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Docklands & Ilford Newsletter May 2021

Picture: Kyokushin Commonwealth Karate Championship Australia 1988 Winners  Nick da Costa/Michael Thompson/Terry Prescott with
Sosai Masutatsu Oyama & Hanshi Steve Arneil

Re-opening of dojos

Ilford dojo: We now have the go ahead to reopen Ilford dojo on Tuesday 18th (7:30-9). In the first instance we need to implement covid protocols until all pandemic measures are removed (currently June 2021). So this means we will have to have the same booking system in-place that we previously implemented. So please state which day/days (Tuesday/Thursday) you wish to train and we can confirm by return of email your attendance.

Ilford Booking: send an email for training 18th and or 20th May.

Docklands dojo: Unfortunately it looks like docklands venue will not be available until all pandemic measures have been removed (current prediction June). So please be patient and  try to attend Ilford dojo if and when you can.

Karate License: The usual renewal date is 1st Feb, but the BKK extended all memberships until 1st May, So Everyone's license is now due for renewal, so please do so as soon as possible. Also, there is a  renewal discount for this year, so if under 16yrs the fee is £17 and 16yrs and above £28. payable in the dojo!

Calendar for the Year:The BKK have set a calendar of events for the rest of the year and as soon as they are ready to publish, I will share with you.


Shihan Nick




Shihan Maria da Costa Promoted to 6th dan

Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th asked shihan Maria if she would accept a 6th dan promotion and she has finally accepted

Does she deserve it? Read below!

Multiple times British Knockdown Champion.

Multiple British Clicker Champion.

Knockdown Champion in Spain and Belgium.

3rd in the 1st IFK World Knockdown Tournament.

British Wuko Champion.

First Woman to fight competitive knockdown on uk soil.

Last Female to complete the 30 man kumite test in the UK.

British Kata Championship finalist.

Instructor to multiple World and British Champions.

Until recently, Treasurer of the B.K.K and Summer-camp instructor and organiser.

Docklands and Ilford dojos are very Proud to call Shihan Maria their Instructor and congratulate her on the promotion.

Happy Christmas & New Year

Sensei Alex congratulating Samuel on passing his grading

Due to London being put into tier 3 we have had to stop training prematurely and will not return until the New Year. We hope you have a good rest and hope you have a great Xmas and 2021.


Shihan Nick & Maria

December News 2020


Dear All,

We have now returned to training at Ilford dojo. Unfortunately we cannot do the same at Docklands as yet.We will be training at Ilford upto Tuesday 22nd December, which is closer to Xmas than usual, but we are making the most of the opportunity as we dont know if or when there will be another lockdown as we enter the New Year.
We are now taking bookings for next week Tuesday 8th & Thursday 10th December, so please let us know which day/days and we will confirm your place along with payment instructions. As you may know i took part in a podcast interview and a questionnaire, which have been used as part of a digital book featuring martial arts masters and persons of interest, so if you would like to get a copy here is the link:https://payhip.com/b/kd7s

First Aid

We had arranged a first aid course that was rescheduled but unfortunately has now been cancelled. We will arrange another early in the new year.
Osu!Shihan Nick