros, Trysten Deveau, Shannon Doane and Team Manager, Jessica Berilli.

Nova Scotia will be sending three officials; Dave Griffin, Theresa Griffin and Matt Sullivan.

Front Row Left to Right:

Ben Khan, Jesse Niet, Angel Niet, Jack Boutlier, Evan Peddle

Middle Row Left to Right:

Gassan Alkurdi, Saad Eldlio, Hannah Glennie, Maria Habchi, Kaetlyn Ott, Darren Bush, Brayden Ott, Dylan Thibault, Ian Yorke

Back Row Left to Right:

Coach San Fung-German, Coach Da Ros, Head Coach Mitchell German, Maddox Fields, Dorian Thibault, Riley Deveau, Yanick Boudreau, Marc-Andre Theriault, Sam MacKenzie, Daniel McCabe, Team Manager Jessica Berilli, Coach Shannon Doane, Official Dave Griffin, Coach Trysten Deveau, Coach Jeff Murphy.

Missing from photo is Denise Thibault and Koen Schlief.

KNS – Annual General Meeting Results

We have a new president!  Jason Fields.  Check out the reset of the new members of the Executive, AGM reports, etc:

AGM Documents


KNS – Annual General Meeting

The AGM will take place April 14th, 12:30 – 3:30 at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre in Halifax.


Get involved, collaborate and spread the love of the art and sport! Many hands make light work!

KNS – 2019 Senior Pan American Karate Championships – Atlantic Canadian Representation!

Best of luck to Trysten Deveau and Ryan O’Neil who just finished training camp with the Senior Canadian Team.  They join fellow Atlantic Canadians Kathryn Campbell, Hilary Pond and Yashna Hathi, as they all now head off to Panama to clash with the other Pan American karateka in hopes of brining back some medals at the 2019 Senior Pan American Karate Championships (March 21st-23rd)
Ryan, Yashna and Kate will be doing double duty along with a few other Canadians ( on March 20th, hoping to do well in the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier in order to represent Canada in August for Karate portion of the Pan American Games being held in Lima, Peru
Go Atlantic Canada!
Senior Team Canada – Atlantic Representation!

WKF – Social media campaign #Karate2024

Today we have launched the campaign #Karate2024 on social media to demonstrate our unity and to request our inclusion in the programme of the 2024 Olympic Games.

Your support for the success of this campaign is crucial. For this, I kindly ask you to distribute this campaign among all your affiliates and clubs. Please, send them this information so that all the karatekas in your country can publish their videos and photos participating in the challenge #TsukiForKarate2024.
In this way, we will not only showcase our unity but also how strong Karate in your country really is.

I am sure that with your collaboration, we will achieve our goal of being in Paris 2024.

Antonio Espinós
WKF President | World Karate Federation Headquarters
Avda. Filipinas 50, Esc.2 1º-A, 28003 Madrid, Spain
Tel:  (+34) 91 535-9632 / Fax: (+34) 91 535-9633 / E-mail:

KNS – 2019 Senior National Championships Result

Congrats to the Karate NS Senior team who recently competed at the 2019 Senior Nationals. Led by Coach Mitchell German, Ryan O’Neil won Silver for -67KG, while Trysten Deveau won Gold for -55KG; Roland Smith was also a member of the team who fought hard in -84KG. KNS was also represented by President Gary Walsh, and Officials David Griffin and Milton Bourque. We also want to congratulate the rest of Atlantic Canada on their medals, great showing and participation!

Atlantic Canada strong!

CCES – Cannabis In Sport

The Government of Canada will legalize cannabis on October 17, 2018. Athletes subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) must be aware that this does not affect the status of cannabis in sport. Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance and a positive test can still result in a sanction.  For more details visit