Proud mum moment that I wanted to share with you. Karate Kid recently attended a camp at Wakarara in Central Hawkes Bay (where we live). This camp is open to all NZ Goju Ryu Karate Clubs. The camp hosts training sessions and opportunities for participants to grade. These are usually organised a couple of times each year in different locations and we are lucky to be host one of them.
Camp Wakara is an old school which is now set up to host camps. Its a really neat place with cabins full of beds, a neat workable kitchen, toilet/shower facilities and an awesome outdoor area. Both my kids love going there. As parents, it was real neat to be able to help out a bit with the running of this camp. Our job was organizing lunch/dinner for all the participants. Even just for a day, we could show Karate Kid that he is just a special to us (even though he talks A LOT) as his highland dancing big sister.
He rocked his camp coming second in his kata competition. He then pulled off another grading moving up a level from blue with black tips to a yellow belt.
He loves his karate which is why I call him the karate kid. He has been doing this since he was 5 years old. We put him in there because he needed an outlet to ‘let loose’ in. He does have swimming lessons as well but he really isn’t the active kid like Miss Highland Dancer so we had to find something else. Also he was quite sulky so giving him an outlet meant he could learn to channel his feelings in a good way. It has helped to ground him, give him discipline and he knows how to defend himself should he need to do so.
Another little fact for you: When we got our black and white cat, it is Karate Kids cat and he named him Itch which means number 1 in Japanese.
Its so good to know we have made good choices for our kids. If your thinking about this for your child/ren, then this is a good option. Hop on this link and see if there is a Goju Ryu near you.
Happy hunting friends.