Tu¯rangi strong in karate contest
During the weekend, over 50 members and their families of five Traditional Shotokan Karate Federation dojos from around the North Island gathered in New Plymouth to train and compete at the TSKF Southern Region Championships.
The weekend’s training seminar and competition was conducted by Tu¯rangi local, Deputy Chief Instructor of TSKF Australia and New Zealand, Willis Shihan (Mark Willis), 8th Dan. He was joined by eight other Tu¯rangi Karate Club members whose demonstrations of correct technique, speed and power of karate strikes and blocks were used throughout the training seminar for others to watch and follow.
On Sunday, the Tu¯rangi dojo performed well, with excellent results across the board.
6TH-4TH Kyu: 2nd Renata Ngata, 3rd Emma Speedy. 3rd-1st Kyu:
2nd Katiana Ngata. Black Belt Girls: 1st Tangiairki Wanikau, 2nd Shania Moanaroa, 3rd Mystique Moanaroa. Black Belt Mens: 3rd Matakatea Wanikau. Team Coloured Belt: 2nd Katiana Ngata, Emma Speedy, Renata Ngata. Dojo Team: 1st Tangiariki Wanikau, Mystique Moanaroa, Shania Moanaroa.
Kumite Events 6TH-4TH Kyu Mixed: 1st Emma Speedy, 2nd Renata Ngata. 3rd-1st Kyu: 3rd Katiana Ngata. Black Belt Girls: 1st Tangiariki Wanikau, 2nd Shania Moanaroa. Black Belt Mens: 1st Matakatea Wanikau.
The Senior Spirit Trophy, one of the four special awards given out at the end of the event, was awarded to Matakatea Wanikau for his impressive debut in the Black Belt Men’s category. These results for the Tu¯rangi Karate Club members bode well leading up to the Australasian Championships to be held in Taupo¯ next year in March. Well done Tu¯rangi Dojo.
Tu¯rangi Karate dojo members. Standing from left: Matakatea Wanikau, Tangiariki Wanikau, Mark Willis, Shania Moanaroa, Anja Hambach, Katiana Ngata. Kneeling from left: Renata Ngata, Emma Speedy, Mystique Moanaroa, Irena Wanikau.