|Kagawa Shihan Demonstrating Gedan Barai|
After quick greetings with everyone we promptly kicked off the course with introductions to Kagawa Shihan, presentation of Dan diplomas to Ashley Scott-Heald for 5th Dan pass and Nick Heald Sensei for 7th San pass last year and finally an address from Sensei Mike following our course in February. The training started with a detailed look at kata: Junro Shodan – Sandan and Heian Shodan – Sandan followed by some bunkai for some of the more interesting and diverse moves of the Junro katas. All this was covered in the first half of the day which seemed to fly by before you knew it.
|Mike Sensei showing us how its done|
After the course ended it was on to Sandan gradings up and a good turn out it was with some great successes. Firstly congratulations to Paul sensei from Selby Shotokan karate club on passing his 4th dan. But most of all a massive congratulations tour very own Ian Teadale Sensei for passing his 3rd Dan, despite being concerned about preforming in front of so many Ian came and preformed amazingly showing off his kata as his own and owned it, he controlled his kumite with complete ease and proved that even having not competed since returning to karate 5 years ago you don’t forget how to do it.
Over all a fantastic course from Kagawa Shihan as always, a big thank you to Alan Campbell Sensei and JKS England for arranging the course as usual and congratulations to Ian and Paul sensei again on their gradings. Finally I would like to urge everyone to take part in these open courses especially when we get Japanese instructors over as they are more than phenomenal to watch and be instructed by.
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