At karate dojos all around the world, Karate-ka, students of karate, welcome the New Year in traditional Japanese fashion by showing their commitment to karate via Kangeiko. This annual seven-day event literally means, "cold training". Kangeiko is a consecutive seven-day early morning training program that includes a jog in addition to regular training.
The 2017 Kangeiko at Walsall Karate Dojo began at 6am on Monday 9th January. Nineteen members of the dojo turned up daily and six of them completed all seven days showing great spirit and dedication! Every day we experienced varied teaching from a small handful of instructors. On the last day of Kangeiko on Sunday 15th, we stayed an extra hour in bed and started at 7am.
For those who committed themselves to Kangeiko, the rewards were great. During the week we saw a massive feeling of camaraderie, spirit and a sense of joint accomplishment. Students commented on being physically exhausted but also, and more importantly, they felt revitalised with a renewed vigor and determination that positively impacted them afterwards at work or home. This is the true meaning of Karate training. Well done to all Kangeiko participants. Below are the fifteen that completed all seven days:
David Pearson, Amelia Stanley, Paul Stanley, Cara Hopkins, Caitlyn Hopkins, Joseph Stanley.