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Hartlepool Wadokai End of Year Course & Christmas Party (Bonenkai)

Saturday 14th December

Dojo HQ: 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP

We’ve adopted the Shiramizu Dojo / Japanese tradition of having a ‘forget the year’ party or Bonenkai each December. The Christmas party at our club is always preceded by a free end of year training course where we carry out another Shiramizu tradition – everyone performs 1000 punches! (Last year we also did 1000 kicks but this nearly broke the seniors so we didn’t do it this year!). The course is always a great chance for students who attend different classes throughout the week to get together as one group.

After the hard training session we quickly set up for the Christmas party. We had another great disco from Nick & George – thanks very much guys. We also had a ‘best decorated Christmas cake’ competition. Here are the entries:

 

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December club grading

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December 2013

Dojo HQ: 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP

This was a really busy weekend for the club with student’s from 3 years upwards training and grading. The little ninja’s trained and graded over a 2 hour period – a long time considering how young they are! The younger/lower grade students trained for 3 hours on the Saturday going over the finer details of their grade. The actual test was done after the training. Higher grades completed 6 hours training over the two days and done their test on the Sunday afternoon.

There were some great performances, in particular the Little Ninja’s – they’re going to be Karate superstars if they stick in!!!

Congratulations to the following:
Little Ninjas – White & Red Belt

Jacob
Emily
Eve
Zack
Kezia
Liam
Ruby
Zak
Daniel
Oliver B
Oliver TD

9th Kyu – Red Belt

Pennie Carter
Joshua Reid
Damia Saracut
Lucy Carter
Jake Orley

Yellow & White Belt

Harrison O’Keefe

8th Kyu – Yellow Belt

Henry Nixon
Matthew Cain
India Clark

7th Kyu – Orange Belt

Dominic Cox
Daniel Shaw
Paul Weaton

Green & White Belt

Sashenka Lindridge
Megan Spires

6th Kyu – Green Belt

Tyler Vaughan
Connor Shepherd
Neil Codner

Blue & White Belt

Mollie Cooper

5th Kyu – Blue Belt

Joseph Flounders
Oliver Fraser
Christian Glover

4th Kyu – Purple Belt

Daniel Spires

3rd Kyu – Brown Belt

Harvey Kerridge

2nd Kyu – Brown Belt

Joe Hind

The next grading weekend is planned for 8th & 9th February 2014.


Hartlepool Wadokai Beginners Championships

Sunday 24th November 2013

Dojo HQ: 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP

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The club recently organised a small club only competition exclusively for our beginners. We’ve done this a few times over recent years and it’s a great way to get people to try Karate competition for the first time. As usual in this event, we have our higher grade juniors and assistant instructors helping to judge. This is great because the beginners are more relaxed (rather than having a formal affair with judges in blazers etc…) and our up and coming instructors get some great experience – some of these will be starting to  attend the English Karate Federation referee training in 2014 to qualify as national judges.

The club always has great support from parents and volunteers but at this competition we actually had more officials than competitors – definitely a first for the club! Thank you to the officials/volunteers and the parents and competitors who supported the event.

Sensei Amy was particularly impressed with some of the fighters at the competition with one or two being pre-selected for the Hartlepool squad launching next year. Full results can be downloaded here.


How to make a proper cup of tea…

The definitive guide to making a proper cup of tea for the nice folk at Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club.
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There has been some serious discussion at the Hartlepool Wadokai Dojo HQ (126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP) about how to make a decent cup of tea. Too many people insist on following their own method, which is fine for themselves but… we have very exacting standards and if we allow the tea making standard to slip then who knows where we’ll end up.

We have therefore decided to intervene before the situation gets out of control.

How to make a proper cup of tea:
Step 1 – Pre-heat the cup with hot water

Step 2 – Pour out hot water into washing up bowl (this can be used to wash the cups after the tea drinking has been done – we don’t want to waste water!)

Step 3 – Add one Tea bag to the cup

Step 4 – Add hot water to the cup, filling to 1.5cm from the top.

Step 5 – Use a clean tea spoon to stir the hot water and tea bag clockwise six times only.

Step 6 – Discard the used tea bag (do not squeeze the tea bag against the side of the cup)

Step 7 – Add a dash of milk (if desired) and stir clockwise two times.

Step 8 – Add sugar (if desired) and stir clockwise two times)

Step 9 – Serve the cup of tea to the tea drinker with a satisfied smile on your face for a job well done (Possibly with a selection of biscuits or cakes).

Step 10 – Collect in the used cups and wash thoroughly.

And finally, when getting the tea round in it’s important to ask everyone of age (16yrs+) if they would like to have a cup of tea and share in the English tradition.

Club instructor tea order
Carl – Tea with milk
Amy – Tea with milk, 2 sugars
Vince – Tea with a small dash of milk
Lynne – Coffee (I know!) with milk (add coffee, then milk, then water)
Michael – Coffee with milk
Beth – NA
Roy – NA
Lewis – NA

Once a suitable training period has been completed, training record cards will be signed. We may also roll out a tea pot and complete additional training but let’s see how this goes first.

Feel free to ask if you have any questions.


December @ Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club

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December schedule for Hartlepool Wadokai Karate club

December is another action packed month for the Hartlepool Wadokai Karate club with a grading weekend, a FREE end of year training course, kids Christmas party, adult Christmas meal & social, Child free shopping day, a club technical committee meeting & a regular committee meeting too.

7th & 8th December – Hartlepool Wadokai club grading (full details available from the club)

14th December – FREE end of year training course (full details available from the club)

14th December – club Christmas party (tickets available now, £3 each or £10 family ticket)

21st December – adult Christmas meal & social

23rd December – Child free shopping day (full details available from the club)

Christmas & New Year opening times

The classes will be merged and will be a great opportunity for the younger students to train with the older/higher grade ones, whilst the older students will be able to mentor the younger ones and start teaching.

The following schedule has been agreed:

Monday 23rd December
Kids Beginners & Family Class 5-6pm

Tuesday 24th December
No classes

Wednesday 25th December
No classes

Friday 27th December
Kids Beginners 5-6pm
Kids Intermediate & Advanced/Adults 6-7pm

Saturday 28th December
Little Ninjas (3-7yrs) 9.30-10am (all the Little Ninjas are able to attend this session instead of their usual class this week)
Kids Beginners & Family Class 10.30-11.30am

Monday 30th December
Kids Beginners & Family Class 5-6pm

Tuesday 31st December
No classes

Wednesday 1st January 2014
No classes

Friday 3rd January 2014
Full class schedule returns as normal