Club rubs shoulders with two of the best
MEMBERS of Rush and Lusk Karate Club converged on Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre to attend a course organised by Shotokan Karate International Ireland (SKIF-Irl).
The course gave club members the opportunity to train with two of the best Karate-Ka in the world, Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa and Sensei Shinji Tanaka.
Kancho Kanazawa is 6th Dan Black Belt and head of SKIF worldwide. He was SKIF world champion in 2000 and All Japan champion from 1996 to 2000. Kanazawa is a regular visitor to Ireland and is the honorary president of SKIF-Irl. Sensei Shinji Tanaka is also 6th Dan Black Belt and he was SKIF World silver medalist in 1997 and 2003, SKIF world bronze medalist in 1994 and nine-times All Japan champion. Although Sensei Tanaka regularity teaches in Europe, this was his first visit to Ireland.
Following a 90-minute class with both instructors, the members of the club took part in a grading exam.
Eóin McKenna and Brendan McBride achieved their 1st Kyu Brown Belts, Paddy Coen and William Peters got their 3rd Kyu Brown Belts, Patrice Berthaud moved up to 4th Kyu Purple Belt and Peter Kavanagh received his 5th Kyu Blue Belt.
Junior club members Jaz Kavanagh, Jaia Kavanagh and Paul O'Neill achieved their 5th Kyu Blue Belts.
Meanwhile, Rush and Lusk Karate club instructor James Mansfield travelled to Cork earlier this month in order to take part in the Black Belt grading where he was awarded his 5th Dan Black Belt.