If you've not had a recent newsletter, or lost it, then please note that the karate classes will continue until the end of July and stop for the whole of August. We will be back to training on Friday 2nd September when Sensei Brian and Sensei Adrian will be performing a short demonstration to all present. This will be a presentation of the things we will be showing at the annual All Japan Martial Arts festival in Kyoto in September and includes karate and iaido (Japanese sword) performances. Be there on 2nd September to see it all...
The date for the next grading at the Ho Ei Juku Karate dojo is Friday 1st July, start time 7:00pm. Make sure that applications are submitted at least a week ahead... and keep up the training.
Please note the following events are now in the calendar;
Ho Ei Juku Goju-Ryu Karate seminar at Whittington Village Hall on Sunday 1st May, 10;00 til 12;00.
Ho Ei Juku Goju-Ryu Karate seminar at Whittington Village Hall on Sunday 12th June, 10;00 til 12;00.
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.