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6th Shiranamikai Karate Summer Camp, August 2017

Every year, at the beginning of August, Shiranamikai holds its 5-day karate camp with the aim of learning advanced katas and the practical application of techniques which we don’t always have time to break down during regular classes.

This year was our 6th summer camp. We worked through basics and kumite relating to our focus-katas Heian Sandan, Jion, Gojushiho Sho and Empi. There was lots of group work to encourage inclusive, creative thinking.

We finished up our last day with Ramune, sushi and mochi ice cream which went down particularly well after a whole week of training!

Well done if you attended the whole week! Put next year’s dates in your diary: Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August.

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.

JKA England 2017 National Championship

It was a great atmosphere in the K2 sports hall with over 300 competitors assembled for JKA England’s National Championship. 

The event got underway at 10am with the youngest competitors on-mat first. We had kata in the morning and kumite after a short break for lunch. Things were running very smoothly but we had the competitor and judges line-up, introductions and presentations before the finals kicked-off. Then another break while we had the presentation of kata awards before the kumite finals. The last awards of the evening were for best competitor and the last few of us were away at 8pm. 

Thanks to all the judges, referees, timekeepers and all of the supporters and parents.

Shiranamikai results as follows:
Shohei Bronze in Kumite
Ryoma Silver in Kata, Gold in Kumite
Uma Gold in kata, Gold in Kumite
Shion Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Anju Gold in Kata, Silver in Kumite
Alex Bronze in Kata

Not only is this the same medal tally as last year, but also the exact same amount each of gold, silver and bronze! Spooky…

Well done guys! 

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

Freejumping & Dodgeball

Shiranamikai members enjoyed a lively Sunday afternoon, bouncing around Oxygen freejump centre. Most were straight into the dodgeball arena where, given the energy spent and a feel of my t-shirt, I was sure we spent a good half-hour. In reality it was just ten minutes.

We witnessed some impressive jumps and backflips on the larger trampolines while the pugil sticks provided a challenge for competitive types and entertainment for those watching. The most difficult part here was surpressing the urge to jump over the foam pit when losing (balance)!


If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ballquotes_end
Patches O’Houlihan


Once the hour slot was up (an hour of this was more than enough), we retreated to the cafe to recharge with some much needed refreshments.

Austin