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Sugasawa Sensei Course

Sugasawa

(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.

Tip of the Iceberg --- Image by © Ralph A. Clevenger/CORBIS

Tip of the Iceberg — Image by © Ralph A. Clevenger/CORBIS

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…

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Upcoming Events

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.

OCTOBER 2013

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).

 

NOVEMBER 2013

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

 

DECEMBER 2013

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