December 2021 Wind Up Newsletter

It has been a very busy year at Karate for Life, we finished the term four with a grading held at both our Kwinana and Forrestdale Dojos. Congratulations to the following successful grading candidates: Nicholas Winatapradja; Jessica Winatapradja; Lucas Gross; Kushaan Sisodia; Rishaan Sisodia; Tania Jeyavarthna; Varishvan Jeyavarthna; Reyna Rai Riksman; Codey Vinn Riksman; Bentley Ray; Dhyey Patel; Charlie Smith; Leia Lanigan; Om Bodakhe; Aurora Tamatea; Lotus Tamatea; Param Patel; Soham Patel; Ethan Noronha; Bryan Noronha; Charlie Blake; Elise Chan Fook; Isabelle Lanigan; Brayden Van Der Waarden; Isla Pickard; Oliver Pickard; Steven Pickard; Martin Russell; Mikayla Van Der Waarden; Kezia Berveling; Scarlett McDonald; Chanya Youngyuen; Aiden Heath; Caroline Winkler; Sahib Sihag; Kaaviyaa Subramanian; Rui Akamatsu; Lisa Doomen; Jennifer Swift; Talon Johnston; Rafael CurraNagasawa; Sadie Smithson; Alexander Hales; William Hales; Jacob Oates; Shayleen Shrestha; Naysha Shrestha; Jade Hutton; Sofie Heales; Lucan Heales; Tumelo Zulu; Annika Butchart; Jax Tether; Max Tether; Cameron McDonald; Victor Brookes; Blake Brookes; Jensen Owen; Evan Johnson; Ethan Barbatano; Jaxon Dickson; Liam Barnard; Max Bizzintino; Zack Bizzintino; Ollie Potts; Evan Bullock; Mary McKay(2nd Kyu). Well done everyone, we are looking forward to seeing your progress even further in the new year.

Occasionally we have the opportunity to witness a long time member of our club achieve a major milestone on their Karate journey, please join us in passing on a huge congratulations and well done to Curt Moss, he did us all proud when he graded to Shodan in November.

Sensei Dave Hatte; Curt Moss; Sensei Don McKay; Sensei Lindon McKenna – Kofukan Inter-club Panel Grading, Mandurah Dojo 28th November 2021.

KOFUKAN INTER-CLUB TOURNAMENT 2021

This year saw many new students compete in our Kofukan Inter-club Tournament held in October. We are always inspired by every student that has the courage to step on to the tatami and display their developing karate skills. A big thank you to everyone from Kofukan Kalgoorlie that made the long journey to come Kwinana and compete with us on the day – you guys are amazing and deserved your medal haul. Thank you to Rob Sage and Sensei Brian Chambers for their awesome demonstration and to John Jenkins who provided us with the wood for the students to ’tile break’.

Thank you also goes to our valuable volunteers that give up their Sundays to help us run these events. They would not be possible without you. Thank you to our instructors that dedicate their time to training our students in preparation for the tournament and in manning the tatamis as referees, judges and coaches on the day.

2022 Kick-Off Parties!

After much discussion it was decided that our windup party shall be our kick off party. Join us on 9am Sunday, January 23rd. In Rockingham. Students are to wear their Gi’s (Karate uniform) with bathers underneath (Gi’s become sheer when wet) a hat and sunscreen. Following training there is a sausage sizzle and juice for brunch on the grass area for all students and their families. A registration email will be sent to you shortly.

For our senior students/members (18 years and over) we have a special event planned on January 15th from 7pm, involving Sake and Sushi at our place. Partners are welcome to attend. A registration email will be sent to you shortly.

Association & Membership Registration

There are important changes going on behind the scenes that are designed to help our Kofukan Karate Australia Association run smoothly. While everything will pretty much stay the same in the dojo two important changes are taking place that will affect everyone:

  1. In the new year you will be sent a link from our new Kofukan Karate Australia Association asking you to complete the online registration form for the 2022 training year. You will be asked to pay your membership directly to our association membership pool to cover the costs of insurance, affiliation links and fees to Kofukan International and Shihan Tomiyama. This amount is currently set to $25 per student and is payable once a year. This amount replaces the current membership fee you usually pay on joining and at the start of each training year. You will still receive your term one training fee invoice from Kofukan Karate for Life in January.
  2. The aim of our new association is to promote events amongst our members which includes but is not limited to: WAKF tournaments; inter-club tournaments; inter-club tournament training sessions; inter-club training sessions; beach trainings; inter-club social events; inter-club senior and dojo gradings.

Please note that if have not notified us in writing of your intentions to cease training in 2022 (as per our terms and condition of membership) it will be assumed that you will continue to attend karate classes and be a part of our new association in 2022.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, training fees or classes please contact us here.

Looking for something to watch over the holidays (besides Sensei Don’s training videos?)

Our new term starts on January 31st – all class times are the same as in 2021 and can be found here.

Training videos are here. Password is Bushido. Please note that the password will change in January once the term invoices have been sent, it will be displayed on your receipt for your reference.

Sensei Don’s challenges are here. With everything going a bit haywire for Sensei Don in November, we will give everyone until our Kick Off Beach Training on January 23rd to email or screen shot a copy of their completed challenge sheet. We will announce the winner on the 23rd January after training. So there is still plenty of time to enter. There may even be some new challenges going up after Xmas.

Exciting Training Opportunity…

Our first training event of the year – is a fantastic training opportunity with the WAKF in Kalgoorlie – save the date and we will be sending out registration information as soon as it becomes available. Please note at this stage students will be responsible for arranging their own transport and accommodation. (Junior students must be accompanied by an parent/guardian)

Thank you for being a part of our wonderful club, we are looking forward to a wonderful 2022, but for now, from our family to yours we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and the happiest of all new years!

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.

Documentary on Karate-do (1956)

 

 

An interesting documentary produced by the Nippon Karate Association in 1956 detailing the history and development of Okinawan Karate.  The show highlights how wide reaching and beneficial Karate training is for children and adults of all ages.

“Karate is an art, one of the most authentic practices and it is also a sport, one of the most rewarding ever devised.”

Documentary Transcription.

About 300 years ago, during the History of China, the victims of attack by bandits in Highland every founded in a rather non-priest like fashion by creating a system of self-defense which is to this day an equal for deadly effectiveness that was born the biggest art of Karate, a form of self-defense in which no weapons of any sort are used. In fact, in Japanese, Karate means empty handed. Through practice and training however, the hands become weapons in themselves and that effective one that no form of offensive attack can overpower them.

The act of Karate as we know it now was developed by the natives of the Okinawa  little or nothing that none of the 50 in development there and it remained a mysterious art well talked about and practiced in other parts of Asia. Until 1922 when the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Ginchin Funakoshi an outstanding exponent of Karate to give an exhibition in Japan, the Japanese showed a keen interest in the development of this unusual art and through the years this interest grew even stronger. At present, its popularity is increasing tremendously to the extent that it is now finding its way into the western world.

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Karate uses every striking service of the body both for defense and for attack especially important are the hands and feet which are systematically trained until they become a formidable form of weapon. Since Karate is essentially a defensive art, they become defensive weapon to be used when attacked in which case they are also used for counterattack.

The various have kind of punches used in Karate are the rising forward punch, the side sitting punch, the hook punch, the inverted forward punch, the uke punch and the double forward punch. The basic movement is the ordinary forward punch. Unlike the boxing punch however in Karate, the body does not follow through the movement rather the entire body with emphasis on the hips is different at the moment of impact in each of the relaxed so that balance is never lost.

Just as important in Karate as the punch is the kick. There are various kinds among them the forward kick, the side hitting kick, the side snap kick and the side thrust kick. When properly mastered, these are even more powerful than the punches and maybe used most effectively as a surprise counterattack. Needless to say to be used successfully, this technique required considerable practice.

The basic principle of Karate is that a strong defense is the best possible offense. In deflecting an assault, the block is executed in such a way that the most effective counterattack may be instantly used thus in Karate, the defender paradoxically is almost assured of victory over the attacker. If the block is forcible enough however, there is often no need for any further counterattack. In other cases, the opponent’s attack is both anticipated and prevented by a suitable counterattack.

documentary 1956 1Learning the form of exercise is one of the most important facets of Karate training, for in this art the body must be made into a veritable weapon. These so-called kata or sets of exercises include all the various kinds of punching, kicking and blocking so that all kinds of imaginary attacks are successfully blocked and followed by effective counterattacks. There are more than 50 sets of such exercises most of which were long ago developed by Karate masters so that the students practice by themselves. Some kata empathize elaborate movement while others specialize in speed.

Sparring with another student comes only after one is thoroughly familiar with the basic movement of Karate in these mock fights the attack is pre-arranged and the defender is required to apply the block proper to the mode of attack following with the counter-attack.

Karate is also most effective in any kind of weapons attack for example in defending oneself against an attacker with a knife.

Boxing and Karate share some common elements but are actually quite different. In this earlier filmed comparison between the two, it will be noted that while agility and speed are most important in boxing in Karate, it is the combination of various kinds of punches and kicks plus speed and agility which make the Karate expert by far the more formidable opponent.

More recently, the art has been gaining popularity among women since brute strength is not required and since Karate is more an art than a sport, one may become adept at learning a fundamental by constant practice and master of the control and body coordination that even the most slightly built women may learn a very sure means of self-defense.

It is training however which is the most important single part of becoming a Karate expert. For it is by training alone that the body can develop the skill and strength needed in practice of this art. That’s one of the tests of proficiency consists of breaking three one inch boards with fists or feet or cracking 10 pieces of slate.

Another way of increasing one’s strength is by using weight on hands and feet, a practice which is now used in various kind of body building as well.

After mastering the fundamentals, the student is ready for freestyle practice. Unlike the sparring practice, here the attack is not pre-arranged. By this time, the Karate student is able to stop his kicks and pull his punches just short of contact this he must do or very shortly, he would have no one to practice with. This freestyle practice can be quite dangerous if the contestants are careless or overaggressive but it does add an element of competition and gives excellent training and accuracy and confidence.

As more and more people realize that Karate may not be deadly but may rather be a controlled and exercise sport giving the students absolute body control, it is expected that the freestyle matches will transform Karate into an accepted sport.

Karate as a most effective scientific technique of self-defense is gaining popularity not only with specialized institutes teaching it but also in offices, in homes, in the country and in schools. It is also becoming a part of the regular training of the American air police station in Japan. There’s every prospect that Karate will soon seize being a purely Japanese art and will gradually spread throughout all the countries in the world becoming both a sport and a superb means of self-defense.

Credit for Karate’s stage pf  high development is due to Mr Ginchin Funakoshi, the man who gave Karate its first Japanese exhibition and who has devoted his life to teaching and perfecting of this art.  Formally regarded as somewhat esoteric, it fundamentally protects secret that are passed on from master to selected students. Now, it is on its way to becoming a worldwide art.

In emphasis on successful defense, Karate is based on the highest principle of sportsmanship and fair play. Its practice is excellent all round exercise and aids in muscular development. It also teaches courage and self-confidence. Because of its deep devotion to the principle of the self-defense, Karate is obviously not a sport which will appeal to those who want to use it as an instrument of attack or who are merely interested in the amount of damage then may inflict if used. Since it does not teach how to harm other but rather, how to protect oneself it will therefore attract only those who wish to combine clean sport with a tangible accomplishment. In this way, Karate is an art, one of the most authentic practice and it is also a sport, one of the most rewarding ever devised.

Ageing Well With Karate…

“Population ageing is a triumph of humanity, but also a challenge to society”   

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It is generally accepted that we suffer a decline in physical and cognitive abilities as we age. The study that inspired this article undertook to prove that Karate training can assist in improving our declining cognitive abilities, strength, balance and flexibility.

 

The Benefits of Movement

Improved physicality will lower the risk of falls and so lessen the occurrence, if not cease the risk of associated injuries. Additionally I believe that the act of participating in a group activity brings many psychological and emotional benefits such as decreasing loneliness, isolation and depression.

About the Study

The study itself comprised of 89 men and women with an average age of 70 years old.  The participants were generally in good health when they started.

The controlled group where tested at 5-month  and 10-month intervals.  Results showed an improvement at the five-month stage, and further increased improvements were noted at the 10-month mark. Researchers suggest that continued practice would continue to show benefits in minimizing the general aging decline found in non-practicing  people.

 

 

“Active ageing is the process of optimizing opportunities for health participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. Active ageing depends on a variety of influences or determinants that surround individuals, families and communities” 

Why Karate?

Karate training by its nature is wide and varied and so the benefits are far reaching.  Young people are often brought to karate classes for reasons revolving around discipline, attention building, anti-bullying strategy formation, self-defense, and finally fitness.  Fitness, strength building or flexibility are usually not the reasons that young people start karate training. Physical strength and flexibility are often a given for the young.  As we age the table turns, mentally we become stronger, less afraid of confrontation and more suited to stand up for ourselves, but we see a physical decline as we age, regardless of our exercise prowess.

My Karate

After over 20 years of training Karate ( I started at the age of thirty) I am glad to say that even while I am not an outstanding talent, I am if nothing else diligent in my practice. I attend regular training at our dojo and participate as much as possible in the warm up, drills, kata. The result of this training means that I can do many things that other woman my age can find difficult.  I am strong, in both body and mind, most of the time. Sometimes inflammatory arthritis takes over and robs me of the best of myself.  But even in these times I find a more refined practice to be beneficial in lessening my recovery time and generally keeping down times to a minimum. I believe that continuing to practice Karate will help me to stay active into a ripe old age.

Funakoshi

What does Karate Training involve?

A typical class will involves a short meditation, a warm up, stretching, drills, partner work, kata, more stretching, a final short meditation.

Six improvements to be by Karate training for all participants.

  1. Balance – strength and improvement of cognitive ability.
  2. Flexibility – repetition of movements to extension through warmup and cool down
  3. Strength – gained from stances, and joint repetition of movements
  4. Learning a new skill –  builds memory and learning muscles.
  5. Co-ordination – kata and drills
  6. Cognitive improvement – kata and drills.

Age is not a barrier to participation, Karate training by its nature can be tailored to suit any age group, health condition, size of body, and general physical and mental abilities.  Karate is not a team sport, it is self-paced and your journey is not dependent on someone else’s progression just as theirs is not dependent on yours.

A tailored made training program can easily be made to suit an older student without diminishing the heart of Karate.  Karate itself is about the art of self-defense, the first line of self-defense is against your own body’s dis-ease and decline.  Karate by design is suited to assist with many issues brought about by aging and this will probably be easier for a new student over fifty years old to accept than a student that trained in a dynamic style when they were younger.  If you are coming to karate as a new student in an older body you soon learn to let go of any ego that demands you perform beyond your capabilities.

How old is too old to start?

You are never too old to start learning Karate.  Karate will meet you where you are.

Contact us here to find out about our classes at the dojo, private classes or if you would like us to tailor a program for your group.

Michelangelo

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