Senpai Karen Millar (2nd Dan)
Senpai Karen Millar (nee Perry) started karate in 2001 after being introduced to Seido by Glen Martin (from Martin Jetpacks). She was attracted to karate because of the ongoing challenges it presents including never being in her comfort zone.
In her spare time she also umpires netball for the Christchurch Netball Centre, runs for the Ferrymead Harriers, tramps, studies for her Masters degree, grandmother to two granddaughters, and works as a district nurse for Nurse Maude.
Senpai has been teaching the Sunday Class 11:00am – 12:30pm since November 2007 and in the past two years she has been sharing this with Senpai Geoff Adams on alternate weeks.
The Sunday 11am class is an open class to all grades including beginners. The aim is to teach syllabus for all kyu grades, and for all ages and stages, combined with basics. Each student is encouraged to set goals for their training and be proactive in achieving their goals with the help of their fellow karateka and instructors.
New beginners are warmly welcomed and the class is divided into smaller groups so individual instruction can occur as needed. Students are encouraged to take part in teaching as well, as it is known that one of the best way to learn is to teach. This class is suitable for anyone who wants to brush up on their syllabus or just learn and have fun doing so.
Due to the 90 minute length of the class Senpai Karen allows students to finish at 12:00 if required.