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Moscow State Circus = Awesome show!

Today we had the pleasure of visiting and supporting one of the clubs (& The North East Open’s) main sponsors, the Moscow State Circus. We have a very busy Karate schedule with most weekends taken up with Karate – just this weekend we had an open day and a birthday party at Dojo HQ and a squad competing in Leicester. Carl was also supposed to be in London for another event (which he skipped so he could catch this). So it was great that we could catch the show before it left the North East.


Sensei’s Lynne, Michael, Carl & Amy, along with Perrin (3 years) and Joe (1 year) arrived at Raby Castle with very little idea of what to expect. Our man who knows how to get things (we call him Red) introduced us to Anthony Anderson, who is one of the directors and wh is also from Hartlepool – it was great to finally meet face to face, if just for a quick chat before the show.

My cheeks were actually aching by the end from the laughing and smiling (and the occasional grimace). We’ve seen a lot of shows from the local theatre, to the West End to full blown Tokyo Disney and this matched any of the best for acrobatics and production value. We didn’t get many photos because we were too busy enjoying the show but we did get a couple of videos.

Despite the kids’ ages, they were absolutely glued to their seats. Joe didn’t blink when the women were in the giant bubbles. This video says it all I think…

I highly recommend this show, especially for kids. It’s fantastic!!! The show is heading South now, taking in Derby, Leicester and Worcester, where the club has many friends so visit the show if you can, you won’t be disappointed!!! #Awesome




Impressive medal haul….

A squad of 6 Hartlepool Wadokai students entered the Wadokai England National Championship in Leicester today. The six students made up of Lewis Muldown, Paul White, Mollie Cooper, Daniel Spires, Joe Hind and Harvey Kerridge, had a successful day.

The boys 13-15 years category ended up with an all Hartlepool final seeing Joe win gold and Harvey Silver. Paul won a gold medal in the 16-17 years, and Lewis got a silver in his first 18 years and above category after coming of age only the day before.

Harvey, Joe and Daniel won the under 16 years team category. Excellent timing on the day!

For pairs, Harvey and Joe won another Gold in the under 16 years. Mollie and Daniel came out with a well deserved bronze in the same category. These two have shown excellent dedication preparing for this.

Lewis and Paul came away with the Gold medal in the over 16 years pairs kata. Great timing boys!

Wadokai Comp Sep 2016

Fighting took place on the afternoon. Mollie was first up. Mollie had the biggest categories of the day, but still did well in her first time at this competition. She got through a round in kata, and kept her cool in her fight. A great experience.

Harvey came away with a silver in his individual fight and Joe got bronze in the 14-15 years under 60kg.  Paul and Lewis both had excellent fights coming away with Silver medals each in their age categories.

A successful day for team Hartlepool Wadokai, with lots to work on and a haul of medals to be proud of. High five!