Golden haul for karate club
A Mt Roskill karate club experienced something of a gold rush at this year’s New Zealand Karate Nationals.
The Shotokan Shitoryu Karate Association took home a treasure chest of 12 gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals from the competition.
The Mt Roskill branch, which meets at Wesley Intermediate three times a week, accounted for two golds, three silvers and five bronze medals.
Sensei Johnny Ling, who has been coaching karate in New Zealand for 22 years, believes his students have proven they are performing at an international level.
‘‘Obviously it’s because they have a good teacher,’’ Ling laughs.
Ling is an international karate referee and has seen the best fighters in the world compete. He enjoys passing on that knowledge to the kids.
‘‘There are so many things to learn, the knowledge to learn is so deep and it’s very challenging, technical wise, and learning how to be a good teacher.’’
The black belt teacher says karate can teach kids confidence, focus and leadership.
Gregory Smith’s two daughters attend the karate classes and have had huge success in competitions since taking up the sport.
‘‘With the help of sensei Johnny, my two girls have won over 20 gold medals nationally and from international competition just this year.
‘‘He works hard to uplift New Zealand karate standards to a global level and wants to bring home a world champion within the next five to six years. The parents such as us appreciate his efforts and all assist when possible.’’
Gold rush: The gold medal winners from Shotokan Shitoryu Karate Association.
Go to centralleader. co.nz and click latest edition to watch a video of a SSKANZ student compete at nationals.