Karate group spends week­end in Tu¯rangi

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Dur­ing Labour Week­end, over 80 mem­bers and fam­i­lies of Tra­di­tional Sho­tokan Karate-Do Fed­er­a­tion of New Zealand Karate gath­ered in Tu¯rangi to cel­e­brate the 25th Gasshuku An­niver­sary Sem­i­nar and Cham­pi­onships.

Con­ducted by Deputy Chief In­struc­tor of TSKF Aus­tralia and New Zealand, Wil­lis Shi­han (Mark Wil­lis), 8th Dan, mem­bers train, eat and sleep to­gether over the course of the week­end.

The event has run each Labour Week­end in Tu¯rangi for the past 25 years.

It was at­tended by karate mem­bers from as far south as Gore and as far away as South Aus­tralia and ev­ery­where in be­tween.

The par­tic­i­pants ranged in age from eight to 67 with the skill level stretch­ing from 8th Kyu through to 8th Dan.

The Tu¯rangi Karate Club ju­nior mem­bers did par­tic­u­larly well at this event, used through­out the sem­i­nar for demon­stra­tion of cor­rect stance, tech­nique and speed, win­ning 10 events out of the 16 events en­tered.

They also per­formed a kapa haka bracket re­flec­tive of Nga¯ti Tu¯whare­toa, in­clud­ing sin­gle poi, dou­ble long poi, tirakau as well as wa­iata, haka and whaiko¯rero and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the night show’s fire dance, twirling fire poi with skill.

The 25th Gasshuku An­niver­sary ac­knowl­edged those who at­tend the Labour Week­end Gasshuku ev­ery year, with Jess Agate (ex-Tu¯rangi Karate Club) re­ceiv­ing her 10 year badge and Matakatea Wanikau re­ceiv­ing his five year badge.

■ The Tu¯rangi Ju­nior mem­bers re­ceived the fol­low­ing 1st place awards: 7th-4th Kyu Kata — Te Ao Marama Ryan

Black Belt Girls Un­der 13 Kata — Dan­ica Bell

Black Belt Boys Un­der 18 Kata — Matakatea Wanikau

Black Belt Girls Un­der 18 Kata — Tan­gia­riki Wanikau

Dojo Kata — Sha­nia Moa­naroa, Dan­ica Bell, Tan­gia­riki Wanikau 6th-4th Kyu Mixed Ku­mite — Emma Speedy

3rd — 1 Kyu Mixed Ku­mite — Ka­tiana Ngata

Black Belt Girls Un­der 13 Ku­mite — Mys­tique Moa­naroa

Black Belt Boys Un­der 18 Ku­mite — Matakatea Wanikau

Black Belt Girls Un­der 18 Ku­mite — Tan­gia­riki Wanikau.

— Irena Wanikau

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Over 80 mem­bers the Tra­di­tional Sho­tokan Karate-Do Fed­er­a­tion of New Zealand Karate spent Labour Week­end learn­ing and train­ing in Tu¯rangi.

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