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Well what a year it has been, This year we here at KBI have seen the introduction to a new sensei Bryan Dukas who we have been blessed to have taken contol of our dojo. Bryan sensei is international standard and is revered by many around the world. Bryan sensei has bought a new lease of life to our dojo and added to our knowledge of karate from what Shihan Wayne Macdonald had already taught us.
The competitive athletes had a very successful year and the future of the upcoming young karate-ka looks very bright.
The dojo got a new facelift,with new tatami , fresh paint and a very Japanese feel to the dojo
The 1st annual awards night held at South Pacific resort was a huge success with 150 people in attendance and food supplied by fellow student Romain of Trio's restaurant of top notch quality.
The Qld School Championships were held at the dojo and was a hit amongst competitors and visitors.
We still have our beach training day to go and then the start of a new year which I believe will see big things happening at our dojo.
This year will be my 7th year of hard work and dedication in my karate and my 4th year of competing.
over the past 3 years i have medalled in every competition i have entered; including becoming the State, Australian open, National and Oceania champion.
Now i want to take my competing up a level and compete on the world stage.
My long term goal is to be selected to represent Australia in the 2017 junior world championships, to be held in Cairo, Egypt. Before i can achieve this goal i need the experience of high level competition to push me and get me to world standard. For me this year, this means aiming to be selected and compete at the world youth cup held in Croatia in June and the Oceania championships held in Noumea in September.
Unfortunately karate is a completely self funded sport and i have been lucky enough to have complete support from my parents with funding me to be able to travel several times a year interstate. To ease the financial stress and burden of competing internationally i am asking for extra support to help me achieve my goals. I feel it is important to help my parents out as much as possible after all they have given up for me.
Representing my state and Australia is such a previlege and i strive to out do myself at every event. Any contribution is so greatly appreciated. I hope you can appreciate that your money will not be going to waste; but paying for international flights, accommodation, competition fees, transport etc. Thank you for your consideration
Well what a couple of weeks it has been, gradings, awards and Christmas parties.
It all began with 8 new Little legend Black Belts proving their worth in front of Shihan Wayne MacDonald , followed by the December Black Belt Gradings of the older students a highlight being the awarding of Honarary Third Dan to Garry Maher our eldest student for his contributions to KBI during his time with us. Many eyes were watering by the end of his speech.
We followed this up with our Awards ceremony with a fantastic gathering of students and their families at the Reef Hotel.
A bit of reminiscing about the past 15 years of the club was shared as Shihan and Donna Sensei are moving on to Dubai at the end of the year , one chapter closing and another beginning ,and new owners Senseis Bryan and Tammy take over the helm at the Noosa Dojo.
I would like to wish all of my Budospirit readers a happy Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to the new challenges and excitement next year will bring.
The 2015 Schools Karate Championships was held over the weekend at Nambour Christian College on the Sunshine Coast. This year was bigger and better than last year with 93 competitors and over 37 schools represented from as far afield as the Gold Coast through to Gympie
The standard was high and the camaraderie was a pleasure to watch as these young karate-ka battled it out for their schools.
Again there were a lot of first timers of a young age who stepped up and showed their courage getting past their fears of competing in front of an audience of cheering family and friends.
The overall winners were St. Patricks from Gympie for the primary school division and Nambour Christian College for the High School division..
Again thanks go out to all the volunteer Refs, table officials, marshalls and mums and dads whom go out of their way to ensure a great competition for these young students.
A big congratulations to our superstar and fellow karate-ka,
Riana Loffel who received the Bronze medal at the Karate1 Premier League held in Coburg, Germany over the weekend, this follows up her Gold medal performance at the Swiss Open only 2 weeks ago. All of K.B.I are very proud of you. (Third from left)
Well the 2015 Australian Karate Federation National Titles are over for another year, held in Adelaide.
The Queensland team have come home in 2nd place behind Victoria breaking a very long drought by beating NSW.
KBI students from both states have done their club and themselves proud bringing home in total
19 Gold , 11 Silver and 18 Bronze medals.
Well done to all.