The 2014 Karate Canada National Championship was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval in British Columbia on January 17-19. During the three day competition, participants from all Canadian provinces contended to win a medal for themselves or for their team.One of them was Joshua Hensman representing Team BC. (British Columbia). I coached Josh for about 10 month and he qualified to participated for the first time into a karate national competition (at the age of 34)
Our Unique Story
I meet Joshua in 2012, at the False Creek Community Centre in Vancouver BC. He was a youth worker with the City of Vancouver, and I was teaching a weekend Family Krav Maga Self Defense Program. At that time, at the age of 50, I was preparing to win a top place in the BC Karate Championship and to prove that a healthy lifestyle with systematic training and proper nutrition including the USANA Health Sciences nutritional supplements can make a competitive athlete at any age.
And to keep my motivation high I decided to attach this competition to a charitable event to raise funds for Children’s Hunger Fund to provide 70,000 meals for kids in desperate need. And I invited my friends to support my charitable activities. See my event here: http://www.mariofitfightingforkids.com/.
As I shared to Josh my intention to participate at the 2012 BC Karate Provincial Championship, and to raise funds for children in need, he was one of the first people to support my charitable actions. At the competition I qualified second on my weight category (+84 kg) to represent British Columbia at the 2013 National Championship in Toronto. Unfortunately, due to some family related problems, I was not able to attend this Championship. I get sad and disappointed, but this is life, and must be lived.
But as I meet Josh, in short time, we get to know each other interest, and we also discuss the potential to have a private location and a possible partnership business promoting fitness, martial arts self defense and nutrition.
In January 2013, I invited Josh at Tactix Gym, to attend a Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense Seminar with my friend Moshe Katz from Israel. As I saw Josh performing at this seminar, I make a funny comment: “You move better than many sport karate athletes. Maybe you should participate to a competition and win a medal”. He took it seriously and asked me to train him for competition.
So, on February 2013, we started to train two times per week. Having a background on karate (as a youth in New Zealand) and some experience in fitness kickboxing, at the beginning Josh was extremely stiff in his karate movements. Despite the fact that the time was too short to the qualification for Zone 5 events (April 2013) I saw Joshua’s determination to become a competitive karate athlete, and I decided to push him a little harder.
Knowing that a hard training can increase oxidation and inflammation to the working body, I introduced Josh to the top rated USANA Health Sciences nutritional supplements. Having my personal experience using USANA’s nutritionals, I founded that my body recovered faster after an intense training session.
In fact USANA offers a million dollars “Athlete Guarantee Program” to select sponsored athletes, assuring the athlete that their products are enrolled in the program test positive for a banned substance and are in accordance to the World Anti-Doping Agency regulations.
On April 2013, as we increased the intensity and the volume of our trainings, Joshua started to take USANA’s top rated supplements in the world: ESSENTIALS – a multivitamin/mineral/antioxidant formula, BIOMEGA3 – an essentially fatty acid to prevent inflammation and PROCOSA – a winning joint support formula.
Here are Joshua’s testimonials:
“Having had knee surgery in the past and multiple joint sprains, I really noticed the difference Procosa made in how my joints felt. This is particularly the case during and after intense training sessions, which is when I would previously notice more discomfort. Thank goodness I had Procosa to fortify my joints!”
“I found that taking ESSENTIALs and BIOMEGA soon after I had been training was very effective in reducing muscle soreness and inflammation. This improved the speed of my recovery and enabled me to reduce my recovery time”
At the zone 5, BC, Josh qualified to compete in the provincial championship (May 2013) in 2 different categories -75 kg and open. He also competed at the BC Karate Championship and qualified for the 2014, Karate Canada National championship to participate in an open challenge.
As the time approached to the January 2014 National Championship, we tuned up our tactical and technical training focusing on speed and finalization. On December 2013, we also get the tactical support from Catalin Neagu (aka Nick) – 5 DAN – who practice competitive martial arts in Las Vegas. Nick, who is the also the chief instructor for Japan Karate Association in Romania, was my former training partner in 1982-1988.
At the last training session with the Karate BC Elite Team, Josh was informed about an opening for a participant in the -67 kg kumite (fighting). And he was informed that if he commits to lose some weight he can be the best candidate.
Since Josh was about 70 kg at the end of December, and only 3 weeks to the National Championship, he supposed to lose about 7-8 pounds of his weight. At that time Josh was trim and fit with no body fat to lose. And since I knew that a starvation diet with sauna and long aerobic exercises to induce perspiration might make him lose some weight, I also knew that this approach will impede Josh athletic performances.
So, starting January 6, 2014, I decided to put Josh in a 5 days USANA Reset Challenge – a low glycemic meal replacement, of shakes and bars, including also 5 full day supply of USANA Health Pak – a selection of core supplements, including the Essentials, Active Calcium Plus and Proflavanol (grape seeds extract) pre-packed in convenient Am and Pm pouches. This allowed Josh to train at the full speed and intensity, while losing weight without being undernourished.
On his competition day (Saturday January 18, 2014) Joshua was weighting 66.9 kg, and he was full of energy, keeping his vitality high during the entire two days of fighting competition time.
For the first time participation at a Karate National Championship, Joshua spirit was high and he was able to challenge top Canadian competitive athletes, with many years’ competitive experience. For me, the attitude of a real WINNER is to have the guts to challenge more experienced fighters and
to gain more “know-how”. And Joshua Hensman proved to be this WINNER!
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