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Archive for February, 2012

Hartlepool Wadokai Club Grading

Yesterday we had 19 students taking part in a club grading event at Owton Manor Primary School. We are pleased to say that everyone passed, and some managed to get first class passes in the process! The grade consisted of a little bit of training, followed by a test that included (depending on the grade) a combination of basics, Kata and Pairs work, all grades also included Kumite (Sparring).

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Joe Hind
  • Cassie Luke
  • Jasper Allison
  • Amy Atkins
  • Paul Mullender
  • George Charlton
  • Joseph Flounders
  • Mollie Cooper
  • Lauren Meddes
  • Ethan Bradshaw
  • Reuben McCarte
  • Gabriel McCarte
  • Jacob Hodgson
  • Dominic Cox
  • Ryan Picknett
  • Tyler Vaughan
  • Simon White
  • Chris Hill
  • Robert Stephens
 Well done to all students, the next grading will be late June/Early July.

Upcoming Wado Master’s Courses


None of these courses are hosted by Hartlepool Wadokai BUT they are ALL very highly recommended.

Shimura Sensei is the General Secretary of the JKF-Wadokai, and along with Katsube Sensei is a student of Arakawa Toru Sensei.

Ohgami Sensei is one of the top resident Japanese instructors in Europe, based in Sweden and author of several Wado Karate books.

Takagi Sensei is the Chairman of JKF-Wadokai Technical Committee, and the instructor of Arakawa Takamasa Sensei – who Amy and I trained with in Japan.


I really hope people can attend these events, and support our fellow Wadokai clubs.

Be Inspired by Sports Women Hartlepool…

The above athletes have been selected to represent the some of the best female sporting talent from Hartlepool as part of the Hartlepool Borough Council’s ‘Olympic Inspire Program’. Their are more athletes being added to the list (Including the club’s own Jasmin Langley after her recent Wadokai European Championships results). We’ll keep you updated…