Trying for your black belt

Trying for your black belt

Grading, Training
Extract from 'Dogs on the Runway' Roger Thyer-Jones Chapter 23 Mountains to Climb The study of martial arts, particularly karate, has consistently been a part of my life. The benefits of this consistency have been enormous for me in terms of health and happiness. I was extremely fortunate to stumble on Seido Karate during my time in Jamaica. My research then led me to discovering its roots which were linked with the legendary Kancho (meaning Founder) Masutatsu Oyama, of Kyokushinkai Karate. Kyokushinkai was synthesised from the elements of Goju-Ryu (meaning Hard-Soft Way), a style of karate that originated in Okinawa, Shotokan Karate (meaning Shoto’s House) developed by Master Gichin Funakoshi, and elements of Chinese boxing. At one time, Kyokushinkai was believed to be the strongest form of karate in Japan,…
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Black Belt Promotions 2014

Black Belt Promotions 2014

Events, Grading
What a great day for new Shodans, Dave Austin, David Bryant, James Hallam, Thessa Van Der Kyup and new Sandans, Mark Cartlidge, Brian Massey and Dario Crispini. The dojo was packed with supporters. The Sandan grading started at 6.30 am under examiners Jun Shihans Roger Thyer-Jones and Brandt Letich, Kyoshi Mike Knight and observer, Kyoshi Stephen Fincham. The candidates all agreed that it was a most positive experience for them. [caption id="attachment_401" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sandan Grading Group 2014[/caption] At 10.00 am the Shodan candidates started their grading under Kyoshi Matt Sherratt and Kyoshi Aaron Mackintosh finally completing their 40 fights at the end of the 3 hour promotion. Said Jun Shihan Roger, " I was really pleased with the standard of preparation, technique and spirit shown by all candidates on…
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Senior Promotions 2014

Senior Promotions 2014

Events, Grading
Wow! What an amazingly inspirational experience. I am filled with a sense of gratitude to my family, my friends, my husband, Seido and of course Jun Shihan Roger, without whom I would not have been a part of this. [caption id="attachment_487" align="alignleft" width="200"] Sensei Karen[/caption] I was nervous, but then I always am. I felt overwhelmed at times but I worked through it, and everyone was in the same boat. The grading is a marathon, a test of endurance. It is not about being the strongest or the fittest. It is designed so that you do battle with yourself. A time to reflect upon your strengths and weaknesses. By the time I returned home I had had had 4 hours sleep in 48 hours. Nidaime told us we would need…
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Black Belt Promotions 2013

Black Belt Promotions 2013

Events, Grading
What a great day we had on Sunday at our Fulham Dojo. It started at 10.00 when Nidan candidates Peter Grant and Shinya Nishitani prepared to take their promotion without their colleague, Daphne Yao who had suffered a severe injury to her knee. Daphne had come along with all our Seido black belts to support them. She had reconciled herself to having to wait until next year to complete her grading. Jun Shihan Roger, however, clearly had other ideas. He decided that it was our job to ensure that Daphne participated safely in her circumstances and participate she did. She completed her kata with her limited mobility both standing and lying on the floor. Every time a new demand was thrown at the candidates Daphne completed her own in a…
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