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Japanese master hones karate fighters

KARATE CHAMPS: Shihan Tanaka 6th Dan demonstrating a kekomi kick on Brandt Cogill 4th Dan Australian Open Kata Champion from Rochampton Dojo. Picture by L Bulloch, Moura.
KARATE CHAMPS: Shihan Tanaka 6th Dan demonstrating a kekomi kick on Brandt Cogill 4th Dan Australian Open Kata Champion from Rochampton Dojo. Picture by L Bulloch, Moura.

THE countdown is on for the State Karate Championship which will be held next weekend June 13 and 14 at the Biloela PCYC.

Come and cheer our karate students on and watch some of the best Queenslanders who will travel to Greece at the end of June for the World Championships.

Biloela karate-ka has been very active this first half of the year with CQ Titles in Rockhampton held on March 21 and 22.

Biloela Dojo competed very well, places going to Sean Watson 2nd kata, 2nd kumite, Corey Manwaring 2nd kumite, Travis Manwaring 2nd kata, Charles Stuart-Sutherland 2nd kata, 3rd kumite, Caitlin Tansley 3rd kumite, Jade West 3rd kata, 2nd kumite. Caitlin Tansley and Jade West 3rd place in synchronised team kata.

Japanese Master Shihan Tanaka 6th Dan Black Belt visited Tannum Sands and Rockhampton on May 9 and 10. Biloela students went to both for intense five-hour training seminars.

This was great experience for all and the junior students loved the discipline, authority and respect that the traditional Japanese karate masters instil into their everyday life of karate.

Gradings will be at the end of the month after the dojo hosts the State Championships.

Then it is training for the Biloela team for Shotokan Week and National Championships hosted by Gladstone in September/October school holidays.

This is where our students will get a week's training under Shihan Kanazawa and Sensei Nobuaki from Japan.

Do call in at the PCYC in Gladstone and have a look, it's so disciplined and the finer points of traditional Japanese karate are learnt, practiced and bought back to the dojo to be perfected.


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