Students from the Genbu-Kai Karate school in Wellington arrived at Ocean Ridge Park on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 6:45 a.m. to practice Kangeiko.
Kangeiko, loosely translated, means “winter training,” and this type of training is a special test of endurance, which 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.
For more information on Genbu-Kai Karate classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit www.floridagenbukai.com.
ABOVE: Genbu-Kai Karate students and teachers at Ocean Ridge Park practicing Kangeiko.