Newsletter JUNE 2017

GO GIRLS! THE ROW FAMILY

The three of us, Tomoko (mother), Katelyn (oldest daughter) and Skyla (youngest daughter) do karate.

Our family does karate because it teach-es us how to defend our-selves, helps us to keep healthy and we enjoy karate. We enjoy it because of our great community and teacher, Matsumoto Sensei.

It teaches us techniques to be able to defend ourselves, helps us to be fit and have ambition to complete our goals. Outside of karate, Skyla does gymnastics, violin and other music.

Katelyn does flute and other music amongst other things. Interests Tomoko has outside of karate include cooking and walking. We hope to continue karate and we thank the great community at Matsumoto.

MY JOURNEY—NEAL FROM TOWNSVILLE

Returning to training………it was 2014, 46 years old, I was at home putting on some socks or should I say attempting to but the lack of flexibility was winning the battle….at that moment sitting on the bedroom floor I knew it was time to return to martial arts training.

As a teenager martial arts was a huge part of my life and this continued until my early twenties. In the town of Innisfail there were really only two clubs to choose from, Rhee Taekwondo and Matsumoto Karate…….

Taekwondo was the easier choice at the time purely because it was at the PCYC about 10mins from home and the karate dojo was all the way over near the bathes in the hall next door which in terms of Innisfail actually wasn’t that far.

Over the next few years after travelling and training in various styles, while living in Launceston ,Tasmania I gained my black belt in the WTF system of Taekwondo, then not long afterwards in also in Shotokan Karate.

In the early ‘90’s I joined the RAN and whilst posted to Cairns I trained at Sensei Matsumoto’s Cairns dojo for a time but due to work commitments away at sea my training gradually petered off……fast forward twenty plus years, after digging around a few cupboards I found a Gi and old white belt and went searching for a club.

Initially I started with a Taekwondo club and although a wonderful club I found my body had changed over the years and the rigours of that system was just causing me injuries so I started searching again and ended up wandering into Sensei Matsumoto’s Townsville dojo where Ursula, Jill and Dean welcomed me in whole heartedly back into the Karate world and they have been very patiently rebuilding my mishmash of techniques over the last couple of years…..since then I’ve travelled to Cairns dojo a few time and received the same warm welcome from Sensei Matsumoto and the dojo club members up there…..and so my martial arts journey continues.

MAX HINKS FROM TOWNSVILLE

Hello! I am Max Hanks. I am 10 years old and at 8th Kyu (Red Tip). I started karate on 23 Jan 2017.

I like karate because it is good for me, it makes me strong and improves my flexibility skills. I am really hopeful to get to 1st Dan (Black Belt) by the time I am 17 years old.

I never want to miss a karate lesson because I really like training and it improves my skills which will give me a chance for grading.

SOME TOWNSVILLE CREW AT GRADING AND ‘AT HOME’

I am Zachary Phillip Hayes. I am 8 years old. I live on Magnetic Island and I catch a ferry to Townsville to train. I’ve done karate for 2 years.

I’m working for purple belt. I like karate because it’s good self defence, every 2 weeks we usually learn new fun stuff.

My favourite moves are Mawashi-geri and Kazami.

I want to eventually reach black belt. My aim is to get my level down, in time till my next grading.

JUNIOR GRADING IN MAY

SOME MEMBERS AND PARENTS AND FRIENDS

SATURDAY MORNING CLASS

RIO KURATA WAS A RECENT GRADUATE TO SENSEI MATSUMOTO’S CLASSES

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES:

These classes while fun, work on teaching young children how to in-crease their level of concentration to enable them to learn more readily from Sensei Matsumoto.

Basic movements are taught but there is an emphasis on etiquette.

Children are taught both how to bow and why we bow, how to stand and how to maintain eye contact when some-one is speaking to them.

It is explained to children that these little things can have a big impact on their own self confidence and how others see them.

Well done to Kate Walker-Edwards in achieving her state qualification as a kata judge.

Kate has been judging kumite for some time and is well into achieving her referee qualification.

COCO – OUR YOUNGEST EVER SENIOR BLACK BELT. CONGRATULATIONS!

SENIOR GRADING IN MAY

NAOMI BENNETT VISITED – PAST NATIONAL KATA CHAMPION

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH AN OVERSEAS PARENT OF A PAST STUDENT

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • CLUB SOCIAL SUNDAY 16 JULY ON THE ESPLANADE CNR SMITH ST. BRING A BRUNCH PLATE TO SHARE 11.30am
  • 22 & 23 JULY INVITATIONAL WORK-SHOP—DETAILS TO COME
  • 7 SEPTEMBER JUNIOR GRADING, 8 SEPTEMBER SENIOR GRADING,
  • 7 DECEMBER JUNIOR GRADING, 8 DECEMBER SENIOR GRADING
  • CHRISTMAS FUNCTION 9 DECEMBER

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