Eight students from the Genbu-Kai Karate school in Wellington met Jan. 6 at 6 a.m. at Ocean Ridge Park in North Palm Beach to practice kangeiko.
Loosely translated, kangeiko means “winter training.” This type of training is a special test of endurance and forges character development within the participants. It’s also an excellent way for the students to form new friendships. In Japan, kangeiko is practiced outside in the snow during the winter.
Sensei Keith Moore often held kangeiko in his New York schools before moving to Florida. While some parents thought it was crazy to practice outside in the snow and cold, the students loved it and looked forward to it each year.
Genbu-Kai is located at 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A-21, in the Wellington Marketplace. For more information, call (561) 804-1002 or visit the Genbu-Kai web site at www.floridagenbukai.com.
ABOVE: (Top left, front row, L-R) Eden Martin, Tyann Bedwell, Kota Ramsey and Taiga Ramsey; (back row) Alan Tobin, Ron Martin, Brent Bedwell, Sensei Keith Moore and Catherine Mazzella. (Bottom left) Students practice in the water.