We will hold a training & grading on 29 January 2023 with a guest examiner, Sensei Valerie Dale. She started training 30 years ago and has successfully competed and been placed in many kata and kumite championships despite two anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction operations and having three children! With her husband Robin she runs Ichiban Karate in Crawley, which is where our instructors Sensei Frank, Sensei Arianna and Senpai Alaina used to train. At 6th Dan, Sensei Val is currently the highest-ranked female karateka at, and Vice Chair of, our association body Shotokan Connect. It’s also the first time we’ve had a woman run our gradings and we are honoured to be hosting her!
Sunday 29 January 2023
- 9.00am-10.00am: Registration
- 9.15am-10.00am: Brown & black belts only
- 10.00am-11.00am: All grades
- 11.15am-2.00pm: Kyu grading
Halley Academy, Corelli Rd, London, SE3 8EP
Points to note:
- Please pay in advance to speed up your registration on the day. Note, this is in place of our regular Saturday class on 28th
- Training only: £10 pay as you go or included for those who pay term upfront for Saturdays; £15 for non-members of Shotokan Connect
- Kyu grading: £15. Shotokan Connect members only. This includes your belt & certificate if you’re successful. You must train to grade.
- Sensei Frank will inform you if you’re ready to grade.
- Make sure your licence with Shotokan Connect is in date. No licence, no grading!
- There is parking onsite.
- There are changing rooms onsite.
- It is customary to pop to a nearby pub for a lemonade or a half pint after the grading.
How to pay
- Bank transfer: Account name: Senshi Karate, Sort: 826137, Account no: 20167155. Put your / your child’s name as the reference.
- Credit card / debit card / contactless (in person only)
- PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/senshikarate/
- No cheques!