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.
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).
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
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
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:
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5-5.30pm, 3-5 years
5.30-6pm, 5-7 years
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5-5.30pm, 3-5 years
5.30-6pm, 5-7 years
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5-5.30pm, 3-5 years
5.30-6pm, 5-7 years
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5-5.30pm, 3-5 years
5.30-6pm, 5-7 years
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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 (email@example.com)
Or you can download the Little Ninja Flyer & Map September 2013
Here is the latest (I believe) update from the JKF-Wadokai hombu for the upcoming UK JKF-Wadokai Master’s course with Takagi Sensei et al. (We haven’t modified any of the files from the original email sent to us).
Not everyone can open the MS Excel folder with the Dan Grade syllabus info so I’ve included it (Here – JKF-Wadokai Dan Grade September 2013) in an MS word file.
Please contact us if you can’t open any of the above files and we’ll do our best to help. Good Luck to all those who will be grading at the end of the month.
14th July 2013
Every year we hold a club-only championship. Here are some of the photos of the event (reproduced with permission from the Codner family):
The event took place on one of the hottest days of the year and the judges were melting in their blazers but hey ho, the show must go on! There were some great performances in Kata and Kumite, with a great battle between Lewis & Joel in one of the final events of the day.
22nd June 2013
We had to reschedule the sponsored walk at the last minute because the heavy rain flooded our Dojo HQ. A lot of people decided to help clean up the building instead, and because so many people came along to help, we got tons done.
Anyway, back to the walk. We had a great turn out once again and the weather was mostly kind to us on the day, with the rain waiting until the end. Here are some photos from the walk:
We’d like to thank everyone who turned out and supported the club, raising funds for our annual club-only championships. The fund raising helps take the pressure off the club’s families by helping to keep entry costs to a minimal, whilst ensuring that the competition is of the highest quality.
I’m very very pleased to announce that the Hartlepool Wadokai Dojo HQ is now OPEN for business. It’s taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people, and cost a small fortune but the first classes will take place on Tuesday 27th & Friday 29th August 2013.
We are taking names for our Brand New ‘Little Ninja’ classes which are specially designed for 3-4yrs & 4-7yrs, we’re really excited about these classes because they cover FUNdamentals, include lots of key skills and games, and are basically a LOT of fun! (Contact Carl on 07984 798634 for details)
Their will also be lots of new classes launching in September, watch this space for more information…
The last Dojo HQ update was almost 7 weeks ago and yes, we should have been finished by now but… well, we’re not. Not yet. As with any project of this size, their have been some delays. The main one being the re-wire, we’re now into week 9 of what was quoted as a 2 week job and we’re likely to only get room 1 done before September with the current electrician. It’s been frustratingly slow but the delay essentially stopped ALL work for quite a number of weeks because we couldn’t finish walls etc… until the first fix was done. This has also caused us to lose some tradesmen that we’re due to start (joiner!) but couldn’t because the wiring wasn’t finished. As with most things, it’s faster to do jobs yourself and Sensei Michael has ended up jumping in to get a lot of the cables run etc… to speed the job along.
We’ve been working very hard getting as much done as possible and room 2, is very nearly done, but again, this can’t be finished fully until the Electrician has run the cables.
The electrician has been back on site over the past few days and we’ve started to gain some momentum again. The mains power will be switched on on Tuesday 16th July (if everything goes to plan).
Room 1 outstanding
We’ve got a few floor tiles to lay (needed cutting down first)
A little bit of skirting around the reception area
2 shelves added to built in storage
Bag/shoe storage fixed to the wall
New Ceiling tiles put in place (can’t be done until Electrician is finished with the lights & sockets)
Electrical Sockets put in place & wired up
Stair/office/homework room carpet
Lights/Water Heaters/Hand Dryers wired up in toilets
Doors to hang in toilets/changing rooms/office (Joiner will be doing this this week)
Room 2 outstanding
A few bits of wall to board up (once electrician has ran the wires), plaster & paint
Skirting board made/painted/fixed
Lights and sockets
Level patches of the concrete floor
Flooring laid for kitchen/seating area
As you can see, their isn’t actually very much to do. The past few weeks have been very frustrating but hopefully you can see by the photos that we’re almost there.
Saturday 18th May was originally going to be the clubs Annual Sponsored Walk. It was a day of torrential rain but that wouldn’t have ordinarily stopped the kids, parents and instructors at the club. In the past we’ve faced flooded lakes, hail storms and gale force winds but this was different.
The Dojo HQ got flooded… again! Though this time we actually figured out where the water was getting into the building because it was still raining outside. It was actually coming in through the new waste pipe that has just been installed for the toilets! Carl had to block the pipe with the only thing at hand – his hoodie! We cancelled/postponed the scheduled walk and instead diverted the troops to the HQ to clean up. It took just over an hour to mop everything up & assess the damage then we put people to work on the refurbishment (well, they were there….!).
Because we had so many people on site, we got tons done. More people turned up on the Sunday too so it was a very productive, but totally exhausting weekend with walls removed & rebuild. Tons of MDF/Chipboard walls built and plasterboard added over the top in room 2. Some of the walls were skimmed & painted too. The never ending painting of the ceiling in room 2 continued – this time with 3 people up three different scaffold towers to speed up the job.
The electrician still hasn’t started at all, we’ve had delays from a couple of sparky’s giving us quotes. It’s going to be the biggest single expense of the refurbishment so we need to make sure the specification is what we need and want, at a reasonable and affordable price.
Monday & Tuesday were designated ‘days of rest’ with (apart from cleaning up) no work being done on site. There have been a few meetings with contractors and local partner agencies though so progress is still being made.
Today we were working flat out. We patched up the damaged plasterboard in room 2, added chipboard sheets to make sure the kids don’t end up putting their fists through, then over boarded with fresh plasterboard sheets. We’ve skimmed the joints ready for light sanding tomorrow.
Lynne was carrying on painting the ceiling in room 2 too.
Sue has been busy painting & patching up some of the walls in room 1.
Finally, we have redesigned the changing rooms & toilets (again) and built some of the stud walls for the toilet block whilst the plumber ran the majority of the pipe work. Porcelain stuff should arrive tomorrow.
Tomorrow another kitchen gets removed so we can remove a few more old stud walls & get started on patching up one of the exterior walls.
Still on target for June 1st opening.
We had a bit of an unpleasant surprise this morning thanks to the heavy rain last night. We had a temporary swimming pool in the main training area, it was only a few cm deep but when that is EVERYWHERE you’re talking about a lot of water. (Lynne was taking pics but I haven’t got any as yet). Thankfully it was caused by a blocked drain at the back of the place, rather than the roof leaking (which would have caused a major delay).
This set us back a couple of hours but thankfully nothing has been damaged irreparably.
We’ve started prepping and painting the ceiling in room 2, it’s an awkward job because it’s a 20ft high ceiling & we keep getting tangled in the old wiring (which can’t be removed until the Sparky is on site).
We also collected 3 transit vans full of office equipment (chairs, room dividers, TFT monitors, white boards etc…) today, courtesy of Van Oord. All of this stuff had to be re-routed to be stored in my garage due to the flooding.
We’ve received 60x 2400x1200mm foil backed plasterboard sheets to board out room 2, which we will be starting tomorrow but the new toilets & basins have been delayed, arriving now on Friday instead of today.
The plumber is also starting on site tomorrow after a couple of days delay.
The second Sparky quote came in today (& it’s worse than the first!) so there is still a delay on the re-wire.
As some of our members may already know, we have been crazy busy behind the scenes lately. We’ve been working none stop on refurbishing a building to become the full time headquarters for the Karate club. This has been part of the club’s focus since it was started ten years ago and we’re finally making it a reality.
We got the keys on 1st May and we’ve already ripped out loads of stud walls, half the old plumbing, decorated tons and started the groundworks for the new changing rooms & toilets. Plumbers and Electricians are on standby to get stuck in re-wiring and plumbing the place in.
We’re ‘hoping’ to be open for business on 1st June, which, although very ambitious, is definitely achievable if everything goes to plan.
Here are some of the photo’s from the build…
For those that haven’t had a look around yet, just let us know when you’re free and we’ll give you the tour…
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!
This year’s Hartlepool Wadokai Open Karate Championships will take place on Sunday 17th March 2013. Download the entry form here
18th November 2012 – Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool.
This was not the biggest competition that we’ve ran by any stretch of the imagination but with 112 competitor entries it was still big enough for the competitors to get some experience. We ran two areas and the officials did a great job as usual, they even managed to shave an hour off my guestimated finish time. We were all done and dusted by 1.15pm which meant a nice short day for everyone concerned.
The feedback has been really positive, especially since a lot of kids took away some great trophies in addition to the usual medals.
I’d like to personally thank everyone who came along and supported us this year, competitors, parents, instructors – I know it’s sometimes tough to get to and support everything that we’d like to but it really is appreciated.
The club recently held it’s September grading at Owton Manor Primary School.
Congratulations to the following:
- Cameron Craig, 8th Kyu
- Taslima Begum, 8th Kyu
- Will Davidson, 9th Kyu
- Joshua Blenkinsop, 9th Kyu
- Joshua Scott, 9th Kyu
- Niel Codner, 9th Kyu
- Luke O’Connor, 9th Kyu
The next club grading will be held in early December.
Friday 5th October – This was my son Perrin’s first Karate class as Amy brought him in to see some of his Karate brothers and sisters. With both his parents and two of his grand parents (pictured) all being Karate instructors its highly likely that he’s not going to want to do Karate at all when he’s older 🙂
This turned out to be one of the biggest club gradings we’ve had for quite a while with 30 students grading. Grades ranged from 9th Kyu right through to 1st Kyu keeping the instructors on their toes. Congratulations to everyone who graded tonight, some good performances to see:
As always, there’s plenty to keep working on, especially for the next belt. Keep up the hard work guys… Especially the trio who will now be working towards their Black Belt!
Yesterday our little town on the North East coast of England was privileged to host the 2012 London Olympic Torch Relay as it makes its way around the UK. This is a fantastic was of generating interest in the Olympic Games and is a great way of raising peoples aspirations, especially the younger ones – some of whom will no doubt be future Olympians themselves.
Hartlepool Borough Council had organised the festivities which included a number of live bands etc… at the Maritime Experience on the Marina. This was a huge success with claims of up to 23,000 people, (including 6,000 at the Marina) lining the torch route through the town. This support is fantastic and shows how important sport is to everyone – even those that don’t take part themselves.
It was also great that the inspire athletes were all invited as VIP’s to the event, they were introduced on stage by the Hartlepool Mayor, Mr Stuart Drummond who gave a brief overview of each athletes competition successes – the highlight obviously being Savanna Marshall who is a member of the 2012 GB Olympic Team and favourite for Women’s Boxing. Our club also had two of it’s own represented there, with Sensei Amy and Jasmin who are both part of the inspire program.
For those of you that don’t know, the inspire program is a photography exhibition of successful female athletes from a variety of sports which include Regional, National, European, International and Olympic medal winners. The exhibition will be featured in the Hartlepool Art Gallery and across all the local schools, all of which will help ‘inspire’ more girls/women into sport.
There were opportunities to get some iconic photos too, including with a 1948 London Olympic Torch too!
Thank you to all the organisers, the torch bearers and the crowds for contributing to the electric atmosphere…
Tonight was the ‘Hartlepool Sport Council’ Annual Awards evening, an evening which had a number of local sporting personalities, coaches and ‘rising stars’ from many different disciplines being presented with well… awards. Their was a real mix represented from grass roots performers, right through to a member of the 2012 British Olympic Team, Savannah Marshall (Boxing) who was presented with the ‘Sports Personality of the Year Award’.
Congratulations to both Jasmin Langley & Bailey Reed who were presented with well deserved ‘Rising Star‘ awards after their performances at last year’s Wadokai European Championships, and Carl Jorgeson, who was presented with the ‘Sport Coach of the Year‘ award.
Thank you to the organisers and congratulations to everyone who received an award.
Well done to the five boys who passed their white & red belt grade on Friday. This is a free introductory belt for our younger kids, it includes a combination of static punches and kicks and my favourite part, the kids have to be able to sit down with their legs crossed, hands on their knees without talking… For 30 seconds. Sounds easy but not all youngsters can manage it. We started with this belt test in our after school clubs and have introduced it to our main club due to its success. It’s really good because sometimes the 9th kyu test is too demanding for kids who are still learning their left from right… The next full club grading will be held on Monday 25th June. Please speak to a club official for more information.
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