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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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Autumn Gasshuku Lydd, Kent on Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 November 2018

This year’s Washinkai Autumn Gasshuku was held at the Community Hall in Lydd, Kent, hosted by Chris Wateridge 5th Dan. Members from Canons and Norwood in Surrey, Dover and Tenterden in Kent attended.  As there was such a large training area, karate-ka were able to use the space to train easily without colliding.  Shihan Chris …

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2018 RNRMMA Championships

Shihan Thompson and Washinkai officials at the Royal Marines vs Royal Navy annual Martial Arts tournament held in Portsmouth on Wednesday 16th May. Shihan Thompson and Washinkai officials at the Royal Marines vs Royal Navy annual Martial Arts tournament held in Portsmouth on Wednesday 16th May. Disciplines comprised Karate, Taekwondo, Kendo and weapons. Great atmosphere …

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Mike Beasley, 5th Dan, now a Senior BKF Class A Referee

Congratulations to Mike Beasley, 5th Dan, who gained another qualification on Sunday 27th May at the British Karate Federation (BKF) Championships held in Leicester. Mike, who is the Chief Referee for the BTKA, now holds the following qualifications, which is the highest ranking he can achieve: EKF Kata Judge A EKF Referee Class A BKF …

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Washinkai Ireland Spring Gasshuku 2018

Washinkai Karate Gasshuku 2018   Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April saw Washinkai Karate Ireland (W.K.I.) host its annual Gasshuku (special training event) at the Bawnacre Centre in Irvinestown, Northern Ireland. Hosted by the Principal of W.K.I., Sensei Dave Martin (6th Dan), and Senior Instructor, Sensei Michele Martin (6th Dan), the training event was facilitated …

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