Community group supports new karate school at Kooralbyn

THE Kooralbyn Community Group has stepped up in support of a local karate group by providing assistance to buy new equipment.

Run by Kooralbyn resident Shane Hayward, Tatsu Karate Do has attracted more than 30 children and eight adults interested in learning the ancient martial art.

Outgoing president of the KCG, Annette Earl, said the karate school was a worthy cause for the community to get behind.

"We donated $1000 for equipment to encourage children and adult activities in the valley," she said.

Founder and trainer at Tatsu Karate Do, Shane Hayward said the club had only been in operation for two months but already there were several students who showed great promise.

Apart from the obvious benefits of physical activity, Mr Hayward said Karate bestowed other rewards.

"It teaches discipline, physical and mental health and definitely has social benefits too," he said.

"These kids can't wait to come here and run around together. We have had parents tell us that the classes have had a positive effect on behaviour,

'Some of them have ADHD and the difference to how they were when they started compared to how they are now is amazing."

Mr Hayward said his 10-year-old son Bryce, who took up karate four years ago, was a great help with the other students.

"Because he is at senior level he also trains with the adults," he said.

"He is only two steps away from his black belt."

Mr Hayward showed the Beaudesert Times a balsa wood box, made from materials also provided by the KCG and imprinted with the name Michael Baker.

The box contained a yellow belt and Mr Hayward explained that eight-year-old Michael would have a surprise at the end of class on Wednesday.

"We will put this box between two chairs, give Michael a special glove, and get him to break the box to see what's inside," he said.

My Hayward also thanked Logan Specialised Print for donating two Tatsu Karate Do banners to the club.

The classes are held at the Kooralbyn Community Centre on Wednesdays from 5-6pm with an adults class running from 6.30-7.30pm.

For more information call Shane on 0474 205 519.