Karate kids and adults can get their kicks during Covid-19 pandemic with daily online Karate@home sessions
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THE world's largest online dojo has been created for karate enthusiasts who are eager to keep their skills sharp during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Martial arts components across Moray and Aberdeenshire can take part in free, one-hour daily Karate@home sessions hosted by two German instructors.
Martin Buchstaller and Nadja Ines Koerner set up what they claim is the world's biggest dojo - or place of learning - through an online community of athletes on social media channels.
They have been joined by a former world champion from Canada, JKA (Japan Karate Association) England's chief instructor and top coaches from Sweden and Norway in delivering sessions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Instructors go live on Facebook for each daily session, which is later posted on Facebook and YouTube.
A Karate@home spokesperson said: "We’re trying to help in his challenging time of the virus. People have to stay at home and they are afraid of losing family members and friends.
"We’re organising one-hour free karate lessons every day with top instructors worldwide.
"Karate is a lot about self-discipline and you can easily train even in a small space of 1m x 1m by yourself.
"We even had our first three-day weekend boot camp last week. Step-by-step we got more professional and within five weeks we grew organically to over 10.000 members .
"The members are from over 110 different countries around the world and it is everyone: top athletes, karateka with over 40-plus years experience, younger and older folks, beginners, observers, contributors. They see themselves as a big karate family.
"That we could change the mindset of karateka that quick was impressive and humbling.
"The exchange in the community and more importantly the daily live class makes them happy and is something they look forward to during the #stayhome restrictions. We are completely for non-profit and all instructors are given their classes for free."
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