The first JKS England Black and Brown belt training session of 2015 took place on Sunday 18th January at Djanogly City Academy Sports Hall in Nottingham. Over eighty students gathered for the two hour session taught by Steve Carless
The day begun with the introduction of senior instructor Lyndon Davies Sensei 6th Dan, who has recently joined JKS Wales. This was then followed by an excellent warm up by JKS England team member and current European JKS Kata champion Craig Williams 3rd Dan.
Steve Sensei kick off the session in traditional new year style with some high repetition sonoba-kihon exercises. The session then moved on to focus on Mawashi geri with some specific exercises to isolate and work the correct muscle groups involved with this kick, before practicing the kick itself and within a combination with a partner.
The focus then moved onto work around Kokutsu dachi, both individually and with a partner focusiin on the many things to consider when executing as well as understanding and creating the right feeling moving from the core.
The final part of the session with focused on kata with both Bassai Dai and Jiin practiced.
Also held on the day at the conclusion of the Black and Brown belt sessions was instructor training, led by Steve Carless Sensei plus a re-take Dan grade examination with Alan Campbell Sensei for students who had to perform elements
of the grading again. Congratulations to the following students who passed:
Louis Bond (JKS Bradford)
Lee Timms (JKS Sheffield)
The next JKS England Black and Brown belt training session is on April 12th in Nottingham with Alan Campbell Sensei, followed by Open squad training with Matt Price Sensei.