UPDATED ON 08/05/2024
 Guest Instructor Kieran Makenji from Zanshin Karate Academy Visits HAITO Karate

Guest Instructor Kieran Makenji from Zanshin Karate Academy Visits HAITO Karate

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We were thrilled to welcome Kieran Makenji, a distinguished kumite instructor from the Zanshin Karate Academy, to our dojo for an enlightening and action-packed session.

About Kieran Makenji

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Kieran shared a bit about his extensive martial arts journey:

“I’ve been training in martial arts for around 18 years. I’ve trained in taekwondo, kickboxing, karate, judo, BJJ, Kudo, and general self-protection skills. I’m reasonably well-versed in Kata bunkai application, but I’m also quite practiced in various types of kumite, striking, and grappling. At my club, I’m the defacto kumite coach.”

Martial Arts Experience

Kieran’s diverse experience across multiple disciplines has made him a versatile and skilled martial artist. His training spans:

  • Taekwondo
  • Kickboxing
  • Karate
  • Judo
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Kudo
  • General self-protection skills

Kumite Expertise

As the kumite coach at Zanshin Karate Academy, Kieran has honed his skills in both striking and grappling. His knowledge extends to practical applications of martial arts techniques, which he shared enthusiastically with our senior class.

Community and Collaboration

Kieran is part of several martial arts groups in the UK, focusing on:

He is a member of the British Combat Karate Association (BCKA) under the guidance of Iain Abernethy and Peter Consterdine, organizations renowned for their emphasis on practical applications, impact work, and pressure testing.

Senior Class Session: Kyokushin Pinan Sono Kata Applications

During his visit, Kieran led our senior class through an engaging and educational session. We focused on Kyokushin Pinan Sono Kata applications (Bunkai), incorporating takedowns and throws. The session was a fantastic opportunity for our members to:

  • Deepen their understanding of Kata applications
  • Learn practical takedowns and throws
  • Experience high-level kumite techniques

The session was not only informative but also incredibly fun, reflecting Kieran’s passion for martial arts.

A Memorable Experience

Kieran’s visit was a memorable experience for everyone at HAITO Karate. His expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication to martial arts left a lasting impression on our members. We look forward to more collaborative sessions in the future, continuing to learn and grow together.

Thank you, Kieran Makenji, for sharing your knowledge and energy with us!

Stay tuned for more exciting events and guest instructors at HAITO Karate!

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