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NIKW Summer Training camp

The NI Karate-Do Wado-Kai strives to drive the standard of Karate throughout Ireland to its highest levels. One of thee initiatives is the annual summer training camp, which over four full days provides the time & high level instruction, for students to make important changes to their training to improve their Karate.

Students travelled to the NI Karate-Do Wado-Kai Centre of Excellence. Kihon waza, basic kicks and punches were studied in detail, with Sensei Brunton 7th Dan JKF, highlighting the importance of applying technique such as timing, co-ordination and soft movement.

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Friday, started with a review of some important elements that students need to apply to their karate moves in order to be succesful against an opponent. This prepared them for practising with a fellow student. An attacker and defender studied the pre-arranged moves, Oyho Gumite and the more advanced Kihon Gumite. Distance, timing along with Zanshin (awareness) were all studied, with Sensei Brunton at times showing skill he has developed over 50 years of martial art training.

Saturday was reserved for Kata training. An element of Karate training which the NIKW hold in high regard. All those attended, who ranged from white belt to black belt were able to train at their own level. All were given the time to learn a new Kata and continue to expand the range of Kata they know, while other advanced students delved into the finer technical points, with the help of Sensei Brunton.

Sunday, the final day of the intensive training, allowed students to develop some Kumite training. In particular Kumite (sparring with an opponent) for competition. Sensei James Brunton 3rd Dan, with his numerous international competition titles shared some insightful techniques and methods to get the edge on an opponent. In the afternoon, some students decided to take the offical grading exam, by demonstrating their skill in performing the requirements as set out in the syllabus.

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Congratulations to those who passed.

“I was looking forward to the training camp, keen to learn a new Kata, in Particular Seishan Kata. The initial few days gave me the chance to consider the very different philosophy Sensei Brunton teaches. His direct knowledge brought back from Japanese Wado-Kai Karate Masters was a privilege to listen to. Among the many points I took away from the course, one was the importance of balance. Having balance doesnt just mean not stumbling, but using your body to maximum effect. I will definetly be taking this and the many other technical points and applying them to my training in future.
The other students were extremly welcoming and my friend and I enjoyed the relaxed and friendly club atmosphere. The course was not just training, but a course to learn. I would recommend this course to anyone who is serious about moving their technique to the next level.

Evan Cawley, Sligo Higashi Karate Club”