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Kyu Grading News: Saturday 18th June 2022

A record 29 students took and passed their kyu grading after excellent training sessions with Sensei Roy Tomlin 6th Dan:

Johanna Hoffmann, 3rd kyu
Louis Saito-Maloberti, 4th kyu
Jerome Maloberti, 5th kyu
Felipe Puccioni, 5th kyu
Henry Eriksson-Martin, 5th kyu
Elif Ekici, 5th kyu
Jessie Hill, 5th kyu
Isabella Maqueira Ferrari, 5th kyu
Andrea Manrique-Rincon, 6th kyu
Gemma Chandratillake, 6th kyu
Nuwan Chandratillake, 6th kyu
Andrew Grieve, 6th kyu
Dylan Grieve, 6th kyu
Sadig Sadigli, 6th kyu
Peter Munn, 7th kyu
Martha Barlow, 7th kyu
George Barlow, 7th kyu
Eren Ekici, 7th kyu
Ahileas Buka-Perez, 7th kyu
Oskar Piotrowski, 7th kyu
Josh Gray, 8th kyu
Simrah Chowdhury, 8th kyu
Fabian Mahmud, 8th kyu
Rohan Chandratillake, 8th kyu
Ryuko Aoki, 8th kyu (double grade)
Minako Sweeney, 9th kyu
Tim Dinan de St Malo, 9th kyu
Kyle Coveny, 9th kyu
Henry Behjati Tate, 9th kyu

Well done all!

Sensei Ken at Karate@Home: 22nd May 2022

Sensei Ken was invited to teach at Karate@Home on Facebook live for the second time. It was viewed nearly 2,000 times within 24 hours!

Five Dan Grading Passes at the JKA WF England 2022 International Spring Camp: 6th – 8th May!

Twelve of us travelled down to Windsor for a weekend full of karate training with Sensei Kawasoe (Chief Instructor, JKA WF England) and Sensei Naito (Chief Instructor, JKA Italy), joining members also from countries including Ireland, Germany and Norway. It was a great opportunity to make new friends in the new association.

On the Saturday was the Dan grading and five of our members passed their gradings!

Michael Pal – 3rd Dan
Inan Ekici – 2nd Dan
Juan Pablo Narváez Gómez – 2nd Dan
Sergio Martin Alvarez – 1st Dan
Sammy Hori – 1st Dan

Well done to all!

Sensei Ken at Karate@Home: 3rd April 2022

Sensei Ken was invited to teach at Karate@Home on Facebook live!

JSKE Spring Course: Saturday 19th March 2022

What a fabulously successful day! 28 of us travelled down to AIM North London to attend the first JSKE Spring Course, and joined over 100 other karatekas from across the country to train with Sensei Masao Kawasoe, the Chief Instructor of JKA WF England, Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE, Sensei Stew Brown and Sensei Ken. There were also grading successes! Well done Fei, Henry and Adam.

Fei Yuan, 2nd kyu
Henry Eriksson-Martin, 6th kyu
Adam Prada, 9th kyu

Thank you Tina Wing Photography for the video below. There are a lot of photos here.

Kyu Grading News: Saturday 19th February 2022

An excellent day of training and grading with Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE, 6th Dan. A record 25 students took and passed their kyu grading:

Patricia Ricamara, 1st kyu
Joe Cotton, 4th kyu
Johanna Hoffmann, 4th kyu
Elif Ekici, 6th kyu
Jessie Hill, 6th kyu
Isabella Maqueira Ferrari, 6th kyu
Andrea Manrique-Rincon, 7th kyu
Nuwan Chandratillake, 7th kyu
Andrew Grieve, 7th kyu
Dylan Grieve, 7th kyu
Sadig Sadigli, 7th kyu
Rob Kerr, 8th kyu
Atlas Kerr, 8th kyu
Martha Barlow, 8th kyu
George Barlow, 8th kyu
Eren Ekici, 8th kyu
Ahileas Buka-Perez, 8th kyu
Oskar Piotrowski, 8th kyu
Peter Munn, 8th kyu (double grade)
Adam Skidelsky Gaathon, 9th kyu
Avigael Skidelsky Gaathon, 9th kyu
Josh Gray, 9th kyu
Simrah Chowdhury, 9th kyu
Fabian Mahmud, 9th kyu
Rohan Chandratillake, 9th kyu

Well done all!

JSKE Spring Course 2022

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Sensei Masao Kawasoe, 8th Dan JKA and the Chief Instructor of JKA WF England, has agreed to come and instruct at our first JSKE Spring Course on 19th March! For more details and to register, please go here.

Some Stats

Some stats for 2021:

  • We trained a total of 163 times, 77 on Zoom, 81 in halls and 4 at the park.
  • A total of 110 students trained at least once (up from 83 in 2020).
  • 4 students (apart from Joe sensei) trained more than 100 times: Inan (127), Julian (103), Henry (101), Juan Pablo (100). Amazing effort!
  • We joined JKA WF England in January. 61 members now hold JKA licences. The club membership is now about 70 (up from just below 50 in 2020), of which over 20 are Dan grades.
  • We held two kyu gradings. 26 students graded at least once.

Also over the COVID lockdown period March 2020 – July 2021:

  • We trained a total of 179 times on Zoom.
  • We had students joining from Hertford, Ipswich, Cornwall, Paris, Germany, Italy, Spain and Washington DC (the last, Gena & Bert, 49 times!)
  • 6 students (again apart from Joe sensei) trained more than 100 times on Zoom: Inan (153), Julian (136), Andy R (136), Juan Pablo (128), Joelle (110) and Sergio (108).

So the student of the year award goes to Inan, and I’m going to give the most improved student prize to… Sadig Sadigli. Well done to both.

We look forward to more great training in 2022!

Kyu Grading News: Saturday 30th October 2021

A fantastic day of training and grading with Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE, 6th Dan. A record 23 students took and passed their kyu grading:

Fei Yuan, 3rd kyu
Joe Cotton, 5th kyu
Louis Saito-Maloberti, 5th kyu
Jerome Maloberti, 6th kyu
Beatriz Jimenez Martin, 7th kyu
Henry Eriksson-Martin, 7th kyu
Gemma Chandratillake, 7th kyu
Elif Ekici, 7th kyu
Jessie Hill, 7th kyu
Isabella Maqueira Ferrari, 7th kyu
Andrea Manrique-Rincon, 8th kyu
Nuwan Chandratillake, 8th kyu
Andrew Grieve, 8th kyu
Dylan Grieve, 8th kyu
Sadig Sadigli, 8th kyu (double grade)
Rob Kerr, 9th kyu
Atlas Kerr, 9th kyu
Mateus Patricio, 9th kyu
Martha Barlow, 9th kyu
George Barlow, 9th kyu
Eren Ekici, 9th kyu
Ahileas Buka-Perez, 9th kyu
Oskar Piotrowski, 9th kyu

Well deserved after really hard training in recent weeks!

Kyu Grading News: Saturday 5th June 2021

We welcomed Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE, 6th Dan to Cambridge for two hours of hard training followed by the grading. Congratulations to all fourteen who passed their kyu grading:

Elinor Smith, 1st kyu
Janice Ebbutt, 1st kyu
Joelle Cyr, 4th kyu
Joe Cotton, 6th kyu
Louis Saito-Maloberti, 6th kyu
Jerome Maloberti, 7th kyu
Beatriz Jimenez Martin, 8th kyu
Henry Eriksson-Martin, 8th kyu (double grade)
Gemma Chandratillake, 8th kyu (double grade)
Elif Ekici, 8th kyu (double grade)
Andrea Manrique-Rincon, 9th kyu
Nuwan Chandratillake, 9th kyu
Andrew Grieve, 9th kyu
Dylan Grieve, 9th kyu

Well done to you all after so many months of Zoom training!

Update – May 2021

I am very pleased to confirm that we have resumed dojo training on Fridays and Saturdays at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church and the YMCA from 21st May. The sessions will be restricted in numbers. On Saturdays I will be running two sessions (an hour each) so as many people as possible can train. The Monday session will continue on Zoom until we are completely out of lockdown. Please check here for the latest schedule. The booking system is up and running again.

Update – April 2021

(1) The venues have informed us that we should be back in halls after 17th May! In the meantime we are beginning outdoor trainings (weather permitting). Please check here for the latest schedule.
(2) The kyu grading is provisionally booked for Saturday 5th June. This is very exciting. More details to follow soon.

Update – March 2021

(1) There will be no training over the Easter Weekend, Please check here for the latest schedule.
(2) With the latest Road Map to end of lockdown, the current plan is to start trying some outdoor training after 12th April (weather-permitting). We are hoping to be back in dojos after 17th May when hopefully the venues reopen.

New Start – February 2021

After our departure from Japan Karate Association England (JKAE) in 2020, we are very pleased to announce that Cambridge Karate Dojo have joined the Japan Karate Associate World Federation England (JKAWFE), headed by the world famous Sensei Masao Kawasoe, 8th Dan.

CKD, along with Lewisham SKC have formed Japan Shotokan Karate England (JSKE), which sits within JKAWFE.

Sensei Roy and I are looking forward with considerable optimism to what the future holds for our clubs and JSKE.

Update – January 2021

Happy New Year to all! Unfortunately we’re back to Zoom sessions four times a week while we are under national lockdown. They will be on Mondays at 6pm (advanced), Wednesdays at 6pm (kata), Fridays at 6pm (non-beginner grades) and Saturdays at 11am (beginners). Please go to training page for the schedule and the Zoom links.

Update – December 2020

We’re back in Dojo! Still on Zoom for Mondays at 6-7pm (advanced) and Wednesdays at 6-7pm (kata), but we’re back at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church Upper Hall (Fridays at 7-8.30pm) and the YMCA (Saturdays at 10am-12noon). Please go to training page for detail.

Update – November 2020

We’re back to Zoom sessions four times a week during the national lockdown period. They will be on Mondays at 6pm (advanced), Wednesdays at 6pm (kata), Fridays at 6pm (non-beginner grades) and Saturdays (beginners). Please go to training page for the schedule and the Zoom links.

Update – October 2020

We’ve had a great start to Autumn 2020! Whilst we are still under the threat of a new lockdown, we have been training at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church Upper Hall (Fridays) and the YMCA (Saturdays) for many weeks now, as well as on Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays. And we have had 15 new people since the beginning of September! Mostly beginners, but also some Kyu grades and a Dan grade. Welcome to you all, I hope you will enjoy studying karate as much as we do!

If anyone is interested in starting karate, please contact me here.

Zoom Session continues under Coronavirus Lockdown

Cambridge Karate Dojo continues its training three/four times a week over Zoom with 20 – 25 students at each session. Good effort Cambridge!

Conservatory turned into a little dojo!

Kyu Grading Successes! Saturday 14th March

Thirteen members from Cambridge Karate Dojo joined Stevenage JKA Karate Club for some serious training with Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE, 6th Dan. Congratulations for the six who passed their kyu grading:

Loizos Katsaras, 4th kyu
Joelle Cyr, 5th kyu
Joe Cotton, 7th kyu
Louis Saito-Maloberti, 7th kyu
Jerome Maloberti, 8th kyu
Beatriz Jimenez Martin, 9th kyu

Ken sensei was very proud of you all!

Burns Night Club Social!

Several of us enjoyed a drink or two at BrewDog celebrating Burns Night. Here is Joe earning us free food and drinks by doing his Scottish accent!

24 November 2019 – Sensei Ken at the Third JKA England North Regions Open Course

Ken sensei was invited by Rotherham JKA Karate Club for the third time this year to teach an open course for JKAE North Region at Hoyland Leisure Centre in Barnsley. Please see here for the promotion video for the course!

Five passes out of five! 15 – 17 November 2019 – JKA Europe Seminar in Brussels

Five members of Cambridge Karate Dojo attended the 2019 JKA Europe Seminar in Brussels. This is a large event held every other year, which this year was attended by nearly 500 JKA karatekas from all over Europe. It was a great opportunity to train with Ueki Shuseki Shihan (10th Dan, JKA HQ), Ogura Sensei (8th Dan, JKA HQ) and Bura Sensei (8th Dan, JKA Europe) over three days, as well as taking Dan gradings and international qualifications exams. Cambridge had a particularly successful weekend with five passes out of five!

Joe Gaughan – 3rd Dan Pass
Andy Reeves – 3rd Dan Pass
Juan Pablo Narváez Gómez – 1st Dan Pass
Ken Hori – International Referee B Licence Pass
Zelda Sales – International Instructor D Licence Pass

Well done to all!

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1 – 3 November 2019 – JKAE International Winter Gasshuku 2019

Eleven members of Cambridge Karate Dojo attended the 2019 JKAE Winter Gasshuku at K2 Sports Centre in Crawley. Sensei Imamura (8th Dan, JKA HQ), Sensei Kurihara (5th Dan, JKA HQ) and Sensei Ohta provided the incredible teaching over the three days.

Congratulations to those who passed their kyu grading:

Sammy Hori, 1st kyu
Elsie Hori, 1st kyu
Janice Ebbutt, 1st kyu (T)
Elinor Smith, 1st kyu (T)
Louis Saito-Maloberti, 8th kyu
Jerome Maloberti, 9th kyu

Congratulations also to Joe Gaughan who passed his Coaching Assessment test.

18-20 October 2019 – Cambridge visits JKA Scotland

Three members of Cambridge Karate Dojo travelled to Dunfermiline for the 2019 JKA Scotland Gasshuku. There were very insightful teaching by Izumiya Sensei, Ueda Sensei and our very own Ohta Sensei.

22 June 2019 – JKAE National Championships, K2, Crawley

Four of our regular members from Cambridge Karate Dojo competed at the Nationals:

Juan – got through to the second round in both Senior Individual Men’s Kumite and Kata. In kata he lost to the eventual champion.
Max – Veterans Men’s Kumite and Kata, got through to the second round in kata.
David – Senior Individual Men’s Kata
Zelda – Bronze medal in both Senior Ladies Kumite and Kata!

Zelda and Juan were also “loaned” out to Saikyou Karate Club’s Team Kumite team, where they lost in the Semi-Final and received a bronze medal!

Well done to our team!

11 May 2019 – Sensei Ken at the Second JKA England North Regions Open Course

Ken sensei was invited by Rotherham JKA Karate Club for the second time this year to teach an open course for JKAE North Region at Concord Sports Centre in Sheffield. Over 40 karate-ka attended, including many from non-JKA associations. Third Open Course is already planned in November!

3 – 6 May 2019 – JKAE International Spring Gasshuku 2019

Cambridge took a record number of students to the exhausting but excellent four days of training at the 2019 JKAE Spring Gasshuku at K2 Sports Centre in Crawley. There was an amazing line-up of top instructors: Sensei Ogura (8th Dan, JKA HQ), Sensei Ogane (4th Dan, JKA HQ), Sensei Gneo (7th Dan, JKA Belgium), Sensei Sawada (7th Dan, JKA Belgium) and Sensei Ohta.

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We also had six kyu grading successes:

Max Ventura, 1st kyu (cross grade)
Juan Pablo Narváez Gómez, 1st kyu (cross grade)
Janice Ebbutt, 2nd kyu
Sammy Hori, 2nd kyu
Elsie Hori, 2nd kyu
Louis Saito-Maloberti, 9th kyu

Well done everyone!

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27 January 2019 – Sensei Ken at JKA England North Regions Open Course

Ken sensei was invited by Rotherham JKA Karate Club to teach an open course for JKAE North Region at Hoyland Leisure Centre in Barnsley. Nearly 60 karate-ka, including many from non-JKA associations, joined a three hour course on kihon and kata. A special thanks to Luis Bastidas sensei who organised the course. Sensei has already been invited back for another course in May!

30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018 – JKAE International Winter Gasshuku 2018

Had great three days in Crawley for the 15th Anniversary JKAE Winter Gasshuku with great teaching by Sensei Imamura (7th Dan), Sensei Hanzaki (7th Dan) and Sensei Ohta at K2 Sports Centre in Crawley.

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We now have two new brown belts!
Sammy Hori, 3rd kyu
Elsie Hori, 3rd kyu

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3 November 2018 – JKA England Open Championships, K2, Crawley

Five of our regular members from Cambridge Karate Dojo competed at the JKA England Open Championships. This is a high standard competition attended by JKA international competitors, which this year included JKA Scotland, JKA Norway, JKA Malta and JKA Berlin, as well as many competitors from other associations.

Well done to all of our members. No medals but you came home wanting more, which is always a good sign!

Joe – veterans kata: came 5th, missed out on the final by just 0.1 point! Sadly had to pull out of kumite due to injury.
Max – veterans kata and kumite
David – brown belt men’s kata and kumite
Elsie – 10/11/12 yr old green/purple/purple & white kata and kumite
Zelda (competing for Harpenden) – senior women’s kata (lost to European medallist) and kumite (lost to the Norwegian champion)

20-21 October 2018 – Cambridge visits JKA Scotland

Two members of Cambridge Karate Dojo attended the JKA Scotland Gasshuku in Dunfermline. There were excellent teaching by Imura Sensei (seen below doing a handstand!), Kurihara Sensei (current World Kata Champion) and our very own Ohta Sensei.

4 August 2018 – Cambridge visits JKA Malta

Four members of Cambridge Karate Dojo visited JKA Malta in St Julians, Malta, on 4th August. In the soaring heat, Dario Chircop sensei (Chief Instructor of JKA Malta, 5th Dan) and Ken sensei shared the teaching, broken up by many water breaks!

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23 June 2018 – JKAE National Championships, K2, Crawley

Three of our regular members from Cambridge Karate Dojo competed at the Nationals:
Joe – veterans kata: performed Jion in the last 8 but did not quite make it through to the last four; veterans kumite: lost in the last 8 to the eventual winner.

Max – veterans kata: did not get through to the last four; veterans kumite: a combination of luck of draws meant he found himself in the SF; fought valiantly but lost, received a bronze medal.

Zelda – Senior ladies kata – performed Kanku-dai in the last 8 but did not get through to the last 4; Senior ladies kumite – fought a good fight against the eventual winner (World Championships Team Kumite twice silver medalist) in SF, received a bronze medal.

Well done to all three!

May 2018 – JKAE International Spring Gasshuku 2018

Had fabulous four days in Crawley for the 15th Anniversary JKAE Gasshuku. Senseis Imura (7th Dan), Kobayashi (7th Dan) and Mai Shiina (4th Dan – the current World Kumite Champion) from JKA HQ and Sensei Sawada (7th Dan) from JKA Belgium joined our very own Sensei Ohta for superb teaching at K2 Sports Centre.

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Well done to our members in passing their grading on Saturday!

Janice Ebbutt, 3rd kyu
Meggie Hori, 3rd kyu
Zoe Ross, 3rd kyu
Sammy Hori, 4th kyu
Elsie Hori, 4th kyu

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