Month: December 2016

Kids and sparing

Kumite (sparring) is an important aspect of karate training

for kids (and adults) because it gives experience in two critical areas: timing and distance. The full range of karate techniques can be practiced through kata, or prearranged exercises, but kata cannot teach timing or distance. Sparring practice is therefore highly recommended if karate is to be practical for real self-defense, and most kids soon learn to enjoy it.

Sensei works closely with his young students to help them get used to the moving around, the footwork, the straight-line punches (no “haymakers”), the blocking and the strategies used in karate fighting. He also helps them learn the details of point-fighting for tournaments, and the Japanese terminology that referees will use.


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Nick Da Costa vs. Kenny Uytenbogaardt 1984 3rd World Openweight Tournament

Da Costa Dojos Facebook page publish this: 

“Fighting a comic book hero” .. In today’s Sunday story Shihan Nick is taking us back again to the 3rd World open-weight tournament sharing his experience about fighting a true comic book hero … Another truly amazing & inspiring story. Don’t miss! Osu! Continue reading “Nick Da Costa vs. Kenny Uytenbogaardt 1984 3rd World Openweight Tournament”