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!!!
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.
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
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
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.
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…
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!