History was created last weekend for the Fiji Karate Federation (F K F ) when all the Instructors at member Dojos were invited to participate in the Oceania Sports Education Program (OSEP).
T he program is an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission, Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) and the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ON OC), and com prises 8 modules.
For Pacific Island sporting federations, the development and delivery of a program for Coaches at ”grass roots‘ is very expensive, so by working with ONOC, the FKF was able to organise for member Instructors to attend the Course on Saturday, 09 January, with the objective of seeing Fiji‘s first ever locally accredited Coaches in Karate.
A total of 12 Instructors participated, comprising 11 m ales and a female, and they represented the 5 Dojos currently affiliated to the FKF. Presented by Brian Minikin, the Oceania Sport Development Manager, this first module focused on generic coaching practices, with examples of Karate specific instructions woven into the module‘s content.
Chairman of the Technical Committee, Netani Koto, advised that all who attended ”gained a lot from it‘ and the individual‘s and FKF ‘s objectives have been met. Lemeki Lenoa, National Coach, appreciated the commitment of all who attended , adding that it reflected their desire to improve their skills to become better Instructors.
Opportunities are there to undertake the remainder of the modules, depending on how much further each Instructor wishes to develop them selves.
T he F K F acknowledges the support of Brian Minikin and Sainimili Talatoka of ONOC in co¬ordinating this program for the Instructors.