Training for charity in the Holmer Green Dojo : thank you (有り難う) !

  Thanks to those who attended and supported the charity event last night. Overall, we managed to raise a total of £330 in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. See below a picture of the Dojo wearing their proudly earned Blitz pink belts. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and looking forward to training with you all very soon. Enjoy your …

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Kagami Biraki (鏡開き), Holmer Green Dojo [ 8-Jan-18 ]

A special lesson to mark the first practice session of the New Year, will be held on the 8th of January 2017 (usual start @7:30pm), in the Holmer Green Dojo. ​Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to “Opening the Mirror” (from an abstinence) or, also, “Breaking of the Mochi. ” It traditionally falls on January 11 It refers to the …

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“Shu-Ha-Ri” (守破離), with Scott Langley

Well, well… What a great session, with Langley Sensei throwing spanners in the works throughout the day! Forget (or rather transcend…) the basics, and strive to apply principles before stances and techniques. In other words, “Shu-Ha-Ri” (守破離): start by learning the rules (“Shu“: obey); reflect on what you have learnt and understand how the rules can be bent or tranformed (“Ha“: disgress); go beyond and …

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The meaning of Bunkai (分解)

  Kata have been used by karate masters over the years for many reasons, e.g. to aggregate and help with the transfer of knowledge to their students, to help with training, conditioning, etc. But it is thought that when karate made it into the Okinawan schooling system thanks to Anko Itosu (and later onto the Japanese shores through Funakoshi), katas were systematically sanitised, with “dangerous” …

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20th Anniversary of Chiltern Karate Association

On 15 July 1993 the CKA, then known as Amersham & Chesham Shotokan Karate Club, first opened its doors as an independent karate club. Our head instructor Sensei Ashley Croft, then a Nidan, and Pat McAulife decided to leave the Katsu Academy. Ashley Croft This was done for a number of reasons; so that the club could be managed in ways that are most appropriate …

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