Saturday, 19 December 2015

December Gradings

Louise Allen - 10th Kyu
Keeley Coppola - 9th Kyu
Shweta Dhanak - 9th Kyu
Jack Dyett - 9th Kyu
Ronnie Snapes - 9th Kyu
Alexander Rizon - 9th Kyu
Maya Struk - Kari 8th Kyu
Olivia Wood - 8th Kyu
Madison Berry - 8th Kyu
Mairead Milner - 8th Kyu
Annabella Watkis - 8th Kyu
Yuan Watkis - 8th Kyu
Yoko Van-Es - Kari 7th Kyu
Shaylyn Gounder - 7th Kyu
Ishtaq Berry - 7th Kyu
Lucas Smith - 7th Kyu
Aroa Sangare - 7th Kyu
Charlie Wallis - Kari 6th Kyu
Daniel Vaughan - 5th Kyu
Flynn Hammond - 5th Kyu
Harrison Horne - 2nd Kyu
Scarlet Hewitt - 2nd Kyu

It was an excellent grading with first class spirit and technique demonstrated by all. Congratulations to everyone who passed.-Shihan

Thursday, 3 December 2015

2015 SKKK National Championships


Competition Results

Children's Kata novice to 6th kyu
Gold - Daniel Vaughan
Silver - Madison Berry
Bronze- William Hackett and Mairead Milner

Children's Kata 5th Kyu and above
Gold - Harry Miller
Silver - William Dawes
Bronze - Scarlet Hewitt and JJ Wells

Adult Kata Novice to 6th Kyu
Gold - Keeley Coppola

Adult Kata 5th Kyu and Above

Gold - April Wallis
Silver - Emily Mason
Bronze - Keeley Coppola and JJ Criss

Team Kata
Gold - Honbu B Ed Wallis, April Wallis and Lee Price
Silver - Honbu A JJ Wells, Harry Miller and William Dawes
Bronze - Honbu D JJ Criss, Emily Mason and Harrison Horne
              May place A Liam Inglis, Flynn Hammond and Daniel Vaughan

Weapons Kata
Gold - Ed Wallis
Silver - Harry Miller
Bronze - April Wallis and JJ Criss

Children's Open Kumite novice to 6th Kyu

Gold - Joseph Smith
Silver - Harry Smith
Bronze - Olivia Wood and Maya Struk

Children's Open Kumite 5th Kyu and above
Gold - William Dawes
Silver - Harrison Horne
Bronze - Harry Miller and JJ Wells

Adults Open Kumite
Gold - Lee Price
Silver - April Wallis
Bronze - Ed Wallis and Simon Dawes

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

2015 National Championships Entry Form

The Championships are almost upon us and we need to finalize the numbers. Below is the entry form, please fill in the bottom and get it back to Sheila Sensei or your instructor asap.

Entry Form Download 

JJ Criss
Club Administrator

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

SKKK Quiz and Concert night.

You are all cordially invited to the SKKK Quiz and Concert night.

When : Saturday the 21st of November
Time :   7pm thru 11pm
Where : Mayplace Road Dojo
            Mayplace Road West
            Bexleyheath, DA7 4JL
Cost : £10 adults (16 and over) and Kids Free

This is a fun family evening with a pub quiz and live music provided by our very own Ed and April Wallis.  Food will be provided.  

Please speak to Sheila Sensei or Ed/April Wallis or email to let them know you will be attending and let them know your choice of food from the choices below.

Chicken nuggets
All served with chips

If you require a veggie option please message accordingly.

JJ Criss
Club Administrator

Friday, 16 October 2015

Master Classes with Dave Hooper & Simon Oliver

The SKKK are proud and excited to welcome two world class instructors to the Honbu Dojo, Sensei Dave Hooper and Sensei Simon Oliver.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from two top instructors.

Sensei Dave Hooper masterclass

20th October 6:30 - 8pm

Cost £10.  

The focus of the course will be traditional Shotokan Karate from a brilliant practitioner of the art known as one of the best western technical instructors in the world.  Please see below for more info on Sensei Hooper.

Sensei Dave Hooper JKA


Dave Hooper
Sensei Dave Hooper first took up karate as a schoolboy in England, in the 1970's. Nearly eighteen months later he made up his mind to go to Japan to train - the result of his first encounter with Osaka Sensei. He had been invited to London as a guest instructor on a special course. Within ten minutes of being in his class, Hooper Sensei realised that here was a totally different level of karate. It was this karate that he wanted to learn, and this was the person he wanted to learn from. He informed him at the end of the session that he would be coming over to Tokyo as soon as he had finished high school. He arrived at the JKA Honbu (the headquarters of the Japan Karate Association) about one year later. 
Hooper sensei was shocked to find that no other Englishmen had got in ahead of him, but it was an even greater shock that four French dan-grades were already well-entrenched at the JKA: He could already see that training here was going to be far worse than he had previously imagined.

He practiced regularly, six days a week, for the next year and a half, and was awarded shodan before returning back to the UK, to begin a three-year undergraduate course at university. In order to maintain the level of training to which he had become accustomed in Japan, he ran a club at the university in Wales. During this period, he was introduced to Kawasoe Sensei, and periodically, he would travel the 250 miles down to London to practice at his own dojo - a dojo that was straight out of Japan. 

Apart from a brief visit back to Japan in the summer vacation Hooper Sensei had to wait until graduation before he could return to Tokyo and resume his training at the JKA. This second stint in Japan lasted for the next four years, during which time he was invited to train at the infamous Takushoku University Karate-bu (club), from which many of the JKA instructors (Kawasoe Sensei and Osaka Sensei included) had graduated. He was also a member of Nakayama Sensei's private dojo (The Hoitsukan dojo) for a couple of years, in addition to continuing his training at the JKA. 

Hooper Sensei took sandan under Nakayama Sensei in the summer of 1985, and then returned to the UK for another three years where he completed a Ph.D. in motor-control and learning, also at the University of Wales. During this period, he once again ran the university karate club, but much more on the lines of Takushoku's training regime. He was encouraged to realise that contrary to everything he was told on his return, British students were, in fact, quite receptive to this style of training. 

In 1988 Hooper Sensei left Britain for the last time, and went back to Japan to live, currently working full-time in one of the major universities in Tokyo.

Sensei Simon Oliver masterclass

24th October 10am - 12pm & 12 - 1:30pm

Cost £10 for one class £15 for two

The first session will focus on self defence and close quarter techniques designed to assist you in real life situations.  
The second session will cover similar criteria designed only for adults and senior grades. Please see below for more info on Sensei Oliver.

Sensei Simon Oliver 6th Dan

Simon OliverSimon Oliver 6th Dan JKR Profile UK Chief InstructoSimon Oliver is a well known international instructor who also runs the JKR-UK Hombu Dojo in Nottingham. He holds qualification in many martial arts, including several different styles of karate, Jujitsu, Kenjitsu, Iaijitsu, Judo and Aikido. This wide range of skills makes him a very interesting instructor in close quarter techniques and applications of the meaning of kata techniques…
Simon Oliver comes from a background of Martial Artists. His father and uncle studied various styles including Judo and Ju-Jitsu. Simon originally started training under the guidance of his grandfather, who had studied Ju-Jitsu with Tani Sensei. But when the front lounge became too small his father enrolled him in the local boys Judo Club.
However, on seeing a dynamic display of Karate at a local fair Simon decided he wanted to train in this instead. So after pleading with his father he joined Wado-Ryu Karate (in 1968). He achieved the rank of Shodan in 1972 and won Junior Kumite and Kata in a local competition. This was to be the beginning of Simon’s career and study of Karate.
His family then moved to Doncaster where Simon studied Shukokai. However his greatest influence came from meeting Terry O’Neill Sensei at a Shotokan seminar in 1975.
In 1976 he moved to Nottingham, he started training with Sensei Shiro Asano but unfortunately training times clashed with his studies at Trent Polytechnic and with his part time job with the Nottingham night club security business, so he started training with a small KUGB dojo and travelled to Liverpool once a month to continue his training with Terry O’Neill. It was not long after this that Simon opened the Zanshin dojo with two former students of Sensei Asano’s. His dojo proved very successful.
Although having competed for many years Simon has become renowned for his traditional, defensive techniques found in Kata.
Simon has since spent many years studying Kata in depth and has intrigued and inspired many karateka around the world with his seminars, demonstrating practical interpretations of kata movements (Bunkai, Oyo and Henka).
He has released many video’s to explain and help develop a better understanding of kata and has been the focus for many magazine interviews.
In 2003 Simon and Terry O’Neill held a seminar alongside Sensei Konishi and Sensei Yamazaki at the Konishi Kata World Championships and All Masters seminar in Brighton. Simon joined JKR in 2004, and he is currently based in Nottingham as UK Chief Instructor and European Director.

We look forward to seeing you all there for a full and productive class.

JJ Criss
Club Administrator

Thursday, 1 October 2015

September Grading

Congratulations to our students who have successfully graded.

Ronnie Snapes - novice to 10th kyu
Mairead Milner - 10th to 9th kyu
Olivia Wood - 10th to kari 9th kyu
Madison Berry - kari 9th to full 9th
Ishtaq Berry - 9th kyu to 8th kyu

karate grading

karate grading

Monday, 17 August 2015

Go Ape!

On the 27th of Sept we have a proposed social event of Go Ape.  For those that are not familiar Go Ape is a tree top adventure where participants of any age can climb through the trees attempting different obstacles from tree to tree while attached to a zip wire.  Each section ends with an exhilarating zip line to the bottom.  I've done it before and it's great fun.  There are 2 courses for different age levels so all ages from 4 can enjoy.

There are also picnic areas we can reserve for ourselves to have a picnic once everyone is finished the course.

I would like to find out how much interest there may be for this event to determine if we have a large enough number to put together a group.  Unfortunately there are no group discounts but I have laid out the costs below and included a link to the website so people can look for themselves.  Leeds Castle is our closest course so this is where we would attend.

You are still welcome to come but not behave like a monkey and just watch the kids giggle.  The more the merrier.  Please let me know as soon as you can if you are interested then we can start to firm things up.

4-9 yrs Junior Ape - £18 (must be at least 1 metre high)

10-15 yrs Senior Ape - £25 (must be at least 4'7")

16 and over Senior Ape - £33 (must be at least 4'7")

They do offer a 15% discount for college and university students with id.
Adults are encouraged to participate to be a guide with the kids.

Please email if you are interested as we will need to make a booking if we are to attend.  Please let us know how many and ages as well.  

JJ Criss
Club Administrator

Monday, 27 July 2015

Mars Milk Play Fund

Vote for Us!

Every month, Mars Milk Play Fund will be donating a £1,000 cash award to a sports individual, club or project in need of extra funding.

Please vote for the club via the link below. The extra funding will help pay for equipment and travel subsidies for students to attend tournaments.

Thank You!

Monday, 6 July 2015

July Grading

Congratulations to all that graded this week.  Excellent spirit was shown by all!

Karl Peters - Nidan
Emily Mason - 1st Kyu
Martin Smith - 2nd Kyu
Daniel Vaughan - 6th Kyu
JJ Criss - 6th Kyu
Victoria Thomas - 6th Kyu
Oscar Romero - 7th Kyu
William Hackett 7th Kyu
Francisco Romero - 7th Kyu
Jack Smith - 7th Kyu
Harry Smith - 7th Kyu
Louie Vincent - 7th Kyu
Charlie Wallis - 7th Kyu
Sebastian Roeder - Kari 7th Kyu
Aidan Klis - 8th Kyu
Aroa Sangare - 8th Kyu
Shaylyn Gounder - 8th Kyu
Maya Struk - 9th Kyu
Yuan Watkis - 9th Kyu
Annabella Watkis - 9th Kyu
Ishtar Berry - 9th Kyu
Madison Berry - Kari 9th Kyu
Shweta Dhanak - 10th Kyu
Alexander Rizon - 10th Kyu
Mairead Milner - 10th Kyu


Friday, 8 May 2015

The 2015 SKKK Children's Championships

The SKKK are very excited to announce that the Children's Championships are almost upon us!  We would like everyone, friends, family, distant relatives and any karate enthusiasts to take the time to come to Townley Girl's School on the 31st of May to show your support for our extremely talented crop of youngsters.

This is your chance to see the skills that they have been honing over the past year and to applaud the hard work and dedication they have show.  We are very proud of our kids and want everyone to see.

For the competitors, the deadline for submission of your attendance sheet is the 16th of May.  Please use the form below and return to Sheila Sensei or your instructor.

Good luck to all and see you at the competition.

Download Form

Sunday, 26 April 2015

SKKK Bowling Night

Brilliant night of bowling and games in Bexleyheath on Saturday.  Congrats to Harry Smith who won the kids trophy for highest score and to his dad Toby for the Adult trophy (under investigation for over-use of Children's bumpers lol).  Thanks most of all to Sheila Sensei and the events team for putting together such a fantastic and fun family evening.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

New Appointment for Kevin Shihan

Following a review of the structure of our world governing body, the World Japan Karate Association (WJKA) in April this year, Kevin Thurlow Shihan, 7th Dan - Chief Instructor to SKKK was promoted to the position of Worldwide Chairman of the WJKA by unanimous decision. This now means that Kevin Shihan will be responsible for the day to day management and development of the WJKA across the world. This is an amazing position and recognition for our Chief Instructor and we  wish him the best of luck in his new post. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

More Grading Success!

A couple more names for the list from the Mayplace dojo!  Congrats to new student Flynn Hammond for reaching Kari Red Belt so quickly, well done!  Also congrats to Paul Pettitt for reaching 1st Kyu, brown with 2 stripes!  May the successes continue.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Congrats to all the students who graded!

Congratulations to all of the students who graded this week.  You all did a fantastic job and we are very proud of you.  Keep up all of the good work.