On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March karate students from across GB and Ireland gathered in Nottingham for our annual Spring Seminar with JKS World Chief Instructor Masao Kagawa 8th Dan.
The seminar was the first stop for Kagawa Shihan on a European tour which takes in six countries in two weeks. Over the course of the two days Shihan was in inspirational form with the course covering kihon and kumite mainly on the Friday with more of a focus towards Kihon and Kata on Saturday.
Kagawa Shihan was presented with a birthday gift for his upcoming 60th birthday. This seemed a little unbelievable for participants of the seminar, particularly after he gave a masterclass on Ura Mawashi geri on the Friday evening session. However, the rest of the seminar was full of little gems of information that will massively benefit all participants with development of their karate going forward.
Alan Campbell Sensei, Head of JKS England also made a point of congratulating Shihan on his recent appointments as Head of the WKF Technical Commission and as Chairman of the JKF National Coaching Committee following massive success as the JKF National Head Coach. We are extremely lucky in JKS to have Kagawa Shihan as head of the organisation.
The two day event finished with a dan grading for Sandan and above. Congratulations to the eleven JKS England members who were successful:
Neil Bukavs - Grantham Shotokan Karate Club
Kevin Christopher - JKS Leyland
Richard Fewkes - JKS Sheffield
Sam McVeigh - JKS Sheffield
Lee Lamb - Kensho Karate Club
Benjamin Richardson - Can Do Martial Arts
Ross Temple - Kensho Karate Club
Craig Williams- Seibukan Karate Club
Paul Wolstencroft - Red Tiger Karate Club
Stephen Spence - Walsall Karate Dojo
Michael Gude - Haxby Karate Club