The next Senshi Karate grading will be in place of our regular Wednesday evening class on 21 February in Charlton. Save the date!
Once again we are honoured to be hosting Sensei Bob Rhodes, 8th Dan. Sensei Bob was a member of the victorious British All-Styles Squad which beat Japan to win the 1975-77 World Championships in Los Angeles!
We’ll confirm details nearer the day, but timings and prices are likely to be similar to the October session but this time we’ll probably start a bit earlier to allow for the children. Those who pay upfront for Wednesday classes will once again get a £6 discount on the training.
6.00pm onwards: large hall upstairs, Meridian Sports & Social Club, Charlton Park Lane, Charlton, SE7 8QS
UPDATE: We’ve moved the date to March 17
We’re delighted that Sensei John Parnell, 6th Dan, from Basingstoke Karate will be making a special trip to teach our regular Saturday morning class. Sensei John started karate when he was 9 and in a long karate career has won numerous medals and titles. Getting to 6th Dan is quite an achievement so we’re honoured to have him as our guest instructor. Come along and find out for yourself why his motto is “Karate without ego”.
Again, this is included for those who pay Saturdays upfront and is our usual price of £6 for those who pay as they go. This is open to our all KUGB friends. Don’t miss it!
Saturday 17 March 2018, 9.15-10.15am: large hall upstairs, New Haddo Centre, 29 Tarves Way, Greenwich, SE10 9JU Map
Senshi Karate attended the training and grading hosted by our friends at Chingford Tora on Sunday 19 November at their dojo at Walthamstow Academy with karate legend Sensei Frank Brennan. In the training class beforehand Sensei took everyone through all the areas required for the grading, working on getting techniques correct. We had only one student who graded and we’re delighted to say he passed. Here’s our new grade at Senshi Karate:
– Max, 9th kyu (orange)
We were delighted to host Sensei Mike Barker, 3rd Dan, who is another of our Sensei Frank’s former instructors and training partners from Sussex. When we say “That block wouldn’t work against Big Mike” this is who we mean! He explained why we twist our hips on blocks – to make the blocks stronger. He also used a cycling analogy to explain how to move quicker – you push down on the pedal with your foot to go faster on the bike, so push down on the floor with your foot to move into stance quicker! He then took us through kihon (basics) and kata practice.
Sensei Mike then ran a second class afterwards for the senior grades, focusing on more advanced techniques up to 3rd Dan syllabus. We also got our mitts on and did some ju kumite (free sparring) – there are no photos from that session though!
Sensei Carl Howard, 5th Dan, from Ichiban In Crawley is coming back to teach another Saturday morning class. This is another chance to train with a senior grade and one of our Sensei’s Senseis! Sensei Carl’s karate is sharp and he has an eye for detail. Again, this is included for those who pay Saturdays upfront and is our usual price of £6 for those who pay as they go. Don’t miss it!
Saturday 27 January 2018, 9.15-10.15am: large hall upstairs, New Haddo Centre, 29 Tarves Way, Greenwich, SE10 9JU Map
We were delighted to host Sensei Bob Rhodes, 8th Dan again for the Senshi Karate training and grading. Sensei ran an all grades class first focusing on kihon and kata. He got everyone thinking about their karate which is always a good thing! He then ran a grading. Congrats to everyone who passed. Successful students from Senshi Karate:
– Vijay, 6th kyu (green)
– Jitin, 7th kyu (yellow)
– Eliana, 7th kyu (yellow)
– Esha, 7th kyu (yellow)
– Jimmy, 7th kyu (yellow)
– Odysseas, 7th kyu (yellow)
– Anu, 9th kyu (orange)
– Dominic, 9th kyu (orange)
– Ashton, 9th kyu (orange)
– Sagar, 9th kyu (orange)
– Sanjna, 9th kyu (orange)
Sensei Carl Howard, 5th Dan, from Ichiban Karate was on form (as ever) as our second guest instructor this year. He took the regular all grades class in Greenwich focusing on kihon and kata in advance of the upcoming grading. At one point he had everyone practising mai geri front kicks with the aid of a belt: if your foot touched the belt when doing your kick, your knee wasn’t high enough! This was a fun way of learning and for our students who have joined recently, this was a great opportunity to train with a senior instructor. Thanks everyone for coming and making such a great effort.
Sensei Carl then ran a second class for senior grades looking to take a Dan grade over the next couple of years. The senior class focused on advanced kihon and then Bassai Sho and Bassai Dai katas. Before Sensei Frank and his daughters moved to London, Sensei Carl was one of their instructors and they used to train together regularly so this was a great chance to catch up.
Sensei Neil Jerome, 5th Dan, was back in the UK briefly from Norway and we were delighted that he visited our usual Saturday morning class. Before he moved to Norway, Sensei Neil ran Kenmei karate in Sutton. On this trip, he split his time between Kanshin in Guildford, Kenmei and Senshi Karate.
He took the all grades class first, running through kihon and then we did partner work — even the white belts got to practise the all important mai geri kick and oi zuki punch. Afterwards he ran a special senior class for a few people approaching their (next) Dan gradings.
It was a great morning and everyone worked really hard. We hope to welcome him again next time he’s back in the UK.
First, Sensei Neil took the all grades class (photo courtesy of Ann Li)
Then he took a senior class for those taking Dan grades over the next couple of months & years (photo Vijay Kudari / Frank Jennings)
We gave a karate demo at the Greenwich Millennium Village Summer Fayre on 15 July 2017. Many thanks to our students who helped out.
Photos courtesy of Egor Ermakov
Senshi Karate attended the training and grading hosted by our friends at Egham Karate Club on Sunday 14 May with Sensei Garry Harford. There was an adult’s class with some thought-provoking kihon and then kumite drills. This was followed by a children’s class. It was a busy grading session but we had only one student grading this time and we’re delighted she passed. Congratulations! Here is our new grade at Senshi Karate:
– Stephanie, 8th kyu (red)
Photos courtesy of Arianna Jennings