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Seminar with GM Giacobbe...

Next Seminar with GM Giacobbe will be on

Saturday 14th September, at

Coventry University Sports Centre

3.30pm to 5.30pm

£20

He will be covering basics and defences with the bo. The seminar is open to all grades, but you must have your own bo.

It's grading time again....

ATMA - next Gup gradings will be on Saturday 21st September.

Saturday morning - 10am - 1pm
Coventry University Sports Centre, Whitefriars Street, Coventry CV1 2DS

Saturday afternoon - 3pm - 6pm 
Oak Hill First School, Wirehill Drive, Redditch B98 7JU

Full suit and belt. Bring sparring gear and any applicable weapons - and your licence book. Arrive around 10 minutes early. You should have done your fitness test and knowledge test in advance. Spectators - turn down mobile phones and please do not eat and drink in the training hall. 
You can now pay for your grading online through the website store.
Come show us your very best....!

Additional Dan grading/pre-test date....

We have an unusual number of Dans and first Gups for progression and pre-testing, so we've added an additional opportunity this year. There will be a test on Sunday, 10th November in order to spread out the numbers. The test on 22nd of December will be moved to the first week of January 2020, as quite a few people have a difficulty in getting time off work to attend so close to Christmas! I will confirm the exact date shortly.

Grading Standards....

It is not enough to just 'know' your syllabus...it requires effort, spirit, correct technique, confidence and, as you progress, a deeper understanding .

Tight fists. Good stance. Strong attacks. Confident, effective defences. Use of both arms when blocking. Timing, Distance. Accuracy. The list is endless...but most of it is to be found in our Student Manual - read it. If I had a pound for every time I'd yelled any of these at students, I'd have retired to Spain long ago!

Be prepared for tougher standards. If you're testing, take it all on board. If you're assessing, don't be 'kind' - it creates a false belief of ability for the student. If it's weak, it's weak. If it's good, it's good. If it's excellent, it's excellent. If you're planning to grade and you have any doubt of attaining those standards, leave it and grade when you are confident. If you fail, don't quit. Take it as a lesson and work on those shortcomings - remember, there is a lesson in failure - success is just an event and most of you don't even look at your report, meaning you don't look at what needs work! To quote...'Success isn't final...Failure isn't fatal'.

Remember - 10th, 9th, 8th Gup....you are beginners and your pass rate percentage allows for your levels. You'll still be nervous at this stage! 7th, 6th, 5th Gup...you are intermediates - your pass rate percentage is higher and we expect more from you. You should show a greater understanding of your earlier grades and be seen to be striving to absorb your newer syllabus. 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st Gup...You are the senior Gups. You should be striving to achieve 100%...no less. Yes, there will be mistakes , but you should know that they are mistakes and be able to show correction. Your confidence should be unquestioned and that should be evident in your effort and spirit.

So...bring your 'A' game....nothing less.

 
 
 

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Have a look around our site - there's plenty of information about us and what we do...and we love what we do! Up to date news and notices can be found at the bottom of this page - please share.

If you need to know more, you can contact any of us on the details provided,or call the Chief Instructor, Master Jacqui Fisher, on 07703 345210 or email on jfisher@atmakarate.com

 

2019 Grading dates.....

Grading dates for 2019...

Gups...
23rd March 
22nd June 
21st September 
21st December

Dans...
23rd June

22nd September 

10th November

22nd December (tbc)

That should close the year nicely! Xx

It's all about the training...
We'll be at few tournaments this year, but we're cutting back to focus on the training. Those trophies and medals might shine for a while, but solid training will last forever.
USA April 2019
What a blast! Ten days touring the USA - training and sightseeing. Not just karate sessions, but things like the Central Park run in New York, make these trips unforgettable. Our group travelled up to Canada as well, taking in Niagara and Toronto, before returning to New York for the last couple of days. Epic road trip!

Latest news....

6. Sep, 2019
Additional date for Dan Testing/Pre-testing
We have an unusual number of Dans and first Gups for progression and pre-testing, so we've added an additional opportunity this year. There will be a test on Sunday, 10th November in order to spread out the numbers. The test on 22nd of December will be moved to the first week of January 2020, as quite a few people have a difficulty in getting time off work to attend so close to Christmas! I will confirm the exact date shortly.
28. Feb, 2019
Annual Licence Renewals...
A reminder that March is Licence Renewal month. Check your licence and pay the necessary fee to take your licence up to March 2020. If you don't yet have a licence, now is the time to get one! Make sure that you're up to date - and that your details are correct. Any questions, speak to your instructor.

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Lyn Thomas | Reply 20.04.2018 18.01

Hi I just wanted to let Laura know I wont be at the class today. Still getting over the flu.

Bye Lyn

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Ma’am this is Nukohma from Bromsgrove school, Is it possible I can still do karate in senior school?

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Hi. Apologies for the delay. Classes are £5 and we run through half term and all school holidays.

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