The New Zealand Disability Karate Association Newsletter
Welcome to the Winter issue of the New Zealand Disability Karate Association newsletter.
Since the last newsletter there has been two gradings and two new students who have joined our club. We also have a new Sensei, which will allow us to give you more help with your karate.
We are talking to the New Zealand Karate Federation to see if we can become affiliated. This will allow us to enter their competitions. The NZKF is a stepping-stone for the Olympics.
We have applied for funding from Wellington City Council. We should know in August if we have been successful.
Who has graded?
There have been two gradings since our last newsletter.
- We have 1 new yellow belt (9th kyu)
- And 5 new orange belts (8th kyu)
- Our orange belts have started working on their new kata
- We will most likely have 6 orange belts before Christmas
- We are expecting our first green belt (7th kyu) in the New Year
A new Sensei
We have been looking for a new sensei since the start of the year. They had to be a practising karateka and want to follow our club principles. Straten was just the person to join us.
Here are a few key facts about Sensei Straten
- Started karate when he was 5 years old.
- Trains almost every day.
- Trains with GKR karate.
- Has won gold medals for Kumite and Kata.
- Competed in GKR world competitions in Australia.
- Holds the rank of 2nd kyu with GKR karate.
- His mum also does karate.
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, next year.
- We need to grow the second class.
- We are working on the grading requirements for the rank of 6th kyu (blue belt).
- Marketing and fund raising is a big focus for this quarter.
- We will be doing a leaflet drop around the area.
- Remember you can invite your friends along to class.
Little Blue's karate tip
How to do the first 3 moves in Kata Sanchin.
We move forward into Sanchin Dachi with our right foot. Both arms in inside hooking block (Uchi uke) and slightly angled out.
Our back foot moves forward to just in front of our other foot (1) and then turns in as it lands(2). The back foot then straightens (3).
Now we move our arms
Pull the left arm back ready to strike. Remember to keep the other arm very still.
Now slowly strike mid-level (Chudan tsuki) and slightly inwards.
Slowly return to inside hooking block (Uchi uke).
... and now the other foot
Our left foot moves forward to just in front of our other foot (1) and then turns in as it lands(2). The back foot then straightens (3).
Remember to keep your arms very still as you move your feet.
Back to our arms
Pull the right arm back ready to strike. Remember to keep the other arm very still.
Again slowly strike mid-level (Chudan tsuki) and slightly inwards.
And slowly return to inside hooking block (Uchi uke).
We repeat the moves so we end up with our right foot forward again. And that is how we do the first 3 sets of moves in Kata Sanchin.
Look out for the Spring 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. www.karatedojo.nz