Lead­ing ex­po­nent takes club train­ing

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Mar­ius Dakin

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.

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