Kyokushin Karate on the Pahiatua Sports activities Stadium in 1993.
It’s no fluke that the Kyokushin Karate nationwide championships will likely be held at Woodville on Easter Saturday.
Woodville’s honour is because of the dedication of Dojo Bob Fryer, who has been teaching regularly for the previous 40 years in Tararua. The nationwide physique has recognised Bob’s milestone, therefore the awarding of Woodville because the host.
The occasion will likely be held on the Woodville Stadium on Saturday, April 3, beginning at 9am. There will likely be door gross sales, with members of the general public welcome to return alongside to cheer on the 12 locals entered. There will likely be a canteen with proceeds to assist the Woodville Pantry.
Fighters will likely be coming from so far as Auckland, with 150 entered in complete so removed from all ages.
Eric Miller from Woodville will likely be one to look at within the junior division. Jazmine Dean from Woodville is entered in Crew Kata, Particular person Kata and will likely be having her first battle at a event. Corban Greatbatch will likely be competing within the intermediate boys. Coral Smith is entered within the over 35s, so be careful for her too.
■ Forty Years As Dojo
Bob Fryer has been in Kyokushin Karate for 50 years, the previous 40 as Dojo in Tararua.
“I began close to Gisborne in my late 20s,” he mentioned. “Water simply poured off me, I began operating – going from 17 stone all the way down to 13 stone [108kg to 82kg].
“I loved it, it was a problem. I educated, educated and educated, having John Jarvis as Dojo (one of many prime coaches in New Zealand.) Then I transferred to Opapa, south of Hastings.
“There I used to be coaching on my own, then discovered a coach in Waipawa. That led on to becoming a member of a bunch in Flaxmere. From there I moved once more on to Woodville. There was no Kyokushin there at that stage. I wrote to my outdated teacher in Flaxmere to get permission to start out teaching in Woodville and he mentioned I may go forward, that was in 1980.
“We opened up within the outdated Drill Corridor in Woodville (the place the stadium is now) with 80 folks turning up on the primary evening, principally from Woodville. Subsequent evening there have been round 100. From then until now I’ve put by way of round 500 members.
“Jeff Thomson was fairly a superb fighter from Woodville. The martial arts give folks a course and so they transform good residents for his or her group. Ian Riley from Woodville was a graded member and Warren Taylor one other one to say.
“We used to go to all of the operating occasions, together with the Plodathon in Pahiatua. The primary individual previous the Tui Brewery would win a dozen bottles of beer. We had the quickest man for that job, David Chard.
“We have been to most tournaments in New Zealand, a few of our members have accomplished fairly properly. Years in the past we began the Junior Nationals in Woodville with my spouse, Susan. It was for juniors and novice seniors, we ran that for 10 years,” mentioned Bob.
“We put Woodville on the map in Japan as I’ve had folks come out right here and prepare with us and so they have fought in World tournaments.
“We have had folks from Sweden come and prepare with us, then they’ve gone again and joined the military, which is obligatory there. We had a younger boy from South Africa come out and prepare with us.
“I’ve a whole lot of persistence with folks. I by no means actually thought I might go this lengthy. To hitch, come alongside to the Dojo within the Outdated People’ Corridor in McLean St in Woodville on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7pm.
“I educated Peter Mudford in a wheelchair, I assumed ‘that is a problem’. We needed to change and adapt issues. Peter entered a couple of tournaments in Kata. I believe each coach ought to prepare somebody who’s in a wheelchair.”