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
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
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.
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.
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.
Here are a couple of photos we have taken after our black and brown belt sessions at the Weoley Castle and longbridge dojos.… Read the rest