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Christmas opening times @ Hartlepool Wadokai

It’s that time of year again, the days are shorter and colder and it becomes that little bit harder to rouse yourself in the morning for school or work.

The club will be open as normal until the end of year course & Christmas party and then only open Tues 23rd & 30th (different times), classes will resume as normal from Monday 5th January. See below for full details…

Christmas Opening Times

5th – 20th December            All classes as normal (Karate & Little Ninjas)

Mon 22nd December           Club closed

Tues 23rd December            Club OPEN for the following classes only:

13yrs & Under 6-7pm & 14yrs & above 7-8.30pm

24th – 29th December          Club closed

Tues 30th December            Club OPEN for the following classes only:

13yrs & Under 6-7pm & 14yrs & above 7-8.30pm

31st Dec – 4th Jan 2015        Club closed

Mon 5th January 2015         All classes resume at their usual times

Little Ninjas Christmas Break

The Little Ninjas will be closed from 21st December until 4th January 2015. Classes resume from Monday 5th January. If you have any questions please contact Amy on 0792 6045935.

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Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Championships – RESULTS

Sunday 23rd November 2014, Dojo HQ

Here are the results from our club-only championships that were held today. Well done to all students who entered, especially our Little Ninjas – who were fantastic! We’ll post photos from the day once I get a copy.

Results

 

We’d like to thank all of our officials and volunteers for helping set up and run a smooth competition, and of course the parents / guardians for supporting the students during the day.


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:

 


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.


December @ Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club

Chritstmas Tree

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

 


Committee Meeting Dates

Committee Meeting Dates (All will be held @ Dojo HQ, 126 Whitby Street South, TS24 7LP, 7.30pm start:

2013
November 6th
December 4th

2014
January 29th (Pre-AGM)
March 12th AGM (for year Feb 2013 / Jan 2014)
March 26th
May 21st
July 2nd
October 1st
December 3rd

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 carl@hartlepoolwadokai.com 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.


Upcoming Events

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.

OCTOBER 2013

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).

 

NOVEMBER 2013

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

 

DECEMBER 2013

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


Tortoise or Hare?

As part of our clubs high performance program we look at a lot of factors. These range from the athletes themselves: how old are they?  Weight, height, bmi, current conditioning, current ability etc… and also what their goals are for the coming year. Are they realistic? Or are they wanting to be world champion by the end of next week?

From this we look at what they need to do themselves, and what we as instructors need to do to help them achieve their goals.

We’ve started this process this year already for our competitive athletes. Some have shown an interest in attending Wadokai England squad training sessions with the aim of being selected to the team that competes in Venice in November.

We’ve looked at which competitions we as a club will be attending this year, and which ones each competitor should be entering in order to gain the most experience. We’ll be sitting down with each of them over the next week or so and agree which events they will be attending, and how often they are going to train each week. The athletes, instructors and parents will then agree and sign a contract based on this commitment.

This might seem a little excessive and not all clubs will be this strict but we will be investing a lot of time effort (and money) into each of our elite athletes to help them achieve their goals so we want to make sure everyone knows what they’re signing up for before hand.

This brings me to the title of this post. Tortoise or Hare? A few of the instructors were talking about this the other day and it has stuck in my head.

Which is better?

Those students who peak early and achieve a lot of things very young (e.g. under 16yrs) but then tend to drop out of the sport altogether? (Hare group)

Or…

Those who don’t peak so fast and maybe don’t achieve as much in the same period of time but are in Karate for the long term? (Tortoise group)

I personally believe that the latter is better for the sport/martial art in the long term. It is from this group that our future instructors will come from, not the first group.

It would also be interesting to see why the majority of athletes from the first group don’t stay in the sport… but that’s for another time.

NOTE: this post has been written whilst on an exercise bike at the gym so their might be typos…


1st EKF Kyu Grade Karate Championships

We left Hartlepool two hours before dawn (approx 6am) on a very cold, wet and windy Sunday morning (22nd Jan). Ponds Forge in Sheffield was the venue of the 1st English Karate Federation Kyu Grade Karate Championships so, Sheffield was where we were heading!

Apart from being unable to find somewhere to park the mini-bus (gratefully borrowed from Hartlepool College of Further Education) the journey was uneventful. The competitors signed in and got changed, the parents tried to get comfortable on the seating and Lynne and Carl reported to the chief referee to find out where we would be working (Judging) all day. Amy (coach) then briefed the competitors and made sure they were ready for the day.

The day was pretty well organised and was done and dusted in about 9 hours, not bad for such a large entry! I think we could have easily shaved at least an hour off the day if it wasn’t for the usual time-wasting issues at competitions: kids not turning up when they’re supposed to, with incorrect equipment, occasional admin errors etc… but no competition is ever perfect.

This was the second time I’d helped judge at an EKF comp and a first for Lynne and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it was like working in an oven – for 9 hours!!

The three competitors (Lewis, Phil, Bailey) that entered from our club did very well in Kata and Kumite despite the fact that this was the first EKF competition any of them had entered. We entered expecting zero medals, we just wanted to get some competitors on the mat as early as possible so that we had something to work on early in the season.

Results are as follows: 

Phil Salmons: 3rd Place  –  Team Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs

Lewis Muldown: 3rd Place  –  Team Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs

Lewis Muldown: 3rd Place  –  Individual Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs -45kg

Bailey Reed: 3rd Place  –  Team Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs

Bailey Reed: 3rd Place  –  Individual Kata, Boys 12-13yrs

Bailey Reed: 2nd Place  –  Individual Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs +45kg

 

We got back to Hartlepool at about 9.30pm making it a mammoth 15.5 hour day and the longest ‘Karate day’ our trio of competitors have faced so far.

Key Learnings: The competitors need to work on keeping energy and hydration levels constant throughout the day by eating and drinking correctly to ensure peak performance.

Next Event: Wadokai England Squad Training, Saturday 28th January – Leicester; EKF Referee Training, Sunday 29th January, Barnsley

Summary: We were a little disappointed to only field 3 competitors at this event despite having a pretty big club, those that didn’t attend missed a great opportunity to get some time on the mats. There is still a lot of work to do with all three competitors in Kata & Kumite but each performed well and if they keep up the hard work and enthusiasm then the future should be bright for them.