Sunday 17th May 2015
Our most recent club grading was carried out on Sunday 17th March, at Dojo HQ. We had 13 Little Ninjas and 21 Karate students all successfully achieving their next belts. Well done guys, it shows what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.
Lily F – Red & White
Ben T – Red & White
Joe C – Red & White
Natalia B – Red & White
Georgia B – Red & White
Jakub B – Red & White
Oliver TD – 9th kyu
AJ M – 9th kyu
Kai P – 9th Kyu
Alex C – 9th Kyu
Jack W – 9th Kyu
Alfie W – Yellow & White
Bailey T – Yellow & White
Alex W – Yellow & White
Dylan T – Yellow & White
Keira D – Yellow & White
Richard Chapman – 8th Kyu
Megan S – 6th Kyu
Leyton D – Blue & White
Mollie C – 4th Kyu
Joseph F – 4th Kyu
The next ‘catch up’ club grading will take place over w/c 15th June for selected students, full details are available at the club.
Sunday 1st February 2015
Last weekend the club held a small club competition to give our competitors a run out with the latest version of the WKF rules (Version 9, January 2015). This was primarily done for our older, more experienced competitors, and our club officials ahead of our March open championships and the English Karate Federation National Championships in April but the younger students also got some valuable experience on the day too, with many gaining medals for their efforts.
It was only a small competition as we only ran individual Kata, individual Kumite & Kick Master categories which meant that we were done within a few hours. We were also able to explain the rules and decisions as we went so that the parents & students could follow the day better.
I would like to thank all of the club judges, and table officials who gave up their afternoon to volunteer at the competition. I would also like to personally thank the students who were brave enough to enter the competition and support the club. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is stand up on the mat and give it a go, if students never rise to the challenge then they may never know what they’re capable of in karate. I personally think that competition gives us a fantastic opportunity to test ourselves and our skills under pressure, in a controlled setting, and those that never compete are missing out on a massive opportunity to learn and improve.
The next club-run competition is the Hartlepool Wadokai Open Championships, Sunday 22nd March at Belle Cue Sports Centre, Kendal road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU.
To prepare for this competition, the club is running a 6 week competition Karate course starting this coming Monday 6-7.30pm, see the club for full details and booking (club members only, 10yrs+). This course will cover Kata and Kumite training skills needed to perform well in a competition environment. There are limited spaces so make sure you book up as soon as you can.
Please see below for the entry form for our Hartlepool Open Karate Championships 2015. Once again we will be at the Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU.
Please note that WKF rules v9.0 (Jan 2015) will be in use on the day. There have been some changes in this latest rule update so please make sure you’re aware of them before the event to help ensure the day runs smoothly.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions, comments.
Saturday 17th January 2015
The club held it’s annual start of year course on Saturday and once again it was well supported. The event gives students the chance to get rid of those cobwebs from the Christmas and New Year break because it’s a much longer training session than a regular class. This is particularly beneficial since the next club grading is just a few weeks away.
We had a full compliment of instructors so students were given a lot of specific feedback on their basics, pairs work and Kata (pre-arranged form). We also had time to work on some wrist manipulations and controls and the advanced students went through some Tanto Dori (Knife defence).
Thank you to everyone who supported the club by attending.
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.
We arranged a last minute training course with Sensei Keith Walker at our club today. The course was mainly to help our higher grade students prepare for their upcoming Dan grades but we also had a session just for our juniors too.
The juniors trained 12-2pm and the seniors 2-6pm (we had an extra hour than planned!). We were all put through some great movement exercises and a thorough warm-up. This was followed by basics, with special emphasis on the correct way of moving the body without diminishing the effect.
Working with partners, we continued with the theme of effectively using the body and this progressed for the seniors into Kihon Kumite and Kumite Gata (advanced pairs work). This is exactly what our advanced students and us instructors need.
It was a very good course, we would have liked to have seen a few more students attend but understand that this was very short notice – and there is a club event on every weekend until Christmas! It actually worked well that each group was small as it allowed Sensei Keith to spend extra time with each student, sometimes when you attend a course with 50+ people in the hall it can be difficult to grasp the more difficult things being taught, or if there is a great mix of abilities then the course may be tailored to the less experienced – this was great because it was advanced theory and practical for advanced students. Well done to all, we’re looking at dates for early next year for another course with Sensei Keith Walker.
Federation European Wadokai Championships, Sat 1st & Sun 2nd November
We would like to congratulate Lewis Muldown, Joe Flounders & Daniel Spires who competed as part of the Wadokai England team. Results: Daniel – GOLD in Team Kata, Joe – SILVER in Kumite, Lewis – SILVER in Kata. Well done guys. Those interested in trying for the England squad in 2015 need to speak to Sensei Carl or Amy ASAP.
EKF Northern Region Squad Training, Saturday 15th November
We were pleased once again to host the English Karate Federation Northern Squad training at our Dojo HQ. A number of fighters have no doubt been taking a well deserved break after a busy season so the attendance was a little down on the other sessions this year but the fighters were still put through their paces and given some fantastic coaching. We’re really looking forward to the next one!
Club Only AUTUMN Championships, Sunday 23rd November
We’ve posted the results on this blog already and will add photos of the day asap.
Sensei Keith Walker Masters Course, Sunday 30th November
This is a fantastic opportunity to train with one of the top Wadokai instructors in the country, right in our own Dojo HQ. This course is also open to non-club members. (Address is: 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP – we’ll even have a cuppa waiting for you!)
12-2pm – 13 years & under, £10
2-5pm – 14 years & above, £15
Wed 3rd December – CLUB CLOSED – no classes. No other dates are affected
Club Grading, Sat 6th & Sun 7th December
Full details are available at the club
Wadokai England Squad Training Saturday 13th December
@ Dojo HQ, 12noon registration (12.30-2.30 – Kumite, 3-5pm Kata approx), £15
We are very pleased to be hosting a Wadokai England squad training session at our own Dojo HQ. It’s quite nice not having to travel to events sometimes. The course will be led by Sensei Lee Minion & Sensei Stennet Harvey and will count towards the 2015 squad selection attendance requirement. This session includes a Kumite session & a Kata session. Students can do one or both sessions for the same fee.
I can’t emphasise how good an opportunity this is for all students to gain some valuable competition experience, please support the course if you can.
Club End of Year Adult Meal, Saturday 13th December
Owton Lodge, 7pm onwards. £8 each (2 courses) £11 each (3 courses), 14yrs+
We would like to invite all of our students (14yrs+), parents and friends to join us at the Owton Lodge for bite to eat and a couple of pints of… pepsi to celebrate another successful year at the club. The menu can be viewed here. The meal will need to be booked & paid for by the end of November. We would also like to invite our Wadokai friends who may decide to stay over in town and make a night of it.
Club FREE End of Year Training Course, 12-2pm Saturday 20th December
All of our students are welcome to join us for our FREE end of year training course. We follow on with the Shiramizu (The Karate dojo that Amy & Carl trained with for a year in Japan) tradition of doing 1000 punches – it’s not as bad as it sounds :-). Little Ninjas – please see Sensei Amy for the times of your end of year session.
Club Christmas Party, 3-6pm, Saturday 20th December
The Christmas Party follow our end of year training course. Tickets available now: £3 each or £10 for a family (Same household)
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.
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.
It’s been a busy year so far at the club but we’ve got loads of events coming up for you to enjoy.
Saturday 15th November – EKF Northern Regional Squad Training, Dojo HQ, Hartlepool
This is competition fight training for anyone 10 years & above, the course needs to be booked on to in advance. Please visit the EKF website to download the form. Note the form must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 11th November.
Saturday 20th November – Wadokai England Squad Training, Leicester
This training course is only suitable for selected students and is compulsory for all athletes wishing to be selected to the Wadokai England team. Please speak to Sensei Amy or Sensei Carl if you are interested in attending.
Sunday 21st November – Hartlepool Wadokai club-only championships, Dojo HQ, Hartlepool
This is our annual club-only competition. This is a perfect chance for students to try out Karate competition as it’s a really small, friendly competition – and it’s only our club. Categories are typically split by age/grade so that it’s fair. Please sign up at the club no later than Wednesday 19th November.
Sunday 30th November – Sensei Keith Walker Masters Course, Dojo HQ, Hartlepool
This will be a fantastic training opportunity for all of our students. We’ll be splitting juniors and senior sections so that the course can be specifically tailored to each group. The times & costs are to be confirmed but it is likely to be 12-5pm, 12-2pm 13 years & under, 2-5pm 14 years & above. The course fee will also be subsidised from the club fundraising pot to help keep the cost down (we know that a lot of events are going on!).
Wednesday 3rd December – CLUB CLOSED
This is just a reminder that ALL Little Ninja & Karate classes are cancelled for Wed 3rd Dec only.
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December – Hartlepool Wadokai Grading, Dojo HQ, Hartlepool
Full details are available at the club. Please look at out for your letter this coming week…
Saturday 13th December – Wadokai England Squad Training, Dojo HQ, Hartlepool
We are really pleased to be hosting this course, which forms part of the 2015 competition season and the build up to both the Wado World Cup (Japan, August 2015) and the Wadokai European Championships (Oct/Nov 2015). We would like to invite ALL students interested in competition to this course. Again, this is a fantastic opportunity for our students to train with some of the best Wado instructors in the UK – without having to travel!
Saturday 13th December – Hartlepool Wadokai Adult Meal & Social
Full details and menus are available at the club but we would like to invite all of our parents, students & friends (14 years+) to join us for a bite to eat and a bit of a social.
Saturday 20th December – Hartlepool Wadokai End of Year Course & Christmas Party, Dojo HQ
Once again we are running a FREE end of year training course for ALL of our Karate students 12-2pm.
Our Christmas party is 3-6pm and tickets are just £3 each or £10 per family (same household). As usual we will have a buffet, disco and more importantly a ‘best decorated cake’ competition. The entries last year were fantastic & delicious!!!
On Saturday 3rd May, our club had the privilege of hosting an English Karate Federation Northern Region Kumite Squad Training at our Dojo HQ.
The 4 hour session was led by regional EKF fight coach, Sensei Gavin Foster, 4th Dan and was very well attended by clubs and athletes from all over the North of England.
The athletes were put through some great fight drills and exercises and given some really good advice about what it takes to succeed at the highest levels of Karate competition. I particularly liked the way this was put across by Sensei Gavin. It was no-nonsense but really friendly, basically he said ‘if you want to just do a little bit of competition, every now and then then that’s perfectly fine’, however, if you want to be the best of the best, and compete against the best in the world then you need to do x, y and z.
(The above photo’s were ‘borrowed’ from Sensei Ian Warwick from Penrith Chojinkai)
The feedback from the session has been great, so much so that the next Northern Region Squad Training has been booked for Saturday 13th September, also at Hartlepool Wadokai Dojo HQ (126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP) 9.30am registration – Full details and registration forms can be downloaded from the English Karate Federation website.
Our annual Open Karate championships will be taking place on Sunday 29th June at Brierton Sports Centre, Catcote Road, Hartlepool, TS25 4BY.
We cordially invite our friends and colleagues to join us once more. We will have categories for all ages and grades including Kick Master, Individual Kata, Team Kata, Individual Kumite and Team Kumite events. Entry forms can be downloaded here.
The idea is pretty straight forward:
In Hartlepool, 28% (33% according to endchildpoverty.org.uk) of children live below the poverty line, so instead of necking a pint, like the recent #NekNomination craze going around (which has allegedly led to some deaths!), we would like our Karate kids and families to ‘Help Nominate’ 2 people to donate to our Food Bank.
You must be nominated first to be able to nominate others & once nominated, you have 24 hours to beat the challenge.
The idea was formed by one of our Karate club parents, Ann (Harry’s mam) who created the idea after being inspired by this video:
Hartlepool Wadokai have adopted this as the ‘Monthly Challenge’ for February and Carl kick started it tonight (Mon 3rd) at the club. Our monthly challenges are usually ‘fitness’ or endurance based exercies, Joe H won the January challenge by holding the Plank for a staggering 7 minutes! beating dancers, Karate athletes and iron man contenders in the process…Ann is also involved with Elwick Academy Northern arts Academy so it’s great that they are also supporting the campaign.
It would be great if some of our Karate friends throughout the UK tried a similar thing in their own neighbourhoods. Let us know how you get on… and don’t forget to Nominate!
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:
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
9th Kyu – Red Belt
Yellow & White Belt
8th Kyu – Yellow Belt
7th Kyu – Orange Belt
Green & White Belt
6th Kyu – Green Belt
Blue & White Belt
5th Kyu – Blue Belt
4th Kyu – Purple Belt
3rd Kyu – Brown Belt
2nd Kyu – Brown Belt
The next grading weekend is planned for 8th & 9th February 2014.
Sunday 24th November 2013
Dojo HQ: 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP
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 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
Wednesday 25th December
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
Wednesday 1st January 2014
Friday 3rd January 2014
Full class schedule returns as normal
This video is in response to a recent ‘Economist’ article slating our home town of Hartlepool. http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21587799-these-days-worst-urban-decay-found-not-big-cities-small-ones-urban-ghosts
I don’t think the article is particularly fair on our town at all, especially given that it was written by someone who spent just one day in the town.
I’m not even going to try and argue against the article because it’s quite simply not worth the effort, the article is so biassed and short sighted and has such a narrow view of our town (& Hull & Wolverhampton). Hartlepool has so much potential and it’s a great place to live. I’ve had the privilege of visiting many different places throughout the world and I’m proud of where I come from, and am always flying the flag for the town wherever I go. I could live anywhere in the world but I have started a very successful business here and am raising my family here. Why would I do that if our town was so bad?
That’s not to say the town hasn’t got it’s problems, everywhere has BUT some of the issues e.g. high unemployment have been caused in part by central government and can’t be laid entirely at the feet of Hartlepool folk. The journalist failed to look at any of the effects of government led cuts on the working population – a large percentage of the town’s workers were employed in the public sector pre-2008. Also a serious lack of government backed investment in the area hasn’t helped at all. I could write an essay on the subject but I won’t…
Sunday 13th October 2013 – Dojo HQ, 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP
Yesterday we held our first Karate competition at our new Dojo HQ. This was a Team Kumite (fighting) competition. The event was a low-key affair and only for our club – we wanted to see how our shiny new Dojo HQ would handle a lot of people in at once whilst also giving our students the chance to get some competitive ‘mat-time’.
All in all I’d say the event was successful, with 21 competitors – some of whom had never entered a Karate competition before!
The competition was open to all of our students, and we simply created the teams to try and make them as fair and balanced as possible using ‘9 years & under’, ’10 – 12 years’ and ’13 years +’ as the age splits. Each team was made up of at least one person from each age group and competitors only fought against opponents of the same age, just in a team format. Some teams had five fighters, and others just four. Those without a full compliment selected one of the 9 years & under fighters to compete twice (Fighter 4) each round. The breakdown was as follows:
Fighter 1 – 9 years & under
Fighter 2 – 10 – 12 years
Fighter 3 – 9 years & under
Fighter 4 – 9 years & under
Fighter 5 – 13 years & above
The event only had five teams so trophies were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place only. 3rd place was fought for by the two teams who lost to the finalists (Team 1 & Team 3).
There were some great, very close matches with quite a few finishing as a tie. Some team matches went right down to the final seconds of the last fight to decide the outcome. It was good to see the teams working together and the different captains leading their teams in different ways, from a different warm-up, different team talk and different words of encouragement when their fighters were up. Well done.
Unfortunately, not everyone can win but a huge congratulations to those that did. The results are:
1st Place – Team 2 (Harvey, Tyler, Joe, Hannah)
2nd Place – Team 5 (Daniel, Esta, Diego, Oakley)
3rd Place – Team 1 (Conor, Will, Leyton, Olivia)
I’d like to thank Sensei Lynne, Michael, Amy and Beth, and Sempai Roy for helping me with the judging. And a big thanks to Sue for running the table on her own – a difficult job at the best of times, but perhaps more so for team events. Also a big thanks for the competitors, parents and cheer leaders for coming along and supporting the fighters and the club.
There are a number of competitions coming up over the next few months, including a planned club-only beginners championships next month, please speak to one of the instructors for more information.
Committee Meeting Dates (All will be held @ Dojo HQ, 126 Whitby Street South, TS24 7LP, 7.30pm start:
January 29th (Pre-AGM)
March 12th AGM (for year Feb 2013 / Jan 2014)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
27th, 28th & 29th September 2013
The JKF-Wadokai is the ‘internationally renowned’ parent organisation that oversees Wadokai Karate. 8 members of the club recently attended the UK Master’s Course headed by Matsui Sensei and Takagi Sensei. To my knowledge, this is the first time so many of the high ranking Wadokai sensei have been to the UK. The visiting instructors were as follows:
Mr Hideho Takagi 8th Dan
Mr Chiaki Shimamoto 8th Dan
Mr Masamichi Shinohara 8th Dan
Mr Masohito Kitagawa 8th Dan
Mr Koichi Shimura 7th Dan
MrTamaki Sonoda 7th Dan
Mr Yoshinorio Matsui Chairman of the Board of Directors
These sorts of big events are a great opportunity to catch up with old friends from all over the world, and of course make new ones. Amy and I met up with quite a few people over the weekend who had at one time or another visited Takamasa Arakawa Sensei’ Shiramizu Dojo in Sugito Japan. One of these friends rightly described the course as a ‘facebook convention’ because it really was, we’re all connected online to so many Wado friends and colleagues and these big events bring everyone together to train under one roof. It was great to be able to meet some people who we’ve been connected to for years without ever meeting in person.
Over the long weekend we covered basics, basics and basics of Wadokai. Takagi Sensei explained a number of times that the fundamental movements are essential to move and strike correctly, and without solid basics, nothing else will work. It was effectively a standardisation course with the Sensei highlighting the key points of each movement. It’s important that all Wadokai clubs are teaching the way the JKF-Wadokai want us too, throughout the world and that we’re all continually developing ourselves to ‘become the best we can be’. The pace was at times tough, with calls of ‘faster faster’ reminding me of my earlier years in Karate.
Bob Nash Sensei (USA) was on hand throughout the weekend to translate and helped ensure everyone understood what was being said, often in a humorous way.
We’re pleased to say that the club had a successful weekend with the Dan Grading (Black Belt Examinations) with Lewis Muldown achieving his 1st Dan, Beth Gray her 2nd Dan and Carl Jorgeson his 4th Dan. All the attendees were also given attendance certificates to remember the prestigious event so we presented them last night at the club.
The course was very well attended with up to 200 students descending from all over the world. Hopefully this support will lead to more events of this type taking place in the UK, there is obviously a desire for them. This can only strengthen the Wadokai in this country and beyond.