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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.
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.
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)