SKA hosted yet another successful Gladiator Tournament where young and upcoming members competed against fellow club members and visiting clubs. Divided into groups of age and experience they played valuable skill related games earning points as they go resulting in each competitor receiving a medal based on the number of games won. This is an essential stepping stone preparing our young members for later competitions.  Of course the jumping castle was once again a huge hit.

Furthering our skill base and accreditations within our Black Belts is jumping ahead in leaps and bounds.  With the introduction of Karate to the world stage via the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 the need to have instructors accredited through the National body, Australian Karate Federation, is paramount.  So Senseis’ Clinton, Liz and Aiden attended the Coaching accreditation seminar in November and should receive their credentials early in the new year ready to take to the floor at the Queensland State Championships scheduled for March.

On the competition front we are seeing more young athletes jumping into training now readying themselves for the competition season early next year.  The National tournament will be held in Sydney next year with Queensland hosting in 2018.

The annual pilgrimage to Noosa North Shore for the end of year Black Belt camp and Kyu Grading was again enjoyed by many.  Once again Hanshi Dr Patrick MacCarthy and Jiu Jitsu Master Shihan Tom Bellamy held jam-packed seminars enjoyed by all.  To achieve black belt members must go through a long process of preparing themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. The enormous wealth of knowledgeable, talented and loyal members ensures all those who commit to a training process are given the guidance and support necessary to achieve their personal goals.  So we welcome to the ranks of Shodan Ho Vyshnau Madhuchandron.

With classes running 7 days a week throughout the Redlands and Bayside catering to all ages and fitness levels there has never been a better time to inquire about joining.

Call 3396 0980, check out our Facebook page or go to www.sportskarateaustralia.com.au

Liz Sheen
President, Supporters & Competitors Club SKA