NEWS & EVENTS 2017
Minami Oka Kyu shinsa August 8th 2017.
Congratulations to Georgia Hallett-Archer on a fine performance in achieving her 8th Kyu.
Further congratulations to her Sensei Adel Gibson for having her first graded student since she opened her own Dojo, Minami Oka Dojo in South Brent, last May.
Guest examiners were Dave Salmon 4th Dan and myself, and a very special thanks to Dave for travelling down.
Before the grading I had the pleasure of doing some training with Dave, who is one of my oldest friends in Karate.
During this time we looked at some Kata kaisetsu from Pinan Godan as well as some Ido kihon.
It has to be noted that we haven't trained together since 2001, so to get a Gi on and share some knowledge and work together with my good friend was an absolute pleasure!
Joint course, Bristol. April 9th 2017.
Kenkyukai members Adel Gibson, Josh Brown and Graham Chuck once again attended this informative and enjoyable course instructed by George Grimes 8th Dan & Tony Heap 8th Dan. However this time we were lucky to have Nick Quilliam 7th Dan instructing as well.
Following one of Heap Sensei's warm ups we moved straight onto Ido kihon.
Quilliam Sensei was up next where we looked at Kihon gumite Ipponme, especially the use of correct Maai and movement.
Grimes Sensei then taught paired Kata from his new syllabus that concentrated on Nagashizuki.
As usual the time went far too quickly, and after saying our goodbye's we left for home with a headful of knowledge.
Our thanks always to these three eminent Wadoka for sharing their depth of knowledge with us, and for making us welcome.