In March we ran the North East Open Karate Championships in Darlington. This was one of the largest Karate events ever held in the North East with over 1000 people attending, and teams entering from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, many of these being children. These high profile events will get bigger and better every year.
We are seeking sponsors and therefore partners to be part of these prestigious Karate events including the North East Open and the Tyne & Wear championships at Nissan. This is a fantastic opportunity for your business to support the local community and gain excellent exposure of your brand. With Karate earmarked as an Olympic sport from 2020 this is an exciting time to get involved as a sponsor. We also have additional prestigious events coming up, including International championships which you could become involved in.
We are offering a number of different sponsorship opportunities, depending on your budget, which start from as little as £50 per event.
‘Monsoon’ hoarding examples (below), and planned layout (above)
Hartlepool Wadokai is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club meaning that any donations are also tax deductible. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Hartlepool Wadokai’, BACS info can be provided upon request.
If you would like to discuss these options in further detail, or would like any more information then please contact me directly on 07984 798634, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very passionate about making Karate a fantastic spectator sport, and running the best national and international events in the world, with the best referees and the best athletes. We look forward to working with you, The K is on the way!
Sponsorship opportunities available:
Championship Sponsorship (Non-Exclusive)
Championship Sponsorship (Exclusive)
Sunday 28th June 2015
On Sunday the club entered four athletes (Harvey, Joe H, Paul and Lewis) into the TASK Open at Billingham Forum. The lads didn’t disappoint with all performing well and all bringing back trophies…
Photo courtesy of Ian White
Joe Hind – Silver Kata, Silver Pairs Kata, Bronze Kumite, Gold Team Kumite
Harvey Kerridge – Silver Pairs Kata,
Paul White – Gold Kumite
Lewis Muldown – Gold Kata, Silver Kumite
Joe lost his Kata final to a European champion, nothing wrong with that… Paul had a tough first round draw, losing to the category champion and no repercharge. Harvey lost in the third round to one of the category finalists, just missing out on a medal place. Lewis met Wadokai England team mate Rebecca Boakes (Sakura Karate Academy) in the semi’s before going on to secure Gold.
Joe lost in the Kumite semi’s against the same lad who beat him in the Kata final, score was tied 4-4, but Joe lost out at Hantai (judges decision), but he must have impressed, because he was asked to join his fight team later on in the day – where they won Team Gold! Harvey unfortunately didn’t get through the rounds due to Hantai going against him. Paul didn’t drop any points on the way to his Kumite final, which he took Gold in.
Thanks to Graham for looking after the athletes and Rachel for the real-time updates whilst Amy and I were at our friends engagement party.
(Photo borrowed from the Leeds Wadokai facebook page)
Saturday 27th June 2015
Over the weekend several members (Beth, Roy, Lewis, Carl) of Hartlepool Wadokai were able to train with Sugasawa Sensei, one of the original students of the late Wado Ryu founder Ohtsuka Sensei. The course was planned to only include a small number of students to ensure maximum opportunities for feedback from Sensei. I would like to particularly thank Mark Gallagher for arranging and hosting the course, and of course for the invite, it’s always nice to have (relatively) local events, especially with the Wado greats.
Sugasawa Sensei explains Wado principles in detail and links even the most basic of warm up exercises to the art. It’s also interesting to see the differences and similarities of Wado-Kai and Wado-Ryu, despite having the same origin. I always come away from training with him feeling humbled, but massively enthusiastic at how much there is still to learn and how we often just scratch the surface of Wado in our general training.
As always when training with Sugasawa Sensei, I had a few ‘lightbulb’ moments when elements of my own private training and study linked perfectly with what was discussed or demonstrated.
“Don’t waste your training” (Ohtsuka Sensei)
It was a shame that we couldn’t stay over for the full weekend course but our club has such a busy calendar that there are always clashes. It was good to have chance to grab a coffee and have a chat before we headed back to the far North. I think the Hartlepool Youth (Beth, Roy, Lewis) were dazed and confused about some of the Wado history discussion taking place, but I really could have stayed and chatted all night. Very interesting stuff.
Sensei Keith Walker also brought along some old UKKW newsletters, most were older than I am! There were some really interesting articles about ‘best practise’, correct warm-ups and possibly the first ever article on Karate fight analysis – exactly the same as what I wrote my Dissertation on, if only I’d known about the article then.
Looking forward to the next one now…
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
This website is a fantastic resource for administrators, it’s basically a ‘one stop shop’ for policies and procedures and can be used at any level, club, regional or national.
I’ve personally referenced the resources during my Sports Coaching Degree but more importantly, I’ve used it extensively when updating any of our Hartlepool Wadokai policies and procedures. Like any good policies, they need updating from time to time to stay relevant (and legal).
There is a lot of paperwork needed when running anything these days and a lot of it is very important, especially in the case of litigation. With that in mind I’d highly recommend anyone setting up a sports club, or association (or even an informal group) to have a look at the site, it’s very user-friendly and even has templates that can be customised. Simples.
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.
None of these courses are hosted by Hartlepool Wadokai BUT they are ALL very highly recommended.
Shimura Sensei is the General Secretary of the JKF-Wadokai, and along with Katsube Sensei is a student of Arakawa Toru Sensei.
Ohgami Sensei is one of the top resident Japanese instructors in Europe, based in Sweden and author of several Wado Karate books.
Takagi Sensei is the Chairman of JKF-Wadokai Technical Committee, and the instructor of Arakawa Takamasa Sensei – who Amy and I trained with in Japan.
I really hope people can attend these events, and support our fellow Wadokai clubs.
Hartlepool Wadokai’ last Karate session of the year will be Wednesday 21st December. Classes will resume as normal from Friday 6th January 2012.
Sunday 4th December, Aiwakai FREE members course, Alfreton Leisure Centre.
This is a free training course with Sakagami Sensei for all Aiwakai licence holders. All club members are welcome to attend the course (take your licence with you) but you will have to make your own travel arrangements. Also, please inform a club instructor before attending.
Friday 9th December, Last class of the year at Throston Primary School
Monday 12th December, Hartlepool Wadokai Club Grading, Owton Manor Primary School, 6-8pm
All students with the required number of tags will be able to grade provided their attendance has been sufficient. An ‘application to grade’ form must be completed.
Wednesday 14th December, Last classes of the year at Owton Manor Primary School
5-6pm – kids beginners, normal class
6-7pm – family class, last training session of the year.
7-8pm – NO competition class today.
Friday 16th December, Last classes of the year at Belle Vue
6-7pm – kids beginners
7-8.30pm – kids advanced
Saturday 17th December, Hartlepool Wadokai End of Year Training Course & Christmas Party, Belle Vue Sports Centre
12-2pm – FREE training course for ALL students.
3-5pm – Kids Christmas Party. Tickets are £3 each, this includes a free selection box. Family and friends are also welcome to come along (as long they get tickets 🙂 ).
7pm onwards – Adult social, all welcome…
Friday6th January 2012, Belle Vue Classes re-start, Belle Vue Sports Centre
6-7pm – kids beginners, normal class
7-8.30pm – kids beginners, normal class
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.
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!
This entry form is for our clubs JUNIOR Inter Club Championships that we’ll be hosting on Sunday 27th November at the Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU.
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.
The 2012 Hartlepool Wadokai events calendar is now available to download from the link below:
All events, venues & times have been confirmed unless otherwise stated. Please take the time to copy any relevant events into your diary to avoid missing out.
Last weekend a number of club members were in Lisbon, Portugal for the 38th European Wadokai Karate Championships. They were selected as part of the 50 strong Wadokai England Karate Team. The Hartlepool competitors were Carl Jorgeson, Amy Jorgeson, Jasmin Langley & Bailey Reed. They were supported by Sensei Lynne Jorgeson & Sensei Michael Jorgeson who were both Refereeing & Judging at the event and also a number of parents.
The entire England Team performed very well and brought back over 60 medals in all (awaiting exact medal count), the four Hartlepool Wadokai competitors brought back an impressive 14 medals between them. They were 7 GOLD, 2 SILVER, 5 BRONZE.
GOLD – INDIVIDUAL KATA, BOYS, 12-13YRS
GOLD – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, BOYS, 12-13YRS
GOLD – TEAM KATA, BOYS, 12-13YRS
SILVER – TEAM KUMITE, BOYS, 12-13YRS
GOLD – TEAM KATA, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
SILVER – TEAM KUMITE, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KATA, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
GOLD – TEAM KATA, FEMALE, 18YRS+
GOLD – TEAM KUMITE, FEMALE, 18YRS+
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, FEMALE, 18YRS+, -60KG
GOLD – TEAM KATA, MALE, 18YRS+
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, MALE, 18YRS+, +84KG
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KATA, MALE, 18YRS+
Us coaches believed that Bailey & Jasmin both had the potential to medal at the event, despite this being their first ever European Championships (or they wouldn’t have been selected) but we were obviously very pleased with the actual results. Both competitors were tasked to train 15-20 hours a week for the past 6 months in preparation, then weekend training camps and competitions on top so they definitely deserve their massive medal haul.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of the club members who helped raise funds for the event and also to the other club members who formed an integral part of the athlete support network by keeping the four of us motivated, pushed us that little bit further and gave us a beating when we were too slow in fight training! I’d also like to thank the Sports Coaching staff at Hartlepool College of Further Education for their training advice and the use of their world class Cryospa which all helped to get us older competitors fit for the event.
Not wanting to take this result for granted, we’ve already started planning for next year’s European Championships which are looking to be held in Italy (Rome or Venice). Over the coming months we’ll be pre-selecting potential Hartlepool Wadokai students who can then try for the Wadokai England Team. If you would like to be considered for the squad next year then you should speak to Carl or Amy as soon as possible.
Individual Mugshots of the competitors, and Podium pictures from today’s Club-Only Championships.
…Action shots will follow
This short video in the Men’s Open Weight shows how my first ever entry into the Wado World Cup may have come to a startling halt before it even begins due to this short fight. It took place yesterday at the South Yorkshire Open Championships. This competition was supposed to be a last minute ‘check up’ competition to see how the final preparations for Japan are going, and to get some ‘builds’ to work on for the big event in two weeks time. I didn’t expect a trip to A & E (Accident & Emergency).
I can’t actually straighten my leg at the minute and I’m on crutches, but I’m feeling optimistic. I’ve got a great team of physio’s behind me and Amy is making me cups of tea so I’ll be fighting fit in a few days…
…now for the fight analysis.
11 year old Lewis was recently awarded the Sports Personality of the Year award for his achievements in karate at St Aidens Primary School in Hartlepool.
Lewis has worked hard for this award and his dedication to karate is inspiring. Just last week he wanted to pull out of his end of year school concert because the performance clashed with training. I’m pleased that his mother didn’t let him!
keep up the good work Lewis….