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!
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. Thank you Bob Hague of Sheffield Shotokan Karate Club for this wonderful video!
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!
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.
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!
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.
We now have two new brown belts!
Sammy Hori, 3rd kyu
Elsie Hori, 3rd kyu
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!
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.
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.
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