On Thursday, September 15, Tullamore Kenpo Karate Studio hosted a karate seminar, with Master of the Arts, John Sepulveda, 9th degree black belt and Professor Downey, 7th degree black belt and European Director of American Kenpo Karate.
Two seminars took place on the night. The first was held for junior members of the Tullamore Studio from beginners to advanced brown belts.
Master Sepulveda explained to the parents that the method of teaching he was using, was first used by him, in special schools, in the USA in the early 80’s, in order to get children with learning disorders to concentrate and follow instruction.
At the end of one hour, all the students, no matter what level , had memorised a series of moves which they then performed in front of other students and watching parents which was a fantastic achievement.
The second seminar was held for senior members. Master Sepulveda took two of Kenpo’s street self defence moves, something that Kenpo is famous for, and showed how they may be altered and used in any confrontation on the street. The seniors were put into pairs and worked hard in order to perfect these defences.
As Master Sepulveda is one of the highest ranking Kenpo Masters in the world, it is a great tribute to Mr Jack Smith and the students of the Kenpo karate Studio, that he considers Tullamore such a productive Kenpo Studio, that he stops off to teach, on his tour of Europe. For further infomation about Kenpo karate in Tullamore, you can visit, www.irelandkenpo.com