The Return Of The Karate-Ka

The Return Of The Karate-Ka

Well a new new routine has settled in since we have returned to the dojo so it seemed a good time to do a round up of the journey so far.The Longbridge dojo is yet to reopen but we are currently running classes on Mondays, Tuesdays (an extra night whilst Longbridge is still closed) and Thursdays at the Weoley Castle dojo. Since the return we have had a few junior students who trained throughout the lockdown on zoom take socially distanced kyu gradings under an adapted syllabus. We would like to congratulate all of you on your new grades, you’ve trained hard over the last few months despite the challenging circumstances and progressed.… Read the rest

Special Congratulations Arran on passing your Shodan Grading

Special Congratulations Arran on passing your Shodan Grading

We would like to offer special congratulations to Arran Mehtam who passed his Shodan grading on Saturday. Arran has shown great spirit and trained very hard to achieve this goal. The fact that he has listened to feedback he has been given and worked to improve on areas that needed it was very evident in his performance on the grading. He graded in front of a panel consisting of Sensei Susan Hession 4th dan, Sensei Richard Amuzu 4th dan and Sensei Michael Paul 1st dan who stepped in to help with the kumite. Well done Arran!

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March 2020 Kyu Gradings

March 2020 Kyu Gradings

Well done to everyone who took their gradings on Wednesday or Saturday. You all did very well and Sensei Sue, Sensei Richard and all the instructors were very pleased with the effort, standard and commitment shown.

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December 2019 Kyu Gradings and End of Year Awards

December 2019 Kyu Gradings and End of Year Awards

Well done to everyone who graded tonight, it ended up being a long grading evening but you all approached it brilliantly giving your best efforts when called upon and showed great spirit. A special mention for Amy who did an unprecedented triple grading to yellow belt and Madgdi, Dylan and Seth who double graded. None of them knew they were potentially going to do multiple gradings today but as always we take note on class and see how people do when pushed beyond what is expected and if we are very impressed we may call people up to attempt an extra grade after the one they were expecting to do.

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Kyu Gradings September 2019

Kyu Gradings September 2019

On Wednesday 18th September 2019 the BWCSK September gradings were held at the Longbridge dojo with Senseis Sue Hession 4th dan, Richard Amuzu 4th dan, Faye Tonkinson 2nd dan in attendance on the panel with a guest appearance by Sensei Austin Birks 5th dan.

Everyone did very well and we were very pleased with the standard on display.  A special mention for our two senior white belts who double graded to red belt.

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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

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

Black Belt Certificate Presentation and Awards Ceremony October 2018

Black Belt Certificate Presentation and Awards Ceremony October 2018

On the 17th October 2018 the ceremony for the formal award and presentation in recognition of the students Dan grade achievements was held at the Longbridge dojo. The grading was held at the dojo on Wednesday September 13th 2018.

The ceremony was attended by sensei Susan Hession (4th Dan), sensei Dorien Cummins , Carol Richards, Faye Tonkinson (2nd Dan) and Richard Amuzu (4th Dan).

The ceremony is a moment to recognise the progression of the students which included one student Bethany Bird achieving Nidan plus three other students in attendance achieving Shodan.

Students were also awarded special mementos from the late Shihan Cyril Cummins collection to acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the club presented by Sensei Dorien Cummins, a former BHSKC instructor & club secretary and widow of the late Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan.… Read the rest

Congratulations to all those who passed their black belt gradings

Grading day was upon us and everyone performed very well. Special congratulations to our newest black belt grades with one student achieving the rank of nidan (2nd dan) and four achieving the rank of shodan (1st dan) black belts.

  • Bethany Bird – 2nd Dan
  • Jacob McBride – 1st dan
  • Daniel Ray – 1st Dan
  • Michael Paul – 1st Dan
  • Blake Bartlam – 1st Dan

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Congratulations to Faye Tonkinson on achieving Nidan.

 

 

Special congratulations to Faye Tonkinson who passed her 2nd (Nidan) grading with Sensei Susan Hession 4th Dan and Sensei Austin Birks 5th Dan.

Also giving support were Dorien Cummins, Carol Lesley and her friend Lin! Faye would also like to convey her thanks to her kumite partners, Blake and Mike.

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