Aberdeen Karate continues to make an impact during the Corona Lockdown thanks to Ronnie Watt's National Karate Institue. During the Covid19 lockdown, all regular classes ceased, and students were faced with no Dojo for training. Not willing to be knocked down by such a blow, Ronnie and his students very quickly mastered the art of Zoom Karate training. Using modern internet technology and fast broadband meant that Ronnie could teach from his living room to the students in their own homes, live via the internet Zoom platform.
After some initial teething problems, Ronnie designed a new style of training to fit small places and suit an online audience of mixed ability. Since then, things are looking up, and Ronnie has attracted some new students, both young and old. The lightening of restrictions has allowed him to take some small groups for more dedicated training, with greater attention to detail, budo and grading.
This week it was heartwarming to see the results of this hard training come through from the more mature ranks of the National Karate Institute. Peter Stuart (73) achieved his brown belt after a grading which required him to perform 7 of the Shotokan kata and the Shodan syllabus.
Brian Welch (80) achieved his lifetime dream of becoming a Black Belt. It has been 10 years since his last grading and Brian was inspired to come back to Karate via Zoom by seeing others training during the lockdown.
The young children have also been inspiring. To see them improve and respond to the lessons of Karate and Budo that Ronnie Watt teaches is inspirational. Many are well on their way up the ranks and look set to become the champions of tomorrow.
Age is no barrier to self-improvement. Anyone interested in joining the National Karate Institute should contact Ronnie through his website www.Karate.scot.