Grading: 11th March 2012

Well done to all 22 students who graded on Sunday 11th March 2012. We have pictures and results.

Netherhall Training - Change of Room

From next Wednesday, 22nd February, training at Netherhall will take place in the Blue Gym, and no longer in the dance studio. This is a welcome change, giving us much more space. Follow signs to the gym once you are through the double doors.

Calendar Updates for 2012

The calendar for 2012 is now available from your senseis. Dates have been added to the Google Calendars for the SKA and the club, and the dates of the gradings have been added to the gradings page.

The major SKA dates for this year are:

  • 13 May - Brown and Black Belt Kata Course
  • 1 July - SKA Open Day
  • 24 November - Black Belt Grading

All of those events take place at Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield.

Sponsored Karate-thon - 22/23 February

Charlotte Durant has been selected as a volunteer teaching Maths and Science in Guyana with Project Trust. In order to take part in this, she needs to raise £5100 in sponsorship. To help towards this, our club and others will be holding a sponsored karate-thon, with each student, regardless of age, aiming to complete 1000 techniques in an hour. This will be taking place during normal training times on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23d February.

Extra hour's training - Monday 6th February

On Monday 6th February at Kelsey Kerridge Sensei Claire will conduct an extra hour's training for those who wish to attend. Higher grades will focus on the kata Kanku Dai, and lower grades on the kata Heian Yondan. The cost of hiring the hall will be split between those attending; this normally works out at around £3 per head.

Dan grading training

For those 1st Kyus and 1st Dans thinking of taking their 1st or 2nd Dan in November, Sensei Durant will be conducting training sessions on the last Thursday of every month this year, during the normal training at Cambridge Regional College. He will be able to answer questions about all aspects of the grading syllabus, and will be concentrating on training candidates to improve their kata and kumite. These sessions will be invaluable, and if you are thinking of taking a black belt grading you should make every effort to attend.

Christmas Break

We wish all our students a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. The last training before Christmas will be on Monday 19th December at Kelsey Kerridge - there is no training at Netherhall or Cambridge Regional College this week. Training will resume at all locations starting with Netherhall on Wednesday 4th January 2012. We look forward to seeing everyone raring to go in the New Year!

Grading: 18th December 2011

Well done to all 28 students who graded on Sunday 18th December 2011. We have pictures and results.

Three New Black Belts - Updated with pictures

Congratulations to Hannah, Charlotte and Colm, who all achieved their 1st Dan on Saturday 26th November at the grading in Enfield. The grading was particularly tough, lasting over five hours and consisting of tests in kihon (basics), kata, ippon and jiyu ippon kumite (set sparring) and jiyu kumite (free sparring), and all three did exceptionally well to pass. There was also a written examination prior to the grading, in which they all obtained excellent marks.

Grading date changed 11th->18th December

Please note that the grading which was scheduled to be on Sunday 11th December will now take place one week later, on Sunday 18th December. The Google Calendar has been updated accordingly.

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