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KATA COURSE

On Sunday 5th June I will be running a Kata course from 11am to 12.30pm at the Project Climbing Centre, Poole. This course is open to green belt and above who are members of North Dorset Karate, Stour Karate, ISMAA, MBMAA, Zenith Karate and any other members of MAIUK.

The course will cover the Shito Ryu version of the Kata 'Sienchin'. As performed by many competitors in World and European Championships. If you would like to attend but need further details please feel free to contact me by clicking the email link above or speak to your instructor. The course fee will be £6 payable on the day.

 

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STUDENT OF THE YEAR PRESENTATION PARTY

Our presentation party is approaching very quickly now with only just over 2 weeks to go.

I have not received a great deal of completed attendance slips yet so can I please remind you all to fill your forms out and return them to me as soon as possible. I need to have all the names and addresses handed in at the latest by one week before the party and there are limited spaces. The date for the party is Saturday 11th June 2016 from 7.30pm to midnight and will be held at Poole Ex-Servicemen's War Memorial Club. 66 North Road. Poole. BH14 0LY.

There will be a disco with a Female DJ, a raffle with some great prizes and I am hoping that most families will contribute towards the food by bringing along a small donation of various food. If you would like to know what food to bring, let me know and I will direct you to the person organising the food list. Trophies for students of the year from each of the clubs will be announced around 9pm. Hopefully this will be early enough for those of you with young children or those who need to leave early. Everyone else can stay and party right through to midnight if you can handle it. There will be a pay bar available throughout the evening with very reasonable club prices. Please support this event, It's what lots of you have asked for so I have aimed to please.

PLEASE RETURN YOUR ATTENDANCE FORMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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WKU Spring Invitational Championships

On Sunday 1st May 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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TRAINING AND GRADING FEES INCREASE

Please note that as from January 1st 2016 there will be a slight increase to the grading fees and this will be indicated on the grading slips. This is the first increase to the cost of a grading for over 5 years.

Later this year, possibly in April, it will also be necessary for me to increase the training fees slightly. Again this will be the first increase for many years and the training fees at North Dorset Karate will still be amongst the lowest in the South.

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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