Well done Shania Hopkins on Well done Shania Hopkins on achieving 4th Kyu

Well done Shania Hopkins on  Well done Shania Hopkins on achieving 4th Kyu

Great session tonight at Longbridge Methodist Church, with Shaniah Hopkins earning her 4th kyu due to her exceeding dedication which has saw her more than surpass the requirements for the grade and a merit certificate for attending 32 training sessions in January applying herself dilligently in all

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The main topic covered in tonight’s training was elbow strikes (Empi Uchi)
upwards strike (Age Empi), downwards strike (Otoshi Empi), Side strike (Yoko Empi), backwards strike (Ushiro Empi), roundhouse strike (Mawashi Empi). These were practised as a kata and with partner work to practice them from both karate attacks and swing punches and grabs.… Read the rest

The Dojo Diary – Training at the Weoley Castle Dojo (W/E 02/02/2019)

We had a great session on Monday night with Sensei Sue Hession at the Weoley Castle dojo, Ajay Reeves, Shania Hopkins, Archie Tullock, were competion training for an upcoming competition in March. They all did very well and did their parents proud.

Class group photo

Another great session on Thursday night finishing off with weopons training with Jacob McBride and Michael paul having their first attempt at a kata with the sai. Great first attempt by the two students.

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A good start to the year at the first KGS Series Competition 2019

On the day that would have been the late Shihan Cyril Cummins birthday, two BWCSK students entered the Kwon Grand Slam Series 2019 competition both doing very well in their respective categories. A fitting way to celebrate our late Sensei’s birthday.

Shania Hopkins whilst she didn’t medal she came 4th out of thirteen entries in her category her first big kumite competition and the same for kata excellent for a 10 year old

Jacob McBride won Silver in Adults Kata and Kumite brilliant for a 15 year old, he also won Gold in under 17 Kumite and Gold in Pairs Kata with Harley (from our friend and also Shihan Cummins former student Sensei Steve Garland’s The Fudoshin Dojo),

Harley and Jacob
An excellent photo of Jacob and harley mid-jump by LN Photography
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The Dojo Diary – A week in training (13/01/19 – 19/01/19)

This week at the Longbridge dojo on Wednesday Sensei Sue took everyone through their paces teaching what was new kata for some whilst also preparing some students for an upcoming competition. Sensei Richard took the opportunity to continue along the same theme and work on a kata the students were already familiar with, Bassai Dai.

It is always important to revisit and constantly practise everything we have learnt as well as learning new things as we progress along our karate journey. To that end on the advanced class we concentrated on the details of the kata trying to iron out any little mistakes that inevitably creep in to our kata and explain some of the common variations that are prevalent plus examine in detail each technique and possible applications for them.… Read the rest

A New Year, a fresh start, Welcome to BWCSK!

A New Year, a fresh start, Welcome to BWCSK!

The New Year, 2019 has arrived and with the new year comes a fresh start for the club with a new name and new club badge. We will still be teaching and practicing the traditional Shotokan karate that was taught to us by Shihan Cummins but under the new name of Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate (BWCSK).

As many of you may know after the death of Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th dan, his club Birmingham & Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club was reunited with the club that started from it’s lomgest running dojo Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate Club under its new Chief Instructor Sensei Susan Hession.… Read the rest

Kyu Gradings and End of Year Awards December 2018

Kyu Gradings and End of Year Awards December 2018

We had the final kyu gradings of the year at the Longbridge dojo on Wednesday 19th December 2018. These were conducted by Sensei Sue Hession and attended by Sensei Dorien Cummins with Sensei Richard Amuzu joining whilst recovering from an eye operation and a special appearance by Sensei Austin Birks 5th dan, who came from a chemotherapy session to be there.

We were all very pleased with the high standard shown by all who graded and by those doing a pre-dan grading check in preparation for taking their black belts grading at the next dan gradings.

After the gradings it was time for the End Of Year Awards with this years Student of the Year going to Lincoln Boult.… Read the rest