Our December Karate Course was an eventful weekend with an array of international karate expertise. A major event for karate in the North east of Scotland. Held at Cults Academy in Aberdeen we had two days of Karate organised for all students participating. The visiting instructors were Alf-Ronnie Fagerland (7th Dan) from Norway. Willfried Achillies (8th Dan) from Germany. Leading the course was our very own Ronnie Watt (9th Dan) and Jock Calder (6th Dan) all taking the lessons, and we were delighted to welcome the foreign karate-ka who travelled with their Sensei to Aberdeen.
The Saturday morning course encompassed three halls at the Cults Academy and Sports Centre where karate-ka were put through their paces in a gruelling training and grading session. The training focused on basic, Kata and Kumite techniques. Senior gradings lasted around 2 hours with almost non-stop activity and concentration.
The Sunday saw all the Karateka training together in the large hall, and each instructor gave in-depth advanced kata training. Looking into the detail of the movements and the meaning behind it. Jion, Gojushiho-sho and Meikyo.
Congratulations to all students who passed their kyu gradings and a special thanks and recognition to our new Dan grades.
Several NKI awards were given to some of our junior members who have shown dedication and exceptional improvement through their training.
The NKI Karate-do Kids of Active Excellence
The OSS Cadet Samurai awards were presented to Owen Douglas, Jacob Adam and Charlotte Adam by Lord Charles Bruce, Benedict Bruce and Ronnie Watt.
Sensei Willfried Achillies from Germany was presented by Ronnie Watt and Alf-Ronnie with a much-coveted Samurai award for his contribution to the martial arts.