Happy Christmas!

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Bath Shotokan’s instructors would like to thank the club members for their support and commitment to training during the last year. Club training has now ended for 2017 and the next session will be on Thursday 4th January 2018. We wish all of the club’s members and friends a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

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Congratulations to Jozefa

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Many congratulations to Jozefa Glapiak who has passed her 2nd Dan grading. Jozefa took her grading under Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan, Chief Instruction of the KUGB and Sensei  Billy Higgins, 8th Dan. Club instructor Sensei Ron Hicks commented, “Jozefa looked very ‘prepared’, particularly when doing Kanku Dai (as her compulsory kata), which is very intricate. Her kime was very good, particularly the punches after the yoko geri kekomis.” On behalf of all the club instructors – well done Jozefa!

Lionel Thomas 1939 – 2017

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It is with great sadness that Bath Shotokan Karate club announces the passing away of Lionel Thomas, at the age of 77. Lionel was one of the club’s longest-standing members, having joined Bath Karate in 1971. He passed his Shodan in 1975 and was actively training until the early 1990s. Family and work commitments then took him away from his training, but he returned to the fold in 2012 at the age of 73! Although he was keen to train in the sessions, Lionel preferred to teach and particularly to assist in the instruction of new club members – a role he enjoyed, bringing an air of the ‘old school’ with him. He brought enthusiasm and knowledge to the classes, and will be sorely missed by the club members.

Lionel’s funeral will be at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath on Friday 1st September at 3:15 pm, followed by a  gathering at Odd Down Football Club to mingle with Lionel’s family and friends.

Grading Successes!

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The latest KUGB Black and Brown belt course was held today at the University of Bath. The instructors were Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan, Chief Instructor of the KUGB, assisted by Sensei Billy Higgins, 8th Dan. Bath Karate Club turned up in force – 21 members – as can be seen from the photo above.

Following the training session, a number of Bath club members took black belt gradings. Congratulations are due to our newest 2nd Dans: James Langley, and Gosia Glapiak.

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And many congratulations to our newest 1st Dan black belts Ania Glapiak, Adam Winchester and Eduardo do Gama. Well done to you all from the Bath instructors!

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Events 2017

The events calendar for 2017 is now available. The Central Region all grades sessions and kata squad starts with squad selection this Saturday, February 11th. You do not have to be a member of the squad to train on the all grades session. Please see Ron, Kieran or Rob if you want more information.

Event details do change, so please check the Events page regularly for up to date information.

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY SENSEI RON!

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The club’s final special event of the year was to celebrate our Chief Instructor, Sensei Ron Hicks’ 60th birthday, which occurs over the Christmas holiday. Ron has been an inspirational club instructor, who leads from the front, both technically and in his instruction across all grades in the club. Ron has been a member of Bath karate club for over 40 years and still approaches training and instruction with the enthusiasm of a newly minted Dan grade!

As a token of our appreciation and as a birthday present, the club’s senior instructors have had made a 3D model of Bath karate club’s logo – a vertical sai on a red background. The sai is a traditional karate weapon originating from Okinawa. Normally, sai come as a pair and can be used to strike and block in a similar fashion to how Shotokan karate’s punches and blocks are executed.

Ron’s gift features a pair of sai in a frame (only one sai is visible, the other is behind the background). Bath karate club has used a single sai as its logo since its formation in 1969. The prongs of the sai represent the three components of Shotokan karate:  kihon (fundamentals), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).

Training has now finished for 2016 – it resumes on Thursday 5th January 2017. On behalf of all of club’s instructors, we wish our members, families and friends a peaceful and healthy Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year.

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Christmas Party!

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We are a very social karate club! Although we train hard, the annual Christmas party is a key fixture in the club calendar. This year saw one of the largest Christmas dinners – over thirty actively training karateka let their hair down (those that still have hair!) at Bistrot Pierre in Bath.

The food was good and the company excellent.  A brilliant way to end of a hard year of training. We also heard Sensei Ron’s annual speech, reflecting on the year’s successes – well done Gosia and James – and also looking forward to 2017.

Many thanks go to Rob for organising this year’s meal, and also acting as an impromptu waiter during dinner!

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