Competition news: More medals at the 2nd KGS Series competition 2019

Well done to all those who formed the BWCSK squad for the second competition in the KWON Grand Slam (KGS) Series 2019 on Sunday March 17th. The squad returned with an impressive medal haul:

  • Micheal Paul – Gold Weapons
  • Faye Tonkinson – Gold Ladies Veteran Kata
  • Angela Notice – Silver Ladies Veteran Kata
  • Rouédel Farel-Reid – Bronze Under 12 yrs Kata
  • Elijah Farel-Reid – Bronze Under 10 yrs Kata
  • Chelsea Babatope – Silver Under 10 yrs Kumite
  • Jacob McBride – Gold Adult Men’s kumite, Bronze Under 17 yrs Kumite
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BWCSK Embroidered Gi & Over-Gi Unvieling

BWCSK Embroidered Gi & Over-Gi Unvieling

With the recent changes to the club name and badge it seemed the perfect opportunity to offer the opportunity for club members to be able to purchase club embroidered gi and over-gi. These were officially unveiled this week and expertly modelled by Mike and Faye in the videos below.

If you wish to purchase either an embroidered gi or over-gi please speak to Sensei Sue.… Read the rest

Special congratulation to our newest black belts!

Special congratulations to our newest yudansha. This evening as a culmination of years of dedication and hard work Elijah Farrel-Reid, Libby Conway, Natalia Bak and Rouédel Farrel-Reid passed their shodan (1st Dan) black belt grading. They all exhibited a very high standard whilst taking what is always a challenging and grueling examination.

We know how hard you have all worked to achieve this grade and on behalf of everyone at BWCSK and from Sensei Sue and Sensei Richard we would like to say very well done to you all.

We would also like to congratulate everyone who passed their kyu gradings this evening.… Read the rest

The Dojo Diary: Sweeps & Throws on the Tatami

The Dojo Diary: Sweeps & Throws on the Tatami

A number of students set out on Sunday 24th February 2019 to Sensei Mandie Read of Dudley Shukokai Karate‘s dojo to have a training sensei on the mats. The dojo ias fully kitted out with tatami mats and other equipment giving us the perfect opportunity to practise throws, sweeps and competition kata. We covered basic throws, reaps and sweeps with escapes from grabs and other scenarios.

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The Dojo Diary – It’s kicking at Longbridge (W/E 16/02/2019)

Just a few short videos of the first class at longbridge on Wednesday night with the juniors and seniors working on Keri Waza (kicking techniques). Starting off slowly, then building up speed, this helps students guage distance, use correct technique and control when striking a target. Still a work in progress but a good effort by all.

The second class was an improtu kobudo (weapons) class by request with the seniors working on the bo kata shushi no kon.

On Monday night at Weoley Castle, we had a few surprise visitors with some old friends and former students of Shihan Cummins, Daniel Eccles and Yvonne Skalban dropping in and sensei Richard Amuzu coming by for a bit of bo practice.… Read the rest

Well done Shania Hopkins on Well done Shania Hopkins on achieving 4th Kyu

Well done Shania Hopkins on  Well done Shania Hopkins on achieving 4th Kyu

Great session tonight at Longbridge Methodist Church, with Shaniah Hopkins earning her 4th kyu due to her exceeding dedication which has saw her more than surpass the requirements for the grade and a merit certificate for attending 32 training sessions in January applying herself dilligently in all

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The main topic covered in tonight’s training was elbow strikes (Empi Uchi)
upwards strike (Age Empi), downwards strike (Otoshi Empi), Side strike (Yoko Empi), backwards strike (Ushiro Empi), roundhouse strike (Mawashi Empi). These were practised as a kata and with partner work to practice them from both karate attacks and swing punches and grabs.… Read the rest

The Dojo Diary – Training at the Weoley Castle Dojo (W/E 02/02/2019)

We had a great session on Monday night with Sensei Sue Hession at the Weoley Castle dojo, Ajay Reeves, Shania Hopkins, Archie Tullock, were competion training for an upcoming competition in March. They all did very well and did their parents proud.

Class group photo

Another great session on Thursday night finishing off with weopons training with Jacob McBride and Michael paul having their first attempt at a kata with the sai. Great first attempt by the two students.

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A good start to the year at the first KGS Series Competition 2019

On the day that would have been the late Shihan Cyril Cummins birthday, two BWCSK students entered the Kwon Grand Slam Series 2019 competition both doing very well in their respective categories. A fitting way to celebrate our late Sensei’s birthday.

Shania Hopkins whilst she didn’t medal she came 4th out of thirteen entries in her category her first big kumite competition and the same for kata excellent for a 10 year old

Jacob McBride won Silver in Adults Kata and Kumite brilliant for a 15 year old, he also won Gold in under 17 Kumite and Gold in Pairs Kata with Harley Cottis (from our friend and also Shihan Cummins former student Sensei Steve Garland’s The Fudoshin Dojo),

Harley and Jacob
An excellent photo of Jacob and harley mid-jump by LN Photography
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