New club has Japanese links
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.