TOP EFFORT: Members of the Universal Shotkan Karate Union in the South Burnett joined together to take part in the 100 kata challenge for International Karate Day
TOP EFFORT: Members of the Universal Shotkan Karate Union in the South Burnett joined together to take part in the 100 kata challenge for International Karate Day Contributed

Clubs unite for karate day

MARTIAL ARTS: South Burnett karate students joined forces to celebrate International Karate Day on October 25.

Following on from a tradition that started in 2017, members of the Universal Shotkan Karate Union in the South Burnett joined together to take part in the 100 kata challenge.

Shotokan karate has over 20 kata that students learn over time. Kata is a set pattern of movements, mixing blocks and strikes, that is repeated that same way each time it is practised.

Over 20 students and their families made the trip from Wondai and Murgon to join their Kingaroy counterparts and attempt to complete 100 karate in 90 minutes with 16 students completing the challenge this year.

Completing 100 kata is just as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.

Sensei's Brett Hall, from Wondai and Murgon dojos, and Damian Nicholson from Kingaroy were extremely impressed with the performance and efforts of all students.

"One of the best things about the whole night was the number of students who saw someone else struggling, physically or mentally, and went over to give them a word of encouragement or jump in and do some kata together,” Nicholson said.

"That's what karate is all about, showing character, compassion, resilience and determination.”

The 100 Kata Challenge event provided a great opportunity for karate students in the South Burnett to get together and celebrate their martial art.

By taking part the students also became part of something much larger, joining together with martial artists from all over the world who completed the 100 kata Challenge in celebration of international karate day.

All students were congratulated with a certificate marking their achievement at the end of the event, recording the details and the number of kata they completed.

The event will be back on again in 2019, and all martial artists are encouraged to give it a go.

To find out more about karate search for USKUA on Facebook.

The Kingaroy and Wondai shotkan karate clubs train on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm, and the Murgon club trains at the same time Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more information call Damian on 0407 960 747.