As we turn our calendars for 2020, it is always great to look back at the previous year and see how far we have come. All members at Kimekai that have continuously trained with us in 2019 have come one step closer to their fitness goals and deepened their appreciation for karate. Whilst doing so, they have all become an integral part of the Kimekai family. We take a moment to look back at the top five highlights that made 2019 a year to beat!
KIMEKAI STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE EXCEPTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AT THE WKF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our dojos across Victoria and Tasmania feature fabulous opportunities for young and talented martial artists. These opportunities present themselves at various stages of one’s karate journey. Our excellent senseis coach students such that they are well equipped in competitions all across the world. This year we were very proud to be a part of the WKF World Championships in Santiago, Chile. Ben, Thomas, Hamish and Vanderlei showed exceptional sportsmanship & dedication at the 2019 XI WKF Junior, Cadet & U21 Championships. It’s always inspiring to see our students hard at work, chasing their goals with discipline & determination.
KIMEKAI GOES PINK IN SUPPORT OF CANCER AWARENESS
Cancer can be a very devastating and stressful time for many. However, with recent medical advances and treatment options ease the burden on brave cancer patients. In support of cancer awareness, Kimekai launched the Kimekai goes PINK event where from the 18th – 21st of November 2019 our students turned up to the mat donned with pink belts. Sensei Megan & Sensei Norm visited us and helped raise awareness regarding cancer research. Our event and raffle draw raised vital funds for a very important cause.
FIERCE COMPETITION IN MONTREAL AT THE KARATE1 SERIES A CHAMPIONSHIP
The WKF Karate 1-Series A Championship is a prestigious world-class tournament held in Montreal, Canada allowing brilliant karatekas around the world the chance to display their dedication and skills while battling it out one the highest level of competition. Kimekai was extremely proud to have Athan Dritas, Dean Dritas and Daniel Werzberger on the ticket in Montreal. Our competitors showed the utmost respect for the sport and solid performance while competing against some of the best athletes in the world.
INTERNATIONAL COURSE & GRADINGS
A grading in karate is the time when a karateka is being examined to test if they have reached the necessary skills to graduate to the next belt. Learn more about our grading system with our belt system article. This year we were graced with the highly esteemed Sensei Tommy & Sensei Steve who conducted the black belt gradings. Sensei Tommy is the founder of the Kobe Osaka School of karate; the progenitor of the Kimekai style. Through his style, over 100,000 students have been introduced to the world of karate. The International course taught by Sensei Tommy and Sensei Steve was a massive success with participants of all ages taking part and raising the bar while learning from the best.
KOBE OSAKA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Kobe Osaka Australia Championship is a regional championship with primary competitors from the three Kobe Osaka based schools in Victoria (Kimekai, Chikara and Blackburn) challenge each other in Kumite and Kata tournaments. We congratulate all competitors on their excellent performances and are grateful to all volunteers that made this event possible. Those competing at the Elite division in the VKL tournaments are considered for a spot in the Victorian State Team. We congratulate all our Kimekai students who were chosen for a spot in the State Team!
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