Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
As most of the beginners are first time exposed to karate kata (or form / pattern), they may have certain difficulties in grasping the movement and sequence of the kata.
We upload two of these katas for all beginners as to provide them some guides as well as self discovery learning process. We hope these clips would help them in the learning.
Kata for Kids in White belt stage
Kata for Adult White belters
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Please be informed that there will not be any Black Belt Session on 21 September 2008 at 5 pm. This is due to KSK is holding its Management Committee Meeting. Both coaches will be attending this meeting.
Normal class will be conducted at 6pm to 7.30pm on the same day. Your attendance is appreciated.
By Chief Coach
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Today, our member Esther Tan participated in Sports Master Karatedo Open Championships, and won a Gold Medal for herself in Ladies Kata Open Event. We are very proud of her, as she defeated all her opponents with 3 to 0 scores. These are solid victory in her performance.
Her rewards for today is not by chance or luck. She has spent lots of time to train up her physically conditions, as well as to polish up her kata techniques. She is dedicate to her commitment and willing to sacrifice her time for it.
We are very proud of her performance.
Esther performing during her Gold Medal bout.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Yesterday, I communicated with a young friend through MSN, he brought up the issue of 'Fair Play'. As he is an organizer in a sporting event, he is a bit worry about this matter. I told him that he need to talk to all of the officials involve in the event, that they should based on Olympic Spirit and Fair Play principle to carry out their duties, so that the participants won't waste their training efforts and enjoy the game.
By the way, what is fair play?
According to Canadian Centre of Ethic of Sports: The notion of Fair Play is a universally understood concept, which underpins all of sport. Without fairness, sport is devoid of any meaning or purpose. Worse still, it can be a detrimental experience for its participants.
But Fair Play is also a philosophy - one of respect for others, and respect for the institution of sport. It leads to an agreement, between all of those involved in sport, on the values and lessons that we want sport to teach our children, and ourselves.
Playing fair also has to do with making choices. As we interact with each other in sport, or as spectators of sport, we must regularly consider and define what we think is right and what is not. Sport engages us in a collective effort to pursue human excellence. As our children interact with each other in sport, their ability to make good choices about fair play issues matures along with their ability to think and learn about what makes for a rewarding and fulfilling life in society (Extracted from http://www.cces.ca/forms/index.cfm?dsp=template&act=view3&template_id=122&lang=e).
Of course, in my experience, I have heard people who are referees in the games, loudly announced that the greatest and most powerful person in the arena is the officials conducting the games. People with such attitude is merely unqualified to be in the arena, as he has disrespect the hard work and sporting spirit of the athletes. He is abusing his given authority and tarnishing the Sport Spirit of the game.
In the Beijing Olympics, there was an incident that an athlete whacked the referee at the end of his bout, he reason was the referee was unfair!
See, Fair Play really could damage a game, but the cause is not the game, it is the HUMAN!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
There is a different in between coaching and giving instructions. In my early life of teaching karatedo, I used to be an instructor but not a proper coach.
After attended Singapore Sport Council's NROC courses and my own self development, I understand that we should be a coach rather an instructor.
Coaching, in effect, not only teaching techiques of the martial art; but it should also include areas such as physiological conditions, biomechanics, psychology and nutritions. Of course, safety precautions must be one of the important factor the coaches should have. As trainees could fall sick or uncomfortable situation at times; proper help should be provided at the shortest tme.
As Sport Science already developed in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, lots of scienctific researches were published. Some of the routine warming up exercises, in fact, are not practical and may cost damages to the body. One of the examples, is the stomach exercise (sit up), if it is done with the wrong posture, then in time to come, would cause low back injuries.
As a coach, he must have all rounded basic knowledge and provide a more safe and pleasant tranining experience to the trainees.
This is my two cent worth of opinion, you are entitled to yours.