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So far, I have had a pretty good response from students about the new name. Some have said that it's gets them a bit tongue tied and I suppose when you say Minami Kaigan Karate UK for the first time it does. After a while and a few times practising the name it does seem to roll off the tongue quite easily. A couple of students have asked if they could just call it 'MK Karate' My answer was 'of course you can but only if you can remember the name if someone asks you what it stands for. Otherwise, they could end up getting a bit embarrassed. Hopefully one day, Minami Kaigan Karate will become as well known as North Dorset Karate is.



Dear Parents and Students,

Over the coming weeks you will see a new name appearing on emails, licence books, newsletters and various other media, including this website. As from 1st March 2018 North Dorset Karate will become 'Minami Kaigan Karate UK' The main reason for this change is because originally I only had one club, which was based in Blandford (North Dorset) and although the Blandford club is still running, I now have a further 3 clubs in the Poole area. Therefore, the original name simply does not make sense. I needed to find a name that was geographically better suited to the various clubs. The name 'Minami Kaigan Karate UK' translated into English means 'South Coast Karate UK'. As our Martial art is of Japanese origin it made sense to use a Japanese Name. I hope you all like the new name and I am confident that with this new name, the clubs will continue to grow.

You may recall that several months ago I opened a competition for all students to come up with a new name for the club. Not many students took part in this competition even though a prize was offered but those who did enter, came up with some very good names, so thank you to those who put names forward. At one of the training sessions in Blandford, a student was talking to me about new names and he happened to mention a name that I had also been considering, we both decided to look at the Japanese translation. He googled the translation and we both agreed that the name really suited what we were aiming for. So the student that wins the £50 prize is David Sareen from Blandford. Congratulations to David who can now decide if he would like to use the prize to purchase equipment or use it to cover the cost of some of his training. Well Done David and Thank you for your input!

There will be a new domain name for the club, which will be launched very soon. To access the website you will need to type www.mkkarateuk.co.uk However, I will still be keeping the old domain name so even if you type in northdorset-karate.co.uk it will still link to the website.



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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