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April 2014 Black Belt Grading

Having passed their assessments the previous month, Dave Gibbs from Ware and Turnford Dojo’s and Steven Porter from Stevenage Dojo were ready for their chance to become Region 20’s newest Black Belts.

The grading was held on Saturday 26th April 2014 at Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield. The grading started with everyone setting the standard high during the basics section which included line drills as well as combinations.

After a short break everybody lined up for kata. Starting at Taigyoku Shodan. Everyone had to go through all kata up to and including Empi before being divided into regional groups for their individual grade kata.

Finally, after another short break came kumite which lasted for some time. Both Dave and Steven did incredibly well throughout the grading and did themselves and the region proud.

It was a pleasure to see these two achieve such a high grade and I’m sure they will both go on to much higher Dan grades in the future

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach

April 2014 Regional Grading

Congratulations to everyone who attended the grading on Sunday 13th April. It was great to see such a great standard on the day with everyone pushing themselves from the start.

Well done to the following students for reaching their next level:

8th Kyu (Yellow)
Alyssa Sim
Betty Byrne
Daniel Cuffin
Darren Byrne
Geraldine Temple
Harry Richards
James Rona-Wood
Jayden Basa
Jenhiel Basa
Jenson Basa
Jill Byrne
Kathleen Temple
Martin Temple
Sam Goddard

7th Kyu (Orange)
Matt Griffiths

6th Kyu (Green)
Elliott King

5th Kyu (Blue)
Emma Watson
Sydney Watson-Webb

4th Kyu (Red)
Alan Rider
Thomas Holt

I would also like to congratulate the following students that passed their assessments and will be back next month for their 3rd Kyu (Brown belt) grading:
Brooke Godber
Maddy Evans
Shannon Smith

The next grading will be on Sunday 11th May. Don’t forget, for those students 3rd Kyu and above, we have a special advanced class after the grading between 4pm and 5.30pm for anyone wanting to get some more advanced training.

The winner of this months beginners draw was Cian Swede (WGC dojo) who has won a months free training.

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach

Feb-Mar 2014 Bring a Friend or Parent

During February and March, students where able to bring a friend or parent to try out karate without needing to be a member themselves. This proved to be very popular with many students bringing friends from school, work or other family members for a lesson or two.

As part of this, everyone who invited someone to try out karate got entered into a prize draw to win either free entry into the June Regional Tournament or a Middle/heavy Weight Karate Gi.

The draw too place last night at instructor training. Congratulations to the following winners:

Becky Andrewartha – Hertford Dojo
2nd place (free tournament entry)

Tegan Brewis – Hatfield Dojo
1st Place (middle/heavy weight gi)

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach

April 2014 Shihan Seminar

Shihan Stacey Karetsian (6th Dan) visited London for a joint Southern/Eastern Zone seminar on Saturday 5th April 2014. The session was attended by over 150 students from all across the two zones.

Whenever I get the opportunity to train with Shihan, I am always amazed by not only his knowledge of Karate, but also the the shear depth of the art itself. This session certainly met, and exceeded, my expectations.

As new students, we are all told about the importance of focusing on having good strong technique in our basics. We spend hours upon hours of training time working on getting the straightest punch, the strongest block and so forth. In this seminar Shihan showed us exactly how this technique focused approach translates into “real world” application and why it makes our style so strong. Much of the session was partner based which gave everyone the chance to get “hands on” and try out the various self-defence techniques with their partner.

Everyone enjoyed the session and gained a lot of information to help their karate progress onto the next level. I would like to congratulate the following Sensei’s and students for making the trip round the M25 to be at the seminar.

Sensei Adrianne Hudson
Sensei Colin Woods
Sensei Graham Fairey
Sensei Steve Walters
Alan Rider
Becky Andrewartha
Ciaran Black
Geoffrey Lucking
Harry Pikesley

It’s always great to train with GKR’s most senior instructors. I hope to see you at the next seminar.

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach

Training Workshop with Sensei Tyrone Coates

The first seminar with Sensei Tyrone Coates was held on Saturday 29th March at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Hatfield. A number of students from all across region 20 attended the seminar eager to expand their karate knowledge.

The focus of the seminar was on understanding the importance of basic technique and how to implement that into your kumite. After a number of strong basic combinations, we went onto one-step sparring. One-step sparring is a great training exercise that helps bridge the gap between the basics and kumite. This is great for newer students who are nervous about getting into kumite, but also more advanced karate-ka who want to expand on their understanding and skill.

This was the first of three seminars that will be held in Hatfield by Sensei Tyrone this year. Future dates are Saturday 19th July and Saturday 1st November, I’m sure I’ll see lots of you there.

I would also like to congratulate Dave Gibbs from Hoddesdon and Steven Porter from Stevenage, both of which passed their Black Belt assessments before the seminar. They will be attending the Black Belt grading on Saturday 26th April. Their grading will be covered in an article here on our website.

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach