Club of the week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

This week’s Re­former Club of the Week is Ki­honkai Karate Club with sports re­porter Mur­ray Spooner.

In­struc­tor Ste­vie Ma­son has been in­volved with Ki­honkai since it is birth in 1987 and watched it pro­duce some of the re­gion’s finest sports­men and women.

The club train seven days a week in Stonelaw High School and other venues across South La­nark­shire and East Kil­bride.

They also re­cently hosted the KWF Euro­pean Championships and are often in­volved in ma­jor karate com­pe­ti­tions.

To witness the good work be­hind the scenes, I vis­ited Ste­vie and his class for a Thurs­day evening ses­sion.

He took me through the three stages of prac­tice and helped my pos­ture and punch­ing tech­nique.

A breath­ing ex­er­cise also helped my bal­ance and I was in­vited to watch spar­ring be­tween the mem­bers.

In what was a fun and en­joy­able evening, Ste­vie was a plea­sure to learn from and I found the sport fun and easy to pick up.

Ste­vie also talked through the clubs history and why peo­ple should join the club. cham­pi­ons. We have had sev­eral world and na­tional cham­pi­ons.

Ki­honkai Karate Club started in 1987, our first in­struc­tors were my­self and Jim Grif­fin, for­mer mem­bers/ in­struc­tors at Len­bukai Karate Club.

In 1991 Mr Grif­fin re­tired from karate train­ing, the club was re­named Ki­honkai Academy and has gone from strength to strength. From our first train­ing ses­sion in the Strath­clyde Park we have gone on to open many venues in South and North La­nark­shire.

We af­fil­i­ated with tra­di­tional shotokan groups. In 2001 we joined Karate­nomichi World Fed­er­a­tion, a Ja­panese karate group un­der the lead­er­ship of the world renowned in­struc­tor Mikio Ya­hara.

Ki­honkai have classes seven days a week, we are a full-time pro­fes­sional karate academy.

Like all clubs we find it dif­fi­cult get­ting suit­able venues and get­ting fund­ing for championships. All stu­dents fund them­selves to trips to Ja­pan to com­pete at world level.

Ki­honkai was the first karate group to at­tain South La­nark­shire’s Club SL Award. We ac­tively take part in Sports Scot­land Ac­tive Schools pro­gram. We go into schools to pro­mote health and well­be­ing through karate prac­tice.

Ev­ery new mem­ber can train free for the first month as a trial. We have fam­ily dis­counts and can of­fer free uni­forms.

Most peo­ple’s goal is to achieve a black belt. With reg­u­lar train­ing , two to four days per week, this can be ac­com­plished in four years. To reach in­ter­na­tional com­pet­ing level, this takes many years and com­mit­ment from the stu­dent, par­ents, in­struc­tors and coaches.

Ki­honkai have stu­dents who started when they were five years old and are now 18 and

Not­with­stand­ing the many health ben­e­fits reg­u­lar ex­er­cise gives all ages, karate train­ing at Ki­honkai will give the mem­bers reg­u­lar train­ing and com­pet­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with top in­struc­tors. As a tra­di­tional group we in­stall dis­ci­pline, re­spect , con­fi­dence and most im­por­tantly fun. We want the mem­bers to en­joy karate as much as we do.

I have over 30 years teach­ing and train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and I am a mem­ber of the KWF pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Mas­ters Panel and an in­ter­na­tional level ref­eree and judge. We ar­range trips at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nars and com­pe­ti­tions. We give you a month free train­ing and hope­fully many years of karate train­ing.

Join­ing is as sim­ple as a quick call or email, we will get back to you within 12 hours. Or check our web­site for your near­est venue and pop in to watch or take part.

Web: la­nark­shirekarate@live., email: la­nark­shirekarate@, Face­book: www. face­ ki­honkaikaratea­cademy.

Tel: 0141 250 7561, Mo­bile: 07950 195 616, Twit­ter: @ kwf­s­cot­land.

Euro­pean Cham­pion Greig Oliver,15, won gold at the KWF Euro­pean Championships

We of­fer karate classes from as young as four-years-old, Lit­tle Nin­jas Classes, right through to top in­ter­na­tion­al­ists. We cater for all stu­dents’karate train­ing needs.

Club of the week Ki­honkai Karate Club

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