Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

TURN­ING 40 is a ma­jor mile­stone for ev­ery­body and TSKF Childers Karate Club is cel­e­brat­ing.

Club pres­i­dent John Russo, the trainer since 1982, is putting a call out to all ex-stu­dents to re­unite for the cel­e­bra­tion.

“Karate is a great foun­da­tion in build­ing a bet­ter adult,” Mr Russo said.

Over the years, Mr Russo watched shy, young chil­dren grow into con­fi­dent adults.

“I have two stu­dents that were school cap­tains,” Mr Russo said, with a big smile.

Mr Russo said he was very proud of the Childers com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing the karate club. “Not many sport­ing clubs in ru­ral ar­eas last five years, let alone 40 years,” he said.

From hum­ble begin­nings in 1975 at Ap­ple Tree Creek to to­day where classes are held twice a week.

“Hav­ing classes for chil­dren have en­cour­aged par­ents to join,” he said.

Karate is the one sport that the en­tire fam­ily can en­joy to­gether, no mat­ter the fit­ness level. “Karate is not about fight­ing ... it builds con­fi­dence, im­proves phys­i­cal and men­tal fit­ness and builds char­ac­ter,” Mr Russo said.

Childers Karate Club will celebrate its 40th birth­day on July 18 at The Isis Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Cost: $30 per adult and $15 per child (5-12yrs) and un­der 5 free.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact John Russo 0427 696 541 or email

Chil­dren’s class: Mon­day 6-7pm. Adults Mon­day and Thurs­day 7-8pm at the Cul­ture Cen­tre on Churchill St, Childers.


KARATE KIDS: Brooke Fitz-Gib­bon trains hard at the Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre in prepa­ra­tion for the TSKF Childers 40th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

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