Issue #6


The New Zealand Disability Karate Association Newsletter

Autumn 2020

Tēnā koutou

Welcome to the Autumn issue of the New Zealand Disability Karate Association newsletter.

I hope you are all safe and being kind to each other.

Remember the first rule of self-defence is don't be there. For COVID-19 that means you should stay in your bubble.

While we are in lockdown and cannot train together Sensei has created some things to help you.

  • There are five-minute home training videos on YouTube
  • There will soon be an online version of the Ball Game
  • Sensei is setting up a Zoom meeting so that we can train once a week together.

You can always call or text Sensei on 027 240 2717.

Who has graded?

There has been two gradings since our last newsletter. We have 2 new yellow belts (9th kyu).

Since the club started 5 students have paused their training. We hope they will come back to the dojo soon.

In our club there are now

  • 8 white belts (10th kyu)
  • 8 yellow belts (9th kyu)
  • 4 orange belts (8th kyu)
  • Let's hope we have our first green belt (7th kyu) before the Winter Newsletter.

Little Blue's Bubble Tips

Kia ora everyone! I hope you are all keeping safe.

Little Blue in his bubble 2 metre safe distance

Remember to keep 2 metres away from anyone not in your bubble.

Kiwi Bro in his bubble

Always cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue, never your hand - yuk!

Remember to wash your hand for 20 seconds. Sing "Happy Birthday" twice.

What is coming up

Our plans for the next quarter

  • We are on track to see our first 7th kyu student, which is green belt, this quarter.
  • Once we are able to train together we will celebrate our second birthday.
  • We have finalised the grading requirements for the rank of 6th kyu (blue belt).
  • We have submitted our annual report to Charities Services.
  • We are still working on our new information pack for schools and local businesses. This isolation period will allow us to complete the work.
  • Marketing and fund raising will be a big focus for this quarter. We are targeting businesses around Wellington.
  • We will hold off doing a leaflet drop around the area until after the lockdown.
  • Remember you can invite your friends along to class.

Look out for the Winter issue and feel free to share this newsletter with your friends.

Membership is free and open to anyone who wishes to take part in the martial arts training offered by the club. All the details are on our website.