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REFEREE COURSE

Unfortunately the rteferee course scheduled for Sunday 4th September has been postponed until further notice. Please keep an eye on the website calendar as a new date for this event will be posted soon.

 

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SQUAD TRAINING SESSIONS

Unfortunately squad training sessions are to be cancelled until further notice. Our squad coach Dan Weiss is unable to continue with Karate due to injuries. I'm sure that all the squad members and instructors would like to wish Dan a full & speedy recovery. We would also like to thank him for all his hard work and the fun sessions he has provided over the past few months. I'm sure that all of the students will have learnt a great deal from the experience of working with such a charismatic & motivating instructor. Looking forward, it is hopeful that Sensei Shaun Lanham will be able to re-start the squad sessions under his instruction, possibly in September or October. Further details will be available as soon as a decision is made.

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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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