Category: Seminars

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