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Japan 2017 - Fri 1, Sep 2017 16:46:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
Mid July 2017 saw Senseis Natalia Coleman, Conor Davies and Shihan Paul Coleman, along with Blade Coleman set off for Japan. On route we got to visit Hong Kong and walk around this amazing place for an afternoon whilst in transit to Japan.
The first day in Japan was spent in Tokyo and we had a pleasant night out with a Japanese style table top barbecue.
Day two in Japan and we walked to Tokyo Station to book our seats on The Kamacho Shinkansen (bullet train) to Omagari in Akita province.
Day three was when the training began and it was great seeing so many old faces. People were there training from Australia, Canada, America, Slovakia and many other countries.
At the end of day six Conor Davies, 19 years old passed his Seiwakai 2nd dan test. Congratulations from all at Oxford Karate Academy.
The next part of our trip was a day on the bullet train to Wakayama City. In Wakayama we rented a small Japanese apartment with 2 bedrooms, sleeping on a tatami floor on futons. The walls were sliding shoji doors/walls.
The next day we set off for a further 2 days of training with variuos groups training under a variety of different JKF Gojukai instructors. Shihan Paul Coleman was extremely happy and fortunate to once more train under the guidance of Akira Shiomi Hanshi 9th Dan, working on Kururunfa Kata.
The day after, Shihan Paul Coleman was happy to be working with Sensei Tatsuo Takegawa. Takegawa Sensei was with the IOGKF many years ago, as was Shihan Paul. During this session we worked on Sepai Kata and Takegawa Sensei was most enjoyable and educational to train with and under. His explanations were superb, as takegawa Sensei speaks very good English.
The next two days were the 43rd All Japan Karate Do Goju Kai Championships. Sensei Conor Davies was the only member of the British contingency to win a fight and his first bout was against a Japanese adversary who Conor beat with a convincing 4 - 0. The second bout of Conor's was a close bout and Conor was ahead at 5 - 4. The bout was stopped with a score and then resumed with just three seconds to go. Conor got penalised for non-engagement for just THREE seconds and a penalty was given and the point to his Japanese opponent making "hikiwake" a draw. The new WKF (World Karate Federation) rules no longer have an extension with the first to score becoming the winner, the new rules with a draw, dictate the first person to score in the event of a draw in the winner. I feel it hard to judhe non-engagement/time wasting for just three seconds, but the referee's gave the decison and hey, we were in Japan against a Japanese opponent! Well done to Conor.
Shihan Paul Coleman entered the Veterans Kata for the third time. He previously competed in kata at the All Japan Karate Do Goju Kai Championships in Sendai 2014 and in Beppu, Oita in 2015. Shihan Paul convincingly beat his Japanese opponent in kata and thought he was through to the final eight, hoever, it wasn't to be. It was not by ellimination that decided the final eight, it was the eight highest scores and Shihan Paul missed out by just .1 of a point! Dissapointed with himself for leaving out the second kiai, which would of seen a drop in score.
Hopefully Akita 2018 in Japan will see an improved set of results.
Junior 1st Dan pass for Daniel Hutton. - Fri 1, Sep 2017 16:19:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
In June of 2017, Daniel Hutton, just ten years old tested for junior 1st Dan and passed. Well done Daniel, from all at Oxford Karate Academy.
2017 has been fantastic and we still have three months to go! - Fri 1, Sep 2017 16:17:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
In February we had a group from Oxford Karate Academy travel to Russia to compete. The group did extremely well and our sponsors helped enormously. The three competitors that were sponsored, all came home medal winners.
London Seiwakai Seminar 2016 - Fri 23, Sep 2016 16:17:00 by Fraser | Comment(0)
Seiwakai Seminar London 2016
International Goju-Ryu Kata & Kumite Seminar
21st / 22nd / 23rd October 2016
Bisop Douglass School, Hamilton Road, London, N2 0SQ
Seiichi Fujiwara 8th Dan
Satoru Takahashi 8th Dan
Leo Lipinski 8th Dan
Paul Coleman 7th Dan
Rastislav Mraz 7th Dan
Karate classes on Thursdays. - Sat 2, Aug 2014 09:23:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
This link shows the location. It is the pavilion near the children's play area NOT the top pavilion for cricket. This location is close to Sparsey Place or accesssed from the A40.
If free parking needed call Paul Coleman Kyoshi on 07956902101 before class, as I have a key for the gate.
Thursday 5pm to 6:30pm children & Adults.
Tuesdays for kids only from 5:30pm to 6:30pm (adults welcome). With Sensei Natalia Coleman.
Sensei Natalia's success today, 26tFebruary 2014 - Wed 26, Feb 2014 11:25:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
Sensei Natalia Coleman passed her driving test today. I'm happy and proud :)
This will now lead to new classes opening for Oxford Karate Academy.
Well done Sensei Natalia!!!!
New Dan grades October 2013 - Tue 22, Oct 2013 14:59:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
Shihan Paul Coleman is proud to see more success for Oxford Karate Academy.
All candidates were put before a panel of 3 x 8th Dans and 2 x 7th Dans, headed by Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi of Seiwakai.
This weekend saw the following passes:
Tariq Saeed junior 1st Dan
Burhan Saeed junior 1st Dan
Phil Mundy 1st Dan
Jeff Pitt 2nd Dan
Robert Karpatsky JKF Gojukai 3rd Dan
Fraser Long 4th Dan
Traditional Karate Federation Championships 2012 - Tue 6, Nov 2012 11:09:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
This year we did very well AGAIN. Last year with 13 competitors we won 4 golds and a bronze.
This year, on 4th November 2012 at Crystal Palace, we entered 14 competitors and Oxford Karate Academy took
2 bronze, 3 silver and four gold medals.
Those that didn't win did well in trying. I have explained that sometimes the "luck of the draw" can be a deciding factor. You might meet the champion in the first round and not get a medal, but if you were drawn against someone else, then met them in the finals and they beat you, you get a silver for fighting the same person.
Lulu Von Pander, Daniel Bradbery, Ronnie Ratcliffe, Liyan Ghomshei, Sumaiya Chowdhury, Dara Ghomshei, Numa Shah and Naswa Shah.
Medal winners were:
Tariq Saeed, bronze individual kata
Josh Davies, bronze individual kumite and GOLD individual kata
Lucas Churchill, silver individual kata
Burhan Saeed, silver individual kumite
Artur Pirogov, GOLD individual kumite and silver individual kata. Artur forgot a kiai in his kata and lost a point, he won gold last year!
Seishiro Suzumura, GOLD individual kata AND ........GOLD individual kumite! Oh .... he did the same last year!!!!
Well done to all of you, we are VERY proud of you all and BIG thanks to the wonderful parents for all their love and support, without them we are not a team.
Yours sincerely Shihan Paul & Sensei Natasha.
London JKF Goju Kai Seminar. - Tue 9, Oct 2012 14:43:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
I am extremely happy and proud to have seen a better attendance at the seminar than last year.
It was nice to see Sato Sensei again and a great pleasure to meet Takegawa Sensei and see him not only teach, but demonstrate kata.
Fujiwara Sensei as always shows us why we wish to be under his banner, with his great teaching skills.
The end of the seminar saw grade exams being held. Oxford Karate Academy now has a few new Dan grades that I am proud to announce.
Artur Pirogov, junior 1st Dan, Tyler Curtis, senior 1st Dan, Luke Souch, senior 1st Dan, Natasha Coleman (Natalia Coleman), 2nd Dan and Robert Karpatsky 3rd Dan. Well done to all of you.
Congratulations from Shihan Paul.
JKF London Seminar 2012 - Fri 10, Aug 2012 22:22:00 by Fraser | Comment(0)
The JKF GOJU KAI EUROPE seminar will be held in London 5th, 6th & 7th October.The teachers from Japan will be Fujiwara Sensei from Seiwakai as well as Sato Sensei and Tatsuo Takegawa.