KARATE NEWS

Quote of the Month

My advice for the pupils of karate-do is simple. You must remember what Gichin Funakoshi said "karate ni sente nashi". (There is no first attack in karate) and understand the idea. Mentally as well as technically. You must do everything possible so that the attacker mentally understands that it is better for him not to attack, to feel it and to accept this. This is the true meaning of "Karate Ni Sente Nashi" - that the adversary does not begin attacking and so there is no fight. 

- Taiji Kase

International Class again!

July 25, 2020

As the last Shorin Ryu International class was so popular it has been arranged again for all black belts on Sunday 26th July from 3 - 4.30pm

Instructors will be Luiz Vazquez, Marcelo Chavez, myself and others...

Dojo re-opening....

July 08, 2020

Announcement from the government came through today to indicate when "gyms" can be re-opened and this will also include indoor training activites. So the date is the 25th July. However, not sure if this will include Leicester at this stage as still under lockdown restrictions.

Will have a few things to consider before opening from various factors including how many we can allow to be on the dojo floor at any one time, to what cleaning regime we have to put into place and also what time/s we can action to accomodate those that want to train. Another major factor is that when lockdown began many members stopped training. The zoom online classes are ongoing and are doing well but many many students have not been involved with this. It may take a lot of re-building of membership to get the club back to where it was.

The problem this brings is ensuring the dojo can cover the rental costs, which small and fewer classes will be a major problem. But I will negotiate with the Secular Hall to see what they can do to assist us while we re-establish ourselves.

Whatever we decide, safety is paramount. Karate is a lifetime study and a few months of a closed dojo during this journey is a minor price to pay. More details to follow on the next steps to come. 

Congratulations

July 04, 2020

Well done to Olaf and Mareks for passing their black belts during their online dan grading and also to Qi and Alan for passing their 2nd dans.

Very strong karate students and look forward to seeing them all face to face in the future, well done to all.

So it continues!

June 28, 2020

So, lockdown continues and looking less likely for a Summer re-opening of the dojo. As soon as the whole population of the UK can get to grips with what they have to do to curb the pandemic the better.

When will dojo open?

May 25, 2020

This article is from The Guardian 26th May 2020:

Plans to reopen gyms and leisure centres in July across the UK are being discussed in government circles as part of wider proposals to further open up grassroots sport, the Guardian understands. The hope is that it would apply throughout the country, as many gym companies have facilities across national boundaries, although those involved accept devolution could present certain challenges.

Grassroots football and rugby clubs could also be allowed to train together in separate groups of five that month, if the rate of infections continues to fall and public health officials rule it is safe to do so. However, those wanting to play contact sports – including rugby with full scrummaging, boxing and mixed martial arts – are likely to have to wait until September or October before a full return to action is deemed safe...

Length of lockdown for martial arts clubs

April 23, 2020

With social distancing due to be with us for some time and a possible scientific solution (cure, treatment etc) a long way off at the moment it may be 2021 before the dojo is re-opened.

Obviously it would be great if this could happen before this but hard to see that happening at this stage.

So, I need to plan for the longer journey for karate for everyone who wants to keep progressing.

So, at the end of June I will set a date for the first "virtual" karate grading for kyu grades. I will also plan a dan grading which may be done virtually or possibly on a "one to one" basis with special preparations made at the dojo. Keeping mindful of social distancing and appropriate surfaces cleaned and prepped. (No kumite will take place on any of the gradings.)

Zoom Karate goes international

April 18, 2020

With everything still upside down and trying to still keep the karate flame burning it was time to pay attention to the Shorin Ryu group. After a couple of classes with just Luiz Vazquez and Marcelo Chavez I aske if it was possible to include our own small group of practiitoners which resulted in a zoom class with Argentina, England and also Don from Lithuania involved. With two of our students from Poland it was a truly international class.

So, 3pm Sunday is now set for the time being for Shorin Ryu and next week should see a large group of Argentinians as part of the training class...

ONLINE TRAINING UPDATE!

April 21, 2020

BEGINNERS

5 - 5.45pm Wednesdays
12 - 12.45pm Saturdays

Online training will be completely FREE of charge.

You will just need a good broadband or 4g connection and either a tablet, phone or computer with or without a camera.

Frank Holder passes away

March 26, 2020

With great sadness, a former member of our club has passed away today after a few years of battling with kidney failure. Frank Holder was a person who gave me my first job when I left college in 1984 and was a great training partner for many years and we fought alongside each other on the competition circuit on many occassions. A real strong, unique individual who will be sorely missed.

My thoughts to his daughter Shanice, his son Leon and the rest of the family at this sad time.

Bless you Frank. 

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