Karate club kicking back into action for new year
Instructor says sport is a natural fit for developing kids’ self-discipline
TSKF Childers Karate Club is back in action and president and instructor John Russo is calling for more members.
Trumpeting the martial art’s disciplinary benefits, Russo described karate as an ideal activity in which Isis juniors could learn several key values.
He said the focus of the drive was to encourage children to have a look at the club.
“This isn’t just about learning martial arts,” Russo said.
“It’s about working with kids and teaching them skills they can take into other aspects of their lives.
“We teach them things like respect and discipline, as well as self-discipline, which I believe is paramount.”
Members returned to the cultural centre last week after the summer break, with training sessions to be held every Monday and Thursday.
The region’s youngest members – anyone aged five or more years – will start their hour-long classes on Mondays at 6pm, with senior members on the mat by 7pm.
Seniors’ 90-minute sessions are also held on Thursdays.
The early start to the year is for good reason, with many members in the middle of preparing for the Australasian titles.
The competition will be held at the Gold Coast in March, marking the first major tournament of the year.
“We’ll probably have more than 20 people go to that,” Russo said.
“We have a lot of good young talent in the club at the moment and I’m sure they will do well.”
Russo said the big focus right now at the club was its famed training weekend at Woodgate Beach.
TSKF Childers will return to the coastal haven next month and members are set to be joined by others from neighbouring clubs.
“We’ve already had a lot of interest in that weekend,” Russo said. “It’s looking pretty busy.” The club’s packed calendar doesn’t end there, with the Wide Bay titles in Childers on the first weekend in May and the state championship in July.
“We’ve hosted the Wide Bay titles since about 1985, so it’s been a long time,” Russo said.
TSKF president and instructor John Russo It’s about working with kids and teaching them skills they can take into other aspects of their lives.
TRAINING SESSION: TSKF Childers Karate Club members Brooke Fitz-Gibbon, Dylan Young and Kerry Fitz-Gibbon, along with Bundaberg members Chontelle Anderson and Alex Fedotow, at last year’s training session at Woodgate Beach. TSKF will return to the beach spot on February 8 and 9.