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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Journey towards Shodan

It's a "Long and winding road" to attain shodan, below are a few photos of Dom on his journey. Above : March 2005 - The early years

Above: Dom with Bex looking very young in October 2005

Above : Wiggington November 2006

Above : May 2007 Kata Heat with Daniel Kozelko

Above : May 2007 with Sensei Ian Culpan

Above : May 2007 with Sensei Andy Bailey

Above : Quite happy to take on a handful of dan grades in November 2007

Above : Training with Kato Shihan in Wiggington November 2007

Above : February 2008 Belt training at Wigington with Kato Shihan

Above : February 2009 Dom has started to step the pace up, training with Sensei Simon from Haxby when Kato Shihan visited our dojo at Selby.

I am sure that the rest of us will enjoy looking back at Dom's journey more than Dom, but never mind, eh.

Dom you have five years of strong foundations under the instruction of Sensei Ash & Andy, the hard work is in the bank.

A quote from Kato Shihan at a Shodan grading in Budapest a few years ago, after the 20+ karateka who were grading had just undertaken their first Kihon sequence...." Relax, it is easy if you are good enough"

Dom, you can relax, you are good enough. I am sure you won't though

It has been my pleasure to watch you grow from a boy to a man. You apply yourself well to anything you set your mind to be it Music/ Studies or Karate. Otagari ni rei.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More Asai Ryu kata posted

I have uploaded a few more kata from Latvia, they are "step by step" guides.
  • Junro Shodan
  • Junro Nidan
  • Junro Sandan
  • Junro Yondan
  • Junro Godan
  • Jo No Kata &
  • Mawari No Kata

If you follow the link to my kata page and double click on the kata name, it will take you to the individual kata page.
If you double click on the video titled "step by step" guide, it will take you back to YouTube, click on "more info" in the sidebar and it will bring up a full list of all the moves.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

JKS (GB) Open Nottingham 2009 (A Table View)

Considering these latest championships were held at a different venue to last year, with a reduced mat and viewing area, the organisation and efficiency was upto the usual high standard. Thanks, once again, must go to Sensei Campbell and Langley and to their team for running this event at a consistently high level.
Purely from a 'table' outlook, the Kata and Kumite was also of an overall high standard. The technique, speed, focus and attitude of the majority of competitors in both Kumite and Kata were a pleasure to watch and epitomises the Karate spirit, with only the odd exception of bad sportsmanship directed at fellow competitors or officials.
Congratulations to those competitors who entered from the Selby, Haxby and York clubs and who were successful in their various categories. Commiserations to those who entered and didn't reach the top three in their categories. The one common achievment for everyone that did enter was experience, whether it was their first national competition, or indeed, their first ever competition.
Thanks need to go to the individuals for participating, spectators for providing support and transport, club officials and most of all, Paul, for the huge time and effort put in behind the scenes, making it possible for everything to run smoothly.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

JKS (GB) Open Nottingham

This weekend nineteen karateka from Selby boosted the IJKA Yorkshire contingent travelling to Nottingham for the competition to thirty-seven.
Many thanks to our hosts Campbell and Langley Sensei for organising the competition and extending the invitation to join them.
We have never really been a competition orientated club but we are slowly trying to build into our training some preparation and build up a small team. It was very encouraging to see so many of our club members come and compete for the first time.
Although I am always a little disappointed at my performance I do find these events very motivational in my overall training. It spurs me on to make further improvements.

The IJKA results were as follows:

  • 1st Place - Holly Bamford - Haxby Club - Ind. Kata - 10 to 4th Kyu - 10 to 15 years - Mixed
  • 1st Place - Eve Nixon - York Club - Ind kumite - Any grade - 12 to 14 years - Girls
  • 2nd Place - Max Baudouin - York Club - Ind Kata - 10 to 4th Kyu - 16+ years - Mixed
  • 3rd Place - Elanneor Dook - York Club - Ind. Kumite - Any grade- 9 to 11 years - Girls
  • 3rd Place - Julie Dallison - Selby Club - Ind. Kumite - 10th to 4th Kyu - 18+ years - Female
  • 3rd Place - Paul Brant - Selby Club - Ind. Kumite - Any Grade - 40+ years - Male
  • 3rd Place - Shaun Bushby - York Club - Team Kata - Any grade - 16+ years - Mixed
  • 3rd Place - Jordan Rankin - York Club - Team Kata - any grade - 16+ years - Mixed
  • 3rd Place - Simon Flint - Haxby Club - Team Kata - any grade - 16+ years - Mixed
  • 3rd place - Tom Smith - Haxby Club - Team Kumite (Seibukan "B") - any grade - 13 to 15 years - mixed

Josh, Ellie, Abby, Amy, Lewis, Liam and Shauna were first on in the under 9 kata. Poor Shauna was I think the very first on. It is not easy when you are not even sure what should be happening. This happened to Rebecca at the European championships, it is very daunting. Don't worry about freezing, I do it all the time. Just look forward to the club competition in May. Abby did particularly well as a yellow belt knocking out a 2nd kyu, she was very unlucky not to be in the medals, may be next time?

Leila and Jammie competed in the 10 to 15 years section, which was always going to be tough. You both performed your kata as well as you could with no mistakes. Well done, you both have quite a few years left in this age band so better luck next year.

Claire, Alan and Julie all competed in the 16+ age group for 10th to 4th Kyu. I think as adults sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves. As normal with a couple of minutes to go I was trying to run through kata in my head and couldn't remember anything, I started to panic (as usual) and thought just forget everything, relax and go out with an empty mind. It actually worked. You have all done your first event now, it will be easier every time from now on (promise).

Rebecca was not competing so it left only Helen to fly the SSKC flag. I think her opening round was a split decision unfortunately going to the other karateka.

Dom, Mickey and myself were in a massive group of over thirty competing in 3rd kyu and above over 16 years. Poor Mikey was drawn against a really strong Japanese karateka. It seems that every event Mikey enters he has a really tough draw. I was just glad to finish my kata without a mistake, I usually get knocked out and then wait for the kumite.

The standard of kumite was really strong and unfortunately Shobu Ippon Kumite is not something that we practice very much of at all with our low grade youngsters. We tend to have a strong focus on Gohon kumite up to 4th Kyu and then Jiyu-Ippon Kumite from 3rd Kyu to 1st Kyu. I personally see this as a strong foundation to long term development, but it may be a short term disadvantage for competition preparation.

Claire, Alan, Julie as adults starting karate later in life I think kumite is difficult. We are not as flexible and we were as a youngsters and have been told for the last few decades not to go round punching and kicking people. Now our Sensei is shouting instructions from the sidelines , we can't hear them properly and having trouble breathing with this gum shield in our mouths. We keep think we are delivering scoring techniques, but no flags go up and the referee appears to be suddenly mute. The time keepers clock also seems to have stopped because we are starved of oxygen and there is not even a sign of the 30 second warning. When it does eventually come to the end of the round it is a draw and this bloke wants us to carry on for another minute when all we want to do is collapse in the corner out the way...welcome to Kumite, it does get better. Our big surprise of the day was Julie who gained a bronze medal for 3rd place in the Female kumite 10th to 4th kyu age 18+ years, not bad for a 7th Kyu, Gold next year?

Mikey competed in the 3rd kyu and above kumite a very tough section and was unlucky not to progress further.

Andy, Mike and myself competed in the "old mans" kumite which unfortunately was all a bit of a mix up, from entrants to the odd decision.

All in All, the JKS (GB) Open gave our club the opportunity to compete at a level in between our club competition and the IJKA Europeans. Hopefully we can all look forward to May when we will hold our club competition and I think it will be July in Tallin, Estonia for the Europeans but this is yet to be confirmed.

I would like to thank every one of the IJKA karateka for representing our three clubs, your discipline and conduct were a credit to our association. Otagai-ni-rei.

Many thanks to Gullen Shihan our coach, Sensei Mike,Ian and Bernard for acting as our representative officials, without whom none of us can compete. Sensei-ni-rei.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yamaguchi Sensei JKS - Kanku

Above Yamaguchi Sensei - JKS - Kanku dai / Sho

In the video above filmed in New Jersey, America earlier this month Sensei talks about the difference between similar moves in the Kanku kata.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Fushu by Numbers

I was asked if I would write down Fushu and send it to a fellow karateka.
I thought I might as well post it for all IJKA karateka instead.
Please note this is the IJKA Kato Ryu kata "Fushu" aka "Kaze No Te" aka "Wind Hands".

I have unfortunately only attended one session where Kato Shihan has taught this kata (Tuam Ireland October 2009). There is far more to the kata than a few words can describe. Unfortunately I can not remember the Kia points and I would welcome any corrections to the format. Hopefully I have manged to write down the majority of it as taught by Sensei.

It may be a useful "memory jog" to those like me that have been shown once and have experienced that "frozen kata"feeling.

I am limited on how I can display the file on my blog so I have uploaded to "Scribd" , hopefully you can open to view or print if you so wish.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Diary dates

Saturday 21st November 2009 – JKS Open Nottingham

Weekend 28th-29th November 2009 - JKS Christmas Course, The John Godber Centre, Nottingham. Saturday 13.30 to 16.45 hrs, Sunday 12.15 to 15.30 hrs. With Campbell and Langley Sensei, Chief Instructors of the JKS in GB and Ireland. If you would like to attend please let Paul know ASAP.

Weekend 4th-6th December 2009 – IJKA Christmas Course Hombu dojo Whitchurch. With Kato Shihan -9th Dan IJKA World Chief Instructor and Sensei of the Hombu dojo. If you want to attend and support our three members that are expected to take Dan gradings let Paul know ASAP. The course is not just restricted to Black and Brown belts, all grades are welcome.

Sunday 6th December 2009 - A free months training for all SSKC Karateka, if you pay your IJKA membership fee by 13th December. This year I am putting back SSKC subscription renewals to January 2010 to help you spread your costs. You must hand in your IJKA licence (white licence) to Paul with your payment.

Wednesday 16th December 2009 - last training night @ Hambleton school

Sunday 20th December 2009 - last training night @ Barlby High School
Christmas Display – 5.30 to 7pm Only – Families encouraged to attend.
Presentation of the Trevor Jinks Cup for 2009. We will also be taking the annual Christmas photo, please bring along any medals / cups you have won this year.

Christmas 2008
Christmas 2007
Christmas 2006
Christmas 2005
Christmas 2004

Wednesday 23rd December 2009 - No Training

Sunday 27th December 2009 – No Training

Wednesday 30th December 2009 – No Training
IJKA Yorkshire social evening – York - details TBC

Sunday 3rd January 2010 – First training night @ Barlby High School. Normal monthly training fees due and SSKC membership renewal of £12 this will pay for your AMA renewal and personal insurance. You must hand in you AMA licence (Black Licence) to Paul with your payment. Every SSKC member MUST have individual insurance under the AMA to allow them to continue training.

Wednesday 6th January 2010 - First training night @ Hambleton School

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JKS Open 21st November 09

The “Runners and Riders” are sorted and I have returned our list of entries to Campbell Sensei – JKS (GB) for 2009.

What a great turn out, thirty-eight karateka from IJKA Yorkshire will be travelling to the competition this year, with a total of Seventy-four entries to twenty-one of the thirty events run.

Above - The travelling contingent for 2008

I am particularly proud that we have eight entrants to the 9 years and below kata event, three entrants to the 8 years and below kumite event and 12 entrants to the 9-11 years kumite event. It is great to see our karateka getting involved in competition at an early stage of their training. It is also encouraging to see our adult low and mid grades stepping up to the mark and representing IJKA Yorkshire.

Hopefully the majority of the competitors can stay and support the squad for the whole day so that we can get a team photo at the end. Maybe we can win a couple of medals along the way, with such a good turn out there will always be someone to watch / support.

Above: Becks, Helen and Emma gained bronze at team kumite in 2008

Many thanks to sensei Ian Shaw from Haxby and Bernard Schilke from Selby who have kindly offered to act as IJKA officials for the day. Without their support we would not be able to enter.

Look forward to a great day and good luck, Osu!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Photos from Tuam

Above: Kato & Cunningham Sensei

Many thanks to Sensei Jarlath Cunningham 5th Dan from Co Mayo in Ireland for sending me a disc with some photos from the course at Tuam, here are just a few that I have uploaded.

Above: Sensei gets Rebecca to take the warm ups

Above: My foot not quite as high as Bex's

Above: Kiba-dachi seemed to be the stance for the whole weekend!

Above: Sensei Jarlath Cunningham - 5th Dan

Above : Kato Sensei Teaching

Above : Kato Sensei explains bunkai

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Monday, November 09, 2009

The Karate Way (Blog)

I have added a link to Sergej Vlasov Sensei blog to the links page under the "blog" section.

Vlasav Sensei is Russian and resident in Norway, he has uploaded quite a few videos of Kato Shihan on You Tube under the name of Svlasov55.

Many thanks Sensei for your contribution of IJKA video footage, looking forward to meeting you at Whitchurch in December.


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Sunday, November 08, 2009

SSKC Gradings

Many thanks to Gullen Shihan for travelling to Selby tonight to grade five Selby students that were not able to attend Kato Shihan's course in October.

Congratulations go to all our students:

Georginia Mizen - 7th Kyu (temp)
David Leadbeater - 8th Kyu "A very strong 8th Kyu pass"
David Lawrence - 9th Kyu
Joseph Lawrence - 12th Kyu
Luke Teisseire - 12th Kyu

All your individual member pages have been updated / created so you can follow your progress. To view your pages just click on the member button in the sidebar and click on your name.

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

More Latvian videos posted

Many thanks to the Sensei from Latvia for posting more Asai Ryu kata on You tube. I have added their videos of Joko Issei and Kashu into the relevant kata pages.

These and many more Asai Ryu kata can be found by clicking on the links from my kata page.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

SSKC Track Suits are ordered.

SSKC Tracksuits are now ordered and expected for delivery just before the JKS open. Unfortunately if you didn't get your order in, it is now too late.
Many thanks to our recent sponsors "Mytum and Selby" (the skip people) and Howdens (timber and builders merchants) that has allowed us to subsidise the cost of tracksuits to members by approx £20/head.
There may be an opportunity to purchase tracksuits next year if there is enough interest to put together a bulk order.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A very proud Gullen Shihan

Above : 2nd place "Our Maja!"

Over a quick pint after training at York last night Sensei Keith relayed to me the success of his recent student Maja.
Maja from York dojo has just moved up North and is training in Edinburgh.
She recently competed in the JKS Scottish nationals.
Event 16 Mixed Kumite 16+ white to Yellow belt.
Maja put a call into Sensei Keith to let him know about her success.
Well done Maja!

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