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North East Open SUMMER Karate Championships

NE Open August 2016

As with our Spring championship, entries will be strictly limited to ensure we finish at a reasonable time. Please submit your entries early to avoid disappointment.

The entry form is now available:

North East Open Championships 21.08.2016 – PDF VERSION

North East Open Championships 21.08.2016 – MS WORD VERSION

We are now inviting sponsors for this prestigious event, please contact Carl on 07984 798634 or via email: northeastopen@yahoo.co.uk.

North East Open Karate Championships

On Sunday 20th March 2016 the club hosted it’s biggest Karate event so far at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington.

The North East Open Karate Championships (formerly the Hartlepool Open…) attracted 41 teams and 570 competitor entries from across the length and breadth of the land, despite there being a number of high profile European championships (Dutch Open, Swedish Open, Toulouse) taking place & a small Wadokai England team competing in Japan over the same weekend (Suguira Cup), all of which had competitors who would normally support our championships.

The 570 competitor entries were all done by 5pm across 6 areas (including 90 mins for Cadet, Junior & Senior (14yrs+) Kumite finals on one area for a showcase under the spot lights, so we could have finished much earlier. This was thanks to the hard work of our resident Tatami Chief, Harold Stephenson and his team of dedicated officials.

We lost an hour of mat time (& half our refs!) on the morning because of those bloody A1(M) diversions. I’m disappointed with this because we cleared 500 entries over 3 Tatami by 6.30pm last year – we can improve on this massively, a few too many unnecessary delays. We’ll be tweaking the Pee Wee categories to stop clashes for the next event, we will also be looking at the showcase finals to keep it down to (hopefully) about 40mins or so in future.  

I would like to personally thank every official who travelled to support us, competitions simple can’t run without your support and expertise. Our awesome Hartlepool Wadokai volunteers who ran the tables and helped with set-up (& rebuilding the Dojo HQ after the event). Thanks must also go to Dave Tarleton-Hodgson (who we borrowed from Kobukan Darlington club) who was a massive help manning the microphone and helping on the control table, making sure everyone was where they needed to be all day.

Thank you to our up and coming Hartlepool Wadokai coaches who supported our own team, you guys did great (& helped us finish a respectable 4th in the medal table). Thank you to Paul Suggitt and his team of medics, and the rest of our amazing support staff.

Thank you to the clubs/associations who have supported the event to make this the biggest event we have hosted so far. The feedback has been very positive, and the venue is much bigger and better for our growing needs.


Finally, thank you so much to all of our corporate sponsors for the championships, simply put, without whom the event wouldn’t have been able to run.

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North East Open 20.03.16 Individual RESULTS

North East Open 20.03.16 Team & Pairs RESULTS

All Results

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Hopefully you can join us at our Summer championships on 21st August at the same venue & our very special Tyne & Wear Invitational Championships @ Nissan on Sunday 27th November.



Sensei Lee Minion course

On Saturday 5th March we had the pleasure of hosting a Master’s course with Sensei Lee Minion.

Sensei Minion is one of the Wadokai England coaches and Aiwakai Dan Grade examiners, he also has an extensive knowledge of practical Karate. This means that his courses can cover pretty much everything you need to work on, from beginners right through to the instructors. It’s an absolute privilege to be able to have Sensei is our own Dojo teaching, and is especially great not to have to travel for hours for the course.

The seniors had a warm up which mostly consisted of various moving exercises, which reminded me of the way that Kazutaka Ohtsuka Sensei led his warm up when I last trained with him. Basically, if the body is too rigid, the Karate isn’t going to flow or work.

We covered basics and a bit of Kata, then moved onto pairs work (Kihon’s and Kumite). We finished with some practical work and a tiny bit of conditioning.

Sensei was teaching methodology throughout (rather than just beasting everyone), this really helped those carrying injuries to stay involved but more importantly, it means that the club instructors will have more ‘take aways’ which they can apply in their clubs.


The juniors got to cover things we don’t normally get chance to in classes. They were buzzing after their 2 hour session, and more than one asked for another chance to train with Sensei soon, always a good sign.


Thank you very much to all the students who supported the course, especially since it was part funded by the club fundraising pot.

Special thanks to Anjalee (Kihon-do), Joe and Matt (Newcastle) and Stuart (DKA) for also supporting.

An extra special thanks to Wendy, for keeping an eye on Perrin and Joe whilst his parents both trained too 🙂

We’ll let you know when the next one is…