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Comox Air Show & Hawaii Mars Model

The Saturday, May 18, 2024 Comox Air Show had some amazing moments & static displays, plus we got to show off the 9ft Hawaii Mars model!

5th Victoria Open Karate Championships, June 2, 2024


Last Sunday we had a wonderful Victoria Open Championships with over 180 athletes from 22 clubs who traveled from around the island, the mainland, and Washington state. Warm thank you to the volunteer officials and volunteer staff who made this event happen for all the athletes. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the six annual Victoria open, probably Sunday, June 8, 2025! 


“The Hawaii Martin Mars Rock Band?”

Over 100,000 media hits a day about the Hawaii Mars arrival since the March 28 announcement, and over 5 million by June 1!

The brand promise is that we will enable everyone to enjoy up the aircraft up close, especially to take the two must-get pictures; in front of the nose and in the cockpit.

Every Islander needs these two pics, and to always bring their visiting friends to get them too :)


My short film: Save the Mars water bomber

Save the Mighty Martin Mars water bomber is truly happening!

As the project lead, it was thrilling to hear the Minister Lana Popham of the BC Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Sport and Arts announce the $250,000 grant towards the rescue preparation!

The block buster final flight from Sproat Lake to the Victoria International Airport is in the Fall of 2024.

Watching it fly will be like witnessing a once in a lifetime eclipse, as such an amazing aircraft will never be airborne again.

Watch the origin story short movie I directed and Greg Duerksen shot/cut with help from the museum’s media team.

For over fifty years it was never open to the public, one could only get up close and inside if you luckily knew someone who was part of the flying operation, but soon, everyone can explore the Mars, plus get the two signature photos of standing in front of the nose and sitting in the cockpit.


Summary slides of the WKF new rule changes for 2023

Since the new WKF 2023 rules changes are published for the public, below are 60 summary slides as presented by the World Karate Federation in November 2022. 

3 key points;

ONE. The 2023 rule changes are probably the biggest in number since its large 1999 updates.

TWO. Different 2023 rules changes affect 3 separate competition levels;

a) WKF world level events only (i.e. red, blue & gold branded uniforms, electronic scoring)

b) WKF & national and/or continental levels (i.e. new video review)

c) All levels: local, provincial, national, continental and various WKF world levels (i.e. return to almost the original kata scoring system, new approach to kumite penalties & warnings)

THREE. Sometimes the reason for a rule change is obvious, but sometimes the reason for a change is not clear and an explanation is actually needed.

My suggestions for the WKF;