Goju Karate celebrated Olympic Day on Monday, June 23, 2014. Olympic Day is an international holiday celebrated in over 160 countries, and our dojo was honored to host the Olympic Day celebration for Northern California.
Olympic Day offered three demonstrations from the Goju Karate Olympic Training Team (a team kata, and two individual kata), plus a number of events, including competitions for all Goju students in our kids programs, and competitions for younger guests.
The Olympic Day celebration was held at Goju Karate with support from both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)'s National Karate Federation.
In addition, our friends at the City of San Rafael showed their support with a proclamation by Mayor Gary Phillips declaring June 23, 2014 to be Olympic Day in the city. In issuing the proclamation, Mayor Gary Phillips also congratulated the young men and women of the Goju Karate Olympic Training Team for all their hard work and dedication, and thanked our entire Goju Karate dojo community for supporting the Olympic ideals in San Rafael.
Olympic Day marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Modern Olympics on June 23, 1894 in Paris, at the first congress of the International Olympic Committee. Celebrating it annually throughout the world helps to knit together diverse communities from different nations, cultures, and athletic backgrounds, and helps to further Olympic ideals like health through fitness and exercise, fair play, and inclusiveness for all amateur athletes.
Goju Karate Olympic Team Demonstration
The Goju Karate Olympic Team offered three different demonstrations. (The Team is composed of kids, ages 6 through 17, all of whom make commitments to train a certain number of days during the week, and who are all yellow belts or above in their respective divisions.)
The entire team demonstrated a Team Kata. Team Kata is an event in which a team of karateka perform the same exact kata together, in synchronization. In effect, it looks like mirror-image copies of the same person, multiplied many times.
Also, two members of the team performed in Individual Kata events, showing off a range of different choices of material.
Competitions for Students
After the Goju Karate Olympic Team demonstrations, all Goju kids split up into two teams: Teens versus Youth (7-11 in ages). Junior and Pre-K students joined each of the teams to provide their own infectious energy and strong spirit.
The competition centered around a world-class game of Steal the Bacon, in which each team contested control of a pork-chop shaped focus target. In typical fashion,
Each of the events was designed to foster friendly competition and medals were awarded to all participants and winners.
Scenes from Olympic Day
Click on the images below to get a glimpse of some of the excitement on Olympic Day!