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Wadokai England – Selections part 3

Saturday 11th July 2015

The final Wadokai England selections have been completed today in Leicester. Our guys were all selecting for Team or Pairs Kata to compete at the Federation European Wadokai Championships in Budapest in October. Carl (along with Sensei  Mick Ryde from Ripley) was also mirror judging the final Kumite selections and a giant Team Kumite match made up of 18 of the England fighters heading to Japan in a few weeks for the Wado World Cup.

Well done to Lewis Muldown who has maintained his positions on the squad from last year, well done to Joe F who maintained his Kumite position and also got selected for individual and Team Kata. Also a massive high five to both Joe H and Harvey on being selected to the Wadokai England team for the first time.

  • Joe Flounders – Selected for individual Kata, Team Kata, individual Kumite
  • Joe Hind – Selected for individual Kata, Team Kata
  • Harvey Kerridge – Selected for Pairs Kata, individual Kumite
  • Lewis Muldown – Selected for individual Kata, Team Kata, individual Kumite

Unfortunately, both Paul White and Daniel Spires were unsuccessful this time around in the very competitive 14-15 year category, this was possibly made more difficult by being a Wado World Cup year. Daniel also stepped up to this age group this year after winning 12-13 year Male Team Kata Gold at last year’s European Championships in Reading, this is Paul’s first year of training and competing with the squad.

As you can expect, this is disappointing for them both, especially given all the hard work they’ve put into their Karate this year and their successes in recent championships. Thankfully they are tough lads, and they know that this is just one small part of what they train so hard for.They will therefore bounce back from this with more focus and determination in their training, no doubt twice as hard as previously. Both, along with most of the other lads above will continue working towards the British Karate Federation Championships early in September and a number of other events after that.

Well done guys, no rest though as we have our Club-Only Summer Championships tomorrow at the Dojo. See you then.


England call up for World Cup

2015 is Wado World Cup year, this championship only comes around every 5 years and is held in Japan.
The 2010 event saw both Sensei Amy & Sensei Carl compete as part of the Wadokai England squad. Sensei Amy brought back two very well deserved BRONZE medals for her efforts, and thus helped England place a respectable 4th (if I remember correctly) in the medal tally. (Carl ended up pulling out of both Kata & Kumite events through injury).

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This time around we have one of our students competing with the Wadokai England squad, Lewis Muldown was pre-selected for the WWC Squad just before Christmas and it looks like he will be joining one of the biggest Wadokai England team’s to visit Japan in recent history.

The Wado World Cup will once again take place in Nagoya city on 14th & 15th August and some athletes choosing to stay on for the JKF-Wadokai National Championships two weeks later in Tokyo. This is a huge competition with over 2000 athletes competing over two days.

Realistically, the cost per athlete for this event will be circa £2000 factoring in flights, hotels in two different cities, JR pass (cheapest & quickest option for travelling between the two cities) and sustenance whilst there. For the vast majority of athletes this will be entirely self funded, this doesn’t even consider the preparatory training costs, equipment & costs of chaperones! – This is a considerable amount when you think that the athletes are representing their country!

Sport England doesn’t really sponsor Karate athletes and even if they did, this is a single style (Wado) event so it would be unlikely to qualify for funding anyway. The NGB only funds a very small number of elite athletes and again, not for single style events.

The club will be doing what it can to sponsor Lewis and we would like to ask local businesses and friends to help if they can. The club is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) so any donations are entirely tax deductable and we can also claim gift aid (meaning that your contribution is further increased by the tax man).

Please contact the club for more information (Tel: 07984 798634, Email: carl@hartlepoolwadokai.com).

 

Update:

This article was amended on 3rd Feb 2015 at 16:30. The original article stated that the JKF-Wadokai Nationals would take place the week after the WWC, this has been changed to state that the event will take place two weeks later. CJ


Upcoming events

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!!!


Japan Nationals Results – Japanese only

 

I’ve been looking long and hard for an online list of the Japan National results and have finally found them:

http://www.karatedo.co.jp/wado/taikai/46taikai/index.html

They are mostly in Japanese, but you can pick out the occasional foreign name.

Also, the following two downloadable documents may be of interest:

http://wado-kyouka.sakura.ne.jp/tournament2010kata.xls

&

http://wado-kyouka.sakura.ne.jp/tournament2010kumite.xls

These are downloadable MS EXCEL documents with the Kata & Kumite draws from the Wado World Cup 2010, as listed in the official programs. If I get chance I’ll highlight them so that it shows who won and how… enjoy.


Learning from the world’s best…

If you ignore the fact that Danny boy has his eyes on the camera with his customary pose, the photo shows our students watching the Senior Women Individual Kata Semi Final matches from the Wado World Cup 2010.

The challenge was to see if the students could pick the winner of each Semi Final, in the first match (Louise Fisk vs Nao Sekikawa), they couldn’t – I personally think this was a close match and If you asked both competitors, I’m sure they’d agree that the Kata were’nt the best they’re capable of. Most of our students picked Louise as the winner when in fact Nao Sekikawa took the win.

The second match, the students did better with most correctly picking Emiri Iwamoto over Jessica Buschor.

We then asked our students for feedback about why they chose who they did and what they liked/disliked from the performances. We then tried to explain why the competitors won/lost and more importantly what our students can learn from the videos. The main learning point is to slow the overall Kata down, our students tend to ‘blitz’ through the whole thing, trying to set a new land-speed record. The second point is not to ‘lift’ out of the stances and this comes from their basic/kihon.

We put these learning points into practise and it was great to see such a significant improvement in performance with just a few minutes practise.


Wado World Cup – Women’s Kata

At the Wado World Cup 2010 it was interesting to see the various countries performing Kata. I actually found the kata more interesting that the Kumite, and being a fighter, this is something that I never thought would happen. Everyone was a part of the JKF-Wadokai family,  but there were still subtle differences between the different countries.

I’m relatively new to being a Kata competitor myself, my first ever Kata competition was the Japan Wadokai Nationals in 2008. Despite my lack of experience I was still surprised to see balance issues during performances being missed or ignored, I’ve always thought that this was an important point.

SENIOR WOMEN INDIVIDUAL KATA – SEMI FINAL NO 1

The first video shows Nao Sekikawa from Japan (AKA) against Louise Fisk, former Shiramizu Intern and member of the New Zealand Team performing in the Semi Finals. The second video is Louise’ kata.

Louise had to go through 4 rounds for her 3rd place medal whereas Sekikawa was rather luckier in the draw being seeded to round 2, and then getting a bye through round 3. Sekikawa then came up against Amy Coulson from England and then met Louise.

SENIOR WOMEN INDIVIDUAL KATA – SEMI FINAL NO 2

The first video is Jessica Buschor from Switzerland, and the second is Emiri Iwamoto from Japan. Iwamoto got to this stage without dropping a single flag, and it’s easy to see why.

SENIOR WOMEN INDIVIDUAL KATA – FINAL

This was an all Japan final, with Nao Sekikawa (AKA) losing out to Emiri Iwamoto (AO). Iwamoto went onto win the JKF-Wadokai Nationals the week after this Wado World Cup too.

Video note: I had to MUTE the audio on this video because there was a very random conversation going on between Amy and Louise :-), I was tempted to put a cool soundtrack to it…  but couldn’t decide between heavy rock and cheesy pop.


Amy Coulson, WWC Double Bronze Medalist…

Amy scrapping with Rie Hirai, another of the Shiramizu Alumni at the Wado World Cup 2010.

Amy did very well at the Wado World Cup, we’ve had this friendly rivalry between us since Amy first began competing. Amy is natuarally competitive and her goal for a while now has been to win more medals than I’ve won in my competition career so far. Before the WWC we were pretty close but with the lastest addition of TWO bronze medals (Individual & Team Kumite) at the Wado World Cup, I think it’s fair to say that Amy has taken the lead!

Amy with Sakagami Sensei

You’d think Amy would be particularly pleased with her performance and I’m sure deep down she is. The main thing that’s bringing smiles to her face is the fact that at the Japan Nationals which were held a week after the WWC, Amy scored with TWO HEAD KICKS in her first round fight, Amy wasn’t even upset at just missing out in this very close 8 points to 7 match. Head kicks are something that Amy has struggled with for a long time and she thinks this landmark achievement is more significant than winning medals at the Worlds. – This is clearly a result of having ‘Performance Related Goals’ rather than being focussed on medals!


Wado World Cup Medal Tally

Wadokai Karate-do World Cup 2010 FULL RESULTS – PUBLIC COPY

Please download the above document for a printable copy of the full (& confirmed) Wado World Cup results. I’ve also added a medal/points tally too.

England finished second overall out of 29 countries for total number of medals & fourth overall based on points. The points system is the same that I use for all my club competitions – 1st place = 3 points; 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 1 point, Team results count as one placing.

This is a great result for England but I believe that this is just the beginning, with the right support in place, the athletes could easily take the number one spot next time! Watch this space for the game plan…


Wado World Cup RESULTS – Printable list

Been sightseeing in Kyoto today with Amy, on the way back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen I typed up the results.

I’m not sure which Japanese Cadet won one of the events so I’ve listed ‘TBC’ next to their names. Also, the original number of competitors in most events was much higher but a lot of competitors didn’t get to Japan – I’m guessing that the current economic climate didn’t help…

Please click on the link below to download the results… if there are any errors please let me know:

Wadokai Karate-do World Cup 2010 FULL RESULTS – PUBLIC COPY


Wado World Cup 2010 FULL RESULTS

Not shown in the images above:

Women’s Team Kumite – 1st Place – JAPAN, 2nd Place – RUSSIA

Men’s Team Kumite – 1st Place – JAPAN, 2nd Place – RUSSIA


Wado World Cup, Kata Video’s

Most of the video’s were recorded from the stadium seating and they aren’t very good for studying techniques etc… these are the few that I recorded myself from the side of the mat:

Senior Men, Individual Kata Quarter Finals – RED – Regis Perez (France) vs BLUE – Kosei Yuda (Japan) RESULT – 5 flags to Japan.

Senior Women, Individual Kata Round 1 – RED – Zoe Hartmann (Switzerland) vs BLUE Louise Fisk* (NewZealand) RESULT – 5 flags to NewZealand. *Louise is last year’s Shiramizu Intern & my Karate Sister 🙂

Tomorrow is the Semi Final through to the final rounds. In Kata this generally means that the performances get better and better. In Kumite however, it generally means that the bouts get less and less interesting to watch because the fighters become more ‘cagey’ – more aware of messing up at this late stage and missing out on the glory. I’ll record as much as I can and post them onto FB/YouTube etc…


Wado World Cup – Day 1 RESULTS

It was a mixed bag for Team England, with some great performances & some disappointments. The main disappointment being my performances or lack there of in Individual Kumite were I lasted an impressive 10 seconds before having to pull out due to my knee instability, Individual Kata was looking to be a go when I was warming up before the event. I got through a really nice performance  of Niseishi, and then ended up on my backside the second time around. I changed it to Seishan and couldn’t keep the stances. It was with a very heavy heart that I had to forfeit yet again this time before even getting on the mat. It was a double blow because I was the only Men’s Kata Competitor seeded, and my opponent wasn’t particularly great.

There may be some errors as I did this really quickly BUT The full results as they stand are below:

Men’s Kata (Pool 2) hadn’t been posted and the Team events were still going on when we left the venue.

I’m really pleased with Amy, she’s got through to the Semi’s in Individual Kumite, and finished in the top 8 for Kata but lost out to Japan for a place in the Semi’s tomorrow. Louise (my Karate Sister) made it through to the Semi’s tomorrow.

The England Men’s Team just missed out to an Oscar Worthy Iranian Team with the guys looking a bit battered afterwards. Sensei Lee Minion & Sensei Jamie Jewell had to take my place and Joe Cox’ place in the team, unfortunately Lee didn’t get to fight. Alex Wickens fought VERY well with a 10-7 win and got a dislocated thumb for the trouble. Martin held is own but couldn’t get the scores for his hits, Jamie was up against the Oscar winner himself and lost a contact lens and got a bust up eye for his trouble. Jevaun was on fire with his awesome footwork but again couldn’t turn it into points. The team went down fighting 3-1…

I haven’t actually taken a good look at the results so far, so I can’t really comment on the rest as yet.


Wado World Cup…

Ok, so this morning Amy and I took the 12:03 Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to arrive in Nagoya at precisely 14:10. As soon as we got off the train we were hit by the heat and being a white guy in Japan, the sweat instantly started pouring. We had a short subway ride to Fushimi station and then what felt like a very long walk to what we thought was our hotel, the Tokyu Inn Sakae. We were told by a very nice Japanese lady that the whole squad had been transfered to another hotel, the Nagoya Kanko Hotel. So, in the scorching heat we had to walk back the way we had just came from and then to our very fancy looking hotel.

We were immediately greeted by some of the England Squad – sorry no pictures because I wasn’t feeling particularly cheerful at this point. I just wanted to get cleaned up.

We were given our event programs & T Shirts and bumped into Louise Fisk (Aka Former Shiramizu Intern & member of the NewZealand Squad). We headed back to the station to visit the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium for our weigh in.

We sneaked a quick look at the set up for the weekends competition…


The use of YouTube in Karate clubs…

Our Karate club recently purchased a really cool new Sony Handycam (Camcorder). It’s really compact, meaning that it fits easily into our kit bag and totally idiot proof, meaning that even I can operate it and make it do what it’s supposed to… One of the reasons for this purchase is to use it to record our performances in Kata / Kumite etc… (And our students) on a more frequent basis. Sites like YouTube allows us to post instructional videos for our members to see, and also our student’s performances… then give the students private access to the video’s for them to study – perfect for during the holidays!

During the Wado World Cup & Japan Nationals, we’ll be recording a lot of JKF-Wadokai kata and posted the videos online as their is a big shortage of footage available.

After the Wado World Cup*, we’ll be posting Kata videos performed by Amy and I for our students to study.

*We’re not posting them BEFORE the WWC because we can’t let our competition see how good/bad we are 🙂


Injured… but optimistic…!

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.


Countdown….

This photo shows the countdown clock to what’s being billed as ‘the biggest free event of the year’, in case you can’t make out the picture, it currently says ’13 days to go’. This is the ‘the tall ships races’, and this year they will be stopping off at Hartlepool, my home town, for 4 days. Our town of 90,000 people is expecting up to a million visitors.

www.hartlepooltallships2010.com

Needless to say that this is a really big deal and the local authority and its partners have been working tirelessly to get the town ready. From developing a brand new transport interchange, to painting double yellow lines on every bit of road they could get there paint brush to. Also, every school in town has had Tall ship themed events to ensure the kids are enthused for the event.

One of the many Tall Ships displays at one of the schools we work at…

Now, you may be wondering what this has got to do with Karate…. Our club, Hartlepool Wadokai will be doing its but for the event, we are the only Martial Arts club in the Hartlepool Sporting Association (HSA) so we’ve been invited to run a karate taster class during the event. With so many people attending the Tall Ships, this has the potential to significantly raise the profile of Karate so we are looking forward to it.

The countdown clock has a double meaning for us too. It’s also a countdown for Amy and I flying out to Japan for the Wado World Cup. The tall ships event runs from 7th August to the 10th and we fly out from Heathrow on 8th… making the next 13 days or so very important.


The Shiramizu magic…

Amy and I spent a year living in Japan from July 1st 2008 until July 1st 2009. We worked as the shiramizu interns, I ran the English language classes at the dojo and we both taught English for other companies in saitama and Tokyo.

Sensei Takamasa Arakawa is the owner of the dojo and anyone that knows him, or even knows of him will tell you that he is a fantastic wadokai technician and he’s also a genuinely nice guy.

The reason for mentioning the dojo?
at the upcoming Wado World Cup there will be at three former shiramizu interns competing (Louise Fisk – New Zealand & myself and Amy – UK). there is also another WWC competitor from Germany who is currently training at the dojo in preparation for the competition. This shows how special shiramizu is and how highly regarded Arakawa Sensei is internationally.

At the JKF-Wadokai Nationals, Shiramizu will no doubt have a massive club presence alongside fellow Englishman Pete Williams (the current intern). Shiramizu are often asked to do demonstrations at the big Karate events so I’ll have my video camera on standby.

Needless to say that Amy and I, and no doubt Louise will be visiting Shiramizu when we get back to Japan. I’m hoping to get as many of our Wadokai England team there as possible so that they can experience the ‘shiramizu magic’…

Shiramizu Intern ‘Official’ Blog
Shiramizu Intern Website (Japanese)
Arakawa Sensei’ Blog (Japanese)


Hartlepool wadokai kata course

Yesterday our club ran a wado kata course with Sensei Peter May and Sensei Lee Minion at the Belle Vue sports centre in Hartlepool.

This was the first time that we’ve invited both instructors up at the same time so we wanted as many of our students as possible to train with them.

We split the course into three different sessions and students could choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. I think splitting the event like this helped because it fit into other peoples schedule better, this meant that we got 40 people to the course.

the non-camera shy from Session 1

Session 1 was a general  training session, this allowed our younger and low grade students to train. The session covered various types of resistance training as a way of getting your stances right. Then it moved onto sparring. The session was a good warm up for the more experienced, and the younger kids loved every minute of it.

Sensei Minion explaining what not to do during kumite practise

Session 2 was a masterclass in Pinan Godan. This is the first round kata for the August JKF-Wadokai Nationals in Tokyo. A lot of our students also need this kata for their next belt test so this was a logical choice for this session. At the end of the session all the competitors demo’d Pinan Godan and got some more feedback.


The non camera shy from Session 3

In Session 3 we started off with Seishan, this is the compulsory Kata for the Wado World Cup in August. After a short break we moved onto Kushanku, this would be testing everyone’s endurance because at this point we’d all been training for over four hours! Once again, at the end of the session all the competitors heading out to Japan demo’d Kushanku, and once again got some much needed feedback.

I’d like to thank kobukan Darlington, Derby Karate Academy, Teesside, Lincs Aiwakai, and Carlisle for supporting the course.

the non-camera shy from Session 1

Meet the competition…

There’s not many Wadokai kata videos to find on the internet, and the official DVD’s that are available tend to be focused on ‘instruction’ rather than ‘performance’. This makes it difficult to compare your own performance to a high quality benchmark outside of your own group. The following are two Wadokai videos available on youtube.

The video is of Takuya Furuhashi winning the men’s kata division at the JKF-Wadokai Nationals in 2007. Seishan, Chinto and then Wanshu in the finals. Furuhashi-san also went on to win the men’s kata division at the Wado World Championships in Vancouver, Canada in 2008 (see below).

There are a few differences between the way these kata are performed and the way my kata is performed. These are relatively slow kata, with lots of intentional pauses between techniques. This obviously means that the competitor is on the mat longer and therefore that the judges can spend more time appreciating the techniques. The pace of the Kata is a little different to my version.

It will be interesting to see what the judges make of my attempts at some of these kata in a few weeks time!


setting yourself up… big time

Imagine that you were a respected karate coach, with a rather successful and ever-growing karate club…

Now imagine that you were also going to be competing at the biggest competition of your tournament career in a few weeks time…  

This bit is multiple choice…

A – would you keep your head down? concentrate on your training, hope & pray?

B – would you create a blog about the whole experience, and then promote it everywhere you can?

Surely option B is setting yourself up big time. If I manage to crash out in the first round then I’ll be more than a little upset with myself…

The problem is, one of our parent’s asked, quite innocently if we’d be writing another blog to keep the club members updated on our progress at the Wado World Cup. At first I explained that we probably wouldn’t, but when I sat down with a nice cup of tea and thought about it, i realised that it was actually a great idea (Thanks Scotty).

Today’s Update

Amy is still out of action from an injury she picked up at the British Championships. The club seniors were shocked on Tuesday night to discover that the club’s very own Terminator was out of action. I had to explain that eBay doesn’t sell replacement mechanical body parts from the future…. yet. She’s got some magic pills from the doctor and she seems to be fixing well. Watch this space…

Personally, I’m getting more and more comfortable performing kata for competition. I’m currently trying to get over the urge of blitzing every move, in every kata. I attack every move and I personally think  I perform kata like I fight – very aggressively.

Kumite – i’m starting to look forward to Japan now, once you’ve been competing for any length of time, i don’t think you have days were you’re 100% fit anymore, there’s always something that isn’t working as it was designed to. The average human body (i.e. everyone’s but Amy’s) isn’t supposed to operate at 110% for long periods of time. The trick is to peak at the right time, i.e. at the Wado World Cup & then again a week later at the Japan nationals.

Despite feeling the double pressure of competing in Kata & Kumite, I’m feeling relatively fit and healthy. My thoughts for the day… BRING IT ON!!!

There’s only 24 days until we fly out to Japan. I’ll try to get some karate pictures posted tomorrow because the blog is looking a little plain.


…Getting ready for Japan

For the last two year’s or so, long before we headed out to Japan for a year, Amy and I have been focussed, almost exclusively on being selected for the Wado World Cup. I’ve never been selected for this event, the first time around i’d only just started competing and in 2005 I just wasn’t good enough to make the final cut for the Wadokai England Team. Since then I’ve got a lot more experience, trained with some of the Karate greats and spent a year getting ‘good wado’ beaten into me in Japan. After all this i think I can now hold my own in most matches…

The big surprise obviously was getting selected for Kumite and Kata in the first place. We didn’t start competing in Kata until the 44th JKF-Wadokai Nationals in 2008. So, if you’re any good at maths, you’ll realise that come the World Cup, we’ll have been competing in Kata for only two year’s. Kumite, I’m ok with, I’ve always been comfortable fighting, but Kata…. that’s entirely a different story.

Anyway, because we head back to Japan in 4 weeks, I’ve found myself following the Shiramizu Japan Karate Intern Blog. The new Intern, Pete is English and he took over from Louise & Erica (who took over from Amy and me). I particularly like his personal blog which always gives a truer picture of what it’s really like over there because the main intern blog is censored to be politically correct.

I would definately recommend checking out both blog’s from time to time as they give a great insight into what it’s like to commit to a full year training intensively in Karate IN JAPAN. This is exactly what Amy and I did from July 1st 2008 – July 1st 2009.

Anyway, I’ve got to get back to training…. there’s a lot of work to be done before August!


Kata course this weekend in Hartlepool

As part of Carl & Amy’s prep for the Wado World Cup & Japan Nationals, Hartlepool Wadokai has arranged a special Kata training course with Sensei Peter May 6th Dan JKF-Wadokai & Sensei Lee Minion 5th Dan JKF-Wadokai.

Both instructors are the current Wadokai England National Kata Coaches and though both have visited the club before, this is the first time that they’ve ran a a course in Hartlepool together. Sensei Minion has also been selected to compete in the Senior Men’s Kata Division on behalf of England at the Wado World Cup (alongside Carl).

This is a fantastic opportunity for the club, and friends of the club to get some great training with two of the UK’s best Wado Kata coaches.

For more information, please download the PMay&LMinion Seminar Poster or contact Carl via email (carl at hartlepoolwadokai dot com) or tel 07984 798634.


4 week countdown…

there’s only 4 weeks to go until Carl & Amy head off to Japan for the Wado World Cup & the Wadokai National Championships… Two MASSIVE competitions which are being held in two different cities in Japan.

14th & 15th August, Wado World Cup, Nagoya City

This comp is the highest level ‘single-style’ competition in our international organisation, the JKF-Wadokai. Each country will send their top two senior’s for each weight division in Kumite and only two senior’s for Kata.

21st & 22nd August, JKF-Wadokai National Championships, Tokyo

This comp will be bigger, and in some ways, tougher than the Wado World Cup. This competition allows unlimited entries into ALL categories. Carl has competed in this competition twice already, and Amy once.

This blog will cover some of the prep work that they are doing in the final few weeks and if they remember may also include some hints and tips to those of you interested in Karate…

Let us know what you think of the blog, and don’t forget to tell your friends all about it. This is just one more way for you to keep in touch with the latest at Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club. Don’t forget that you can also follow us on twitter & facebook…