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Hi guys, I nearly got caught out. I’ve been distracted and nearly forgot to let you know that we will be closed on Friday, 15 April and Sunday, 17 April for the Easter weekend.
We will be back on Friday, 22 April at the usual times.
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope everyone is having a happy and peaceful time.
If all goes well re covid, we should be back on Friday, 7 January 2022.
May I wish you a blessed New Year??❤️
We had another successful grading, yesterday, 12/12. We are very proud of progress made amongst the students. Well done to all those who graded.❤️??
Just to confirm, our next grading will be this Sunday, 12 December 2021. Senseis Pete and Emily will be grading.
We start at 9:30 prompt. Please have all your equipment, and be well presented.
Please make sure that your grading fee is paid by Friday, 10 December. You can also pay Sunday’s session fee at the same time.
We hope to be finished by 12 pm.
Good luck to all those who will be grading❤️
Hi everyone just want to say a big thank you to Senseis Sophie and Dave, from the Core Dojo, who did a workshop to aid our students with the upcoming gradings.
They worked the students hard, but they enjoyed themselves.
Hi guys can I just remind you that Senseis Sophie and Dave will be with us this Sunday, 21 November 2021.
A prompt start at 9:30, please, for everyone. It’s a 2 hour workshop, focusing on the upcoming grading, so we are expecting a full turnout.
Please arrive with full kit, if you have it.
We are not charging extra for this workshop; just the usual £6 for both sessions; but in future there will be a charge for workshops provided.
Seen you there.
Just a quick reminder. Can you bring your protective gear, if you have it, please?❤️
Further to the last post about Sunday, I needs to stress the importance of a good turnout on Sunday for Senseis Sophie and Dave as they will be travelling some distance to be with us.
I know some of you will still be on holiday, but I’m asking those who are not to roll out of those beds and join us on time, please. Believe me, I will feel your pain ?❤️
Further to the information provided by Sensei Pete, before we closed, I can confirm that Senseis Sophie and Dave will be with us on Sunday, 15 August.
They will be taking ALL colour belts; from white to black; for a 2 hour session, starting at 9:30.
First day back. Please arrive in good time to be ready to start at 9:30.
Please arrive well presented, and bring a drink.
Enjoy the rest of the break ❤️
Ok my people. Can you believe that in spite of all that we’ve endure in the last sixteen months, we are actually going to grade students tomorrow?
Everyone needs to be there for a 9:30 prompt start. Let us show the proper respect to Sensei Austin in this regard.
Clean, pressed uniforms are a must, with badges in place.
Only female wear a plain white t-shirt or vest under your Gi. Failure to be properly dressed could affect your being able to grade.
One or two of you have not handed in your licences. Don’t forget them please.
Parents are invited to come and support their children.
Successful students will be presented with new belts and certificates on Friday 30 July, in both sessions.
Friday 30 July is also our final day before we close for 2 weeks. We are back on Sunday 15 August.
Thanks for sticking with us over this time everyone.
Good luck students.
Well it’s been a long time coming, but we’re getting ready to grade our students.
Sensei Austin has once again, kindly agreed to grade the students. Thank you Sensei Austin.
The grading will take place on Sunday 25 July. Everyone to attend the 9:30 session, and the grading will follow after a short break.
The fee for grading remains at £24 which must be paid by Friday 23 July. All licences should be up to date but please check, and see me ASAP if I’ve missed you out. Remember that these should be handed in with the fee, please.
We’d like to wish all those who will be grading, good luck❤️??
Hi guys a few bits of news to give you hope.
1) Sensei Austin has recovered well from his last operation and is back in training. Well done Sensei Austin, you are blessed.
2) Sensei Pete has been invited to go and train with Sensei Austin and is going this Sunday. I shall be praying for you Pete as I know what you’ll be facing ?
3) I heard from the leisure centre that they hope to contact me in the next couple of weeks to plan our return.
This is good news but remain cautious as we don’t know how far away the actual start date will be.
Love and miss you all.
Good evening karate family. I trust that you are well, and parents breathing a kind of relief now that children are going back to school.
Congratulations to all those students who survived the exam results chaos. I hope that you all got what you needed in the end are are ready to take the next steps in your journeys.
I have spoken to the centre, the manager informed me that they are still in phase 1 of return, which means that although some centre classes have resumed, it is going to be a while before clubs can return.
In the meantime Pete and I have to make sure that we have all of the paperwork in place for your return and test and trace procedures. In this event we are working with NAKMAS.
Pete has also been busy planning lessons with no contact activities.
Please be patient. We want to get back as soon as possible. My silence has been because there is nothing new to report. I don’t want this club to be a casualty of covid, so please hang in there with us. I hope it won’t be too much longer now. Miss you all.
Hello my friends hope you’re all well. Just thought I’d pass on best wishes from Sensei Austin, who is recovering well from his operation and things are looking good. He’s going through the chemo
etc, but meanwhile he’s in training for his 6th Dan; personally, I think he’s amazing.
Longing to see you guys again; you can have too much of a good thing??
Well done to all those who graded on Sunday, I am proud of your achievement.
A special mention should be made to our two new black belts, Mark and Hammad, they have both worked very hard for a number of years.
We also presented Hammad with the Franklyn Doras Memorial Trophy for his commitment to the art and to the group, stepping in to support the training sessions when needed. Both he and Mark have been ready to help when needed. Thank you both.
Once again I thank Sensei Austin Birks for coming to take the grading and we wish him well as he continues to battle with cancer.
Never give up. Never give in.
Lastly. Our last session is on Friday, so let me wish you all a God blessed Christmas and New Year.
I would like to say a great big thank you to Sensei Austin for coming to do our workshop on Friday, even though he had to travel for 1 1/2h to get here, and despite his continuing battle with cancer.
It was a thing of beauty, the way in which he inspired the students. They were like flowers opening in the sunlight.
Sensei Pete and I took the opportunity to look at the students as they trained to finalise our list for the upcoming grading.
God willing and with his determination, Sensei Austin will be there for the grading.
Never give up. Never give in. God bless you. O
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A Seminar with Iain Abernethy was held at Stechford Cascades on 07.06.15. This was another sell-out event enjoyed by all.The photo shows some members of Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club with Iain Abernethy- for additional photos of the day see courses under events
Oliver,as a white belt,now below demonstrating choko tsuki as a 9th Kyu (Orange belts) to the Beginners- Red belts group...click here
Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club
Stechford Leisure Centre
Training Times (age 6+):
Fridays:6-7PM (Beginners to Red belts)
Fridays:7-8PM (Yellow belts to Black belts)
Sundays:9:30 - 10:30 (Beginners to Red belts)
Sundays:10:30 - 11:30 (Yellow belts to Black belts)
We operate a continuous beginners programme but please contact us to book your place.
The next grading will take place on, Sunday, 12/12/21
Fees need to be in by Friday, 10/12/21
Our grading Senseis will be Senseis Pete and Emily
Good luck to all graders
God bless ❤️