Author: Alan Fister

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…

By Alan Fister March 18, 2016 Off

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…

By Alan Fister June 11, 2015 Off

Vale Karate 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…

By Alan Fister March 1, 2015 Off

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…

By Alan Fister February 18, 2015 Off

TSKA Residential May 2010

As new recruits to the residential its down to, Tim, Wende, and Harvey to write a few words. So here we go. Well it’s the 14th of May 2010 midday at Wantage sports centre and once again migrating karate students led by Sensei Paul Edwards, set off to Devon cliffs for a weekend of training.…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

TSKA Residential, May 2009

Friday 15th May saw a group of Wantage karateka going south. Well, more south-west, actually, as we made our way to Devon Cliffs for the 6th annual TSKA Residential Karate Training course. Everyone in the group had been many times before and had been looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones and practising…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic training course

Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic training course 8/9th November 2008   Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic was one the closest assistants to the late Taiji Kase Sensei and is based in Athens. He is also President of Shotokan Karate-Do Academy of Serbia. A full biography can be found on his homepage http://www.vebodo.com/index.htm. Two three hour courses, and a one hour lecture…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

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.…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

TSKA Residential 2008

It is probably my age. In fact I am sure it is. Positive, in fact. They do say that as you get older time seems to speed up and this must be the reason why the previous year shot by and Friday May 19th, 2008 saw a group of Wantage Karate Club members heading down…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off