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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

1,000 Punches and 1,000 Kicks 2013


The final 2013 session for Tohyama Dojo was the 1,000 Punches and 1,000 Kicks event. Unlike normal training sessions, this session was far more a showcase for the discipline of the class as a cohesive group and a demonstration of our willingness to push ourselves beyond our comfortable limits than a typical class would be. The session was well-attended.

After some initial stretching, we began the count for 1,000 seiken chudan tsuki. The two most important things were to always keep the correct form and the correct count.

Christmas Party 2013

Our first Saturday of December started off with Dojo's Christmas party. Many people, including parents of the Kid's Session spent their precious time preparing for this day. Parents volunteered to prepare dishes for the Christmas Party whilst children were busy preparing entertainments.

As usual, party started off with a word from Sensei Toyama then Sensei signed Christmas cards one by one for every students who turned up. Not only that Sensei gave all of us a word of advice for next year and a set of sweets for us to enjoy.

9th Kata Seminar


The Tohyama Dojo 9th Kata Seminar took place on Saturday the 26th of October and was attended by approximately 20 students. The focus was on two Katas: Pinan Sono 1 Ura and Tensho. Although these Katas are of quite senior belt levels, 5th Kyu for Pinan Sono 1 Ura and 2nd Kyu for Tensho, it was nice to see many junior students turning up. In addition, it was noticeable that some effort had been made to try and learn some of the basics of these Katas in preparation for the day.

We first started with Pinan Sono 1 Ura and Sensei focused his explanations on the Ura movement, as for all of us,