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Royal Navy vs Royal Marines Annual Championships May 2019

Wednesday 15 May saw the Annual Royal Navy vs the Royal Marines Championships take place at HMS Temerare in Portsmouth. This year, a few selected Washinkai referees and judges officiated.  Unfortunately, this year many servicemen were deployed which meant both the Karate and Taekwondo competitors were limited.  However, high standards were evident with the chosen …

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Yudansha Sunday 24 March 2019 – The Fujikan Dojo

This was the second occasion that Andy Newman, 5th Dan, hosted the Washinkai Yudansha at his dojo in Medstead, Hampshire. Shihan Thompson covered the history of the formation of Washinkai in depth.  He discussed how in 1975, the Founder of Wado-Ryu, Hironori Ohtsuka, attended class at which Shihan Thompson was teaching.   At this time, Ohtsuka …

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Update on Sunday Course at Canons, Mitcham

Students from across the South of England attended a course with Shihan Thompson on Sunday 10th February. The ‘3 K’s’ (Kihon, Kata and Kumite) were covered in depth and all karateka participated with enthusiasm and energy. Many thanks to those who travelled considerable distances to attend. By all accounts, everyone enjoyed themselves and worked extremely …

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Washinkai Kumite Training at Canons, Mitcham on Sunday 27 January 2019

On Sunday 27th January 2019, Washinkai National Coach Sensei Shaz Shahid, 6th Dan, led a kumite session, supported by instructors from Canons and South Mitcham Karate Club. Instructors worked with the students to improve a wide range of different aspects:  combinations, distance and  timing, accurate and fluid technique, footwork and stances. All students thoroughly enjoyed …

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Instructors’ Dinner 2018

On Saturday 15 December 2018, Washinkai hosted the annual Christmas dinner for Instructors at our usual venue, the Woodlands Park Hotel, Cobham, Surrey.  We all very much enjoyed the evening, despite the absence of several instructors.  We all look forward to next year’s dinner at the same venue.  

Autumn Gasshuku Javea, Spain on Friday 23 – Saturday 24 November 2018

A fantastic Autumn Gasshuku in Spain took place in Javea Sports Centre on Friday 23 November and in Benitachel Saturday 24 November 2018 Elliot Morton did a superb grading on Friday to gain his 3rd Dan.  Many congratulations Elliot! On Saturday, junior students trained early in the morning being joined by the seniors at 11 …

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