A Fukui Nursery School, Unyielding Against the Cold
On January 9th, a group of children from the Owada Nursery School (located in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City, Owada-cho) were diligent in their mid-winter karate training. The clear winter skies were resonating with shouts of encouragement, and also of thrusting fists and kicks that were filled with energy.
Held twice a month, one of the training session’s purposes is for physical development; training is led by Kazuo Kimura (aged 68), a top instructor from the Yoshizuka Karate Dojo.
For this mid-winter training session, 29 children, aged 4 to 6, joined on this day. Barefoot, the children leaped with energy in rows on the grounds, punching and kicking, practicing about 10 different techniques, one after another. The cold ground had some children on the verge of tears, but under the watchful eyes of their parents and guardians, they worked hard and endured until the end.
“My feet hurt and felt cold, but I didn’t want to cry; I wanted to do my best,” said a six-year-old boy, showing a smile.