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Martial art clubs put a kick into Christmas

Dec 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Police, however, were not required because it was all part of a show for Christmas shoppers.
The Upper Hutt Martial Arts Festival gave the public a chance to see what they can do.
It also gave the public a chance to see the difference between aikido, judo, tae kwon do and hapkido and meet instructors to find out more about joining one of the clubs involved.
Organiser Konrad Hickson says the event has been running for the last four years at the mall, and is an opportunity for martial art clubs to come together and demonstrate they are all martial artists and not just individuals.
As a judo and aikido instructor, Konrad says at the higher levels in a martial art there is a lot of crossover between the various forms.
He describes martial arts as not trying to injure anyone.
“You just do the minimal amount to get of an attack and not get hurt,” he says.
Among the clubs on show at the mall were members from the Hapkido Academy demonstrating a series of kicks, throws, joint locks and pressure point applications.
Their demonstration included use of everyday items such as a walking stick, belt and a ball point pen, which can be applied to a pressure point on the attacker.
Although the throws look dangerous, Hapkido Academy’s head instructor Callum Forbes says learning to fall safely is one of the core skills taught. Everyone is trained to fall before they learn to throw.
One of the club’s star students Kurt Trotman (9) has been training in hapkido since the age of five.
“He has been so keen we promoted him into the main class with the adults.”
PHOTOS:
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Brandon Godfrey (blue belt) being thrown in an ankle throw by Sean Harvey (red belt)
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GOTCHA: Sean Harvey(red belt) being thrown in a stomach throw by Brandon Godfrey (blue belt).
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TAKE THAT: Kurt Trotman (9) executing a hammer fist strike on the focus pad
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FOCUSED: Kevin Sartorelli from Rimutaka Aikido Club demonstrates a sword sequence of moves known as kata.
GOTCHA: Sean Harvey(red belt) being thrown in a stomach throw by Brandon Godfrey. Photos Anita De Muth

GOTCHA: Sean Harvey(red belt) being thrown in a stomach throw by Brandon Godfrey. Photos: Anita De Muth

Armed and unarmed combat, knifes, swords, punches, kicks, throws and locks were used at Upper Hutt Mall last week.

Police, however, were not required to attend the incident because it was all part of a show for Christmas shoppers.

The Upper Hutt Martial Arts Festival gave the public a chance to see what they can do.

It also gave the public a chance to see the difference between aikido, judo, tae kwon do and hapkido and meet instructors to find out more about joining one of the clubs involved.

Organiser Konrad Hickson says the event has been running for the last four years at the mall, and is an opportunity for martial art clubs to come together and demonstrate they are all martial artists and not just individuals.

MAT TIME: Brandon Godfrey (blue belt) being thrown in an ankle throw by Sean Harvey.
MAT TIME: Brandon Godfrey (blue belt) being thrown in an ankle throw by Sean Harvey.

As a judo and aikido instructor, Konrad says at the higher levels in a martial art there is a lot of crossover between the various forms.

He describes martial arts as not trying to injure anyone.

“You just do the minimal amount to get of an attack and not get hurt,” he says.

Among the clubs on show at the mall were members from the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy’s demonstrating a series of kicks, throws, joint locks and pressure point applications.

Their demonstration included use of everyday items such as a walking stick, belt and a ball point pen, which can be applied to a pressure point on the attacker.

Although the throws look dangerous, Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy’s head instructor Callum Forbes says learning to fall safely is one of the core skills taught. Everyone is trained to fall before they learn to throw.

One of the club’s star students Kurt Trotman (9) has been training in hapkido since the age of five.

“He has been so keen we promoted him into the main class with the adults.”

TAKE THAT: Kurt Trotman (9) executing a hammer fist strike on the focus pad.

TAKE THAT: Kurt Trotman (9) executing a hammer fist strike on the focus pad.

FOCUSED: Kevin Sartorelli from Rimutaka Aikido Club demonstrates a sword sequence of moves known as kata.

FOCUSED: Kevin Sartorelli from Rimutaka Aikido Club demonstrates a sword sequence of moves known as kata.

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