Karate club kick­ing back into ac­tion for new year

In­struc­tor says sport is a nat­u­ral fit for de­vel­op­ing kids’ self-dis­ci­pline

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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