National Pre-Season Training Camp

Published on January 29, 2018
Posted in Coaching Council | Referees Council | Auckland and Northland | Central North Island | Lower North Island | Canterbury Westland | Otago Southland

Group photo at AKL Training Camp 2018

The Karate New Zealand Coaching Council are happy to report that the Preseason National Training Camp held in Auckland on 27th-28th January 2018 was a great success. The Coaching Council are pleased that the Coaches, Facilitators, and for the first time seen in a gi - the Referees - all worked together in delivering a hugely attended camp with numbers in excess of 120 on both days!

The motto for the national camps this year is ‘Scoring and Optimising Scoring Potential’.  The Council, in cooperation with the Coaching Pool, set themes for each session and the Coaches all had the opportunity to share their expertise with the assigned Lead Coaches for the sessions. In addition, the Coaching Council liaised very closely with the Referee Council to deliver a new dimension to the sessions, allowing coaches and athletes to appreciate the Official's perspective when judging a kumite or kata match.

As introduced last year, Coaches were asked to deliver their sessions in parallel to different skill level groups, thus allowing for a performance-driven group and a performance-development group.

The following sessions were conducted:

‘Decision Making’
‘Positioning for Counter Kicks and Punches’
‘Timing, Distance and Composure'
'Analysing Scoring Criteria with a Focus on Distance and Timing'
‘Technique driven Scenarios - kizami zuki and ura mawashi geri’
‘Active Defence Fighting’
‘Technique Consolidation - kizami zuki and ura mawashi geri’
‘Consolidation of Scoring Criteria’

Advanced kata - individualised
'Traditional Basics leading to Athletic Training for Kata Competition'
Presentations/Workshops'2018 Competitions, Selections, Policy Amendments, and 2020 Preparation'
'Planning the 2018 Competition Year'
'Kata Presentation for Competition'
'Mental Preparedness'

Thank you to all participants and parents for supporting the event, and taking all the tuition back to your individual dojos. There is a lot of expertise within Karate New Zealand and the National Camps are the perfect platform to spread this knowledge. We trust you have all taken a few things away from this camp that you will be able to successfully implement in your day-to-day training. 

The Coaching Council would like to express their gratitude to all Coaches, Referees, Officials and Facilitators for making the camp a huge success. The feedback from participants and parents has been amazing!

Thank you to the Sensei – Braedyn Birss, Chris Bennett, Johnny Ling, Duane Monk, Binh Nguyen, Phil Laing, Craig Nordstrand, Leonard Kong, Penny Cheketri, Rebecca Merrifield, Mahjid Poortoossi, Shahab, David Bennett, Beatty Bennett, Chante Betham, Patricia Reilly, Murray Burns, Simon Merrick, Grant Holland, Dave Harris, Dhamikka Ariyaratna, Gene Browne, and Andy Roosen. With assistance from Brendon Running, Sian Scott, Sean Richardson, and Jojina Scott.

Thank you to the Local Organising Committee in Auckland, Chris Bennett, Leonard Kong, Jason Ng and their teams.

We look forward to a successful  and competitive 2018 for Karate New Zealand!

Yours in Karate,
KNZ Coaching Council and Coaches