Sensei Damion Wood takes 7th National Title at AMA Open National Championships
Damion reports on his success at the AMA opens haeld last Sunday, 5th May 2013.
Last Sunday I arrived at the Leigh Sports Village to take part in the AMA Open National Championships.
The competition kicked off with three rounds of kata. I started with Sepai, followed by Sanseru and finished with Suparinpei.
I found myself 4 places behind the leader going into the final, who by the way was the current European Goju Kata champion. He also performed suparinpei scoring 8.2, 8.2, and 8.3. When my turn came around for Suparinpei I was nervous. I had been practising this kata with Sensei Roy and this would be my second time performing kata in a tournament. Being nervous is good for you sometimes, as I scored 8.3, 8.3 and 8.3. I may have beat the champion on this round, but overall my score meant I had to settle for 2nd place (silver) in kata.
At 3:00pm the adult kumite started. To cut a long story short and hopefully not sounding too big headed, I won all of my five rounds within the 2 minute time limit giving me Gold and my 7th National title.
I now feel that all the hard training is paying off (fingers crossed) and will be turning my attention to the Worlds in Romania in just over 3 weeks … the nerves are kicking in … but I will keep everyone posted.
Damion Wood - Liverpool May 2013
On behalf of the EGKA we congratulate Sensei Damion on his recent competition success
We all do karate for different reasons and being gifted and determined enough to get match fit to compete at the same level as Sensei Damion is not for everyone.
We hope his success inspires the competitors that are preparing for the EGKA Nationals in Stratford, a week next Sunday. If you put in same training and dedication as Sensei Damion … who knows … maybe one day we will be reporting on your success on the international competition scene. It is often the case that the only barrier to achieving what you want out of life … is just yourself. Aiming high like Sensei Damion is the only way you will ever achieve it.
If you see Sensei Damion in Stratford, be sure to congratulate him and wish him luck for the World Championships in Romania.
Sensei Roy’s Okinanwa Update Course Report on Sat, 2nd March 2013
Click the image to get Sensei Guy’s report of the kata and bunkai training at Childwall last weekend.
Damion Wood & Reena Prasad to compete in the North West Open Championships, 2nd March 2013
We wish Reena and Damion good luck in their competitions today at the North West Open Karate Championships.
Pictures of 23rd February´s Sheffield Training Course with Sensei Steve Gouldson
Northern Grading Results 2012
Congratulations to all those who passed their grading in the Wirral last Sunday.
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu|
|–||Emily Sheriff||Emily Gaffney|
|–||Jasmine Waters||Jake Perry|
Junior Black Belts Grades
|Jnr Shodan||Jnr Nidan|
|Daniel Murphy||Lewis Mayles|
Adult Kyu Grades
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu|
|–||Kevin Doran||Nicola Harris|
|–||Dave Randall||Scott King|
Adult Black Belt Grades:
|David McCarthy||David Campbell||Mark Reid|
Southern Junior Grading Results 2012
Congratulations to all those who passed their grading at the Littledown last Sunday.
Junior 2nd Kyu:
Junior 1st Kyu:
Jack Potter Ben Foster Lydia Hardy
Ellie Hardy Callum Drake Shaline Scanlan
Alexis Bussell Connor Barnard Harrison Place
Alex Parker Christopher Abayohi Thomas Gould
Scott Purchase Nikan Houshmand Ben Walker
Andre Wong Jacob Jarvis
Nationals 2012 - The Results
Congratulations to the following dojos who topped the medals league:
- Hooton: 46 points
- Birkenhead: 44 points
- Tooting: 37 points
- NSK: 34
- Hedge End: 22
I think we can safely say that the North have it, but they cannot afford to sit around on their laurels as the London region are snapping at their heels!
Congratulations to all the individuals who won on the day, and we hope all participants enjoyed their competition experience.
We also wish to say thank you to all the long-suffering parents, referees and volunteers who gave up their time on Sunday to help make the day run so successfully. We never forget that without that support, events like Sunday will never happen.
Sensei Ernie has sent a personal message of condolence on behalf of the EGKA.
A message from Nakamura Sensei on the passing of Higaonna Sensei’s sister.
Dear IOGKF Chief Instructor, Kanbukai members and representatives,
I just received a message from Higaonna Sensei that his sister (Mrs. Kazuko Higaonna) passed away. I was very surprised as I saw her in Okinawa in July and she looked very fine. I don’t have any details.
Please email your message of condolence to me, so that I will forward it to Higaonna Sensei and family.
Her funeral is September 19th.
Sensei Ernie has sent a personal message of condolence on behalf of the EGKA.
Tell the EGKA what training courses you want to see in 2013
We will be holding the AGM on 4th November 2012 at Barford and one of the matters to be discussed on the agenda will be what training courses should we organise next year.
We already have set certain objectives we wish to work towards in 2013, but there is plenty of scope to add to the itinary to meet the demand if it is there.
With that in mind … here is your chance to be heard. If you have any views about how, what and when, then please email them onto the EGKA Secretary. Feedback and ideas are always welcomed.
For example. We elected to concentrate most of our courses during 2012 at Stratford because of its central location between the North, South and London. To avoid the extra cost of staying over at a hotel, we ran mainly one-day events. So we are interested in getting your feedback on:
a). Would people like us to arrange a few more combined Saturday and Sunday courses because they miss the extra value and social aspect of getting together for the weekend?
b). If it is a one-day course, which is the better day for you and why? Saturday or Sunday?
Sensei Damion Wood wins Silver at the WUKF 4th European Championships, June 2012
As most of us concentrate on who is winning the Olympic medals this week, we should also celebrate with a ‘young’ Sensei Damion for winning his European WUKF silver medal. A fantastic achievement by anyone´s standards, especially as he faced the reigning World Champion in the final. His report on the event follows:
Accompanied by Sensei Paul Meeks, I set off on 31st May to Irvine in Scotland to represent the EGKA and IOGKF in the WUKF 4th European Championship for senior and veterens.
We arrived in Irvine a little before 2.00pm at our Travel Lodge, about 20 minutes from the venue. After checking in we had a brief meeting with the AMA Karate England team coach, Sensei Peter Allen, before heading off to the venue, for our welcome party.
Once the formalities were over, we got a chance to look round a modest sized hall with 8 contest areas. There were around 750 competitors from all over Europe making it the biggest tournament I´ve seen for a long time.
The tournament started at 9:30am prompt on Friday with kata. The standard of kata was high throughout. There were a lot of styles represented, some of which I haven´t see much of recently, such as Wado Ryu and Shuto Kia. Watching them took me back to the times of Crystal Palace.
Around 2:30pm the kumite competition kicked off, starting with the senior males divided into two groups by age, 21-35 and then 35-40 years. I was in the 35-40 group (although I know I look younger) kumite was devised of shobo ippon and shobo sanbon.
I had decided to partake in the ippon competition as I think it suited me more (old school rules). I won the first round by an ippon; the second by 2 half points; the third round by an ippon, to face the current world champion from Italy in the final, fought, not surprisingly, under shobo sanbon rules.
Scoring was a little strange, and no matter what I did … it just didn´t seem to get me the points. I felt I put in a good fight, but it just wasn´t my day and I had to settle for silver.
I would like to thank Sensei Roy and Sensei Ernie, the EGKA for their support, and an extra big thanks to Sensei Paul Meeks for being there with me on the day.
So what now? Well 2013 brings the World Championships to Sheffield, England … and winning my silver qualifies me for an entry. So it´s will soon be back to competition training again, looking for gold this time round!
Again a big thank you to everyone for their support.
Sensei Damion Wood 2012 European WUKF silver medallist.
The New IOGKF Structure
I am sure everyone will join the EGKA Committee in offering our congratulations and best wishes for the future to Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei upon his appointment as the new IOGKF World Chief Instructor. I am sure we will not be short of members willing to travel north to the SGKA Gasshuku in September to remind him of the need to celebrate his appointment into the wee hours of the next morning.
We also give our heartfelt congratulations to Sensei Ernie upon his appointment as the IOGKF joint Vice Chief Instructor, sharing the office with Sensei Henrik Larsens. Both appointments are without question well deserved, and it should not escape your notice that the appointment to high office of two Europeans in a Japanese martial arts institution like the IOGKF is a reflection of the high regard these two instructors enjoy in the land where Goju Ryu karate originated from. An honour bestowed indeed.
We understand that plans are well advanced to publish a new IOGKF constitution and rule book better suited for the modern age. More to follow as information becomes available.
News from Okinawa
In traditional fashion the confirmation of grading results were given during the Sayonara Party in Naha last night.
Congratulations to Sensei Ernie Molyneux on passing Hachidan (8th Dan), Sensei Paul Nolan on passing Nanadan (7th Dan), Felix Nelson on passing Rokudan (6th Dan) and Reena Prasad on passing Yondan (4th Dan).
With the announcement that Sensei Morio Higaonna has stepped down as the IOGKF´s Chief Instructor, we shall publish more news about the changes to the internal structure of the IOGKF in due course.
We continue to espouse the value to all student of attending any of the IOGKF international events like the Okinawan Budosai now coming to a close. Apart from the life-enriching aspects of visiting a different culture, the assured friendly welcome and high standard of training will always inspire you to greater things. To gain an insight in to what actually happens during such events, try dropping into Steve Walley´s Karate Blog. It may motivate you enough to want to join us for the July European Gasshuko in Sicily next year.
Royal Marine Commandos 1000 Press up Challenge - 2nd August 2102 on Crosby Beach, Merseyside
Can you handle hard physical exercise, getting wet, dirty and rolling around in the sand?
If that´s for you, take up the challenge and call Steve Timson on 07711 959 096 for an entry form.
All participants must be over 18 years of age.
On Thursday evening, 2nd August a group of Royal Marines from RMR Merseyside along wth members of the Merseyside Fire Service and Childwall Dojo will take part on a sponsored 1000 press up challenge.
The challenge will benefit two worthy causes, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and the Fire Fighters Charity.
Event Location: Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, The Esplanade, off Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Merseyside, L22 1RR.
Registration Time: 1800 hrs prompt
The Course: Participants will run along Crosby Beach and perform 10 press ups at each of the 100 ‘iron men’
March 2012 Sensei Ernie’s Master class for senior black belts
As the picture suggests, everyone enjoyed the latest weekend master class held at the Sir David English Centre in Bournemouth.
The idea of these small classes is to increase the one-to-one training time available for those attending and to really concentrate on one area of the Goju Ryu syllabus whether it be a kata or kumite.
Keep an eye on the Events page to see when the next master class will be run. Act quickly though as the numbers are restricted to a maximum of 16 and they tend to get booked up quickly.
The EGKA has a new permanent Honbu Dojo in Bournemouth
We are pleased to announce that Sensei Ernie has secured a permanent Honbu Dojo at the Sir David English Sports Centre in central Bournemouth. It is a five minute drive from the Littledown Sports Centre.
Our new training centre offers us the exclusive use of a fully equipped exercise studio from 7:00 in the morning to 10:00 at night.
We intend to make full use of this facility … So watch the Events page for developments. Sensei Ernie has already published details of his first weekend kumite master class for brown belts and shodans in early February. Click here for details. Details of more weekend training events will soon follow to take advantage of the new facilities. The idea is to focus on specific objectives for small groups of similar graded students to get the best out of the time available over the weekend.
We will continue to use the Littledown Sports Centre for the summer grading weekend and similar major events.
View Master Higaonna´s invitation to Okinawa later this year.
Please click on the image to view Master Higaonna´s personal invitation to members of the EGKA to attend this summer´s World Budo Sai.
AMA North East England Karate Championships, Sunday 13 November 2011
I was invited up to Newcastle to compete in the North East Karate Championships. It was a busy event with numerous categories the tournament kicked of at 9:30am with junior kata and kumite which ran till about 1:00pm.
Then the senior men category kicked off and it was a good standard. About 3:00pm the adult male 3rd Dan and above kata started. I was second up doing kururunfa to start with, which got me through to the second round … followed by sepi, which got me into the quarter finals.
The category was heavily weighted with shotokan exponents and I knew I had to up my game to make it into the finals. So sanseru was my next choice.
Having now reached the finals I tried my hand by repeating kururunfa and was eventually beaten into silver place by 0.2 of a point. I was pleased about that result.
At about 3:30pm the kumite started with me facing the AMA squad captain in the first round (Shobo Sanbon rules ). The fight ended 5-1 to me.
Second round 4-2, and then on to the quarter finals with a 6-0 score, followed by a semi final 4-2.
The final was a close fight, having been up 4-0 with only 30 seconds to go my opponent scored an ippon taking the score to 4-2 with 10 seconds left. I returned with giaku tsuki giving me a wasari taking the final score to 4.5-2 and the gold medal was mine.
After excepting the gold medal I was asked by the event organisers to take part in the European Open Championships in May 2012, which I have excepted.
So in May I will be entering on behalf of the EGKA and I will hopefully return with the gold (in both events). A lot of work to be done, and with the support of the Association and some of the senior instructors, I'm sure this will be possible.
Sensei Damion Wood.
Editor: On behalf of the EGKA I would like to congratulate Damion on his recent success. Results like this not only demonstrate the commendable spirit of the individual to compete at this level. It also validates traditional Goju Ryu as a relevant and modern fighting system on the current international competition scene. Well done indeed Sensei Damion.
2011 Winter Gradings, Wirral
Congratulations to all those who succeeded at the grading sessions on Sunday, 4th December.
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu||Jnr Shodan|
|Everton Hill||Ian Tomlinson||Tracie Cusworth (Prov)||Connor Campbell Smith|
|–||Megan Doherty||Steven Mansfield||Holly Pearson|
|–||Debbie Crane||Matthew Smith||Daniel Anstee|
|–||Tabie Thomson||Glyn Bawden (Prov)||Jazzmin Williams|
|–||Jeff Kaye (Prov)||Marieke Dubbelboer||Jordan Williams|
|–||Steve Mottram||Mathilde Laluque||Hannah Ainge|
|–||Sean Toole||David McCarthy||Alex Angco|
|–||–||Mark Ellis (Prov)||Ross Welsh|
|–||–||Mark Diaper (Prov)||–|
|–||–||Lauren Hall (Prov)||–|
|–||Mason Owen (Jnr)||Ethan Cavanagh (Jnr)||–|
|–||Harry Sturgess (Jnr)||Cameron Bowen (Jnr)||–|
|–||Emily Gaffney (Jnr)||Sarah Murphy (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Daniel Murphy (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Georgia Wylie (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Heather Taylor (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Nicole Payne (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Danielle Payne (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Elina Hall (Jnr)||–|
|–||Ben Yuen||Asia-Sophia Wolf||Dave Barratt|
|–||Ali Berendji||David Bruce||Kate Tyler|
|–||Kelly-Ann Gordon||Richard Owen||Michael Hill|
|–||Christopher Parsons||Hans Frydenberg (Norway)||Stevn Biggar (Scot)|
There is never such a thing as a free lunch … well almost never.
There is a rumour circulating about ‘free flights’ to Japan. You may care to read this extract taken from the official Japanese Tourist Board website.
"Recently a number of media outlets have publicized reports about ‘Japan offering 10,000 free flights to foreigners’. However, this initiative to be carried out from April 2012 onwards is still under examination for government budgetary approval and is at this moment undecided.
If the initiative is confirmed and put into operation, Japan Tourism Agency will officially announce details on this website link. To receive instant notifications on this and more related news, join your local Japan National Tourism Organization on Facebook now!
Warning: There have been reports in some countries about acts of fraud related to this media report. The Japanese government has not committed to provide free flight tickets to Japan to anybody. Please be careful not to get caught up in this kind of fraud."
Stratford Championships Results, October 2011
We were very pleased with the number of competitor (and their long-suffering parents) who made the journey to Stratford to participate in Saturday´s adult tournament and Sunday´s Junior competition.
Click here to watch the Adult Championship Final, courtesy of Steve Walley (Jnr).
Click here to review the Championship results.
12 Quays: July 2011. Congratulations to the following successful junior grading candidates.
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu||Jnr Shodan|
|–||–||Ross Welsh (Jnr)||Lydia Evans|
|–||–||Jake Pearce (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Lee Pearce (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Emma Wilcox (Jnr)||–|
Notice of the 2011 EGKA AGM
The 2011 AGM will begin at 9:45am at the Holiday Inn, Stratford upon Avon on Saturday, 15th October 2011.
In order to deal with all the usual matters and conclude the AGM in good time for the start of training, any one wishing to raise a issue under ‘any other business’ is requested to submit their question or request by email to the EGKA secretary no later than Thursday, 13th October 2011.
We have been requested to publish the good hotels people have previously stayed at in and around central Stratford:
- Holiday Inn, Bridgefoot, Stratford, CV37 6YR. Tel: 0871 423 4879
- Premier Inn, Peyton Street, Stratford, CV37 6UQ. Tel: 0871 527 9282
- Best Western Grosvenor Hotel, Warwick Rd, Stratford, CV37 6YT. Tel: 01789 269213
- Mecure Shakespeare Stratford Hotel, Chapel St, Stratford, CV37 6ER. Tel: 01789 294997
All hotels are within easy walking distance of Saturday night´s social meet at the Holiday Inn Lounge bar.
Congratulations to the following successful grading candidates from the Summer Grading in June 2011.
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu||Jnr Shodan|
|–||Matthew Smith||Richard Evans||Joel Carter|
|–||Glyn Bawden||Timothy Maynes||Dylan Ruggier|
|–||Tracie Cusworth||Christopher Parsons||Jennifer Fletcher|
|–||Mark Ellis||Andrew Aitchison||Matthew Roberts|
|–||Marieke Dubbelboer||Kelly-Ann Gordon||Olivia White|
|–||Lauren Hall||Ali Berendji||Tom Clarke (S)|
|–||Michael O'Toole (Jnr)||Ben Yuen||Jonathan Anstee|
|–||Danielle Payne (Jnr)||Alexander Angco||Bradley Moore|
|–||–||James Omajd||Thomas Dayman|
|–||–||William Fisher (Jnr)||Jordan Moore|
|–||–||Mary Sheriff (Jnr)||Bradley Anstee|
|–||–||Jasmine Turner (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Sian Elson (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Jordan Williams (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Jazzmin Williams (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Hannah Ainge (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||H Winsten-Korver (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Morgan Greer (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Connie Hutton (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Madison Jensen (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Kieran Lawford-Hatt (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Amy Smith (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Samuel Spears (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||C Armstrong-Brodie (Jnr)||–|
Junior and senior black belt candidates who passed:
|Jack Donoghue||Ian Sturgess||Graham Sims||–|
|Michael Gould||Ben Sturgess||Sean Crane||–|
|Thomas James||Sean Hammond||Tony Jones||–|
|Ryan Crane||Louise Jones||Glenn Herbert||–|
|–||Ailsa Burt||Michael Healy||–|
Okinawan World Budosai, 9-15 July 2012.
Higaonna Sensei has confirmed the dates for your diary next year for the 2012 Budosai in Naha, Okinawa. We shall keep you informed of group travel plans as they develop.
Results for the Adult Kata Competition, Littledown, July 2011
Although many a senior set out for the Littledown last Sunday half wishing they were going to visit the dentist for some root-canal treatment in preference to stepping out on the mat to compete in kata, a good time was in fact had by all.
Sensei Ernie was extremely pleased with the high standard of kata demonstrated on the day, with the final decisions often being determined by a mere one tenth of a point. Congratulations to everyone who competed, and well done to the winners.
Adult Kara Results
|Group 1: Mixed 9th-7th Kyu||Name||Dojo|
|1st place||Charles Leake||Frimley|
|2nd place||Anna Kawica||BKA|
|3rd place||Matt Martineau||BKA|
|Group 2: Mixed 6th-4th Kyu||Name||Dojo|
|1st place||Jon McClelland||Frimley|
|2nd place||Elsa McCleary||New Cross|
|3rd place||Sarah Bayliss||Tooting|
|Group 3: Mixed 3rd-1st Kyu||Name||Dojo|
|1st place||Alex Angco||BKA|
|2nd place||Matt Smith||BKA|
|3rd place||Stephanie Langbridge||Tooting|
|Group 1: Mixed 1st & 2nd Dans||Name||Dojo|
|1st place||John Fernander||Hedge End|
|2nd place||Jon Anstee||Frimley|
|3rd place||Mark Reed||New Cross|
|Group 1: Mixed 3rd & 4th Dans||Name||Dojo|
|1st place||Reena Prasad||BKA|
|2nd place||Chris Walker||BKA|
|3rd place||Samantha Tomlinson||BKA|
Join Master Higaonna in Scotland on 1st ´ 2nd August 2011.
(Click image for downloadable poster)
The SGKA is pleased to announce that Master Higaonna will be leading a special training weekend to celebrate the life of the late Sensei Lambert.
The details have yet to be finalised, but Sensei Stevie Biggar (Chairperson of the SGKA) extends an invitation to all members of the EGKA to venture north of the border to Glenrothes in August to join them over the training weekend.
We shall update you with information as it becomes avaialble, but you can also follow developments directly on the SGKA website.
Mindful of the June grading coming up, we thought it would be timely to release training videos of the first five kyu grade katas. We hope it will help students better understand the pace and dynamics of each of these katas, as demonstrated by Sensei Ernie.
Click on the Kata Video link top right.
Results for the London, Northern and Southern Regional Competition, May 2011
Congratulations to all those who participated in the recent Junior Regional Competitions.
The results are published below, and all the named competitors automatically win through to secure a place in the National Competition to be held in Stratford over the weekend of the 15th and 16th October 2011
Northern Regional Results: Click here.
Southern Regional Results: Click here.
London Regional Results: Click here.
We will be running separate adult (18+) kumite and kata competitions. Start training as there is no adult pre-qualifier, so all adult EGKA members can enter.
New EGKA sparring Video published today, May 2011
In the latest video, Sensei Ernie and Sensei Roy demonstrate a punching combination, where the real emphasis is on training you to keep your guard up!
One of the problems inexperienced students face in their early sparring training, is remembering to keep their guard up to protect their head and vulnerable ribs.
This video shows a very effective, close quarter, punching combination where the attacker also has to concentrate on keeping their guard up as well.
View the latest EGKA Punching Combination Video: Click here.
EGKA Adult Goju-Ryu Kata Competition on Sunday, 3rd July 2011
(Click image for downloadable poster)
Every adult (4th Dan and below) in the Southern and London regions are invited to enter into this Kata Competition to be held at the Littledown Centre on Sunday afternoon, 3rd July 2011.
"I can understand why adults don´t enter kumite competitions, but putting yourself under the kind of competition pressure that comes with stepping out on the mat before five judges serves to really lift your kata standard and prepares you for your next grading. So, if you´re 16 or older, no matter how good or bad you think you are; no matter how old or young you feel you are … I expect to see you on that mat on Sunday." – Sensei Ernie
For more information, click here.
New EGKA Forum (see menu) launched today, April 2011
We invite members to sign-up to the new EGKA Forum and improve the exchange of ideas and views across the membership.
The Forum will be strictly policed, but the only rules are no profanities and certainly no personal criticisms.
The EGKA exists to promote and safeguard a traditional Okinawan martial art. On the other hand the Association knows it has to be progressive and reactive to the needs of the membership. Here is your chance to have your say … and we hope you use it.
Suport the EGKA ITKA Japan Tsunami Appeal
On Sunday, 8th May 2001 the ITKA and the EGKA will running an open tournament in Liverpool in aid of the Japan Tsunami Appeal.
We have cancelled the Stratford training day to support this event. So we hope many of you will pull out the stops and go along to support this worthy initiative, either to participate in the event, or to cheer on from the side.
Please make sure that you bring all the loose change you can (paper optional)!
A Norwegian on Liverpool
This is the third time that I have traveled to the city of Liverpool to train with Sensei Roy Flatt and all of the good Goju Ryu Karateka who train with him. I made this trip for the first time three years ago (the last two times have been within the last 6 months). It all started with a nice invitation from Sensei Roy and Sensei Ernie Molyneux to feel free to travel over to train with them whenever I can. Liverpool is very easy to get to from Norway and the airport is close to where I live, so the first time I travelled there was in December 2008. I planned my trip with the EGKA calendar (from their website), this way I could also go to the English mini-gasshuku for the weekend as a nice end to my week of training.
Liverpool airport is easy to reach, and if you order the ticket in advance you can get some really cheap flight tickets. The most expensive tickets cost me 1500 NOK (around £150) and the cheapest around 700 NOK (around £70). The first time I made the trip over, Sensei Roy came and met me at the airport. I couldn´t believe it the first time to be honest … I just came over to train and the one of the best instructors came to pick me up! I thought ‘Wow that´s really nice!’ and from there on it just got better and better!
Accommodation in Liverpool:
I started to look online for a place to stay and I found a place called ‘The International Inn’: A hostel in Liverpool city centre. It´s a nice place if you are looking for a cheap place to sleep. The standards there are good, the cheapest rooms are domitories that bunk around 15 people sharing the same room. You can also get a double room or double hotel room if you prefer. The double room costs about £22 per night and the mixed rooms are cheaper still. There´s also a kitchen that you can use, so if you are low on budget you can buy your one food and prepare it there. Last time I was there I spent around £60 in a week for food.
Liverpool the city:
Liverpool is a great city, it has everything you can think of. There are plenty of shops and you can get mostly everything you want from there. There´s also a lot of pubs and restaurants to visit. A beer cost around £3 and you can find a meal for around £5 to £12 (depending on what you want). Some of my English friends have showed me some really nice places to go out and eat, it´s all great. There´s a lot of culture in the city and, there´s always something going on with much to see. You will not be bored in this great city!
Every time I have been to Liverpool the training has always been fantastic. Sensei Roy has always taken time to give me personal instruction and I get a lot of training, some days I even trained twice. I got to train a lot of different places: in sensei Dojo, in a great boxing gym, in other dojos around the region and even in sensei´s back garden! There´s a lot of different training and you can pick up a lot of ideas and inspiration to take with you home.
The standard of karate in England is the best I have found; In the main dojo in Liverpool there´s a lot of black belts so I always get a good challenge. The students are really friendly and you will easily make a lot of new friends. The progression and learning I get from one week is amazing. I feel that every time I visit Liverpool I take a big step forward on my way as a karate student, and when I come home I have more to give to my students in the dojo. As a friend told me Sensei Roy has ‘a crystal brain’, he has such a great understanding of everything! I get to train everything I need and every time he hits exactly on the spot.
Japanese Earthquake Disaster - March 2011
On behalf of all the members of the EGKA, our thoughts are with all those affected by the Japanese earthquake disaster.
The transient comfort provided by learning that a complete stranger on the other side of the world has paused to think of their plight, is not going to relieve their more immediate and pressing need for water, food, shelter and medicines.
We provide links to two respected charities that have launched appeals to provide the more practical help our friends in Japan need right now.
Japan Tsunami Appeal Please Donate Now
Japan emergency appeal
Donate now. Help save the children affected by the Japan earthquake.
Sensei Linda´s reflections of her Okinawa visit - January 2011
2010 for me was focussed on getting my new dojo up and running and helping to coach the English team ready for the World championships in October. So I was very ready to spend some ‘me’ time with the challenge of an intense training period, Zen meditation as well as a technical check of techniques, kata and bunkai.
This trip achieved it all and more. It was great to be with Senseis Ernie, Roy, Paul and Gary Webber and this brought a different experience to the trip for me as I have usually undertaken the additional training alone. The time with Higaonna sensei was very precious. His ability to push you in basics for two hours at a time is unique and the way that he demonstrates techniques is truly inspirational. Every session with Higaonna sensei is mind blowing and a physical assault course that leaves you feeling exhilarated and alive!
There was certainly the intensity of the regime - training three times a day: 06:30-08:00, 13:00–15:00, 20:00–23:00. This schedule that we set ourselves was not for the faint hearted! We focused on kata in the morning which was usually the same as we had been through with Higaonna sensei the night before, so as to consolidate our practice and also compare notes with each other on all the points that he had commented on, demonstrated and corrected. This was brilliant and also added to the quality and depth of the practice so that I felt every time we performed a kata I was on high alert with all the techniques!
We used the afternoon sessions for hoju undo practice and trained together in stations. This meant that you had a limited time on any particular implement and this gave me huge focus and drive to practice even harder within the period. It was also very motivational to be training together and the energy levels were increased as a result!
A very important part of any gasshuku is the social side of the day and this for all of us was after the evening session when we would go to the local restaurant, sit in the same places every night and order the same combination of food! This trip was also lot of Nabe which is the food of the Sumos but by the evening we were ready for it!!! It is quite a basic dish that is cooked over a portable gas ring at your table. It is a large pot of broth with mushrooms, prawns, pork, spinach-like greens, udon or soba noodles that you serve out into small bowls.
Once the ingredients are finished, the broth is topped up, rice is added plus a raw egg and once cooked served out again. A very communal way of eating! Thankfully it didn´t have the same effect on us as the sumos in terms of increased size (thank goodness!), but that´s probably because we shared a pot between five rather than have one each!
As well as eating there were of course some great discussions! Stories of the past, shared events, remembering all those teachers who have gone before us and who we had trained with under them at gasshukus as juniors! We shared personal training experiences, methods that worked, stuff that didn´t. We discussed technical points and explored what were the origins of the technique, tiger, crane or other. Life experiences are also a great source of information and entertainment some sad, some bewildering, some very funny, some long!!! This also meant that we didn´t get to bed until 01:30 and it wasn´t long before the next session! However, these were times that were very precious and as enjoyable as the training.
I also fitted in three sessions at the zendo temple (instead of the morning session not as well as!!). This had a very different degree of difficulty. The first session Paul and I went with Higaonna Sensei which meant that we got to the Zendo temple early and were sitting by 05:30. So by the end of the second session we had sat for over an hour and half – that was tough and I analysed the pain in my hips and legs in some detail! However, I felt energised afterwards.
We joined in with the tea ceremony with Sakiyama Sogen Roshi. He is such a charismatic person and at 92 years old he still does not miss a thing. The tea ceremony is very precise and the things you do are very deliberate. It is difficult but so wonderful that there are no distractions to the actions, that what you are doing is the only thing of your attention and to me it makes the tea taste better! Each time I went to the Zendo the rest of the day seemed more in focus. When I was training the techniques seemed clearer and crisper. It was as if my senses were tuned into the day and actions could be broken down to a singular level. The lecture that I attended with the Roshi pointed out about taking care of yourself and practising regularly which is difficult but necessary to progress.
When you are balancing your life there are usually a number of factors that are always around and getting these elements in the right order all the time is also a challenge! I find that in a period of intense training I can also get back some perspective and see better ways of balancing life and its distractions.
We had an additional challenge with all of us being a bit under par with residual or renewed winter colds which added to the physical strain. However, Dr Flatt had every medication that was required and when my cold decided to freshen up, this really helped me get through the worst of my cold!!!
There was a consensus from all of us that after over 27 years of training together at the end of two weeks the camaraderie was even stronger and the focus in training meant that we all felt physical progress in both hoju undo and kata. There was such a willingness to practice three times a day with huge positive energy from each that it was mutually nurturing and our discussions were full of forward planning, growth and education for all in EGKA. What stood out for us from Higaonna sensei´s teaching was the depth of his masterclasses in moving basics using groups of techniques from the kata and his warmth and generosity towards everyone in training evidenced his passion for the art.
If love was visible then you would have seen all of our hearts and spirit grow bigger. If that energy was transferable we would gladly have sent it to all four corners of the world to sow it in a single moment towards happiness, hope, charity and faith in mankind.
Gambatte in your search for the same!
Sensei Linda Marchant, 2011
Sensei Ernie Course – Hallam Dojo Saturday, 26 February 2011
Sensei Andy is pleased to invite you to a course with Sensei Ernie open to all cadets (14 yrs+) and seniors.
Dan grades: 10:00-11:00
Kyu Grades: £15
University of Sheffield
Goodwin Sports Centre
Car Parking: There is a car park on the opposite side of the road just after Marlborough Road. Parking is 40p, the maximum stay stated on the machine is 4 hours but I have spoken to the parking attendant who assures me that this will not be an issue.
Please contact me on 07891 671730, or email me at email@example.com if you have any queries.
December 2010 Winter Grading Results - 12 Quays, Woodchurch
Congratulations to the following successful candidates that passed their gradings in a cold, snow-bound Wirral last weekend:
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu||Jnr Shodan|
|Michael O´Toole (Jnr)||George Sheriff||Ian Sturgess||Bethan Jenkins|
|–||Mary Sherriff||Benjamin Sturgess||Charlie Norman|
|–||Nicole Payne (Jnr)||Jim Penny||Lewis Mayles|
|–||–||Daniel Anstee (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Joel Carter (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Connor Campbell-Smith (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Olivia White (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Sam Holcroft (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Jennifer Fletcher (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Tom Clark (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Joe Cholmondeley (Jnr)||–|
|–||–||Holly Pearson (Jnr)||–|
|Steven Crane||Tim Crosby||Natalie Roberts||Neil Meadows|
|Jordan Evans||Alice Griffin||Christopher Spencer||Bev McParlan|
|–||Robert Harcup||Daniel Healey||Michael Lyons|
|–||Gordon Smith||Sarah Williams||–|
|–||Glyn Norman||Stephen Quirk||–|
|–||Thomas Roberts||Kevin Bown||–|
November 2010 Southern Junior Grading Results - Bournemouth
Congratulations to the following successful candidates that passed their Junior gradings:
|2nd Kyu||1st Kyu||Jnr Shodan||Jnr Nidan|
|Alex Angco||Dorinda Chandrabase||Owen Choy||Travis Bussell||Connie Doohan||Dylan Ruggier||Lucy Moore||Curtis Bussell|
|–||Chris Walker||Thalia Norman-Perkins||Connor Lynne|
IOGKF South Africa World Tournament Results
We are pleased to announce that the England squad did extremely well in last Saturday´s competition in South Africa.
Women´s Individual Balck Belt Open Division: Gold Reena Prasad
Women´s Black Belt Team: Gold Reena Prasad, Angela Downing, Helen Smith, Stephanie Parker
Men´s Black Belt Team: Silver John Timson, Jason Rogers, Phil McClements, Jordan Birch
Senior Men´s Green Blue Belt Division: Bronze Nick Scott-Smith
Junior Black Belt (14-17 yrs): Gold Jordan Evans
Sensei Ernie once again wishes to thank all those who participated in the EGKA events that helped train and raise funds for the squad who attended the competition. Although it´s time for a well deserved rest for all the participants and trainers, we hope we have sown the seeds of inspiration for those of you with an eye for winning a place on the next competition squad the EGKA send overseas. Keep training.
Goju Ryu Academy - Kata, Bunkai, Kakie & Kumite Video Instruction Library
Sensei Ernie Molyneux and Sensei Roy have completed the first stage of laying down the complete EGKA Goju Ryu Karate syllabus in a series of short web-videos.
The idea of the library is to provide a convenient and easily accessible resource of online instruction that directly reflects the techniques currently being taught by EGKA–recognised instructors in their Dojos around the Country.
Of course, as Sensei Ernie is a member of the IOGKF Executive Committee, it also means this library will be of relevance to any IOGKF affiliated student where ever they happen to train in the World.
If you visit the website you can view a FREE Street Fighting Self Defence session to get a feel for the way the library works. We include some really sensible advice about why you should avoid street violence, but if you do have to fight Sensei Ernie and Sensei Roy demonstrate some simple and highly effective techniques you can use to defend yourself.
Any current EGKA member can use the ‘JOIN’ procedure to sign-up for the Free 10th Kyu level. Just complete the form that requests your personal information, only select 10th Kyu, and you do not have to proceed any further with the payment section. You will receive a username and password within 24 hours. The content of this entry-level resource is designed to provide the basic information a 10th Kyu will need when they first start training. It nonetheless contains some very useful instruction on Goju Ryu basics and dojo etiquette that any grade may find of interest, if only to see how Sensei Ernie and Sensei Roy approach the teaching of the subject matter.
Sunday, 26th September 2010
Annual Open Training Day - Nishimon Dojo, Rotherham.
Starting at 12:00 noon on Sunday, 26 September 2010, Sensei Steve Gouldson (6th Dan) and Sensei Mike Draper (6th Dan) will be holding their annual open training day. This year it is at the Nishimon Dojo, Rotherham. There are junior and adult sessions planned. Click on the poster for full details.
Chris Davidson report on IOGKF Copenhagen Gasshuku,2010.
It may well have been the second time that Copenhagen has hosted the European Gasshuku; however for me the number was even more auspicious: ‘one’, as in ´first´, as in ´never before´. So was I nervous? Sure. This was new territory and I didn´t want to disappoint those who´d invested so much of their effort and energy in me so far – I was, after all, our dojo´s sole representative. On the flip side, I was keenly aware that I needed a break. Work had recently been very intense. My brain needed to focus on something other than putting a roof over my head and my body needed the endorphin rush that comes from serious exercise. I´m delighted to report that I loved the whole experience – and knew I was going to from the moment I entered the dojo on the first morning.
To read more, click here …
15th International Summer Gasshuku in Hamburg, 10th to 12th September 2010.
We are pleased to provide details of the Hamburg Summer Gasshuku to be led by Sensei Katsuji Kasmashiro, 7th Dan.
June 2010´s Grading Results - Littledown Centre, Bournemouth
Congratulations to the following successful candidates that passed their grading in June 2010:
|3rd Kyu||2nd Kyu||1st Kyu||Jnr Shodan|
|Michael Murray||Tom Clark||Steven Brown||Ben Slater|
|Emily Sheriff||Joe Cholmondeley||Bradley Anstee||Bethany Norman|
|Mary Sheriff||–||Ralph Elliott-King||James Mulhall|
|George Sheriff||–||Andre Wong||James Penny|
|–||–||Alice Griffin||Phillipa Lamb|
|–||–||Thomas Roberts||Sean Pitt|
|–||–||Jonathan Anstee||Rachel Sawyer|
|–||–||Emily Wilcox||Alexander Sawyer|
|–||–||Owen Choy||–||–||–||Bradley Moore||–|
|Matthew Fletcher||Michael Wallis||Joshua Holmes||Philip McClements|
|Scott Pritchard||Stephen Sutton||Sam Karagiannidis||Samantha Tomlinson|
|–||David Campbell||Robert Carter||Paul Meeks|
|–||David Beck||Francis Casey||Gilbert Angco|
|–||Gordan Mcfarland||–||Stephen Butler|
|–||Francis Berkelaar||–||Matty Barlow|
18 April 2010 - On the road to a Gasshuku record.
Now that we have passed the 1st April deadline I am extremely happy to report to you all that there are well over 500 people signed up for the European Gasshuku in Copenhagen. This means that we are well on the way to a new European record and creating karate history.
There is still room for more – so tell your training partners, friends and acquaintances about this unique training opportunity and challenge them to claim their place in this historical event. The absolute last chance to sign up is 1st July 2010 but why not sign up today at www.gasshuku.eu and become a part of writing history.
The European Gasshuku, Copenhagen, 26th to 30th July – Probably the best gasshuku in the world …
Med venlig hilsen
14 April 2010 - Free Chiropractic services will be on hand for the next few EGKA meetings.
Dr Jason Gould from Chislehurst Chiropractic Clinic will be providing support and advice about elite performance, nutrition as well as complimentary treatment at the squad training sessions in Stratford on 16th May, 11th July and 15th August, and the black belt grading weekend in Bournemouth in June.
Jason is well known to many of you, and in between training himself, he treated quite a few of us that had minor pulls and strains at last weekend´s Stratford meeting.
Any questions, or to pre-book a session on one of the above dates please contact Jason on 02082951733. For further information, please go to www.chislehurstchiro.com
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