Empowering Linden’s women, children through karate
The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defence, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual.
If karate had to be described in one sentence, then the most suitable one may arguably be, “You never attack first in karate.”
Those principles, improved fitness, and bonding with family in activities form the benefits the International Karate Organization (IKO) through its Guyana chapter seeks to offer to the town of Linden.
Sessions recently started, and while the numbers are predominantly females and young children, they are some men involved due to the presence of their children, and one of those is Lieutenant Colonel, Eon Murray, who has just been involved in the sport for two weeks.
“When I look at what Karate is about, I recognise it about self-defence, it builds character, it builds capacity, and also contributes to the well-being of the youths,” Murray told the News Room during a recent interview.
“Here in Linden, we have few extra-circular activities and I recognise it can be added to the menu of activities in Linden that can positively engage the youths.”
Training Thursdays and Sundays at McKenzie High School, in three categories from age five to adults, the total group is in excess of 50.
“What we recognised in the initial classes when you ask the kids what they know about karate, they demonstrate what they would have probably seen in a movie, so we have been inculcating in this is not about the attack but self-defence if you have to defend yourself accordingly”, the Lieutenant Colonel revealed.
Additionally, Tashana Wong, Secretary for IKO Guyana and a Junior Sensei said they recently started the Guyana chapter in February and they are currently building their foundation
Wong said the modern karate practices are more of sport style than the traditional practices, so “in terms of getting that attraction, I think it pertains to everyone’s interest. Not everyone will look at it like football, Martial arts is a bit more hand-to-hand combat, and for those who are looking to engage with one another.”
The Secretary further elaborated that the sport brings great balance to one’s life and helps build character.
For Sharon Hall, a mother and fitness enthusiast, her interest sparked since she wanted to learn the art of protecting herself and spend quality time with her sons and she encouraged more persons to join.
Lt. Col. Murray said he intends for the entire programme expand and transform the lives of persons not just in Linden but entire Guyana.