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December 2014

Dear all,

Congratulations: To all those who participated in the national clicker championships. Between our two dojos we placed a total of 12 times in various categories with 3 titles at Docklands and 1 at Ilford, but most important is the experience gained and the character shown by those who took part.

Xmas social event: Saturday 6th December @ The Cat & Canary, Canary Wharf, near the station at 7pm. £10 for the food payable to either Shihan Nick or Maria. Open to adults only.

Club gradings:

Ilford dojo: Tuesday 9th December 7:30pm

Docklands: Monday 15th December 7:00pm

Students will be informed one or two sessions prior as to whether they can attend. All students must have an up-to-date licence, clean gi and pads. Punctuality is essential. Fee’s: £10 up to Green belt, 2nd kyu £15 & 1st kyu £20. Please note! No spectators are allowed.

Finishing and re-start dates

Docklands finishing: Wed 17th December return Monday 5th January.

Ilford finishing Thursday 18th December, returning Tuesday 6th January.

Club T-shirts

During the summer, we do allow students to wear our t-shirts, but it is discretionary and students should bring their jackets with them and not assume otherwise. Club T-shirts only, should be worn (as much as we like Spiderman, it’s not appropriate) and are available at £8 for junior sizes and £10 for adults.

Hoodies

We have a limited number of hoodies available with the calligraphy at £15 (Lee Cooper) & £20 (Firetrap) starting from small upwards.

Shihan Nick & Maria da Costa can be contacted by the following:

Tel: 01708 743789 nacdacosta@gmail.com

www.docklandsdojo.co.uk www.karate-ilford.com

 

November 2014

Dear all,

Congratulations to Max da Costa on helping England come 2nd in the Severn Challenge and also finishing 3rd in the individuals.

Students need to return the consent forms for the national clicker championships this week along with the appropriate fee. As stated previously, the dojo will pay for the team entries.

Nov2014

Picture: senpai Roxanne Nauth-Misir v senpai Jordan da Costa

National Clicker Tournament.

This event is for individuals and teams, Junior and seniors, males and females. Ilford won the mens team event for the first time in their history last year, so will be looking to retain the title. It will be a fantastic opportunity for all our students to compete at an event on the same day. This year competitors in the individual section will be from red belt and above.

22nd November - National Clicker Tournament

(Teams and Individuals)

(Montem Leisure Centre, Montem Lane,

Slough, SL1 2QG)

Club gradings:

Ilford dojo: Tuesday 9th December 7:30pm

Docklands: Monday 15th December 7:00pm

Students will be informed one or two sessions prior as to whether they can attend. All students must have an up-to-date licence, clean gi and pads. Punctuality is essential. Fee’s: £10 up to Green belt, 2nd kyu £15 & 1st kyu £20. Please note! No spectators are allowed.

Finishing and re-start dates

Docklands finishing: Wed 17th December return Monday 5th January.

Ilford finishing Thursday 18th December, returning Tuesday 6th January.

Club T-shirts

During the summer, we do allow students to wear our t-shirts, but it is discretionary and students should bring their jackets with them and not assume otherwise. Club T-shirts only, should be worn (as much as we like Spiderman, it’s not appropriate) and are available at £8 for junior sizes and £10 for adults.

Hoodies

We have a limited number of hoodies available with the calligraphy at £15 (Lee Cooper) & £20 (Firetrap) starting from small upwards.

Shihan Nick & Maria da Costa can be contacted by the following:

Tel: 01708 743789 nacdacosta@gmail.com

www.docklandsdojo.co.uk www.karate-ilford.com

October 2014

Oct2014

Dear all,

This coming Saturday is the British Open Knockdown Championships @ K2 Crawley. We have senpai Roxanne Nauth-Misir fighting in the “Open” section where competitors from all-around the world will be taking part full-contact. Congratulations to Max da Costa from Ilford on being selected to fight for England in the “Severn Challenge” against Wales, Ireland & Switzerland later this month.

British Open Knockdown Championships @ K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BQ.11th October. Novice event starts at 10am and Open event at 12pm.

Tickets are available to buy from the dojo. Adult £20, child £10, family ticket (2&2) £50.

Club gradings:

Congratulations to those who were successful in the club gradings last month. The next opportunity will be in December.

National Clicker Tournament.

This event is for individuals and teams, Junior and seniors, males and females. Ilford won the mens team event for the first time in their history last year, so will be looking to retain the title. It will be a fantastic opportunity for all our students to compete at an event on the same day. This year competitors in the individual section will be from red belt and above.

22nd November - National Clicker Tournament

(Teams and Individuals)

(Montem Leisure Centre, Montem Lane,

Slough, SL1 2QG)

 

Club T-shirts

During the summer, we do allow students to wear our t-shirts, but it is discretionary and students should bring their jackets with them and not assume otherwise. Club T-shirts only, should be worn (as much as we like Spiderman, it’s not appropriate) and are available at £8 for junior sizes and £10 for adults.

 

Hoodies

We have a limited number of hoodies available with the calligraphy at £15 (Lee Cooper) & £20 (Firetrap) starting from small upwards.

 

Shihan Nick & Maria da Costa can be contacted by the following:

Tel: 01708 743789 nacdacosta@gmail.com

 

www.docklandsdojo.co.uk www.karate-ilford.com

 

Why Karate?

If you are reading this post, then probably you're interested to find what can Karate give to you or to your kids. But there are many sports, which you may also consider instead, such as boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, etc.. So why Karate?

Unfortunately there isn't a simple answer and it all depends on individual. The truth is though, that Karate really has something for everyone.

It's not a sport. It's an art. A Martial art.

As such, Karate opens a door to completely new world, where you are not competing with others, but you rather compete with yourself. Karate gives you opportunity to challenge yourself by achieving perfection in every single move you do,  every stance or even the breath you take. And of course, this is not something you can find only in Karate. There are other martial arts or even sports which can be challenging or interesting in a different way. What makes it different is the combination of Japanese culture, discipline, honour and respect. And I promise, you will experience this in your very first session.

You are 30, 40 or 50+ years old.

Perhaps you might be thinking this is something which you should have done long time ago and you missed your chance. Well, think again. Regardless of your age, you can still find your way in Karate. And if your strength and dexterity are not as good as they were - you can be sure, that they can only get better!

Karate for kids

Throughout the nearly 30yrs we have been running, thousands of children have passed through the dojo. Many are brought by their parents who have a multitude of reasons for bringing them. We pride ourselves in helping to nurture children in fitness, self-defence, discipline, flexibility and self confidence. Some of the children attending today are the grandchildren of students that attended when we first started in 1987. We have produced many champions, but the best compliment we can get is from a parent, who brought a shy child to train and has thanked us for helping their once timid loner, to become a more sociable confident human being.  However, dont expect miracles. Be patient with the progress of your child. They are all different and move at different speeds. As long as they are improving in one way or another we are happy and so should you be.

 

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