Getting their kicks
(November 18, 1999, Gazette)
By David Sorensen
What started as a fun activity for the kids has turned into a real accomplishment for the family of Donna Osborne, who works in the office of the vice-president (research and international).
We went to register the boys for karate, and we stayed, explained Ms. Osborne. And weve been here ever since.
Now, seven years after starting karate classes, all four members of the Osborne family Donna, her husband Art and their sons Steven and Mark earned their black belts last month.
Ms. Osborne said karate is not only great exercise, but its a good chance to mingle with others from all age levels. The karate class they attend at Cowan Heights United Church twice a week is a mix of the young and the adult.
study Chito Ryu karate. In order to achieve a black belt, one
is tested on all the material learned throughout preliminary
stages of testing. The Osbornes went through a pre-grading in
May with a sensei, or teacher, from Halifax. Then sensei Shane
Higashi came down from Toronto in October to give the Osbornes
their final grade.
Both Mark and Steven are Memorial students.