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Published August 30th 2015
Karate isn't all punching, kicking and throwing fireballs
We have all seen martial arts in action. Whether it be in movies, video games or in the UFC. I know I am not alone when the desire to also perform some amazing martial art feats rises while watching these remarkable people punch, kick and sometimes flip their way to victory. However, karate is so much more than learning how to throw a fireball while shouting "Hadouken!"
Confidence. Fear management. Fitness. Comradely. Friendship. Self defence. Discipline. Some of these are spoken about however are not given the focus that they should. They are all as important as each other, and much more important than throwing a punch.
At the Adelaide Academy of Karate-Do Shotokan Sensei David Rigby focuses on these often neglected aspects of the martial arts. As a karateka for over 40 years, Sensei Rigby has also been a National coach in the Australian Karate Federation and is currently Vice President of the Japanese Karate Association in Australia (JKA Australia).
Sensei Rigby (left) with Sensei Holmes at the Hobou Dojo in Japan
Sensei Rigby has a full time dojo on North East Road (at the site of the old Plaster Fun House for those of you who are old enough to remember - like me). Classes are available for all age/skill/fitness levels, with children as young as 6 learning along side their parents in some cases with opportunities to train both interstate and over seas in other JKA member dojos.
Feel like giving karate a go? Your first 4 lessons are free and can cancel any time. For class times and price guides head over to the website: Adelaide Martial Arts Academy