Training will take a break at the Scottish Dojos over the festive period as follows :-
|Club||Last Training Session||Training Resumes|
|Perth Goodlyburn||Wednesday 15th December 2010||Wednesday 12th January 2011|
|Crieff||Tuesday 14th December 2010||Tuesday 11th January 2011|
|Perth Kinnoull||Friday 17th December 2010||Friday 7th January 2011|
The Technical Syllabus for Kyokushin Great Britain is now available to purchase from your Dojo Operator. It is highly reccommended that every student purchases one. The cost is £10. The booklet contains information on the requirements for each grading and also contains information on the history of Kyokushin, Dojo etiquette etc.
Shihan Martin was awarded his 6th Dan by Kancho after successfully passing his grading exam in Canada. This is tremendous news for Kyokushin in Scotland and the awarding of 6th Dan has been fully deserved considering the effort dedication and very high standard of teaching that Shihan has given to Kyokushin over the past 27 years. Kyokushin Scotland is very lucky to have such a high quality of Branch Chief.
The British Open Tournament took place on Saturday 25th September at Wodson Park Sport Centre, Ware, Hertfordshire. Five students from the Scottish Dojos took part this year. In the Kata competitions Senpai Lisa was third in the women's category and Senpai Brian was second in the Men's category. Both students showed a high quality of kata due to the extensive time invested in them by Shihan Martin and Sensei Belle over the past month or so.
Craig Ross took part in the Middleweight Knockdown. He was drawn against last year's winner, Sithembiso Majozi. Craig showed great spirit and took the fight to Seth. Craig was knocked down towards the end of the fight by an Ushiro Mawashi Geri but showed great spirit to get up and continue. Seth went on to win the Middleweight tournament again this year. Paul Williams took part in the Heavyweight section and was up against Langton Charangwa who went all the way to the final. Paul fought well but lost to a wazari for a Gedan Mawashi Geri at the end of the fight.
Eamon Cramb won the Heavyweight title in his first senior competition. Eamon also won the fastest knockdown and broke 16 boards in the Tameshiwari competition. Eamon won against much heavier and experienced fighters in a very disciplined and technical manner. He did exactly what Shihan had told to do when fighting and listened to the coaching on the day. It was a very successful tournament for the Scottish clubs and all 5 competitors were a great advert for the range of teaching given by Sensei and Shihan.
On Saturday 3rd July the clubs put on a demo at the Blesma home for people injured in the armed forces. It was the fourth year in a row the clubs have performed at the open day. This year Senpai Glen led the demo as Shihan was at summer camp in England.
During the School summer holidays Crieff and Kinnoull will still train as normal. Goodlyburn will move to the Shokk Gym on Wednesdays between 19:00 mand 20:30
In the closing credits for Britain's Got Talent on 17th April a clip of Shihan Martin cutting a melon with his katana on the stomach of Eamon was showing to publicise acts from future shows.
Pictures of Eamon Cramb taken at the Britain's Got Talent audition in Glasgow in January have appeared this week in the national press. On Tuesday 13th April the picture appeared in the Daily Record and on Wednesday the 14th the same picture was in Heat magazine. The articles were previewing Britain's Got Talent which starts on Saturday 17th April at 20:00 on ITV.
The table below shows the 2010 dates for the Iain Abernethy seminars in Scotland. The Kyokushin Scotland clubs have a history of attending these seminars since we hosted one in 2006. They are an excellent way of learning and understanding practical kata bunkai. In addition to the dates below there will be a 2 day course in Kendal on the 1st and 2nd May which Shihan Martin and Senpai Glen will be attending.
|Saturday 25th April||11:00 - 15:00||Alloway Primary School, Doonholm Road, Ayr, KA7 4QQ.||£25||Jamie@musashikarate.co.uk or 01292 571824(evenings & weekends).|
|Sunday 9th May||12:00 - 16:00||Meadowbank Sport Centre, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE.||£25||Stephen (firstname.lastname@example.org / 07595293058).|
|Saturday 12th June||12:30 - 16:30||Montrose Sport Centre, Marine Avenue, Montrose, Angus, DD10 8TR.||£20||Alan Dye via 01674 677359|
|Sunday 26th September||11:00 - 16:00||Bennachie Sports Centre, Largie Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire, AB52 6LT.||£25||Steve via email@example.com|
|Sunday 31st October||12:00 - 16:00||Glenrothes Martial Arts Centre, Alburnie Park, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5RB.||£20||Stuart Maxwell on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01592650862 (between 5pm and 6pm).|
|Sunday 21st November||TBC||TBC Falkirk.||TBC||Craig Penman on email@example.com or call him on 07729922251|
Three students from the Scottish clubs took part in the Scottish Cup Novice Knockdown Tournament which was organised by the Kyokushin Schools Of Karate Scotland organisation, The tournament took place on Saturday 6th March in Lochgilphead. Around 20 competitors took part in the event. The team, Patrik, Eamon and Paul, were coached by Senpai Glen. Senpai Brian represented the clubs by sharing the refereeing duties. It was a very successful day. Eamon won his event with two wazaris in his first tournament with no gloves, body or head protection. Patrik was third in the middleweight section. This was his first competition. He lost the previous round to a much more experienced kickboxer after 4 minutes due to Patrik being 10K heavier. Paul Williams won the heavyweight category. Paul showed tremendous spirit having to go through 16 minutes of fighting to win the title. Not bad for a man who was eating a big lunch two hours before winning the title as he was not sure if he could take part! All in all it was a very satisfying day for the clubs and good relationships were established with the wider Kyokushin organisations in Scotland.
A DVD of the event can be purchased for £5 from Shihan Iain Rodger by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scottish clubs have been taking part in Britain's Got Talent 2010. The journey started back in the summer of 2009 when Shihan Martin sent off the application form. The first audition took place at the SECC in Glasgow in October 2009. The team had to make a video of the routine and take it to the audition where they were interviewed by the producers and were filmed doing various clips and interviews. The routine is a mix of Taiko drumming, Tameshiwari and Kata. The demo team performs under the name 'Celtic Thunder' and is made up of Shihan Martin, Senpai Lisa, Senpai Gill, Senpai Glen, Senpai Brian, Harry, Eamon and Patryk.
The team made it through the first round and were invited back to perform infront of the judges (Simon, Piers and Amanda) and an audience of 5,000 at the SECC in January 2010. The team made it through to the next round despite being buzzed during the routine. The huge crowd was behind the team and help sway the judges into allowing them through to the third round.
The third round was held in London on the 12th February 2010. This was made up of the last 180 acts from the thousands that applied. Only 40 acts made it through to the live finals which will take place in May. The TV show is to be on ITV on Saturday nights through April and May this year. Watch this space for news of how the team got on.
The 2010 Winter Camp took place at Comrie Croft between the 5th and 7th February. This was the ninth winter camp in Scotland. Over 60 students took part in this year's event which was one of the most successful camps held in Scotland. The camp covered numerous topics including Bunkai, Kobudo, Kata, Kumite, Kihon, Conditioning and the spiritual side of the martial arts. The standard of tuition was excellent with students being taught by Shihan Jose, Shihan Martin, Shihan Paul, Shihan Mac and Senpai Adam. Around 15 students took part in club gradings and Craig from Durham sat his Shodan grading and showed great spirit during his 20 man kumite test.
Everyone was pleased with the new venue and Shihan Martin deserves the acknowledgment for organising such a quality event once again.
We are sad to announce that the Branch Chief of Germany and EKKO board-member, Shihan Christoph Fischer, died on January 17th in the hospital in Hamburg. He was only 46 years old. As Country Representative for Germany Shihan Fischer built a strong German Kyokushin Organization with an increasing number of dojos. Some of his students became international champions. Last summer Christoph was promoted by the International Karate Organization to the high grade of 5t Dan with the honorary title of Shihan.
Last updated 09/03/2015