Aberdeen Karate master Ronnie Watt, (9th Dan) and the National Karate Federation (NKF) have embraced the new year and kicked forward with many students determined to better themselves through Karate training. Not only physically but also to improve their character, focusing their minds through the self discipline that Karate gifts to it’s followers. This was evident in the large turnout at the January course, the first of a two part pre-grading and Kumite Competition that was held at the end of May ahead of their July 17th -18th Special Course and examinations.
Not content with the message of the “Way of Karate” getting across to all generations, 2017 has also seen Ronnie Watt start a new Wednesday class aimed at the more experienced in years. Who may feel a little coy at performing with their bodies in front of a younger more agile company.
This class is aimed at the older folk, 30 plus is the rule but it’s aimed at anyone over that age, even if you are retired or a silver surfer in your seventies or eighties, this class is for you. This is Karate at a slower pace. Focussing on the beautiful art of Karate and it’s movements, Kata (form) and controlled breathing. The second group of Adults completed their second training on the at Albyn School and were awarded their first belt at the Kata Special and Grading on the 29th May Ronnie said
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to teach the new senior adults class. They are all very good people and I see a lot of potential. I hope this is just the first step in their journey with Karate. I think they will already begin to see the benefits Karate will bring them and if they continue on this road I know they will be amazed where it will take them. I should know, I’ve been on it for fifty years!”
Age is not a barrier to Karate and with many older people sitting around in their sedentary jobs in front of a computer screen or at home in front of a TV not getting the exercise they need Karate is a great way to get in better shape and clear the cloudy mind. It’s also a massive benefit to be confident in defending yourself in an increasingly dangerous world! So if you are an older couch potato -You are your own opponent and the story begins on Wednesday night at 7pm at Albyn School. You don’t need a Karate suit, you don’t need to be barefoot, you don’t need to be in shape. Just bring some loose comfortable tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt.
NKF also run also mixed classes open to all people over 5 years on Tuesday and Thursday at Albyn School 6pm and on Saturday mornings at Cults Academy 10am. Click here for details of classes.