DOKAN DIPPERS 2017

In 2016 I took part in the Boxing day dip. Just three Dokan dads trying to raise a bit cash for the club funds. I thought then how much more fun it would of been if we could involve the kids too.

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DOKAN DIPPERS 2017

In 2016 I took part in the Boxing day dip. Just three Dokan dads trying to raise a bit cash for the club funds. I thought then how much more fun it would of been if we could involve the kids too.

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DOKAN WINTER GRADING 2017

Since the day I took a karate club over I have aimed to continuously improve my teaching methods and thus improve the standard of student I turn out. It has been a struggle to keep students happy while not grading them every couple of month like a lot of their friends do at other clubs but I have done what I had to do to create one of the best clubs in England today.

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Fireworks Barbecue @ sensei Kevs house 2017

Only our second garden party of 2017 but it went off with a bang. 

For the past 6 or 7 year I have put on a firework display and invited in some students and friends from the club. This event is growing yearly and just like everything we do it gets better each year. After spending about 6 hours setting my garden up on Thursday ( I knew I would have no time that weekend due to competing down Manchester) It was just a case of keeping my fingers crossed it did not rain. The weather held and we had two burners going all night to keep folk warm. With plenty of marshmallows and a wide choice of barbecued food plus chilli etc no one went hungry. 

I set the fireworks off just after 6.00 and most people left by 8.00 to get their kids to bed for school the next day. The fireworks themselves, I buy large display ones from a wholesaler and plan an even bigger display next year. A lot of the new parents were impressed how good the fireworks were and all in all everyone seemed to have a good time. The kids were buzzing at the club the following day talking about the evening.

Although I pay for the food / drink and the fireworks I had a donation pot out for anyone who felt the need to give something. The money raised will go towards Dokans Tyne Tees open comp in 2018 where I want to pay half or more of every kids fee from my club and ensure a bigger entry. Money donated totalled £85. Thank you to all the parents that donated.

 

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DOKAN SUMMER GRADING 9.7.2017

Dokan have 2 large gradings a year and one smaller spring grading. There is no rush to grade and as we run a quality outfit I prefer my students to be highly competent before they grade.

This summer we had a fantastic standard from our beginners and low grades. The best ever to be fair and the day flew by ahead of schedule for a change.

Notable sections were the white belts who although nervous and lacking confidence were totally ready to grade and I could see plenty of potential in there. Now to get them attending proper clubs and up their ambitions.

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DOKAN SUMMER GRADING 9.7.2017

Dokan have 2 large gradings a year and one smaller spring grading. There is no rush to grade and as we run a quality outfit I prefer my students to be highly competent before they grade.

This summer we had a fantastic standard from our beginners and low grades. The best ever to be fair and the day flew by ahead of schedule for a change.

Notable sections were the white belts who although nervous and lacking confidence were totally ready to grade and I could see plenty of potential in there. Now to get them attending proper clubs and up their ambitions.

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ASSOCIATION COACH ACCREDICATION COURSE

DOKAN COACH ACCREDICATION COURSE.

April 2nd saw the association take another step forward with our own coaches’ accreditation course which had an official EKF accreditation officer and a police Chief inspector child protection officer in attendance to give the proceeding a certified seal of approval.

The day also included a cadet and junior course for those trainee instructors that regularly help out at our clubs and was well supported by Dokan’s junior volunteer staff. What a great set of kids we have here at our clubs. Pictured is Eve Palmer receiving her diploma and a special merit for the best thought out and presented lesson plan, from coaching assessor Derek Laing who put a lot of time and effort into organising the event. Thanks Derek, and well done Eve.

 

DOKAN FIGHT NIGHT 29.1.2017

January 29th and Dokan host a fight night at Whitburn social club. This event consisted of 28 bouts with the age span of the competitors ranging from 6 years old to 45 years old. The evening started with a team kata and bunkai display by the clubs top kata team which went down well with the 200 people present. We followed this with a few dangerous stunts and sensei Kev dusted off his bed of nails to entertain the kids.

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