Why Hayabusa Karate?
It is not too difficult to find a good traditional karate dojo.
It is not too difficult to find a competitive sport karate club that does well in city and national competitions.
It is, however, very difficult to find a dojo that teaches the way of life that comes along with the life long practice of karate-do while also delivering a sport kumite curriculum that is in line with the most current tendencies, technical performance, biomechanics and strategy executed at top level competitions and in a way that takes into consideration the unique and individual ways in which one learns.
And no wonder. In order to do the above, a karate instructor has to have a solid base in traditional karate, regularly attend international competitions , understand the competition scene from all sides and understand the development of children and be a master in pedagogy.
In order to achieve the above, a karate instructor has to be willing to sacrifice a lot of profit and personal time in order to achieve something that few will appreciate and value in this day and age.
Only a karate fanatic would set out to do such an impossible task. And this is this is exactly what Valentyna Zolotarova is.
She lives and breathes karate and works tirelessly to share her love for karate with her students.
Zolotarova started karate in Ukraine in 1993, soon after the Soviet Union fell apart in a local gymnasium (mostly amongst boys).
Upon arriving to Canada in 1999, she trained at the YMCA with various instructors following the traditional line of the late Master Okazaki and the ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation) of which her dojo Hayabusa Karate is still a member.
She was a Canadian national champion 2003-2008 at times in Kata, at times in Kumite, at times in both.
After getting married in Jamaica in 2009 and giving birth to three children (2010, 2012, 2014) she became a World Karate Federation Judge A in Kata and Judge B in Kumite. This is a prestigious achievement for which many karate instructors of the highest of status and rank sacrifice many things in their life. It is uncommon for someone to take this path and to willingly give up this pursuit for another . This is an unlikely risk after a significant amount of sacrifice already made and some initial success.
Yet, this is what Zolotarova has done in order to return to her role as a competitor, to pursue an Olympic dream and to let her students and children see that one must operate out of faith rather than fear.
The culture of our dojo is such that we value the quality of character over status. For us, achievements do not define a person. The way we treat others and the risks we take defines who we are. This is how we live and how we train. Every breath, every kick, every jump: we train to give 100 percent, oblivious to the possibility of slipping, falling or "failing". We train with the idea that everything worthwhile comes along with hard work, dedication, patience, resistance, perseverance and belief.
Our dojo is one of the few dojos in Vancouver and in Canada that teaches Kumite as performed in WKF Sport Karate Competition as well as Kata and Kihon and the principles of Traditional Karate-Do as a way of Life.
Currently, Valentyna Zolotarova is a Jamaican National Team member and is preparing for the upcoming World Championships. Valentyna is a BC Certified Teacher and a World Karate Federation Accredited Coach and an education specialist. Her trainings plans are tailored to maximize the learning experience of her students taking into account the most current research in education. Her continued commitment to the improvement of her own technical performance and physical form as an elite athlete is another aspect that makes Hayabusa Karate special. We teach that learning and improvement has no limit for athletes, coaches and traditional karate practitioners and life long learners.