Published Monday, December 15, 2014
Ninety students from across England and Wales gathered for the course with instructors Alan Campbell 6th Dan JKS and Shinji Nagaki 5th Dan JKS. The groups were split into Kyu grades and Dan grades for two sessions finishing off with a short session with everyone together being led by Nagaki Sensei.
The first Dan grade session saw Nagaki Sensei start with a timing exercise using Oi-tsuki. This seamlessly led onto application of the same principles in Jiyu-Kumite following through to a series of kumite techniques and combinations at various distances leading to take downs. Some kumite conditioning drills were included before the focus was moved to kata. Nagaki Sensei taught Wankan which finished the first session off excellently.
The second Dan grade session kept the intensity high with Alan Sensei leading many repetitions of what seemed like endless leg and hip conditioning drills. The exercises were excellent for students to take back to regular training and incorporate to improve kicking in particular. The session then moved onto partner work with routine to assist in one movement and timing in particular.
The course ended with Nagaki Sensei leading all grades through Bassai-Dai before finishing with some kumite speed drills with different partners. An excellent end to a superb 2014 Christmas course!
Following the course was a dan grading. Congratulations to the following successful candidates.
Aidan Brzakalik - Can Do Martial Arts
Abby Cooke - Selby Shotokan Karate Club
Isaac Mitchell - Leeds Karate Academy
Benjamin Turpin - Leeds Karate Academy
Scott Witham - Can Do Martial Arts
Andrew Clark - Walsall Karate Dojo
Mike Dean - York Shotokan
Tanya Handley - Walsall Karate Dojo
Andre Heycock - Can Do Martial Arts
Sam Mitchell - Leeds Karate Academy
Neil Stringer - JKS Leyland
Nathan Wilson - Leeds Karate Academy