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Karate Coaching Qualifications

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

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

The instructors are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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…


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.


Best Practise – How to do it right

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.

http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/

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.


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.

 


Upcoming Wado Master’s Courses

 

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.
 


December 2011

Hartlepool Wadokai’ last Karate session of the year will be Wednesday 21st December. Classes will resume as normal from Friday 6th January 2012.

DECEMBER EVENTS

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 DecemberHartlepool 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 DecemberLast classes of the year at Belle Vue
6-7pm – kids beginners
7-8.30pm – kids advanced

Saturday 17th DecemberHartlepool 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


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.

Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Championships – ENTRY FORM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


2012 Karate Calendar

The 2012 Hartlepool Wadokai events calendar is now available to download from the link below:

HW Calendar 2012

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.