September 2015 Newsletter

Summer holidays are now finished and it was great to have everyone back and training with us. 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 Class Videos
  3. New Kali and JKD Training
  4. Future Events
  5. Congratulations!!

Training Covered This Month

Preparations are under way now for getting everybody ready for their next belt tests and everyone is coming along nicely, in September we have covered:

Self-protection training – which included for the new students and explanation of the four colour codes we use explaining the different stages of self-protection. This also gave a refresher for the other students who then progressed onto identifying the three main target levels for or attacks. How to attract attention if you are being bullied or feel in danger, controlling distance between ourselves and ‘the bully’ and also escape techniques.

Basic line work – 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 line work 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 line work. It also helps to develop power in striking which is essential for self-protection should the need to get physical arise.

New Class Videos

For those of you that are not aware the club has a few videos published on YouTube just put my name into the YouTube search bar and our page will appear, it has been a while since I have filmed anything to put onto this channel so I’m hoping to change that from now on. I would like to take some short videos from all classes to publish on YouYube as a ‘monthly highlight’ video.

If you have any questions about this or would not want yourself or your child to be filmed please let me know.

Click here to visit our YouTube channel.

New Kali and JKD Training

In June this year I received my black belt in a second martial art called Kali from my instructor Guru Mick Tully, since then I have been itching to pass this system on. Until the end of the year I have decided to run introductory session of this art which includes, striking, grappling, ground work and weapon based training on the second and last Thursdays of every month.

This is 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 Thursdays will still be Karate based, for a brief example of what Kali is about please see the following videos:

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If interested the dates for these sessions are:
October 8th and 29th
November 12th and 26th
December 10th and 17th

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.

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)[46] 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, regards less 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 Tuesday 29th September I held a brown grading and would to say well done to Arian Stroud and Adam Rheeston for achieving their brown belts.

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


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