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Kata Seminar 8

Learning kata on your own can make for a confusing journey. You mimic a series of movements, correct your stance, try to perfect your form. Eventually it might even look good enough. But if you had to explain the exact purpose of each movement and why they are performed in this specific order, you’d most likely be stuck for words. At least I would. Which is why I found attending a kata seminar a very enlightening experience.

First kata under scrutiny was Saifa.

12th European Karate Championship

Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy

Two weeks after a successful national tournament everyone was eager to see what the step up was compared to the English tournament in which we had participated and the day began with three time consecutive champion of kumite Aoi Fukushima trying to speak French at border control in Kings Cross St Pancras! As well as the Fukushima family, The O’flynn, Shirai, Onoe, Hanyu, and the Mochizuki family went to Paris on the 23rd of March and stayed to the 24th to experience two incredible events.

The first event which we were able to enjoy was the much anticpated

English Championship 2013

This year’s English Championship took place at Birchwood High School, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire on the 9th of March 2013. We gathered at the venue at 10am, mostly parents and kid students. From the adult class, only Ichi san, Matsumoto san and myself came. The venue felt pretty small, but well set up and the public had the chance to be very close to the mats where people performed.

At 11am, the Kata competitors got started. As often (should I say always), kids and women did extremely well as reflected by the award of 7 medals.

Internal Kata Competition 2013

It was a fine February day when we had our annual kata tournament. The day started off with our regular training sessions which is a good last minute check up of our katas. Sensei Tohyama always trains us to the last minute by giving us hints and tips which are all essential to perfecting our kata. A lot of students began to gather around 30 minutes before the start of our tournament, a good turnout was present with everyone preparing for the big event.

Preparation and cleaning up is an essential part of martial arts training and it is good to see how these basics have transformed into a

Christmas Party 2012

With one more month left for 2012, the beginning of the month started off with the Dojo’s Christmas Party. Everyone, including the parents of the Kid’s Session had been preparing for this day.

All parents volunteered in taking roles to prepare their wonderful homemade meals, supporting the children to practice their entertainment and in many ways to make sure the whole Dojo had a great time altogether.

As it has always been, after announcing the opening of the Party, Sensei Tohyama took to his position to greeting everyone (one by one) with a Christmas Card and gifts he had personally