Minakami Bushido Karate Dojo News

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

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

No Lessons Over the Easter Weekend

Reminder: there will be no lessons on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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