Well, the virus is with us and not going anywhere soon. So the Kenilworth Centre is closed and we're all left to train on our own. To help this, I have added a COVID-19 Training Diary sheet in the downloads. Record all your training over the weeks and we can take this into account for the next grading... along with a little physical evidence too of course... Keep safe and keep busy...
The first of our events this year will be a 2-hour Karate seminar on the advanced set of 10 one-step techniques, from 10;00 til 12;00 at the Whittington dojo, Whittington Village Hall, WS14 9LR.
It's been a very busy few months and much has happened but the website has not been kept up to date. If you'd like to read about the 2019 Japan trip, see the report by Marek in the downloads. Another report on the Butokuden weekend in Kyoto, written by Vaughan, is available on the All Japan Martial Arts Federation UK Members website. Check that out too. You'll find this at; https://sites.google.com/view/alljapanmartialartsfederation/home
So the Czech Gasshuku was a very busy week for all, with 5 full days of training in the Kadan Dojo and Tuesday evening on test cutting. We covered much of the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido syllabus, Tameshigiri practice, the full set of Seitei Jo-Jutsu Waza, Okinawan Kobudo weapons Renshu Kata for; Sai, Tonfa, Kama and Nunchaku, plus a day on Goju--Ryu Karate-Do. Congratulations to those that achieved promotion in the Iaido testing, including Marek Knapp 3rd Dan, Karel Zibar 2nd Dan, Milan Polach 2nd Kyu and Jakub Polach 3rd Kyu. Thanks to Yaro for making the Kadan Dojo available all week and a great effort by everyone involved. See a full report in the downloads section.
Well following the success of the BIG ONE in December, Brian Hinchliffe was elected as the Chairman for the All Japan Martial Arts Federation UK Branch, a new website is being created for this organisation and improved communication will lead to us all knowing about more training opportunities with other member groups.
The next open Karate seminar will be on Sunday 7th April from 10;00 til 13;00 at the Whittington Village Hall Dojo. We will be covering Suparenpei Kata and Kumite techniques. The website will be up and running soon for the All Japan Martial Arts Federation and you can see what other groups are affiliated to us, where they are and what they do.
Also, remember there is a trip to Japan this September to perform at the Butokuden in Kyoto on Sunday 15th September. Ideally, you should express interest by the end of January to get your name on the list of those attending. This is an instruction from Japan and I need to update them in February.
Sunday 2nd December 2018
All Japan Martial Arts Federation – UK Branch Seminar & AGM
A Full-day Multi-Art Seminar at;
Whittington Village Hall, Langton Crescent,
Whittington, Staffordshire WS14 9LR.
From 10:00 – 16;00. Be there early enough to register and get ready.
The day includes 1 hour sessions of;
Goju Ryu Karate-Do – with Brian Hinchliffe 8th Dan Kyoshi
Hakko Ryu Ju Jutsu – with Lloyd Allum Hanshi 9th Dan Menkyo Kaiden Shihan
Aikido – with Simon Ells 6th Dan Renshi (bring a Jo 4’ staff with you if possible)
Goshin Ju Jutsu – with Jason Fitzpatrick 7th Dan Kyoshi
Toyama Ryu Iai-Do – with Mick Sheridan 8th Dan Hanshi (bring bokken too)
(with the ZNSBR-NSD-UK AGM to follow)
Training fee for the day, just £15 payable at the door. There will be a break for lunch and water can be provided. Please bring anything else you might need.
Sunday 14th October - Karate Seiunchin Kata and applications Course from 10;00-13;00 at the Whittington Dojo. Transport from Kenilworth is available for anyone that needs.
Main events in May are as follows;
13th May, Whittington Dojo from 10;00, a 5-hour session on Iai-jutsu, Samurai swordsmanship, including the complete Omori-Ryu set and the 10-form set of Tachi-uchi no Kurai pairwork, all in in Shimomura-ha style. And we are also planning to do some Tameshi-giri - test cutting.
20th May, Westfield Dojo in Sussex, a 3-hour Karate session from 13;30, covering the whole syllabus for Goju Ryu Karate from beginner to Black Belt; Kihon, Kata, Kumite. Great revision, or an intensive insight into things to come...
After our last event being postponed due to snow... we're looking forward to a great seminar session on Sunday 29th April from 10;00. Topics will be based around Seiunchin Kata and both Kyu grade and Dan grade versions of the 10 one-step routines. Hope to see you there...
So our Czech visitors have been and gone... so long planning and over so quickly. Big thanks to Sensei Vance and Sensei Chris for running a successful event in Sussex and congratulations to all the members that achieved promotion over that weekend. These included; Adrian Jones 4th Dan Karate, Tom Stone 4th Dan Iaido, Vaughan Smith 3rd Dan Karate, Marek Knapp 3rd Dan Karate and 2nd Dan Iaido, Karel Zibar 2nd Dan Karate and Atilla Emin 2nd Dan Karate. Also thank you to Hanshi Mick Sheridan 8th Dan Head of the All Japan Martial Arts Federation for attending the Friday evening session in Kenilworth.