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Christmas Party 2014

On the 6th of December we had our annual Christmas party at Finchley Dojo. The party started off with a word from Sensei Toyama and a signed card for each child who came. He gave special advice to each of us and gave us assorted sweets as presents. After this, everyone rushed to the food which the parents of the kids class specially made which was enjoyed by all.

After everyone ate, we had this year’s entertainment. This year’s entertainment managed to include everyone in quizzes and competitions, in both Japanese and English, so it could be enjoyed by all.

British Championship 2014

Yet another nail biting day for competitors and parents filled with nerves and excitement as the annual British open tournament in Ware commenced. All fired up to do better than last tournament, many students came at around 9am to get Kihon and stretches done as a whole dojo to loosen ourselves up physically and mentally.

The day begun with kata and the day begun with the 10-12 category. Tadhag O’Flynn, Yuya Shirai, Lucian and Aoi Fukushima all showed precision in their katas and were awarded with Aoi gaining yet another gold medal with Yuya and Tadhag coming 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Outdoor Training 2014


This year’s outdoor training is the first indoor training which we have had in this dojo, instead of the usual outdoor training which we have at Regent’s Park each year. In a way, I thought that this was a better idea – we don’t get any distractions from passer-by’s, not having to worry about the weather and lastly but not the least, focused training with concentration was higher. However, let’s not also forget the fun part, especially for the kid’s, where it is important to adopt interesting topics into Karate training.

As the training was condensed, it did not feel like a day

English Championship 2014

For this competition, I based my training on Kihon, Kata and Combinations.

Last year, as I fully swung my roundhouse kick, I was penalised, therefore this year, in my basic training, I practised to pull back my kick. For my kata, I practised Yantsu in front of the mirror so that my kata was symmetrical. Tohyama Sensei advised me to use many kicks to the centre so the opponent concentrates on blocking their torso, then to kick to the head. So with this advice, I practiced with my body remember in both Euston dojo and at home.

The reason I was able to win in this competition was because I

Internal Kata Tournament 2014

Our annual Internal Kata Competition took place at the Finchley Dojo on a rainy Saturday afternoon in early February which was attended by the vast majority of the dojo members and accompanied by the presence of four black-belts including: Ivor Senpai, Fabrice Senpai, Ukita Senpai and Tohyama Sensei. With such privilege this year we were thoroughly fortunate to receive a rich in detail and explicit feedback regarding our kata from each of the black-belts.

After a quick set-up we were ready to begin our 2014 Internal Kata Competition; this occasion would truly reflect the effort we had put