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Update on 50,000 Kicks for Huntington's...

50,000 Kicks for Huntington's Disease!!

This fundraising event takes place this Saturday, 9th November at Coventry University Sports Centre in Whitefriars Street, Coventry CV1 2DS. The room will be available from 10am for warm up and the kicking will start at 10.30am prompt and finish at 11.30am.

If you've put your name down to kick, don't let us down - let's smash this total. Plenty of padholders please and you'll be given cards to record the number on to give to the tally man! And keep going - clock up a few hundred, rest and then go again. Hold the pads for people, cheer them on...be part of this event in any way you can. We're being joined by a team from Campaign for my Brain - make them welcome, because they're kicking too! Maybe if we hit the target early, there'll be time for some fancy kicking!

We're aiming to raise as much money for this great cause as possible - please keep filling those sponsorship forms - it doesn't matter if you're not kicking...you're sponsoring the Association! Link to the Just Giving page follows....

50,000 Kicks in One Hour for Huntington's Disease Research...

Saturday, November 9th 10.30am

Coventry University Sports Centre

'50,000 Kicks in One Hour for Huntington's Disease Research'

For those of you that have never heard of HD, it is a degenerating, progressive disease for which there is currently no cure. UCL (University College London) have a team dedicated to finding a cure and we'd like to raise as much money as possible to help their fight.

I have some very good friends who are living with HD and the family have been doing some great fundraising this year, including a 1000 burpee challenge and a 1000 mile cycle ride. They will be sending a team to take part as well. We're lookng to get some great media coverage and have plenty of fun on the day. Repeat roundhouse kicks, speed kicks, pad kicks, one-for-one kicks....they'll all count.

I need as many students as possible to get their names down for the event - the more of us there are, the quicker we meet our target! Sponsorship forms will be available soon - please give me your names and start getting those pledges!

We may even get into the Guinness Book of Records!!!

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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