Bay of Is­lands club re­ports spike in in­ter­est

The Northland Age - - Sport -

A rise in in­ter­est in mar­tial arts in the Bay of Is­lands has seen the head in­struc­tor of a lo­cal dojo con­sid­er­ing run­ning more classes there.

As the head in­struc­tor of the Whangarei-based NZ Karatedo Ken­seikan, Jur­gen Per­lich trav­els north once a week to teach tra­di­tional non-com­mer­cial Sho­tokan karate at Spring­bank School ev­ery Tues­day dur­ing the school term.

Due to a surge in in­ter­est, Per­lich said he was con­sid­er­ing run­ning a sec­ond session on Thurs­day af­ter­noons/ evenings once he re­turns from Ja­pan to restart his Far North class for Term 4 on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

“Sho­tokan karate is one of the most pop­u­lar karate style world­wide,” said Per­lich, not­ing the dis­ci­pline’s train­ing is based on ki­hon (ba­sics), kata (for­ma­tion), and ku­mite (fight­ing).

Speak­ing from Ja­pan ear­lier this month where he was train­ing and up­skilling un­der the guid­ance of var­i­ous elite mar­tial artists, Per­lich said the club cur­rently runs classes for kids aged un­der 10 from 3.30 to 4.30pm, for youth and adults from 4.45 to 6.15pm, and for ad­vanced/ tournament stu­dents from 6.30-8pm.

A holder of a Ja­panese-graded black belt and hav­ing also gained a New Zealand na­tional cer­tifi­cate in sports train­ing and de­vel­op­ment, Per­lich was re­cently ap­pointed as the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Karate NZ for the North­land re­gion (NZ Karatedo Ken­seikan is af­fil­i­ated to Karate NZ).

He often takes stu­dents to com­pete at re­gional and na­tional tour­na­ments. Sev­eral lo­cal mar­tial artists rep­re­sented the club at both the Sugi­hara Cup tournament in Auck­land and the Auck­land Open in Au­gust, and he took a group of 12 stu­dents to Ja­pan for train­ing and a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence last year.

Per­lich plans to host a high­rank­ing Ja­panese in­struc­tor next year who will also visit the Kerik­eri dojo.

“Karate is my pas­sion and I am not try­ing to make a liv­ing out of it. The fees are very low com­pared to other do­jos, ba­si­cally I’m just cov­er­ing my costs for driv­ing from Whangarei to Kerik­eri ev­ery week.”

■ Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about the NZ Karatedo Ken­seikan can con­tact Jur­gen Per­lich (021) 125-6048 and via email info@ken­seiken.org

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Mar­tial artists from the Whangarei and Kerik­eri do­jos of NZ Karatedo Ken­seikan wear­ing the medals won at the North­land Open ear­lier this year. From back left are Keira Whi­taker, Malindi Rei­hana-Ruka*, Phil Grimshaw*, Raven Allen*, Kyle Han­lon, Tane Mur­phy, Tia Whi­taker, Pa­nia Mur­phy, (front) Bri­anna Whi­taker, Yuko Otabe, Ron­go­mai Mur­phy, Ethan Han­lon, Dax­ter Badger* and Matiu Mur­phy. Note, * in­di­cates from Bay of Is­lands/ Kerik­eri re­gion.

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