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Sunday 7th July saw the 23rd annual Beach Training at Frinton. Over 40 students attended what is a fun filled day of training. The temperature was in the 30’s which made training in the sea all the more enjoyable!! The day started with a 5 mile run for seniors along the beach followed by 1000 technique warm up then the juniors joined in and kihon and kata were on the agenda. Lunch and team games followed…many forfeits were meted out by Shihan on latecomers and losing team captains. Shihan was very surprised that red belts can hold their breath for 7 minutes in the sea!! However, the shodans pretending to be aeroplanes was the highlight of the day matching any display by the Red Arrows!
Looking forward to next years beach training when we can do it all again…It really is a great family day out for our dojo.
The weather in December was very wintry and not to miss a freak weather front Shihan and 15 Students trained in the snow…! It was great we are lucky that the Dojo is near Hylands Park which is a fantastic place to train. Before we embarked on the mission the juniors trained for a short while outside the dojo so they could say they did their own winter training (Bless) Well-done to all of you truly the heart of Kyokushin….!
Back to the Mission….! There were one or two open mouths when I suggested this but once we started the 2 mile run they soon closed up as it was very very cold….! Basics, Kata then fighting all good fun then the run back reminded me of the old days,any old students that follow our blog I am sure will be nodding their heads…! On the whole we had a great training session all the students got in to the swig of things training in the true Kyokushin Spirit.Osu…..!
As it is the 30th Anniversary of the club this year I thought it would be a good way to kick off the year with a trip to the Brecon Beacons to do the annual Waterfall training. Mad….! Yes I think it is but great fun, I believe it started off 36 years ago based on the time Oyama used to train under the waterfalls when he lived in the Mountains for 3 years in Japan.The Day started with Myself, Sanpais Dave K, Dave H, Sarah, Jack, Phil,and Aaron driving the three and half hours to Wales, there we met around 60 other Students Shihan Terry took the class and kindly asked me to assist (which I was not expecting) which was great although I have been many times to train this the first time I had helped so many thanks Shihan for that.So off we all ran to the water fall just before we got there we did a 40 minute work out then one by one got under the waterfall did our punches then quickly ran back to the pub to warm up…! I could try to explain the day but I guess you had to be there to understand it. It was great, fantastic camaraderie with the group everyone helping out each other a great Kyokushin Spirit.Thankyou to Shihan Terry and everyone else that went I recommend it to everyone a great experience,a question that I was asked when I got back was were you cold….? Well it was January, Snowing, bare feet,what do you think…? Osu
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Not to be put off by the snow on Tuesday Shihan,Sanpais Dave, Jack, Stash and Phil braved the Arctic weather to train in the snow. We ran around 3 miles, did basics, Kata then Kumite in the snow. This was fantastic a bit mad but never the less a great training session.
This was the 18th Summer Camp for me I had a great time training for the four days at Felsted School in Essex with Hanshi Steve Arneil and around 94 students from Australia, Belgium, Norway, Holland, Poland, Germany, Ireland and of course England and Wales. We train around 5 Hours a day covering everything from circuit training in the morning, basics, pad work, fighting and seminars in the evenings. There is a lot going on so everyone has a busy four days. The Junior Camp also trained at the School there was around 40 students, and watching them train they really go for it….! I will be back next year, and can only recommend everyone should go it is a great way to train, meet new students,and just think of nothing else apart from Karate….!
Darius was successful with his Black Belt Grading at camp,very weldone to Sanpai who trained very hard for his grade.
This was the 20th year the Chelmsford Dojo had gone Beach Training at Frinton Beach in Essex, to mark this occasion we ran the three miles to Walton pier. This was hard work but apart from the strong wind we all had a great time. Tradition of the Beach Training is that if a student is late or does something wrong no mater how small they have to do a forfeit….! That normally involves getting wet by going in the sea or doing Kata in the rock pools face down (Sanpai Sarah+Jack will not be late again). We had around 50 Students on the day as this is the only time the Seniors and Juniors Train together throughout the year it was alot of fun doing the Karate and the games.