Karate for Life News October 2021

The end of term three brought grading week. Sensei Don was very pleased with standard of students grading this term. The extra work that students are putting in via online learning really helped them to stand out on the day. Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to the following students :

Rafael Curra Nagasawa; Max Geale; Nicholas Winatapradja; Jessica Winatapradja; Aurora Tamatea; Lotus Tamatea; Nathan Barco;  Luke Georgiou;  Leia Canigan; Sahib Sihag; Dhyey Patel; Kenji Snellin; Isabella Kezic; Saxon Ashley Danger Tilley; Evan Johnson; Param Patel; Soham Patel; Veer Shah; Havish Gobikrishnan;  Om Bodakhe; Hadi Mirza; Arvi Moosani; Kaaviyaa Subramanian; Sumona Ghangas; Roberto Louw; John Jenkin;  Lucan Heales; Mitchel Wood; Blake Brookes; Thomas Collidge; Scarlett McDonald; Jade Hutton; Emily Sawford; Paige Nella; Chanya Youngyuen; Jayden Yates; Shayleen Shrestha; Tyson Sawford; Aisha David; Alexander Hales; Aurora Peterson; Isla Collidge; Jacob Oates; Sofie Heales; Ivan Firsov; Caed Prentice; Alex McKee;

You can access our online learning videos here – https://karateforlife.net/kfl-online-learning/ Password is: Bushido.

Sensei Don’s home challenge project…

Sensei Don has asked students to locate a piece of cardboard (big enough to accommodate their biggest, widest stance), or a yoga mat (Big W and Kmart have cheap mats at around $5). Students are asked to bring these into the dojo during Week One of next term. The plan is for markers to be placed on the mat or board during class as indicators of each students perfect stance position. The board/mat will serve as a reminder to where their feet need to be when practicing the online challenges that Sensei Don is busy cooking up. Remember every term, a winner will be chosen to receive a $50 voucher to spend at The Karate for Life Shop on any product that they choose.

Another opportunity to attend Kalgoorlie Dojo will be coming up in February, when the West Australian Karate Federation will be sending a delegate to Kalgoorlie to conduct a Tournament training Camp. More details to come as they are finalised, but do alert Sensei Don if you are interested in attending.

Kofukan Association Tournament

As you know, we will be holding our annual tournament this October 31st, at Kwinana Requatic. If you have not already done so please remember to complete your tournament entry form here: Tournament Entry Form

We strongly encourage anyone with even the slightest curiosity of what a Karate Tournament entails to attend. This is an event for all students, from our white belted tiger cubs to our most experienced senior students. This is a friendly and accessible competition as opposed to the West Australian Karate Federation Tournaments, that requires a bigger commitment to training, specialised equipment, travel to Joondalup and a larger entry fee.

All students should be entering in both Kata and Kumite (students competing in Kumite will only need a mouth guard, if they do not have gloves a pair can be borrowed on the day (that said all students yellow-belt and above should have their own WKF approved sparring gloves and bring them to every training session). Gloves can be purchased on our equipment page.


TONFA CLASS – EVERY THURSDAY DURING SENIOR CLASS –

Throughout term four – All students must bring their own Tonfa.


Sensei Don has been busy in garden, with the warmer weather coming soon we have had new life sprouting up in every corner, currently we have zucchini, corn, tomatoes, capsicum and water lilies.

important Dates

First week of term four begins on October 11th

Kofukan Inter-club Tournament – October 31st

Preliminary Black Belt Grading – Kwinana Dojo 6:30pm November 9th

Panel Grading – Brown Belts to Shodan – November 21st (Mandurah)

Dojo gradings – December 9th and 11th

Junior Wind Up – Beach Training & BBQ – December 12th

Kick Off Seniors Party – Sushi & Sake – January 15th

Enjoy the rest of your school holidays, we look forward to seeing you all back in the dojo soon.

Online Subscription Registration

STAY ACTIVE & STAY HEALTHY AT HOME

Keeping normality in our  lives in this uncertain time is important for both our mental and physical health. With so many sports cancelled our children are left with little in the way of physical activity.  Our aim is to keep our students healthy and active at home.

Commencing Term Two – until further notice:

  • All classes will be conducted online.
  • All online learning will be subscription based.
  • Gradings will be by appointment only.

We want to help you stay active and continue your Karate journey without interruptions.

So we will continue to offer all students the following:

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1) Access to online curriculum modules via a dedicated Facebook group.
2) Access to LIVE classes via ZOOM. Each class will be offered on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Saturdays and will be conducted by Sensei Don. Classes will be begin as per your normal class time.
3) FREE dedicated feedback, simply send in your questions or a short video (up to 5 minutes) for advice on your training.
Once your registration is processed we will send you access to our Facebook page and Upcoming Zoom classes.
Your Principal instructors full-time employment is teaching. He is going to spend his time hard at work putting these classes together and assisting his students.  We appreciate your support in keeping our club alive and well, for its students now and in the future.
The Karate for Life Kofukan Team believe that these measures are important to keep both your training and our club alive.

STAY ACTIVE & STAY HEALTHY

Subscription Fees:
        • 1 x Family Member            $100 (per school term)
        • 2 x Family Members          $175 (Per School Term)
        • 3 x Family Members          $200 (Per School Term)

What you receive:

  1. Unlimited access to our syllabus videos on a dedicated Facebook Page.
  2. Unlimited attendance to our LIVE online classes.
  3. Individual critique from Sensei Don on your training techniques and performance.

Registrations for our online learning is now closed.   If you are looking to register for our live classes you can do so here: Class Information & Registration

The Meaning of the Kofukan Logo

 

 

The Kofukan logo combines three swords and a circle.

Swords have special meaning in Japanese society.  During the samurai era, samurai were the ruling class.  A samurai sword was said to the ‘soul of a samurai’ it represented a code of honour.kofukan-international-logo

The samurai sword represents ‘spiritual purity’.  Its mirror like surface reflects one’s weak mind and improper thoughts. Its razor sharp blade will cut them away.  Many Shinto shrines have swords as their treasure.

The three swords in the logo represent the ‘shin’ (Mind) ‘Gi’ (technique) and ‘tai’ (body).  These are the three main purposes of martial arts training.  Through practice, a martial artist should develop a ‘strong body’, ‘correct techniques’ and ‘correct attitude’ and hopefully attain a high level of spiritual achievement.

The circle represents ‘harmony’ and ‘perfection’.  These three aspects should develop in kofukan-international-logoharmony and into perfection. In the design, the circle of harmony joins the three principles together.

So the Kofukan logo represents the purpose of martial arts training in general and of karate study within our association in particular.

The three Japanese letters within the circle mean ‘Kofukan’ the two larger letters at either side of the circle read ‘shito’ (our style). Also the area inside the circle represents the lower abdomen (tanden) as the linking point of the three aspects that is mind, body and technique.

We chose the colours black and yellow gold for our association badges as they are the colours of the tiger and in order to make a link with the name of Kofukan, which literally means ‘tiger, wind, establishment.

The Meaning of KOFUKAN

  • Ko – is the tiger
  • Fu – is the wind
  • Kan- establishment, group or organization

According to Chinese legend the king of the sky is the dragon and the king of the land is the tiger and when the tiger appears the wind blows and when the dragon appears so do the clouds.