December Dan Grading Results… The following students were successful in passing their respective Dan grades at the Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo on Saturday 4th December 2010: Nidan: Gary Richards, Sam Richards and Cameron West Shodan: Anthony Kelley, Steven Holt, Cristy Nash, Ben Whitburn, Matthew Redford, Eve Martinez and Lewis Collins New Dan Grades with a proud Chief Instructor at the December Dan Grading
SSKI Open Course with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan… Yet another superb weekend’s Course was held with Sensei Hazard at the Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo of the Association on the weekend of 25/26th September. The course was well subscribed to and everyone enjoyed all the sessions to the full; it is always great to see instructors and students from other Associations training on these Courses and it was excellent to see the likes of Matt Powell, Terry Oliver, Graham Palmer, Donovan Slue and others at this seminar. The sessions included the kata Jion and its bunkai, a self-defence session and a session on being able to perform kata in a very limited space. Sensei Phipps thanked Sensei Hazard for another fantastic weekend’s karate and now everyone looks forward to his return on the weekend of the 5/6th February 2011.
Congratulations… At the very prestigious 14th Oceania Karate Championships which were held in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia on the 17–19 September 2010, SSKI’s Teiki Benveniste took an excellent silver medal in the men’s under 75kgs kumite division in front of his home crowd. Many congratulations to Teiki who came home safely and went on to win the SSKI National men’s kumite title in October 2010. Well done Teiki, we are all very proud of you!
June 30th Wed… Malcolm Phipps sensei would just like to thank Darren Jumnoodoo sensei for the superb course he took at the Association’s honbu dojo in Hemel Hempstead School. Everyone enjoyed this course immensely, which gave a totally different outlook on the practice of kata. The course was also attended by the Chief Instructor to SKKIF in Chile, Hernan, and his friend Carlos and afterwards around 15 karateka attended the Bengal Spice for a good curry and a beer. At the beginning of this course, Phipps sensei awarded Adam Cockfield sensei a new silk Kaiten black–belt with the new Association kanji on it and Adam’s name in katakana, thanking him for his tireless hard work with the SSKI squad. Adam sensei takes the squad on a monthly basis and at his request accepts no monies for his time in this venture. Well done Adam and once again thank you Darren. L–R: Hernan, Malcolm Phipps, Darren Jumnoodoo & Carlos
June 5th Sat… Congratulations to Luke Redford (Hemel Hempstead dojo) and Caspar Mahoney (London dojo) on passing their shodan grades. The SSKI 2010 Squad… in their new tracksuits at the February training session.
SSKI Open Course with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan… Another absolutely wonderful weekend’s course was held with Sensei Hazard at the Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo of the Association on the weekend of 6/7th February. The course was well subscribed to and everyone enjoyed every session they attended. It is always great to see instructors and students from other Associations training on these courses and it was excellent to see the likes of Matt Powell, Graham Palmer, Donovan Slue and others at this seminar. The junior session on the Saturday concentrated mainly on blocking and counter attacking, in a kind of a clock formation, covering all of the basic blocks and using many different angles while the senior session was a kicking lesson using most of the kicks used in Shotokan karate. On the first session on the Sunday Sensei Hazard concentrated on the Shotokan kata Empi and its applications with the final session being used for close-quarter combat using open-handed techniques only. Sensei Phipps thanked Sensei Hazard for another fantastic weekend’s karate and now everyone looks forward to his return in September of this year. Sensei Phipps and Sensei Hazard.
Sponsorship… Many thanks must go to Sensei Tony Bunting 6th Dan, who has obtained sponsorship to the tune of £900 from the Buckinghamshire Building Society and the Harpenden Building Society for the new 2010 squad tracksuit tops. Well done Tony, you’re a star!
New SSKI USA Website… We are pleased to announce that the new SSKI USA website is now up and running.