What an amazing start to the year for Sports Karate Australia and all our students. Classes started back in the first week of the school term with much enthusiasm. All our classes are continuing to see a steady flow of new students both young and not so young wishing to join in the fun and fitness. A dedicated group of 2nd and 1st Kyu Brown Belts along with some Black Belts have been working hard training several times a week. In addition they have been getting up to greet the sun on Sunday mornings to attend the ever popular Black Belt Boot Camp, raising their fitness levels in order to reach Black Belt and higher Dan status in June. Good luck guys and keep up the great work!.
Our knowledge is ever expanding thanks to the continuing monthly seminars presented by Hanshi Dr Patrick McCarthy and our Jiu Jitsu Master Shihan Tom Bellamy. In other training news our dedicated band of Black Belts continues to update and improve their knowledge by attending QKA Referee workshops in order to be involved in every aspect of our sport. This skill set will benefit every student.
On the competition front, several of our students have attended Kumite Event Practice days this year at QKL Wavell Heights gaining invaluable match experience. An impressive group of students are headed to the QKA Summer Invitational Championships in March after attending lots of Kumite and Kata specific classes. There will be some tough competitors at this tournament but the SKA students have been prepared well. The KBI Tournament in Noosa was postponed thanks to Cyclone Marcia so we will see just a select few attending this one later in March. The Ozawa Cup in Las Vegas is an international event always on our radar and this April sees young Len Salazar Sensei making the trek for the first time. Good luck Leni.
In breaking news Jacinta Gibson Sensei and Clinton De Brujn Sensei have been selected to train with the Australian Karate Federation National Development Squad. This is an incredible opportunity and due recognition for their dedication and hard work.
We all enjoyed our Club Karate Open Day with Kids and Beginners Carnival held at Hilliards State School in March. This was a fantastic introduction into tournaments with great levels of participation from all of the clubs’ many class groups plus demonstrations from our Elite Team, jumping castles, popcorn, fairy floss, bbq and the most popular attraction, Sumo Suit Wrestling.
With classes running seen days a week throughout the Redlands and the Bayside catering to all ages and fitness levels there has never been a better time to inquire about joining. For more information please call 3396 0980, check out our Facebook Page, or go to www.sportskarateaustralia.com.au