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Quote of the Month

The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground.

Dan Grading successes

December 15, 2019

A grueling test took place today and many demands of power and speed placed on the Dan grading candidates today. Pleased to announce that they satisfied Lauren, Richard and my judgement and they all passed very well indeed.

Congratulations to Kenzy and Keith for passing shodan and Jade and Zbigniew on their 2nd dan awards.

Long may their progress continue...

Marcelo Chavez

November 16, 2019

Marcelo Chavez (6th Dan) from Ushaia, Argentina provided the club with some great training while he was here with very good aspects of Okinawan Shorin Ryu bunkai and principles which was well received by everyone.

Clever ideas of taisabaki and close range applications that really brought shorin ryu alive and I certainly picked up some good ideas for the future.

Always friendly and enthusiastic, I didnt hear anything negative about him and he absolutely loved Leicester and spent many hours walking around the city taken many photos of the historical landmarks and features that make this city quite special.

Plans are afoot to go to Argentina in possibly, 2021.

Work continues...

November 24, 2019

PVC cladding being added to the upper walls every week from today until completed. Thanks to Lee for his quick work in setting up the battens on the walls to make the cladding work progress far quicker than anticipated. Thanks to Mick for sorting out the "damp" corner and flooring around the mats can commence soon....

8.30 - 12.30

Coffee, tea and cold drinks provided for willing participants!

Shuri Castle decimated

October 31, 2019

fire engulfed Japan’s historic Shuri Castle early Thursday, reducing the UNESCO World Heritage site to smoldering ruins.

A big shock as this was a castle I have visited many times during visits to Okinawa and an important symbol of strength and pride for the Okinawan people.

Recently the Japanese government has vowed to rebuild the 500 year old castle. It will be a few years before this will happen no doubt. 

BIG BIG Thanks!!

September 22, 2019

You never know what to expect when you plan an event how well it will go. I am please to say that the 40th karate anniversary was a great event and a great weekend.

With my good friend from Germany arriving on the Friday evening about 10.30pm and then going out for a couple of drinks, getting back at 2am you just knew that this was going to be a whirlwind event!

The first class at 11 am in the morning was for all grades and many trained on the class and it was great to see the students from Germany as well as their sensei, Mario who is celebrating 50 years of karate this year. And my good friend Don also arrived having travelled from Lithuania specially for this weekend. On the class I covered the technical training level as I experienced with Isamu Arikaki.

At 4pm seniors came down to train again and this time I covered training principles as learnt from Steve Cattle in the 90's including taisabaki and the kata Wankan and bunkai.

In the evening almost 5 people turned up for a great meal at the Kayal Restaurant on Granby Street. Food was fabulous and a really nice evening with everyone. 

Unfortunately the German group had to leave for an early flight on the Sunday morning but the remaining students on the Sunday morning experienced many principles of Kase Ha shotokan karate, working on the breathing and power over many techniques. A surprise visitor, Tim Smith came to training Sunday morning and capped off a great weekends training and seeing many new and old friends was special.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who came and supported the event in whatever way they could and really do appreciate the gifts that I received. The gifts were unexpected and I hope that everyone enjoyed the training, the meal and the experience.

I look forward to the next one in 2029 !!

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