South Burnett karate kids up for the challenge
SOUTH Burnett karate students marked international karate day the only way they know how, by challenging themselves to take part in the 100 kata challenge.
For the third consecutive year, more than 20 members of the Universal Shotokan Karate Union in the South Burnett from Wondai, Murgon and Kingaroy came together to complete 100 kata in 90 minutes.
Shotokan karate has over 20 kata that students learn over time and kata is a set pattern of movements, mixing blocks and strikes, that is repeated that same way each time it is practised.
South Burnett sensei’s Damian Nicholson and Brett Hall agreed that completing the challenge was as much of a mental challenge as a physical one for the students.
Mr Nicholson said he was proud to see 16 students step up, be there for one another and succeed together as a group.
“Karate is all about development of character, and one of the best things about the whole night was the number of students who saw someone else struggling, physically or mentally, and went over to give them a word of encouragement joined them to do a kata together,” he said.
“That’s what karate is all about, showing character, compassion, resilience and determination.
“We were very proud of the effort and commitment shown by all students.”
Each student was congratulated with a certificate marking their achievement at the end of the event, recording the details and the number of kata they completed.
Students will take on the challenge again next year and Mr Nicholson said he encouraged all martial artists to give it a go.
The Kingaroy and Wondai clubs train on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm, while the Murgon club trains from 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
For more information phone Damian Nicholson on 0407 960 747.