Grand master Yamazaki trains group

MARTIAL ARTS: Fifteen Bundaberg PCYC Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai Club members benefited from a training seminar with world chief instructor Sensei Yamazaki on the weekend.

The Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai Grand Master conducted his annual two sessions in the region, in Gympie on Saturday and Bundaberg on Sunday, with members from the two host cities and Maryborough all joining in, ranging in age from seven to 60's

Bundaberg club instructor Sensei John Simmons said the group which attended Gympie trained very well, with their little eight-year-old Purple Belt Jaye Ifield doing both the junior and the advanced training sessions on the Saturday.

"Jaye wished she could stay for the Black Belt session on the Sunday - she is a very dedicated little girl which was said by all the senior Black Belts and Sensei on the day," Simmons said.

"Also Sensei told Ben Nedwich he was excellent and he used him for a lot of demonstrations on both days - Sensei also asked him to perform a kata for him, and this was a great honour for both these children and for our club.

"After the training with Sensei, he said that we are all doing extremely well, this in itself is a fantastic review on how well our club is going in our style of martial arts."

Simmons said Yamazaki was unable to conducted the Wide Bay seminar last year but while his daughter Mina did a good job, deputising for him, it was great for all to again benefit from all of the discipline's doyen's wealth of experience.

Simmons said the club had now finished all their tournaments for this year but they would continue training up to December 22, before having their break-up and trophy presentations which will culminate another good year which has seen memberships grow to over 50.

"It didn't start off too good with the floods and wet weather, but Sensei Yamazaki's training is always a highlight, and our members went to the Queensland championships and tournaments in Gympie and Kingaroy," he said.

"Ben Nedwich is also doing a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Medal at the PCYC through Blazers as the karate club representative after getting a Bronze Medal last year."

Black Belt gradings were held in Gympie on Monday, but while no Bundaberg members stepped up, Simmons is hoping to have at least one Black Belt candidate next year and a couple of others ready for updates.

Training will resume for the new year on January 16 but new members are welcome to join at any time and anyone wanting further information should call Simmons on 4152 4674 or the PCYC on 4154 2813.

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