A karate school in Stanmore have helped a karate club in Nigeria get back to training, as they too are beginning to return to in person classes once again.
Kaishi Karate School, which is run by Sheena Amin, kindly donated nine karate suits to a club in Nigeria after she heard they were struggling to afford the uniforms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheena said that she noticed their post on Facebook and being born in another part of Africa herself, felt a connection to the group and wanted to help.
She said: “The teacher had been in a sort of lockdown and he had not been able to do his normal job so decided that he would teach the children every day to keep them having some sort of routine.
“I talked about their situation and mentioned it to parents. It really touched people’s hearts and reminded parents that it is an international sport and all these kids around the world are doing it and enjoying it.”
Sheena added that she has had to adapt to the new restrictions and start a leadership academy.
She said: “We have not been able to do black belt tests for some children because physical contact is a part of it, so I needed to think of something new to keep them motivated.
“I am starting a leadership academy and have allocated those students to different junior classes to teach.
“This will help them improve their karate and give them something to focus on and make them feel confident they are still progressing with their karate.”
Check out Kaishi Karate School at kaishikarate34.com.