Purple Dragon Cayman’s team is busy preparing for the World Karate Championships this summer and expect to be one of the top visiting teams in Trinidad.
The tournament will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port-of-Spain from July 16-19.
The Purple Dragon network of schools was started by Professor Don Jacob in Trinidad 45 years ago and has spread throughout the Caribbean, North America and many countries globally.
The Cayman team, based at the Mirco Centre, has begun its training camp with high hopes of a strong representation at the world championships.
Both kids and adults will go through five months of high-performance training to get each competitor in peak competition form.
As the excitement builds, Purple Dragon Cayman’s year will really commence with two demonstrations in the near future.
The first one will be at the Agriculture Show on Feb. 18, and the second will be at the Heart Health Fair next month.
There are more demonstrations planned, highlighting many of the students who are going to the world championships.
The students are excited, especially for the Team Demo competition, in which they placed third at the last championships in 2010.
Trinidad won it last time, and one of the team’s co-creators, Sensei Antonio Thompson, now instructs here, and they look forward to the changes he will bring to the team’s performance.
Purple Dragon has also introduced a boot camp that began as an exercise class for the parents of the school’s pupils and has grown into the Official Soca Boot Camp for Swanky International 2015.
Soca aerobics is a blend of conventional aerobic moves with a fusion of soca moves and dances.
It has become a constant crowd-pleaser for many in Cayman, whether masquerader or merely soca lover.
Purple Dragon’s Cathy Williams said, “It was the most intense and fun workout I have ever had.”
Danielle Japal attended last year. She said, “Purple Dragon’s soca boot camp is the most fun you’ll have getting that carnival body. The facilities are fantastic, the instructors are awesome, and the music is pumping. I’ll be there again this carnival season.”
Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $150 for the whole course.
Purple Dragon Crewe Road is flourishing too, aimed mainly at the younger students and infants.
It is in Dee’s Plaza on Crewe Road and offers aerobics and body toning classes.
For more information on class times and availability, call 946-1241 and ask for the Crewe Road location or email: [email protected]