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Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength

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 !!

55 Years and counting!

January 19, 2019

Since 1964 the club has maintained its strong presence in the art of Karate here in Leicester. It is with out a doubt the oldest, established karate club in Great Britain to have stayed and trained in the same venue for all this time.

A credit to the instructors of the past and present and to all the students who have come through the doors from near and far, some for a short period of time and some for many, many years.

I am proud to be a part of its continuation for now and the future and I will be holding a special event this year to celebrate!

 

Dave Wilkins, Chief Instructor

Another year over....

December 30, 2018

A few congratulations in order.

Well done to the 40 students who passed their grades on Saturday and hope to see everyone in the new year ready to push on to the next level.

2018 Boy student of the year award went to Jean-Rori Alvarez

2018 Girl student of the year award went to Joelle Bejo

And the Dave Gilding Memorial award for student of the year went to Nawfa Manwar Ali

On Sunday 30th a hard earned 3rd Dan was passed by Gary England, a well deserved senior grade and a great addition to our dojo. Long may he continue to progress.

 

All richly deserved. 

Revisited the Academy

October 19, 2018

After an absence of around 6 years, Lauren, Richard and myself took a trip up to Glasgow to train with the Shihankai (senior instructors representing Kase's Karate).

With a couple of the seniors of the academy having left a couple of years ago (Pascal Lecourt and Velibor Dimitrievic) I was interested to see what has been going on lately and to experience what the karate is like now.

Well, we were all pleasantly surprised, a good atmosphere and two new instructors (Pablo and Nico) took classes that showed some young enthusiasm and some interesting ideas. Training with Dirk Heene on the Sunday was also good, and good to see Dirk in action again after some serious heart problems last year. Good to see some good Kase elements in this class that was a flash back to the 1990's.

Great to see some old friends such as Oliver Sprinz who passed his godan during the weekend and congratulations also to Pascal Petrella awarded his 7th Dan and Jim Martin being awarded his 8th Dan. Great acheivements.

Pascal whispered in my ear when leaving "...please join the academy again..." After seeing how the academy is now moving forwards, I think it is time I filled out the application form again and to get the wheels in motion...!

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