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Karate Summer School and Kids Camp 2009


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Karate Summer School and Kids Camp 2009

Monday 10th August to Friday 14th August

29th Karate Summer School and Kid's Camp

The 29th Karate Summer School and Kid's Camp was held at Lancaster University from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August. The course, instructed by Senseis Andy Sherry, Terry O'Neill, Bob Poynton, Bob Rhodes, Billy Higgins and Frank Brennan proved to be a great success with well over 200 students attending each day.

There were many activities on the Course including two morning classes with students divided into separate groups depending on grade. Special classes were also taken by Senseis Sherry and Brennan for those taking Dan Grades in the near future and the feedback was that these optional sessions were extremely helpful. There was an Instructor qualification class where two Instructor and eight assistant qualifications were awarded. John Bruce from Ashington was appointed as a KUGB Assessor.

Sensei Ian MacLaren, KUGB Archivist and Historian, instructed the students on the use of the Bo and gave a very interesting lecture on the evolution of Shotokan Karate. Sensei Ivan Birch, Phd, gave a most interesting lecture on the physiology of pain.

Tuesday evening saw the social event which was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan demonstrating Mawashi Geri to the senior Dan grades class

Sensei Bob Poynton and the Dan grades class analysing Kumite tactics

Sensei Bob Rhodes demonstrating kata application (Bunkai)

Sensei Billy Higgins explaining effective technique to the Kyu grade class

Sensei Frank Brennan helping the Dan grade class to develop their punching technique

Higher Dan grades class perfecting their reverse punch

Rob Welsh and Matthew Price working on reverse roundhouse kicks

Higher Dan grades developing back kicks

Higher Dan grade class practising kata Unsu

Ivan Birch with the Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate Alfred Ohamain and Secretary John Ogwu

KUGB Southern region officer Ivan Birch together with Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate Alfred Ohamain (left) and Secretary John Ogwu.

Superstars Competition with Sensei Bob Poynton and Sensei Frank Brennan

Superstars Competition between the Dan grades and the Kyu grades

A superstars competition - which included basketball, sumo, break sprints, goal scoring and tug of war - was held between the Dan and Kyu grades, with the Dans just coming out on top in a very exciting and enjoyable event.

Kyu and Dan Gradings were held on Friday and many congratulations to those who passed.

Shodan Passes

Elizabeth Andrews Harrogate
Stephen Cassapi South Notts
Kevin Christopher Leyland
Sophie Hewitt Ashington
Millie Johnson Hutton
Roseanne Jones Rossendale
James P McGreechin Glasgow Karate Academy
Catherine McLearie Cando Martial Arts
Daniel Mooney Tamworth
Isabel Mooney Tamworth
Fraser Monteath Blackpool Central
Kyle M Underwood Tamworth
Jayne L Whittern Cando Martial Arts

Nidan Passes

Gobe Hobona South Notts
Laura Horrocks Myerscough
Thomas Nugent Aaisatsu
Rebecca Rawcliffe Kirkby
Victoria Walker St Helens
Sarah Welsh Tamworth

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