DIVING INTO KARATE

….and bonding with my fellow female karatekas

karate

karate is great!

Beginnings

It’s been two weeks now since I began karate classes. Each of us gets into martial arts for different reasons. Mine? Being a fitness enthusiast, I wanted to push my body further, to test myself. Now, I’m in love……

A certain Sensei once said that ‘Karate is about discipline and the first discipline is showing up for class.’ I haven’t missed a class yet. Only thing missing is my ‘gi’-I don’t have a karate uniform yet, but I’m saving up.

Classes and fellow karatekas

I met two lovely karatekas at Sensei Caleb Atemi’s class. (Mr. Atemi is also the chairman of the Kenya Karate Federation). Sylvia aka Sly and Grace aka Tatiana are their names.

Sometimes, when our Sensei is out of town or a training room is unavailable, we attend Sensei Bon Owiti’s class. (Bon is the National Karate coach, a splendid technique teacher, if I may add).

Here, I additionally met other karatekas; the female ones (I bonded with) being Flozzie and K.C. who I get down to knowing as we trek from class to town after class.

The five of us recently hang-out at Uhuru Park, Nairobi (it’s on the way to Bon’s class) and bonded like cream and nuts. Ofcourse I had to ask questions, and here’s more on them….

the girls chill out

from left: Flozzie, Sly, Tatiana & K.C

Sly…. Is a writer/author whose Sensei  is Mr. Atemi. She started Karate five months ago and already has a yellow belt.  “I love the discipline and the fact that I can use Karate for self-defence (I’m no longer scared when provoked). I also like the fitness bit as it leaves me feeling light on my feet,” she said.

Besides Karate, Sly enjoys writing, music, travelling and sex.

Tatiana…..Cleared high school last year (2010). She is currently helping with the family business, but is planning on studying  Fashion Design in 2012. She started Karate classes when she was in Form 2 (2008). Her  Sensei was Mr. Murimi, a business teacher and counselor at All Saints Academy, Sagana. Her current Sensei is Mr. Atemi. Besides Karate, she enjoys dancing and designing cards. Tatiana will also appear in an upcoming Nimechill advert doing some katas. Anasema amechill, for real. Kiai!!!

K.C………A Form Three student at All Saints Academy, Sagana, K.C. got into serious karate last year (Form 2). Her Sensei is also Mr. Murimi.  “I love Karate because it is fun and I truly enjoy it,” she said.

Besides karate, she enjoys art, drama and dancing.

showing us how...

showing us how

Flozzie….Cleared Form 4 last year (2010) and is planning to study B.Com (Finance) at the University of Nairobi  in 2012. She started Karate classes in 2009 (Form 3). Her Sensi then was Mr. Murimi of All Saints. Today, it is Sensei Bon Owiti. “What I love about Karate is that it can be used both for fitness and for self-defence,” she explained.

Besides Karate, Flozzie loves listening to music, playing phone and card games and chatting on the phone.

 

I’m the only beginner in my class, but these four young ones are a blessing; inspiring and encouraging along the way.

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14 Responses to “DIVING INTO KARATE”

  1. Brian O. Says:

    Liked Eudiahs post. Am Brian Adol from the army currently at the border taking part in operation Linda Nchi. I had trained a little in tae kwon do but for the while we have been here av been doing karate and I love it. We have not had any chance for grading or whatsoever but we are quite forward. Wanted to know where you guys train so that I join you when I finish this operation.

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  2. Lamu Says:

    Hi, looking at joining a dojo soon. Where is Sensei Atemi’s? Oss. LT

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  3. tattyn Says:

    Waoooo! gal,this iz amazing. Job well done. I’m alxo xo glad to have meet you, you are alxo xo inspiring;I’m truly attracted by yo strong personality.Kudos!

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  4. Radebe Says:

    I’m a mixed martial artist but with a background in shotokan karate… trained under Joshua Sensei. Bon Owiti Sensei was a referee in a referee in one tournament i participated in in 2010. Great guy…

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  5. Jemu Says:

    Where can I join a Karate class?

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  6. FLORENCE Says:

    Hi Eudiah this is supper cool. It was great meeting you dear.KARATE FOR LIFE. Hope you will never drop it. For me darling Karate is always going to be part of my life i mean just as people say when they wed ‘I FLORENCE aka flozzie/ ladyflox wil be in karate for better and for worse for richer or for poor in health en health [since with karate your body never gives in easily to sickness] TIL DEATH DO US APART. MOB LUV GAL. Hop will go for a picnic next right? keep the fire burning. chaoooooooo….

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  7. Kim Says:

    Haw can my daughter join the class.

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  8. JOHN WAMBUA Says:

    Am john wambua from sagana, i also started karate since 2009 when i was in form 2. Sensei Kairu has been my teacher since that time until i finished form 4 of which we coudn’t play the game frequently with him due to some misconviniece. Sensei murimi of alsaints and others like wanjau gachuiri ,pius warui also has been helping me alot. Now since 2012 am in murang’a where we train with sensei Bakari sometimes and seinse Wanyoiko. I study in murang’a university college and i like karate coz of its principles while keeping my mind and body fit, am in 7th kyu so far and i love helping my fellow students so much with karate when our sensei is not in.

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    • Elias Kirong Says:

      I am Elias Kirong,a student at Muranga university college.i began karate this year January.i really like karate.apart from my studies,karate does me great.through it i get the skills to defend myself and also keeps my body fit.actually,it is part of my life.i get assistance from sensei Bakari and Wanyoike.i would like to give regards to my senior colleagues for their generosity and support,especially John Wambua you have given me great support,may God bless you people,not forgetting my fellow beginners for your emotional support and advice.how i pray that God may give strength and good health that you may continue to give me guidance in my karate progress. Wish u God’s blessings.ARIGATO!!!

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  9. mache Says:

    Am Mache did tae kwon do in primary school and would like to rekindle my love foe martial arts. where can I enroll karate classes.

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  10. nickiiieee Says:

    Hello. Is there any place offering karate still open 😦

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  11. Rose Says:

    Hi, I also want to join karate lessons, any help with where should I look?

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