Every October our organization gathers to celebrate our founder, Sensei William Hodgkiss, and raise money in his name for the fight against pancreatic cancer. The Hodgkiss Memorial Tournament is open to all children and adults who are members of an SKA club. Events include Team Kata, Individual Kata, and Kumite. Information about the tournament, including entry forms, will be posted here in July of each year before the tournament.
Sponsorships are welcomed to offset the cost of running the tournament. Our goal each year is to keep the operating costs of the tournament as low as possible (or free!) for participants.
For information about sponsorship, please contact us.
The Hodgkiss Cup is awarded each year to the club that raises the most money for PANCAN, the Pancreatic Action Network. To date, donations from the SKA total more than $5,000.
For over 40 years, Sensei Hodgkiss was always there to encourage us, challenge us, and celebrate with us when we found our own successes. For those of us who were lucky enough to know him, we’ll always remember that support. His karate family – and we always were treated like family – knew what he expected from us:
- Train hard, and push yourself to get a little better every time you practice.
- Be humble if you win.
- If you lose, learn something that will help you do better next time.
- Have the courage to stand up against bullies and stand up for what's right.
- Don’t be afraid to test yourself; prepare yourself as best you can, and go for it.
Our Hodgkiss Memorial Tournaments are a testament to his legacy, as we remember his words and “test ourselves” in friendly competition. This is our way of returning the support we received from him for so many years.