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Kata Seminar 3

The Kata Seminar had indeed reached its third seminar.

The kata for today's seminar was Pinan Sono 5 and Tekki Sono 1. Having learned from the previous seminar, this time, everyone had turned up with plenty of time before the seminar and was focusing on stretching out and warming up their bodies to be fully prepared. All 26 Dojo students had gathered to attend the seminar. The atmosphere was tense from even before the seminar had started.

Having just achieved the 8th Kyu, Pinan Sono 5 and Tekki was a totally new kata for me.

1,000 Punches and 1,000 Kicks 2011

It was chilly morning in London. Yearly event at London Tohyama Dojo, 1000 punches and 1000 kicks took place.

This was my third attend to the event and I aimed to participate strong and concentrate more than last attend. Many dojo colleagues and seniors attended on the day and the atmosphere was great ñ calm but somewhat sharpness in the air.

We began with seiza and mokuso as we start keiko and started with 1000 punches.

Ni Dan Grading


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sensei Tohyama for allowing me to take the grading, and to everyone of you in the Tohyama Dojo for your heartfelt support.

To be honest, I had to think over whether I was really up to taking the grading when Sensei Tohyama first suggested so. Though I was going through a hard time of my own, trying to balance my job, family and Karate, with some concerns I had to cope with over my health, in the end it came back to me that 'No or Cannot' is not an option in Kyokushin Karate.

I was not completely confident, but with the help and support

10th World Open Tournament


While travelling with my friend Kate through Japan, we stopped over in Tokyo in the first week of November to attend the 10th World Open Karate Tournament. We met up a day earlier with Tohyama Sensei who was an official during the event and to collect our entry passes. That day the first ever Women's World Open took place.

We experienced the preparations and the fights from real up-close and were hugely inspired by this, for which I am very grateful to Sensei.

Kata Seminar 2

Under the warm autumn sunshine, many of the Dojo students had gathered up at the Acton Dojo to attend the 2nd Kata Seminar. Each and every one of them eager to gain the essence in depth and to possibly master the Katas we were about to work on.

All Dojo students who were to attend this Kata Seminar have been notified of the Katas to work on and had all practiced, but the seminar itself was of a very advanced level that most of us found it challenging to even keep up with it.

With the fact that this seminar was held on a Sunday, all of us should have come with high intentions in an