The LKA’s class schedule has now recommenced for 2014. It promises to be an exciting year with many opportunities for all, whether it is to compete or simply train with quality instructors or guest instructors.
On January 19th we have Ashley Scott competing in France at the Wasquehal International Open, with competitors from all over the world.
Between February 7th to 9th, we have Emelye O’Brien competing in Lisbon, Portugal at the European Karate Federation Junior and Cadet Championships. There will be in the region of 40 countries in attendance.
On March 22nd Ashley Scott, Melissa Finlay, Stephen Brown, Oliver Deane, Callam Payne and Emelye O’Brien are going to compete at the Swedish Open in Malmo along with competitors from all over Scandanavia and Northern Europe.
In February we have the return of Bendy Kate to take her flexibility class that was so popular when she visited us last year.
In March we have Yamaguchi Sensei from the JKS Hombu Dojo paying us a visit. Sensei is a truly fantastic Karateka and it is a huge honour for us to be hosting him. We would urge everyone to grab this opportunity.
Although not booked as yet, we are likely to have back Antonio Seba 8th Dan from Spain and Shinji Nagaki 5th Dan, both of whom took enormously popular sessions at our Dojo last year.
All in all 2014 promises to be a very exciting year for the LKA and it’s members. If you’re not involved with the LKA already, please feel free to get in touch for details on how to join. With around 80 Black belts and roughly 220 members overall, our size and quality speaks for itself.
The LKA is holding a special Kata course with former WKF World Kata Champion Luis Maria Sanz 7th Dan from Spain. There will be two session that evening. An all-grades session from 6.30-8.00pm and then a Dan grades only session from 8.00-9.30pm.
As of the 22nd August, there are now only 11 places left on the Dan grades session so anyone wanting to do it needs to secure their place as soon as possible. There are 30 places available still on the all-grades session.
Any one wishing to secure their place must pay for the course upfront and email firstname.lastname@example.org for payment details. The course is open to anyone, regardless of affiliation.
- LKA members after their dan grading in Tokyo
On Monday 29th July, four LKA members went to the JKS Hombu Dojo in Tokyo to take part in Dan Gradings.
The grading panel was headed by Kagawa Sensei 8th Dan, Norman Robinson Sensei 8th Dan from South Africa and Tanaka Sensei 8th Dan who is based in the Ukraine along with other senior JKS Hombu Dojo instructors. The atmosphere in the Dojo was incredibly tense and nerve wracking. There were people attempting to take gradings from England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, USA, Lebanon and New Zealand.
We are very proud to say that all four LKA members passed their Dan Gradings. They are Matt Price 6th Dan JKS, Ashley Scott 4th Dan JKS, Juliet Finlay 4th Dan JKS and Melissa Finlay 3rd Dan JKS.
Many congratulations to all four, it took an awful lot of nerve to perform under such circumstances and scrutiny with only two people at a time getting up. All four are a credit to the club.
Nine LKA competitors, along with Sensei’s Heald and Price, made the long trip to Japan as part of the JKS England Squad that went to compete at the 2013 JKS World Championships, held at the Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo on 28th July 2013.
The Squad travelled out on Wednesday 24th July to give themselves a few days to acclimatise in advance of the event. With the 8 hour time difference, they arrived Thursday morning and had to try to stay awake all day to adjust their body clocks to Japanese time. They spent some of this day sight seeing and went to visit the Kodokan Dojo, home of Judo. They had a training session in a park in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo on the Friday morning and then went to the stadium on the Saturday to watch the All-Japan Championships. It was an enormous event with an extremely high standard that set the tone for the JKS World Championships the following day.
The World Championships on the Sunday was a truly superb event. The LKA competitors Joe Hart, Sam Goulden and Stephen Brown formed the Male Team Kumite that took Bronze medal position having lost to the South African team in the semi final.
Ashley Scott and Melissa Finlay were part of the team, along with Alexandra Simon, that took Bronze medal in team kumite losing narrowly to Japan on the semi final, 2-1.
Individually, James Brown just missed out on a medal losing in the last 8 of the 16-17 Year olds Male Kumite.
The World Team Kata Champions from Japan gave an incredible demonstration of Unsu and the Bunkai that gave them the WKF title in Paris last year. It was simply stunning.
All our competitors gave a good account of themselves, as did the whole JKS England Squad, and we are thoroughly looking forward to the next JKS Worlds which will be held in South Africa in 2015.
On Monday 8th July the LKA played host to two very senior Karateka from Spain. Antonio Seba is an old friend now and this is the third consecutive year he has visited our Dojo. This time he brought his colleague, Angel Delgado who is an International National Kata coach and Referee.
The evening kicked off with a one hour session between 6 and 7pm. Antonio took the JKS England Kumite Squad for a special session on tactics to try beat the Japanese Team as we head out to Japan in 2 weeks time for the JKS World Championships. This was truly excellent and covered tactics for short, medium and long range. Meanwhile Angel was taking a group through an intensive scrutiny of Bassai Dai and certainly put them through their paces. It was a truly fantastic opportunity for our people to be personally coached by two such high ranking WKF officials.
There then followed a 2 hour Kumite seminar from Antonio covering control of distance. He used LKA and JKS England Team members Ashley Scott and Melissa Finlay to demonstrate all the drills. The course was packed with visitors from various clubs including Crystal Peaks, Seibukan, Kaizen No Michi, York Shotokan, Walsall School of Karate and Number 1 Fitness.
It was a truly memorable 3 hours which drove people to their limits on a very hot evening, but when the opportunity to train with such people comes up, it must be taken. Well done to all that attended.
Eighteen LKA competitors made their way to Walsall in the midlands to compete in the EKF Central England Open. This was an enormous event with 978 entries and the whole competition ran over 11 hours, starting at 10.00am and finishing after 9.00pm.
The standard was very high indeed and we came away with three very creditable medals. Emelye O’Brien continued her excellent winning form of recent months and took a Gold Medal in Girls Kumite 13-15 Yrs +54Kg event. In the semi Final she beat Nikkisha Bailey who pipped her to the EKF National title in April, so this was a very good result indeed.
Ashley Scott, still recuperating from a fractured rib, took an excellent Bronze medal in Senior Female Kata losing to the winner, Natalie Payne, in the semi-final. Finally Hayden Steele added to his recent Bronze in the Cumbrian Open by taking Bronze again in the Male Kumite 16-17 Years -68Kg event.
Hopefully all three will continue in this vein as they head off to Japan to compete in the JKS World Championships in Tokyo in 2 weeks time.
Following last years highly successful event, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be holding a Womens only course at the LKA Hombu on Sunday 28th April.
Alexandra Simon and Ashley Scott will once again be hosting the afternoon and teaching both Kata and Kumite in their own fantastic style.
To do one session is £10 and both is £15. Please see the booking form below and return asap to secure your place. Both Instructors are giving their time for free and all proceeds go to the JKS England Squad fund.
On Saturday 13th April, we will be holding 2 events to help raise funds for the JKS England Squad. Firstly, during the afternoon at the LKA Hombu in Farsley, we will have a self defence and comedy afternoon. Matt Price 5th Dan will take a 2 hours self defence course followed by Simon Bligh 4th Dan, who is a professional comedian and will do a gig.
In the evening, we will be holding a party at Bramham Village Hall, near Wetherby. There will be a bar, games, music and we will film our own JKS Harlem Shake.
The cost for the self defence/comedy afternoon is £10. The evning alone is £6.50. To do both is £12.
Please see the booking form and return asap to secure your place.
Many congratulations to the following LKA competitors who have been selected to compete for JKS England at the JKS World Championships in Tokyo, Japan in July. Ashley Scott, Melissa Finlay, Joe Hart, Sam Goulden, Stephen Brown, James Brown, Hayden Steele, Tom Mitchell and Emelye O’Brien.
Well done to all, keep up the training as this will be a big challenge! The latest bulletin in shown below.
2013 World Champs Bulletin
Well done to all those from the LKA that were selected onto the JKS England National Squad in January 2013. In total we had 28 competitors selected, an excellent effort.
Kids Squad: Adam Banks, Ronan Cain, Adam Daniel, Oliver Deane, Katelyn Entwistle, David Lister, Kate Lister, Laura Mackintosh, Sam Mitchell, Tom Mitchell, Emelye O’Brien, Connor Payne, Daniel Tremble and Nathan Wilson.
Adults Squad: James Brown, Stephen Brown, Joe Bulmer, Holly Dickinson, Jed Dickinson, Mell Finlay, Josie Fishkin, Sam Goulden, Joe Hart, Daryn Hobden, Callam Payne, Ashley Scott, Hayden Steele and Polly Swindail.