About 100 martial arts students will converge on Mission at the end of April as the fifth annual BudoFest is set to take place.

About 100 martial arts students will converge on Mission at the end of April as the fifth annual BudoFest is set to take place.

BudoFest returns for fifth year

From April 23-24, the Canadian Martial Arts Academy in Mission will host a series of lessons and tests to students from across BC.

As many as 100 martial arts students along with seven guest instructors will converge on Mission at the end of April as the fifth annual BudoFest is set to take place.

From April 23-24, the Canadian Martial Arts Academy, located on North Railway Ave., will host a series of lessons and tests to students from across BC and beyond.

And once again organizers will be making a donation to the food bank in Mission as part of the two-day training event.

“We could have 30 students, we could have 130, its hard to tell,” said Shihan Christopher Ginter, of Mission Jujitsu and organizer of the yearly fundraiser.

He explained that as instructors come to the event, they often bring students with them and the numbers can fluctuate.

The two day event features training sessions and black belt testing.

“The students get to come down and train with different groups of people, get to meet people from different places and hit them,” said Ginter.

As in past events, everybody who comes is asked to bring a bag of food to be donated to the local food bank.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” said Ginter.

The event allows martial arts students to experience a high level of training in many different styles.

“We split up into four classes a day and we have guest instructors.”

One of the instructors is Sensei James Cockram who is flying in from England to participate in the event.

“He’s an important guy. He runs an organization that, I think just in the UK there is over 1,000 dojos,” said Ginter. “He was my instructor.”

Another guest instructor is Michael Sanchez, a retired merchant marine.

“He’s trained in Filipino martial arts his whole life so that’s sword, machete, the sticks, and he is coming to teach two classes for us.”

Other guest include former boxer Gordy Racette, Mike Caffrey, Henry Lagas and more.

Anyone interested in participating can call604-767-0427 or visit missionjujitsu.ca.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford Christian Middle School staff and students were asked in a Nov. 15 letter, to self-isolate until Nov. 24. (File photo)
Fraser Health lists 3 more Abbotsford schools with COVID-19 exposures from Nov. 18 to 23

ACS, MEI and Abbotsford Traditional Senior Secondary listed

The Abbotsford Police Department is investigating a shooting on Adair Avenue on Saturday night. (File photo by Dale Klippenstein)
Drive-by shooting in Abbotsford targeted home with young children, police say

Investigators believe home was mistakenly targeted by assailants

Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)
Abbotsford care home looks to hire residents’ family members amid COVID-19-related staff shortage

Family would get paid as temporary workers, while having chance to see loved ones while wearing PPE

Morning mist clears over the Hope Slough at Camp River Road on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
WEATHER: Sunny skies in the forecast for Chilliwack and Abbotsford

Rain and wind expected Sunday night through Monday morning, then clear skies

LEFT: Krista Macinnis, with a red handprint across her face that symbolizes the silencing of First Nations people, displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
RIGHT: Abbotsford School District Kevin Godden says the district takes responsibility for the harm the assignment caused.
Abbotsford school district must make amends for harmful residential school assignment: superintendent

‘The first step is to unreservedly apologize for the harm … caused to our community’: Kevin Godden

(Dave Landine/Facebook)
VIDEO: Dashcam captures head-on crash between snowplow and truck on northern B.C. highway

Driver posted to social media that he walked away largely unscathed

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James and Premier John Horgan announce $5 billion emergency fund for COVID-19 unemployment and other relief, B.C. legislature, March 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
Carole James stays on to advise B.C. Premier John Horgan

Retired finance minister to earn a dollar a year

A pedestrian makes their way through the snow in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Wild winter, drastic swings in store for Canada this year: Weather Network

In British Columbia and the Prairies, forecasters are calling for above-average snowfall levels

NDP Leader John Horgan, left, speaks as local candidate Ravi Kahlon listens during a campaign stop at Kahlon’s home in North Delta, B.C., on April 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Top doctor urges Canadians to limit gatherings as ‘deeply concerning’ outbreaks continue

Canada’s active cases currently stand at 63,835, compared to 53,907 a week prior

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

Research concludes effective mitigation could address train speed and ability of wildlife to see trains

A airport worker is pictured at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada extends COVID restrictions for non-U.S. travellers until Jan. 21 amid second wave

This ban is separate from the one restricting non-essential U.S. travel

Langley RCMP issued a $2,300 fine to the Riverside Calvary church in Langley in the 9600 block of 201 Street for holding an in-person service on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, despite a provincial COVID-19 related ban (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)
Langley church fined for holding in-person Sunday service

Calvary church was fined $2,300 for defying provincial order

Most Read