On February 9th 2017, 60 students from St John’s and St Peter’s C of E Academy came to Zen-Shin Studios in Handsworth to experience Japanese culture. They were learning about Japan in school, and wanted to get a taste of the culture from the Zen-Shin team.
The students were split into three groups and were taught a different aspect of Japanese culture in each room. Soon after arriving, with their shoes and socks off, Kyoshi John Richards had them kicking and punching, and talking to them about Karate and what it means to be a karateka. The students really enjoyed learning combinations whilst belting out a loud KIAI!
In our next room the students learnt Japanese with Sensei Afiya. They practiced how to introduce themselves, count and be polite. Afiya also showed them how to write Japanese, and they students had a go at writing themselves.
The next room was more Karate with Sensei Abian. He showed them how to kick and punch, and let them practice hitting pads. They worked in pairs, which helped the children learn to cooperate.
Our last room was a showcase of some of the culinary delights of Japan. Sensei Jumoke showed them different types of chopsticks, and taught them how to hold them correctly. They tasted some traditional Japanese food like seaweed, dumplings and wasabi. It was a great opportunity for some of the children to eat something new for the first time.
Zen-Shin would like to extend our gratitude to St John’s and St Peter’s C of E Academy. The students were all respectful and well behaved, and the staff were fun and supportive. All were a credit to your school. We hope everyone had a great day and learnt something new.