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18: Roy O' Kane FRSA

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Andrew Batchelor speaks with Roy O' Kane FRSA from Kanzen Karate where he discusses how he got involved in doing karate, setting up Kanzen and helping people learn. 

Hoo and welcome to Dundee cast apodcast Celebraton Dundee and its people, I'm under Bartchor, and thanksagain to Demimicman for Thet intro. You can go and check demie out on socialmedia under Demi, mcman, music. Thanks again demmy today we speak to royalkeen from CANSAN CRATY and Royse. Don' quite a lot of amazing stuff in thecommunity and you'll be sharing with me about his experiences of getting intoKrate, set Um Canson and also helping kids and adults have to learn Krati. SoI hope you enjoy this one. So the first thing I was waning to ask you ways whatis Consan Krate. Well, I'm drew thanks for having Mor one and e before webegeting. I juust want to see a huge well done to to you for Al Your efforts.I am with Dundty culture and especially duing this ppede covet. I think ifindication an information has been so important and you have really excelledand plain your part and keep ing done, the an informed, an Orfpan scovid. So so Iwould just want to see you know. Bike job and TEC. Keep up with that goodwalk. What is Cansdin well, cant fostlate cans in Karate cones in meansthey loosely translates who pursuit of perfection, which is that a coincetthat we won't always get there, but as long as we're trying for selfimprovement- and I think that's reallylly important- so this an ideathat we're constantly striving constantly pushing constantly trying toimprove four our training, our character and then I think that's areally good place for us to be so that plans in Nat, Cansin, Corractin Karatiis made up of two Japanese words: Cara, meaning empty and tape, meaning hand.It is the martial art of the Empty Tant, so so Pransin, Karabate and and sons.It rings quite well. So that's that's Cansin and we area nonprofit, makingcharity operating across Bunde and anges. Andwe have many many things thatwe do. Our court purpose is Krati classes for all ages and Karatias are amartial art that can be pursued by anyone. Arespective of background andlife stages of Lo cost thing. I'm Su. We have people theeroldstraining and we have members in the...

...late sixties traning. So we havechildren, ND families and dults across Tan. The UNONGETENEN with US- and wealso do lots of other work- were ploy to be an organization which supports ofus. So we take the values of karate and I'm trying shield those with as manypeople as possible. So that's that's Cansin Corati, it's a great cob andI've been falloing it for a couple a good few years. Now a D and obviously tis you've, been in Creit for quite a whal. So what made you want to do crat in thefirst place and how? How has it shipped you to where you are now? So I am a I'm in my mid Thirtis, but I feel, likeI've been doing this. My whole life. I've been in Mohasial Arts for twentyseven Twentyh years. I did judo for a few years as a young star, but in themid, where I gew up in ther in the northeast by wars and attacked Wat ndeby the by the local, the local, bulies, the local gun and can extend tha thepolicewer involved and the police office star, who came to seeme Ron, the near by KARATI COB. So after I explained what happened andtalked talked talk to him Througha, he cause this book and said to me. So Ithink you need to learn some karatic, so my mom took me along a week laterand I've never lived back, so I'm still doing it ever since I'm an a reallylucky position that sheer accident in something that Comote of somethingwhich was a biding experience an I find my thing. I think every human being hastheir thing and they just need to find out what the ISND and by Shetaccidident, I explained. Mine and- and I've been really really blessed. Withmy time in this art I have competed internationalway I have. I am traveledthe world I teach into nationally. I run an Organiziibin, no name that wehave that changes people's lives Bo. I think tonigt Hes, given me lots ofamazing things, and I want to Shar thoes with as many people as they cantand so yeah. So I start completely by accident and Heim years later, stillstill doing still still doing. CARATIC Wen you've done crit far away, and thenI think it was twothousand an then you set up cans and craty. What a! What wasthat like? How did you Sey O upend? What was the process like to doing todoing that? Yeah? So I relocated the Dundee Love Dundee and I had althayscoracte experience and I felt I could put it to good use. Sor decided to opena club t the ambition wash just to opene, a small club and sheer thethings that I had learned the night and and we started we didn't have any members.'We didn't know H W anyone at all. We have one kid who came along to dreamfor a couple F weeks and then...

John Bran Heis, the sports editor of anewspaper, Jordn man a little story for us, and then we got sex members andthan so like anything else. It teakhs you time to build something: UFF, itteachin pain to fand your thing, it Taksan to be known and so roll on oevenyears. Twelve years, we've done amazing great things. We have hundreds ofpeople chaining with us. We have done. We compete internationally. We do somany different for things. O Project Am and, of course, we osted the twothousand and eighteen worlds championships that you were also partof this part of our team and Dundee, and so yeah so from small things,canseis really grooing, and it's really down the heart and Worko ofarkey peoplea long way. We've had people come in join cans in and Ttay, and those peoplereally eat tar organization or coaches R are everybody is involved in helpingfund Rason, organizing all of that stuff, it's downe to the hard work ofeveryone and that we are whe. We are today so so: Yeah Small Acornin, nowe've Goti, no Weve Cot Hans in colrect. It's really interesting to see how muchit's grown and it's it's metiure, because it's you're part of thecommunity and what? What can? What do you aove about the community spiritlike kinds and cracty, has a huge community and you know helpin out inthe community, helping up eer kids when try what? How special is that to youand Aro people who are UN the club yeah? I mean I am, as I said, I am completely. You know fortunate that I am able towalk and do something that I absolutely love, but I have received you know somany things to be this art that actually, I'm, I think, shearing toseswith as many people as wepossibly becine D is a huge thing, and sotherefore, I think you know any orgagnization th as as many people hashwely do. We have a real role to play in terms of how we support others in termsof how people going to that Cansin the imbars ARD, not just members of US teQote in many the part of many different groups. They go ou and do manydifferent things. So I mean, I think. Essentially I mean giving back, is hugeand I know that's e kind of Buzzd baswords, but you know we don't walk on the otherside of the road. If there's something we can support with, then that's whatwe do and, to be honest, anit, that's the kind of beautiful contast of Karatior a martial art, so some people's perceptions go and some martial artsare thes ut. Some people's posepton martial artists, all about conflict andthen reality crite, is you know as far away from that, as you, as you can canimagic and crate is about, is about...

...personal character, about proving one'sself bu being part of a wader team nd, and so we try and replocate thosevolues ind the things that we do, whether it's food, Bak colelections.Well, it's helping other organizations, whether it's plain art, the part thentrying to solve the kingot issues that we all face so taking those values taking the mote onto to the kind of state and seeing well. How can we help other US and that'sreally really keyte the Canzin and during the pandemic we we've seen aa lot of wore community being here for the community and how, as kinds ofCrati helpd o duing the pandemic, and I mean obviously thinks of it's affected. Quite a lot ofindustries n that and don't Sa Yeah. The chriclasses are now ecception. An Ottion to this and many stuff have moved online, and Iknow that I've seen a lot of kinds of crati stuff that as we moved on lane.So how was it? How did that all come about wake and how is it? How is itdoing and run ING Right now sure so I mean like everybody else, I think inthe fewethe Marc last year, when block then was announced on that faithful Frada, I mean you knowwe, everybody was in ha state of well. What do we do now, but really earlyOrdn, Ofer team macans in or board coaches. Everybody really push this idea that we have a real ruleto play Hereo, so I felt as well. We could do one of two things. We couldclose the doors and just hope that we are there Wen. This things will gor andwe coudes, or we could do a way Ar real part and lead him from the front andsthowing others that W il t that we can get through this and that we will so sothat's that's absolutely what we did and we moved oclasses on theline, whichwasn't Easy Yo, always a coaching, Chiin left and right back to front onZoom offor Zoom, all this king o stuff and we provided a lots of additionalthings, keep parking act of fitness classes well, being an lambing onlinelaming one lane a special courses where international coaches and to we've donelots, lots of work and because some of the schools were also in the sameposiion last year and tems o lock doen. It was new to everyone and we actuallyplayed the real part in helping a younger people, sta active at formduring the school day, so we had Fitin thiss classes. In the morning we hadclasses at lunch time we hade classes at l evening, Sto, you know keeping people occupied.You Ha real role to play in that, and that'sthat's! That's that's what we did. We also did over seven hundred three oneone to one and thight was went by Youw Sunday, Concinat Hom onlane w with thecoach, and it was to also support...

...people and give them things to improve,and that KINDOF thing. So it was a real real effort, ND, probably the mostchallenging time we've experienced and but actually I'm really proud of Aurorganization and PROYD OVOUR team everybody run towards that storm. Whatcan we do? How can we help whether it was mental health? Whether I I waskeeping people engaged, and we really really did do play our part, but I haveto see we're not the only only organization if ou, as you said, l, ifyou look across dond and I guess the th e Mount of walk that has went on byvarious different groups- They Hep Olers is just really real the IMEGE. Sowe were really happy to play our part and that one you know we have toSurvivev as an organization. We have to keep people clean and we have to keeppeople engaged. But then we went over and above that you know to reallysupport. Others and I'm proud of everything that we've been able to doin that time and then and then that takes the son to lock, then to I mean so, faced with another lock don, we Wena went to return to clasttas from Septamber O wors and which was great.It was really really good to see everybody, but faced with the problemsthat we were entering into the end of the same Bor start of this yhear, wefelt that look di was going to come and we fel thought it would be in place forsome time. So what we really wanted to do, we say: What do we do well, washyou or could have been improved, and I think, there's a real thing here: Amilaby Po People, R respondent to loock down to when lock then one happen Imean, for everyone is challenging, usness, viduses and and and and all ofthat it was kind. This was all new to everyone, so we, your suman instinct,get Itin. In terms of you know, you have to adjust the deayour life and allof those kinds of things. However, we had locked them for sixmonths and then we got out agaigain, you know,and it almost for me. It fel, like halftimend, an a sports game. It was like we've done the first half, then we got halfKinebi and then here we go again, so I meany think that- and I know because wedo calling with our members and making taken Intha Everybes Kan ohewhelmingthing that was coming back in Donobe. An even into this month is, is thatpeople were famed in this lock, then particularly tough sto. Our wholeapproach to this lock thing is been around okay ENHANC. What we did lasttimet. We also Hav to change what we're doing as well, and that's about keepingpeople interested, keeping people engaged and- and so we've done, thatwe've got a core activity that we were doing last year, but we've alsoenhanced it. We've created a hands, an...

...in step challenge which is theemed onCCOPICITE and Wen, so we have free cobrikit themeteams and since the fourteent eleventh of January shorly, we've walkedcollectively about sixty six million steps with families. Aa Walking andchildren are walking, are thals, O tout walking, but again I mean that's Ait's,a fun way of keeping people active, I'm trying to get them through this. Thislock, then we've got lots more planned because I don't think we're going to beback for awe wil. So I mean it's ver. If you're in a a ruleway cowars, I mean it's very much of a job to Yosupport people and get them through that we have to be invent ourselves and we in te whatwe're doing an order to help people with that. Sowe've been on a real jouny as as the whole world has ine lock then, andwe're still here. You know almost a yearn and that'salso dome to the the toto your yourand everybody, who's being weth off and and yeah and Weveen hance.That as well were we've got some excatment things come on wayine in thenext you week and again, plaing our part in terms of try. Ang keep peopleoup, O e off these to so yeah ot, then lock they one lok op, then to I hopingthere's not a lot of thing free by. If there is Andrew wet all of us, wouljust got to readvent ourselves, don't I definitely and- and hopefully this willend and and hope, listen and and en hat when that day comes when thepandemic died right down and we can go back to some sort of nonrality. What doyou want to do in the future for cans and crit, andwhat what does the feature hold for you, and what do you want to do it Wen opandemic kind of dis them? The first thing I would like to do isto is take a little short thip out of Dund, and I guess think I think everybody does yeah myself. I mean I've en you know two thousand andNineteeen Ninety Pr Forour World Group, and you know I was travelingaway a lot so to go from traveling to theyre. Not traveling is a little bitoibut, yes, yes, one short trip would be helpful. I mean the first thing is:is about getting everybody backing and hat that's about people retornintotinse of what normal life is, and you know even in thatself, that's not asmall thing coviden! I tomorrol, I think, there's going to be a period ofa few weeks and months with everyone, whate whath, whatever your walk of life,is it's geing to take a little while to get back into the normal life bu? Ithink that's. The first thing making surer people are are oky making surepeople are king, ow, Black Dune to what they were doing before and and thebeyond that? Yes, we hade, so many...

...exciting plans were puand hauld withACOVID. We are going to be heing Hansan, a wark for schools, deferiteorganizations. So I don't want to see too much aboutthat just now, because we've got some really really cool stuff, fand and soyes getting over bee bark and then getting ourselves back on track and, tobe honest, you think I think that where everybody is and when they lo the otherkind of side, things for cans in, is you KNOWAS Wecompete acourse? But wecan peopl Woll wait. Normally we have some tremendous athlete and those towase, those or thiats have notbeing able to compete throrg almost a year, so getting those people back aswell, getting them back to full training and the hopefully been able toattend some events. So in many ways we've got a big stuff that we haveplanned before. W will be doing that. Then we've also got the small stuff aswell. So one of the last things I was going to ask you ways white face: Would you gift to somebodywho wants to get involved in crarty and and what what steps would you say tothem to tike it to where they to Wer Whea? They want to be to do the bestyeah. Well, that's that is. That is a good question. The easy answ to is. DoIt do it. I mean the benefits to of karate practice, theare that there theyare very and wide and huge. I mean you can get so much from this, but what Iwould say as it's an all life hobby, you know and it's something you canpick up when you yukn there's a perception. It's a kids thing righ andit's actually not because I know people who are have done Fori, Taalong TM. Iknow people who pick up karite in their S isn't even older, and so it's about your own personaljournney. It's a Ba you enjoying your training, you're all learning and youimreprovement, so the vice would be is cu. Come on Din once were wone wit,open again, but very much sper as a personaljourney and don't be measurin in yourself against an anyone else. Youknow because, as we a get older, our bodies change, I onknow it's this. Iand I met a Thirtis, I'm not don what I was Doi when I he was eighteen, youknow, and so as we get older, our bodies change andour training changes as well. So you know nobody's expectedg anyone to comin and kick super high or any of tus claim the nonsense. RIHT it's anoutcoming in taking the first tep and I dednt find that you want to dosomething for Yourstealth H, t you want to lay on you want to improve and ifyou can excey t that right, the start, there's no pressure from anyone else,Andand it very very, very much as for...

...everyone. We've got more females incansin than meals, din, curaty thares. Another perception thing that peoplehave thatit's a meal thing. Absolutely not. We've got more adults treainingthere than ever before and then all starting Kirati Althoug.Maybe they did it when they were younging. You know so there's loads ofthings in there, but I think it's a bessial johnny it's about impovementand it's about and trying your best where you are in your spor stage inlife, and they don't feel you don't ever feel that it's not. It is not foryou because Howd, you know Unley Shoul, try so andyeah and and and it and if to come,te own and enjoy it stay. I mean I'm really proed the TANS in. I think it'sthe right place to Beleman this art and every Oman would beeveryone as welcoming cante. Thank you. So Much Sroy tendhese feel of amazingpeople and getting the chance to talk to people Werat like Royes, just aprivilege, sof thanks again Rog and thanks for listening to this episode ofDundecast and remember to suscribe to the decast on spotify apple podcast,Google, potadcast and wherever you wisten to your podcast. So thank youvery much and remember IFR. You want to you candenate to Dundi culture as wellby one ofdonation or a montal donation. Any littl helps because all the workthat I'm doing is off moon back, so any donation will be very much appreciated.So thank you again, STA in because we've got some exciting stuff pine forthe near future. So until then, and until the next episude stay safe andstay Cool Sea Heer.

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