This video is in response to a recent ‘Economist’ article slating our home town of Hartlepool. http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21587799-these-days-worst-urban-decay-found-not-big-cities-small-ones-urban-ghosts
I don’t think the article is particularly fair on our town at all, especially given that it was written by someone who spent just one day in the town.
I’m not even going to try and argue against the article because it’s quite simply not worth the effort, the article is so biassed and short sighted and has such a narrow view of our town (& Hull & Wolverhampton). Hartlepool has so much potential and it’s a great place to live. I’ve had the privilege of visiting many different places throughout the world and I’m proud of where I come from, and am always flying the flag for the town wherever I go. I could live anywhere in the world but I have started a very successful business here and am raising my family here. Why would I do that if our town was so bad?
That’s not to say the town hasn’t got it’s problems, everywhere has BUT some of the issues e.g. high unemployment have been caused in part by central government and can’t be laid entirely at the feet of Hartlepool folk. The journalist failed to look at any of the effects of government led cuts on the working population – a large percentage of the town’s workers were employed in the public sector pre-2008. Also a serious lack of government backed investment in the area hasn’t helped at all. I could write an essay on the subject but I won’t…
Sunday 13th October 2013 – Dojo HQ, 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP
Yesterday we held our first Karate competition at our new Dojo HQ. This was a Team Kumite (fighting) competition. The event was a low-key affair and only for our club – we wanted to see how our shiny new Dojo HQ would handle a lot of people in at once whilst also giving our students the chance to get some competitive ‘mat-time’.
All in all I’d say the event was successful, with 21 competitors – some of whom had never entered a Karate competition before!
The competition was open to all of our students, and we simply created the teams to try and make them as fair and balanced as possible using ‘9 years & under’, ’10 – 12 years’ and ’13 years +’ as the age splits. Each team was made up of at least one person from each age group and competitors only fought against opponents of the same age, just in a team format. Some teams had five fighters, and others just four. Those without a full compliment selected one of the 9 years & under fighters to compete twice (Fighter 4) each round. The breakdown was as follows:
Fighter 1 – 9 years & under
Fighter 2 – 10 – 12 years
Fighter 3 – 9 years & under
Fighter 4 – 9 years & under
Fighter 5 – 13 years & above
The event only had five teams so trophies were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place only. 3rd place was fought for by the two teams who lost to the finalists (Team 1 & Team 3).
There were some great, very close matches with quite a few finishing as a tie. Some team matches went right down to the final seconds of the last fight to decide the outcome. It was good to see the teams working together and the different captains leading their teams in different ways, from a different warm-up, different team talk and different words of encouragement when their fighters were up. Well done.
Unfortunately, not everyone can win but a huge congratulations to those that did. The results are:
1st Place – Team 2 (Harvey, Tyler, Joe, Hannah)
2nd Place – Team 5 (Daniel, Esta, Diego, Oakley)
3rd Place – Team 1 (Conor, Will, Leyton, Olivia)
I’d like to thank Sensei Lynne, Michael, Amy and Beth, and Sempai Roy for helping me with the judging. And a big thanks to Sue for running the table on her own – a difficult job at the best of times, but perhaps more so for team events. Also a big thanks for the competitors, parents and cheer leaders for coming along and supporting the fighters and the club.
There are a number of competitions coming up over the next few months, including a planned club-only beginners championships next month, please speak to one of the instructors for more information.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult Education department have a load of activities on offer over the coming months. Amy and Carl recently took part in one of their activities at Old Boys Rugby Club, they made a paper Pirate hat for their son Perrin (see below). This was such a simple idea but was great to get a big crowd of kids (& parents) involved.
All of the activities are completely FREE, but advanced booking is necessary. Click on the following links to download the event flyers: Saturdays at Summerhill – flyer – 2013-14 (1) & Half Term Activities – Oct-Nov 2013 (1)
Carl has recently returned to Teesside University to complete the final 40 credits of his Bsc (Hons) Applied Sport & Exercise Science Degree. These credits are achieved by handing in a 10,000 word dissertation on a research subject of choice, to be handed in around Christmas time.
Carl’s research project will analyse a number of final bouts of elite level (WKF Karate1 Premier League & WKF World Championships) Kumite (Fighting) matches. The scoring frequencies and technique choice will be analysed with the final report contributing in a small way to the limited body of research on the latest WKF Karate competition rules and their application.
The title is: ‘Notational analysis of scoring techniques used in Karate competition’.
The dissertation is obviously highly relevant to the club and the wider Karate world. More than that though, this will be a great opportunity to be immersed once more in the latest cutting edge research in the Martial Arts world. Then of course, all this new knowledge will be brought back to the club and filtered down to our students.
Committee Meeting Dates (All will be held @ Dojo HQ, 126 Whitby Street South, TS24 7LP, 7.30pm start:
January 29th (Pre-AGM)
March 12th AGM (for year Feb 2013 / Jan 2014)
All the 2014 dates are provisional (except the AGM) and may change depending upon Karate events that we’re not yet aware of.
Nominations for committee posts will be accepted from February 2014 once they have been agreed by the existing committee. The club is managed by volunteers, if you would like to help out in any way without becoming a committee member please speak to Julie Salmons.
Club members (including parents) are welcome to attend any committee meeting except the Pre-AGM (specifically for existing committee members only).
Any items should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 2 weeks before the meeting to be included in the agenda of regular committee meetings, a minimum of 28 days for the AGM.
27th, 28th & 29th September 2013
The JKF-Wadokai is the ‘internationally renowned’ parent organisation that oversees Wadokai Karate. 8 members of the club recently attended the UK Master’s Course headed by Matsui Sensei and Takagi Sensei. To my knowledge, this is the first time so many of the high ranking Wadokai sensei have been to the UK. The visiting instructors were as follows:
Mr Hideho Takagi 8th Dan
Mr Chiaki Shimamoto 8th Dan
Mr Masamichi Shinohara 8th Dan
Mr Masohito Kitagawa 8th Dan
Mr Koichi Shimura 7th Dan
MrTamaki Sonoda 7th Dan
Mr Yoshinorio Matsui Chairman of the Board of Directors
These sorts of big events are a great opportunity to catch up with old friends from all over the world, and of course make new ones. Amy and I met up with quite a few people over the weekend who had at one time or another visited Takamasa Arakawa Sensei’ Shiramizu Dojo in Sugito Japan. One of these friends rightly described the course as a ‘facebook convention’ because it really was, we’re all connected online to so many Wado friends and colleagues and these big events bring everyone together to train under one roof. It was great to be able to meet some people who we’ve been connected to for years without ever meeting in person.
Over the long weekend we covered basics, basics and basics of Wadokai. Takagi Sensei explained a number of times that the fundamental movements are essential to move and strike correctly, and without solid basics, nothing else will work. It was effectively a standardisation course with the Sensei highlighting the key points of each movement. It’s important that all Wadokai clubs are teaching the way the JKF-Wadokai want us too, throughout the world and that we’re all continually developing ourselves to ‘become the best we can be’. The pace was at times tough, with calls of ‘faster faster’ reminding me of my earlier years in Karate.
Bob Nash Sensei (USA) was on hand throughout the weekend to translate and helped ensure everyone understood what was being said, often in a humorous way.
We’re pleased to say that the club had a successful weekend with the Dan Grading (Black Belt Examinations) with Lewis Muldown achieving his 1st Dan, Beth Gray her 2nd Dan and Carl Jorgeson his 4th Dan. All the attendees were also given attendance certificates to remember the prestigious event so we presented them last night at the club.
The course was very well attended with up to 200 students descending from all over the world. Hopefully this support will lead to more events of this type taking place in the UK, there is obviously a desire for them. This can only strengthen the Wadokai in this country and beyond.
The club has had a busy September 2013. We’ve relaunched our School P.E. Karate & After School sessions and added a lot of new classes to our weekly schedule. This month we have also held the biggest club grading we’ve ever had and attended a 3 day long JKF-Wadokai Master’s course.
The rest of the year is just as busy, with some great training and competition experiences to be had by our members.
Sunday 13th – Hartlepool Wadokai TEAM KUMITE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Team fighting)
This is a new event for the club. We’ll be putting together teams of 3 fighters for this exhibition event, one fighter 9 years & under; one from 10-12 years and one 13 years and over. This should make for an exciting, action packed day. £10 per person. Starts 1pm @ Dojo HQ (126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP).
Sunday 19th – Darlington Competition
Details of this event were posted in the September newsletter.
Saturday 26th – English Karate Federation Kumite Referee Course, Luton
Thursday 31st – Hartlepool Wadokai Halloween Party
6-9pm, Tickets are £3 each or £10 for a family ticket. We’re having a bit of a disco, food, a best fancy dress costume & best carved pumpkin competition too. @ Dojo HQ (126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP).
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd – Sugasawa Sensei Course, Leeds
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th – Sakagamai Sensei Course, Alfreton
Sunday 17th – Sensei Lee Minion Combat Course, Derby
Saturday 23rd – Hartlepool Wadokai First Aid Course
Saturday 23rd – Hartlepool Wadokai Training Course, 2-5pm Details TBC
Sunday 24th – Hartlepool Wadokai Beginner’s Championships
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th – Hartlepool Wadokai Training & Grading Course
Saturday 14th – Hartlepool Wadokai End of Year Training Course & Kids Christmas Party
Saturday 21st – Hartlepool Wadokai Adult (14 years +) Christmas Meal & Social
Sunday 22nd – Hartlepool Wadokai Christmas break