I am delighted, after Vance and Chris have put in literally decades of dedicated training and devotion to Goju-Ryu and the Ho Ei Juku, to announce that Vance has been promoted to 7th Dan Kyoshi and Chris has been promoted to 6th Dan Kyoshi within the Organisation. Very well deserved and looking forward to working together with both again soon on the forthcoming events.
Please note that the Friday evening sessions will be beginning at 7;00pm from January 2016, not the previous 6;30. This should enable more people to get there in time to start... also, higher grades and adult members are encouraged to stay for the whole evening, up to 9;00pm.
On Sunday 6th December 2015, we will be holding a 2-hour Goju--Ryu Karate seminar at Whittington Village Hall, near Lichfield, starts 10;00. Members and non-members alike all welcome. Hope to see you there.
The next Karate club grading at the Kenilworth Dojo is scheduled to be on Friday 27th November 2015, starting at 6:30pm. Please make sure application forms, membership booklets and fees are submitted in advance. Also check the syllabus in the training manual in the downloads section if you are unsure what is expected of you - and ask if you have any questions...
Wanted to let everyone know I've just had a great week training every evening with the Goshinkan Karate group under Sensei Chris in Yorkshire. Thanks to all for making me so welcome and look forward to the next time.
Yes, you read that right. The World Karate Federation has announced plans to put Karate alongside a few 'other sports' for possible inclusion in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Well we are not a sport-based group but if it brings the Art int othe public eye, this must be a good thing. Suggested categories are individual Kata and Kumite for men and women, with 3 sections for each. Watch this space.
During the Annual Seibukan Taikai in Kyoto in September 2015, Sensei Brian Hinchliffe was awarded an International Teaching Licence and rank of 8th Dan Kyoshi from the Seibukan, Kyoto. This is a very prestigious achievement to be awarded by an excellent, traditional Japanese Martial Arts organisation.
OK everyone who is able to be there, current or former members of the group, would be welcome to the Bexhill Karate Kai dojo on Thursday 29th October ( from 7:00pm til late) where there will be a feedback session following the Japan trip this year. Looking forward to seeing you there...
Please remember that Sensei Brian Hinchliffe will be in Japan again for a while in September and classes will be held by Sempai Adrian and Sempai Atilla. Anyone wanting a postcard from Japan, don't forget to put your address on a piece of paper and bring it on Friday 4th September, the first night back after the summer break.
From September 2015, please note that childrens' classes will be held at Kenilworth Community Centre (Abbey End Car Park) every Friday evening mixed, for kids and adults from 6.30 to 7.30 pm and adults plus senior grade juniors from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.