Members of the Gympie Karate Club to travel to Japan recently (back, from left) Brian Kaddatz, John Simmons, Shane Harelle, Jacob Nedwish, Sensei Noel Turner (cropped) and (front) David Jameson, Barry Plate, Jaye Ifield and Bulkhis Field.
Members of the Gympie Karate Club to travel to Japan recently (back, from left) Brian Kaddatz, John Simmons, Shane Harelle, Jacob Nedwish, Sensei Noel Turner (cropped) and (front) David Jameson, Barry Plate, Jaye Ifield and Bulkhis Field. Contributed

Gympie Karate Club learns from Japan’s best

GYMPIE Karate Club members had the experience of a lifetime recently, travelling to Japan for 12 days to participate in several karate seminars from leading sensei's for the 2014 Japan Karate-do Ryobu-Kai Gasshuku.

Karetekas came from all over USA, Britain and Australia for the event.

The Gympie club trained for two days at the Japan Karate Federation National Office after arriving in Tokyo, before attending seminars on Kata and Kumite with JKF coaches.

"We went to Shizuoka, then Yamanashi Gakuin University the next day, for a seminar run by former World Karate Federation Kata Champion, sensei Takashi Katada," Gympie instructor sensei Noel Turner said.

"On the same day we travelled to Mount Fuji for some (rest and relaxation) before departing for Kyoto to visit a Buddhist temple to train in Zen Meditation.

"We then departed for Osaka and trained at Kin Dai University Karate Dojo, with seminars with sensei Ko Matsuhisa on Kumite and the scorpion kick.

"There was then another seminar with sensei Atsuko Wakai, a four-time WKF Kata Champion.

"It was a great experience meeting students from Japan, USA and Britain, and all the seminars were excellent."

Gympie Karate Club trains weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5.30-7.30pm at the Iron Street dojo. New members welcome.