All of our classes are now being delivered live, online.
From 14th March
Following Gov.uk and NHS.uk advice, as a club, we have agreed that classes can and will continue for the time being. Exercise is so important for the body and mind, and encouraged as long as people use common sense.
Key measures for teaching and training
Person to person distancing at least 2m apart
Practise is in basics and kata (patterns)
No kumite (partner work/sparring)
No kiais (shouting)
Adoption of outdoor training
Preparation for online lessons
Common sense measures for all students
Use automatic doors or tissue if opening and closing manually
Dojo doors to be left open
Wash hands before and after training and/or use sanitiser
No handshaking, hugs or kisses. Just a bow
Registration cards to be kept in one’s pocket
Try not to touch your face or anything else
Have tissues at hand, then dispose and sanitise
Keep a face towel in jacket instead of using sleeve
Wash gi after every session
Don’t share phones
Stay hydrated but avoid public water fountains
If you present with any of the flu-like symptoms as widely publicised, or if you are just feeling generally unwell, please self-isolate for 14 days.
Next steps and outdoor/online training Exercise is important for one’s mental health. Our club’s measures fall completely in line with UK Government guidelines.
Keep up to date Feel free to reach out via the contact form. Email is still the best method of contact for club members and I will send further significant updates in this way so make sure the club email address is added to your email whitelist, and Follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts @Shiranamikai
Karateka from The Japan Karate Association in England had a good opening to the 2020 New Year with a 3-hour kata course at Hertfordshire University. The training was split into three sessions with choices of Bassai Dai, Bassai Sho or Kanku Sho in the first; Jion, Hangetsu or Meikyo in the second; Empi, Gojushiho Sho or Chinte in the third. Although the kata schedule may have implied it was for brown belts and above, kyu grades were accommodated in a smaller group with the Heian katas and Tekki Shodan.
Our Chief Instructor, Ohta Sensei, led core katas Bassai Dai, Jion and Empi. Also on hand to teach were Adel Ismail and Gary Stewart from the Technical Committee with whom you may have enjoyed Bassai Sho and Meikyo, and Spiros Venturos and Martin King of Oxford University and Oxford City respectively.
It’s tough to get going at the start of the year but hopefully this course helped some along the way or at least made the return to one’s own dojo a little easier!
The AGM that followed was an opportunity for the committee to make submissions on the recent developments in the association and for area representatives to bring everybody up to date with regional news.
Top session with our Association’s Chief Instructor, Ohta Sensei, this week. Kyu grades received special guidance on their katas while brown & black belts were kept busy working through an exhaustive set of kicking and kumite drills!
Congratulations to everyone on passing their grading!
Shiranamikai participated in the Shotokan Open Championship this weekend. This annual event, hosted by The Japan Karate Association in England, regularly comprises iro 350 entrants from across the UK and Europe. Well done to everybody who made the effort! Our club’s results as follows…
🥈🥉Kyo: Silver in Kata, Bronze in Kumite 🥉Alex Meltsov: Bronze in Kata 🥇🥈Lydik: Gold in Kata, Silver in Kumite 🥉🥈Steph: Bronze in Kata, Silver in Kumite 🥈Tovael: Silver in Kumite 🥈🥉Chantelle: Silver in Kata, Bronze in Kumite 🥇🥇Shion: Gold in Kata, Gold in Kumite 🥉Alex Maclean: Bronze in Kata 🥈Itsuko: Silver in Kata 🥇Eri: Gold in Kumite
Congratulations on the impressive performances, everyone, it’s a 15-medal haul for the club! But what really counts is trying your best, and being back in the dojo for the next training session 🤗
We enjoyed world-class training at the weekend with Senseis, Imamura Tomio 8th Dan and Kurihara Kazuaki 5th Dan from The Japan Karate Association’s Tokyo HQ and Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan, Chief Instructor in England. This was a brilliant, intense, and immensely technical, 3-day course!
Kurihara’s distance-making during his kumite class was a sight to behold – him covering ground with astounding speed and power. The partner changes seemed relentless to some as his drills became ever more challenging.
Ohta’s session couldn’t have been more of a contrast, advocating the feeling and connection of technique through muscle engagement during controlled kihon and kumite. As he explained, many advanced katas contain slow movements so when practising it is vital to consider the point at which you start, transition and finish the techniques.
Imamura‘s lesson featured many close-quarter techniques and reverse hip twists that one encounters throughout kata. Many applications felt awkward at first and somewhat opposed to the expansive style of Shotokan but after practise it felt more positive. Great to explore these movements.
Congratulations to Subhash! After training finished on Sunday there was a black belt examination where he passed Shodan. Very well deserved!
Ohta Sensei’s Birthday There was another cause for celebration on Sunday with it being Ohta Sensei’s 60th birthday! There were two huge cakes organised by the association, along with a gift. It’s difficult to sum up in how high a regard he is held by everybody he teaches but Tony Cronk captured it well when he said, without you there would be no association.
Many happy returns, Ohta Sensei, from everyone at Shiranamikai!
Shiranamikai members performed a karate display at the 2019 Japan Matsuri in London’s Trafalgar Square, the largest outdoor Japan-UK cultural event bringing together the best of music, food, dance and of course, martial arts!
We did our best to illustrate core elements of JKA Shotokan karate, demonstrating Kihon (fundamentals), Kata (set pattern sequences) and Kumite (partner work). We also saw a lighthearted interaction between one of our most experienced members and one of our most junior, with a little help from her friends!
This year was an occasion where the best of Japanese culture met the test of UK weather so we’d like to thank everybody who braved the elements to stay and watch our performance – we really appreciated your warm welcome – and hope you enjoyed the whole festival as much as we did 🌂🥋🇯🇵🇬🇧
Japan Matsuri 2019 also marked the official launch of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, celebrating the unique bond between our two island nations as Japan plays host to the Rugby Work Cup and the 2020 Olympics.
There was a great atmosphere during Ohta Sensei’s karate class at Shiranamikai this September with everybody trying their best and pushing themselves throughout his demanding kumite drills. Not a single brow was dry!
Congratulations to everybody who graded on achieving their next level!
We participated in Hyper Japan at Olympia London in Kensington.
Shiranamikai students demonstrated the three pillars of JKA Shotokan karate: kihon (basics/fundamentals), kumite (partner work) and kata (forms). Katas shown were Heians: Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan and Godan, followed by Bassai Dai and Sochin. We also incorporated light-hearted bunkai (application of technique) of Heian Godan.
From the J-Culture stage we could hear something big going down on the other side of Olympia but it wasn’t until reviewing the video footage that we realised that during our Ippon kumite, tsugaru shamisen rock artists Kuni-Ken, were performing their own ‘Ippon’ on the main stage! Of course, we had to get in touch :-D
Thanks to everyone at Hyper Japan! See you next time!
Music by KUNI-KEN Available on Spotify, iTunes store etc. Check them out!
Ohta Yoshinobu, Chief Instructor of The Japan Karate Association in England, visited Shiranamikai to teach a special class followed by a Kyu grading this June. Karate instruction really doesn’t get any better than this!
It was a hot session and everybody did well with some strong performances by those grading; well done!