Strict stan­dards met

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

The re­cently es­tab­lished Ja­panese Karate As­so­ci­a­tion in Mata­mata had its first grad­ing on Satur­day May 19.

It started as just an­other day for some but for the stu­dents who have been train­ing with Sen­sei Danie van der Linde since Fe­bru­ary this would be a day they would never for­get.

Grad­ing took place at the Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School hall and they would have to prove their worth in front of Sen­sei Karl Naoroji, fifth Dan, from the Paku­ranga Dojo in Auck­land.

Ten­sion was felt through­out the build­ing as the stu­dents ar­rived and started warm­ing up with some stretch­ing and a quick run­down of the day’s hap­pen­ings.

The first stu­dents lined up for their ex­am­i­na­tion which would in­volve the three build­ing blocks of JKA Karate namely, Kion (ba­sics), Kata (forms) and Ku­mite (spar­ring).

Work­ing in pairs the adults started off while the whole build- ing went quiet with spec­ta­tors watch­ing ev­ery move the par­tic­i­pants’ made.

Time seemed to stand still and the pres­sure was mount­ing as ev­ery­one fin­ished their grad­ing.

The scores were ex­am­ined and then the mo­ment ar­rived when it was an­nounced that ev­ery sin­gle stu­dent who par­tic­i­pated had passed their first grad­ing!

This was quite an achieve­ment con­sid­er­ing the in­ter­na­tional grad­ing sys­tem was in force, with the re­sults kept on record in Ja­pan.

With the first grad­ing now com­pleted, the club is tak­ing in new stu­dents again as this group moves to the next level.

If you would like to join the new in­take con­tact Danie van der Linde on 021 131 0604 or on jka­mata­

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