Minakami Bushido Karate Dojo News

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