Free-to-be-Me was the title for a Brownie filled holiday weekend at Ozanam House, Drogheda, and part of the activities was a karate demonstration for all in attendance, showing that karate is not just for boys or about doing fancy moves that we all see on the television, but that it’s for everyone regardless of age or ability.
Sensei Mary Marcus from Dundalk Karate, introduced herself and her students in attendance, including Denise Moran and junior students, Katie McNamara and Catherine Marcus, who not only were able to demonstrate some simple karate moves like a punch, block or kick, but showed all Brownies and their leaders in attendance, that no matter what your age or ability, karate can be for anyone.
A number of Brownies were picked to participate in the demonstration and any leader who was sitting on the sidelines weren’t getting away scot free. They were automatically volunteered and with everyone looking on, every volunteer thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Self-defense was next on the agenda, and two different scenarios were shown. Questions were asked, answered and explained through a further demonstration using more volunteers, and to round of the demonstration, everyone had an opportunity to both kick and punch pads which was yet another success, as everyone gave it their all, and with gusto.
Brownie Leader, Christine Cumiskey, who organised the demonstration was thrilled with the outcome and Sensei Mary Marcus said: “It was an amazing opportunity for all involved, especially for all the Brownies in attendance who could see that karate is so much more than punching or kicking and that there is much, much more involved.
“I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to not only Christine and all the Brownie leaders involved who organised this demonstration, but to all the Brownies who gave me their full attention throughout, and who are a credit to their leaders. And, not forgetting Dundalk Karate Students, Denise, Katie and Catherine who volunteered their Sunday Morning to help me during the demonstration.”
If you would like any further information on Dundalk Karate, who train every Monday and Thursday in the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, Dundalk, why not contact Sensei Mary on 086 353 1625 or firstname.lastname@example.org