Karate kids show off their skills for international assessor

Enjoying the helpful karate session are (back row, from left): senseis Barry Potts, Richard Harris and David Webber; Middle: sensei Ennio Anselmi (left) and club founder Stan Harris and front row, from left: students Holly Speers, Max Yopp, Saffron Ivan, Emma Warren and Emily Yee.
Enjoying the helpful karate session are (back row, from left): senseis Barry Potts, Richard Harris and David Webber; Middle: sensei Ennio Anselmi (left) and club founder Stan Harris and front row, from left: students Holly Speers, Max Yopp, Saffron Ivan, Emma Warren and Emily Yee. Stuart Turner

A GRUELLING day had a happy ending for Barry Potts and David Webber while other fast-rising young karate fans also showed their skills in front of an internationally-renowned assessor.

Barry and fellow Northern Rivers Shukokai Karate Dojo club Sensei David Webber were awarded their Third Dan Black Belt after a punishing day of assessments.

Saturday's event involved several of the club's younger members also showing their skills as they progressed to higher levels.

A keen fan of karate since high school, Barry has overseen the club for several years, honing his own abilities and moving through the grades.

"Being involved with the club has changed my life," 47-year-old Barry said.

"It has helped my confidence and made me more relaxed.

"It is great knowing that if the need comes along, I can handle various situations.

"It feels good to be progressing."

It was a nerve-wracking event for Barry and club members, who tested their abilities in front of Sensei Ennio Anselmi.

As head instructor of the Australian Shokokai Karate-Do Renmei, Anselmi has coached several Victorian and Australian Champions and has competed across the globe, securing notable karate honours himself.

The club's peewee members - aged 5-9 - and juniors also performed under Anselmi's watchful eye.

Barry said the group had done very well, according to Anselmi's thorough assessment at the event held at the club's base in Rous Rd, Goonellabah.

"Several of our students did really well," Barry said. "They progressed to the next coloured belt.

"Having sensei here is showing the students what is possible and what they can do.

"As an instructor, you enjoy passing on your knowledge to your students and seeing them build their confidence.

"It is great seeing them improve and go even higher."

For more information on the club, email barry@northernrivers-shukokai.com.au or call Barry on 6625 0091.



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