Final Lessons 2016 / First Lessons 2017

Dear Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to thank you all for training with Bushido Black Belt Academy.

As you know our training year is divided into 12 four-week periods, for which you pay 12 monthly payments on a set day each month. As there are 13 four-week periods in a year the dojos will be closed for four weeks over Christmas and New Year.

Below is a list of final lessons for 2016 and re-start dates for 2017.

Yours in Karate Do,

Brian Owen
MBKD UK Chief Instructor

 

 DOJO Final Lesson 2016 Re-start 2017
Abbots Langley
Tanners Wood Hall
Tuesday 6th December  Tuesday 10th January
Berkhamsted
Thomas Coram School
Tuesday 6th December Tuesday 10th January
Harpenden
Roundwood Park School
Thursday 8th December Thursday 12th January
Abbots Langley
Breakspeare School
Friday 9th December Friday 13th January
Letchworth
Pixmore Junior School
Friday 16th December Friday 13th January
Hemel Hempstead
Gadebridge Community Centre
Sunday 11th December Sunday 15th January
Harpenden
Roundwood Park Sports Centre
Sunday 11th December Sunday 15th January

 

Summer Training Times 2016

From Tuesday 26th July until Sunday 28th August Inclusive

Due to the school holidays and vacations please see amended schedule of training for the above dates:

Tuesday Abbots Langley
(Tanners Wood Hall)
All Grades inc. Tiny Tigers 5:00pm-6:00pm
Berkhamsted All Grades 7:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday Harpenden
(Roundwood Gym)
Tiny Tigers 5:30pm-6:15pm
All Grades 6:30pm-7:30pm
Friday Letchworth Tiny Tigers 5:30pm-6:15pm
All Grades 6:30pm-7:30pm
Abbots Langley
(Breakspeare School)
Tiny Tigers 4:30pm–5:15pm
All Grades 5:30pm-6:30pm
Sunday Hemel All Grades inc. Tiny Tigers 11:00am-12.00pm
Harpenden
(Roundwood Sports Centre)
All grades inc. Tiny Tigers 9:30am-10:30am

These changes will revert back to normal training schedule times as per the website following the summer break. If you are unable to train due to your normal class being amended please make up lessons at another dojo in our academy or catch up with extra lessons when summer training has finished.

Any questions please call me on 07737 034 354.

Visit the clubs pages for normal training times.

Have a lovely summer!! If you are away don’t forget to practice your kata.

Sensei Owen

12th June 2016 Grading – Road Closures

Please note that the St. Albans marathon takes place on the same day, so it may affect some of you travelling that way.

We booked the grading for this day to avoid it being the following week on Father’s Day – guess you can’t win.

Please allow extra time for your journey and parking because it will be very busy and some of the roads close.

MBKD Annual Event 2016

Date: Sunday 16th October 2016, 6:30pm to 10pm

Venue: Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX

Everyone welcome including members and non-members (subject to ticket).  Evening will include DJ and entertainment for the kids, buffet, beer and wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Ticket will include the buffet, two drinks, tea or coffee, and a slice of cake.  If you want to get into the party spirit, the venue allows us to bring our own drinks, so bring an extra bottle if you wish!  Adults £12, under-16s £7.50, under 8s (Tiny Tigers) £5.

Note: All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Please complete and return the application form to your instructor.  (You can view and print one here: MBKD Annual Event 2016)

Grading / Assessment Dates 2016

The following dates are for all grades including brown belts for whom assessments will be held on the same day as the gradings.

March 13th 2016

June 12th 2016

September 18th 2016

December 4th 2016

Black Belt Gradings

17th April 2016

11th September 2016

 

The gradings will be held at Harpenden Leisure Centre, AL5 2HU.

Final Lessons 2015 / First Lessons 2016

Here are the final lesson dates for 2015 and the starting dates for 2016.

Garry Allen Completes Sponsored Parachute Jump

On August the 27th 2015 Sensei Gary Allen completed his sponsored parachute jump from 13,000 feet for Kitty.

Gary raised over £1000 which will be going to NeST, The Nephrotic Syndrome Trust.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Gary.  It’s still not too late – please speak to your instructor or you can sponsor Gary online.

Congratulations to Gary on his very brave effort and for raising such a considerable sum for a very worthy cause!

Sean Roberts Course, August 2015

Sean Roberts

Sean Roberts

Sensei Sean Roberts 5th Dan, 3 times European Champion & 10 times National Champion is with us again on Sunday August 30th.

9.30am -10.30am
Roundwood Park Sports Centre, Roundwood, Harpenden, Herts AL5 3AE

11.00 -12 noon
Gadebridge Community Centre, The Nokes, Rossgate, Gadebridge, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 3LF

£10 per lesson

Sean is a great instructor with a vast knowledge and understanding in the art of Shotokan Karate. Do not miss out on this opportunity to be able to train with one of the best.

Please see your instructor to confirm your place.

No Tiny Tigers –  coloured belts and above only.

Sponsored Parachute Jump for Kitty

A message from Sensei Gary Allen

A few of you from our Abbots Langley club will know Kitty. For those who do not, unfortunately a few days before her 7th Birthday she was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome.

For Kitty I am arranging a sponsored parachute jump. The height I will be jumping from is around 13,000 feet or about 2.4 miles, and it will take place on August 27th in Beccles, Suffolk.

From the jump company website:

You will fall at about 120 mph, descending to 5,000 feet in around 40 seconds

Monies raised will be going to NeST, The Nephrotic Syndrome Trust.

The sponsor forms are with your instructor.  You can also sponsor me online on my JustGiving page.

Fund raising has gone well so far and thank you to everyone that has sponsored so far.

The message below is from Kitty’s Mum and Dad.

Gary and the team at Minakami Bushido Karate have blown us away with their amazingly brave idea to do a sponsored parachute jump and raise money for the NeST charity, for which our Kitty is associated with… Please, please sponsor them, and help Kitty and the other children out there with Nephrotic Syndrome / Kidney Disease.

Kitty has been with the Abbots Langley Dojo since she was 4, and loves her karate. Those that know her will have noticed she’s not been around much as sadly a couple of days before her 7th birthday she was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, the cause of which is unknown.

NeST is the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust, that funds research completed by Bristol University Hospital in to all forms of NS, they work closely with centres around the world and provide much needed support for the patients and families. Because it is a rare disease, and ultimately not enough people die from NS, there isn’t much in the way of NHS funding or drug company research. Most of the treatments out there are happy accidents from drugs used to treat other auto immune diseases like arthritis. In NS the immune system attacks the kidneys, Kitty’s has failed to respond to standard treatments, so we took her to Great Ormond Street, who performed a biopsy on her kidney which showed she has a rare aggressive form of NS, called Focal Segmental Glomeruli Sclerosis (FSGS). FSGS is sometimes treatable, but not curable, it is a chronic disease and ultimately unless the right treatment can be found, it will lead to kidney failure. That may not be the end, because the underlying cause is unknown the FSGS can come back in the transplanted kidney sometimes within hours.

Kitty has had to take a range of really foul medicines and chemo for 8 months trying to put her in to remission, none of which have worked yet, and have left her with virtually no immune system. Chicken pox can land her in hospital for weeks, and worse, but we are hopeful that by funding research a cause and ultimately a cure can be found.

As a parent, this isn’t the rosy happy future we envisioned for Kitty, and the sadness felt at the loss of all she could have become and done, if not for this vicious and painful disease is devastating. Literally Kitty is one in a million.

Lets hope that Gary can complete one Kata in free-fall – Good Luck.

Thank you. Chris & Debbie

Summer Training Times 2015

From Tuesday 28th July until Friday 4th September Inclusive

Due to the school holidays and vacations please see amended schedule of training for the above dates:

Tuesday Abbots Langley
(Tanners Wood Hall)
All Grades inc. Tiny Tigers 5:00pm-6:00pm
Berkhamsted All Grades 7:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday Harpenden
(Roundwood Gym)
Tiny Tigers 5:30pm-6:15pm
All Grades 6:30pm-7:30pm
Friday Letchworth Tiny Tigers 5:30pm-6:15pm
All Grades 6:30pm-7:30pm
Abbots Langley
(Breakspeare School)
Tiny Tigers 4:30pm–5:15pm
All Grades 5:30pm-6:30pm
Sunday Hemel Tiny Tigers 10:00am-11.00am
All Grades 11:00am-12.00pm
Harpenden
(Roundwood Sports Centre)
All grades inc. Tiny Tigers 9:30am-10:30am

These changes will revert back to normal training schedule times as per the website following the summer break. If you are unable to train due to your normal class being amended please make up lessons at another dojo in our academy or catch up with extra lessons when summer training has finished.

Any questions please call me on 07737 034 354.

Visit the clubs pages for normal training times.

Have a lovely summer!! If you are away don’t forget to practice your kata.

Sensei Owen