Paul Hacker

On Saturday 2nd December Washinkai held it’s 40 year anniversary dinner at the Hilton hotel, Cobham in Surrey.
Over 70 invited guests, including partners, from our clubs all over Europe were able attend.  Many guests had not met each other for over 30 years.
After an enjoyable meal, Shihan Thompson gave a speech detailing how over 40 years the organisation had developed into an international group with clubs in England, America, Norway, Ireland, Spain and recently Portugal.
As soon as he had finished, Neville Smith, Vice Chairman of the BTKA gave a speech praising Shihan’s efforts over the last 40 years and presenting him with an engraved silver pen.
This was followed by Geovanny Sanchez Salazar, our Spanish instructor, giving a speech in Spanish, translated by Alistair Morton. Geovanny then presented a lovely wrist watch to Shihan, from the Spanish Washinkai students.
It was a beautiful evening with a great atmosphere and with party finishing at 1am the next morning, many guests who were staying at the hotel, staggered back to their rooms.
Prints of the group shot will be available to buy soon.
Paul Hacker

On 24th October Washinkai students from London based clubs Canons, South Mitcham and South Norwood participated in  the `Challenge Okinawa` 100 Kata for Karate Day event.
Karate clubs from across the globe partipated in the event over 2 days, 24th & 25th October (see Challenge Okinawa website).
Washinkai karateka from age 7 years to 70  took part, performing Ipponme, and Naihanchi for the more advanced.
The attitude, commitment and spirit of all involved was laudable! Well done to all & we look forward to next year's challenge!!
Paul Hacker

So with another year coming to a close, Shihan Thompson held a weekend Gasshuku at Lydd. Outside the trees were turning yellow and leaves falling to the ground. A very picturesque and tranquil scene. Just a few feet away however inside the dojo, the only things falling to were training karate-ka being thrown to the floor and taken down with a multitude of advanced pairs work.
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