HIGH PRAISE: Sensei Yamazaki with members of the Gympie Karate Academy.
HIGH PRAISE: Sensei Yamazaki with members of the Gympie Karate Academy. Contributed

Sensei admires karate club's spirit

MEMBERS of the Gympie Karate Academy were honoured with a visit from the chief instructor of the Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai recently.

Chief instructor Sensei Yamazaki travelled from the Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai headquarters in the United States to conduct training and lectures at the Iron St club and to oversee the training carried out in Australia.

Karate members were able to take part in Sensei Yamazaki's seminars in Gympie and Bundaberg, and in a seminar for blackbelts in Bundaberg.

Sensei Yamazaki was "very pleased" with members from JKR Australia, who he said showed support, loyalty, honesty and respect, and trained very hard and showed the true spirit of Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai.

Sensei Yamazaki invited JKR Australia to the USA Ryobu-Kai championships, to be held in Los Angeles.

Sensei Yamazaki congratulated Sensei Noel Turner on a job well done as chief instructor of Australia Oceania of JKR.

Sensei Noel Turner has joined up several other clubs in the district.

Inquiries contact Sensei Noel Turner on 5483 5204.