Report by Richard Barham – Budapest weekend course with Tim Shaw Sensei.

Early in the morning of 3 June, I set off to Heathrow not knowing if my flight to Budapest would be running, and more importantly whether Tim Shaw Sensei accompanied by Sue Dodd would also get to have their flight from Stanstead impeded. Despite the media hype, we all arrived pretty much on schedule andContinue reading “Report by Richard Barham – Budapest weekend course with Tim Shaw Sensei.”

Report – June Combat Lab Weymouth.

The third Shikukai Kumite based training held at The Combat Lab Weymouth this year was another great success. It built upon previous sessions where students had worked with bags to improve their awareness of distance and timing. During the intense two hour training, students from a variety of Shikukai clubs worked together to focus onContinue reading “Report – June Combat Lab Weymouth.”

Report – Shikukai Spring Course, Portland Dorset.

Little did we know when we held our Spring Course in Portland in May 2019 that it would be the last one until 2022. It was therefore especially rewarding to welcome Sensei, instructors and students back to The Osprey to train together once more, including a contingent from Norway with their Instructor Bob Wymer Sensei and Andrew Genery and his studentContinue reading “Report – Shikukai Spring Course, Portland Dorset.”

Report – April Instructor’s Course, Tanto Dori.

This was always going to be a challenging agenda; an instructor’s course with Tanto Dori (knife defence) as its main focus! Fortunately, Sugasawa Sensei gave it his blessing and allowed me scope to present a three-hour training session dedicated to this much maligned, much misunderstood aspect of the fuller Wado curriculum. Three hours was barelyContinue reading “Report – April Instructor’s Course, Tanto Dori.”

Report – March Kumite-based training in Weymouth.

Following on from the successful introductory kumite based training in January, an additional session was held in March 2022. Shikukai students from Weymouth, Chippenham, Chelmsford and Exmouth joined together to learn and enhance their understanding of the Wado principles of Kumite. The action-packed two hours was led by Sensei Steve and Sensei Pam Rawson andContinue reading “Report – March Kumite-based training in Weymouth.”

Report – March, Holland course with Tim Shaw Sensei.

I have been travelling across to seminars in the Netherlands for so many years now, initially to accompany Sugasawa Sensei, but eventually on my own, all down to the enterprising initiatives of the growing nucleus of Shikukai members in Holland. The course organisation has been under the consistent captaincy of Martijn Schelen, who has alwaysContinue reading “Report – March, Holland course with Tim Shaw Sensei.”

Shikukai 2022 Winter Course – Report by Tim Shaw.

It was always going to be a risk to organise the first large scale face-to-face Shikukai course in two years, but we went ahead anyway, and I am pleased to say that it turned out to be a major success. The course was over two days at the Danbury Leisure Centre, five miles from centralContinue reading “Shikukai 2022 Winter Course – Report by Tim Shaw.”

Report – January Kumite-based training in Weymouth.

Ken Bu Jyuku hosted a Kumite based training at The Combat Lab on Saturday 22nd January 2022. This is a newly opened Martial Arts venue in Weymouth and a small group was invited from Kiku Wa Jyuku Chippenham and Mushin Jyuku Exmouth to join Weymouth students for a trial session. Students were able to takeContinue reading “Report – January Kumite-based training in Weymouth.”

2022 New Year Instructor’s Course – Report.

On Saturday 8th January 2022, Sugasawa Sensei led the traditional New Year training with the Shikukai club instructors in the dojo, marking the first opportunity for face-to-face training since the usual schedule was rudely interrupted by the Covid pandemic. For me personally it was a privilege to host the session and a sheer joy to beContinue reading “2022 New Year Instructor’s Course – Report.”

Success for Jess Lee.

Jessica Lee has trained with Chippenham Karate Club since she was 6 years old. She has trained regularly, taken part in competitions and helped out with the children’s classes each week.  The plan was for Jess to take her Dan Grade in 2020 but unfortunately this was not possible due to the pandemic. Jess isContinue reading “Success for Jess Lee.”