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2017 KWF Australian Annual Camp

2017 KWF Australian Annual Camp

September marks the start of Spring in Australia and so too was the opportunity to make the most of the outdoors at the 2017 Annual Camp. 

The Annual Australian Kyokushin Camp kicked off with the technique and fitness part of the Black Belt grading from Shodan to Godan.

Shihan Antonio Pinero once again graced our Australian shores to conduct both the gradings and the camp and to put us all through our paces. Once the grading started they were all put to the test to make sure we were of high Kyokushin standard. We left tired and yet relieved the first part of the grading process was complete.

Saturday brought another beautiful sunny day and a full complement of all belt levels coming through the door. After a solid warm up we were all pushed to our limits, with fitness and Kihon. The Kyokushin spirit was alive and well with strong heartfelt Kiai’s throughout the training.

Everyone was excited and looking forward to Shihan Pinero leading the way through some complex combinations. After lunch, we all headed outside to take advantage of a glorious Spring day and to use the natural surrounds to give us a harder workout.

Our training area is next to Sydney Botanical Gardens and the Australian Naval Base so we took the opportunity to show the Australian Navy how Kyokushin practitioners can flex their muscle as we lined up opposite some of Australia’s strongest naval fleet and practised some energised Kyokushin basics with loud and hopefully inspiring Kiai. The energy was electric. It was a great sight to see all those Kyokushin Karateka in white Dogi’s against the massive grey battleships.

As we all headed back and completed the first full day of the camp some of us were yet to complete the Kumite section of the grading with Sensei Daniel Trifu pushing through further than others to complete his 50-man kumite for his GoDan grade. Sensei Daniel Trifu has always been a strong fighter and is always prepared to push the limit and he did not disappoint finishing strong alongside his fellow grading students. It was harrowing and torturous and we wouldn’t have had it any other way, The Kyokushin way!

Sunday morning saw a change of venue and Shihan Pinero spent time following up on some of the finer details of the technical points in the basics, correcting and explaining flaws in technique and challenging us to always maintain a very high standard.

Post lunch break we again took advantage of the good weather and headed to the beach for some exhausting yet fun beach training building up to some hot sweating bodies needing a cool off so Shihan Pinero took us into the water for some push-ups and kicks to cool us down and followed up with deep Zenkutsu Dachi’s to take advantage of the drag of the water to give us some resistance training as well as a shock to the system in the still very cool waters of the Sydney coast.

After three informative days of training all of us felt tired and yet exhilarated with renewed knowledge and a refreshed excitement toward our training. Everyone said they felt more confident and had a far better understanding of many aspects and techniques.
Each year there is something new and exciting to either learn or push through.

Bring on 2018!!!

2017 KWF Grading Results
• Daniel Trifu – Godan
• Lynne O’Brien –Nidan
• Alex Heriseanu – Nidan
• Eva Colbran – Nidan
• Graham Green – Shodan
• Marlon Gonlin – Shodan

Shihan Antonio Piñero participate in Trifu Dojo tournament

Shihan Antonio Piñero participate in Trifu Dojo tournament

Sensei Daniel Trifu shared the news on his Facebook profile:

Shihan Antonio Piñero, 8th Dan, the chairman of the Kyokushin World Federation was the guest of honor at Trifu Dojo in house tournament.

Trifu Dojo tournament

114 Kids took part in this event. Some didn’t last the full day but what a mammoth task to become COMPETITORS. Respect to you all for making it happen. Very few people can say they’ve competed in a martial arts event. The tournaments purpose was PARTICIPATION. Every student received at least a participation trophy with each age group receiving an overall grand champion title. We had students as young as three competing this time.

Congrats to our little wonder girl that won the 3 year old grand champion title. The three year old were fantastic , all of them. The sword fighting in particular was impressive.

Our talent recruiting team kept an eye on the future champions and now we can focus on getting them ready for the external tournaments.

After lunch the battle for the big trophies started with very competitive bouts in non contact and contact.

The kata divisions were also amazing with four divisions available and big trophies. Three of the divisions were won by our amazing girls. Ava Mccann was not there this time but she will be proud of her contribution in the “power girl” culture in our dojo.

Considering that we also had some great opposition for “what’s my priority today” with the Mayweather vs Mc Gregor fight happening at the same time I must say that we are very impressed by the commitment from everyone!

Thank you to all involved and in particular to our instructors and helpers on the day.

We are very humbled by the support we receive from our parents. Thank you , thank you! Also thank you for trusting the process and trusting us and our team.

Special thanks to Michael Parkinson taking on the hardest job , that of the “BBQ Master”.

Thank you Trifu Dojo community for a fantastic day!

Osu! Sensei Daniel and Sensei Lynne

The Benefits of Martial Arts

The Benefits of Martial Arts

AKF is all about finding a lifestyle that allows you to be happy and healthy. There are thousands of different forms of exercise that allow you to develop your body, mind, and spirit, but there are few that have done this for thousands of years. Martial arts can be tracked back to the most ancient civilizations and, as a result, they have been developed to a level where they provide growth in all three of those areas: body, mind, and spirit.

While there are now thousands of different martial arts that are being practiced throughout the world, many of them share similar ideas since many stem from the same tree. Our friends at Warrior Punch have put together an amazingly attractive and understandable infographic (you know we love smart art!) that will help you quickly and easily realize many of the benefits of practicing martial arts.

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo: Weekend meeting

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo: Weekend meeting

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo shared on their Facebook page:

Weekend meeting with Sensei Daniel Trifu, regarding Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo’s very first grading coming up. Look at the official certificates that our students will receive when they pass their grading (as well as their belts). So much planning and organisation goes on behind the scenes, to ensure the very best for all Trifu Dojo Karate students.

Wollondilly Karate - Trifu Dojo: Weekend meeting

4th KWF Kyokushin National Camp 2017

4th KWF Kyokushin National Camp 2017

4th KWF Kyokushin National Camp with Shihan Antonio Piñero.

Date: September 9-10. 2017

Location: Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool , Mrs Macquarie Road, The Domain. NSW 2000.

Contact: Sensei Daniel Trifu

 

Trifu Dojo with great success

Trifu Dojo with great success

Sensei Daniel Trifu shared on his Facebook profile:

Congratulations Team Trifu Dojo. All our 6 competitors made the finals in the Full contact. We got four first places. Our NSW Champs: Hamido Zandi, Julien Gastaldi, Cullen DiMattina, Sebastian Rayk. Our Ginger ninja Jack Heath came second in a huge division and in probably the worst decision I have seen in a long time. Yuuki Gonlin came second to Julien not before he KOed his first two opponents. His last five victories came via KO with roundhouse kick. I think the Head Hunter is an appropriate nick name. Thanks to all the supporters too: Eva Colbran, Akiko Miwa-Gonlin, Anneke Birkenstock. Francis DiMattina, Richard Heath. Special thanks goes to partner Lynne O’Brien

Here is one amazing performance:

The Head Hunter Yuki Gonlin from Trifu Dojo and KWF Australia is one of the most dangerous fighters in the World at the moment. His round house kick is very unorthodox and extremely powerful. His last five wins were devastating knock outs with at least two of the opponents being admitted to hospital. These two knockouts were from today. You can see how powerful this Australian fighter really is and he is only a yellow belt.

9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

At a Glance

  • Martial arts are self-defense practices, like karate.
  • They focus on individual progress and can be a good alternative to team sports.
  • Martial arts aren’t a “treatment” for learning and attention issues, but they can help with self-esteem, coordination and executive functioning.

Exercise is great for every kid. But children with learning and attention issues can have a hard time finding a sport or physical activity that suits them.

They may not have the social or physical skills to participate on a team. They may not have the coordination for activities like skating or ballet. They may find it too hard to follow rules, or they may be bullied or left out.

Many families discover that martial arts are an excellent option. Read on to learn about what martial arts are and why they can be a good fit for kids with learning and attention issues.

What Martial Arts Are

Martial arts are an ancient practice from Asia. They were originally meant for self-defense. Today, lots of people practice martial arts as a way to build physical and mental strength.

There are many different forms of martial arts. Some — like karate — focus on striking and blocking. Others—like judo and jiu-jitsu—focus on wrestling and grappling. All use deliberate and repetitive motions and emphasize the connection between mind and body.

Many parents believe the benefits of martial arts are more than just physical for their kids. They say martial arts can help to improve kids’ self-control, attention and other executive functioning skills.

There is some research supporting this, says Kimberley D. Lakes, Ph.D., of the Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. However, she warns, most studies have been done on schoolchildren in the general population. Few have focused on kids with learning and attention issues.

There’s also no solid evidence showing that martial arts can be a substitute for medication and other treatments for learning and attention issues.

Martial Arts Kids

What Martial Arts Can Offer Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

There are lots of reasons martial arts can be a good match for kids with learning and attention issues. Here are nine potential benefits:

  1. They focus on individual growth, not on team competition. Many kids with learning and attention issues struggle with the pressure of having to compete with other kids. So traditional sports may not appeal to them. But in martial arts, the focus is on self-improvement. There’s no “letting down the team.”
  2. They offer concrete, attainable goals. Some kids with learning and attention issues may feel like they never “win” at anything. In martial arts, kids work at their own pace. They’re awarded a different colored belt every time they reach a new skill level. This can boost self-esteem and keep them motivated.
  3. Routines are broken down into manageable chunks. A technique or form in martial arts can have dozens of different movements. But kids learn gradually, repeating and adding steps as they go. They learn to anticipate which step comes next and eventually put everything together into fluid movements. All of this gives working memory a workout, but in a way that kids may find manageable.
  4. They emphasize self-control and concentration. Attention is central to martial arts. Kids must stay focused to learn and to perform. When a child’s focus drifts, instructors will often ask them to take the “ready stance.” This position allows them to reset and ready themselves for what’s next.
  5. They can help with coordination. The deliberate, repetitive movements of martial arts can help kids develop a better feel for their body in space, which can be useful to kids who struggle with motor skills. This may also help some kids understand the power of the mind over the body, which some find to be valuable for kids with ADHD.
  6. They provide structure and clear expectations for behavior. Good martial arts instructors have clear rules and constantly reinforce them. They also emphasize good behavior in and out of class. Some even send kids home with behavior charts their parents must sign. (If you like this idea, here are printable behavior contracts you can try.)
  7. They can provide a safe outlet for excess energy. Contrary to what some might expect, martial arts don’t encourage violent behavior. In fact, instructors often emphasize that fighting is a last resort. At the same time, kicking and karate chopping can allow kids to work out frustration or anger, while also practicing self-control.
  8. The environment is accepting and communal. Respect is a core value in martial arts. Students are expected to show it for their instructor and their peers. Negativity is generally not tolerated in class, and students are encouraged to support each other.
  9. They’re just plain cool! Kids with learning and attention issues can often feel awkward or socially out of the loop. But lots of kids think martial arts are cool. It’s hard not to feel special when you’re wearing martial arts gear and breaking boards in half.

What to Look For in a Martial Arts Class

Your neighborhood may have classes for many different kinds of martial arts. Some, like mixed martial arts (or MMA), are more aggressive and are generally not the best choice for kids.

Most youth classes teach karate. The type you choose for your child, though, isn’t as important as how a studio approaches instruction, Lake says.

Before you sign on, meet with the head of the studio. Be honest about your child’s challenges. Explain what you’re hoping he can get out of the class.

For the best experience, the school you choose should:

  • Take a traditional approach that focuses on character development.
  • Provide a pre-evaluation so the instructor can assess your child’s strengths and challenges. You can also see if your child and the instructor are a good fit.
  • Have a low student-to-teacher ratio. Ideally, each class would have at least two instructors. If there are too many students, your child will not get the individualized attention he needs.
  • Have experience teaching kids with learning and attention issues. While it’s important for instructors to push students, they should also be supportive and understanding about your child’s challenges.

Martial arts provide a great opportunity for your child to develop higher self-esteem, find community and experience success. Learn how to ease your child’s way into sports. Get more ideas for sports for kids who struggle with focus, motor skills or social skills. And read a personal story from a young woman who debunked the myth about nonverbal learning disabilities and sports.

Key Takeaways

  • Martial arts focus on engaging the mind as well as the body.
  • They emphasize respect, self-control, focus and individual achievement.
  • The type of martial art you choose for your child is not as important as a studio’s approach to instruction.

Autor: Peg Rosen writes for digital and print, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart. www.understood.org


Here is a list of Dojos that are part of Australia Kyokushin Federation – KWF Australia