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November & December Karate Events

As always at the club we’ve got an action packed month, with tons of events going on for our members.

Friday 4th November, 7-10pm – Okumachi Sensei Kata Course, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Derbyshire

This course is highly recommended to anyone interested in the standardised JKF-Wadokai Kata. I train with Okumachi Sensei as often as possible as he’s a fantastic Wadokai technician, I always come away learning tons! Hartlepool Wadokai classes are running as normal.

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November,  Aiwakai Way to Excellence Course & Dan Grading, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Derbyshire

The club has four people taking their Dan Grade (Black Belt) tests this weekend in Alfreton. The weekend training course is led by Sakagami Sensei, supported by Peter May, Keith Walker and (maybe… not sure) Sensei Lee Minion too. It’s a good chance to immerse yourself in Karate for a full weekend. Speak to one of the instructors for more information.

Wednesday 9th November,  7-9pm, Hartlepool Wadokai AGM, Owton Manor Primary School

The Annual General Meeting for Hartlepool Wadokai, all members (16yrs+) welcome to attend.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November, Sugosawa Sensei Seminar, Leeds

A fantastic opportunity to train with one of the original Japanese instructors who came to the UK all those years ago. Some of the club instructors had the opportunity to train with Sensei in January and thoroughly enjoyed it and as expected learnt tons! We’re very much looking forward to training with him again this month.

Sunday 13th November, English Karate Federation Referee Course, West Midlands

A number of the club instructors will be attending this Referee course in the West Midlands (a 400 mile round trip!) as part of their Referee training.

Sunday 27th November, Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Invitational Karate Championships, Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU

This is our first JUNIOR Inter-Club championships and we’re planning on it being a small friendly inter-club. It’ll be a great chance for those new to competitions to get some experience, and for those more experienced to get some ‘mat time’.

HW Inter-Club Entry Form 27.11.11 – For Hartlepool Wadokai members only.

Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR InterClub Championships 27.11.2011 – Full entry form for club instructors only.

The closing date for ALL entries & fees is Monday 21st November 2011 – no exceptions.


Saturday 3rd December, 10-6pm, Hartlepool Wadokai Club Grading Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU

Please speak to an instructor for more information.

Sunday 4th December, 12-3pm, Aiwakai FREE General Training Course, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Derbyshire

This course is FREE to all Aiwakai licence holders and will be led by Sakagami Sensei. Please speak to an instructor for more information.

Saturday 17th December, Hartlepool Wadokai ‘End of Year’ Training Course & Kids Christmas Party, Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU

12-2pm, FREE Training Course;

3-5pm, Kids Christmas Party;

7pm Onwards, Adult Social Event – all parents invited!

The Training is FREE so ALL students are requested to attend, the party costs £3 each and will include a Disco and a Selection box for each child, siblings and friends are also invited. Parents are required to supervise their own children or make arrangements amongst themselves for children to be supervised for the duration.

Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Championships – ENTRY FORM







This entry form is for our clubs JUNIOR Inter Club Championships that we’ll be hosting on Sunday 27th November at the Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU.


HW Inter-Club Entry Form 27.11.11 – For Hartlepool Wadokai members only.

Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR InterClub Championships 27.11.2011 – Full entry form for club instructors only.

The closing date for ALL entries & fees is Monday 21st November 2011 – no exceptions.

2012 Karate Calendar

The 2012 Hartlepool Wadokai events calendar is now available to download from the link below:

HW Calendar 2012

All events, venues & times have been confirmed unless otherwise stated. Please take the time to copy any relevant events into your diary to avoid missing out.

European Wadokai Karate Championships

Last weekend a number of club members were in Lisbon, Portugal for the 38th European Wadokai Karate Championships. They were selected as part of the 50 strong Wadokai England Karate Team. The Hartlepool competitors were Carl Jorgeson, Amy Jorgeson, Jasmin Langley & Bailey Reed. They were supported by Sensei Lynne Jorgeson & Sensei Michael Jorgeson who were both Refereeing & Judging at the event and also a number of parents.

The entire England Team performed very well and brought back over 60 medals in all (awaiting exact medal count), the four Hartlepool Wadokai competitors brought back an impressive 14 medals between them. They were 7 GOLD, 2 SILVER, 5 BRONZE.





Us coaches believed that Bailey & Jasmin both had the potential to medal at the event, despite this being their first ever European Championships (or they wouldn’t have been selected) but we were obviously very pleased with the actual results. Both competitors were tasked to train 15-20 hours a week for the past 6 months in preparation, then weekend training camps and competitions on top so they definitely deserve their massive medal haul.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of the club members who helped raise funds for the event and also to the other club members who formed an integral part of the athlete support network by keeping the four of us motivated, pushed us that little bit further and gave us a beating when we were too slow in fight training! I’d also like to thank the Sports Coaching staff at Hartlepool College of Further Education for their training advice and the use of their world class Cryospa which all helped to get us older competitors fit for the event.

Not wanting to take this result for granted, we’ve already started planning for next year’s European Championships which are looking to be held in Italy (Rome or Venice). Over the coming months we’ll be pre-selecting potential Hartlepool Wadokai students who can then try for the Wadokai England Team. If you would like to be considered for the squad next year then you should speak to Carl or Amy as soon as possible.

Wadokai European Karate Championships 2011

Today and Tomorrow morning sees members of Hartlepool Wadokai heading to Lisbon, Portugal to take part in the Wadokai European Karate Championships as part of the Wadokai England Karate Team. Veteran’s Carl, and Amy will be joined by squad newcomers Bailey Reed and Jasmin Langley. The team of four will be joined by Lynne and Michael, both judges at the event and a bunch of parents who will be cheering everyone on.

The four Hartlepool competitors have each been selected for every possible category they could have, those are: Individual Kata, Individual Kumite, Team Kata, Team Kumite so it’s going to be a very tough and very busy weekend but they will all no doubt do there very best.

We’ll try to keep everyone updated (it depends on the internet connection in Portugal) in some way, either through the club social network (Facebook, Twitter, this blog), or by good old fashioned telephone.



Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Championships – Rogues Gallery


Individual Mugshots of the competitors, and Podium pictures from today’s Club-Only Championships.

…Action shots will follow


Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Karate Championships 2011

Today we had our 8th Annual Club-Only Karate Championships, held once again at the Belle Vue Sports Centre in Hartlepool.

The competition started at 10am, and all events were done and dusted by 1.15pm (with a 30min lunch break!). Everything was cleaned away by 2pm. I’d like to personally thank all of the officials, students, parents and our dedicated volunteers for once again making sure everything ran like clockwork.

(Note to other comp organisers: We ran Kata events across 3 areas and Kumite events across 2)

To download a copy of the results, please Click Here.

Hartlepool Sporting Association Awards Evening

Tonight was the Hartlepool Sporting Association Awards Evening held at the brand new £53 million Hartlepool College of FE Campus in the centre of town. The evening was a chance for the club members to get together (rather than simply the club ‘managers’ at meetings), an opportunity to introduce Mr Alan White, former Head Teacher from Manor College of Technology as an Honorary Chairman of the Hartlepool Sporting Association and also, and perhaps more importantly, to celebrate some successes within each club – something which we all forget to do at times.

Our club was well represented with 16 people attending (instead of training) with a mix of students, parents, committee and instructors. Each HSA club was asked to nominate a person for each award of the night,’Club Sports Star of the Year ‘ and ‘Club Services to Sport award’.

Extract from Amy’s nomination:

Her dedication to Karate is truly inspiring, the club call her ‘The Terminator’ because she never gives up, carrying on past where mere mortals would have given up long ago. In Japanese the term is ‘Fudochi’ or immovable spirit and is a Samurai principle. 

The sports star award was very easy to nominate, Amy is by far our most successful competitor with medals at Regional, National, European and World levels.

The Services to Sport award was more difficult. We have so many volunteers at the club that each do a fantastic job, above and beyond what would be expected and all help to contribute day in, day out to the success of the club. The aspect that made the selection easier was the ‘Education and Health Through Sport’ mandate of the HSA. One volunteer stands out above all others with this in mind, our Club Chairman, Vince Dawkins.

Extract from Vince’s nomination:

Vince has been the catalyst for a number of significant changes at the club over recent years. All of which were kick started when he signed up to a Foundation degree in Sports Coaching and Exercise at HCFE. Most notably, Vince introduced lesson plans to the club which are now used in every session without fail.

 Vince is also a fully qualified and experienced chef, so added to the nutritional knowledge he has gained in his degree he has been an outstanding source of help to club members, in particular our High Performance competitors. 

On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank all the staff at the Hartlepool College of FE for putting on a great awards evening and the fantastic hospitality. I’d also like to thank our club members that attended on behalf of the club.

Throston After School Grading


Congratulations to Rhianne, Caitlyn, Luke and Ben for passing their White & Red Belt grading today at Throston After School Karate Club. Well deserved…

Club-Only Karate Championships

At the end of the 2010 Club Championships

I’d like to remind all of our members that the ‘Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Karate Championships‘ will be taking place on Sunday 16th October at the Belle Vue Sports Centre. Registration will start from 9.30am and the event will start from 10am prompt. We are aiming to finish by approximately 4pm.

As the name suggests, this competition is only for our club and is therefore a perfect chance for students to try competition Karate for the first time. The event categories have been created to ensure that students compete within their current abilities and EVERY student will receive a custom made medal, just for taking part. We’ve got categories specifically for beginners (White & Red Belts) too, so our newer students won’t be ‘out of their depth’.

Entering competitions is by no means compulsory but as instructors, we feel it important for all students to compete at the earliest opportunity. Karate Competition provides a great opportunity for students to develop transferable key life skills such as:

• Healthy/active movement patterns
• Positive Attitude
• Increased Confidence
• Self Belief
• Life Long Learning
• Character Development
• Increased Attention Span
• Increased Social behaviour
• Social Acceptance
• Personal Skill Development
• Overcoming Obstacles
• Dealing with pressure
• Dealing with winning/losing
• Aiming for Excellence
• Overcoming Nerves

All of these life skills are learnt in regular Karate classes but we believe that the learning is accelerated in a competition setting.

We’ve invested over £1400 into this competition to ensure that the event is of the highest quality, just what our students deserve. We now need the support of parents and students to ensure the event is successfully attended.

I’ve attached the competition entry form and the latest club events calendar. ALL competition entries and fees must be received by Wednesday 12th October.

If you require any further information about this or any other event, then please contact me on 07984 798634, via email or speak to one of the officials/instructors at the club.

Best regards,

Hartlepool Wadokai

Club Training & Grading, Pre-Dan Test

08.10.11, Belle Vue Sports Centre

Yesterday, we held a club grading for those that have reached the required standard in regular classes. The grade consisted of a 2 hour training course, followed by the actual test. Considering some of the kids were as young as five, they all did exceptionally well! Congratulations to the following:

9th Kyu (Yellow Belt)

  • Leyton Davis
  • Sophie Hill
  • Callum Pedley
  • Jessica Egglestone
  • Alex Lissah
  • Joe Yellow
  • Ellie Mullender
  • Thomas Wilkinson
  • Jack Stephenson
  • Isaak Hill
  • Jacob Hill
  • Sonny Paylor
8th Kyu (Yellow Belt)
  • John
4th Kyu (Purple Belt)
  • Phil
Also well done to the following for training:
  • Paul Mullender
  • Chris Lindridge
  • Oakley Lindridge
  • Sashenka Lindridge
  • Bailey Lindridge
  • Daniel Spires
  • Vince Dawkins
  • Beth Gray
  • Daniel White
  • Lewis Muldown
  • Roy Salmons
  • Jasmin Langley
  • Joel Copeman
  • Luke Dawkins
  • Bailey Reed
  • Connor Dougherty
  • Harvey Kerridge

After the Junior training & grading, we held another 3 hour session for our advanced grades. This was to keep Mr Vince & Beth (our two Dan Grade/Black Belt candidates) on their toes and to see if they are ready to take the black belt test next month.  It was also a good opportunity to see where our other brown belt students are at, and see what needs working on ahead of their potential December grading.