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BADEN POWELL AND ST PETERS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

Please note that due to teacher training days and half term holiday there will be no after school club on Friday 10th, 17th or 24th February. Normal training will commence on Friday 3rd March. In the meantime, please feel free to make up for your missed lessons free of charge at one of the other clubs in Poole or Blandford.

 

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DIARY DATES

Please make sure you check the calendar page regularly. Quite a few dates have already been added for gradings, competitons and squad training sessions. More dates will follow as soon as I have them.

There are two local ISMAA competitions scheduled for this year and I hope that there will be a really good response from North Dorset Karate students. This is an ideal event for any student wishing to get involved in competition in order to gain some invaluable experience without having to travel far and competing against students of similar ability. There are also dates for competitions further afield for the more experienced students but these are also ideal for any student to attend as a spectator in the first instance, just to see what is involved at competitons of a much higher level.

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NEXT GRADINGS

The next grading for Kyu grades (blue belt and below) will be held at the Blandford Gym club on Sunday 19th March from 12 noon to 2pm

All students attending the grading must have a current licence, which you will need to bring with you on the day along with your grading fee. a Grading form will be emailed to all students. Please complete the form FULLY as soon as possible and either return it by email or print it out, complete it and bring it to your next training session.

Can I also please remind you that parents etc. will not be allowed in the Dojo whilst the grading is taking place because it causes too much of a distraction for all the students desperately trying to focus on their techniques. Students must arrive on time and any students arriving late will not be allowed to grade. They must also be correctly dressed in a full white, washed and pressed Karate Gi.

I am also desperately trying to get a date organised for the advanced grades but at the moment I am struggling to book a venue. As soon as I have a confirmed date I will let you know.

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SQUAD TRAINING SESSIONS

The Squad Training is now back up and running. The sessions are now being held at the Leaf Academy, Duck Lane. Bournemouth. These sessions are being taught by Sensei Shaun Lanham. Details of dates and times can be found on my website calendar page

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WKU Spring Invitational Championships

On Sunday 1st May 2016, 4 members of North Dorset Karate travelled to Western Super-Mare for the Spring invitational championships organised by the Western Karate Union. The competition was extremely busy with a huge amount of competitors but it was very well organised. Unfortunately I didn't hear when my category was called out so I had to rush off, get changed and then straight on the Tatami. No time for a run through of my kata or even a warm up but never mind, I should have listened more carefully. Helen Simpson worked really hard in her Kumite category and was unlucky enough to receive at least three heavy punches to the face but this didn't deter Helen, she kept on plodding away to get some points. I think he ropponent should have been disqualified by the third heavy strike but the referee decided to actually award a point to her opponent on the first heavy punch. not sure what happened there but the referee's decision has to be final. Dan Weiss struggled to settle into the first round of his Kumite but still gave his opponent a good run for his money. Dan settled much better in his second fight and looked far more comfortable on the Tatami. I think he enjoyed that fight. Owen Jones was up against a very big opponent in his first fight and although he planted a lovely kick round his opponets back it was right on the bell and wasn't scored. The outcome would have been quite different if that score had counted but he still managed to secure his bronze medal in that category. Owen also did really well in the veterans kata and again he received another bronze medal. I had decided that it would be worth giving competition another go after being out of the circuit for over 12 years. i did much better than I expected to and I managed to get a Silver medal in the Veterans Kata. Well done to everyone from North Dorset Karate and also well done to the junior students from ISMAA who took part.

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NORTH DORSET KARATE: AFFILIATIONS AND PARTNERS

The North Dorset Karate Club was established in Blandford, Dorset in 1991. We teach the traditional stlye Martial Art known as Wado-Ryu. We have several fully qualified, highly experienced instructors who are all CRB Checked and fully insured to teach Karate to students of all ages from 6 years.

The North Dorset Karate Club website was created and is monitored by Chris Lewis, founder and chief instructor.

 

 

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