Parth represented our club at the JKA (Japan Karate Asssociation) England 2009 Kyu Grade Championships held at Walton on Thames. This was his first experience of a karate competition, and it was also a first for Shiranamikai, being a relatively new club.
No medals this year but a great effort and a valuable experience!
JKA Summer Training Course & Grading, 28th–30th August 2009, Guildford with Ueki Sensei 8th dan Japan , Taniyama Sensei 6th dan Japan and Ohta Sensei 6th dan England
This weekend was an enjoyable one for Shiranamikai Harrow. Sheila, Daniel and Parth all attended the JKA England Summer International Course at Guildford, alongside Club Instructors Austin and Sasha.
The course featured top level instruction and as always we learnt a lot and came away inspired. Sensei Austin was really impressed with the energy and enthusiasm that everyone from our group put into the training. Each day of the course started with an hour of energetic practise involving the whole group, after which students were split into groups. While Shiranamikai students were among the least experienced of the course attendees, they showed true karate spirit by giving 100% effort to everything that was asked of them.
Daniel did a great job of keeping up his energy levels over all three days of the course. There was also great determination from Parth, who at age 6 was probably the youngest course participant!
On the Saturday there was a kyu grading. Parth and Daniel were successful in passing their first grading for 9th kyu. Sheila moves up to red belt having passed 8th kyu. Congratulations to everyone. We look forward to seeing continued progress.