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Hartlepool Wadokai 10th Birthday Party

15th June 2013

We’ve had quite a busy few months with us opening our own full time Dojo headquarters, so this post has been delayed a little.

The club has recently celebrated it’s tenth anniversary with a huge party at the Belle Vue social club. We were joined by loads of past and present students and some of our friends from the wider Karate world too. Here are some of the photo’s from the night:

It was a really good party, and as always, it was great to get lots of our students, friends and families together for a bit of a social. George and Nick once again did a great job with the disco (as you can see from the packed dance floor!). The next club social will be our Halloween party on Thursday 31st October at Dojo HQ, tickets are available now (£3 each).

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Dojo progress report

 

 

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.


Dojo HQ update…

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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.


Dojo HQ update…

 

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.

 


Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Championships – Results & Gallery

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.

Download the  RESULTS (MS Word, 147KB), RESULTS in PDF format (137KB)


Club Grading

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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:

9th Kyu

Dion Lee

Harry Newbury

8th Kyu

Simon White

Chris Hill

Callum Pedley

Rema Uddin

Connor Shepherd

Daniel Shaw

Leyton Davis

Dominic Cox

Nicole McMillan

Jacob Hodgson

Tyler Vaughan

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7th Kyu

Megan Spires

Mollie Cooper

Khushru Khasimai

Joseph Flounders

Oakley Lindridge

Olivia Lindridge

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6th Kyu

Rebecca Caygill

Jack Solomon

5th Kyu

Daniel Spires

Connor Butterfield

Bailey Lindridge

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3rd Kyu

Phil Salmons

2nd Kyu

Roy Salmons

Daniel White

1st Kyu

Jasmin Langley

Lewis Muldown

Joel Copeman

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!


Hartlepool Wadokai Beginners Karate Championships

Saturday 23rd June 2012 – Hartlepool College of Further Education

This was only our second ever competition exclusively for our beginners. The event was held to be a stepping stone to some of our bigger competitions that we now run annually and was designed to be a low key affair, with none of the bells and whistles that we usually have at our events. We didn’t want to intimidate our inexperienced competitors. The event was also used as a training opportunity for our cadets to get some judging practise in. They all worked hard throughout the day and we’d like to thank them once again for their efforts.

The event started at 11am with Sensei Amy putting all the competitors through their paces, going over the kata moves they would need during the day. Overall the competition was quite relaxed, and we took our time between categories so that the young competitors could get themselves ready. Before the Kumite (fighting) categories started, we had an exhibition match between two of our Wadokai England squad members, Lewis and Phil. And Chris gave a demo of the Kick Master Kumite too.

 

It was great to see some great potential in the young-lings, with some as young as five years old already moving around the mat like they own the place. I think the future is bright for our club.

 

Results:

KA1 – Kata, White Belts, White & Red Belts

1st – Harry Newbury

2nd – Alfie Ogden

3rd – Sarah Shears

3rd – AJ Murray

 

KA2 – Kata, Red Belts

1st – Connor Shepherd

2nd – Tyler Vaughan

3rd – Jacob Hodgson

3rd – Leyton Davis

 

KA3 – Kata, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

1st – Oakley Lindridge

2nd – Khushru Khasimai

3rd – Jack Solomon

3rd – Joseph Flounders

 

KA4 – Kata, Seniors

1st – Chris Lindridge

2nd – Roy Salmons

 

KM1 – Kick Master Kumite,

White & Red Belts

1st – Joshua Martindale

2nd – Alfie Ogden

3rd – AJ Murray

3rd – Will Davidson

 

KM2 – Kick Master Kumite, Red Belts, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

1st –  Rebecca Caygill

2nd – Joseph Flounders

3rd – Leyton Davis

3rd – Khushru Khasimai

 

KU1 – Kumite, White Belts,

White & Red Belts

1st – Harry Nebury

2nd – Harvey Allicante

3rd – Sarah Shears

3rd – AJ Murray

 

KU2 – Kumite, Red Belts

1st – Callum Pedley

2nd – Connor Shepherd

3rd – Jacob Hodgson

3rd – Tyler Vaughan

 

KU3 – Kumite, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

1st – Oakley Lindridge

2nd – Abby Laidler

3rd – Rebecca Caygill

3rd – Khushru Khasimai

 

I know that some of the kids were disappointed that they didn’t manage to get medals, or they didn’t get as far as they’d hoped, but sadly, not everyone can win. I personally think that you can learn just as much from losing as you can from winning, perhaps even more and I was sure to remind all the competitors of this before we let them go home.

 

Finally, I’d like to thank all of the parents and students for entering the competition (especially on the same weekend as a club grading!), and all of the club officials and volunteers who helped fetch and carry the equipment (the dedicated few!) and also the Hartlepool Sporting Association and Hartlepool College of Further Education for the use of a fantastic venue.


Throston Primary School ‘Olympic’ Fun Day

 

 


Olympic Torch in Hartlepool (2)

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…


Olympic Torch in Hartlepool

Olympic Torch Route through Hartlepool TODAY 🙂

There will be a lunchtime community celebration when the torch arrives at Hartlepool?s Maritime Experience (HME), Marina Way at 11.51am on Sunday 17 June.

As well as street theatre, jugglers and stilt walkers, an entertainment programme has been confirmed to perform on stage at HME?s car park? all for free!

Check out the Link below for further info; http://www.thisishartlepool.co.uk/whats-on/olympic-torch-in-hartlepool.asp

(Text and Image were reproduced from: https://www.facebook.com/hartlepool)


Hartlepool Sport Council Awards

 

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.


The K is on the way…!!!

 

I think the poster is self explanatory BUT in case you don’t get it, the Karate community are looking at getting the sport into the Olympics for 2020, which means that a lot of our young competitors could be serious contenders for the British Olympic Team! And why not? Karate is one of the most popular sports in the world with Sport England highlighting that Karate has four times as many known participants than Judo and two and a half times as many as Taekwondo (Active People Survey 5, 2011), both of these are Olympic Sports already.

You can visit www.thekisontheway.com to pledge your support to this campaign.


World Wide… Blog

The blog has been viewed regularly in 77 countries since February this year, and when I checked earlier (like you do) it was also the number 1 blog when searching for ‘wado blog’ on Google.com or Google.co.uk. If you’re a bit of a geek like me you’ll appreciate that that’s pretty cool.

 


Hartlepool Borough Council Olympic Inspire Program

There are only 206 days until the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games and 239 days for the start of the Paralympic Games. Over the next few months I’m sure it’ll be easy to get caught up in the media hype with most politicians, business types, media moguls and the like wanting to cash-be associated in some way with this fantastic showcase of some of the worlds greatest Sporting champions.

Hartlepool Borough Council have recognised that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ‘inspire’ a generation to take part, and excel in sport and recreation. To this end they have launched their own Inspire Exhibition which showcases the wealth of female sporting superstars in the town including our club’s very own Amy Jorgeson (nee Coulson) – See above.

These posters will be featured across the town, the local art gallery and of course the local schools. On top of this, the athletes may be visiting the local schools to talk to students and ‘inspire’ them to get involved and perhaps even running training sessions for the students!

 


Club update – January 2012 (1)

I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and New Year break.
Re-Start Dates
All Karate classes at Belle Vue re-start from Friday 6th January and Owton Manor re-start from Monday 9th January. Throston After School re-starts from Friday 13th January.

Training Course
We’ve also got a Start of Year Course on Saturday 16th January at Belle Vue Sports Centre, 12-3pm, £5.00. Open to all club members. – This is a great way of getting rid of the cob webs from the holidays.

Club Membership – Important
Club membership renewal forms will be handed out over the next few weeks, these need to be completed in full (to ensure all details are up to date) and returned with the renewal fee by the end of the month. Everyone will then be issued with an information pack with all important info relating to the club (policies etc…) that we follow, including guidelines on what you do if you’ve got complaints, questions, ideas etc… The renewal fee is £10pa, there will be a pro-rata payment for those who have became members within the last 12 months.

Competition – For advanced grades only, 11 years+
There is an English Karate Federation Kyu Grade Competition on Sunday 22nd January in Sheffield, the club has arranged a mini bus as transport (thanks to Hartlepool College of FE). Any students wanting to enter need to pay the relevant entry fees (& £10 transport cost) on Friday 6th January, No exceptions. I know this is short notice but the closing date is Saturday 7th. Download the full entry form for information only, parents and students  can not submit entries themselves, they must go through the club. If you have any questions about this then give me a call as soon as possible (07984 798634).

The above information should have been delivered to our members via email, if you didn’t receive yours then please contact us.

2012 at Hartlepool Wadokai

Last year was a very busy, but very successful year for the club with a very many people achieving their individual goals.

All of this was done thanks to the support of the club instructors, committee, volunteers and other support staff at the club. Most importantly though, it was down to the students (& their parents) buying into the strong work ethic at the club. Our students proved that through working hard you achieve results.

Before we re-start, I’d like our students to think about what they would like to achieve this year through training at the club. Do you have a goal weight to reach? Do you want to get the next belt? Learn the next kata? The next part of this is How are you going to achieve that goal? And how much time are you realistically going to be able to commit to achieving it?

We’ll be talking about this in more detail over the first few sessions of the year to see how we can help you.

2012 will be another good year with lots of great things planned.

I look forward to getting stuck back in to training from the 6th, see you all then…


Hartlepool Wadokai End of Year Training Course & Kids Christmas Party

Today we held our End of Year Training course followed by our Kids Christmas Party to finish off a very busy, but very successful year for the club. We had 44 students turn up for the free training course and a staggering 92 kids (& a stack of parents) for the party! By far the best attendance we’ve had for a club event so far.

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I’d like to personally thank the instructors, students, committee, parents and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication over 2011. Also, a massive thank you to all the parents who donated raffle prizes and last but not least, to George Gowland for another great Disco (accompanied by Luke & Nick’s band!).

Training Course

This course has became something of a club tradition since Carl & Amy came back from training in Japan, with the course content being copied from Arakawa Sensei Shiramizu dojo’ End of year course.  After a thorough warm-up led by Sensei Amy, all the students completed a mammoth 1000 punches (of various types) and gruelling 1000 kicks. The Pee Wee’s especially showed fantastic spirit throughout! We finished off the session with a few Kata and a group shot (minus instructors).

Christmas Party

We held this party in a big sports hall because we had so many kids coming along. The Disco was provided by George Gowland (Tel: 07970 697779) and he was accompanied by Luke & Nick’s band, who played a 30min set to finish off the party. Catering was provided by Sensei Lynne, Michelle Butterfield and few other dedicated parents (Vicki, the flap jacks were my favourite {hint hint}).

During the party we also gave out a number of awards:

Cheerleader of the Year award 2011 – Miss Caroline Wilson

European Championships Awards – Jasmin Langley & Bailey Reed

Student of the Year 2011  – Roy Salmons


2012 Competition Calendar

SUN 22nd JANUARY – EKF Kyu Grade Championships, Sheffield (Selected students only)

SAT 4th FEBRUARY – Hartlepool Wadokai Junior/Beginner Club-Only Championships, Hartlepool (All members, grades TBC)

SUN 5th FEBRUARY – Wellbeck Invitational Championships, Loughborough (All members, 12-30yrs Kata; 13-30yrs Kumite)

SUN 4th MARCH – Chojinkai Children’s & Cadet’s Championships, Penrith (All members, 6-17yrs)

SUN 18th MARCH – Hartlepool Wadokai Inter-Club Karate Champonships, Brierton Sports Centre, Hartlepool (All members)

SAT 21st & SUN 22nd APRIL – EKF National Championships, Sheffield

SUN 13th MAY – Aiwakai National Invitational Championships, Alfreton

SUN 8th JULY – CEWKA Championships, Birmingham

SUN 19th AUGUST – South Yorkshire Championships

SUN 30th SEPTEMBER – Hon Yoso Kai Championships, Worcester

SUN 14th OCTOBER – Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Championships, Hartlepool

3rd & 4th NOV  – Wadokai European Championships, Venice, Italy

SUN 18th NOVEMBER – Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Championships, Hartlepool (All members, 5-18yrs)

In addition to the above dates, some other events might be added (e.g. British) depending upon squad commitment to training and ability. Competitors wanting to select for the Wadokai England Squad in 2012 should put ALL of the above dates into their diaries.

Those students ‘serious’ about competition should attend the weekly Squad Session (Wednesday 7-8pm).


Self Defence

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For the past six weeks we’ve been running a Self Defence course for teenagers at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

All the students involved took to the program very positively and we were able to progress through very basic one-to-one scenarios through to dealing with groups.

We spent a lot of time working on overcoming the initial ‘flinch-freeze’ response when under pressure coupled with various body manipulations and strikes.

We also covered ‘Awareness & Avoidance’ and the ‘Fight or Flight’ response.

In all it was a good introductory course and will hopefully give the attendees more confidence.

We’ve given each of the attendees a free months trial at our community classes for January so we hope they take up the offer.


Fitness Testing Part 1

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Today Amy and Carl had the (dis)pleasure of taking part in some fitness tests at Teesside University. These formed part of Sensei Vince’ final year of his Sports Coaching & Exercise Degree. After a brief warm-up we worked on a bike which was hooked up to a computer which gave incremental resistance for a shattering 30 seconds. Our legs felt like jelly afterwards. Next was a ‘sit & reach’ test, grip test and as the photo above shows a vertical jump test.

We’ll publish  the results on here when we get them.

Carl was particularly pleased with his jump results but the lab technician decided the results must be dodgy because the score was similar to what pro basketball players get… hmmm…

A number of other club members are also taking part in the tests over the next few weeks too. It will be interesting to see the final results.


Hartlepool Wadokai Club Grade

Tonight we had a Club Grading at Owton Manor Primary School. We’re pleased to announce that everyone was successful and most are now the proud owners of shiny new belts just before Christmas!

We had the students have a serious pose and then the ‘Karate kid’ pose :-p

9th Kyu

  • Andrew Cronin
  • George Hunter
  • Scott Harrison
  • Zachary Shears
  • Cameron Craig
  • Nicole McMillan
  • Damon Crawford
  • Rema Uddin
  • Taslima Begum
  • Heike Schaessburger

8th Kyu

  • Sashenka Lindridge
  • Velda Cowan
  • Leah McKenzie

7th Kyu

  • Jack Solomon
  • Abby Laidler
  • Adam Cowan
  • Chris Lindridge

6th Kyu

  • Bailey Lindridge
  • Daniel Spires
  • Tommy Beer

4th Kyu

  • Bailey Reed

2nd Kyu

  • Lewis Muldown

1st Kyu

  • Luke Dawkins

 


Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Karate Championships

Today was the Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Karate Championships. The event was held at the Belle Vue Sports Centre in Hartlepool and had almost 250 competitor entries from 11 clubs attending.

We started the day a few minutes behind schedule at approx 10:10am but by 2:10pm, all events were done and dusted. For this I’d like to personally thank ALL the officials and volunteers who made the day go so smoothly, and also the competitors and parents for being great sports throughout. I’d also like to personally congratulate Askam Karate Club for achieving a fantastic FIVE bronze medals in their FIRST EVER competition! Please click here to download the full results.

We’re missing a few podium shots for some reason (KA9 – 3rd Kyu + Kata, 16-18yrs; KU3 – Kumite, Male 10-12yrs; KU8 – Kumite Female 16-18yrs). If anyone has these can you please send me them?

I’d like to once again thank everyone for attending and hope to see you all at our Full Inter-Club Championships in March 2012.

Regards,

Carl


New Hartlepool Black Belts

Last weekend members of the club headed down to Alfreton for a training course with Okumachi Sensei, 6th Dan JKF-Wadokai and a further two days with Sakagami Sensei, Peter May, Keith Walker and Lee Minion. The session on Saturday was also lead by Okumachi Sensei who had a little bit of extra time before his flight and decided to stick around and teach some more. The Sunday was a further opportunity to run through the elements of the Dan Grade (Black Belt Test) that hadn’t already been covered over the previous two days. The actual test took place after the training.

The Hartlepool folk with Okumachi Sensei on Saturday (Jasmin & Bailey also trained with Sensei on the Friday evening)

It was a long weekend, and all the training (except the test) took place on a typical concrete sports hall floor so by the end of everything our bodies were aching.

A massive congratulations must go to Sensei Michael Jorgeson who was finally coerced into taking his 2nd Dan – after almost 20 years of being 1st Dan! Also, a massive well done to Sensei Vince Dawkins and Beth Gray who have just become our latest Black Belts. They’ve both put in a lot of work over the past 12 months and beyond to get ready for the test and it showed. High Five!!!

Pictures will follow…


November & December Karate Events

As always at the club we’ve got an action packed month, with tons of events going on for our members.

Friday 4th November, 7-10pm – Okumachi Sensei Kata Course, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Derbyshire

This course is highly recommended to anyone interested in the standardised JKF-Wadokai Kata. I train with Okumachi Sensei as often as possible as he’s a fantastic Wadokai technician, I always come away learning tons! Hartlepool Wadokai classes are running as normal.

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November,  Aiwakai Way to Excellence Course & Dan Grading, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Derbyshire

The club has four people taking their Dan Grade (Black Belt) tests this weekend in Alfreton. The weekend training course is led by Sakagami Sensei, supported by Peter May, Keith Walker and (maybe… not sure) Sensei Lee Minion too. It’s a good chance to immerse yourself in Karate for a full weekend. Speak to one of the instructors for more information.

Wednesday 9th November,  7-9pm, Hartlepool Wadokai AGM, Owton Manor Primary School

The Annual General Meeting for Hartlepool Wadokai, all members (16yrs+) welcome to attend.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November, Sugosawa Sensei Seminar, Leeds

A fantastic opportunity to train with one of the original Japanese instructors who came to the UK all those years ago. Some of the club instructors had the opportunity to train with Sensei in January and thoroughly enjoyed it and as expected learnt tons! We’re very much looking forward to training with him again this month.

Sunday 13th November, English Karate Federation Referee Course, West Midlands

A number of the club instructors will be attending this Referee course in the West Midlands (a 400 mile round trip!) as part of their Referee training.

Sunday 27th November, Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Invitational Karate Championships, Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU

This is our first JUNIOR Inter-Club championships and we’re planning on it being a small friendly inter-club. It’ll be a great chance for those new to competitions to get some experience, and for those more experienced to get some ‘mat time’.

HW Inter-Club Entry Form 27.11.11 – For Hartlepool Wadokai members only.

Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR InterClub Championships 27.11.2011 – Full entry form for club instructors only.

The closing date for ALL entries & fees is Monday 21st November 2011 – no exceptions.

DECEMBER

Saturday 3rd December, 10-6pm, Hartlepool Wadokai Club Grading Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU

Please speak to an instructor for more information.

Sunday 4th December, 12-3pm, Aiwakai FREE General Training Course, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Derbyshire

This course is FREE to all Aiwakai licence holders and will be led by Sakagami Sensei. Please speak to an instructor for more information.

Saturday 17th December, Hartlepool Wadokai ‘End of Year’ Training Course & Kids Christmas Party, Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU

12-2pm, FREE Training Course;

3-5pm, Kids Christmas Party;

7pm Onwards, Adult Social Event – all parents invited!

The Training is FREE so ALL students are requested to attend, the party costs £3 each and will include a Disco and a Selection box for each child, siblings and friends are also invited. Parents are required to supervise their own children or make arrangements amongst themselves for children to be supervised for the duration.