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The Big Come Back

The last few months have been difficult, for the club with a lot of changes. First Sensei Jon and Sensei Patricia moved to wales. Then Sensei Fabio, one of our part time instructors had an operation, which now we are pleased to hear that Sensei Fabio is doing well, and will be back on his feet shortly. We appreciate that during this transition there has been a few changes on some of the class times. We would like to thank all the parents and students for their understanding, and continued support for the club. We would also like to express our gratitude to Michael, Jan and Anders who without question offered their services to keep the classes running normally as without them this would not have been possible while Sensei Fabio is on the mend.

The Future Is Bright

Exciting changes are happening within our club in England and Wales, very shortly. As the chief instructor it is not only my intention to run a great club but to leave a lasting legacy. The last few weeks have shown that the club is stronger now than it has ever been. With a great community spirit and great people only to willing to step in when needed. This is a historic time for the club and as such it is my responsibility to ensure the club continues to grow and prosper. The new direction in which the club is heading to, will offer many new opportunities for our students, and it is my belief  that it will open new doors to an even brighter future.  – Sensei Jon

Pre Grading Course

A Pre-Grading course with Sensei Jon (Chief Instructor) is compulsory before the students grading. The course will be of 4 hrs duration and will be taking place on Saturday the 15th October. The gradings will be on the following Saturday the 22nd October.

Please note that the fees for both the course and grading, will need to be paid in advance and we are taking payments now. Payments can be made by cash or card.


Two Karate Grading’s are coming up:

  • Black belt exams will take place on Saturday which will take place before our integration with the JKA.
  • A grading for the rest of the students will take place on Saturday the 22nd of October.

We would kindly ask that all fees are paid asap within now and next week in order for us to get everything organised. We would very much like to get a grading in for all students who have completed their progression cards before summer.

Please note that students will need the following in order for them to be able to grade:

  • Updated licence book
  • Fully stamped progression card.
  • Attended pre-grading course

Grading fee paid

Grading Times

Remember to follow our club’s protocol at all times, arrive promptly, bow when entering and leaving the Do Jo, when called by an instructor, etc. Failure to do so, may result in student not passing the exam. If you don’t have a copy of our club’s protocol yet, please ask.

Remember to bring your licence book or we will not be able to record your grading. White belts will receive theirs after their exam, once passed.

On Saturday 22nd of October, the students are required to attend the exam specific to their grade, at different times please see below:

White Belts: 10:15 –10:30 hrs

Orange Belts 10:45 –11:00 hrs

Red Belts:11:15 –12:45 hrs

Yellow and Green Belts: 12:00 – 13:30 hrs

Purple and purple White: 13:45–14:15 hrs

Brown and Brown White 14:30–15:00 hrs.

Dan Grading 15:00-16:00 hrs

Results and awards ceremony will be on the following Saturday the 29th October at 12pm after the lesson.

(*Subject to change.)

Shotokan Open Championships

The JDMA: will take part in the JKA England Open Shotokan Championships. We would like to invite and encourage our students to compete or to come along, to show support for your team colleagues. The competition will take place on Sat, 19 November, 10:00 hrs – 18:00 hrs.

Training Is Back On The Menu

I started training in Kobujutsu and Kamashin Ryu Karate Do many years back and I loved every second of it. I attended many courses and training seminars. For me training with Sensei Phil Snewin and Sensei Julian Mead re-ignited my passion for Karate. These days like most people, I find it very hard to make time to continue my own training in Kobujutsu (Okinawan Weapons) and Karate. Yet, this was the very thing that gave great motivation. Since our move to Wales, I have realized that no matter what, it is so important to make time for my own training. Not only to better myself but to enable me to pass on valuable knowledge to our own students. Saying this, any students who would like to also attend to these courses, if suitable to their grading, are more than welcome. Please note that some courses will only be suitable for certain grades. Believe me when I say that I know how hard it can be sometimes to get motivated to attend classes and training (work, weather, homework, friends, and other commitments…) and yet when we do make the time we feel so refreshed and re energized. Then we realize what the benefits of training brings in terms of fitness, making new friends and feeling refreshed. After a Karate session we realize how important it is that we make the time and effort to make that class, and the sacrifices we make in order to attend the session it wasn’t really a sacrifice at all, but we were investing in ourselves. -Sensei Jon

Dates for your diary:

  • 15th October 2016. Pre Grading Course with Sensei Jon (Chief Instructor) 10am-12pm. At St Anne’s Church, Thorburn Square, London. Fee is £15 per student
  • 22nd  October 2016. London Grading’s held at St Anne’s Church. Fee is £25 per student.
  • 19th November 2016. Open Shotokan Karate Championships 10am-6pm at: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9BQ