Karate Lessons for Seniors? Umm – ya!

If you’re looking to increase your flexibility, improve your cardio-vasular strength, feel good about yourself and have fun – then Pennell’s Karate Dojo is for you!  Canadian Senior Years, a website designed specifically to provide people over 50 with all sorts of great information wrote a great article called, Martial Arts for Seniors? A Fitness Alternative that sites a study released by Dalhousie University in Halifax in which they state that Karate lessons for those over 50 years old can greatly benefit your health.  Specifically, the aging process can be slowed significantly by practicing Karate because it is such great exercise.  Another thing to consider is that Karate training is specifically tailored to your own comfort zone.  You practice at your level and at your own pace.  Another great benefit.  And if that’s not enough to entice you, then just remember that it’s never too late to learn a new skill, make new friends or have fun!

See you at the Dojo,

Sensei Pennell.

Stress Happens – Manage It.

sakura-martial-arts-blackbelt-01We’ve all got things to worry about.  Whether it’s work, kids or bills, there is always something on our mind.  The key to avoiding a mental breakdown is to manage your stress properly.  My Karate instructor always said, “Acknowledge your stress – but don’t let it control you.”  Words to live by in my opinion.  So what exactly did he mean?  Well basically, if you don’t acknowledge your stress – you will be consumed by it.  One way we leveraged our Karate training to help us manage the stress in our lives is to practice specific types of meditation.  The only difference is that instead of trying to “clear your thoughts” during meditation (another way of saying don’t think about anything), a better approach is to acknowledge your stress.  Yes – this particular thing is stressing me out.  Don’t be afraid of admitting that something is stressing you.  A bit part of managing your stress is to admit that you are actually stressed.  Karate teaches us that only when we are completely honest with ourselves, can we then begin to plan a strategy to reduce our stress.  So – when we’re practicing meditation in the Dojo – don’t be afraid to explore this option.  Let your mind acknowledge the stress that you’re experiencing, and then move on from it.  Now that you’ve opened your mind to acknowledging your reality –  you can build a plan to tackle your stress.  This is just one of the many ways Karate training can improve your mental health.

Sensei Pennell.

Sensei Ota – May 31st & June 1st.


Eihachi Ota

Sensei Ota will be coming to train in Whitby on May 31st and June 1st.  This is a huge opportunity for me to learn the latest developments in our style, so that I may pass the insights on to all of you.  We will be working on everything from advanced Bo, sparring and advanced Kata.  I’m really excited to have this time with Sensei Ota, as he is the highest ranking Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu practitioner outside of Okinawa Japan!  This is truly an honor.

Stay tuned for more!

Sensei Pennell.


Dojo prep continues!

Konichiwa, students!

The new Niagara St. Dojo preparations are coming along nicely!  The Dojo will have a great tatami sport foam floor.  This will provide a durable and safe surface for us to practice our techniques.

The response so far on the site has been great!  Some people have been asking if the Dojo will be opening early.  Due to preparation requirements, classes are still slated to begin on June 3rd.

Karate Dojo registration forms are now all online and can be downloaded.  Please make sure to complete the liability waiver in conjunction with the registration form – and please also review the dojo’s rules and regulations.


Sensei Pennell.

Where the tradition of Karate continues to grow.