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

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Shihan Akio Minakami

Akio Minakami Interview

 

Shihan Akio Minakami Profile

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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.