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26th Annual Winter Training Festival to Support Kingston Food Bank

Following last year’s successful Winter Training Festival, Kingston’s Tallack Martial Arts are hoping to carry on their momentum by hosting their annual festival in a new digital format. The event will allow participants to choose to learn from multiple master-class instructors teaching seminars, including Karate, Kobudo, Iaido, Kung-Fu, Self-Defence, and more. 

Last year’s training festival saw more than 150 participants between ages five to 65 come from across Canada to take part in the festival at the Holiday Inn Waterfront. At the event there were seminars, martial arts demonstrations and a banquet dinner. While this year will be different, the event still aims to impress.

The training festival will boast over 20 master level instructors, who will all be zooming into the event from coast to coast. “These instructors and students will be attending from across all of Canada; including Victoria BC, Fredericton, NB, Yellowknife NWT, Ontario, Quebec, and in between. At the time of writing this, over 75 members are registered and will be participating in this event, making it one of the largest online martial arts events of this type ever in Canada,” said Kyle Cochrane, Renshi at Tallack Martial Arts. 

Despite being smaller in scale than previous years, the group still hopes to support the Partners in Mission Kingston Foodbank. “A portion of all registrations received for the event will go towards a financial donation to the Food Bank post event. A much needed boost to a great local cause in even more need of support after this past year of additional challenging times,” added Cochrane.

The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) Canadian Division is also being featured in this event, as the instructors and students of this event will be receiving certifications in martial art instruction and black belt level advancement. “The DNBK Canadian Division is looking forward to returning to Kyoto, Japan for the next world martial arts festival in 2022, rescheduled from 2020’s missed occurrence due to COVID,” said Cochrane.

The event will begin on Saturday, February 20th at 1PM. More information about the event can be found on the Winter Training Festival website. Participants can sign up for the event on EventBrite.

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