Last chance to register for free coaches’ training.
Active Start Soccer Coaches Clinic
Saturday, March 28
Drumlin Heights school
9 a.m. to 12 noon
To register call Argyle Recreation at 902-648-3379
Rally Cap Baseball Coaches Clinic
Saturday, March 28
Maple Grove school
1 to 5 p.m.
To register call Yarmouth Recreation at 902- 742-8868.
YARMOUTH -- Milton Bourque was barely in his teens – a Grade 8 student at the former Amirault’s Hill school – when he attended his first karate class.
A friend had suggested he come along to the session. Bourque was a great athlete and played all kinds of sports, but karate didn’t interest him much. Still, he decided to join his friends and see what it was like.
Reflecting on those days now – nearly four decades later – Bourque says he kind of got hooked.
“I liked the hard training,” he said. “It’s something that I identified with, and the fact that it’s an individual sport. It’s all up to you. Where you go and how far you go and what you do depends on you, nobody else.”
Bourque has come a long way since then. For him, karate evolved from being a sport to being a competitive pursuit – he competed at the national level for several years – to being more of an art.
“That’s where I am today,” he said. “I’m a custodian of the art, so I have to pass on the techniques to my students and preserve the art of Chito-ryu.”
Bourque, a fifth-degree black belt in the Chito-ryu style and chief instructor of the Mukashi Karate club in Yarmouth County, was interviewed March 23, two days before he was scheduled to leave for Kumamoto, Japan, where he was planning to spend a couple of weeks training.
Bourque and Mitchell German, a Clare native…
“She was banging on the door yelling, ‘Get me out!’,” he described hours later, while standing outside of the building as firefighters continued to douse hot spots with water. 1