Canadian Open this weekend


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We just finished setting up for the 2008 Joslin’s Canadian Open. Everything is in place for the karate/martial arts tournament which is being held tommorrow (Sat.November 8th).

Late tommorrow afternoon we will be running the children/youth grappling competition, which always consists of many great matches. Last year we had over 200 youth competitors at the event.

All of the adult grappling action is taking place on Sunday starting at 9am with the advanced gi divisions. So if you want to see some great matchups come out early. Every year we see some fierce battles as competitors from all around North America compete for the Canadian Open customized championship belts. I’m pumped to see who wins them this time around.

If you want some more info check out the “Canadian Open” section of our website

If you make it out to the tournament be sure to come up and say hello.

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  1. Paul says:

    Hey Jeff, I’m a big fan of yours and I was at your tournament this past weekend, but I have to say I was quite disappointed with a number of things, and from what I gathered so were a considerable number of other people. By no means do I want to be disrespectful to you at all, I was just incredibly frustrated and let down all day.

    It was particularly frustrating that, at a tournament of that size, most tables didn’t have a visible clock or score board (at least in the small gym anyway). I lost my gi match by a couple of points and had NO idea what was going on because it was so back and forth. I asked the referee during the match what the time was and the score and he said “I don’t know, I can’t tell you” which blew my mind. Isn’t it essential for a competitor to know where he stands during his match??

    Also, my friend missed his gi division even though we were sitting and waiting virtually right next to the guys calling things out. How can they not have a sound system or at least a megaphone to announce the divisions?? I mean the gyms are packed and it’s hard to hear anything.

    I was pretty amazed too at how the beginners virtually dominated the whole day. I competed at intermediate and for whatever reason my division was put last even though advanced went first, and masters intermediate went after, then beginners? With the incredible number of beginners competing (up to 58 in some weight classes) could there not be a separate gym just for beginners or at least have them go after the divisions with far fewer competitors? I waited almost 8 hours for my first match, and even though I signed up and paid for no gi I had zero motivation to stay around and wait through that again, so I left. It was almost 6pm before any no gi stuff began.

    In any case, I’m sure that organizing an event like that is a huge undertaking and virtually impossible to perfect, but it just seemed like some brutally obvious things (like visible clocks and score boards) were missing, and I couldn’t understand that especially considering the amount of money your tournament generates.

    For whatever it’s worth though, I thought you might find it helpful to know at least for the future that many people said they would never go back, including myself and members from my club.

    I hope you don’t take my comments personally, they’re definitely not intended as such, and I hope you can appreciate that it was a frustrating experience for many.


  2. Jeff Joslin says:

    Thanks Paul for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    We will be making making a number of improvements to the tournament next year, which includes the scoring system which was definately lacking this year.

    Due to the increase in attendance we are looking into a bigger venue for next year.

    To speed up the day, we will be separating the competition into 2 days next year, one day for gi, the other for no-gi. We had 9 mats running non-stop throughout the entire day and it still took quite a while to finish all divisions. A event spread over 2 days will make a world of diffence.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and good luck with your training.

  3. Dion says:

    Hey Jeff! have you guys ever thought about holding your events at the Covention Centre??? when me and my stepdad had our last Steel city classic karate tournament we held it there and its was’nt too bad $ its so close to hotels,shopping,bars, and restaurants…just a suggestion:)

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