Karate Club Alive and Kicking after 30 years
It was a weekend of celebration and memories for members past and present of Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club, who celebrated the clubs thirtieth anniversary this weekend.
The clubs committee organised a full programme of events to mark the occasion beginning with a birthday party dinner dance on the Friday evening at the Riverside, Whitworth for all members of the club and their special guests of honour.
Events were opened by welcoming comments from Club Chairman, Asif Alvi, who welcomed the Mayor, guests from the RSKC’s sister club in Bocholt, and guest of honour, Chief instructor of the clubs governing body, the Karate Union of Great Britain’s 9th Dan Black Belt Andy Sherry.
The evening was a chance to share memories as members of the clubs original “Tiger Squad” of competition fighters had been invited, along with current squad member’s friends and families.
The evening’s events included a demonstration of karate application and self defence by current club members, of all ages and grades, including the clubs Chief instructor sensei Ian Garside, 5th Dan.
In contrast to the relaxed atmosphere of the Clubs Birthday party evening, the weekend’s events gave club members an opportunity for some serious Karate training with a series of training courses at the clubs Dojo at Haslingden Primary School.
Sensei Sherry delivered the first of the weekend’s special training events, putting the club members and their guests from Germany through their paces with a session based on speed and accuracy.
The club then managed to squeeze in a special “fun and games” session for junior “Tiger Cubs” from the clubs Kindergarten classes before getting back down to business with more advanced training
Sensei Garside’s training session on Saturday afternoon was based on Kata applications and self-defence, which saw the club members defending against weapon attacks and bringing their opponents to ground. The session had been carefully planned to ensure that all members of the club regardless of age and grade could participate, and was very clearly enjoyed by all the members, especially the juniors!
A Saturday night out with the guests from Bocholt at the Cobblers Inn provided a brief respite before Sunday morning’s training. This session was delivered by Sensei Sepp Walke from the Bocholt club and was based on two handed stick fighting techniques from the Philippine martial art modern Arnis. This put all the members on the club, no matter their grade on an equal footing as this was a new experience for the majority of club members who thoroughly enjoyed the session – although with a few sore knuckles in evidence by the end of the training!
The weekend concluded with a gentle stroll up to the Peel monument followed by a Sunday lunch with the clubs guests from Bocholt.