North Island dojo hosts karate testing

Local martial artists to take part in belt testing this weekend.

PORT HARDY—The public is invited to watch this weekend as Bushido Shotokan Karate dojo hosts a pair of belt testing sessions at both of its North Island locations.

The school, headed by 5th-dan Sensei Ivan DeToro, will hold testing for students in Port Hardy tomorrow, Apr. 19, at Avalon Adventist Junior Academy, 4640 Byng Rd. Following a seminar class from 5-6 p.m., testing will take place with guest instructor Joe Dixon of Vancouver beginning at 6:15 p.m.

On Saturday, Apr. 20, DeToro and Dixon will travel to Sointula, where students in BSKA of Sointula will be rated on kata (forms) and fighting skills for belt levels. Instruction begins with a seminar class from 11:15 a.m.-noon at the Community Centre, with testing to follow at 12:15 p.m.

Bushido Shotokan’s Port Hardy dojo includes 33 students. Another 18 students are enrolled at Sointula’s dojo.

DeToro, who has been instructing in karate for nearly 30 years since relocating to North Vancouver Island from his native Chile, will test for his 6th dan (sixth degree) black belt later this year at the U.S. National Championships in Denver, Col.

There is no admission fee to attend and watch this weekend’s karate testing at either location.