Team Meibukan Gift Card Survivor Fundraiser

Hello everyone… Today was our first Gift Card Survivor Elimination draw. We had the difficult, but exciting task of pulling 110 participants from a pool of 220. We asked parents and students who were at Nox today to randomly select these 110 entries out of our cookie jar. We took photos and videos which are available for viewing. Unfortunately these entries are now out of the survivor pool, but they have 1 buy back available. You have up until Wednesday December 12 @ 5pm to buy back into the survivor pool. Please contact Ann at anntruong@gmail.com.

The lists of all the eliminated participants are posted on the white board by the entrance at Nox Dojo. You may also check out the lists below to see if your entries were pulled out of the draw. If so, you are welcome to buy back into the fundraiser for $20. Thank you for all your support. Good Luck!!!

Elimination List – December 10, 2018

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Active Pool List – December 10, 2018 

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Silver at OKF Qualifiers

At the 3rd OKF qualifer, both Ryan Koo and Zachary Chin performed well with both boys having to compete against each other to make a showing on the podium. On this day, Ryan was able to take charge and overcome his team mate. Ryan went on to win with the kata Anan to earn silver.

Both athletes were tremendous in their efforts but sadly, in the showdown, only one could move up the ladder. As both boys leapfrog in making podium we hope they will both stand tall with medals at the next event.

Fantastic work boys.

Springing Into Action With Kagami Baraki

When we first began our sport karate team just a few years ago, there were only 5 competitors. Now there are almost 20 athletes ranging from 7 to over 50 years old. Our competitive season officially begins in January and ends in August with a few practice events in the fall. These events are all over southern Ontario, northern New York state, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This becomes a challenge logistically and financially for families who wish to provide the best available opportunities for their child.

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Logistics are taken care of by all the parents who volunteer their time for fundraising, carpooling, feeding, and organizing all of the important details. Throughout the year, we have 3 fundraisers to help with travel expenses. In November there is an annual amateur karate tournament. Our athletes have a show and a banquet (Kagami Biraki) every April. Finally, every August, we raise additional funds with our annual car wash.

_DSC8116 On April 8th, 2018, our athletes showed off their skills in front of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and friends. In total, over 150 people joined in an afternoon of good fun and family entertainment. Athletes performed both traditional and competitive curriculum like superstars. Thanks to all of our donors like Dr. Kevin Brown and Associates at mydentalhome.com and RMT Rashpal Sahota who helped to raise some extra valuable funds through our raffle ticket sales.

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Car Wash and BBQ Update

Thank you to Bean Around the World Cafe, Tina’s Bakery, Markham Bowl, and Home Hardware helping us out during our annual car wash and BBQ. With all the rain during the start of the summer, we were really concerned about a possible inclement weather report. Mother nature smiled on us however and it turned out to be a beautiful day. The parent committee, extremely busy with their own personal lives, successfully came together and arranged the event within 2 weeks.

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The Lin family slow cooked their secret pulled pork recipe to perfection and offered for sale at the BBQ. What a hit! Vegetarian options were also available as well as the juicy hot dogs and burgers. The Co family made their cupcakes which went like gangbusters.

The Markham community came in droves and we were pleased to have all 3 bays filled for most of the time. Mike, the new manager of No Frills came by and bought a coffee and had his car washed also. Overall, the team was humbled by the support of the community.dsc8116.jpg

Our annual car wash marks the close of the competitive season with just a few weeks to rest up before we start training for the 2017/2018 year.  This past year, the team had 6 out of town competitions. New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Detroit, Raleigh, and Montreal. The funds will go towards help the athletes pay for travel and coaching expenses.  As the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo includes Karate, many of the athletes now have Olympic dreams. Next year, Okinawa, Japan is on the list of tournaments to attend as their introduction to worldly competition.

Once again, the team can’t thank everyone enough for helping out with their donations. See you next year.

 

Cash Wash Was a Blast of Fun

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Team Meibukan would like to thank the Markham community for supporting our first attempt of our annual car wash. On Sunday, July 24th, 2016, the parent committee of Team Meibukan brought together the community to donate, wash cars, and share stories for the benefit of NOX Dojo’s sport karate team. Spirits were high but cautious since there were worries of low turn out and poor weather.

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Setup started early from 8:00 the morning and thanks to Bean Around the World Coffee shop, we got a bolt of energy that lasted the day. BATW coffee kept us going during those busy times. What planned to be an event from 11:00 to 2:00 turned out to become a non-stop buzz of activity from 10:15 to 3:00. The team washed and vacuumed small cars, big cars, fancy cars, and minivans. While customers were watched for their cars go from a duster to a luster, they were busy chowing down on some of our mouth watering BBQ dishes. The brisket sold out real fast. Stock in Trade Butcher on the Danforth provided the sausages for the hot dogs which were outstanding. Lucky for us also that one of our uber moms, Lily, made a fresh batch of jerk pork that day for us and donated it to be sold.

We are blessed that NOX Dojo shares the plaza with Murray (who owns Home Hardware and is Markham authority on BBQ’s) and DaCosta No Frills. We were able to source condiments, burgers, and buns from No Frills and Murray gladly loaned us the BBQ and tent.

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The team’s support from the community continued with companies who donated items for our raffle which helped us reach our goal. Special thanks goes to:

  • Michael Barrasso of TD Wealth
  • JCY Swarovski
  • Hairways
  • Dr. Anita Dyson
  • DaCosta’s No Frills
  • Home Hardware
  • Bodira Cafe
  • Stock in Trade Butcher on the Danforth
  • Prince Bomboniere
  • Calabria Bakery
  • Cornell Fitness
  • Bean Around the World Cafe
  • Sporting Life
  • GoodLife Fitness

Winners of our raffle can be found on our Winners’ Page.

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There is a direct correlation between the level community support and athletes’ hard work that translates to success in amateur sports. It is not just about medals but a valuable forum that strengthens communities. A community that supports amateur sports also supports healthy neighborhoods with strong bonds. The team is grateful for Markham’s confidence.