Treasure Valley karate dojo brings together young and old for life lessons
“I would define a dojo as a community, a place where you can come at the end of the day just to have friends,” said a 10-year-old member of the dojo.
BOISE, Idaho – During this year’s delayed Toyko Olympics, several new sports will debut, including karate, which a dojo has family in Treasure Valley.
“We all train together, and it’s really like family, we’re there for each other 100%,” said Akemi Wells, member of the Treasure Valley School of Karate.
The Treasure Valley School of Karate is a growing family, which connects young people and adults.
“Karate isn’t normally supposed to be at the Olympics, so for there to be an exhibition and showing what karate is, and its different aspects, is really exciting,” said Vanesa Perkins, owner of the Olympic Games. Treasure Valley School of Karate.
Wells said that karate generally takes a back seat to other forms of martial arts, “so enjoying our time in the sun is a huge deal for us, we’re pretty exciting.”
The youngest members of the Well dojo also feel at home here.
“I would define a dojo as a community, a place where you can come at the end of the day just to have friends,” said Maeve Murray, 10, a member of the Treasure Valley School of Karate.
Karate is a form of martial arts and will make its Olympic debut this summer in Tokyo, it will feature two different events including kumite and kata.
“So there is Kata, or forms, which is a whole bunch of self-defense movements put together and performed with varying speeds and techniques. Then there is also Kumite, which is a form of sparring. Scoring with punches to the body, head, back, there are different targets that they are aiming for, ”explained Perkins.
While the sport is all about precision, rhythm, strength, balance and speed, it also offers countless life lessons.
“It teaches you to be stronger, both physically and mentally, and it also teaches you how to be a better person,” said Odin Burks, 13, a member of the Treasure Valley School of Karate.
“I’m learning to be confident, to be comfortable with who I am and to have fun,” said Murray.
“For me, it’s not just the sport, but also the morality, the discipline and the personal dignity and respect that come with it,” Wells said.
Dojos around the world, like the Treasure Valley Karate School, can’t wait to see the sport shine on the world’s biggest stage.
“In our group here it’s huge, we’re all so excited, we’re competing, we travel all over the Northwest to compete, so seeing is just amazing, I think there will be many parties. viewing, ”Wells said.
“It will be so exciting to see all these athletes training so hard, especially all the women who exceeded those limits because they couldn’t even do it not that long ago,” said Murray. .
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