Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International

SSKI

SSKI is a traditional Shotokan karate association that prides itself on being a hard–working and friendly group that has a place for everyone.

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About SSKI

SEI = Spirit and Soul

SHIN = Mind

KAI = Association or Group


Seishinkai – Association of Mind, Spirit and Soul

Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International (SSKI) is a traditional Shotokan Karate Association that believes firmly in the teachings of Shotokan Grand Masters Gichin Funakoshi, the founder, and Masatoshi Nakayama, the legendary Chief Instructor of the original JKA (Japanese Karate Association) and the man most responsible for spreading the art of Shotokan Karate to the rest of the world. SSKI has clubs in such countries as England, USA, Kazakhstan, Hungary and India; the Association Headquarters (Honbu) are in England. Countries run their own competitions and squads but in England three main competitions are held annually:
• The National Championships (a tournament for everyone)
• Association Kata Tournament

There are regular squad training sessions for those interested in Competition Karate, with a very powerful National Team that is sponsored by different companies; the squad is currently sponsored by the Buckinghamshire Building Society. Over the years SSKI have produced champions at all levels of competition including World/European and many National Champions and regular referees courses are held with our Chief Referee, for those interested in this very important part of Competition Karate.

SSKI holds many annual courses with world–class instructors including the highly respected Sensei Richard Amos, Sensei Steve Ubl, Sensei Dave Hazard and Sensei Aidan Trimble and many more. Students are also encouraged to attend ‘Open’ Courses held by other groups and Associations as well as those held by SSKI Senior Instructors.

Seishinkai pride themselves in that they have no part whatsoever in the politics of Karate and are current members of the WTKO and the Shotokan Alliance. Seishinkai also prides itself on being a hard–working and friendly group that has places for everyone in all of our clubs in all of our countries.

“Hatsuun Jindo (Parting the Clouds – Seeking the Way)”

Benefits of Membership:

  • • Top class tuition in traditional JKA style Shotokan Karate
  • • Regular courses with top UK and International Sensei
  • • Access to professionally structured instructor training programme
  • • Top class Referee and Judge training courses
  • • Regular National and International Championships
  • • Regular National Squad Training and Selections
  • • Regular Okinawan Kobudo Training and Courses
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News & Notices

Updated June 9th, 2015

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Club News

  • Sat Jun 6th… Many congratulations to those who passed their Dan grading today at the Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo. To Sandan: Vicky Adams and to Shodan: Harvey Perkins, Dylan Freeman and Zak Tomlin. Commiserations to those who sadly didn’’t make it this time.; work hard in your dojo and I am sure you will be successful in December. Many thanks to the Dan grading panel on the day: Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan, Sensei Tony Bunting 6th Dan and Sensei Adam Cockfield 5th Dan.


    L–R: Harvey Perkins, Zak Tomlin, Sensei Phipps, Dylan Freeman and Vicky Adams

  • Sun May 17th… Results from the WTKO 2015 Irish Open Karate Championships held in Dublin.
  • Sun May 3rd… Results from the ESKF 2015 Open Karate Championships held in London.
  • Sun Apr 26th… Results from the Under 18s Kata and Sanbon Kumite Competition held at the Hemel Hempstead dojo.
  • Sat Mar 7th… Results from the Legend Open Karate Championships 2015 at Bracknell.
  • Sun 22nd Feb… The Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan Course at the SSKI Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo on Sunday 22nd February was absolutely excellent. Nearly 60 black and brown–belts were put through two amazing sessions of the kata Gojushiho–sho and its bunkai. This was followed by a self–defence session and everybody enjoyed the day’’s training to the full. Sensei Hazard will be back at this dojo on Sunday 20th September for another one–day Course. The host instructor, Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan, thanked Sensei Hazard for such a great day’’s training and SSKI are looking forward to his return later in the year.

  • SSKI Squad Selections… Squad selection for 2015 to take place on Monday 26th January from 19:30 to 21:00. All competitors who wish to be considered for the Squad in 2015 need to attend. Squad sessions this year will take place on the last Monday of each month at the new venue of The Martial Arts Studio, Aldenham School Sports Centre, Elstree, WD6 3AJ; this is a purpose–built martial arts studio with a matted tatami area, which will be of real benefit to the Squad. Further invite only sessions, aimed for individuals training for a specific competition will take place throughout the year on dates and venues TBC. All squad sessions and competitions, both internal and external, are now on the Calendar.


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Current Dan Grades

SSKI UK

Sho Dan
Karen Bull
Ethan Hagel
Steven Barton
Joseph Moore
Michael Lawrence
Ivan Gould (Honorary)
Charles Johnson
Rachael Houlton
Guy Stoyle
Siva Niranjan
Eve Messenger
Christopher Cooper
Gary Page
Christopher Allen
Nicholas Callaghan
Phillip Chiverton
Peer Lustraeten
Joydeep Shil
Michael Pemberton
Anthony Kelley
Maria Nicolaou Sumaria
Joao Costa
Harvey Perkins
Dylan Freeman
Zak Tomlin
Ni Dan
Jason Foxwell–Moss
Nick McCall
Petra Ewington
Sarah Brown
Cristy Nash
Philip Barton
Steph Farrer
Caspar Mahoney
James Baldwin
Ritchie Howlett
Lewis Wilson
Gareth Hains
San Dan
Susan Carson
Arthi Niranjan
Stacey Barton
Thomas Carson
Chris Boon
Dougie Carson
Steve Howlett
Vicky Adams
Yon Dan
Peter Welch
Daniel White
Nick Forgham
Paul Carvell
Go Dan
Adam Cockfield
Jeff Carson
Roku Dan
Anthony Bunting
Nana Dan
Hachi Dan
Malcolm Phipps

SSKI USA

Sho Dan
Frank Segreti
Corie Fish
Sam Coons
Josh Coons
Joel Coons
Kyle Long
Ni Dan
Dennis Huff
Jeannie Yates
San Dan
Jeff Sanders
Jan Meyer
Randy Bodey
Bishop Sanders

SSKI India

Sho Dan
Nitish Bansal
Jatin Monga
Muzaffar Ali
Mridul Ganesh
Jai Chaturvedi
Vikas Chaturvedi
Anirban Bhattacharya
Anne Hammerstad
Shivansh Kapoor
Meera Ali
Kamal Sidhu
Scott Dunning
Nitant Aggarwal
Dil Bahadur Budhathoki
Vaibhav Gautam
Ni Dan
R. Kishan
Sandeep Kumar
Vishal Chaudhry
Mir Kadir
San Dan
Devender Aggarwal
Ravindra Kumar
Mahinder Singh
Umesh Sharma
Go Dan
Ram Babu Singh

SSKI Kazakhstan

Sho Dan
Salybekov Stanislav
Losetski Aleksandr
Nazarenko Andrei
Almanov Berik
Kapelyushin Serguei
San Dan
Iskakov Tuleukhan
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Clubs – UK

Hemel Hempstead (Honbu Dojo)
Sensei: Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan
Contact: 01442 266048 / phipps@globalnet.co.uk
Assistant Instructor: Antony Bunting 6th Dan
Times: Wednesday: 7.30pm–9pm (teenagers and adults)
Venue: Hemel Hempstead School, Anchor Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1TX MAP
Hemel Hempstead School – Children’s Club
Sensei: Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan
Contact: Contact: 01442 266048 / phipps@globalnet.co.uk
Times: Wednesday: 6pm–7pm
Venue: Hemel Hempstead School, Anchor Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1TX MAP
Hemel Hempstead (Highfield)
Sensei: Paul Carvell 4th Dan
Contact: 07966 824255
Times: Monday: 5.20pm–6.20pm – Beginners and other grades
Venue: Highfield Community Centre, Bellgate, Highfield, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP2 5SB MAP
Hemel Hempstead (Gadebridge)
Sensei: Paul Carvell 4th Dan
Contact: 07966 824255
Times: Thursday: 5–6pm – Other grades
Venue: Gadebridge Youth Club, The Nokes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3LF MAP
St. Albans (Herts)
Sensei: Tony Bunting 6th Dan
Contact: Contact: 07870 656766
Venue: Verulam Boy's School, Brampton Road, St. Albans, Herts. AL1 4PR MAP
Website: www.seishinkaikarate.co.uk
London (Kings Cross)
Sensei: Adam Cockfield 5th Dan
Contact: 07838 608789 / sski_london@hotmail.co.uk
Times: Monday and Thursday: 7pm–8.30pm (Main Class), 8.30pm–9pm (Senior Grades)
Venue: Winton Primary School, Killick Street, Kings Cross, London N1 9AZ MAP
Website: www.sski–london.co.uk
Slip End (Luton)
Sensei: Tony Bunting 6th Dan
Contact: 07870 656766
Assistant Instructors: Vicky Adams 3rd Dan and Steph Farrer 2nd Dan
Times: Tuesday: 6:15–7:15pm (to 4th kyu) and 7:15–8.30pm (brown belt and above)
Venue: Slip End Lower School, Ross Close, Slip End, Luton LU1 4DD MAP
Website: www.seishinkaikarate.co.uk
Basingstoke (Lychpit)
Sensei: Peter Welch 4th Dan
Contact: 01256 702255 / weekend.wanderer@btinternet.com
Times: Monday 6.15–7:15pm (Under 8s) and 7.15–9pm
Venue: Lychpit Community Hall, Great Binfields Road, Lychpit, Old Basing RG24 7DA MAP
Website: wwww.oldbasingkarate.com
Basingstoke (Old Basing)
Sensei: Peter Welch 4th Dan
Contact: 01256 702255 / weekend.wanderer@btinternet.com
Times: Wednesday 5–6pm (Under 8s) and 6–7.30pm
Venue: Old Basing Village Hall, The Street, Old Basing RG24 &BY MAP
Website: wwww.oldbasingkarate.com
Berkhamsted
Sensei: Daniel White 4th Dan
Contact: 07989 583554
Assistant Instructor: Jason Foxwell–Moss 2nd Dan (01442 872368)
Times: Thursday 7.30–9pm
Venue: Berkhamsted Town Hall, 196 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3AP MAP
Website: www.sski–berkhamsted.co.uk
Reading (The Warehouse)
Sensei: Nick Forgham 4th Dan
Contact: 0118 935 2695 / nick.forgham@uwclub.net
Times: Monday 5.30pm–7pm
Venue: The Warehouse, 1a Cumberland Road, Reading RG1 3LB MAP
Bovingdon
Sensei: Jeff Carson 5th Dan
Contact: 07855 958549 / sski.jeff.sensei@gmail.com
Assistant Instructor: Sue Carson 3rd Dan
Times: Monday and Wednesday 6–7pm
Venue: Bovingdon Memorial Hall, High Street, Bovingdon HP3 0HJ MAP
Watford (Central)
Sensei: Steve Howlett 3rd Dan
Contact: 01442 258544 / 07958 787890 / steve@westwatfordkarateclub.co.uk
Times: Thursday 6:30pm–7:30pm (juniors & beginners); 7:30pm–9pm (6th kyu & up & seniors)
Venue: Studio A001, West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EZ MAP
Watford (West)
Sensei: Steve Howlett 3rd Dan
Contact: 01442 258544 / 07958 787890 / steve@westwatfordkarateclub.co.uk
Times: Saturday 10:30am–12pm
Venue: Westfield Community Sports Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts. WD18 6NS MAP
Croxley Green
Sensei: James Baldwin 2nd Dan
Contact: 07568 542305 / jamesdanielbaldwin@gmail.com
Times: Tuesday 6:30pm–7:30pm
Venue: Harvey Road School, Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Herts. WD3 3BN MAP
Maple Cross
Sensei: Steve Howlett 3rd Dan
Contact: 01442 258544 / 07958 787890 / steve@westwatfordkarateclub.co.uk
Times: Tuesday 3:20-4:45pm
Venue: Maple Cross JMI School, Denham Way, Maple Cross, Herts. WD3 9SS MAP

Clubs – Worldwide

United Kingdom
Contact: Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan
Tel: +44 (0)1442 266048
Email: phipps@globalnet.co.uk

USA
Contact: Sensei Jeff Sanders 3rd Dan
Tel: 937 484 5393


Kazakhstan
Contact: Sensei Tuleukhan Iskakov 3rd Dan
Address: 5 Luganski Street, Ap.34, Almaty 050051, Kazakhstan
Tel: 8 727 399 7832
Mob: 8 701 721 3229
Email: tt_iskakov@yahoo.com
India
Contact: Sensei Ram Babu Singh 5th Dan
Address: No.763, First Floor Sun Light Colony No.2, New Delhi 110014, India
Tel: 011 2634 2302 / 9810191546
Email: rambabusingh42@gmail.com
Web: www.sites.google.com/site/sskikarate
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SSKI Senior Instructors

Chief Instructor/Examiner
Malcolm Phipps Sensei 8th Dan (Hanshi)
• Chief Instructor/Examiner for the English Traditional Nunchaku Association (ETNA)
• Chair of Executive and Technical Committees
• Fellow of the International Shotokan Ryu Karate Do Shihankai
• Lead Sensei – Hemel Hempstead Honbu Dojo
• Lead Sensei – Hemel Hempstead School Children’s Dojo
Assistant Chief Instructor
Tony Bunting Sensei 6th Dan (Renshi)
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei – Slip End Dojo
• Lead Sensei – St Albans Dojo
National Team Coach
Adam Cockfield Sensei 5th Dan
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei – London Dojo
Chief Referee
Jeff Carson Sensei 5th Dan
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei – Bovingdon Dojo
Senior Instructor
Peter Welch Sensei 4th Dan
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei – Old Basing and Lychpit (Basingtoke) Dojos
Senior Instructor
Daniel White Sensei 4th Dan
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei – Berkhamsted Dojo
Senior Instructor
Nick Forgham Sensei 4th Dan
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei – The Warehouse (Reading) Dojo
Senior Instructor
Paul Carvell Sensei 4th Dan
• Member of the Assocation Technical Committee
• Lead Sensei (Children) – Highfield Dojo
• Lead Sensei – Gadebridge Dojo

SSKI Instructors

Instructor
Steve Howlett Sensei 3rd Dan
• Lead Sensei – Westfield Community Sports Centre and West Herts College (Watford) Dojos
• Lead Sensei – Maple Cross Dojo
Instructor
James Baldwin 2nd Dan
• Lead Sensei – Croxley Green Dojo
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SSKI Senior Instructor Profiles

Chief Instructor/Examiner
Malcolm Phipps Sensei 8th Dan (Hanshi)

Malcolm Phipps is an 8th Dan in Shotokan Karate and is the Chief Instructor internationally to ‘Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International’. After his school years he spent ten years in the Royal Navy where he already had become a prominent footballer playing for the RN throughout the world and for local amateur teams in Hertfordshire. He left the RN in 1968 and then worked in London for a Merchant Bank and Commodity Brokers respectively. In the early 1970’s he felt he needed a new challenge and, following up an advert in his local paper, went along to witness his first actual Karate lesson. He was extremely impressed with the discipline involved and the very next lesson became part of the class. His original club was based in Hemel Hempstead, which started out as a JKA club but then became a part of Shotokan Karate International (SKI) with Kanazawa Sensei. He was hooked by this new way of life and trained hard passing his grades up to Shodan with Kanazawa Sensei and Asano Sensei. Sadly, and through no fault of his own, a split happened in his local club and he found himself having to travel nearly 30 miles twice weekly to train with his sensei. Working in London this was unacceptable and he had to look for a new Association to join. A good friend of his put him in the path of the Amateur Shotokan Karate Association (ASKA) where again he spent many happy years. Through a difference of opinion between certain ‘traditional’ aspects within this group he left to form his own Association, Seishinkai Shotokan Karate in 1984. In 1995 the decision was made to become an international group with clubs in the UK, USA, India and Kazakhstan, and therefore SSKI came to be. Malcolm has trained in Shotokan Karate now for over 42 years and has actually taught for well over 38 years and thousands of Karateka have passed through his extremely capable hands.

In competition Karate he has had numerous successes including many World, European and National Champions. In traditional Shotokan Karate his black–belts are, without doubt, and grade for grade, amongst the very finest. He is one of the top and most respected Karate teachers in Europe today. He is a National Grading Officer and a Senior National Coach (NCF) and is also one of England’’s top Nunchaku (rice flails) exponents and teaches this Art regularly in his Nunchaku Association ETNA (English Traditional Nunchaku Association), where again he is the founder and Chief Instructor.

He was awarded ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ for the county of West Hertfordshire in 1985 and has been runner–up on a couple of other occasions.

Malcolm is also an accomplished author and has had ten books published to–date. Four of these books are on the Martial arts (Uchi Deshi and the Master, The Ah So! Stories, The Little Book of Seishinkai and Nunchaku) and three novels: Wild Oats in Cornwall, The ConEquest and Wild Oats. His autobiography, Out of the Tiger’s Mouth, was published in December 2009. Malcolm is also a poet and has had two books on poetry published: I Pondered Lonely as a Cloud! and I Pondered Lonely as A Cloud, Once More! The royalty on both books was sent to the NSPCC and Save the Children respectively.

He has appeared on English National TV in such programmes as Michael Aspel’’s Six O’’Clock Show, Afternoon Plus with Mary Parkinson, Thames News with the late Andrew Gardner and Anglia Sport and was interviewed live’ on BBC Radio by ex–Blue Peter presenter, Simon Groom. The Association also appeared on the BBC’’s top children’’s programme, Blue Peter, and also featured on the BBC TV News in 2005. He has had numerous magazine articles published in Traditional Karate, Combat, Fighting Arts International and Shotokan Karate Magazine and articles published in the Daily Mail and Guardian UK national newspapers. He also has his profile on Wikipedia.

       

Malcolm is a highly respected and accomplished instructor who has been training in Shotokan Karate for over 42 years and holds the following positions:

• Chief Instructor, Founder and Examiner to SSKI (Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International)
• Chief Instructor, Founder and Examiner to ETNA (English Traditional Nunchaku Association)
• Chairman SSKI Executive and Technical Committees
• SSKI National Team Manager
• Founding Fellow of ISKS (International Shotokan–ryu Karate–do Shihankai)
• UK Director of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
• Member of the UK Combat Hall of Fame
• Member of the USA Hall of Fame
• Member of the Global Martial Arts Hall of Fame
• Awarded 8th Dan and the title of Hanshi in September 2011 by the ISKS & SSKI Executive Committees


Assistant Chief Instructor
Tony Bunting Sensei 6th Dan (Renshi)

Born in London in 1969, Tony was introduced to Judo at a young age. He quickly progressed through the belts, attaining his 1st Dan black belt in Judo in his early teens. He was an accomplished Judoka who competed at regional level and successfully won a number of junior championships.

In 1981, he was introduced to Shotokan Karate by his Judo instructor. His first Shotokan instructor in Borehamwood was Sensei Brian Field (2nd Dan) within the Bukonkai Karate International association whose Chief Instructor at the time was the late Sensei Colin Williams (7th Dan); Tony was an avid competitor who travelled the country competing for his club and association. It was in the early 80’s when he moved to a new dojo, which was affiliated to ASKA, that he was introduced to Sensei Malcolm Phipps (then a 3rd Dan). Tony was part of the newly founded association in 1984 – Seishinkai Shotokan Karate.

Tony has been a loyal supporter and part of Seishinkai for many years and is the SSKI Assistant Chief Instructor. He currently holds 6th Dan, which he was awarded by Sensei Malcolm Phipps on 1st December 2008. Apart from being a Kyu and Dan grading examiner, a member of the association technical committee and part of the squad management team, he is also a qualified and experienced referee and is often asked to support in competitions nationally, as well as internationally on occasions.

Aside from all these ‘duties’ to the association, Tony’s dedication for Karate and Seishinkai goes above and beyond. He has been instrumental in the last few years in obtaining sponsorship for the association squad and has also travelled to other SSKI clubs in the UK and assisted Sensei Phipps teaching on seminars in the USA. He believes that the only way to achieve your best is to train regularly and hard with the best Instructors available. He continues to train at the Honbu dojo and maintains this practice by training at minimum of twice a week.

       

Tony has been an instructor for over 20 years now and confirms that his personal sense of fulfilment was achieved in 2011, when his club team, Slip End, won the SSKI National Championships for the very first time since the competition had begun back in 1984. He was once again the proud instructor when Slip End won the SSKI Nationals Championships again in 2012. Tony also opened up a new club in 2012 at Verulam Boys School in St Albans, where he is the resident instructor. This has become very successful and currently has over thirty boys from the school training!

What Karate means to Tony in his own words: “SSKI is an integral part of my life as I have studied and trained in Shotokan Karate for the past 30 years. I have been privileged to train with some of the best Japanese and English Instructors in the world and truly enjoy training and teaching at my dojos. I was also honoured to present Sensei Phipps with his 8th Dan Certificate in 2011!”


National Team Coach
Adam Cockfield Sensei 5th Dan

Adam was born in Luton in 1982 and was always fascinated by Martial Arts films and stories from his Dad of his brief experience with Karate in the 1970’s. Adam began training in a small working men’s club hall in January 1992, after a bad start (his Dad’s quote on watching his early Karate lessons “he was rubbish, completely un–coordinated”) Adam’s enthusiasm for training shone through and his instructor at the time, known only as “Noddy“, suggested Adam go and train with his original instructor, Sensei Jamie Harrison.

       

Adam trained with Jamie and SEKU (Shotokan of England Karate Union) for four years until Jamie and his wife moved away to Devon. Prior to his departure Jamie contacted Malcolm Phipps Sensei (8th Dan) and suggested that his existing students train with SSKI (Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International). Adam joined SSKI in March 1996 and has gone on from brown belt to achieving the grade of 5th Dan in April 2013.

Adam is an accomplished competitor winning both the Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting) at the SSKI nationals on a number of occasions, and has taken medals at established Shotokan events around the country for several years such as the The Legend Open (Competitor of the Day for two years running), The Shobu–Ippon International Open, WTKO Open and The SEKU Invitational.

Adam has also competed in Romania, France, Holland, Belgium and in the USA, winning medals at major International events, culminating in winning the 2011 WJKA World Championships in Kata. In 2004 Adam was made the SSKI squad coach and the squad has now seen its best run of results for several years. Adam has also trained in Ju–Jitsu and Goju–Ryu Karate during his time at university, where he achieved a 2:1 (Hons) in Sport Science.

       

Adam has been privileged enough to train with many senior and well–respected Karateka, mainly due to the open attitude of SSKI and Malcolm Sensei in particular. Adam has learnt a great deal from Dave Hazard Sensei, Aidan Trimble Sensei, Richard Amos Sensei, Steve Ubl Sensei, John Mullin Sensei, Terry O’Neill Sensei and Simon Staples Sensei. Adam also recognises the contribution of his own Sensei within SSKI: Malcolm Phipps Sensei (8th Dan), his main sensei for nearly 20 years, and Tony Bunting Sensei (6th Dan) and continues to train with them on a regular basis.

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English Traditional Nunchaku Association (ETNA)

ETNA was formed late in 2003 by its founder and Chief Instructor Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan and the worldwide Chief Instructor to Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International. Sensei Phipps has trained in the kobudo art of Nunchaku now for over forty years and in 2003 trained with Sensei Fumio Demura (see photo below right) in Dallas, Texas at the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Seminars and Awards. After discussions, Sensei Demura thought it would be an excellent idea for Sensei Phipps to set up a traditional Nunchaku Association in the UK and so the idea was born. Sensei Demura and Sensei Phipps both agreed that in the main this art is not taught correctly enough and should be taught traditionally and relatively along the same lines as a good karate class. So, with this in mind, the Association trains only in traditional Nunchaku using correct terminology and genuine Okinawan kobudo techniques.
There is a proper structure to the Association with gradings being held every six months. There is a syllabus that is followed rigidly that includes kihon, kata and kumite, and a booklet that all students receive on joining. There is everything a student would need to know about the weapon in this professionally produced booklet, which indeed includes the syllabus. The starting age for training is eight years of age but from eight to sixteen years of age the student must use foam or rubber Nunchaku only. After sixteen years of age then a student has the option of foam rubber or wood. Nunchaku must be traditional from twelve to fourteen inches in length, preferably cord. No metal, telescopic or weapons with flashing lights and bells are allowed.

To join ETNA, it is necessary that a student already has a decent knowledge of the martial arts. Many people will feel that eight years of age is too young but this is not the case as long as the youngsters follow the rules of the Association and the martial arts code in general and indeed would only be allowed to use foam or rubber weapons and must never use the weapon or carry the weapon in the street, other than to and from the dojo and, of course, in the dojo.

The weapon also, as most students know, is a great help in co–ordination for all the other martial arts, especially Karate, helping a student to be proficient with both hands and arms. As explained earlier, the Association is a traditionally run group and is run on the lines of a good karate lesson.

Nunchaku Techniques

  • Sat Nov 8th – ETNA… Many congratulations to Arthi Niranjan and Sarah Brown who both passed their Okinawan Kobudo (Nunchaku) shodan grading at the Hemel Hempstead dojo on Saturday. Excellent standard and now both ladies are holders of Dan grades in both Shotokan Karate (SSKI) and Nunchaku (ETNA); well done to you both, great achievement. Also, at the same grading, Siva Niranjan and Caspar Mahoney passed their Nunchaku red belt gradings – congratulations.

    Beginners Course on Monday 17th November from 7.00 – 8.30pm at the Gadebridge dojo in Hemel Hempstead. All are welcome!

               
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    SSKI National Team

    Men/Cadets
    Adam Cockfield
    Daniel White
    Thomas Carson
    Gary Page
    James Baldwin
    Matthew Cooper
    Matt Gilling
    Women/Cadets
    Stacey Barton
    Vicky Adams
    Cristy Nash
    Hana Gough
    Under 16s
    Christopher Cooper
    Dylan Freeman
    Eve Messenger
    Joydeep Shil
    Association General Coach – Sensei Adam Cockfield 5th Dan
    Association Team Manager – Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan
    Association Chief Referee – Sensei Jeff Carson 5th Dan
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    3 The Copse
    Hemel Hempstead
    Hertfordshire
    HP1 2TA
    Tel: 01442 266048
    Email: Malcolm Phipps – phipps@globalnet.co.uk
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    Competition Results

    Shobu–Ippon Medal Table
    WTKO 2015 Irish Open Karate Championships held in Dublin
    ESKF 2015 Open Karate Championships held in London
    Under 18s 2015 Kata and Sanbon Kumite Competition held at Hemel Hempstead School
    2015 Legend Open Championships held at Bracknell
    Portsmouth Open Shotokan Championships 2014 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
    JKS National Championships 2014 held in Nottingham
    SSKI 27th UK National Championships held at Hemel Hempstead School
    2014 WTKO Irish Open Karate Championships held in Dublin
    2014 Legend Open Championships held at Bracknell
    Under 18s Kata Competition at Hemel Hempstead Dojo
    Portsmouth Open Shotokan Championships 2013 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
    SSKI UK 2013 Kata Competition at Hemel Hempstead Dojo
    2013 WJKA World Karate Championships at Remscheid, Germany
    2013 Legend Open Shotokan Championships at Bracknell
    Portsmouth Open Shotokan Championships 2012 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
    26th UK National Championships held at Hemel Hempstead School
    2012 Legend Open Shotokan Championships at Bracknell

    Competition Results Archive

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    Association Honours List

    SSKI Senior Individual Men’s and Women’s Kata and Kumite Titles

    Year
    1984/5
    1986
    1987
    1988
    1989
    1990
    1991
    1992
    1993
    1994
    1995
    1996
    1997
    1998
    1999
    2000
    2001
    2002
    2003
    2004
    2005
    2006
    2007
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    2009
    2010
    2011
    2012
    2013
    2014
    Mens Senior Kumite
    Not held
    Willie Thomas
    Trevor Justin
    Robert Talbott
    Clive Needham
    Fitzroy Stapleton
    Jim Dale
    Jim Dale
    Fitzroy Stapleton
    Koon Tang
    Mark Hynes
    Mark Hynes
    Seth King
    Jamie L’Estrange
    Jamie L’Estrange
    Erik Thorpe
    Jamie L’Estrange
    William Rainey
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Douglas Carson
    Douglas Carson
    Not held
    Douglas Carson
    Douglas Carson
    Teiki Benveniste
    Adam Cockfield
    Dan White
    Not held
    Adam Cockfield
    Ladies Senior Kumite
    Not held
    Tracey Phipps
    Bev Allwood
    Tracey Phipps
    Tracey Phipps
    Tracey Phipps
    Tracey Phipps
    Rachel Harvey
    Laurie Aston
    Tanya Page
    Tanya Page
    Laurie Aston
    Carly Sinclair
    Natasha Gay
    Natasha Gay
    Natasha Gay
    Natasha Gay
    Alana Bunting
    Allison Phipps
    Kerry Gillard
    Emma Norman
    Alexis Raymen
    Not held
    Alexis Raymen
    Rebecca Pitt
    Rachael Houlton
    Leah Groom
    Leah Groom
    Not held
    Vicky Adams
    Year
    1984/5
    1986
    1987
    1988
    1989
    1990
    1991
    1992
    1993
    1994
    1995
    1996
    1997
    1998
    1999
    2000
    2001
    2002
    2003
    2004
    2005
    2006
    2007
    2008
    2009
    2010
    2011
    2012
    2013
    2014
    Mens Senior Kata
    Not held
    Steve Blaney
    Steve Blaney
    Bill Burgar
    Ravi Khanna
    Bill Burgar
    Ravi Khanna
    Bill Burgar
    Chris Solomou
    Koon Tang
    Mark Hynes
    Mark Hynes
    Mark Hynes
    Paul Shannon
    Paul Shannon
    Rob Philpot
    Rob Philpot
    Rob Philpot
    Rob Philpot
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Not held
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Adam Cockfield
    Not held
    Adam Cockfield
    Ladies Senior Kata
    Not held
    Tracey Phipps
    Diane Coen
    Tracey Phipps
    Tracey Phipps
    Tracey Phipps
    Tracey Phipps
    Nina Khanna
    Laurie Aston
    Tanya Page
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Allison Phipps
    Alana Bunting
    Emma Norman
    Alexis Raymen
    Not held
    Alexis Raymen
    Stacey Barton
    Arthi Niranjan
    Arthi Niranjan
    Rachael Houlton
    Not held
    Cristy Nash
    * Championships not held in 1984/5 due to the actual forming of Seishinkai in late 1984.
    * Championships not held in 2007 due to Malcolm Phipps sensei’s hospitalisation.

    SSKI International, World & European Titles

    Tracey Phipps
    1982 Welsh Open Championships (Merthyr Tydfil) – Gold & Welsh Champion
    1984 Only woman to compete in every International event for GB & England in:
      * Rome (European Championships) – unplaced
      * Oslo (England V Norway) – Gold
      * Chicago (England V USA) – Gold
      * Wisconsin (England V USA) – Gold
      * Glasgow (England V Scotland) – Gold
      * Maastricht, Holland (World Championships) Last 16
      * London (England V Australia) Gold
    1986 England V Scotland (London) – Gold
    1986 European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – 4th
    1986 European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – Team 4th
    1986 England V Wales (Swansea) – Gold and English Team Captain

    Willie Thomas
    1983 Welsh Open Championships (Merthyr Tydfil) – Gold & Welsh Champion
    1986 England V Scotland (London) – Gold
    1986 Junior European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – Bronze
    1986 Junior European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – Team silver
    1986 European Championships (Madrid, Spain) – Gold & European Champion
    1987 European Championships (Glasgow) – Team bronze
    1987 England V Italy V Spain (Italy) – Gold
    1992 World Championships (Spain) – Gold & World Champion (as ex-student)

    Valerie Henry
    1986 England V Scotland (Glasgow) – Gold
    1986 England V Scotland (London) – Gold

    Jeoff Thompson MBE (whilst with SSKI)
    1985 European Team Championships (Oslo, Norway) – Gold & European Champions
    1985 World Games Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & World Champion
    1985 Karate Commonwealth Games (Guernsey) – Gold & Commonwealth Champion
    1986 World Championships (Sydney, Australia) – Team Gold & World Champions

    Ermira Statovci (Kosovo)
    1998 Children’s World Championships (Hungary) – Gold & World Champion

    Emma Norman
    2001 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), 13–15yrs – Gold & World Champion
    2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), 14–17yrs – Gold & World Champion

    Gareth Hains
    2001 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), 10–12yrs – Gold & World Champion
    2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), 10–12yrs – Gold & World Champion

    Kerry Gillard
    2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), 14–17yrs – Gold & World Champion

    Alexis Raymen
    2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), 11–12yrs – Gold & World Champion

    Lina Nguyen
    2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), – Gold & World Champion (junior kata)
    2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA), – Gold & World Champion (junior kumite)

    James Smith
    2005 WTKO European Championships (Brasov, Romania), 14–15yrs – Gold & European Champion

    Leah Hoey
    2005 IKA World Championships (Cagliari, Sardinia), 9–10yrs – Gold & World Champion

    Aaron Gould
    2005 IKA World Championships (Cagliari, Sardinia), 10–12yrs – Gold & World Champion

    Douglas Carson
    2005 IKA World Championships (Cagliari, Sardinia), 14–17yrs – Gold & World Champion
    2011 Ohio Ippon Open Championships (Urbana, Ohio), Kumite – Gold
    2011 Ohio Ippon Open Championships (Urbana, Ohio), Kata – Silver

    Men’s 5–Man Team Kumite
    1983 Welsh Championships (Merthyr Tydfil) – Team Gold & Welsh Champions

    Rachael Houlton
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Kumite – Gold
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Kata – Gold
    2010 18th SKDUN Gichin Funakoshi World Championships (France), Kumite – Bronze
    2010 18th SKDUN Gichin Funakoshi World Championships (France), Mixed Team Kumite (SEKU & SSKI as Team England) – Bronze
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kumite – Bronze (Jt 3rd)

    Cristy Nash
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Kumite – Gold
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Kata – Bronze
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kumite – Gold and World Champion
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kata – Bronze
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Kumite – Silver
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Kata – Bronze
    2015 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kata – Gold and WTKO Irish Champion
    2015 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kumite – Bronze

    Adam Cockfield
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Team Kata (Adam Cockfield, Anthony Holt, Monika Orban) – Bronze
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kata – Gold and World Champion
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Team Kata (Adam Cockfield, Daniel White, Anthony Holt) – Bronze
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Team Kata – Silver
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Team Kumite – Silver
    2014 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kata – Gold & WTKO Irish Champion
    2014 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kumite – Silver
    2015 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Team Kumite (as part of the TSKUK England Team) – Gold and WTKO Irish Champions

    Anthony Holt
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Team Kata (Adam Cockfield, Anthony Holt, Monika Orban) – Bronze
    2010 SSKI–USA Championships (Urbana, Ohio) Kata – Gold
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Team Kata (Adam Cockfield, Daniel White, Anthony Holt) – Bronze

    Monika Orban
    2010 WJKA Open European Championships (Holland), Team Kata (Adam Cockfield, Anthony Holt, Monika Orban) – Bronze

    Teiki Benveniste
    2010 Oceania Championships (Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia), Kumite – Silver
    2010 18th SKDUN Gichin Funakoshi World Championships (France), Mixed Team Kumite (SEKU & SSKI as Team England) – Bronze

    Leah Groom
    2010 18th SKDUN Gichin Funakoshi World Championships (France), Cadet Girl’s Team Kumite (SEKU & SSKI as Team England) – Bronze

    Thomas Carson
    2010 Mid–American Championships (Cincinnati, Ohio) Kata – Gold
    2010 Mid–American Championships (Cincinnati, Ohio) Kumite – Silver
    2010 SSKI–USA Championships (Urbana, Ohio) Kata – Gold
    2010 SSKI–USA Championships (Urbana, Ohio) Kumite – Gold
    2010 SSKI–USA Championships (Urbana, Ohio) Team Kata – Silver
    2011 Ohio Ippon Open Championships (Urbana), Kumite – Gold
    2011 Ohio Ippon Open Championships (Urbana), Kata – Gold
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kumite – Bronze
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Kumite – Gold (World Champion)
    2015 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kumite – Gold & WTKO Irish Champion

    Sue Carson
    2010 Mid–American Championships (Cincinnati, Ohio) Kumite – Bronze

    Vicky Adams
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kumite – Bronze (Jt 3rd)

    Danny Richards
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Kumite – Bronze
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Team Kata – Silver

    Daniel White
    2011 WJKA World Open Championships (Belgium), Team Kata (Adam Cockfield, Daniel White, Anthony Holt) – Bronze

    Sam Richards
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Team Kata – Silver
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Kumite – Bronze

    Gabriel Van Rel
    2013 WJKA World Championships (Germany), Team Kumite – Silver

    Dylan Freeman
    2014 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kumite – Bronze
    2014 WTKO Irish Open Championships (Dublin), Kata – 4th Place

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    Shotokan Karate Magazine – every single copy of Shotokan Karate Magazine from the very collectable No.1 right up to the current No.120 (every copy in mint condition). The very first copy of this magazine sold the other day for £1,000 and this copy for sale here is in absolute mint condition! Sale price here for all 120 copies is £750. Ring Sensei Phipps on 01442 266048 if interested!

    Gibson Guitar – Beautiful Gibson guitar in new condition with Gibson hard case. £750 ono. Absolute bargain! Over £1000 new!
    The Gibson Chet Atkins SST is a solid body acoustic–electric guitar designed by the late country artist Chet Atkins. The steel–string model was introduced in 1987; the SST was a design that combined Gibson’s acoustic and electric guitar technology. Unlike most acoustic–electrics the SST has no resonating chamber or soundhole as the acoustic sound came from a bridge–mounted transducer with an active pre–amp. The SST had controls for volume as well as boost and cut for both treble and bass signals.

    This SST is offered in ebony and has mother of pearl inlays on the fretboard, headstock, and bridge and features gold plated hardware. The SST quickly became popular among rock and country players because high volume levels could be reached without any feedback, whereas most traditional acoustic electrics will emit moderate to high levels of feedback when they come near amplifiers, speakers or microphones. This ability made the SST suitable acoustic guitar for live music. Ring Sensei Phipps on 01442 266048 or email phipps@globalnet.co.uk if interested

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