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Fundraising Night, 24th September

The club has organised a Fundraising night on Saturday 24th September at Hartlepool Divers Club, from 7pm onwards. The event will raise £’s for those from the club competing in the Wadokai European Championships (Portugal) as part of the Wadokai England Team.

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We’ve got a DJ AND a local band, The Collective playing live and two of the band members are students of ours (Luke & Nick) so it should be a good night all round.

Tickets are £3 each (including Pie & Pea) and are available on all club nights.    Everyone is welcome, don’t forget to invite your friends and family.

Website update

Hi all,

We’ve added a MASSIVE 27 different picture galleries to the club website over the past 12 hours. Why not take a look and let us know what you think?

We’re also trying to find our stored images from last years Christmas party & Training course. We know we’ve stored them ‘somewhere safe’ so they’ll turn up eventually. In the mean time, why not share your Karate pictures?


…more Conditioning

Tonight (Friday) we once again invited along local dancing super star Bethany Muldown to lead our Advanced Kids Class. The session was similar to the Wednesday session earlier in the week but with a number of different exercises being taught.

All smiles at the end of another great session

As a Karate Instructor/Coach, I think its always important to keep pushing yourself to learn more. In Japanese this principle of ‘continuous improvement’ is called kaizen. This could be the eternal struggle of perfecting a technique or kata, or even studying a Sports Coaching Degree to ensure you’re at the cutting edge.  In this particular case it’s acknowledging that there are others who are better suited than us to lead certain sessions.

Bethany has studied dancing for many years, her core strength is particularly impressive and is proof that regular strength and conditioning training works!

Bringing in an external coach also has the added benefit of ‘mixing it up a little’. Even though a number of exercises that Bethany did were the same ones that we ourselves use when teaching, they may have been done in a slightly different way, or a stretch was held for much longer which seriously tested our bodies!.

The main thing I learned personally was that we are doing a lot of things right, we just need to arm our students with the skills to do more of these exercises in their own time at home. We also need to hold a lot of our stretches longer – it really makes a difference.

Lynne, our Chief Instructor with Bethany

Thank you once again to Bethany for giving up her free time for us, we really appreciate it and once again, everyone loved it!  Some of the parents liked it so much that they have asked Bethany to lead a weekly session just for them!

For those of you that would like to learn more about strengthening your core, check out PhysioRoom.com.

Hartlepool Wadokai Events Calendar download

Feel free to download the latest edition of the Hartlepool Wadokai Club Calendar. Also don’t forget to pass it on to anyone who may be interested.

HW Calendar 2011 – CLUB COPY – SEPTEMBER – PDF 164kb

HW Calendar 2011 – CLUB COPY – SEPTEMBER – MSWord 282kb

Are Dancers tougher than Karate folk?

24th August 2011
Group after a gruelling session…

The club was lucky enough to be visited by a local Dancing super star, Bethany Muldown (who is the big sister of one of our students). Bethany started dancing at the tender age of 2 years old and can only be described as a dancing machine! She dances with the Elwick Academy of Dance, arguably one of the most successful dance schools in the town so we were very lucky to have her along.

Bethany was leading our Family class in various strength and conditioning exercises. In particular core strength and flexibility, something that most dancers are very good at.

The feedback from the session has been very positive and we’re looking forward to having Bethany back in the near future.

SORRY about the poor picture quality, they were taken on a Blackberry and the camera isn’t very good!

HSA Membership ‘Introductory Offer’ Fitness Suite Membership


Tonight some members of the club visited the town’s brand new £53m Hartlepool College of Further Education. The college has only been opened to the public for 3 days so everything is still shiny, and they are still receiving deliveries of some of the kit that will make the place truly world class.

How many college’s have their own aircraft hanger? or Cryospa – as used by the New York Jets and AC Milan?

The building is truly breathtaking and is ideally placed in the centre of town – the views from the top floor are great!

Anyway, as our Karate club is a member of the Hartlepool Sporting Association we have been offered exclusive membership rates to the brand new gym at the college – The Luminary.

The deal is £120.00 annual membership (Paid over 6 monthly direct debit instalments of £20 for the first 6 months), the offer is available until 30th September 2011.

This also includes a free induction, individual training plans, group exercise classes and discounts on Sports Therapy and Beauty Therapy sessions at the college.

This offer is available to EVERY member over 14 years old, and their parents*. For more information please speak to Carl or Vince.


*Under the terms of our club constitution, parents of students under 16yrs old are classed as members.

September – December HW Karate Events


Restart at Throston Primary School – Friday 9th

Normal times, 3.30-4.30pm – Group 1 & 4.30-5.30pm – Group 2

Carl & Amy, The Wedding Party – Saturday 10th

Two of the club instructors recently got married, the party is open to all club members and their families. Speak to a club official for full details.

Club Fundraising Social Night – Saturday 24th

The club has arranged a Pie & Pea social evening which will be held at Hartlepool Divers Club, Hartlepool Marina, 7pm start. The event is open to everyone and will raise funds for those club members who are representing their club and country at this years European Championships.


Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Karate Championships – Sunday 16th 

This will be our 8th annual club-only championships which promises to be bigger and better than ever! We would like all of our students to enter this event. Download the Entry Form HERE

European Wadokai Karate Championships – 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Carl, Amy, Jasmin & Bailey have all been selected to represent England Wadokai at the European Championships in Portugal.

Paintballing – Sunday 30th

Point Blank, Darlington. This is open to all club members and their family & friends. Time: 9.30-4pm, Cost: TBC


Hartlepool Wadokai WINTER Inter-Club Karate Championships – Sunday 27th TBC

This will be our first WINTER Inter-Club Championships. Wado Kata & Open Kumite. Full details to follow…


Hartlepool Wadokai ‘End of Year’ Training Course & Christmas Party – Saturday 17th

Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Championships ENTRY FORM

Sunday 16th October, 2011

Please download the entry form by clicking HW Cup Entry Form