Category Archives: Special Club Sessions & Kyu Gradings

Special Class with Ueda Daisuke Sensei, London, 5th December

Shiranamikai is delighted to welcome Ueda Daisuke 3rd Dan, of the Japan Karate Association’s Tokyo Sohonbu, to our London dojo for this special training session.

This is a cracking opportunity to train in a small group at club level with one of the young stars of JKA karate! Ueda Sensei has been a consistent medalist at the All-Japan Championship every year since 2012. This really is an opportunity too good to miss.

Training will take place 6.10-7.40pm, on Tuesday 5th December in The Venue, upstairs at the Finchley Road O2 Centre, London. JKA members from other clubs are very welcome to attend, just drop us a message via the ticket link below and we’ll confirm your place by return email. Tickets cost £15 and spaces will be limited.

Getting here is easy!

Tube and Overground
For those travelling by public transport, Finchley Road station (Metropolitan Line and Jubilee Line) is practically next door, while Overground stations Finchley Road & Frognal and South Hampstead stations are just a 5-minute walk away.

Driving
For those driving, there is a car park on-site where, if you spend £10 at Sainsbury’s and have your ticket validated, you will receive two hours free parking.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the club!

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Club Training & Grading, June 2017

Ohta Sensei visited Shiranamikai to teach a special class at the end of June. Three days after the competition and just the other side of the June heatwave, the dojo was still hot and stuffy – perfect for a tough session to loosen up the muscles!

During kihon, Sensei focussed on back stance and gave everybody technical pointers. With kumite, he worked us hard in kaishi ippon, with the familiar “…until I say stop!” which was great if you weren’t pacing yourself! Kata was those needed for grading.

And the grading went well! But as always there is lots to improve upon. so it’s important, whilst moving forward, to also retrospectively work on the feedback in order to be able to progress.

Shiranamikai Celebrates its 8th Anniversary

At the beginning of January 2017 Shiranamikai celebrated its 8th anniversary. The first karate session took place in Harrow on 6th January 2009. 

Shiranamikai has developed well over the years but changed very little. Our core values still remain the same. Training always comes first… then cake.

We are privileged to be members of the Japan Karate Association with its strong heritage, technical direction and first class instructors. Club members have many opportunities to take advantage of this throughout the year in the dojo, during special club sessions, national courses and competitions.

First Training of the Year 2017

Welcome back to the dojo!

Aside from one session at the end of December, we had two weeks rest from training. It’s good to take this time over Christmas to relax and recuperate with maybe just a little light exercise to stay mobile.

Now is the time to get back into the swing of things! New Year is perfect for starting afresh and this is equally true in karate. So throw your kit into your bag (karate gi or jogging bottoms and a tee) and come along to the next session.

The most difficult step can be the first one through the door. From there, the next step is up to you.

 

Christmas Training at Shiranamikai, December 2016

December 2016 was a busy month at Shiranamikai. For the last month of the year, we had a lot to cram in…

Christmas Dinner, 17th December
Enjoyed our traditionally, non-traditional club Christmas dinner, which doubled-up as a leaving party for Kentaro. As well as a chance to say goodbye it was also a good opportunity to get to know the new members of Shiranamikai. Needless to say, we all had a cracking time!


 

Last Training Before Christmas, 21st December
I was intending to run some games in order to win some sweet prizes during the latter part of the session but actually, exercising beneath those toasty, synthetic Santa hats was deserving enough of a treat. Plus, the three kata requests of Jion, Kanku Dai and Unsu didn’t leave much time for anything else. Thanks to those who brought along mince pies and chocolates for snacking on afterwards!


 

Keiko Osame, 27th December
The last lesson of the year was a free session, a small gift back to all of you. Coming the day after Boxing Day, the timing was perfect to get moving after several days of sedentaryness. The suggestion was to bring along any leftovers from Christmas so that we could help each other polish them off after training but I nearly ended up leaving with more than I had brought along myself! Never mind :-)

The 27th was also Kentaro’s last club karate session for a while. Kentaro, Hina, Miyuki & Hisaharu, we wish you all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Happy Christmas & New Year!

Austin

Happy Christmas & New Year!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year from all of us @Shiranamikai

Come and join us for Keiko Osame, the last training of the year on Tuesday 27th December. Open dojo; everybody welcome!

Our first training of 2017 will be on Tuesday 3rd January when all our classes recommence.

6.30pm, upstairs in the O2 Community Venue at O2 Centre, 255 Finchley Road, London NW3 6LU

Special Club Training Session & Grading, September 2016

Another top training session this month with JKA England’s top instructor, Ohta Sensei.

Basics incorporated reaction exercises that, combined with partner work, connected attacks and defences very quickly. It’s these rapid exercises that help to build essential reaction/fast-twitch muscle.

Everybody grading received a runthrough of their kata and brown belts in particular had a longer class to help polish Bassai Dai. Bassai Dai is a showcase for the 18 months to 3 years training. It contains top to bottom reverse twist, rotational blocks with linear legwork, stationary blocking with downwards compression and rooting energy with flexible upper. One of the reasons we spend so much time on this form is that gradually, it helps the practitioner better understand how opposing parts of their body can work together to develop maximum power, speed and smoothness.

Congratulations to everyone who passed their grading!