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special lesson – saturday 21 january

this saturday, 21 january, we’re having our first special lesson for 2017. sensei kate taylor, 3rd dan, from haslemere skc will be teaching. 2-3pm all grades; 3-4pm black and brown belts. free to regular members; £5 guests.

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october training schedule update

thursday, 13 october – no session due to an event at the spectrum

saturday, 15 october – special session with sensei john parnell, 6th dan, and sensei neil jerome, 5th dan.

sunday, 16 october – technical kata clinic with sensei neil jerome, 5th dan, at wimbledon karate SW19 3TZ, 2-4pm.

tuesday, 18 october – no session due to a blood donation event at the spectrum.

sunday, 23 october – advanced black & brown belt lesson with sessei bob poynton, 8th dan, at kenmei karate, 12:30-2:00pm, £10.

sunday, 23 october – special session and kyu grading with sessei bob poynton, 8th dan, at kenmei karate,  2pm onwards. £5 for lesson only, £20 for lesson and grading.

Mark your diaries

June and July are packed with lots of great training opportunities with top instructors:

Sutton 5 June 3-5pm – sensei Neil Jerome, 4th dan, is hosting an advanced lesson for black and brown belts. this is a great opportunity for anyone preparing to take their dan grading in the near future. what’s more it is free for regular club members!

Sutton 19 June 3-5pm – another black and brown belt advanced session with sensei Neil Jerome. can’t have too many of those.

Guildford 30 June 8-9:30pm – sensei John Parnell, 5th dan, will be teaching our regular lesson. if you missed the lesson we had with John recently there’s your opportunity to make it up for yourself and if you didn’t then you already know you don’t want to miss this one either.

Sutton 3 July – sensei Garry Harford, 8th dan, is coming to sutton for our joint kyu grading with kenmei karate. there will be an advanced lesson for black and brown belts 11-12:30pm, then a special lesson for kyu grades 13:00-2:30pm followed by the grading. £10 for the black and brown lesson, £20 for the grading or £5 for training only.

Bath 16 July – free black and brown belt course and dan grading. check the KUGB website for details. checklist for those grading: license (of course!), gum shield and mitts, gi and belt (you’d be surprised). check that you sparring mitts comply with current KUGB requirements or get new ones from Kamae. don’t wait for the eve of the grading. check that you have everything ready today!

Woking 17 July – sensei Garry Harford at the Rising Sun Karate Academy for their kyu grading. an opportunity for those who cannot make the grading on the 3rd or just want to train with sensei Harford again, which i’m sure many will do. £12 for training only or £30 for training and grading.

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Schedule update

Owing to events taking place at the Spectrum there will be no adult lessons in the first week of May, that is Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May, and Thursday, 5 May. Instead there will be a special session with Sensei John Parnell, 5th dan, on Saturday 28 May. Details will follow.

For those who wish to keep up their training regimen the Monday lesson at Kenmei karate in Sutton is on as normal.

Please note that the junior lesson on Tuesday, 3 May, will be unaffected.

Epic cat fight

I found this video of a cat fight to demonstrate nicely the basic principles of maai such as distance and timing. At the beginning of the fight the cat atop the stepladder (say Aka) seemingly has the advantage of a higher position. The other cat (say Shiro) slowly edges forward provoking Aka into a frenzied yet ineffective attack. Whilst the flurry of wild paw swings first causes Shiro to flinch it achieve very little and mostly serves to cause Aka to somewhat lose its balance. Shiro for its part maintains its composure as well as its position just outside Aka’s reach. Finally, having seen the pattern in Aka’s attack Shiro chooses its moment to launch its own attack which is much more effective. Use the options cog to watch in extra slow motion and you’ll see that the counter is timed perfectly between attacks. A carefully timed lunge by Shiro finds its mark and quickly sends Aka fleeing away.