New club has Ja­panese links

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By LAURA MCLEAY

A new karate club is start­ing up in Mata­mata this month, run by in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised black belt Danie van der Linde.

Mr van der Linde moved to Mata­mata last Novem­ber and is start­ing up lessons for any­one who wants to learn the mar­tial art.

The Ja­panese Karate As­so­ci­a­tion Mata­mata, oth­er­wise known as the Dojo Club, will of­fer train­ing in all types of karate.

‘‘There are var­ied fields you can get into with karate from the tra­di­tional side to the sports side,’’ he said. ‘‘Karate is good for your own health, fit­ness and well­be­ing and it is phys­i­cally and men­tally stim­u­lat­ing.’’

Mr van der Linde has been learn­ing karate since he was eight years old but has been train­ing full­time for the past five years.

He has com­peted around the world and ranked sec­ond in the 2010 South African Cham­pi­onships.

What sets this club apart is the af­fil­i­a­tion it has with the Ja­panese Karate As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘When you train with the Ja­panese Karate As­so­ci­a­tion, you build up in their syl­labus and be­come reg­is­tered in Ja­pan. If you are go­ing to spend a lot of time train­ing, it is good to know that you have reached in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.’’

Train­ing will be held at Mata­mata Col­lege on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings dur­ing school terms. For more in­for­ma­tion call Danie van der Linde on 021 121 0604.

Ready to teach: Danie van der Linde is start­ing a karate class in Mata­mata.

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