October 2015 Newsletter

Summer holidays are now finished and it was great to have everyone back and training with us. Preparations are continuing to get everyone ready for the next belt tests, the purpose of this newsletter is to let everyone know what’s been happening at the club during the month and anything that we have planned coming up.

In this letter we will go through:

  1. Training covered this month
  2. New Kali and JKD Training
  3. Future Events
  4. Congratulations!!

Training Covered This Month

Karate Classes

Grading preparations are still ongoing with grading dates now arranged in December there’s only a few weeks left for everyone to show they are ready.

In October we have covered:

Basic sparring drills – For new and younger students to come along and get into the thick of sparring straight away can sometimes be a scary experience. I teach sparring in a structured way for a few different levels which help encourage students to participate in sparring and build confidence while doing so. Our first level concentrates on ‘swatting’ away incoming blows and how to protect your head should one of these blows connect. We build up on this to teach the students to control an incoming limb and how to re-gain the advantage if they have been struck. These are very energetic drills and more levels are added in once the students becomes comfortable with them.

Basic linework – this is fundamental towards any students progression it ensures correct body positioning and understanding of movements that are needed to progress towards the next belts. Height of attacks must be on target and full focus given at all times. Our combinations in linework then help the students to ‘flow’ through different motions and enhance their body awareness and body control.

Kata Training – for those that don’t know Kata was originally a way the old karate masters passed down physical self-protection techniques that had been taught to them, as it was illegal to practice Kata in public originally and before books were in existence the only way to record this information was in physical form. A teacher would train the student in a certain movement and this would be practiced without a partner in ‘thin air’ and there kata was formed. Nowadays kata is generally practiced for competition or grading requirements and emphasis is given to how the kata looks. As our club is not competitive I have taken the view to bring Kata back to its roots and every student who learns kata will also learn how to use these motions in order to help with the self-protection training.

Impact Training – Another very important part of our system, impact training gives the students the ability to feel what it is like to hit a target. Which is a sensation they wouldn’t get when doing their linework. It also helps to develop power in striking which is essential for self-protection should the need to get physical arise.

Kali and JKD Training

As stated in last month’s news I have started teaching Kali and JKD classes, this month we have covered single stick training which helps to develop co-ordination and power generation into strikes. We have practiced these motions static and with both aggressive and defensive footwork patterns. We have covered some pad work focussing on flow and differing heights of attack both from a reactive and preemptive mind-set.

We have also covered empty hand blunt and edged weapon disarming techniques, a little bit of stand-up grappling encompassing arm locks, chokes / strangles and take-downs. These classes are only open to people over the age of 14 so is an ideal opportunity for any parents watching and wanting to have a go to come and join in.

The remaining dates for these classes are noted below:
November 12th and 26th – December 10th and 17th from 8:00pm – 9:30pm.

I will follow these up in the New Year with a potential to run these classes officially every week and to a structured grading system for those that have enjoyed it and would like to continue.

Future Events

This section will list out any open sessions I have been invited to teach for other clubs, and special events I am teaching myself and any guest instructors I have coming across to teach for us.

Kick out Cancer

On Saturday 14th November I have been invited over as a guest instructor for Team Black Belt’s 24 hour Karate Marathon raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. I will be teaching a Kali session from 9:00pm – 11:00pm, everybody is welcomed along but places per session are limited and you will need to book.

The details for this if you would like to come along are here:

For booking information see here:

Rosi Sexton Seminar

On Thursday 3rd December Rosi Sexton will be teaching a striking and stand up grappling class from 19:30 – 21:30 Rosi has been involved in Martial Arts for 25 years:

Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Black belt in TJF’s Ju Jitsu
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Cage Warriors Women’s 132 lbs Champion (2005)
BodogFight Women’s 125 lbs Champion
First British Woman to Fight in the UFC

The cost of this session will be £10 per person with discount given to groups of 5 or more. To book your place please contact me as soon as possible.

Iain Abernethy in Birmingham

After the success of this year’s seminar I have invited Iain over once again to teach a seminar. This will be Iain’s 4th visit to the club.

On Sunday the 24th April 2016 Iain will be teaching a practical karate / kata bunkai seminar in Birmingham. The seminar will be looking at the many Rohai kata. We will be examining bunkai for Wado’s Rohai, Shotokan’s Meikyo, Matsumora Rohai (often also called “Matsumura Rohai”) and Itosu’s Rohai Shodan, Nidan and Sandan. The comparing and contrasting of the various kata will make for an interesting day, regardless of style, and will hopefully expand understating of these kata regardless of which version is personally practised

The seminar will run from 11:30 – 15:30 and will be held at North Solihull Sports Centre, Chelmsley Road, Birmingham, B37 5LA. The cost of the seminar is £30 per person


On 29th October I attended a Kali and JKD in Presteigne taught by Sifu Rick Faye the head instructor and owner of the Minnesota Kali Group. This was a fantastic session and I’m pleased to say that Sifu Rick accepted me as an Affiliate Instructor within the Minnesota Kali Group.

Also in October we have had 3 grading promotions so a big congratulations goes to Jay Wilkinson for achieving his 9th Kyu and to Brandon Davey and Tammy Rheeston for achieving 8th Kyu.

I’m sure we’ll have more congratulations to offer out following our club grading in December

Thanks for taking the time to read this and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Take Care


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