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17 December 2016 Grading at Hans Price Academy Dance Studio



Grading STARTS at 10am till 1pm approx

Please be at the venue by 9.45am at the latest.

The total cost of grading £15

This is an exam so there will be no spectators allowed to be Present.

Please ensure that all individuals bring light refreshments for break.NO Fizzy drinks please.

Please make all cheques payable to K.Roberts.

All valid licences & fees can be handed in from Wednesday 30th Nov but MUST be handed in by Wednesday 14th Dec at the latest.

Brown Belt Information:

Fist mitts, Gum Shields & Groin/Breast protection must be worn for the Kumite section of the Grading.















20 December 2014 Grading at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre



Grading STARTS at 10am till 12noon approx

Please be outside the Main Hall by 9.45am at the latest.

The total cost of grading £15

This is an exam so there will be no spectators allowed to be Present.

Please ensure that all individuals bring light refreshments for break.NO Fizzy drinks please.

Please make all cheques payable to K.Roberts.

All valid licences & fees can be handed in from Wednesday 3rd Dec but MUST be handed in by Wednesday 17th Dec at the latest.

Brown Belt Information:

Fist mitts, Gum Shields & Groin/Breast protection must be worn for the Kumite section of the Grading.



Grandmother Michelle Gains her 3rd Dan





Michelle Roberts started Karate almost 20 years ago after trying many different types of exercise and finding non that suited her. ďA friend said about trying Karate, I wasnít sure, I thought it was a mans game and fighting just didnít seem to appeal to me. I soon discovered my thoughts on what Karate were completely wrongĒ said Michelle.

She took her first grading back in 1995. Michelle trained for several years then due to work obligations gave up. However when her daughter turned 7 she was old enough to start Karate and decided it was a good opportunity for them both to do something together. ďIt was really nice to find an activity we could help each other in and be equals. Karate has helped us gain confidence, also helped get us fit and is excellent for meeting people. My daughter also gained her Black belt Ē said Michelle.

Finally in 2004 Michelle got her black belt 1st Dan. For many students Black Belt would be the end goal, but not for Michelle, she quickly discovered the challenges of Karate continued and that there was much more to learn and improve on.

She went on to become a club assistant instructor in 2006 and then in 2008 achieved 2nd Dan black belt.

After deciding it was time to challenge herself again, she put in extra time and trained for approx 18 months on mastering her Karate techniques & stamina and recently achieved her 3rd Dan Black Belt.

Michelle has proved Karate is a very useful enjoyable activity for Woman.

Weston Karate Club, have a large number of children; Michelle is an excellent instructor, understanding their needs.

She is also a Grandmother of 3 young children.



September 2014 Grading at Hutton Moor





Congratulations to all the successful students at their Autumn Grading which took place at Hutton Moor Leisure, the home of Weston Karate Club.

It was an unusually busy grading for this time of year, with 18 members wishing to grade.

Each student is examined individually on 3 disciplined controlled sections of Karate.

The examination varies taking from 15 minutes for beginners to 45 minutes for higher grades.

Two students that stood out this time were Marcus and Callum, these 2 young boys showed great enthusiasm and body control. There is a lot to remember, so many hours of practice is essential.

On this occasion Sensei Kevin & Sensei Michelle, were assisted by Sensei Steve from London.

With a visiting unknown instructor everyone was more nervous than usual.

Grades have to be earned and it can be a slow process for some, especially on the higher grades.

For example one student grading, hadnít graded for 3 years.

Gradings are not compulsory but are essential to progress through the belt rank system common to most Martial arts. They take place approximately every 3 months.

As can be seen above its not just for Adults but ideal for all members of a family, with some parents and their children training together.

Karate teaches self discipline, co-ordination, practical self defense techniques, promotes to build confidence and improves flexibility.



June 2014 Grading at Hutton Moor





Saturday June 14st at Hutton Moor Leisure, was the Venue for Weston Karate Clubs latest grading.

It was a very hot day, while most people were on the beach the above were rising to the challenge.

Karate is a really good, less expensive activity that is ideal for a large proportion of the population.

As can be seen above its not just for Adults but ideal for all members of a family.

Karate teaches self discipline, co-ordination, practical self defense techniques and promotes to build confidence.

Gradings are not compulsory but are essential to progress through the belt rank system common to most Martial arts. They take place approximately every 3 months.



Tournament 4 May 2014 at Hutton Moor



Karate tournament for all club students at Hutton Moor, further details to follow



WKU Tournament November 2013



Below is a selection of photos from the Individual Kata event at the WKU Tournament.The results were excellent with Holly attaining Bronze just missing out on Gold. Kiriaki & Aaron did attain Gold and showed great promise for the future.







Below is a selection of photos from the Kumite event at the WKU Tournament.Phillipa attained silver after an emotional event. The results didnít reflect the effort and excellent spirit displayed by all of the above. More work in future, has to be done to concentrate on point scoring.










October 2013 Newsletter







September 2013 Brown and Black Belt Course & Grading





Below is a selection of photos from the September 2013 Brown and Black Belt course & grading at Weston Karate Club











W.K.U. Tournament 2013 at Weston Karate Club





Below is a selection of photos from the June tournament at Weston Karate Club









June 2013 Grading







Last weekend Weston Karate Club held their second grading of the year at Hutton Moor Leisure which they have been doing for over 25 years. The clubs chief instructor Kevin, established the club in 1984. He has seen many members come & go over the years but believes everyone needs the opportunity to experience what Karate has to offer. It is still as popular as ever which can been seen above with 23 of the club members attending the grading.

Gradings are a very nervous time; an individualís character is put to the test under old traditional exam conditions established many years ago and practiced today all over the World. Congratulations to all the successful students on passing their grade and earning their next belt. It is normal to pick out several students for a special mention. This time it was Alfie Murphy (seen front row centre) who has shown a great improvement recently. Also Louis Sharp & Rhys Park (seen front row second & third from the right) who have trained regularly, showing great promise and with a maturity seldom seen in children of their age.

Shotokan Karate is an individual activity which focuses on improving an individuals confidence, co-ordination and self control in a disciplined environment. Karate is not all about fighting. Fighting is the last thing we participate in and is only reserved for the high grades. Many of our studentís parents have applauded the almost instantly visible improvements in their children. The clubs high standards have been maintained for over 28 years in Weston Super Mare. It was exceptional to see the confidence, commitment and effort displayed by the students in front of the grading panel. Gradings are held approximately every three months, which allows individuals time to develop the relevant skills and give them a goal to work towards their next belt.

A special thank you to all the parents and relatives for their support ensuring regular attendance.





2 March 2013 Grading







Congratulations go out to Frank Scanlon for passing his Blackbelt on Saturday 2nd March 2013.

Frank started training at Weston karate club 4 years ago aged 48. Most people older than 30 seem to considered themselves too old to start anything new, however Karate is an individual, not a team activity so enabling almost anyone to take part at their pace.

The day started with a 2 hour intense Brown and Blackbelt course where all students who attended were put through their paces with instruction on several aspects of Kata and fighting techniques. This was then followed by the examination taking approximately another hour. The examination tests 3 sections of Karate training, which are known as Kihon, Kata & Kumite. To be successful in achieving Blackbelt status a high level of pass has to be unanimously agreed by the panel of 3 Examiners in each of the sections.

Frank has made great progress so far it is hoped that he will continue his study and practice for further development.






Recently Weston Karate Club held their first grading of the year at Hans Price Academy. 20 of the clubs members were successful in progressing to their next belt, several for the first time.

Gradings are a very nervous time; an individualís character is put to the test under exam conditions. It is normal to pick out several students for a special mention. This time it was Sophie Townsend who nervously attended her first grading and with a little guidance showed good improvement in her confidence, Mackenzie Oddy & Liam Keyes-Hill who have trained regularly, showing great promise and with a maturity seldom seen in children of their age. (Seen centre).

Traditional Karate offers a disciplined activity where improving self discipline, fitness, co-ordination and building confidence is the main aim. Many people see Karate as an uncontrolled excuse to learn how to fight. Fighting is the last thing we participate in and is only reserved for the high grades. Many of our studentís parents have applauded the almost instantly visible improvements in their children. The clubs high standards have been maintained for over 27 years in Weston Super Mare. It was exceptional to see the confidence, commitment and effort displayed by the students in front of the grading panel. Gradings are held approximately every three months, which allows individuals time to develop the relevant skills and give them a goal to work towards their next belt.

New Beginners course starting next week at Hutton Moor, with the first 2 weeks completely FREE. For details contact Kevin/Michelle 01934 624713 or e-mail westonkarateclub@hotmail.co.uk





Dan finally gets her 1st Dan






Danielle Creese achieved her Black Belt just prior to Christmas. She started training at Weston Karate Club at the age of 8 back in 2001. She took her first grading in Feb 2002 & progressed quickly taking her last grading before her Black Belt in October 2004. Like most individuals she struggled to keep up regular training & slowly her Karate training became unimportant. As she left school there had always been this regret not getting her Black Belt. She returned to training several times over the years but soon gave up. Each time she was welcomed back. Finally in 2012 the decision was made, as she focused on achieving her goal. Slowly her fitness, flexibility & Karate knowledge through regular training improved. In November 2012 for the first time, she took part in a regional tournament achieving 2nd in Sparring & is looking forward to the next one in May. Danielle (Pictured with the clubs Chief Instructor Kevin Roberts) was put through a vigorous 2 hour training session. This was followed by the examination pushing her to the limits of her endurance. Her grading not only tested her on the usual aspects of a Karate but also the function of many techniques on opponents. Finally exhausted she then had to fight 4 other students in the Kumite section testing her survival attitude. The 3 examiners were unanimous to be able to award her the prestigious title of Black Belt and to see her attain her goal. It is very unusual for students to achieve Black Belt. The last 2 students attaining this grade have been girls in their late teens. It is something once achieved, will always be remembered. Many people have tried Karate when they were young & given up. If you are one of those that would like to give it another try contact me. New Beginners courses starting now at Hutton Moor with the first 2 weeks FREE For further details Ring Kevin on:- 01934624713 or e-mail westonkarateclub@hotmail.co.uk





W.K.U. Open Style Tournament November 2012









Sunday 25th November was a very enjoyable day with 11 club students taking part in their first ever tournament.

After weeks of practise it was time to actually put it into action. With all the nerves playing their part, myself & Michelle guided/supported everyone through their paces.

The event was huge with hundreds of participants. Every club member excelled themselves making ourselves & parents very proud.

Our standard was put to the test, we passed coming away with 3 medals.

Oliver got the first medal - Bronze.

Kiriaki soon got the second - Gold.

Then as the day came to a close Danielle took Silver in tough fight for Gold.

Congratulations and well Done.

The next Tournament we have been invited to is to be held at Hutton Moor on Sunday 5th May 2013. With the recent event behind us we can now be more prepared for the next one.





16 December 2012 Grading



Hutton Moor Leisure Centre

Grading starts at 10am till 1pm approx

Please be at the Leisure Centre by 9.45am at the latest

The total cost of Grading £15

This is an exam so there will be no spectators allowed to be Present.

Please ensure that all individuals bring light refreshments for break. NO Fizzy drinks please.

Please make all cheques payable to K.Roberts.

All valid licences & fees can be handed in from Wednesday 28th November but MUST be handed in by Wednesday 12th December at the latest.

Brown Belt Information

Fist mitts, Gum Shields & Groin/Breast protection must be worn for the Kumite section of the Grading.





Weston Karate Clubs - Summer Grading





Above can be seen the club members that attained the required standards to progress to the next belt at the recent Grading.

Itís always a nervous time as all the practice and hard work comes to ahead.

With summer holidays disrupting normal routines, many of the clubs members were not ready for the grading this time.

Students are not allowed to grade if failure is a strong possibility.

Care is always taken to ensure that an individualís confidence is never damaged whether they are a child or adult. Karate is not only about fighting itís about character building.

Two of the clubs instructors, Kevin & Michelle (seen centre) were very happy with the standards everyone demonstrated on the day. Also seen centre is Katie who has recently returned from training in India. She was given the opportunity to observe a grading taking place from a panel view point.

Special congratulations go out to Daniel Nasiri for his constant effort & Elliot Rose for his great improvement over the last 3 months.

Recently the club has seen a new demand for parents wishing to train alongside their children. We currently have 6 parents training alongside their children; itís usually the children that out perform their parents.

The club remains open at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre 49 weeks of the year and has done since the club started nearly 28years ago.




Brown and Black Belt Course




Brown and Black Belt Course on Saturday September 12th at St Marks School Worle(The school is positioned at the corner of St Marks road & Ebdon road Worle)

Arrive 1.15pm, Training starts 1.30pm

Short break at 2.30pm

Training ends 4.00pm

Grading starts 4.15pm

The day will finish approx 6.00pm

The cost of training only £10.00

Any Students wishing to grade must hand their Licence, application form and relevant fees in by 9th September at the latest.

Please note:
Fist mitts, Gum Shields & Groin/Breast protection must be worn for the Kumite section of the grading.

All individuals must be in possession of a valid martial arts licence on the day.

A check will be made at the entrance to the dojo. Please ensure you have your attendance at this course entered in your licence.

June 2009 Grading