Congratulations to Sensei Ivan Birch & Ian Willis

Shotokan Connect is proud to announce the promotion of Sensei Ivan Birch and Ian Willis to 7th Dan. Please join us in celebrating their well-deserved achievement of Shichidan. This prestigious Dan grade was awarded by the Executive and QA Committees of Shotokan Connect and marks a major step forward in the growth and confidence of… Continue reading Congratulations to Sensei Ivan Birch & Ian Willis

Club 4: Egham SKC

After a couple of weeks of traveling, I decided to keep my next trip local – and where better, than the magnificent Egham SKC, one of my local clubs where I am lucky to regularly train with Sensei Blyth Baker, Dave Austin, David Hurst, Chris Betts and Jess Baker.

Club 3: Senshi Karate

No sooner had I returned home from Eastbourne, I was busy planning my next trip. This time to visit Senshi Karate in Charlton. As our most recently-qualified Kyu grade examiner, I was excited to see Sensei Frank Jennings, alongside Sensei John Parnell undertake the club’s largest ever grading of 50 students.

Club 2: Red Lion SKA

After a ‘breakdown’ on my journey in the form of a torn meniscus, some visits to the body repair shop (i.e. physio), I am back on the road, despite still not being able to train. I’ve not physically trained for over 8 weeks now, and still have a few weeks of recommended recovery to go. Most of us have been there, right?

Club 1: Northumberland Karate Academy

On the basis it was Sensei Ian Willis’ fantastic training session that inspired my journey, where better to start, than at his club which also happens to be the furthest away from home. Just a small 320 miles away! But I wasn’t going to let that stop me…I would make a long weekend of it.

Shotokan Nation’s first Performance Course – a great success

On Sunday 12th September, Shotokan Nation hosted their first Performance Course in Woking. Sensei’s Robin Dale and Jamie Sims promised a great event, and they did not disappoint.     Here is a selection of photos from the day, and some comments from members who attended: We kicked off the day with a session dedicated… Continue reading Shotokan Nation’s first Performance Course – a great success

Senshi Karate – Kyu Grading

After more than a year of lockdowns, we’re delighted that we were finally able to run a kyu belt grading with record numbers for us: 36 students graded! It would have been even more but sadly some of our students couldn’t make it due to Covid restrictions. It was also the first ever grading by… Continue reading Senshi Karate – Kyu Grading

Prize Draw Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our recent prize draw. We would like to thank everyone who entered with the correct answer of Gichin Funakoshi, who was indeed the founder of Shotokan Karate.    The winner of our top prize, one year’s free membership to Shotokan Nation, is Aline Lucas. Congratulations Aline, today… Continue reading Prize Draw Winners