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