Balance comes with karate mastery

By RACHAEL BORICH

WATCHING people get a more balanced understanding of life is what Rockhampton's Peter Harth loves about his involvement in karate.

Harth, 43, was this month awarded his sixth Dan at Shoto- kan Karate Week in Perth.

This was not a grading based on physical attributes, more on the technical side of the sport.

"It feels good on two sides,'' Harth said. "It feels good to have achieved that level and I also feel there is still a long way to go.''

Harth immediately found a pas- sion for the sport when he first started in 1977.

"It had a mythical drawcard to it .?.?. now I'm a bit older I feel I have to continue training for lev- els of fitness, flexibility and self- discipline.''

He now also channels his ener- gy into helping others' develop- ment through his instructing work with Rockhampton PCYC Shotokan Karate Club.

"It's about watching the suc- cess they (his students) have in their life,'' Harth said.

"They learn the confidence and self-discipline to push through barriers.''

Harth said all it took was the need to have that ability to take that first step and have a go.

One of the biggest challenges Harth still faces when he in- structs students is helping instil patience ? no matter what their age.

"Improvement will come, but it will come slowly.



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