Report – Norway Course.

Roughly 3 years had passed since the Hokusei Jyuku had welcomed Sensei Steve Rawson 7th Dan and Sensei Pam Rawson 7th Dan to Norway, so the weekend of 19/20 Nov was greeted with much anticipation. It was always going to be a short trip for the visitors, arriving Friday evening and leaving early on theContinue reading “Report – Norway Course.”

Report – Japanese-style Kumite Training at the Combat Lab Weymouth. November 2022.

Students from Chelmsford, Exmouth and Weymouth met up again at The Combat Lab for another Kumite based training session. The theme this time was contrasting the Japanese style of Kumite with that of the Europeans. The session was opened by Steve Rawson Sensei 7th Dan, who gave a brief resume of his family’s experiences whilstContinue reading “Report – Japanese-style Kumite Training at the Combat Lab Weymouth. November 2022.”

Report – November weekend course in the Netherlands.

It has always been a huge pleasure and an honour to be invited to teach over in Holland. A terrific experience on many levels, not least because of the friendships and personal connections I have developed over the years. And it’s not just the same faces; this time, as before, I meet new people (notContinue reading “Report – November weekend course in the Netherlands.”

Report – Shikukai Autumn Course 2022.

It was a real privilege to be able attend and be a part of the Shikukai Karate International Autumn Course of October 2022. This established annual course had been held on Zoom in 2021 due to Covid restrictions and was long awaited by Shikukai students from across the country. The course was presided over byContinue reading “Report – Shikukai Autumn Course 2022.”

Report – Wado Karate Chertsey – Summer Camp August 2022

With the help of Sensei Richard Barham 6th Dan, we held our first summer camp at the beginning of August. Over five days, the 2-hour sessions provided an opportunity for students to have some intense training which allowed them to improve their karate in a very short period, learn new techniques, and have some funContinue reading “Report – Wado Karate Chertsey – Summer Camp August 2022”

Report – Shikukai Junior Competition.

The long awaited Shikukai children’s competition was held at the beginning of July at the Olympiad Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire. The well planned day was a tremendous success. It enabled children from different Shikukai clubs to come together to train and compete as one. It was the first time that many of our children fromContinue reading “Report – Shikukai Junior Competition.”

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.”