Leading exponent takes club training
Senior students and a handful of juniors at the Margaret River Karate Club attended two twohour training classes led by visiting sensei Eric Ho last weekend.
The seventh-dan instructor from Curtin University focused on the finer elements of self-defence, where students were engaged in traditional scenarios and introduced new techniques, including new warm-up exercises.
On Sunday, the enthusiastic students were shown how to neutralise a knife-wielding opponent in the simplest way.
They were shown how to improve stances by working the lower hip muscles to enhance maximum power rather than upper body technique.
Ho has been the driving force at the Curtin University Karate Club for almost 50 years where the style of karate they practise is called Shito-Ryu.
Their school is an off-shoot of the Shobukan Association, which loosely translated, means “Self New School”, more accurately meaning the “School To Train Towards An Empowered New Self”.
Ho is registered with the World Karate Federation and the Australian Karate Federation.
He is an International Oceania referee and has NCAS Level 2 general and karate-specific coaching accreditation, as well as numerous achievements as a competitor.
Sensei Eric Ho guides Margaret River Karate Club member Saffron Sgroi.