The world famous karate-master, Nobuaki Kanazawa, 6th Dan, Kancho (president) of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation), visited the Shi-Gaku-Kan karate club in Peterhead earlier this month to instruct and examine students.
Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa is a former World Champion and All Japan champion and the leader of the SKIF, a federation with more than two million members worldwide.
Kancho Nobuaki has chosen to visit the Shi-Gaku-Kan twice this year, the only club in Scotland to receive this honour.
Though many people believe that karate is just about self-defence, the art in its entirety also comprises exercises to develop strength and flexibility and aerobic fitness, all studied in the context of mutual respect and punctilious etiquette.
Karate-do has such breadth that men and women of all ages, and children aged five and upwards can take part in the practice and benefit from it.
Led by a married couple, Sensei Mark Donaghy and Sensei Libby Donaghy, the Shi-Gaku-Kan is especially welcoming to women who can feel excluded by the macho atmosphere of many martial-arts clubs.
For more information about karate visit www.shigakukan.co.uk or telephone Mark or Libby on (01779) 477737.