Coleambally Kyokushin karate students’ busy term kicked off with a bang when Daniel Collier and instructor, Sempai Michelle Brain, attended a seminar with Shihan Judd Reid in Griffith recently.
Around 60 students attended the special event where Coly’s karate ace Sempai Michelle Brain said students came away with renewed enthusiasm after experiencing first hand the passion Shihan Judd continues to have for Kyokushin.
“This was an exciting opportunity to train with someone who completed 1000 days of training under Kyokushin founder and master Sosai Mas Oyama,” Brain said.
“Shihan Judd has also won world championships and completed the 100-man kumite.
The seminar went for four hours and along with training in basic techniques, included fitness work, fighting drills and a few rounds of sparring at the end.
The event was a lead up to the Riverina Interclub tournament held at West End Stadium in Griffith, where two Coleambally students, Daniel Collier and Jordan Mannes, competed in both the kata and kumite (sparring) divisions for their age group.
Both boys performed well in their kata, fighting well to ultimately lose in split decisions from the referees.
Mannes follwed up the event with his first grading and grilling on all the basic techniques to have his fitness tested to its limit with several rounds of kumite.
It was a great effort by Mannes and he received his 10th Kyu (orange) belt on June 14.
Coleambally dojo also completed their first 25-man kumite fundraiser for the year.
All the students sought sponsorship to complete this task which involves 25 rounds of continuous sparring, each round going for 90 seconds.
Eight students were in attendance for this event and they all showed great determination to make it through to the end.
Kyokushin Karate classes are held in Coleambally Monday and Wednesday afternoons form 4-5pm.
Please contact Sempai Michelle Brain on 0458 789 787 if you would like further information.