TEAM MEMBERS OFF TO BRISBANE
Mada, Mark, Stuart, Tatsuya, Mika, Daniel, Skye, Sota, Mikoto, Keitlin, Cocona and Jade are representing the club at the Queensland State Karate Titles 11th & 12th March 2017. Good Luck!
FAMILY MEMBER PROFILE: BRONWYN, JADE & RUBY
I started training with Matsumoto Sensei when I was 17 years of age, back in 1980 – membership number 341! I stayed for 6 months and reached red belt. My two brothers and my sister in-law have additionally trained with Sensei.
I came back to Cairns in 1987 and met Laurie (my then husband) through karate training. We went on the first club trip to Japan in 1989 with Sensei. We got married and our first two daughters also trained with Sensei. Ten years later, we had two more daughters (Jade and Ruby) who regularly train to this day.
I didn’t get back to full time training until the age of 47 due to the demands of helping run a building company and raising 4 daughters.
Sensei has been more than a teacher to me, he has been a mentor in my life. Even though I had long absences from training, Sensei has always been a stalwart in my life.
Why do I love karate?
Even though my body is failing me now, the aspects I love about karate are things like: discipline, the Japanese etiquette, but most importantly Self Care.
The dojo is a place where I get to erase my everyday stresses, it requires concentration, it exercises my body and mind, permits levels of meditation and learning – and what’s more it’s sociable.
I have just finished my Social Work degree and I am about to start working full time. Family is everything to me and karate with Sensei is about family. It is more than exercise, it is life affirming.
MATSUMOTO KARATE ACADEMY CHRISTMAS 2016
MEMBER PROFILE: KATHLEEN, ALEXANDER, CAMERON AND WILLIAM
My sons Alexander, Cameron and William started Karate in 2012, I sat and watched every single class. When the boys wanted to start Karate they enjoyed it, then wanted to take a break, but I wouldn’t let them quit.
Looking back they have come a long way, and I’m so happy I made them stick with it. Sensei would often tell me that I should join, so in 2013 I joined as well. Although, despite much pressure from all the family, my husband Craig has not joined us.
Since I was young, I have always been interested in Martial Arts, so it’s a case of better late than never. I enjoy the balance that Karate brings, the fitness, mental challenge and the friendships that I have made along the way. It’s great that the white, black and all in between belts train together, everyone is there to learn.
What I love about Matsumoto dojo is how tradition is cherished, with a traditional style of Karate, something many other dojo’s do not have. Alexander and Cameron are in year 9, they are very competitive in all subjects. William is in year 6. We have a German Shepherd named Buddy, and a Bearded Dragon named Rex.
Outside of Karate and work, I enjoy travel, food and family activities. The boys of the house enjoy chess, handball, and all types of gaming. I feel very lucky to be part of Matsumoto Karate and enjoy the support we receive from Sensei and Mrs. Matsumoto.
YOUTUBE LIVE STREAMING KARATE SEMINAR
Saturday 4th March Jon Rawlings presented a live stream across the state focusing on changes to the World Karate Federation rules around kata and kumite.
Changes can be found on the WKF website.
11th & 12th MARCH: STATE KARATE TITLES
5th MAY: CHILDREN’S GRADING 5:00pm
12th MAY: ADULT’S GRADING 6:30pm