Sensei Mina Yamazaki teaches a karate class at the PCYC on Sunday.
Sensei Mina Yamazaki teaches a karate class at the PCYC on Sunday. Scottie Simmonds

Ben impresses Sensei for new belt

BEN Nedwich is Bundaberg’s newest second dan black belt after impressing Sensei Mina Yamazaki in annual gradings which she conducted at the Bundaberg PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club) Karate Club on Sunday.

United States-based Sensei Mina was deputising for her father and Grand Master Kiyoshi Yamazaki and she put Nedwich, two members of the Maryborough club and one from Gympie through their paces.

Bundaberg club instructor Sensei John Simmons said during the day, Sensei Mina also conducted training in kata and basic techniques for 40 enthusiasts “ranging in age from six to 60”, including 33 from his club.

“They all loved it, especially the kids,” Sensei Simmons said.

“It was a bit of a change for them but her dad is a great trainer and she has trained with him all her life, and he has passed his knowledge down to her – Sensei Mina also did training and gradings here three years ago and she is very popular.

“I do Kyu gradings from nine to one for the different colours from white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and three browns, and I will be doing a few more at the end of November.

“But after that, the gradings have to be done by the Grand Master or his representative, and we were very fortunate to have Sensei Mina this time.”

Twelve Bundaberg club members also travelled to Gympie for further training with Sensei Mina on Friday and Saturday nights and a “few” also returned there for further specialised training on Monday.

Sensei Simmons said participation in the art both enhanced everyone’s physical and mental toughness and also developed important life skills such as self defence.

The club will host Referees and Tables Officials courses on Saturday, November 6, with aspirants coming from Kingaroy, Gympie and Maryborough for the day.

But apart from that, Sensei Simmons said it would be just business as usual with weekly training until they finish for the year on December 16.

“On average, 20 to 30 train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and about 15 on Mondays, but new members are always welcome,” he said.

More information contact Sensei Simmons on 4152 4674.



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