Harpenden Grading, July 1st 2012

Harpenden Grading July 1st 2012

Summer Training Times 2012

From 29th July until 2nd September Inclusive

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

Tuesday Abbots Langley All Grades 4.00pm-4.45pm
Berkhamsted All Grades 6.00pm-7.00pm
Wednesday No classes – there will be no kumite training through the summer
Thursday Harpenden Tiny Tigers 5.30pm-6.15pm
Coloured Belts 6.30pm-7.30pm
Brown & Black Belts 7.30pm-8.30pm
Friday Letchworth All Grades incl Brown & Black Belts 6.30pm-7.30pm
Breakspeare Abbots Tiny Tigers 4.30pm–5.15pm
Coloured Belts 5.30pm-6.30pm
Brown & Black Belts 6.30pm-7.30pm
Sunday Abbots Langley All grades 11.00am-12.00pm
Hemel All Grades 11.00am-12.00pm
Tiny Tigers 12.15pm-1.00pm
Harpenden All grades incl Tiny Tigers and Brown & Black Belts 1.00pm-2.00pm

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 034354.

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

Harpenden Competition 16th September

We have arranged to host a competition for all grades in Harpenden Leisure Centre on 16th September 2012.  More details to follow.

Hollywood Glitz and Glam Evening

Karate party on Saturday 10th November 2012 – please book your place(s) with your instructor ASAP!

Shihan Akio Minakami 8th Dan UK Tour

Shihan Akio Minakami is visiting in July, touring from the 12th until the 15th.

Tour Schedule

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

Address

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

Timetable
Existing Belt Kyu
Tiny Tigers – 12:30pm – 1:30pm
White
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

Enquiries

Call Brian on 07737 034 354

Shihan Akio Minakami Interview

Image of Akio Minakami

Shihan Akio Minakami

Akio Minakami Interview

 

Shihan Akio Minakami Profile

Image of Akio Minakami

Shihan Akio Minakami

Born and raised in Tokyo, Akio Minakami began his formal martial arts training at age 7 under the 9th Degree Kodokan Judo Black Belt, Takagi Sensei. Minakami moved to the United States in 1967. He won 5 Gold Medals at the 1974 All Japan Karate Championships.

In 1983 Minakami received his Shihan Certificate (6th Degree Black Belt) from the governing body for karate in Japan, the Japan Karate Federation (JKF – formally FAJKO). Shihan Minakami was the first individual ever to receive a unanimous passing grade, meaning all 11 Masters representing the 4 major styles on the examining board gave him their approval.

He then repeated this remarkable achievement when he graded for 7th Dan. This is an amazing feat for which he will always be known. Minakami is also a Black Belt in Judo, and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kendo.

He is regarded as one the finest Karate instructors in the world and currently teaches many International Champions. He is fluent in English and able to communicate concepts and philosophies clearly. He is friendly, approachable and an inspiration to karate practitioners of every level and style.