Category Archives: Special Club Sessions & Kyu Gradings

Happy Christmas 2019

Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas from everyone at Shiranamikai!

Our next karate sessions will be 4pm on Saturday 28th December 2019 at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, and 10am on Sunday 29th December 2019 at North London Collegiate School.

Come and join us – everybody is welcome!

We then start 2020 on Saturday 4th January when all our classes are back to normal.

🎅🏻

Japan Matsuri London 2019

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.

See you next time!

Special Training & Grading with Ohta Sensei, 27th September 2019

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!


Karate at Hyper Japan 2019

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!

Special Training & Grading with Ohta Sensei, 29th March 2019

It was a top session this spring with Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan, Chief Instructor of The Japan Karate Association in England.

After some solid fundamentals practise and kumite drills, Ohta Sensei took students through each kata for those training offering feedback and pointers to work on.

Well done to everybody for trying their best. This was a highly motivated group in what was a very hot dojo absent of aircon. If your brow was dry, you weren’t there!

Congratulations to those who graded!

Shiranamikai 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

‪Shiranamikai started 2019 on a high by celebrating the club’s 10-Year Anniversary. Ohta Sensei, our association’s Chief Instructor, visited to deliver a two hour training session with lots of basics and kumite followed by Heian Sandan, Tekki Shodan and Bassai Sho!‬

‪Afterwards we enjoyed dinner together where there was an unexpected presentation with an eloquent speech, a beautiful hand-drawn card filled with paper cranes (and touching messages!), and an incredibly thoughtful gift… club instructor Austin Biesty was so overwhelmed that he forgot to take any photos!

Club Training & Grading, December 2018

We enjoyed a fantastic training session in Harrow this December with the Chief Instructor of The Japan Karate Association in England.

After basics, kumite and helping everybody with their Heian and Tekki katas, Ohta Sensei led the more senior grades through Gojushiho Sho. This kata’s characteristics are smooth movements mainly in front, back and side stances. It has strong transitions and fast, dynamic strikes necessitating good body control and fluid hip movement.

Kyu grades had time to refresh before their assessment. Congratulations to everyone for passing!‬

Club Training & Grading, September 2018

We enjoyed a brilliant lesson with Ohta Sensei this September. Some of the kumite combinations, which in practise seemed straightforward, proved to be much more challenging when facing an opponent! Later on in the session, he led everybody through the katas of those grading and Kanku Dai for the brown and black belts of the club. As we have come to expect from the Chief Instructor of The Japan Karate Association in England, his technical feedback and his own performance was second to none.

Well done everybody for training hard and to those who graded. Our next session with Ohta Sensei is coming up in December!