For many children, a competitive spirit is a fundamental part of their character and a desire to compete is instilled at an early age. To accommodate for this, Liberte Karate hosts its very own 'Fun Festival' competition twice a year and encourages all students, regardless of age and belt level, to enter and participate in the nights' activities.
On the night of the Fun Festival, all students and parents come together at the dojo to watch students compete in both Kata and Kumite without the additional stresses and pressures of an actual competition environment. To accommodate to all students, each competitor is divided up into their age groups and is given the chance to perform their favourite kata in front of the rest of the group as well as an instructor who will act as a judge. As well as kata, all students are given the chance to participate in a kumite (sparring) competition. As students mature and their control and techniques become more advanced, they are allowed the opportunity to compete in a kumite bout against another student (protective equipment for kumite is a must!). However, for our younger students, a 'kumite ball' is provided as a target for them to demonstrate their best techniques whilst we continue to work with them on their control.
As well as this, the Fun Festival is a fantastic opportunity for all students to show off the skills and techniques that they have been working so hard on during the term. By doing so in a friendly competition, students are continually encouraged by their peers and parents, building both their confidence and encouraging them to continue striving for their best. On the night, all students are rewarded for participating with Liberte Karate Fun Festival medals handed out to each competitor. Additionally, to reward students who have done exceptionally well, a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal are awarded to the three best competitors for Kata and Kumite in each age group.
To end the night, Liberte Karate provides all competitors and parents with pizzas for dinner as a reward to students for their courage in coming up and performing and to the parents for their continuous support. Not only does this provide a fun and enjoyable way to end the night, but it also provides time for students and parents to mingle outside of class and gives instructors an opportunity to walk around and catch up with all the wonderful families that make up Liberte Karate.