CLUB ANNUAL SUMMARY 2016

CLUB SUMMARY 2016

2016 has been the usual busy year of external competitions, hotel stopovers, seminars, grading ceremonies and club parties. The club has settled into a steady rhythm with things falling into place slightly easier than before. This year we entered eight external competitions and I enjoyed every one of them. We had some fantastic results and yet again topped the medal tables in some majors.

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New Shito-Ryu kata only sessions. Starting on 18.12.2016

New to Dokan : I am starting a pilot scheme which I plan to run every available Sunday morning through the winter and drop it to twice a month through the summer.ar parent I do not know if this is of interest to your child but

These sessions will be one hour only and separate to your weekly classes. As the title suggests they are to be kata only and Shito-Ryu  or Goju- ryu style only. We are a Shotokan club but I do teach the highest ranking Shito-ryu kata too, as you can see from the picture of Eve performing Chatan Yara Kusanku  recently and coincidentally winning the last three kata tournaments she has entered doing all Shito-Ryu kata.

 

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JONATHAN MOTTRAM SEMINAR 2016

It is two years since Jonathan visited our dojos in Sunderland and during that time he had a short while out of karate. The rest must have renewed his vigour as this was by far the best seminar of his I have attended. 

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DOKAN REFEREE COURSE 24.4.2016

After 3 separate introductory refereeing sessions ran by Dokan Chief ref Brian Graham it was time to bring in England’s top refereeing official, Mr Dale Gamble who is The chief ref of Britain and a world recognised refereeing authority.

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English Kyu Grades comp 17.01.2016

Twenty seven Dokan students entered this year and after watching this squad in action I was hopeful of some good results. As usual the day did not pan out as expected, aside from my usual bad luck of not being able to park and quarrelling with carpark attendants etc things got off to a terrible start as we lost virtually every decision in kata 2 flags to 1.

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Fight Night

This is the fourth fight night we have hosted and each one is different from the last. This one amounted to 33 bouts with an age span from 5 years old to over 40 years old and was, yet again, hugely popular with the students.

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Yorkshire Open

The second tournament of the year for Dokan but the first one the full squad could attend - and most did. With a massive entry of 39 students we arrived at Barnsley Metrodome to find there were 900 entries and the place was bursting at the seams.

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KSE Open

Another huge turnout for another great competition, this time in Gloucester city centre. Dokan made the long journey on the Saturday stopping for the night at a Premier inn before entering the tournament on the Sunday. As we arrived in Gloucester at 1.30 we had a bit time to spare before our evening meal.

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Spring Grading

This year our spring grading was a smaller affair than usual but the standard of the students was higher than usual. The fact the date clashed with the Easter holidays caused a few problems but this was the only Sunday free till late May.

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English National Championships 16.04.2016

A weekend of pure stress. So why did I enjoy it so much? The answer is simple it was because this tournament is the ultimate test for English athletes however old or young and we are there like everyone else to win. In hindsight there were many mistakes decision wise, by me and the squad but hindsight is a great thing so they say.

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Western Union Competition

No rest for the Dokan squad as we set off once again on the six hour journey to Somerset. This has become a firm favourite with our kids as the two night stop over appeals as a short break and the fifty-eight seat coach along with a couple of families driving meant we had a decent sized squad of 23 students entering.

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