Hare Street pupils showcase karate skills as part of National Science Week

Education / Sat 16th Mar 2024 at 11:12am

PUPILS at Hare Street school used the medium of Karate to as a showcase during national science week giving over the message that the children themselves, and the physical possibilities that possess, are walking science.

British Science week is this year taking place in schools and sites of scientific interest, such as the Royal observatory in London, between the 8th and 17th of March with many schools and college’s putting on a number of special events to highlight the importance of Science. The much loved date in the school calendar started as a national project back in 1994 as a way to promote Science and heighten it’s profile.

The highly trained martial artists who all belong to the Harlow based Shotokan Karate England club demonstrated numerous Kata’s, which are patterns of movement within Karate with there being 102 to be learned. The Hare street pupils, aided by Class teacher and martial arts enthusiast Karmann Damiral, blasted through numerous patterns whilst exploring the core movements of the body and physiological responses  – all key parts of Science. The children demonstrated in front of over 400 children as part of a whole school assembly and were confident and polished in doing so, much to the credit of the club they attend who are starting a new beginners session next Wednesday evening at Hare street.

Miss Damiral said: “It was fabulous to get the children in front of their peers and show them that what we do isn’t just a martial art, it’s a walking science. When we put that to the children they viewed what we were doing differently, and saw it more from a physical movement point of view rather than just watching Karate. There were quite a few children who said they’d love to give this a try and that was a big goal for us.”

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1 Comment for Hare Street pupils showcase karate skills as part of National Science Week:

Rod Butler
2024-03-16 16:19:41

Well done Karman and the students. It's so good to see the art of karate being accepted by mainstream education. It is interesting to remember that Karate was first introduced to Japan as an addition to general eduction, by Master Gichin Funakoshi in the 1930s and later in the 1940s. Karate was subsequently adopted by the education authorities as part of the Japanese education system in schools, colleges and Universities.

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