This week the Chronicle had a chat with Maureen Stockman, sensei of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do Federation Raglan .
The Federation recently attended some events. Events were Gassuku training camp, National Championships and a grading. These events are usually individual however because of COVID there hasn’t been any held during the year so it was decided to bring it all together over Labour weekend In Turangi. Two days of training then a competition and grading on the Monday.
Who participated in the Gassuku?
Raglan had eight attendees in the training, which is two 2 hour sessions and one 3 hour session ending with 1000 techniques, doing one chosen technique 1000 times. Competition was the following day Sunday and Raglan did very well with 2 of our students getting two silver medals.
Monday was the grading with two of our foundation students attempting their shodan (blackbelt) grade and all of the students participating in the grading/training that turned out to be 4 hours long. Both girls, pictured left and right in the photo, Kayla Stockman Bond and Crystal Goodwin-Metz were successful in the grading and are TSKF Raglan’s first blackbelts after training for five years.
We would like to thank Raglan Area School for letting us use the gym for training. Training times Tuesday 5.30 Beginners / 6.15 advance Thursday 5.30 Beginners / 6.15pm advance.
New Members welcome please ph Maureen for more info 0220267383.Names of all participants who attended the event: Tehani Ralaimihoatra, Heiana Ralaimihoatra, Fred Ralaimihoatra, Domoina Ralaimihoatra, Dave Johnson, Kayla Stockman-Bond, Crystal Goodwin-Metz, Maureen Stockman.