Emerald karate kids prove themselves

BIG TEST: Hayley McMaster is assessed by Takahashi Shihan.
BIG TEST: Hayley McMaster is assessed by Takahashi Shihan. Contributed

JAPANESE karate chief instructor Takahashi Shihan put TSKF Emerald students through two nights of intense training and grading, but was impressed enough to promote all of them to the next belt at the end of it.

TSKF Emerald Sensei Anthony Neville said it was a great honour for the students to be graded by Takahashi Shihan.

"It's a bit scary for some of them, but usually very exciting," Neville said.

"He comes from Japan every year."

Sisters Rahni and Josie Prince, 11 and 12, even performed well enough to be given an extra "half kyu" on top of the normal grading, advancing them to green belt status.


"Each belt is known as a kyu," Neville said.

"They actually got a belt-and-a-half in recognition of how well they did.

"They did it last time too - they're pretty good."


Takahashi Shihan said he expected Rahni and Josie to be ready for next year's Queensland Titles in Rockhampton.

Neville was proud of all of his students for successfully upgrading to a higher belt.

"It shows that they've been doing well and putting the effort in," he said.

"We had 11 students grade.

"Normally everyone gets their grading - we make sure they're ready."

Takahashi Shihan has been coming to Australia for 40 years, touring the country twice a year to train and grade at clubs in every state.

Neville said TSKF Emerald was extremely lucky to have such a dedicated chief instructor to guide them.

He also said all his students always put in lots of hard work and effort into their training.

The club trains at the town hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm.

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