Hamid Mostofizadeh with JKS Australia members.
Hamid Mostofizadeh with JKS Australia members. Contributed

Come along and try karate

JAPAN Karate Shoto-Renmei Australia (JKS) will hold its first come-and-try day of the year this Sunday.

The Gympie club was established in 2009 by director Hamid Mostofizadeh, under the late Shihan Kanaya Sensei.

"We practise authentic traditional Japanese karate as taught in Japan," Mostofizadeh said.

"People who train regularly develop improved motor skills, balance, self awareness, confidence, self defence, spirit and focus.

"Above-all, karate training is widely known as one of the best forms of all-round fitness."

That training has paid off for JKS Australia members on the big stage, with plenty of national and international success.

In 2013, four members were selected in the Queensland team to compete at the national titles in Tasmania, from which two of them were selected to join the Australian squad at the Commonwealth Games in Canada late last year.

Competing against some of the best in the world, Daria Mostofizadeh came home with two of the seven gold medals won by Australia.

"It was great to see local students performing so well at big events, something that has continued this year with Daria winning a silver medal at the Melbourne International," Mostofizadeh said.

The success was followed by three gold medals, seven silvers and five bronzes at the Regional Tournament in Peregian Springs held over the first weekend in March.

"I think a big part of this success is the fact that all instructors are fully trained in the latest methods, using correct bio-mechanical principles," Mostofizadeh said.

"While performing well at big tournaments is very pleasing to see, our main focus is still participation."

"We're currently working with the Queensland Government to provide financially viable programs, especially for children, to allow more people to participate in the sport."

This focus on participation was evident in 2010, when JKS Australia introduced a revolutionary wheelchair karate program for the first time in Australia.

The free come-and-try day will be held at the Civic Centre on Sunday, with registration at 3pm and training from 3.30-5.30pm.