Small club gets re­sults

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

The Ja­panese Karate As­so­ci­a­tion (JKA) of Mata­mata came away from the Na­tional JKA Cham­pi­onships with 11 tro­phies.

The club had 11 mem­bers com­pete at the na­tion­als held in Auck­land in De­cem­ber, many for the first time.

‘‘ I’m re­ally happy with the re­sults,’’ in­struc­tor Danie van der Linde said.

‘‘It’s a small club in a small town but we do make a bit of an im­pact.’’

Chris and Os­car Fal­coner won both the kata (form) and ku­mite (spar­ring) com­pe­ti­tions in their classes, and Rika van der Linde earned a first and a sec­ond.

Mr van der Linde said they were now pre­par­ing for the next na­tion­als on March 16 and the Hamil­ton Open on March 30.

JKA Mata­mata is cel­e­brat­ing its two-year an­niver­sary this month and has about 35 mem­bers, rang­ing in age from 5 to 57.

The club al­ways wel­comes new mem­bers and can cater for any­one from the age of 5 to the age of 80, Mr van der Linde said.

‘‘We are try­ing to get more kids in­volved and to just grow karate as a sport in Mata­mata,’’ he said.

There is a Grasshop­per Group for the 5- to 7-year-olds.

Mr van der Linde’s son Hu­bert, 7, said it’s ‘‘ac­tu­ally quite a cool sport to be do­ing’’. ‘‘I just like do­ing it for fun,’’ he said. Mr van der Linde is an in­ter­na­tion­ally qual­i­fied Ja­panese Karate As­so­ci­a­tion in­struc­tor, as well as a ni dan black belt.

In Oc­to­ber, he will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Ja­panese Na­tion­als in Tokyo.

For more in­for­ma­tion on learn­ing JKA in Mata­mata con­tact Mr van der Linde on 021 131 0604 or visit jka­mata­mata.com.

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