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North East Open/Tyne & Wear Invitational @ Nissan – Sponsorship opportunities

NE Open August 2016In March we ran the North East Open Karate Championships in Darlington. This was one of the largest Karate events ever held in the North East with over 1000 people attending, and teams entering from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, many of these being children.  These high profile events will get bigger and better every year.

We are seeking sponsors and therefore partners to be part of these prestigious Karate events including the North East Open and the Tyne & Wear championships at Nissan. This is a fantastic opportunity for your business to support the local community and gain excellent exposure of your brand. With Karate earmarked as an Olympic sport from 2020 this is an exciting time to get involved as a sponsor. We also have additional prestigious events coming up, including International championships which you could become involved in.


 We are offering a number of different sponsorship opportunities, depending on your budget, which start from as little as £50 per event.

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‘Monsoon’ hoarding examples (below), and planned layout (above)

Hartlepool Wadokai is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club meaning that any donations are also tax deductible. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Hartlepool Wadokai’, BACS info can be provided upon request.

If you would like to discuss these options in further detail, or would like any more information then please contact me directly on 07984 798634, or via email carl@hartlepoolwadokai.com.

We are very passionate about making Karate a fantastic spectator sport, and running the best national and international events in the world, with the best referees and the best athletes. We look forward to working with you, The K is on the way!

Yours sincerely,

Carl Jorgeson

Sponsorship opportunities available:

  • Advertising hoarding
  • Category Sponsorship
  • Championship Sponsorship (Non-Exclusive)
  • Championship Sponsorship (Exclusive)

Karate Academy Associates Summer Camp 2016

KAA Summer Camp 2016

We’re very happy to be hosting the KAA Summer Camp this year at our Dojo HQ. The course will be a fantastic experience for our competitors (or those who would like to start competing), led by one of the EKF coaches and some top competitors… definitely not to be missed folks…



Aiwakai Way to Excellence

Our Dojo HQ was the base for the Aiwakai Way to Excellence course led today (14th May 2016) by Sakagami Sensei 8th Dan JKF-Wadokai and Sensei Peter May.

For those who don’t know, the Way to Excellence courses are an important part of the Aiwakai Dan Grade (black belt) assessment so we were pleased to be able to host one of these at our own dojo and stop our guys from having to travel down to the midlands.

Thank you to both Sensei for making the 400 mile round trip to Sunny Hartlepool, and thank you to everyone who came along to support the course. I believe that Amy has been asked to write a report for the upcoming Aiwakai newsletter so we’ll let her write about the course itself.

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…

North East Open Championships

On Sunday 20th March we will be running the North East Open Karate Championships.


This year we have moved the event to Darlington because the venue is much bigger than anything Hartlepool currently has to offer. The venue for the event is the Dolphin Centre, this has bars, cafes, swimming pools etc… But it also has a massive hall where we’ll be having 6 areas set up.

This should be the biggest event we’ve ever hosted so it should be fun.

We are one of the best value karate competitions running this year (entry and spectator fees) so we are expecting the event to be popular.

With that in mind, we are limiting the entries to make sure we finish at a reasonable time, are able to run the WKF Kumite Finals Showcase without any time pressure, and to allow for any natural delays that can occur from using a new venue.

We are therefore asking all clubs and associations to submit entries as soon as possible, as late entries may not be accepted. Thanks for your help, let’s have a great championship!

Contact northeastopen@yahoo.co.uk for an entry form.

Contact Carl on 07984 798634 for any enquiries.

Club Grading, Feb 2016

Today we had 26 Karate students successfully grade for their next belts at the club.

Some of the lower grades were very nervous when they walked into the Dojo this morning, so it was great to see them all dig in and pass their grades, some even achieving 1st class passes.

Well done to every one of you. Please take on board any feedback you’ve been given by the instructors and apply it to your training so you continue making good progress through the grades.





We somehow forgot to take a picture of Paul, Leyton and Victoria who also passed today – sorry guys.

The next grade is going to be in May, we have a pencilled in date but are waiting for confirmation of Sensei Michael’s shifts from his workplace.

Call everyone Dave day…



Just a quick note to thank everyone who took part in Dave Day at the club, it means a lot.

Hartlepool Wadokai Start of Year course


On Sunday 10th January we ran our annual Start of Year course, or Shinnenkai. This is a borrowed tradition from Japan whereby students get together in the Dojo to ‘kick start’ the year in a really positive way.

We were particularly pleased with the number of beginners training, with this being the longest most of them have trained in Karate in one go. Because it was a longer session than normal, we could cover a lot more, with students able to progress to the next Kata, and some tried sparring for the first time and do some aspects of Karate that we don’t always have time to cover in weekly sessions.

Also, a special mention to some of our elite students. They were training in Leicester yesterday with the Wadokai England squad, and despite this being their sixth day of Karate training in the last 7 days (we let them have Thursday off), they still made it to the course. That’s dedication.

Well done.

Sensei Lynne