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December 2021 Newsletter

Dear All,

Again well done to all our students who took part in the "Hanshi Cup" and our instructors who helped to make it a successful day by officiating.

 At present we have no update on Docklands re-opening, but I will approach them over the next few days for any developments and get back to yo.

Ilford dojo Christmas schedule. The last session is Thursday 16th December and we return on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Ilford Club Grading: Tuesday 14th December @ 7:30pm sharp. Students will be informed this week as to whether they can attend. Fee up-to 3rd kyu £10. 2nd Kyu £20 & 1st Kyu £25. A normal session will run concurrently. All attendees must have or applied for a license, have a clean gi & pads.

Joint-club Xmas Celebration for Adults. Saturday 18th December  7:30pm @ the Slug & Lettuce Romford (Less than a minute walk from the station). £15 payable in the dojo. We have a designated area and the fee includes food. All adult students from either dojo are invited as are any parents too, so I hope you will come along.

Annual General Meeting of the British Karate Kyokushinkai: Saturday 15th January 2022. This is a very important meeting where adult members of the association will vote on its future following the Death of Hanshi Steve Arneil.  We would greatly appreciate it if all our over 16yrs olds support us in keeping the B.K.K democratic and independent.


Shihan Nick



November Club Newsletter

Septembers successful grading students

Dear All,

We are now entering November and time is flying by. We have a tournament at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on the 27th of this month and a club and national grading in December.

Docklands update: I contacted the manager last week and they are waiting for repairs to happen before the venue is available again.

27th November National Kata/Clicker Tournament/Hanshi Cup: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Ledrington Rd, London SE19 2BB. Check-in 8-9:45, 10:00am start

National Blackbelt Grading Sunday 12th December @

Venue :   Matthew Arnold Sports Centre,
                Kingston Road,
                TW18 1PF.

10.00 a.m. - 16.00 p.m.

Ilford Club Grading: Tuesday 14th December 2021. 7:30-9pm. All participants must have or applied for an association license, wear a clean gi with badges and appropriate pads. Students will be informed one or two sessions prior as to whether they can attend. Fee up-to 3rd kyu is £10 with no club fee. 2nd kyu £20 & 1st kyu £25.


The adult section of the class after the juniors have finished!

We are awaiting an update on access to the Docklands venue.

We have now after 18 months allowed new members to join Ilford dojo, so if you know anyone that wishes to begin, then now is the time.

For 2 weeks we will train in the adjoining church whilst the hall is being renovated (27/29th July and 3/5th Aug). The floor appears ok, but bring clean trainers along just in case.

Hanshi Steve Arneil 1934-2021

Hanshi Steve Arneil presenting Shihan Nick da Costa with the Tameshiwari Award in 1982

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th dan (1934-2021).
Steve Arneil (Hanshi) came to Britain in 1965 from Japan, where he trained under the founder of Kyokushin karate, Masutatsu Oyama for 3yrs. Whilst in Japan, he was the first of Sosai's students to complete the 100 fights (kumite). He co-founded the BKK and also became the manager of Great Britain in all-styles and coached them to win the World Championships. His achievements are many, but his greatest assets were his Charisma & Knowledge. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten as his spirit shines on through the thousands of students he touched with his teaching.

Nick da Costa Shihan

July 2021

Warming up and stretching @ ilford dojo

Ilford dojo will continue with the booking system for training until government restrictions are removed. Docklands venue is still not available, but hopefully when said restrictions are lifted, we will have access again and will notify you accordingly.