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Internal Kata Competition 2015

Our annual Internal Kata Tournament took place on the 7th February at Finchley Dojo in which many of the dojo members took part in. We had prepared the one kata which each belt was set with beforehand and it was our chance for us to show Sensei Tohyama what we had practiced.

Five minutes before the tournament, we began by laying the chairs out into rows and preparing for the start of the tournament. We were then gathered together to receive instructions from Sensei Tohyama, to begin the annual kata tournament.

1,000 Punches and 1,000 Kicks 2014


The final session for Tohyama Dojo this year was the annual 1000 Punches and 1000 kicks. This was an important session in order to show Sensei Tohyama what we have learned and how much we had improved since the 1000 Punches and Kicks last year.

First of all, we were given some time to stretch to help us prepare for the session both physically and mentally. Then we began our 1000 Punches, but after a few hundred punches, we lost count so we started over. Then we lost count again and again, three times in total.

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