Thirty competitors, 51 medals, 12 gold, 13 silver, 26 bronze. What a team!
Congratulations to all and a very special thanks to Sensei and Mrs Matsumoto.
MEMBER PROFILE: LEON O DONOHUE
My name is Leon O’Donohue and I have been training off and on with Matsumoto Karate for about 10 years. I got my start in Karate by initially taking our three kids James, Kate & Tess to lessons at the Smithfield Dojo and eventually was ‘encouraged’ to get up and have a go.
I think I can safely say that I am probably the slowest learner in the Dojo but I have loved every aspect of being part of the Matsumoto Karate ‘family’ and of the challenges and rewards that Karate poses. I’m still staggered and extremely grateful that we are able to train with a teacher of the calibre, vast experience and leadership of Sensei Matsumoto here in Cairns (a rare opportunity anywhere in the world).
My ‘day’ job is as an airline pilot with Qantas (flying the A380). Prior to that, I spent 17 enjoyable years in the RAAF as a fighter pilot flying the F/A-18 Hornet. I see many similarities between Karate and the best aspects of being a fighter pilot (the quest for personal excellence whilst still adhering to ideals of courage, respect, controlled aggression and honour).
The airline job has made getting to training regularly (whilst still having family time) challenging but after a year or so away from Karate, I realised just how much I missed it (and the people who make up this club). I have relished getting back into it and, even though I’m still a slow learner, the break has made me even more grateful for the opportunity.
Thanks very much Sensei and Mrs Matsumoto.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
STATE TITLES PHOTO SUMMARY
STATE TITLE RESULTS
MATSUMOTO KARATE ACADEMY
|Cocona Sakamoto||1 Gold||1 Silver||2|
|Grace Yamashita||1 Sliver||1|
|Skye Ozaki-Rogerson||1 Gold||1 Silver||2|
|Airi Hashimoto||1 Bronze||1 Gold||2|
|Mikoto Nomura||1 Bronze||1|
|Jackson Sota Ma||1 Gold||1 Bronze||2|
|Jade Lindner||1 Bronze||1|
|Katelyn Row||1 Silver||1|
|Jamie Robbins||1 Bronze||1|
|Tana Yamashita||1 Bronze||1|
|Daniel Kirakovski||1 Bronze||1 Bronze||2|
|Daniel Kelly||1 Bronze||1|
|Alex Ling||1 Bronze||1 Bronze||2|
|Luke Ozaki-Rogerson||1 Bronze||1|
|Taiga Hashimoto||1 Gold||1|
|Bradley Hunter||1 Silver||1|
|Chiara Webb||1 Silver||1|
|Tatsuya Shiihara||1 Gold, 1 Silver||1 Gold||1 Bronze||4|
|Sho Takaki||2 Gold||1 Gold||1 Silver||4|
|Tatsuya Watanabe||1 Bronze||1 Gold||2 Bronze||4|
|1 Bronze||1 Bronze||1 Bronze||3|
|Mada Lindsay||1 Bronze||1 Bronze||1 Silver, 1 Bronze||4|
|Sayaka Scott||1 Bronze||1 Silver||2|
|Samantha Christine||1 Gold||1 Bronze||2|
|Marlene Jones||1 Sliver||1 Bronze||2|
|Stuart Hunter||1 Sliver||1 Silver||2|
|Mark Porter||1 Bronze||1|
|12 Gold||13 Silver||26 Bronze||51 medals|
MAY GRADING PHOTO SUMMARY
CAMP PATERSON LONG WEEKEND
Camp Paterson, Shanty Creek Rd Mareeba, one and a half hours north-west from Cairns has been booked for a Matsumoto Karate Weekend 7 & 8 June. It’s a BYO everything—sleeping bags, pillows, food, crockery, cutlery. Bunks are available for $11 each person and the use of a large fridge and BBQ is $5 per person. Tent sites are also available at a price yet to be set. Bring your own BBQ food plus a salad & desserts to share and of course bring your own break-fast. If attending please confirm with Gail Walker by 1 June.