Youngsters shine at karate seminar

Karateka – Jean Boussard, Fabio Quijano, Roy Czislowski, Isaac Poulsen, Jim Czislowski and Jason Miles at a recent self-defence seminar.

Dedicated karateka (karate practitioners) from NSW and Victoria attended the Kase Ha Shotokan Karate Do self-defence seminar held recently in both Byron Bay and Bangalow.

The workshops were delivered by two visiting senior 5th Dan Kase Ha instructors – Mark Johnson Sensei and Terry Raftry Sensei – from KSK Australia

Juniors and seniors alike worked hard on very practical fighting drills during four intensive sessions. Our young local karatekas including 14-year-olds Roy Czislowski and Isaac Poulsen displayed not only excellent techniques but also courage, resilience and fighting spirit.

Byron Shire Shotokan teaches traditional Shotokan Karate and advanced classes incorporate the  teaching of Practical Self-Defence (PSD), the legacy of Taji Kase Sensei and Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei.

Bangalow-based instructor Jean Boussard is a 4th Dan in Karate Do, which he has been practicing since his teens. Jean teaches efficiency as martial arts are lethal knowledge, but above all, with an holistic approach that incorporates meditation in every session and the understanding of one’s own vital energy – the body becomes stronger and flexible, the emotions calm and serene, the mind as clear as a limpid lake (the Japanese ‘Kokoro’) and one ultimately gains in spiritual elevation.

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