A great weekend two competitions and 17 medals won by five students

Another impressive medal haul this weekend when five of our students have won seventeen medals between them at two competitions. Well done to you all an excellent outing by the squad.

Well done a truly outstanding result. Mike, Blake, Natalia, Jack and Jacob entered the KWON Grand Slam Series (KGS) competition with Jacob also entering a Go Kan Ryu (GKR) Regional Qualifier Competition. The tallys were:

  • Jacob McBride – KGS Gold Under 17s Kumite, GKR Gold Kata, GKR Gold Kumite, GKR Silver Team Kumite 14 – 15 yrs 3rd kyu and above.
  • Michael Paul – KGS Silver in Men’s Traditional Weapons, Silver in Veterans Kata
  • Blake Bartlam – KGS Silver Under 17s Weapons
  • Natalia Bak – KGS Silver Under 17s Female Advanced Kata
  • Jacob McBride, Jack Wheeley and Blake Bartlam – KGS Silver Adult Team Kata, KGS Bronze Under 17s Team Kata
  • Jacob McBride and Jack Wheeley – KGS Bronze Pairs Kata
Michael Paul, Blake Bartlam, Natalia Bak, Jack Wheeley and Jacob McBride
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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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A good nights training for the Black and Brown Belts

Another good advanced training session tonight with the black and brown belts at the Longbridge dojo. Todays session concentrated basics (kihon waza) and semi-free sparring (jiyu ippon kumite) with an eye on the upcoming gradings. The session emphasised the importance of correct fighting distance (maai) and strong technique in the attack and counter when sparring.

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Why have we been quiet, well we’ve been busy training!

Why have we been quiet, well we’ve been busy training!

We’ve been a bit quiet as of late, but it’s not because nothing is happening we are simply getting on with some good old fashioned karate training, whilst you will always see lots of posts about gradings and competitions most of the time we are doing the day to day task of becoming better at our karate. We have recently been looking at grading syllabus, Heian kata plus an in depth look at the kata Nijushiho and it’s Bunkai. A look at the katas Sochin and Unsu with their associated applications and much much more.

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Another haul of medals at the KGS Series Competitions

Another haul of medals at the KGS Series Competitions

Well done Jacob McBride and Michael Paul for your successes at todays KWON Grand Slam series competition. Also a first for a student from BHSKC / WCSKC “Magic” Mike Paul has won our first medal for a weapons category.

  • Jacob McBride Silver in Adult Kata
  • Michael Paul Bronze in Adult Kata
  • Jacob McBride Bronze in Under 17s Kata
  • Michael Paul Silver in Weapons Kata (with the Bo)

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