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The Second Vale Karate International Gasshuku

From Friday 12th February and Sunday 14th February 2016 the second International Gasshuku took place. In 2015 the venue was Wantage, Hombu to the Vale Karate clubs. This year it was to be hosted by the Belgian contingent and so karateka from Italy and England travelled to Bruges in Belgium.   The proceedings started at […]

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Competition Success

Well done to all those who took part last night in the Vale Karate Pop-up Competition. After the event, someone came up to me and said that though they had lost they were okay with it. That was a bit of a shock to me – because, though they had not received a prize, they […]

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Vale Karate International Gasshuku 2015

From February 13th-15th, 2015, Vale Karate hosted its first International Gasshuku. A “Gasshuku” is, in essence, an extended training session, or training outside normal dojo hours, and as such we already do an annual one after Christmas on Dragon Hill (see other posts about some of these). This one was different – not to mention […]

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Training at the Las Vegas Shotokan Karate Dojo

The Las Vegas Dojo While visiting Nevada in November 2008 I took the opportunity to train at a local traditional Shotokan Karate Club. I originally made contact with the club’s instructor, Sensei James Tawatao through their impressive web site (www.lvshotokan.com). Their purpose built dojo was located a few minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip. […]

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Karate Belgian Style

In April of this year (2011) I was fortunate to be able to spend a week on the Belgian coast in Knokke Heist, and whilst there I took the opportunity of contacting the local Shotokan club (Nippon Karate Knokke Heist) to enquire about some karate training. I was told I would be very welcome to […]

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A Dojo in Provence

Since June 2009 I have been fortune enough to regularly visit the south of France as part of ‘my day job’. With translation help from Kerry & Big Dave’s wife, Barbara a traditional shotokan karate club was identified just outside Aix-en-Provence (Milles). Contact was initially made by email and an invitation soon followed. From my […]

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Dragon Hill Christmas 2007 training

Having suspended dojo training over the Christmas break, the annual pilgrimage to Dragon Hill occurred the day after Boxing Day to blow away the cobwebs. Unfortunately the numbers were disappointingly low, probably not helped by the change in proposed date by Sensei (Sorry Baz and Kerry!), Karen swapping the muddy windy hill for the comforts […]

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Dragon Hill 2006

There are conflicting stories concerning the origins of Ten no Kata. With its repeated use of the Fudo Dachi it was probably defined in whole from a play on various drills by Yoshitaka Funakoshi. There is evidence to suggest that Yoshitaka was almost expelled from the dojo for formulating his own pattern. Apparently in his […]

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Christmas Break Training, 2003

Well I looked out the window with delight, the grey drizzling clouds of the last few days had gone, just as the man on the BBC weather report the night before had predicted. The sky was blue with some wisps of white cloud and the sun was shining. Fantastic. Although it was early I decided […]

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