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Update 24th March

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

Stay safe, stay in touch, and keep practising!

Austin

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.

🎅🏻

2019 Shotokan Open Championship

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 🤗

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!

JKA England 2019 National Championship

Shiranamikai had a very good day at the 2019 National Championship of The Japan Karate Association in England. There were some impressive displays by club members who can all feel very proud of their performance.

Many thanks to Sheila and Eri for being club coaches and helping us all get where we needed to go, and to Ana for all her support.

This was our first opportunity to display our new club flag which was a 10th anniversary present from all members/friends/karate family in the UK and Japan.

We also picked up a few medals on the day…
🥇🥉Lennon: Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
🥈Rahul: Silver in Kumite
🥇Thomas: Gold in Kumite
🥈Alex Meltsov: Silver in Kumite
🥈Itsuko: Silver in Kata
🥈Austin: Silver in Kata
Well done, guys!

It’s nice to win a medal but attitude and conduct is far more important. There was such great team spirit among everybody at Shiranamikai which all helped to make the long day pass quickly!

Warm-up and run-through shots courtesy of Ana…

Shots from Alex

…and photos throughout the contest, again from Ana

Out next big competition will be 7th December.

Japan Karate Association in England 2019 Spring Gasshuku

Ohta Sensei’s guests at The Japan Karate Association in England’s international course this spring were Ogura Yasunori 8th Dan and Ogane Yutaro 3rd Dan from the Tokyo Honbu, and Sawada Kazuhiro 7th Dan and Sergio Gneo 7th Dan from JKA Belgium.

Support was also provided by instructors from JKA England’s Technical Committee: Roy Tomlin 6th Dan, Gary Stewart 6th Dan, Adel Ismail 6th Dan and Giuseppe D’onofrio 5th Dan.

There was great feedback from everybody who attended. As well as the usual fantastic kihon and kumite sessions, advanced kata sessions covered technique and applications for:

Friday: Enpi, Jitte, Tekki Nidan & Sandan
Saturday: Kanku Dai, Bassai Sho, Sochin, Gojushiho Sho
Sunday: Bassai Dai, Jion, Nijushiho
Monday: Bassai Dai, Gankaku, Gojushiho Dai

The next big course dates are 1st-3rd December.

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!