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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.

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‘Little Ninja’ Classes

We started some of our brand new ‘Little Ninja’ classes last week and they were a huge hit. Sensei Amy is the lead instructor for these and she’s done a great job so far. These are high energy classes for 3-5 year olds & 5-7 year olds. They cover FUNdamentals and include lot’s of games etc… whilst introducing the kids to Karate. We also cover a lot of multi skills such as throwing and catching etc…

Classes are as follows:

Monday

Enrolling now, starting soon

5-5.30pm, 3-5 years

5.30-6pm, 5-7 years

Tuesday

Enrolling now, starting 3rd September

5-5.30pm, 3-5 years

5.30-6pm, 5-7 years

Wednesday

Enrolling now, starting soon

5-5.30pm, 3-5 years

5.30-6pm, 5-7 years

Friday

Enrolling now, starting soon

5-5.30pm, 3-5 years

5.30-6pm, 5-7 years

Saturday

Enrolling now, starting soon

9.30-10am, 3-5 years

10-10.30am, 5-7 years

If you would like any further information please phone/txt Carl on 07984 798634 or via email (carl@hartlepoolwadokai.com)

Or you can download the Little Ninja Flyer & Map September 2013


Karate Coaching Qualifications

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Late last year our club organised another English Karate Federation Coaching course. It was run by Sensei Harold Stephenson, aided by Teesside University Lecturer Sensei Ciaron Flood, both from the TASK association. I think having an assessor come in from another association worked really well, it gave us a fresh perspective and for me personally (as the admin for the club) it was like being audited – were we doing everything we should be? I don’t think an in-house assessment has the same effect.

The event was just a refresher for the five senior club instructors (But we still learned a lot!) but it also allowed us to get two of our up and coming guys qualified as Level 1 Coaches. We’ve now got seven fully qualified Karate instructors at Hartlepool Wadokai.

The instructors are:

Lynne Jorgeson, 4th Dan; Michael Jorgeson, 2nd Dan; Carl Jorgeson, 3rd Dan; Amy Jorgeson, 2nd Dan; Vince Dawkins, 1st Dan; Beth Gray, 1st Dan; Roy Salmons, 2nd Kyu.

We’ve also got a number of junior instructors at the club too, though they are too young to take the EKF qualifications at the moment.

I know that some of the ‘old boys’ of Karate think that these types of qualifications are worthless in the dojo and to some extent I do actually agree with them. Will these pieces of paper make any of our club coaches better? probably not. Though our club has a very thorough coach development system in place and a very strong partnership with the Hartlepool College of Further Education and The Hartlepool Sporting Association, two of our coaches have also got degrees  in Sports Coaching – so I’d say we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to best practise etc…

What these qualifications do though, is ensure that Karate clubs are meeting a minimum safe standard and are operating properly and this can’t be a bad thing for Karate. It also ensures that coaches have the basic tools to teach – If we can’t pass on what we know effectively then the Martial Art/Sport is dead. I think every ‘Sensei’ should achieve these qualifications as a minimum and hope to see more of these courses run in the future by the EKF.

Having a black belt around your waist doesn’t mean you know how to teach and it certainly isn’t a coaching qualification.

This aspect of Karate training is just as important as the technical side so don’t neglect it!

 

 

 


Hartlepool Sporting Association Awards Evening

Tonight was the Hartlepool Sporting Association Awards Evening held at the brand new £53 million Hartlepool College of FE Campus in the centre of town. The evening was a chance for the club members to get together (rather than simply the club ‘managers’ at meetings), an opportunity to introduce Mr Alan White, former Head Teacher from Manor College of Technology as an Honorary Chairman of the Hartlepool Sporting Association and also, and perhaps more importantly, to celebrate some successes within each club – something which we all forget to do at times.

Our club was well represented with 16 people attending (instead of training) with a mix of students, parents, committee and instructors. Each HSA club was asked to nominate a person for each award of the night,’Club Sports Star of the Year ‘ and ‘Club Services to Sport award’.

Extract from Amy’s nomination:

Her dedication to Karate is truly inspiring, the club call her ‘The Terminator’ because she never gives up, carrying on past where mere mortals would have given up long ago. In Japanese the term is ‘Fudochi’ or immovable spirit and is a Samurai principle. 

The sports star award was very easy to nominate, Amy is by far our most successful competitor with medals at Regional, National, European and World levels.

The Services to Sport award was more difficult. We have so many volunteers at the club that each do a fantastic job, above and beyond what would be expected and all help to contribute day in, day out to the success of the club. The aspect that made the selection easier was the ‘Education and Health Through Sport’ mandate of the HSA. One volunteer stands out above all others with this in mind, our Club Chairman, Vince Dawkins.

Extract from Vince’s nomination:

Vince has been the catalyst for a number of significant changes at the club over recent years. All of which were kick started when he signed up to a Foundation degree in Sports Coaching and Exercise at HCFE. Most notably, Vince introduced lesson plans to the club which are now used in every session without fail.

 Vince is also a fully qualified and experienced chef, so added to the nutritional knowledge he has gained in his degree he has been an outstanding source of help to club members, in particular our High Performance competitors. 

On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank all the staff at the Hartlepool College of FE for putting on a great awards evening and the fantastic hospitality. I’d also like to thank our club members that attended on behalf of the club.