Logan is Kumite Champ

Picture of Logan Carter-Hayes, Kumite WinnerCongratulations to Logan for coming first in kumite at the Randolph Williams Memorial Competition in Milton Keynes on Saturday 9th June 2012.

Well done also to all who took part.

Kumite / competition training is at Roundwood Park School on Wednesdays, open to all grades.

New Black Belts

Well done to our newest black belts who after years of hard training and a five hour examination have achieved their Shodan grade.

David Long, Hemel Hempstead

Ryan Badger, Milton Keynes

Southern Region Grading Examinations July 1st 2012


Main Hall, Harpenden Leisure Centre, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2HU

Existing Belt Kyu
Tiny Tigers – 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Blue Stripe
Orange Stripe
Red Stripe
Yellow Stripe
Green Stripe
Purple Stripe
Brown Stripe
 1:45pm – 3:00pm
White N/A
Blue 10th
Orange 9th
Red 8th
Yellow 7th
Green 6th
Purple 5th
Purple & White 4th
Brown 3rd
12:30pm – 3:00pm
Brown & Single White 2nd Ho
Brown & Double White 2nd
Brown & Single Red 1st Ho


Call Brian on 07737 034 354

Grading Dates 2012


Sunday March 25th
Sunday July 1st (rescheduled from June 10th)
Sunday September 9th
Sunday December 9th

Assessments (Brown Belts)

Sunday March 11th
Sunday May 27th
Sunday September 2nd, 12pm
Sunday December 2nd

All the gradings and assessments will take place at Harpenden Leisure Centre.

Dojo News, March 2012

Change of Grading Date

Please note a change to grading date. The next main grading will be July 1st 2012. We have been advised on that day that there may be road restrictions on the high street as it is Armed forces day. Please allow extra time to park your car and attend.


A competition is being arranged for all students and all ages in Milton Keynes on Saturday May 19th. Full details to follow. If you would like to compete or come along speak to your instructor. It is a good chance to take this opportunity to compare your skills and others and enter into a competitive arena. This competition is in memory of Sensei Randloph Williams who recently passed away all proceeds will go to his memorial fund.

Dates with No Training

There will be no lessons on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Please feel free to make your missed lesson up at any other venue or time during the week..

Tanners Wood Hall will be closed for the following training dates due to Blood Donation days: May 1st and May 15th. Please make up your missed lessons at Breakspeare School on Friday or Sunday Morning at Tanners Wood Hall.

Please remember apart from the above exception dates training continues as normal during the school holidays at Easter and during the summer.

Shihan Minakami Visit

Shihan Minakami will be in England on July 8th and there will be opportunity to train with him that week, dates and venues to be confirmed.

Pre-Lesson Etiquette

We would like to remind students when they enter the hall if they arrive early we expect them to come in and sit quietly, practice Kata or basics until the lessons starts. Karate is a disciplined Martial Art and it can be unfair on some students who are trying to practice if others are running around or talking.

License Renewals

Please make sure all licences are renewed they should have a pink slip in the back and should be renewed each year in January. If for some reason this has not been done please complete a licence form and hand to your instructor.

Brown Belt Assessments

A reminder all Brown Belts are expected to attend the assessments, next assessment will be May 27th. We hope this will improve fitness and give all brown belts a chance to go over the full syllabus for black belt excellence.

Recent Grading

A big well done to all those who passed the recent grading there seems to have been some real improvement please maintain your level of commitment and focus and attend all lessons.

Kumite Lessons for All Grades

Kumite is held every Wednesday at Harpenden between 7 – 8 pm. Kumite is open to all grades although brown belts are expected to attend at least 1 or 2 in between assessments. We understand this may be late for some of our younger students maybe they could attend during the school holidays. This lesson has a more laid back feel to normal and incorporates fitness and stamina training.

Brian Owen