Author name: Chidokan

Bryan and Jamie's grading night


Four students were awarded their grading certificates this month.  Bryan, Santina and Jamie were all awarded their 9th Kyu and Terry was awarded his 5th Kyu. Congratulations to all of you!   Everyone has worked very hard during the past months and these grading certificates are recognition of the effort that has been invested in the …

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Uchi Uke

The challenge for this month was the introduction of Uchi Uke into our Kihon exercises as well as to explore the Kata that include it. I find the most effective way to teach (and learn) a technique is through repetition but that can become boring. Thankfully we have numerous Kihon exercises to make the repetition a …

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Age Uke

The first lesson back for the year started at 7am on a Monday morning and there was a great turn out.  The theme for January was Age Uke which we practised it in all the main exercise like Kihon Yon Dosa, Kihon Uke Kame San, Tai Sabaki, Kara Zuki and even Kihon Kata. During January …

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Christmas time

As Christmas approached I expected class sizes to get smaller but I was wrong. Students kept to their normal routine and some even came to additional classes throughout the weeks.  In response, and probably because its a time for giving, I ramped things up a lot.  For the last class of the year I introduced Kihon …

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