TESTED: Jaqui Maguire is put through her paces by instructor Winni Taylor at the Karate 4 Kids and Mixma self defence grading day at Nanango. Photo: Aiden Burgess / South Burnett Times
TESTED: Jaqui Maguire is put through her paces by instructor Winni Taylor at the Karate 4 Kids and Mixma self defence grading day at Nanango. Photo: Aiden Burgess / South Burnett Times Aiden Burgess

Karate skills put to the test

GRADING day is one of the most important moments of a martial artist's career.

It's the culmination of all they have learnt in their time training, tested in front of both their fellow students and teachers.

Students of the South Burnett's Karate 4 Kids and Mixma went through this important process at Nanango on Saturday.

The students undertook activities including pad work, sparring, self defence and the finale of having to break blocks of wood.

Karate 4 Kids instructor Geoff French highlighted the importance of events such as Saturday's grading.

"It's the ultimate test of all their training put together and, like an elite athlete, they train for years for that one day," he said.

French felt a sense of pride in watching his students perform on their big day.

"I could see the skill, strength and growth and felt really proud watching them," he said.

French praised his students' efforts undertaking their grading.

"I thought it was an awesome performance by our students and was very outstanding," he said.

"Our students are now of a quality to win state and even national championships."

Karate 4 Kids commenced classes at Murgon PCYC yesterday.

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