JKA Scotland
Special May Course 2017

Special May Course 2017.

On 13th May at Dunfermline High School, JKA Scotland held it’s annual Special May Course and Dan Grading with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA.

JKA Scotland Instructors and brown and black belts students once again showed their commitment to JKA Karate by braving the poor weather to turn up and support another excellent training course.

The course began with all students together and basic Kihon training, concentrating on the central power house and hips working with the blocks and punches. The detail and simplicity of the explanation of techniques by Sensei Ohta was remarkable which transferred brilliantly to his students who worked so hard to demonstrate their understanding of his guidance.

After a quick much needed break, we all remained together to then enhance the techniques shown in the first section to include different lengths of movement with the blocking and attacking techniques as would be used in Jiyuu Ippon Kumite. Sensei explained which muscles would be needed to get 100% of effectiveness executing the move, which he then clearly demonstrated. All students were then partnered to practise these techniques with varying degrees of success but with all wanting to know more and determined to correct for themselves and for the JKA Scotland Instructors to pass onto their own students.

Following a final break, the class was split with the students choosing which kata they wanted to study in more depth, Tekki Nidan, Jion or Bassai Dai. Sensei Ohta and JKA Scotland Technical committee gave in depth training on each with all students leaving with a much greater understanding of the their chosen kata and its application.

We all came together at the end to demonstrate our chosen Kata and listen to Sensei giving advice to those attempting a Dan grade today with any questions being answered.

JKA Dan Grading:

Following the conclusion of training, a JKA Dan grading took place. The following students were successful.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan
Reagan Summers Carnegie
Jaac LockhartDalgety Bay
  
Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan)
Daniel Simpson Musselburg
Kyle Bruce Shibumi

Congratulations on your successful Dan Grade.

Many thanks to Sensei Ohta for a very informative and enjoyable course and thanks to all JKA Scotland Instructors and Students for supporting the event making our Special May Course another successful JKA Scotland training session.

The next event to look forward to in our JKA Scotland Calendar will be the Regional Kyu Gradings with Sensei Ohta in June.


JKA Scotland
Association National Championships 2017

JKA Scotland 2017 National Championship

JKA Scotland’s annual championships were held on Saturday 11th March at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

Competitors from all over Scotland turned up at 9.00am eager to start the day, along with a fantastic support group of family and friends. The enthusiasm and etiquette of the competitors were a credit to their senseis and families. The smiles on the faces of those who brought home a trophy, especially the junior competitors, made the day complete.

JKA Scotland 2017 National Championship

The organisers would like to thank all competitors, officials, assistants, Active First Aid Scotland, spectators and families for their support and contribution to making the event the success it was.

A special mention has to go to those who donated to Scottish Ambulance at the Championships. JKA Scotland made the decision to support Scottish Ambulance to honour Sensei Ian Hunt who very sadly and suddenly passed away in December. Sensei Ian was a much loved and respected member of our JKA Family and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, a true karate-ka.

JKA Scotland 2017 National Championship
Sensei Ian Hunt 2nd Dan JKA

Below are the full medal results from the championships:

Children Kata under 10 yrs beg to 4th kyu
1st Hannah Stewart
2nd Lucy Dykes
3rd Wali Mossa
3rd Ayaan Mohammed
   
Children Kata under 10yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Connor Beggs
2nd Aidan Hodge
3rd Logan Stewart
3rd Ruby Wallace
    
Children Kata 10-12yrs Beg to 4th kyu
1st Becca Jones
2nd Brandon Sinclair
    
Children Kata 10-12yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Kyle Bruce
2nd Lewis Simpson
3rd Holly Williams
3rd Blair Flynn
   
Junior Kata 13-15yrs all grades
1st Lucy Hull
2nd Lucy Ferguson
3rd Daniel Simpson
3rd Tom McFadyean
   
Ladies Kata 16yrs + all grades
1st Jodie Ferguson
2nd Caitlin Gray
3rd Bethinn Wright
3rd Rachael Millar
   
Mens Kata 16yrs + all grades
1st James Campbell
2nd Calvin Bruce
3rd Richard Flynn
3rd Paul Watson
   
Junior Team Kata
1st Dalgety Bay A
2nd Shibumi A
3rd Carnegie A
3rd Dalgety Bay C
   
Senior Team Kata
1st Shibumi A
2nd Dalgety Bay A
   
Children Kumite under 10 yrs beg to 4th kyu
1st Hannah Stewart
2nd Wali Mossa
3rd Lucy Dykes
3rd Ayaan Mohammed
   
Children Kumite under 10yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Aidan Hodge
2nd Conor Beggs
3rd Logan Stewart
3rd Ruby Wallace
   
Children Kumite 10-12yrs Beg to 4th kyu
1st Brandon Sinclair
2nd Becca Jones
   
Children Kumite 10-12yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st Kyle Bruce
2nd Blair Flynn
3rd Lewis Simpson
3rd Holly Williams
   
Junior Boys Kumite 13-15yrs 3rd kyu and above
1st Daniel Simpson
2nd Jay Scott
3rd Callum Flynn
3rd Dylan Buckley
   
Junior Girls Kumite 13-15yrs all grades
1st Lucy Hull
2nd Iona Barclay
3rd Katie Swift
    
Cadet Kumite Male
1st Calvin Bruce
2nd Robbie Coulter
    
Ladies Kumite over 16yrs all grades
1st Bethinn Wright
2nd Michelle Van Rensburg
3rd Marion Robertson
3rd Ellen Deeprose
    
Mens Kumite over 16yrs all grades
1st James Sinclair
2nd Calvin Bruce
3rd James Campbell
3rd David Grant
    
Special Awards :
Best Junior – Hannah Stewart
Best Senior – James Campbell

January Special Kata Course 2017
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA

JKA Scotland Kata Course.

With what is becoming a tradition, JKA Scotland’s first National Course of 2017 was the Brown and Black Belt Kata Course with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 21st January at the Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline.

Despite the ice and thick fog, JKA Scotland members from all four corners of the country made their way to Dunfermline eager to participate in this highly enjoyable and educational Kata Course.

The first Kata of the day, which was presented to both brown and black belts by Sensei Ohta, was Kata Enpi. Kihon techniques in changes of direction without losing power and stability were explained and practised before moving onto the full kata and applications. Sensei concluded with his demonstration of Enpi which highlighted all the teaching during the first part of the day.

After a short break the Brown belts continued their training in another gym under the instruction of JKA Scotland Technical Committee instructors Sensei Simpson 6th Dan JKA and Sensei Stewart 5th Dan JKA. Kata Kanku Dai and Kata Jion were covered.

The Black belts continued their learning with Kata Sochin. Sensei Ohta’s presentation of control of movement and specifically the importance of how a karate-ka moves from one technique to another was exceptional. The final Kata’s of the course for the black belts were Kata Tekki Shodan and Tekki Nidan, with practical application practise with partners.

The brown and black belts came together to finish the session with a presentation of Dan Grade Certificates for recent successful JKA Scotland students.

Many thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic day. His incredible depth of knowledge is delivered in an educational and enthusiastic manner with good humour and kindness. It is always a joy to learn from him.

Thanks also to all JKA Scotland members who attended and made the start of our Association’s 10th year such a success.

JKA Scotland Kata Course.


JKA Scotland
National Gasshuku 2016
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku
Shimizu Sensei 5th Dan JKA              Imamura Sensei 7th Dan JKA          Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA

Over the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October students from all over Scotland came together for the JKA Scotland Gasshuku 2016.

The October national course offered quality instruction from world class JKA instructors. The instructors for the 2016 course were the following:

Imamura Sensei 7th Dan - JKA HQ Instructor
Ohta Sensei 7th Dan - JKA England
Shimizu Sensei 5th Dan - JKA HQ Instructor

JKA Scotland would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days and making it a very enjoyable and successful weekend.

JKA Dan Grading:

Following the training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.

The following students from JKA Scotland passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Nancy Hankin
Holly Williams
Katie Swift
Adam Swift
Rachael Millar
Kian McLaughlin

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Simon Carmichael
Morag Wallace
Colin Stewart

Pass 4th Dan JKA (Yondan):
Helen Paterson

Congratulations to all the above students.


JKA Junior European Championships
Nis , Serbia
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd May 2016

JKA Scotland Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading Saturday 14th May 2016

From Thursday 19th May to Monday 23rd May 2016 the JKA Scotland Junior squad traveled to Nis, Serbia, to participate in this year's JKA junior European Championships.

The travelling party arrived in Nis on the Thursday in preparation for the weekend's events. The Squad then travelled on the Friday morning to the Cair Sports Centre in Nis for a final JKA Scotland squad training session before the championships.

As usual Saturday morning saw an early start for the Championships with the JKA Scotland Squad arriving at the Cair Sports Hall Arena at 8-00 am.
With the tournament now in its 12th year it has grown into a major event in the JKA Europe calendar with countries from all across Europe travelling to take part in the 2 day event which was held on 6 areas in the stadium.

The tournament started on schedule at 9-00am on day 1 with the elimination rounds for all individual events. The final events were then followed by the medal award ceremonies which saw the following for JKA Scotland:

Aria Pascual - Gold Medal Girls Individual Kata 14 years.

Sunday morning saw day 2 of the championships with the Team events and the veteran's events taking place.

The JKA Scotland team's performed well taking the following placing:

Caitlin Gray, Lucy Ferguson, Aria Pascual - 4th Place Team Kata - 14-15 years.

The level of competition was very high demonstrating the overall standard of JKA Europe. The competition was well organised by JKA Serbia and ran very smoothly and on schedule throughout the day.

JKA Scotland Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading Saturday 14th May 2016

JKA Scotland Squad competitors:
Jodie Ferguson
Calvin Bruce
Caitlin Gray
Aria Pascual
Daniel Simpson
Lucy Ferguson
Lucy Hull
Thomas MacFadyen
Lewis Simpson
Kyle Bruce
Callum Flynn
Blair Flynn
Cammie Fraser-Mackie

Travelling Officials:
Bert Stewart - Squad Manager/Coach/Official
Richard Flynn - Coach
Arthur Bruce - Coach

Thanks to all competitors, officials, parents and supporters who travelled to Serbia for this event.
Bert Stewart JKA Scotland Team Manager/Coach.


JKA Scotland
Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading
Saturday 14th May 2016

JKA Scotland Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading Saturday 14th May 2016

JKA Scotland held its Special May Course and Dan grading with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 14th May 2016 at the Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

Once more there was a great turn out from JKA Scotland instructors and black and brown belt students to support and train on this special course.

Following the warm up at the start of the session Sensei Ohta’s instruction started with some basic Kihon training which concentrated on the importance of making set position between techniques as the class went through various combinations. This then moved onto some kumite drills with a partner that worked on body shifting but concentrating on making correct distance for counter attack.

JKA Scotland Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading Saturday 14th May 2016

For the next part of the session the class was split into separate Dan grades and brown belt classes in two separate halls. The brown belt class was taken by JKA Scotland Technical Committee instructors which concentrated on Kihon for Shodan grading training and the Dan grades were taken by Sensei Ohta concentrating on higher level Dan grading Kihon training.

JKA Scotland Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading Saturday 14th May 2016    JKA Scotland Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading Saturday 14th May 2016

The final part of the course concentrated on Kata training with the class being split into four separate groups over two halls with Sensei Ohta and the JKA Scotland Technical Committee instructors all teaching a different Kata to one of the groups. Each person training was then free to choose which Kata they wished to train for the final part of the course.

Everyone then came back together again in the main hall at the end of Kata training where Sensei Ohta gave a final overview of the days training and also spent some time answering any questions on the day’s session.

JKA Dan Grading:
Following the conclusion of training a JKA Dan grading was held. The following students passed Dan grade:

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Jake Stewart Dalgety Bay
Ellie Stewart Shibumi
Euan McFadzean Shibumi
Robbie Coulter Armadale
 
Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Bethinn Wright Dalgety Bay
Lucy Hull Dalgety Bay

Congratulations to all the above students on passing Dan grading.

Thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic afternoon of instruction and thanks to all JKA Scotland instructors and students who came along to support the course. We now all look forward to the June JKA Scotland All Grades Regional courses with Sensei Ohta.


JKA England Spring International
Course 2016 – Crawley, London

JKA England Spring International Course 2016 – Crawley, London
JKA Scotland members pictured with course instructors.

JKA Scotland members travelled to Crawley London to attend the JKA England Spring International Course 2016 held in the K2 Sports Centre Crawley. The 4 day course was held over the weekend of Friday 29th April to the Monday 2nd May.

This year’s line-up of instructors was once again very impressive and was as follows:

Sensei Kawawada 8th Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor

Sensei Ohta 7th Dan - JKA England Chief Instructor>

Sensei Hirayama 6th Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor

Sensei Nemoto 5th Dan – JKA Honbu Instructor

There were a large number of students attending from many different countries across Europe and further afield and many have been regular attendees of the course over the years. This gave a great opportunity for everyone to train together and socialise with friends from the various countries attending. As well as the 4 days training there was a friendly international event on the Saturday and JKA Dan grading on the Sunday.

JKA Scotland would like to thank JKA England for hosting and organising the course and weekends events which was extremely well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks also to all the course instructors for 4 days of exceptional instruction. We shall look forward to attending the JKA England Autumn International Course in September.


JKA European Championships 2016
Dublin, Ireland

2016 JKA European Championships

From Thursday 31st March to Sunday 3rd April 2016 the JKA Scotland squad was in Dublin, Ireland to participate in this year’s JKA Senior European Championships. This is a major event in the JKA Europe calendar with countries from all across Europe travelling to take part.

After arriving on the Thursday the JKA Scotland Squad held a training session on the Friday morning at the championships venue itself the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin which was already set up in preparation for the following days championships.

Saturday was the day of the Championships which started at 9-00am with the elimination rounds in the various individual and team Kumite and Kata events held on 6 areas which were then followed by the finals.

There was a good overall performance from the JKA Scotland squad members taking part with some going through to the later stages showing that the squad is still making progress with some competitors now stepping up from the Junior ranks to the Seniors.

Thanks to all competitors, officials and supporters who travelled to Dublin for this event.

JKA Scotland would also like to give a special thanks to our friends in JKA Ireland who made a fantastic job on hosting the event and weekend and for the hospitality shown to us.

2016 JKA European Championships

JKA Scotland Squad competitors:
Magnus Garson
James Campbell
James Sinclair
David Grant
Colin Flynn
Marco Aboim

JKA Scotland Coaching Team:
John Deans Head Coach
Kevin McCormick Assistant Coach

Travelling Officials Referees:
Alan Simpson
Gordon Williamson
Paola Burrows

Next up the JKA Scotland Junior Squad will be competing at the JKA Junior European Championships on 21st and 22nd May 2016 in Krusevac Serbia


JKA Scotland
Association National Championships 2016

JKA Scotland, Association National Championships 2016

JKA Scotland’s annual championships were held on Saturday 6th March at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

There was a good turnout of competitors from all over Scotland who were supported throughout the day by friends and family members. The day ran smoothly starting and finishing on schedule and was a great success.

The organisers would like to thank all competitors, officials, assistants, spectators and families for their support and contribution to making the event a success.

Below are the full medal results from the championships:

Event 1 Children Kata under 10 yrs beg to 4th kyu
1st Robert Wood
2nd Sristhri Panthri
3rd Charlie Dykes
3rd Jack McCormick
 
Event 2 Children Kata under 10yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Jake Stewart
2nd Finlay Mitchell
 
Event 3 Children Kata 10-12yrs Beg to 4th kyu
1st Blair Flynn
2nd Mark Sinclair
3rd Becca Jones 3rd Raj Negi
 
Event 4 Children Kata 10-12yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Dylan Buckley
2nd Kyle Bruce
3rd Euan McFadyen
3rd Lewis Simpson
 
Event 5 Junior Kata 13-15yrs beg to 4th kyu>
1st Alasdair Barton
2nd Siddarth Jakhmrla
3rd Daniel Pratt
 
Event 6 Junior Kata 13-15yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Aria Pascual
2nd Lucy Hull
3rd Jodie Ferguson
3rd Thomas McFadyen
 
Event 7 Female Kata over 16yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st Paola Burrows
2nd Susan Campbell
3rd Cameron Mackie
3rd Morag Wallace
 
Event 8 Mens Kata over 16yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st James Campbell
2nd Colin Flynn
3rd Magnus Garson
3rd Marco Aboim
 
Event 9 Junior Team Kata
1st Dalgety Bay A
2nd Shibumi A
3rd Dalgety Bay B
3rd Dalgety Bay C
 
Event 10 Senior Team Kata
1st Shibumi A
2nd Alloa A
 
Event 11 Children Kumite under 10 yrs beg to 4th kyu
1st Charlie Dykes
2nd Matthew Wood
3rd Sristhi Panthri
3rd Arran Terrell
 
Event 12 Children Kumite under 10yrs 3rd kyu and up
1st Jake Stewart
2nd Finlay Mitchell
 
Event 13 Children Kumite 10-12yrs Beg to 4th kyu
1st Blair Flynn
2nd Ben Dykes
3rd Raj Negi
3rd Lori Beth Fullarton
 
Event 14 Children Kumite 10-12yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st Kyle Bruce
2nd Dylan Buckley
3rd Adam Swift
3rd Holly Williams
 
Event 15 Junior boys Kumite 13-15yrs beg to 4th kyu
1st Alasdair Barton
2nd Siddarth Jakhmrla
3rd Daniel Pratt
 
Event 16 Junior Boys Kumite 13-15yrs 3rd kyu and above
1st Callum Flynn
2nd Simon Carmichael
3rd Angus Brown
 
Event 17 Junior Girls Kumite 13-15yrs all grades
1st Aria Pascual
2nd Lucy Hull
3rd Bethink Wright
3rd Iona Wright
 
Event 20 Cadet Kumite Male
1st Calvin Bruce
2nd Robbie Coulter
 
Event 22 Ladies Kumite over 16yrs 3rd kyu and above
1st Ellen Deeprose
2nd Cameron Mackie
3rd Marion Robertson
 
Event 24 Mens Kumite over 16yrs 3rd kyu and above
1st Colin Flynn
2nd Magnus Garson
3rd James Campbell
3rd David Grant
 
Event 25 Junior Team Kumite
1st Shibumi A
2nd Dalgety Bay A
3rd Dalgety Bay B
 
Event 26 Senior Team Kumite
1st Dalgety Bay Mix
2nd Shibumi A
3rd Armadale A
 
Special Awards
Best Junior – Aria Pascual
Best Senior – Colin Flynn
 

JKA Scotland
January Special Kata Course 2016
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA

JKA Scotland, January Special Kata Course 2016

JKA Scotland held its first event of 2016 with a special Brown and Black belt Kata course with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 23rd January at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

These Kata courses always prove very popular with JKA Scotland members with this one being no exception shown by the turn out on the day.

The course started with Brown and Black belts training together. The first Kata to be practised was Kata Kanku Dai. Sensei Ohta is known for his structured classes and this one started with Kihon training which was specifically geared towards the Kata Kanku Dai. This then moved onto the practise of the Kata itself broken down into sections including application practise with a partner. There then followed a question and answer session. The Kanku Dai part of the course then concluded with a demonstration of the Kata by Sensei Ohta.

Following a short break the class was then split into separate Brown and Black belt classes with the Brown belts moving to a separate hall.

The Black belt class then continued along the same structure with Sensei Ohta teaching Katas Bassai-Sho and then Meikyo.

Brown belts were taught by JKA Scotland Technical Committee instructors Sensei Simpson and Sensei Stewart who covered Enpi and Bassai-Dai.

Following the completion of Kata training both classes came together again where in closing Sensei Ohta gave a short talk on general Kata training including the importance of training Kata Kanku Dai and advice for older members on how to try and retain the smoothness and fluidity in your Kata as you get older.

Thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic kata course and as usual his enthusiastic teaching style and ability to demonstrate and explain Kata techniques in-depth made for a very enjoyable and educational course. Thanks also to all who attend.


JKA England Four Nations Competition
Saturday 31st October 2015
Crawley, Sussex

JKA England Four Nations Competition

Competitors from JKA Scotland travelled to the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, Sussex to compete in the JKA England Four Nations Competition.

There were individual events in Kata and Kumite for all grades in various age group categories. The annual event was very well attended as usual with a high turnout of competitors.

It was a very successful event where a total of 17 medals were won by JKA Scotland competitors in the following categories:

Kata Medals:
Blair Flynn Gold Medal Children’s Kata 10-12 years
Jake Stewart Silver Medal Boy’s Kata 7-9 years
Dylan Buckley Gold Medal Boy’s Kata 10-12 years
Calvin Bruce Silver Medal Boy’s Kata 13-15 years
Lucy Hull Gold Medal Girl’s Kata 10-12 years
Jodie Ferguson Bronze Medal Girl’s kata 13-15 years
Colyn Flynn Bronze Medal Male Kata 16-20 years
James Cambell Bronze Medal Male Kata 21 – 44 years
Andy Barclay Silver Medal Male Kata 45 + years.
Kumite Medals:
Jake Stewart Bronze Medal Boy’s Kumite 7-9 years
Callum Flynn Bronze Medal Boy’s Kumite 13-15 years
Lucy Hull Bronze Medal Girl’s Kumite 10-12 years
Aria Pasqual Gold Medal Girl’s Kumite 13-15 years
Marco Aboim Silver Medal Male Cadet Kumite 16-18 years
Colyn Flynn Gold Medal Division B Male Kumite
James Sinclair Bronze Medal Division A Male Kumite 21 + years Nidan and above.
Andy Barcley Gold Medal Male Kumite 45 + years

Thanks to all competitors who competed and represented JKA Scotland at this event and to all officials and supporters who made the journey down to represent our association.

A big thank you also to JKA England for hosting such a well organised event.


JKA Scotland
National Gasshuku 2015
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August

Shiina Sensei 7th Dan JKA Shiina Sensei 3rd Dan JKA Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA
K Shiina Sensei 7th Dan JKA                M Shiina Sensei 3rd Dan JKA                    Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA

Over the weekend of Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August students from all over Scotland came together for the JKA Scotland August Gasshuku 2015.

The August national course offered quality instruction from world class JKA instructors. The instructors for the 2015 course were the following:

Shiina Sensei 7th Dan - JKA HQ Instructor
Ohta Sensei 7th Dan - JKA England
Shiina Sensei 3rd Dan - JKA HQ Instructor

As always the JKA Scotland National Gasshuku was an excellent opportunity to train with three top JKA instructors. As well as having Ohta Sensei instructing this was also a significant occasion in that guest instructors from JKA Headquarters Honbu dojo were Katsutoshi Shiina Sensei and Mai Shiina Sensei who are father and daughter and both JKA Instructor Training Graduates. JKA Scotland also had the special honour of this being the first time they had taught together outside Japan on a national Gasshuku.

Over the three days training classes were broken into three groups Black Belts, Brown Belts and Colour Belts. Each day's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session with three separate training halls for classes being used over the weekend.

All three instructors made a tremendous effort to not only make each class varied with high technical content but also enjoyable and inspiring for those training. This made for a fantastic atmosphere over the three days.

The following is a selection of photographs from the weekend's course:

JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015    JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015

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JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015

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JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015

JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015

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JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015

Following the conclusion of the three days training on the Sunday there was a short presentation to the Instructors thanking them for their exceptional instruction over the three days.

JKA Scotland National Gasshuku 2015

JKA Scotland would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days and making it a very enjoyable and successful weekend.

JKA Dan Grading:

Following the training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.

The following students from JKA Scotland passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Grant Reekie JKA Dalgety Bay
Kevin Mackie JKA Aberdeen
Cameron Mackie JKA Aberdeen
David Gillanders JKA Kel-North Berwick
Steven Hamilton Armadale
Elliot Makin Baldridgeburn
Corey Coyle Baldridgeburn
Belinda Mcdonald Alloa
Marion Mcintyre Baldridgeburn
Mark Gregory Shibumi Saltcoats
George Marriot Shibumi Saltcoats
Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Ian Hunt JKA Kel-Musselburgh
Liam Garrett JKA Kel-Musselburgh
Paul Watson Baldridgeburn
Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan):
James Sinclair Shibumi Saltcoats
Sue Struthers JKA Orkney
John Lunn JKA Kel-North Berwick
Peter Kerr Alloa
Pass 4th Dan JKA (Yondan):
Alan Bown JKA Dalgety Bay
Andrew Hamilton JKA Orkney
Drew Kennedy JKA Orkney
David Osborne JKA Kel-Musselburgh

Congratulations to all the above students.


JKA Junior European Championships
Bochum, Germany
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th May 2015

JKA Junior Championships May 2015 Bochum, Germany

From Thursday 21st May to Monday 25th May 2015 the JKA Scotland Junior squad traveled to Bochum, Germany, to participate in this year's JKA junior European Championships.

The travelling party arrived in Bochum on the Thursday in preparation for the weekend's events. The Squad then travelled on the Friday afternoon to the Ruhr Congress in Bochum for a final JKA Scotland squad training session before the championships.

As usual Saturday morning saw an early start for the Championships with the JKA Scotland Squad arriving at the Ruhr Congress Sports Hall Arena at 8-15am.

With the tournament now in its 11th year it has grown into a major event in the JKA Europe calendar with countries from all across Europe travelling to take part in the 2 day event which was held on 6 areas in the stadium.

JKA Junior Championships May 2015 Bochum, Germany

The tournament started on schedule at 9-00am on day 1 with the elimination rounds for all individual events. The final events were then followed by the medal award ceremonies.

By the end of the first day JKA Scotland had secured the following medals:

Aria Pascual - Silver medal Girls Individual Kata 14 years and Bronze medal Girls Individual Kumite.
Lewis Simpson - Bronze medal Boys 11 years Individual Kumite.
Kyle Bruce - Bronze medal Boys 11 years Individual Kumite and Bronze medal Boys 11 years Individual Kata
Dylan Buckley - Bronze medal Boys 11 years Individual Kata

JKA Junior Championships May 2015 Bochum, Germany

JKA Junior Championships May 2015 Bochum, Germany

Sunday morning saw day 2 of the championships with the Team events and the veteran's events taking place.

The JKA Scotland team's performed well taking the following medals:

Lewis Simpson, Kyle Bruce, Dylan Buckley - Silver Team Kumite - Boys 10-11years.
Lucy Hull, Lucy Ferguson, Iona Barclay - Bronze Team Kata & Bronze Team Kumite - 11 years.

JKA Junior Championships May 2015 Bochum, Germany

The level of competition was very high demonstrating the overall standard of JKA Europe. The competition was well organised by JKA Germany and ran very smoothly and on schedule throughout the day.

JKA Junior Championships May 2015 Bochum, Germany

JKA Scotland Squad competitors:

Andy Barclay
Marco Aboim
Murdo Lunn
Jodie Ferguson
Ross Lunn
Calvin Bruce
Caitlin Gray
Aria Pascual
Daniel Simpson
Simon Carmichael
Lucy Ferguson
Lucy Hull
Iona Barclay
Thomas MacFadyen
Dylan Buckley
Lewis Simpson
Kyle Bruce

Travelling Officials:

Bert Stewart
John Lunn
Arthur Bruce
Andy Barclay

JKA Scotland Coach: John Deans

Thanks to all competitors, officials, parents and supporters who travelled to Germany for this event.


JKA Scotland
Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading
Saturday 16th May 2015

JKA Scotland May Course and Dan grading 2015

JKA Scotland held its Special May Course and Dan grading with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 16th May 2015 at the Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

These courses are always very popular and this was proven once more with one of the highest turnouts in attendance for this course. It's also a great opportunity for JKA Scotland instructors and students to get together and train.

Following the initial warm up Sensei Ohta's instruction during the first half of the course concentrated on Kihon training specifically for Dan grading. This involved various kihon exercises to help promote correct transition between stances and use of the hips etc. These exercises were used as building blocks to performing the actual Dan grading Kihon combinations correctly.

Some of these Kihon combinations were then used as the basis for Kumite exercises with a partner to further practice and develop understanding of the Kihon techniques and combinations.

JKA Scotland May Course and Dan grading 2015   JKA Scotland May Course and Dan grading 2015

After a short break the 2nd half of the course started which concentrated on Kata. Priority was given to Kata being performed for Dan grading that day and also some selected Kata being practiced for Dan grading in the near future. The class was then split into 3 different groups over two training halls and along with JKA Scotland Technical Committee instructors the various Katas were taught. This gave the opportunity for some last minute Kata practise for those attempting Dan grading following the course and for those not grading the chance to choose which Katas to practise on the day.

Judging by the feedback received after the course the course was a great success and proved a great learning opportunity for those attending and we are all now looking forward to next month's JKA Scotland Regional Courses with Sensei Ohta.

JKA Dan Grading:
Following the conclusion of training a JKA Dan grading was held. The following students passed Dan grade:

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Caitlin Gray Dalgety Bay
Jay Scott Shibumi
Kyle Bruce Shibumi
James Miller Musselburgh
Lewis Simpson Musselburgh
Dylan Buckley Shibumi
Jordan Galbraith Armadale

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Tom MacFadyen Baldridgeburn
Wendy Osborne Musselburgh
Marco Aboim Dalgety Bay

Congratulations to all the above students on passing Dan grading.

Thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic afternoon of instruction and thanks to all JKA Scotland instructors and students who came along to support the course.


JKA England Spring International Course
May 2015 - Crawley London

JKA England Spring International Course May 2015 - Crawley London
JKA Scotland members pictured with course instructors.

JKA Scotland members travelled to Crawley London to attend the JKA England Spring International Course 2015 held in the K2 Sports Centre Crawley. The 4 day course was held over the weekend of Friday 1st to the Monday 4th May.

This year's line-up of instructors was once again very impressive and was as follows:

Sensei Omura 7th Dan - JKA Thailand Chief Instructor
Sensei Imamura 7th Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan - JKA England Chief Instructor
Sensei Shiina 3rd Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor

There were a large number of students attending from many different countries across Europe and further afield and many have been regular attendees of the course over the years. This gave a great opportunity for everyone to train together and socialise with friends from the various countries attending. As well as the 4 days training there was a friendly international event on the Saturday and JKA Dan grading on the Sunday.

JKA Scotland would like to thank JKA England for hosting and organising the course and weekends events which was extremely well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks also to all the course instructors for 4 days of exceptional instruction. We shall look forward to attending the JKA England Autumn International Course in September.


JKA European Championships 2015
Prague, Czech Republic

JKA European Championships 2015 Prague, Czech Republic

From Thursday 26th March to Sunday 29th March 2015 the JKA Scotland squad travelled to Prague, Czech Republic to participate in this year's JKA Senior European Championships.

After arriving on the Thursday the Squad were up early on the Friday morning for a JKA Scotland squad training session at the Sportovni Klub Dojo Bojovych Umeni in Prague for some final preparation prior to the event.

Saturday morning saw an early start for the Championships with the JKA Scotland Squad arriving at the Prague Sports Hall Arena Sparta at 8-00am. This is a major event in the JKA Europe calendar with countries from all across Europe travelling to take part and was held on 6 areas in the stadium. The opening ceremony started at 9-00am with the illumination events following during the the day. The evening saw the final events followed be the medal award ceremonies.

The level of competition was very high demonstrating the overall standard of JKA Europe. The competition was well organised by JKA Czech Republic and ran very smoothly and on schedule throughout the day.

The JKA Scotland squad all competed well in the Kata and Kumite individual and team events. Thanks to all competitors, officials and supporters who travelled to Prague for this event.

JKA European Championships 2015 Prague, Czech Republic

JKA Scotland Squad competitors:

Magnus Garson
James Campbell 
James Sinclair
David Grant
Murdo Lunn
Colin Flynn
Marco Aboim

Travelling Officials Referees:

Alan Simpson
Gordon Williamson 
John Lunn


JKA Scotland
Association National Championships 2015

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

JKA Scotland's association annual championships were held on Saturday 7th March at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

The championships commenced at 9-45 am with a short opening ceremony. There were various Kata and Kumite event categories according to grade and age with events being run concurrently throughout the day. The events started with junior kyu grade kata leading up to senior Dan grade Kata which was then followed by the Kumite events.

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

Following the completion of the various categories eliminations there was a short break then the championships finals were held followed by the medal presentation ceremony.

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

During the day all competitors showed great effort in competing to the best of their ability while at the same time demonstrating correct JKA Karate etiquette and respect for their opponents. The spectators also played their part during the day cheering on competitors and showing appreciation of good performances during matches which made for a great atmosphere throughout the day.

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

A number of the competitors taking part are members of the JKA Scotland Squad and were using the event as preparation prior to the 2015 JKA European championships which are to be held in Prague on 28th March. The junior JKA Scotland competitors will be competing in Bochum, Germany in May.

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

JKA Scotland Association National Championships 2015

The organisers would like to congratulate and thank all competitors, officials, assistants, spectators and families for a fantastic and pleasurable day of JKA Karate and friendly atmosphere. We shall look forward to next year's event.

Below is a link to the full results table.

For a full table of results please click this link.


JKA Scotland
January Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

JKA Scotland January Kata Course

JKA Scotland held its first of many events for 2015 a special Kata course with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 17th January at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

These Special Kata Courses with Sensei Ohta have always been a popular and well attended event due to them giving the opportunity to get together and spend time on some in-depth training of various Katas.

The first Kata covered during the course was Hangetsu with Sensei Ohta spending time explaining and demonstrating Hangetsu stance. As this stance can be quite difficult even for experienced karate-ka to perform correctly some time was initially spent on Hangetsu stance training.

Also covered in detail were Katas Gankaku and Kanku-Sho. Practise of each Kata also included some application with partners and a question and answer opportunity along with a final demonstration by Sensei Ohta of each Kata.

JKA Scotland January Kata Course

Following the practise of Hangetsu by Brown and Black Belts a separate Brown Belt class was taken in the adjoining gymnasium by JKA Scotland Technical Committee instructors Sensei Simpson and Sensei Deans. In this class Kanku-Dai and Bassai-Dai Katas were covered.

Sunday 18th January was the JKA Scotland coaching assessments which followed on from last year's coaching seminars.

Thanks to all who attend the weekend's events and thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic weekend of instruction as usual his enthusiastic teaching style and ability to demonstrate and explain Kata techniques in-depth made for a very enjoyable and educational course.


JKA England Shotokan Open Championships
Saturday 1st November 2014
Crawley, Sussex

Competitors from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, Sussex to compete in the JKA England Shotokan Open Championships.

There were individual events in Kata and Kumite for all grades in various age group categories. The event was very well attended with a high turnout of competitors and was well organised and hosted by JKA England.

It was a very successful event where a total of 12 medals were won by JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) competitors in the following categories:

Thomas MacFadyen 1st Place - Boys Individual Kata 10-12 years
Lucy Ferguson 1st Place - Girls Individual Kata 10-12 years
Callum Flynn 2nd Place - Boys Individual Kumite 10-12 years
Lucy Ferguson 2nd Place - Girls Individual Kumite 10-12 years
Aria Pascual 2nd Place - Girls Individual Kumite 13-15 years
Marco Aboim 2nd Place - Male Cadet Individual Kumite 16-18 years
Andy Barclay 2nd Place - Male Senior Individual Kumite over 45 years
Calvin Bruce 3rd Place - Boys Individual Kata 13-15 years
Iona Barclay 3rd Place - Girls Individual Kata 10-12 years
Aria Pascual 3rd Pace - Girls Individual Kata 13-15 years
David Grant 3rd Place - Male Individual Kumite Nidan and above over 21 years
James Campbell 3rd Place - Male Individual Kumite Nidan and above over 21 years

Thanks to all who made the journey down to compete and represent our association.


THE 13th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP
WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
TOKYO, JAPAN
17th - 19th OCTOBER 2014

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan

The JKA Scotland Squad attended the 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup JKA World Championships which were held in Tokyo, Japan at the Nippon Budokan stadium from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October.

The Squad members and travelling party of family and supporters travelled out earlier that week to allow time to acclimatise and to attend a few final squad training sessions in Tokyo in preparation prior to the championships.

Over the three days of competition a Junior World Championships were held on the first day and the Senior World Championships were held over the final two days.

The JKA Scotland Squad members all competed well in their various categories with quite a few competitors getting past the early rounds with some going out to eventual winners or finalists.

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan
JKA Scotland's Aria Pascual winning Bronze Medal.

There was medal success for the JKA Scotland Squad with Aria Pascual winning Bronze Medal in her girls Kumite age group event. Aria progressed through the early rounds getting past a strong Japanese competitor before going out to another Japanese competitor in the final four semi-final round.

Below is a selection of photos from the event:

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan
Men's Kumite final: Winner K. Chubachi (Japan) Versus R. Iimura (Japan) Runner Up.

The following attended the Championships as JKA Scotland squad members and officials:

Competitors:
Kevin McCormick
Magnus Garson
James Campbell
Marie Buck
Kim Stephen
Murdo Lunn
Ross Lunn
Calvin Bruce
Aria Pascual
Jake Beveridge
Lucy Ferguson

Squad Officials:
John Deans JKA Scotland Squad Coach
Bert Stewart Manager/Coach
Alan Simpson Coach/Official

The 13th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate Do Championships 2014 Tokyo Japan
JKA Scotland Squad outside the Nippon Budokan Stadium Tokyo

Well done to all the JKA Scotland competitors and officials who attended for your efforts over the three days. Thanks also to all the family members and friends who made the trip to Tokyo to support the squad it was much appreciated.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Summer National Gasshuku 2014
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku
Course Instructors from left to right: Kurasako Sensei, Ohta Sensei and Takahashi Sensei

Over the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August students from all over Scotland came together for the JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Summer Gasshuku 2014.

The August national course offered quality instruction from world class JKA instructors. The instructors for the 2014 course were the following:

Kurasako Sensei 7th Dan - JKA HQ Instructor

Ohta Sensei 7th Dan - JKA England

Takahashi Sensei 6th Dan - JKA HQ Instructor

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

Over the three days training classes were broken into three groups Black Belts, Brown Belts and Colour Belts. Each day's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session with three separate training halls for classes being used over the weekend.

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

Those training on the course took the opportunity to train with three top JKA instructors over the weekend. The instructors all worked on various aspects of Kihon, Kata and Kumite over the three days structuring each session so as each lessons important points were built on and practiced during the classes. With all three instructors making a big effort to make sure everyone understood each session's important points and all attending training hard and keen to learn, it made for a great environment for students to gain more knowledge and understanding to take away and practice back at their own dojos.

The following is a selection of photographs from the weekend's course:

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku   KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku    KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

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KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

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KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

Following the conclusion of the three days training on the Sunday there was a short presentation to the Instructors thanking them for their exceptional instruction over the three days.

KDS Scotland 2014 National Gasshuku

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days and making it a very enjoyable and successful weekend

JKA Dan Grading:

Following the training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.

The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan:
Jodie AdamsonJKA Karate Youth Initiative, Dunfermline
Heather Johnston JKA Karate Youth Initiative, Dunfermline
David Beeson Aberdeen
Bruce Cassidy Musselburgh
Iona Barclay Shibumi Saltcoats
Kevin Stickings Baldridgeburn
Teresa White Aberdeen
Calum Jones Banff
Arran Drever Kirkwall Orkney

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan:
Fiona Mackay Aberdeen
Lynsey- Milne-Thomson Aberdeen
Caren McBain Lochinver

Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan:
David Grant Baldridgeburn
James Campbell Shibumi Saltcoats

Congratulations to all the above students.


JKA Junior European Championships
Prague, Czech Republic
Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th May 2014

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

The JKA Scotland Junior Squad competitors and officials travelled to Prague, Czech Republic for the JKA Junior European Championships which were held over the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May.

This competition is now in its 10th year with the first also being held in Prague and has grown into a major official event on the JKA Europe calendar which this year saw around 500 competitors from across Europe travel to Prague for two days of international competition.

The squad members and traveling party arrived in Prague on the Thursday. Friday morning was spent training at a final squad session before the weekend competition.

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic   JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

Saturday was Individual competition day for the various age group categories and started with an opening ceremony. The competition was held on 6 competition areas over the day.

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic   JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

Sunday was Team competition day for the various age groups again held on 6 competition areas.

A television crew was also present to show the tournament on Czech television.

The JKA Scotland squad members all competed well with some wining through to the finals and medals places.

JKA Scotland Medals:

There was JKA Scotland medal success wining 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal:

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic
Gold medal in Girls 13 year's individual kumite for Aria Pascual.

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic
Gold medal in Girls 12-13 year's team kumite for Caitlin Gray, Aria Pascual and Lucy Ferguson

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic
Silver medal in boys 13 year's individual kumite for Simon Carmichael

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic
Bronze medal in boys 16-17 year's Team kata
Colin Flynn, Murdo Lunn, Sandy Carmichael and Marco Aboim

Notable performance also from Colin Flynn reaching the last 4 finals of the Boys 17 year's individual kata.

The JKA Scotland Junior Squad competitors in Prague were as follows:

Colin Flynn
Marco Aboim
Murdo Lunn
Sandy Carmichael
Jake Beverage
Calvin Bruce
Ross Lunn
Jodie Ferguson
Daisy Haining
Caitlin Gray
Aria Pascual
Daniel Simpson
Simon Carmichael
Lucy Ferguson
Tom McFadyen
Alesha Rabett
Lewis Simpson
Kyle Bruce
Dylan Buckley

Officials, Coaches and Referees:

Alan Simpson
Bert Stewart
Paola Burrows
John Lunn
Richard Flynn

JKA Junior Championships May 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

Well done to all the JKA Scotland competitors and officials who attended for your efforts over the weekend. Thanks also to all the family members and friends who made the trip to Prague to support the squad it was much appreciated.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading
Saturday 10th May 2014

Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held a special course and Dan grading with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan on Saturday 10th May 2014 at the Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline.

The first part of the session concentrated on Kihon training building up to various Kihon combinations using front or reverse arm for blocking. These were practised slowly first ensuring they were performed correctly with regards to hip work stance and posture and then speed was built up to perform the combinations one count.

The next part of the session was with partners with the various combinations being used as Kumite exercises with a partner.

Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading

Last part of the session was Kata with Sensei Ohta covering Chinte and Sochin and Technical Committee instructors covering Bassai Dai and Jion.

After training was completed there was a presentation of Dan Certificates to those that had passed a Dan grading at last year's October National Course.

Special May Course and JKA Dan Grading

JKA Dan Grading:

Following the conclusion of training a JKA Dan grading was held. The following students passed Dan grade:

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Hugh Duffy Aberdeen
George Pitiris Musselburgh
Ellen Deeprose Dunfermline, Baldridgeburn
Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Lucy Ferguson Dalgety bay
Marcus Eveleigh West Lothian

Congratulations to all the above students on passing Dan grading.

Thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic afternoon of instruction and thanks to all JKA KDS instructors and students who came along to support the course.


JKA Dojo St Johns Bay Antigua, West Indies

JKA Dojo St Johns Bay Antigua, West Indies   JKA Dojo St Johns Bay Antigua, West Indies

During a recent holiday JKA KDS Instructor Sensei John Deans JKA Scotland Squad coach visited one of the JKA Family dojos in Antigua, as part of the Commonwealth games celebrations which JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) have been actively participating in.

JKA Dojo St Johns Bay Antigua, West Indies

John is pictured above with Sensei Sir Clare Roberts 5th Dan JKA along with some of the children's class in St Johns Bay, Antigua West Indies.

JKA European Championships 2014
Kortrijk, Belgium

JKA European Championships Report

On the weekend of Friday 4th April to Sunday 6th April 2014 the JKA Scotland squad travelled to Kortijck Belgium to participate in this year's JKA Senior European Championships.

The event was held on 6 areas with 261 competitors from 22 of the JKA Europe countries taking part. With the stadium being filled to capacity this made for a fantastic atmosphere with the noise from spectators at times resembling a football stadium especially when the very strong home nation Belgium were competing.

As always the standard was very high with the home nation of Belgium coming out on top of the medals table.

The squad represented Scotland in Team, Kata and Kumite events. All squad members performed well and gained a huge level of experience form the event. Thanks to all competitors, officials and supporters who travelled to Belgium for this event.

JKA Scotland Squad competitors:
Magnus Garson
Kevin McCormick
James Campbell 
Andrew Barclay
Alexander Carmichael
Murdo Lunn
Marie Buck 
Kim Stephen

JKA Scotland Coach:
John Deans

Travelling Officials Referees:
John Lunn
Paola Burrows


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Championships March 2014

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)March 2014 Championships Report

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)'s association annual championships were held on Saturday 8th March at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

The championships commenced at 9-30 am with a short opening ceremony. There were various Kata and Kumite event categories according to grade and age with events being run concurrently throughout the day. The events started with junior kyu grade kata leading up to senior Dan grade Kata which was then followed by the Kumite events.

Throughout the day all competitors junior and senior alike showed great spirit in endeavouring to perform to the best of their ability while at the same time showing correct etiquette and respect towards their opponents.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)March 2014 Championships Report

A number of the competitors taking part are members of the JKA Scotland Squad and were using the event as preparation prior to the 2014 JKA European championships which are to be held in Belgium in April. The junior JKA Scotland competitors will be competing in Prague, Czech Republic in May.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)March 2014 Championships Report JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)March 2014 Championships Report

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)March 2014 Championships Report

Thanks to all competitors who took part and to the spectators for your support. Thanks also to the referees and officials who gave up their time to make sure the long day ran smoothly.

Below is a link to the full results table.

For a full table of results please click this link.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA Junior European
Championships 2014 - Prague, Czech Republic

This years JKA Junior European Championships will be held in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May. Following squad training sessions the JKA Scotland Junior Squad has now been selected.

The JKA Scotland Junior Squad competitors are as follows:

Colin Flynn
Marco Aboim
Murdo Lunn
Sandy Carmichael
Jake Beverage
Calvin Bruce
Ross Lunn
Jodie Ferguson
Daisy Haining
Caitlin Gray
Aria Pascual
Daniel Simpson
Simon Carmichael
Lucy Ferguson
Tom McFadyen
Alesha Rabett
Lewis Simpson
Kyle Bruce
Dylan Buckley

JKA Scotland Squad Coach John Deans

Congratulations to all squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA European
Championships 2014 - Kortrijk, Belgium

This years JKA Senior European Championships will be held in Kortrijk, Belgium on Saturday 5th April. Following the Squad training sessions where students wishing to put themselves forward for this years event trained hard the JKA Scotland Squad has now been selected.

The JKA Scotland Squad competitors are as follows:

Magnus Garson
Kevin McCormick
James Cambell
Kim Stephen
Marie Buck
Murdo Lunn
Sandy Carmichael
Andrew Barclay

JKA Scotland Squad Coach John Deans

Congratulations to all squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland. The squad are also preparing for the JKA Junior European Championships to be held May in Prague, Czech Republic


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
January Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

JKA KDS January Kata Course   JKA KDS January Kata Course

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held its first of many events for 2014 a special Kata course with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 18th January at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline.

As usual this popular course was well attended. Katas covered on the course were Kanku-dai, Gojushiho-sho and Chinte. These were covered in detail by Sensei Ohta along with various applications and a final demonstration of the Kata. As always there was an opportunely to ask questions during each Kata practise.

JKA KDS January Kata Course   JKA KDS January Kata Course

Following the practise of Kanku dai by Brown and Black Belts a separate Brown Belt class was taken in the adjoining gymnasium by JKA KDS Technical Committee instructors Sensei Simpson and Sensei Stewart. In this class Empi and Jion were covered.

Sunday 19th January was the JKA KDS coaching assessments which followed on from last year's coaching seminars.


JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup
Saturday 2nd November 2013
Crawley, Sussex

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

Competitors, officials and supporters from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, Sussex to compete in the JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup. With competitors from England, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Scotland taking part there was very much an international feel to the competition.

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

There were individual events in Kata and Kumite for all grades in various age group categories with 6 areas being used almost continuously throughout the day and into early evening.

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup   JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup           JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup  JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

Thanks to JKA England for hosting such a well organised event which ran smoothly throughout the day.

It was a successfully day for our association with a number of medals being won over the various categories.

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

The following competitors represented JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) at the event in senior and junior categories:

Dylan Buckley
Aria Pascual
Daisy Haining
Calvin Bruce
Kyle Bruce
Inga Antonio
Andrew Hamilton
Simon Carmichael
Sandy Carmichael
Andrew McDonald
Murdo Lunn
Ross Lunn
James Sinclair
Marco Aboim

Also attending as referees and officials were Alan Simpson, Bert Stewart, John Deans and John Lunn.

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup

Thanks to all who made the journey down to compete and represent the association. Thanks also to the family members, friends and supporters who gave plenty of vocal support on the day.

For full list of results see JKA England website.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Autumn National Gasshuku 2013
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading
Course Instructors from left to right: Kawawada Sensei, Chubachi Sensei and Ohta Sensei

Over the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October students from all over Scotland came together for the JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) autumn Gasshuku 2013.

The October national course offered quality instruction from world class JKA instructors. The instructors for the 2013 course were the following:

Kawawada Sensei 7th Dan JKA HQ Instructor
Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA England
Chubachi Sensei 3rd Dan JKA HQ Instructor and Japan Team member

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

Over the three days training classes were broken into three groups Black Belts, Brown Belts and Colour Belts. Each day's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session with three separate training halls for classes being used over the weekend.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

The course was another fantastic opportunity to train over three days with top JKA instructors. As could be expected the instruction was of a very high technical content with various aspects of Kihon covered throughout the weekend to improve technique along with Kata training and Kumite drills. The emphasis from the instructors was on taking as much of the knowledge gained by the students over the weekend away and to continue to practice and implement it into their training back at their home dojos.

The following is a selection of photographs from the weekend's course:

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2013 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days and making it a very enjoyable and successful weekend.

JKA Dan Grading:
Following the training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.
The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

JKA Dan Grading:
Simon Carmichael Orkney
Mark Reeves Orkney
Colin Miller Orkney
Katy Buttifant Orkney
Colin Smart JKA Karate Youth Initiative, Dunfermline
Iain Robertson
Eve Monney Dalgety Bay
Kira Dowie Dalgety Bay
Daisy Haining Shibumi Saltcoats
Alysia Rennie Baldridgeburn
Olivia Warnock JKA Karate Youth Initiative, Dunfermline
   
Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Rebecca Tait Orkney
Alan Doran Aberdeen
Meredith Cottingham Baldridgeburn
       
Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan):
Kevin McCormick Shibumi Saltcoats
Magnus Garson Musselburgh
Kim Stephen Dalgety Bay
Richard Flynn Dalgety Bay
Susan Campbell Tullibody Dojo

Congratulations to all the above students.

Note: All photographs property of Bob Grant not to be used without permission.


JKA England
10th Anniversary International Course
September 2013 - Burgess Hill, Sussex, London

JKA England 10th Anniversary
From left to right : Sensei Ohta 7th Dan, Shuseki Shihan Ueki 9th Dan, Sensei Shimizu 5th Dan, Sensei Sawada 7th Dan, Sensei Larsen 7th Dan Chief Instructor Norway.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members travelled to Burgess Hill, Sussex, London to attend the special JKA England 10th Anniversary International Course which was held in the Triangle Sports Centre, Sussex. The 3 day course was held over the weekend of Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September.

JKA England 10th Anniversary   JKA England 10th Anniversary

There is always a fantastic line up of instructors for these events but this year was extra special as Chief Instructor of JKA Shuseki Shihan Ueki 9th Dan JKA was in attendance. The instructors for the course were:

Shuseki Shihan Ueki 9th Dan - Chief Instructor of JKA
Sensei Sawada 7th Dan - JKA Belgium
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan - JKA England
Sensei Shimizu 5th Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor

JKA England 10th Anniversary   JKA England 10th Anniversary

The training was of an exceptionally high standard which although very tiring over the 3 days was enjoyed by all.

Following the training Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held. Congratulations to JKA Karate Do Shotokan Scotland instructors Jim Murray and Gordon Williamson who passed 5th Dan JKA grading.

We look forward to attending more JKA England courses next year.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held a special Kata course with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA on Saturday 14th September at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline. These courses are always very popular with a large turnout travelling from all around Scotland.

The class started with kihon training to get everyone warmed up and to practise moving smoothly from one stance to the next. The main Kata for this course were Nijushiho and Gankaku and they were covered in detail along with a number of application exercises. After each Kata Sensei Ohta then gave a demonstration of the Kata to the class then held a question and answer session to clarify any outstanding points.

September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

The final part of the course was dedicated to any Kata being practiced for upcoming Dan grading with a chance for questions and help where required.

As well as the Black Belt class held in the main games hall there was a separate Brown Belt class taken in the adjoining gymnasium by JKA KDS Technical Committee instructors Sensei Stewart and Sensei Deans following the initial training with Black and Brown belts together. In this class Bassai Dai, Jion and Heian Kata were covered.

September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar   September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

Sunday 15th September saw a special instructor coaching seminar being held. This was specifically aimed more from an instructor and senior grade perspective covering a wide variety of topics over the morning and afternoon classes which started at 10-00am and finished at 5-30pm. This included detailed discussions on development of students and senior Dan grades as well as covering a wide variety of technical aspects including Tekki Kata. Refereeing and Judging requirements and skills were also covered.

September Kata Course and Coaching Seminar

This was a great opportunity for those attending to discuss and clarify any questions they have with regard to technical aspects or development of students. JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) have been running these seminars for the past 7 years and they always prove very popular with those in attendance with this one having the largest turnout of Instructors and senior grades so far.

Thanks to all who attend the weekend's events and thanks to Sensei Ohta for a fantastic weekend of instruction.


Dalgety Bay Dojo Open Day
Saturday 24th August 2013

Dalgety Bay Dojo Open Day

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Dalgety Bay Dojo recently moved to a new customised location which has been converted by instructor Sensei Bert Stewart 5th Dan JKA into the clubs own Dojo and premises. Special guests of honour were the former UK Prime Minister The Right Honourable Mr Gordon Brown MP and his wife Sarah along with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA Chief Instructor of JKA England and Colin McPhail Dalgety Bay Community Council Chairman.

The day started with two special training sessions of instruction by Sensei Ohta which was attended by Dalgety Bay students along with senior students and instructors from our other dojos who had come along to attend the days events.

Following the training sessions there were various Karate demonstrations given by both junior and senior students including a self defence demonstration by Sensei Stewart and JKA Scotland squad member Magnus Garson and a Kata demonstration by Sensei Ohta performing Gankaku.

Dalgety Bay Dojo Open Day   Dalgety Bay Dojo Open Day

The opening ceremony followed which included an opening speech by Mr Gordon Brown MP where he declared the Dalgety Bay Dojo officially open. The evening events were a Reception Party for those in attendance.

Dalgety Bay Dojo Open Day

Sensei Bert Stewart would like to thank The Right Honourable Mr Gordon Brown MP and his wife Sarah along with Sensei Ohta, Colin McPhail Dalgety Bay Community Council Chairman, The Bay Catering and all who attended and helped make the day a success.

Photographs are courtesy Christi MacPherson


JKA Karate Dalgety Bay - New Dojo - Official Opening

Saturday 24th August 2013 will be the official opening of the new purpose built JKA Dojo in Dalgety Bay, Fife.

Sensei Bert Stewart is pleased to announce the guest instructor for the day will be Sensei Y. Ohta 7th Dan JKA.

Training will be from around 2pm (times to be confirmed) followed by attendance of invited guests and a short Karate Demonstration, and thereafter the official opening speeches and a reception / party to close the night.

Places are allocated on a first come basis , so please apply ASAP to secure your place, applications are available from your Dojo Instructor, or call Sensei Bert Stewart on 07863 135 269(Mobile) or Dojo 01383 822 385


David Grant Deaf Olympics
Team GB Selection Sofia, Bulgaria 2013

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) member David Grant 2nd Dan has been selected to represent Team GB in the Karate event in both Kata and Kumite at this summer's Deaf Olympics which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 26th July to 5th August. David who is a member of our Baldridgeburn club and also attends the JKA Scotland Squad training will be competing in Sofia from 30th July to 1st August.

Congratulations to David on selection and good luck in Sofia.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Special June Course and JKA Dan Grading
Saturday 22nd June 2013

Special June Course and JKA Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held a special course and Dan grading with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at the Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline. As always, due to Sensei Ohta's fantastic teaching ability and technique there was a great turn out for this course which filled the main games hall.

The object of this course was to give instructors and students an overview of various parts of the JKA Dan grade syllabus and to better understand how they should be taught and performed. Sensei Ohta started the class with various Dan grading Kihon combinations breaking them down and explaining important points for each one. Then with a partner various Kumite exercises were practiced using the Dan grade combinations as a basis for each exercise which further helped to understand and develop each combination.

For the second part of the course Sensei Ohta covered Kata with the black belts and JKA KDS Technical Committee instructors Alan Simpson, Bert Stewart and John Deans covered Jiyu Ippon Kumite and Dan Grading Kata with the brown belts.

Special June Course and JKA Dan Grading

As always this was a most enjoyable but most importantly an educational course with students and instructors coming away with a better understanding of the requirements of many aspects of the JKA Dan grading syllabus.

JKA Dan Grading:
Following the conclusion of training a JKA Dan grading was held. The following students passed Dan grade:

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):

Bartosz Andrzejewski Musselburgh
Greig McVean Musselburgh
Bethinn Wright Dalgety Bay Dojo
Angus Brown Dunfermline
Abigail McCulloch Dalgety Bay Dojo
Mairi Roper Aberdeen

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):

Richard Conway Aberdeen
Aria Pascual Shibumi
Calvin Bruce Shibumi
Jamie McDonald Shibumi
Cormac Convery Shibumi

Congratulations to all the above students on passing Dan grading.


JKA Junior European Championships
Krusevac, Serbia
Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th May 2013

JKA Junior Championships 2013 - Serbia

With all the preparation and hard training completed the JKA Scotland Junior Squad competitors and officials travelled to Krusevac, Serbia for the JKA Junior European Championships which were to be held over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.

With squad members and supporters travelling on the Thursday from all parts of Scotland the Squad met up in Paris before boarding the flight to Belgrade, Serbia. After arriving in Belgrade it was a 200km coach journey to the town of Krusevac which was the former Serbian capital and was the venue for this year's championship.

JKA Junior Championships 2013 - Serbia

There was no time to rest on the Friday with the JKA Scotland Squad up early and off for a final Squad training session in the morning. In the afternoon there was a reception with the Krusevac Mayor in the townhouse which was covered by the Serbian television and press.

Saturday the first day of competition was also an early start with the JKA Scotland squad arriving at the competition venue just after 8-00am to find many competitors and spectators already in the venue.

JKA Junior Championships 2013 - Serbia

Saturday was Individual competition day for the various age group categories and started on time at 9-00am with 5 competition areas going almost cautiously throughout the day with the individual medal ceremony finishing around 8-00pm in the evening. It was then back to the squad hotel to get ready for the following day.

Sunday was Team competition day for the various age groups and was run on pretty much the same format as the Saturday. There was a tremendous atmosphere in the venue over the 2 days generated by the spectators of the various countries, especially during some of the kumite finals where the cheers of encouragement were exceptionally load.

As to be expected the standard was very high but the JKA Scotland competitors competed well with many progressing through to later rounds.

JKA Scotland Medals:

There was JKA Scotland medal success with Aria Pascual winning first place Gold Medal in Kata and 3rd place Bronze Medal in Kumite in her category.

JKA Junior Championships 2013 - Serbia
Aria Pascual JKA Scotland double medal winner

The JKA Scotland Junior Squad competitors in Serbia were as follows:

Jake Beveridge
Blair Currie
Murdo Lunn
Ross Lunn
Jodie Ferguson
Lucy Ferguson
Calvin Bruce
Aria Pascual
Simon Carmichael
Thomas McFadyen

JKA Junior Championships 2013 - Serbia

Well done to all the JKA Scotland competitors and Squad Coaches who attended for your efforts over the weekend. There is a special mention and thanks also to all the family members and friends who made the trip to Krusevac, Serbia to support the squad it was much appreciated.


JKA England 10th Anniversary Course May 2013 - Crawley London

JKA England 10th Anniversary Course May 2013
JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members pictured with course instructors.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members travelled to Crawley London to attend the special JKA England 10th anniversary course which was held in the K2 Sports Centre Crawley. The 4 day course was held over the weekend of Friday 3rd to the Monday 6th May.

As usual there is always a fantastic line up of instructors for this event and this year was no exception with the following instructors present:

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan - Honbu Vice Chief Instructor
Sensei Aoki 7th Dan - Chief Instructor JKA Spain
Sensei Hanzaki 7th Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan - Chief Instructor JKA England
Sensei Takahashi 6th Dan - JKA Honbu Instructor

As well as the 4 days training there was a friendly international event on the Saturday which was won by JKA England and a special 10 year anniversary party on the Sunday with an international Sumo match in inflatable suits which was great fun and entertainment to watch.

With 14 different countries attending there was a fantastic friendly atmosphere over the weekend with many friends getting together once more to train and socialise.

Congratulations also to JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) student Matt Smith who passed 1st Dan on the JKA Dan grading held on the Sunday.

The JKA England Autumn International Course is being held between 27th and 29th September 2013 and many of those that attended this course already booked for September.


JKA European Championships 2013 Konstanz, Germany

JKA European Championships 2013 Konstanz Germany

On Thursday 18th April the JKA Scotland Squad travelled to Konstanz, Germany to participate in this year's JKA Senior European Championships which were held on the Saturday 20th April. As usual this year's event was well attended with teams and competitors participating from many of the countries throughout Europe.

With the top competitors from each country taking part the standard of competition was very high. There were some good performances from the JKA Scotland squad members with a few good results against strong European competitors.

JKA European Championships 2013 Konstanz Germany
JKA Scotland Squad

Following the championships the squad departed on the Sunday and made the journey back home. Thanks to all JKA Scotland Squad members for your efforts over the weekend.

The JKA Scotland Squad competitors in Germany were as follows:

Andrew Hamilton
Magnus Garson
Kevin McCormick
David Grant
Marie Bower
Kim Stephen
Liam Garrett
James Sinclair
James Campbell
Bartek Andrzejewski

JKA Scotland Squad Coach John Deans


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships March 2013

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) association annual championships were held on Saturday 23rd March at the Queen Anne High School Dunfermline. Despite the very cold weather and snow there was still a large turnout of Senior and junior competitors from all around Scotland who braved the weather and travelled to the event to take part in the various Kumite and Kata events that were being held over the day.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

The JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) 2013 Championships commenced at 10-00 am with a short opening ceremony. There were various Kata and Kumite event categories according to grade and age with events being run concurrently throughout the day. The events started with junior kyu grade kata leading up to senior Dan grade Kata which was then followed by the Kumite events.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

A number of the competitors taking part are members of the JKA Scotland Squad and were using the event as preparation prior to the 2013 JKA European championships which are to be held in Germany.

Thanks to all competitors who took part and to the spectators for your support. Thanks also to the referees and officials who gave up their time to make sure the long day ran smoothly.

Below is a selection of photographs from the day and a link to the full results table.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships

For a full table of results please click this link.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA Junior European Championships 2013 - Krusevac, Serbia

This years JKA Junior European Championships will be held in Krusevac, Serbia on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. Following JKA Scotland Squad training sessions the JKA Scotland Junior Squad has now been selected.

The JKA Scotland Junior Squad competitors are as follows:
Jake Beveridge
Blair Currie
Murdo Lunn
Ross Lunn
Jodie Ferguson
Lucy Ferguson
Calvin Bruce
Aria Pascual
Simon Carmichael
Thomas McFadyen
JKA Scotland Squad Coach John Deans

Congratulations to all squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA European Championships 2013 - Konstanz, Germany

This years JKA Senior European Championships will be held in Konstanz, Germany on Saturday 20th April. Following the JKA Scotland Squad training sessions where students wishing to put themselves forward for this years event trained hard the JKA Scotland Squad has now been selected.

The JKA Scotland Squad competitors are as follows:

Andrew Hamilton
Magnus Garson
Kevin McCormick
David Grant
Marie Bower
Kim Stephen
Liam Garrett
James Sinclair
James Campbell
Bartek Andrzejewski
Colin Flynn
Stephen Vernon

JKA Scotland Squad Coach John Deans

Congratulations to all squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland. The JKA Scotland squad are also preparing for the JKA Junior European Championships to be held May in Serbia.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Orkney Club Celebrate 30 years

Orkney Karate Club 30yrs Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA instructing in Orkney

Following on from our Association's February Region Courses with Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA an additional trip Friday 1st March was also made by Sensei Ohta to our Orkney club in Kirkwall which is now in its 30th year. The course was split into two sessions and very much enjoyed by all. Orkney Instructor Drew Kennedy 3rd Dan JKA would like to thank Sensei Ohta for travelling to Orkney during his very busy schedule.

Orkney Karate Club 30yrs Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA
Orkney club instructors and students with Sensei Ohta


JKA England Four Nations Cup 2012
Sunday 4th November, Surrey, London

JKA England Four Nations Cup 2012
Some of the competitors and officials from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)

Competitors from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to the Exel Leisure Centre in Walton on Thames for the Four Nations Cup which included competitors from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

There were individual events in Kata and Kumite for all grades in various age group categories. It was a very busy day with 6 areas being used almost continuously throughout the day and into early evening.

JKA England Four Nations Cup 2012

The event was exceptionally well organised and ran smoothly. Thanks to the events team of Rodger Fabri and Technical Administration Jeni Cousins, Chief Referee Angelo Sanna along with all the other referees, judges, timekeepers and first aiders who helped make the day such a success.

Special honourable guest from the Japanese Embassy was First Secretary Mr. Watanabe EiJi who presented the medals at the presentation ceremony.

It turned out to be a successful day for our association with 12 medals being won.

JKA England Four Nations Cup 2012
Boys Kata 13-15 years - From Left to Right:
Sandy Carmichael 3rd place, Stanley Forbes 1st place (JKA England), Murdo Lunn 2nd place, Marco Aboim 4th place

JKA England Four Nations Cup 2012
Boys Kata 13-15 years - From Left to Right:
Jodie Ferguson 3rd place, Aria Pascual 1st place, Shekinah Bautista (JKA England), Lucy Ferguson 4th place

A full list of results and additional photographs can be viewed on the JKA England website. Below are the JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) medal winners.

A full list of results and additional photographs can be viewed on the JKA England website. Below are the JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) medal winners.

Alesha Rabett - Kishido Scone 3rd place Girls Kumite 6-9 years, 6 - 4th kyu
Simon Carmichael - JKA Orkney 2nd place Boys Kata 10-12 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Murdo Lunn - JKA Karate East Lothian 2nd place Boys Kata 13-15 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Sandy Carmichael - JKA Orkney 3rd place Boys Kata 13-15 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Aria Pascual - Shibumi Saltcoats 1st place Girls Kata 10-12 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Jodie Ferguson - JKA Karate East Lothian 3rd place Girls Kata 10-12 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Colin Flynn - JKA Karate East Lothian 3rd place Male Kata 16-20 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Andrew MacDonald - JKA Orkney 2nd place Boys Kumite 13-15 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Jodie Ferguson - JKA Karate East Lothian 1st place Girls Kumite 10-12 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Lucy Ferguson - JKA East Lothian 3rd place Girls Kumite 10-12 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Aria Pascual - Shibumi Saltcoats 3rd place Girls Kumite 10-12 yrs, Brown and Black belt
Sam Morris - Kishido Scone 3rd place Male Kumite 16-18yrs, Brown and Black belt

JKA England Four Nations Cup 2012

Also attending as referees and officials were Alan Simpson, Bert Stewart and John Deans.

Thanks to all who made the journey south to compete and represent the association. Thanks also to the family members, friends and supporters who gave plenty of vocal support on the day.


Report JKA KDS Scotland 2012 Course
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading
Course Instructors from left to right: Kumeta Sensei, Ogura Sensei and Ohta Sensei

Over the weekend of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October students from all over Scotland came together for the JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October Gasshuku.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

The JKA KDS Scotland national course offered quality instruction from world class JKA instructors. The instructors for the 2012 course were the following:

Ogura Sensei 7th Dan JKA HQ Instructor and Japan Team Coach

Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA England

Kumeta Sensei 4th Dan JKA HQ Instructor and Japan Team member

Over the three days training, classes were broken into three groups Black Belts, Brown Belts and Colour Belts. Friday and Sunday's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours with Saturday being split into three one hour sessions. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session with three separate training halls being used over the weekend.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

Various components of Kihon, Kata and Kumite training were covered over the three days with each instructor emphasising various points during each of their lessons. A number or Kata's were covered over the weekend including Bassai-dai, Kanki-dai, Jion, Enpi, Kanku-sho, Gojushio-dia, Sochin and Nijushiho.

The following is a selection of photographs from the weekend's course:

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading  JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading  JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading   JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

Following the conclusion of the three days training on Sunday there was a short presentation to the Instructors thanking them for their exceptional instruction over the three days.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days and making it a very enjoyable and successful weekend.

Thanks also to our friends from JKA England who made the long journey north to train and support the course.

JKA Dan Grading

Following the conclusion of training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.

The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):

Aaron Doran Aberdeen
Thomas James Aberdeen
Iain  NisbetArmadale
Aarron GoddardMusselburgh
Liam GarrettMusselburgh
Iain Hunt Musselburgh
Elizabeth Hetherington Musselburgh
Paul Goddard Musselburgh
Thomas Bunting  Musselburgh
Sam BirdMusselburgh
Joe GreggOrkney
Ann Dunwoodie Shibumi
Garry McKinnon Shibumi
Arthur Bruce Shibumi
Thomas McFadyen Baldrigeburn
Paul Watson Baldridgeburn
Callum McDonald Hillfoot
Bethan Scott Hillfoot
Linda Scott Hillfoot

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):

Jake Beveridge Musselburgh
Jodie Ferguson Musselburgh
Andy Barclay Shibumi
Robert Morrison Shibumi
Stephen Shute Aberdeen
Andrew McDonald Orkney

Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan):

Marie Bower Musselburgh
John Douglas Bellahouston

Congratulations to all the above students.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) October 2012 National Gasshuku and Dan Grading

Note: All photographs property of Bob Grant not to be used without permission.

JKA England Course September 2012, Crawley, London

JKA England Course September 2012, Crawley, London
JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members pictured with course instructors

Members from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to Crawley London to attend the JKA England September 2012 course. The 3 day course was held from Friday 28thth September to Sunday 30th September at the K2 Sports Centre Crawley with a JKA Dan grading on the Sunday following training. The course instructors for the 3 days were:

Ogura Sensei 7th Dan JKA
Sawada Sensei 7th Dan JKA
Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA

The training course was well attended with many JKA students from various countries attending. It was a great opportunity to train with such high quality instructors.


JKA Scotland Medal Success
JKA Junior European Championships
Paris, France 2nd - 3rd June 2012

JKA Junior European Championships Paris, France 2nd - 3rd June 2012

After a lot of hard training and squad sessions in preparation, JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) junior squad members travelled to Paris France as part of the JKA Scotland Squad to take part in the JKA Junior European championships which were held over the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June.

JKA Junior European Championships Paris, France 2nd - 3rd June 2012
Colin Flynn (right) boy's 15 years Kumite

JKA Junior European Championships Paris, France 2nd - 3rd June 2012
Sandy Carmichael boy's 15 years Kata

There was a large turn out of competitors from all around Europe participating over the 2 days. The weekend saw good results for the JKA Scotland team with a number of medal places being achieved including a Gold medal.

JKA Junior European Championships Paris, France 2nd - 3rd June 2012
Aria Pascual 1st Place Gold Medal winner 11 yrs Girls Kumite with JKA Scotland Squad Coach John Deans

JKA Junior European Championships Paris, France 2nd - 3rd June 2012
JKA Scotland junior squad 2012

JKA Scotland medal places:
Aria Pascual 1st Pace Gold Medal in 11 years Girls Kumite
Lucy Ferguson, Aria Pascual, Emma Eaton (JKAWFS) joint 3rd place 11 years girls Kumite
Notable places:
Sandy Carmichael 4th place boy's 15 years Kata
Jake Beveridge, Jamie McDonald, Alicia Steele last 8 finalists in individual events.

The following KDS members travelled to Paris as part of the JKA Scotland Squad:
Lucy Ferguson
Simon Carmichael
Aria Pascual
Alicia Steele
Jodie Ferguson
Jake Beverage
Ross Lunn
Calvin Bruce
Garry McKinnon
Murdo Lunn
Jamie McDonald
Bair Currie
Colin Flynn
Marco Aboim
Sandy Carmichael
Max Challoner
Andrew McDonald
Rebecca Tait
Bartek Ahdrzejewski
Melanie Smith

Also competing in the Veteran's Categories in Paris was John Lunn.

Well done to all the JKA Scotland competitors and Squad Coaches who attended for your efforts over the weekend. Special mention also, to all the family members and friends who made the trip to Paris to support the squad.


JKA England Course May 2012 Crawley London

JKA England May 2012
JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members pictured with the May 2012 course instructors

Members from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to Crawley London to attend the JKA England May 2012 course. The 4 day course was held from Friday 4thth May to Monday 7th May at the K2 Sports Centre Crawley with a JKA Dan grading on the Sunday following training. The course instructors for the 4 days were:

Sensei Tsuyama 8th Dan JKA

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Hirayama 6th Dan JKA

JKA England May 2012
KDS members following one of the days training sessions

The training course was well attended with many JKA students from various countries attending. It was a great opportunity to train with such high quality instructors.


JKA European Championships March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Euoropean Championships 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

This years JKA European Championships were held in Prauge, Czech Republic on Saturday 31st March 2012 at the Arena Sparta Sports Stadium. The JKA Scotland squad travelled to Prague on the Thursday as did many of the European Teams two days prior to the competition to prepare. This included final Squad training sessions in Prague before the event itself on Saturday.

The day of the Championships saw an early start with the JKA Scotland Squad leaving their hotel at 7-15am on one of the official Championship coaches to travel to the venue in time for the 8-30am start.

Euoropean Championships 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
JKA Scotland Kata Team

There were many European countries in attendance with Senior and Cadet (16-21 years) events in Kata and Kumite being held. The eliminations were held during the day on six areas with the finals being held in the evening on three areas.

With the top competitors from each country taking part the standard on display was very high. There were some good performances from the JKA Scotland competitors with medal success being gained by the JKA Scotland Junior (16-21 years) Kumite Team making it to a joint 3rd place medal position.

Euoropean Championships 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
Junior Team Kumite (16-21 years) JKA Scotland Team 3rd Place medals

Euoropean Championships 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

The next day (Sunday) the squad departed and made the journey back home. Thanks to all JKA Scotland Squad members for your efforts over the weekend.

The following JKA KDS members attended the Championships.

Senior Male:
David Bettley
Cormac Convery
Magnus Garson
Kevin McCormick
Stephen Vernon

Senior Female:
Marie Bower

Cadets (16-21years):
Drew Caffery
John Humphreys
James Sinclair


Coach / Official: Alan Simpson


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships
Saturday 10th March 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)'s association annual championships were held on Saturday 10th March at the Queen Anne High School Dunfermline. Senior and junior competitors from all around Scotland travelled to the event to take part in the various Kumite and Kata events that were being held over the day.

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Following the arrival and entry of competitors and spectators into the arena the KDS 2012 Championships commenced just after 9-30 am with a short opening ceremony. There were various Kata and Kumite event categories according to grade and age with events being run concurrently throughout the day. The events started with junior kyu grade kata leading up to senior Dan grade Kata which was then followed by the Kumite events. Once all elimination events were completed there was a short break followed by the start of the finals.

A number of the competitors taking part are members of the JKA Scotland Squad and were using the event as preparation prior to the 2012 JKA European championships which are to be held in Prague.

Thanks to all competitors who took part and to the spectators for your support. Thanks also to the referees and officials who gave up their time to make sure the long day ran smoothly.

Below is a selection of photographs from the day and a link to the full results table.

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

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Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

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Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012  Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012   Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

Scottish Championships 2012

For a full table of results please click this link.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA European Championships 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

The JKA Scotland Squad has been selected for the JKA European Championships which are being held this year in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday 31st March.

The following JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members were selected for the JKA Scotland squad:

Senior Male:
David Bettley
Cormac Convery
Magnus Garson
Kevin McCormick
Stephen Vernon

Senior Female:
Marie Bower

Cadets:
Drew Caffery
John Humphreys
James Sinclair

Congratulations to all JKA Scotland squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland.


Report JKA Scotland 2011 Course
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October
From left to right: Imamura Sensei, Kawasoe Sensei and Ohta Sensei

Over the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October JKA students from all over Scotland came together for the annual JKA Scotland October Gasshuku.

The JKA Scotland Gasshuku has always offered quality instruction from world class instructors and this year was no exception. The instructors for this year's course were the following:

Kawasoe Sensei 8th Dan
Imamura Sensei 7th Dan JKA
Ohta Sensei 7th Dan JKA

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

Over the three days training the classes were broken into three groups Black Belts 2nd Dan and above, Brown Belts to 1st Dan and Colour Belts. Each day's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session resulting in each group being instructed twice over the course from each instructor.

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

Over the three days various components of Kihon, Kata and Kumite training were covered with each instructor emphasising various points during each of their lessons. This certainly made for a very varied content over the three days giving each student plenty to think about and practice back at their own dojos.

The following is a selection of photographs from the weekend.

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

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JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

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JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October   JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

Following the conclusion of training on Sunday there was a short presentation to the Instructors thanking them for their exceptional instruction over the three days.

We would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days and making it a very enjoyable and successful course.

JKA Dan Grading

Following the conclusion of training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.

The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):

Sandy CarmichaelJKA Orkney
Rebecca TaitJKA Orkney
Ola FinniganJKA Orkney
Melanie SmithJKA Orkney
Stephen FraserJKA Orkney
Callum FlynnJKA Karate East Lothian
Lucy FergusonJKA Karate East Lothian
Daniel SimpsonJKA Karate East Lothian
Amy WakefieldAberdeen
Liam WakefieldAberdeen
Lewis EdwardsAberdeen
Marco AboimPerth
Dale GibsonCarnbroe
Jonathan CannonPort Glasgow

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):

Samantha James Aberdeen
John Lunn JKA Karate East Lothian
Alicia Steele JKA Karate East Lothian
Blair Currie JKA Karate East Lothian
Colin Flynn JKA Karate East Lothian
David Downie Port Glasgow
Inga Antonio JKA Orkney

Pass 4th Dan JKA (Yondan):

David Bettley Shibumi

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would also like to congratulate all students from JKAWFS who passed Dan grade on the course.

JKA Scotland 2011 Course Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October

The JKA Scotland October 2011 Gasshuku was organised and held jointly by JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) and JKAWFS who work together to promote JKA Karate in Scotland.


THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP
WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS
PATTAYA, THAILAND 18th - 21st AUGUST 2011

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011

The JKA Scotland Squad attended the 12th Funakoshi Gichin Cup JKA World Championships which were held in Pattaya, Thailand over 18th to 21st August. Over the four days of competition a Junior World Championships were held over the first two days (18th and 19th) and the Senior World Championships were held over the final two days (20th and 21st).

The Squad members and travelling party of family and supporters departed from Glasgow airport on Sunday 14th August and after a long tiring journey via Dubai airport arrived at Bangkok airport Monday evening. There then followed a 2 hour bus journey before arriving at the Ambassador City Jomtien, Pattaya which was to be used as the centre for all activities with the exception of the actual Championships which were to be held in the Pattaya Indoor Athletic Stadium.

Tuesday morning was registration for the squad and information was also given on the various events and meetings that would be held during the week along with allocation of each countries squad training times for each day. Although the junior event would not be held until Thursday and Friday and the senior event Saturday and Sunday the JKA Scotland squad would still be busy each day with squad training, acclimatising and preparing for the Championships. The senior members also supplemented their daily squad training sessions and preparations with additional early morning runs and training on Pattaya beach.

Junior Word Championships Thursday 18th and Friday 19th August:

This event was for various age group categories from 9 years up to 18 years old. The day started with a short opening ceremony including a parade of competing countries. There were a large number of competitors participating with six areas being run throughout the day.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Junior competitors warming up prior to competition.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Junior Championships

All the JKA Scotland junior competitors competed well with some going out to the eventual winner of their category with Alicia Steele making it through to the finals (last eight) of the girls 12 years Kata and Murdo Lunn to the finals (joint 6th) of the boys 13 years Kata.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Murdo Lunn boys 13 years Kata

Overall Squad team spirit was shown with the senior squad members attending the junior event following their own squad training sessions to cheer on and encourage the junior competitors during their events, something that was appreciated by the younger competitors.

Senior World Championship Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August:

There was quite an atmosphere of anticipation in the stadium early on Saturday morning as each country's squads arrived and started going through their last minute training routines and drills.

The day started with a parade and line up of the various countries attending followed by some opening remarks from the various JKA dignitaries present.

The competition started with six areas in operation during the elimination stages. As would be expected with the top competitors from each country taking part the standard on display was exceptionally high. The JKA Scotland senior members competed well getting though a number of rounds in both Kata and Kumite with Andrew Hamilton making it through to the last sixteen of the men's individual kata.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
JKA Scotland Kata Team

With a strong squad in attendance from Japan including a number of all Japan Champions most of the share of medals went to Japan. There were however a number of strong competitors from other countries who also showed great skill and technique showing the depth of JKA karate throughout the word. Following the conclusion of events the medals presentation was held then a short closing ceremony.

Sunday evening was a chance for the squad to relax and reflect on events and their experiences following the Championships and all the hard work and training that had lead up to them.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Men's Individual Kata Winner K. Kurihara (Japan)

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Men's Kumite final: Winner R. Iimura (Japan) Versus K. Chubachi (Japan) Runner Up.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Demonstration by M. Tanaka 8th Dan JKA and T. Imura 7th Dan JKA

Monday morning saw the JKA Scotland squad preparing for the long journey home following a week of training and competition at the highest level. It was again a bus journey from Pattaya to Bangkok airport and return flights to Glasgow via Dubai. On arriving in Glasgow there was a short get together with the entire travelling party to say our goodbyes and each then carried on their journeys home to various parts of Scotland.

THE 12th FUNAKOSHI GICHIN CUP WORLD KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011

The following attended the Championships as JKA Scotland squad members and officials:

Andrew Hamilton
Magnus Garson
David Bettley

Drew Caffrey (boys 16-18 years)
Blair Currie (boys 13 years)
Murdo Lunn (boys 13 years)
Alicia Steele (girls 12 years)
Jake Beverage (boys 11 years)

Bert Stewart: Squad Manager/Coach
Alan Simpson: Official/Coach


JKA Scotland Course October 2011 Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd October

We are pleased to announce the following instructors for the 2011 JKA Scotland course which will be held in the Stirling Sports Village from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October.

     Sensei M. Kawasoe 8th Dan
     Sensei T. Imamura 7th Dan JKA
     Sensei Y. Ohta 7th Dan JKA

This is an excellent opportunity to train with three top class instructors. The JKA Scotland October Gasshuku has always proved to be very popular so book early.

This course is open to all JKA affiliated members.

There will also be a JKA Dan Grading on the Sunday afternoon following training.

For more details and application form use this link.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Japan Appeal Donations

Over the month of May a few of our clubs organised some fund raising events and took in donations from students and friends to raise money for the Japan Tsunami earthquake appeal.

Over £1500 was raised which will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

We would like to thank the following club's students and friends for their efforts in taking part in the appeal.

Aberdeen
Kirkwall Orkney
Musselburgh
Dalgety Bay
North Berwick
Shibumi Saltcoats
Shibumi West Kilbride


JKA Scotland Medal Success
JKA Junior European Championships
Beek, Holland 21st - 22nd May 2011

JKA Junior Championships 2011 -Beek, Holland
JKA Scotland junior squad

After a lot of hard training and squad sessions in preparation, JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) junior squad members travelled to Beek, Holland as part of the JKA Scotland Squad to take part in the JKA Junior European championships which were held over the weekend of May 21st and 22nd.

There was a large turn out of competitors from all around Europe participating over the 2 days. The weekend turned out to be very successful for the JKA Scotland team with a number of medal places being achieved including a Gold medal for Jake Beveridge in the 10 years Individual Boys Kumite.

JKA Junior Championships 2011 -Beek, Holland
JKA Scotland junior squad

Below are the JKA Scotland medal places achieved:

Individual Kumite Boys 10 years GOLD Jake Beveridge
Team Kumite Boys 10-11 years SILVER Jake Beveridge
Team Kumite Boys 10-11 years SILVER Ross Lunn
Team Kumite Boys 10-11 years SILVER Calvin Bruce
Individual Kumite Girls 10 years SILVER Emma Eaton
Individual Kumite Girls 10 years BRONZE Aria Pascual
Individual Kata Girls 10 years BRONZE Aria Pascual
Individual Kata Girls 11 years BRONZE Alicia Steele
Team Kata Girls 10-11 year BRONZE Aria Pascual
Team Kata Girls 10-11 year BRONZE Jodie Fergusson
Team Kata Girls 10-11 year BRONZE Alicia Steele


Jake Beveridge Gold Medal Individual Kumite Boys 10 years
Jake Beveridge Gold Medal Individual Kumite Boys 10 years

Well done to all the JKA Scotland competitors, Squad Coaches and Manager who attended for your efforts over the weekend.


JKA England Course
May 2011
Guildford London

Some of the JKA Scotland Squad at Guildford London, May 2011
Some of the KDS members pictured with the May 2011 course instructors

Members from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to Guildford London to attend the JKA England May 2011 course. The 4 day course was held from Friday 29thth April to Monday 2nd May at the Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford with a JKA Dan grading on the Sunday following training. The course instructors for the 4 days were:

Sensei Tanaka 8th Dan JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo
Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo
Sensei Sawada 7th Dan JKA Belgium
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA England
Sensei Inokoshi 3rd Dan JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo. (Former All Japan JKA Kumite Champion)

The training course was well attended with many JKA students from various countries attending. It was a great opportunity to train with such high quality instructors.


JKA European Championships
April 2011
London, England

JKA Scotland Squad at the European Championships, London, April 2011

This years JKA European Championships were held in London England on Saturday 2nd April at the K2 Arena in Crawley London. The JKA Scotland squad travelled down on the Thursday as did many of the European Teams two days prior to the competition to prepare.

Each country was allocated training slots and times for their final Squad Training sessions. Once the squad had checked into the hotel a squad training session was held in the evening at the allocated 7-00pm slot.

The following day (Friday) was an early start as the JKA Scotland squad had been allocated a 9-00am training slot at the K2 Arena for their final squad session before the event. This early start did however give some time to rest in the late afternoon prior to the next day's competition.

JKA Scotland Squad at the European Championships, London, April 2011

On Saturday the day of the competition it was another early start with the JKA Scotland squad arriving at the Arena at 8-00am ready to start. Two refurbished red London Double Decker buses had been provided by the tournament organisers to shuttle competitors and officials from the Hotel to the venue.

There were 21 European countries in attendance with Senior and Cadet (16-20 years) events in Kata and Kumite being held. The eliminations were held during the day on 6 areas with two giant screens giving spectators an additional view of the action. The finals were held in the evening on two raised areas.

JKA Scotland Squad at the European Championships, London, April 2011

With the top competitors from each country attending it was no surprise that the standard on display was very high. On the day there were some good individual and team performances from the JKA Scotland squad coming close to a place in the finals and possible medal position in a couple of categories while some of the younger members also gained some valuable experience for the future.

JKA Scotland Squad at the European Championships, London, April 2011

The next day (Sunday) the squad departed and made the journey back home. Thanks to all JKA Scotland Squad members for your efforts over the weekend.

The following JKA KDS members attended the Championships.

Squad members: Andrew Hamilton, Magnus Garson, David Bettley, Robert Morrison, James Sinclair, James Campbell, Drew Caffrey, Stephen Vernon, Steven McIntosh and Stuart Robertson.

Squad Coach: John Deans,
Squad Manager and Referee: Bert Stewart
Referee: Alan Simpson


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Association Championships
Saturday 5th March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) association championships were held on Saturday 5th March at the Queen Anne High School Dunfermline. Senior and junior competitors from all around Scotland travelled to the event to take part in the various Kumite and Kata events that were being held over the day.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

Following the arrival and entry of competitors and spectators into the arena the KDS 2011 Championships commenced just after 9-30 am with a short opening ceremony. There were various Kata and Kumite event categories according to grade and age with events being run concurrently throughout the day. The events started with junior kyu grade kata leading up to senior Dan grade Kata which was then followed by the Kumite events. Once all elimination events were completed there was a short break followed by the start of the finals.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

All the junior and senior competitors showed a great completive spirit striving to perform to the best of their ability while at the same time demonstrating correct etiquette and respect for their opponent. A number of the competitors taking part are members of the JKA Scotland Squad and were using the event as preparation prior to next months JKA European championships.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

There were a number of great matches cheered on enthusiastically by the spectators with one of the highlights as always being the Senior Mens Kumite. The final this year was once more between Andrew Hamilton and David Bettley with both competitors justifying their seeding by reaching the final although both competitors had to get through some hard fought matches to reach the final. This year saw David take 1st place with Andrew runner up a reverse of last years final.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

Following completion of the finals and the medals presentation there was a short closing ceremony and the Championships were over for another year.

Thanks to all competitors who took part and to the spectators for your support. Thanks also to the referees and officials who gave up their time to make sure the long day ran smoothly.

As well as having a successful championship £500 was also raised on the day for the Help for Heroes charity.

Below is a selection of photographs from the day and a link to the full results table.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

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JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

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JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011    JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships March 2011

For a full table of results please click this link.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA European Championships 2011 London England

The JKA Scotland Squad has been selected for the JKA European Championships which are being held this year in London England on 2nd April 2011. The squad was announced following last months joint JKA Scotland Squad training session.

The following JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members were selected for the JKA Scotland squad:

Andrew Hamilton
Magnus Garson
David Bettley
Robert Morrison
James Campbell
James Sinclair
Drew Caffrey
Stephen Vernon
Steven McIntosh
Stuart Robertson

As well as the above competitors John Deans (Squad Coach), Bert Stewart (Squad Manager and Referee) and Alan Simpson (Referee) will be travelling officials with the squad.

Congratulations to all JKA Scotland squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland. Squad training is still ongoing see squad page and event calendar for more details.


Report JKA Scotland 2010 Course
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th October

KDS Scotland Members at the October Gasshuku 2010

Over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th October JKA students from all over Scotland came together for the annual JKA Scotland October Gasshuku. This year's course was of special significance as it was the first time three JKA Honbu Dojo instructors had travelled from Tokyo Japan to teach exclusively in Scotland at the annual JKA Scotland October course. As with previous years courses it was an impressive line up of instructors.

The instructors for this year's course were the following:

Kurasako Sensei 7th Dan JKA
Takahashi Sensei 6th Dan JKA
Okuie Sensei 3rd Dan JKA (Former Woman's JKA All Japan and World Kumite Champion)

Sensei Kurasako 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Kurasako 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Takahashi 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Takahashi 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Okuie 3rd Dan JKA
Sensei Okuie 3rd Dan JKA

Over the three days training the classes were broken into three groups Black Belts, Brown Belts and Colour Belts. Each day's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session resulting in each group being instructed twice over the course from each instructor.

The following is a brief overview of what was covered over the weekend along with a selection of photographs.

Kihon Training: Over the three days the instructor's sessions worked on the following points during Kihon training. Correct use of hips, smooth and correct footpath, weight distribution and balance, upper body posture and use of supporting leg.

Sensei Kurasako 7th Dan JKA    Sensei Okuie 3rd Dan JKA

Kihon Training

Kihon Training

Kata Training:As well as the Heian Katas Bassai Dia, Kanku Dai, Jion, Enpi, Nijushiho and Gankaku were covered.

Kata Training

Kata Training

Kata Training         Kata Training

Kata Training

Kata Training

Kata Training

Kata Training         Kata Training

Kumite Training:The Black Belt sessions spent quite a lot of time on Kumite exercises. These included various Gohon Kumite drills with multiple punches and blocks, body shifting exercises, multiple attacks and blocking drills.

Kumite Training Kumite Training

Kumite Training Kumite Training

Kumite Training         Kumite Training

Kata Training

Kata Training

All classes over the three days were conducted in a great atmosphere with all three instructors giving excellent instruction and feedback to those that were training. There was a great continuity of instruction between the classes and instructors which helped students develop over the three days.

Following conclusion of the training on Sunday there was a short presentation to the Instructors thanking them for their exception instruction over the three days which seemed to pass all too quickly.

With the feedback received following the course it can certainly be considered a very successful course. We would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days.

JKA Dan Grading

Following the conclusion of the training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held.

The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):

Calvin Bruce - Saltcoats
Jim Strain - Satcoats
John Humphrey - Saltcoats
Aria Pascual - Satcoats
Amy Kean - Saltcoats
Andrew MacDonald - Orkney
Yan Shearer - Orkney
Robin Grant - North Berwick
Ross Lunn - North Berwick
Jessie Morham - Musselburgh
Kayley Easton - Musselburgh
Malissa Thomson - Helensburgh
Dave Murphy - Glasgow
Max Challoner - Glasgow
Peter O'Donnell - Glasgow
Michael O'Brien - Glasgow
Jake Beveridge - East Lothian
Lynsey Milne-Thomson - Aberdeen

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):

Murdo Lunn - North Berwick
Stephen Vernon - Helensburgh

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would also like to congratulate all students from JKAWFS who passed Dan grade on the course.

The JKA Scotland October 2010 Gasshuku was organised and held jointly by JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) and JKAWFS who work together to promote JKA Karate in Scotland.


KDS East Region Championships
Musselburgh Saturday 2nd October 2010

The KDS East Region held their annual championships on Saturday 2nd October 2010. The event ran smoothly and was a great success. All competitors entered in the true spirit of Karate Do with excellent etiquette shown throughout all 12 events held on the day. This year's outstanding competitor award went to Alicia Steele 1st Dan JKA.

Thanks to all competitors that entered and to all the Judges, Referees and Timekeepers etc. who supported the event. Thanks also to Brian May who organised the Event Programmes for the day.

This year's entry money was donated to Help For Heroes.

Click here for full list of events and results:


JKA England Course August 2010 Guildford London

KDS Scotland Members
KDS Scotland members pictured with the August 2010 course instructors

Members from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to Guildford London to attend the JKA England August 2010 course which was held over Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August. The course instructors were:

Sensei Ueki 8th Dan                  Chief Instructor JKA.
Sensei Kawawada 7th Dan      JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo.
Sensei Imamura 7th Dan        JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo.
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan                 JKA England Chief Instructor

The instruction over the course, as would be expected with such a line up of instructors, had the emphasis on high technical content broken down into fundamentals and then practiced and built on. Various aspects of Kata, Kihon and Kumite were covered by each instructor over each session.

KDS Scotland Members

KDS Scotland Members
Above Alan Simpson 5th Dan and John Deans 5th Dan
of KDS Scotland Kumite Training on the course as Sensei Ueki watches.

Following the course a JKA Dan grading was held on the Sunday afternoon where KDS instructors Bert Stewart and John Deans passed 5th Dan examination. Paola Burrows also passed 3rd Dan and Drew Caffrey passed 2nd Dan.

Congratulation to all:
Bert Stewart          5th Dan JKA
John Deans           5th Dan JKA
Paola Burrows      3rd Dan JKA
Drew Caffrey        2nd Dan JKA


JKA Scotland Medal Success JKA Junior European Championships Prague, Czech Republic 22nd - 23rd May 2010

Alicia Steele JKA Scotland
Alicia Steele JKA Scotland

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) junior squad members travelled to Prague in the Czech Republic as part of the JKA Scotland Squad to take part in the JKA Junior European championships which were held over the weekend on May 22nd and 23rd. As previous years there was a large turn out of competitors from various countries around Europe participating making this a very important event on the JKA calendar. All the squad members competed well throughout the tournament with quite a few progressing to the final stages of their events.

JKA Scotland Junior Squad
JKA Scotland Junior Squad

Below are the JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) junior members who participated in the event.

Alicia Steele 1st Dan JKA
Blair Currie 1st Dan JKA
Murdo Lunn 1st Dan JKA
Drew Caffrey 1st Dan JKA
Sam Morris 1st Dan JKA
Jamie MacDonald 1st Dan JKA
Robert Morrison 1st Dan JKA

Thanks also to Bert Stewart squad manager who organised the trip and travelled with the Squad along with a number of squad family members and friends.


JKA England Course May 2010 Guildford London

KDS members pictured with the May 2010 course instructors
KDS members pictured with the May 2010 course instructors

Members from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to Guildford London to attend the JKA England May 2010 course. The 4 day course was held from Friday 30thth April to Monday 3rd May at the Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford with a JKA Dan grading on the Sunday following training. The course instructors for the 4 days were:

Sensei Mori 8th Dan JKA New York.
Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo.
Sensei Ohta 7th Dan JKA England.
Sensei Naka 6th Dan JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo.

As well as taking advantage of the instruction and training it was also a great opportunity to catch up once more with our friends from JKA England, JKA Norway and the other countries that attended.


Kirkwall Orkney Dojo Course and Kyu Grading Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st March 2010

Our Kirkwall Orkney dojo held a weekend course and Kyu grading over Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March with KDS instructor Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA. The Orkney Dojo is our association's most northerly Dojo with many of the students and instructors regularly travelling to the mainland to attend and support our events. This was an opportunity for them to attend a KDS event organised by their instructors on their own doorstep.

Kata Demonstration Kata Practice

Various training classes were held over the weekend split according to grade with a number of senior grades attending all classes. Included in the training were a number of Kihon and Kumite drills which concentrated on kicking and reaction training. Katas covered over the weekend included the five Heian, Tekki Shodan, Tekki Nidan, Bassai-dai and Jion.

Group Photograph

Following the training on Sunday a Kyu grading was held with 48 Kirkwall dojo students attempting a kyu grade. As always the weekend was well attended with students training hard over the two days and showing great enthusiasm. Congratulation to all students who passed a Kyu grade at the weekend.

Additional events are planned to be held at out Kirkwall Orkney dojo in 2010.


JKA European Championships March 2010 Bochum, Germany

Kumite Competition

The JKA Scotland squad travelled to Bochum, Germany for the 2010 JKA European Championships which were held on Saturday 27th March 2010. There was a large turn out of competitor squads and officials from across Europe participating with a high standard on display throughout the day.

JKA Scotland Team

Although there were no medals this year the JKA Scotland squad performed well with a few progressing to the later rounds in the various events. The JKA Scotland male Kumite team came up against a very strong JKA Italy team and were unfortunately eliminated with the JKA Italy team going on to become eventual winners. A few of the new squad members also gained some valuable experience for the future from the Championships.

Also attending as part of the JKA Scotland Squad were Squad Coaches John Hazel and John Deans along with Squad Manager and Referee Bert Stewart. The JKA Scotland squad is now planning for the JKA Junior European Championships to be held in Prague in May.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)Association Championships 21st February 2010

Kata Competition

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) association championships were held on Sunday 21st February at the Queen Anne High School Dunfermline. Senior and junior competitors from all around Scotland travelled to the event to take part in the various Kumite and Kata events that were being held over the day. Despite the recent bad weather there was still a great turn out of competitors and spectators with an increase in entry from last year.

The Tropies

With a long day ahead the Championships started just after 9-30 am with a short opening ceremony. The various events were run simultaneously throughout the day starting with Kata then Kumite events with each event being run until the finalist stage. Once all event eliminations were completed the finals were then run.

During the day great competitive spirit was shown by both the junior and senior competitors along with correct etiquette and respect toward their opponents which made for a number of great matches.

As last year one of the highlights was the Senior Men's Kumite final which was between David Bettley last years winner and Andrew Hamilton last years runner up. Both men are international competitors and after an exiting final the result was reversed this year with Andrew taking 1st place and David the runner up spot.

Following completion of the finals and the medals presentation there was a short closing ceremony and the Championships were over for another year.

Thanks to all competitors who took part and to the referees and officials who gave up their time to make sure the day ran smoothly.

Below is a selection of photographs from the day and a link to the full results table.

Children's Kata
Children's Kata

Ladies Kata Inga Antonio
Ladies Kata Inga Antonio

Men's Team Kata
Men's Team Kata

Junior Kumite
Junior Kumite

Men's Kumite
Men's Kumite

Children's Kata
Children's Kata

Men's Kumite
Men's Kumite

Men's Kumite
Men's Kumite

Junior Kata
Junior Kata

Junior Kata
Men's Kumite

Junior Kata
Junior Team Kata

Junior Kata
Men's Kumite

Men's Kumite
Men's Kumite

Junior Kumite
Junior Kumite

Men's Kumite
Men's Kumite

Junior Team Kata
Junior Team Kata

Senior Men's Kata Andrew Hamilton
Senior Men's Kata Andrew Hamilton

Senior Men's Kata
Senior Men's Kata

Senior Men's Kata David Bettley
Senior Men's Kata David Bettley

Ladies Senior Kumite Final Angela Strachan v Inga Antonio
Ladies Senior Kumite Final Angela Strachan v Inga Antonio

Men's Senior Kumite Final Andrew Hamilton v David Bettley
Men's Senior Kumite Final Andrew Hamilton v David Bettley

Men's Senior Kumite Final Andrew Hamilton v David Bettley
Men's Senior Kumite Final Andrew Hamilton v David Bettley

For a full table of results please click this link


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA European Championships 2010
Bochum Germany

The JKA Scotland Squad has been selected for the JKA European Championships which are being held this year in Bochum Germany on 27th March 2010. The squad was announced following last months joint JKA Scotland Squad training session.

The following JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members were selected for the squad:

Andrew Hamilton
Magnus Garson
Andrew Reid
James Sinclair
James Campbell
Drew Caffery

As well as the above competitors John Deans (joint JKA Scotland Team Coach) and Bert Stewart (Squad Manager) will be travelling officials with the squad.

Congratulations to all JKA Scotland squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland. The final joint squad training session prior to the championships is to be held on Sunday 14th March. See squad page for more details.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Championships
Sunday 21st February 2010

Scottish Championships Trophies

The JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) 2010 championships will be held this year in Dunfermline on Sunday 21st February. Last years championships were a great success and we look forward to another successful championship this year.

Entry form and Events list can be downloaded below.

Download Entry Form                                                                                  Download Events List


JKA Scotland Gasshuku October 2009

Sensei Shiina instructing kumite

Over the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October JKA students from all over Scotland came together for the annual JKA Scotland October Gasshuku. There were also a number of students from out with Scotland attending the event. This year the venue was the Peek Sports Village in Stirling a brand new multi million pound sports complex with a large modern sports hall capable of accommodating the event. With a hotel, restaurants and shops all with a five minute walk from the complex this made for an ideal set up for the weekends course.

The instructors for this year's course were the following:

Sensei Shiina 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Shiina 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Wood 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Wood 6th Dan JKA

Sensei Shiina 7th Dan JKA: Sensei Shiina was the guest instructor from the JKA Honbu Dojo in Tokyo Japan. He is a former JKA World and All Japan champion.

Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA: Sensei Ohta is a graduate of Takushoku University and is Chief instructor of JKA England

Sensei Wood MBE 6th Dan JKA: Sensei Wood is a Scottish instructor now resident in Australia with JKAWF Western Australia

Over the three days training the classes were broken into three groups Black Belts, Brown Belts and Colour Belts. Each day's three hours training was split into two sessions of 1-1/2 hours. Each instructor rotated around the groups after each session resulting in each group being instructed twice over the course from each instructor. The following is a brief overview of what was covered over the weekend.

Friday sessions:

Friday started with the opening formalities and introduction of the instructors and was then followed by the start of the training sessions.

Colour Belts were instructed first session by Sensei Shiina and second session by Sensei Wood with both instructors covering various aspects of colour belt level Kihon, Kumite and Kata.

Sensei Wood instructing

Brown Belts were instructed first by Sensei Ohta and second session by Sensei Shiina with both instructors concentrating on Kihon and Kumite for Brown Belt level.

Black Belts were instructed first by Sensei Wood who concentrated on Katas Empi and Jion with specific points of common errors being highlighted and explained in detail. The second session was taken by Sensei Ohta who started off with some basic kihon exercises which was a lead into the practice of Kata Nijushiho and application.

Kata practice

Kata practice

Kata practice

Kata practice

Saturday sessions:

Colour Belts were instructed first by Sensei Ohta and second session by Sensei Shiina

Partner Work

Brown Belts were instructed first by Sensei Wood who used this lesson to work on Kata Jion and the second session was taken by Sensei Ohta who worked on kihon and Kata Heian Sandan and Enpi.

Sensei Ohta Instructing Hein Sandan

Black Belts were instructed first by Sensei Shiina who started off with some quite amazing kumite drills with multiple partners with one drill using the entire width of the hall. The drills varied in attack distance from very short to medium and long range attacks with Sensei Shiina joining in on some of the drills. He then moved onto Kata training with Sochin.

The second session was taken by Sensei Wood who started with Kata Chinte breaking the Kata down in sections and then finished with some kumite training concentrating on different timing drills for counter attacks.

Kumite Practice

Sensei Shiina Instructing

Partner Work

Kumite Practice

Sensei Shiina Demonstrates Technique

Sensei Shiina Instructing Technique

Sunday sessions:

Colour Belts were instructed first by Sensei Wood and second session by Sensei Ohta

Sensei Ohta Instructing Technique

Karate Students

Brown Belts were instructed first by Sensei Shiina who concentrated on Dan test training highlighting key points he then moved onto Bassai Dai including demonstration and practice of application. The second session was taken by Sensei Wood who continued Dan test training.

Sensei Wood

Black Belts were instructed first by Sensei Ohta who started with Kihon and Kumite exercises and then concentrated on Kata Gojushiho-Sho and application.

Sensei Ohta

Sensei Ohta

The second session was taken by Sensei Shiina who as the previous day started off with a number of special kumite drills with single and multiple partners he then moved onto Kata Jitte with in depth demonstrations of the Kata and applications.

Team Work

Kumite Training

Team Work

Working with the Bo

Sensei Shiina Instructing Technique

All the sessions were conducted in a great atmosphere where the emphasis was on learning with each instructor taking time to ensure that everyone understood what was being explained and demonstrated with time taken during each session for questions to be asked. A lot was covered over the three days by the instructors with a good variety and various changes of pace between sessions to keep things fresh making the sessions very enjoyable as well as informative.

The level of instruction received over the three days and the fantastic facilities and enthusiasm and effort shown by all who attended made for a great course. With the attendance up again from last year and the feedback received following the course it can certainly be considered a very successful course. We would like to thank all three instructors for their efforts over the three days.

Gashuku Students

JKA Dan Grading

Following the conclusion of the training on Sunday a JKA Dan grading was held up to 4th Dan with the grading panel consisting of all three instructors.

The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Benjamin Osborne, KEL Musselburgh
Andrew Edwards, KEL Musselburgh
Blair Currie, KEL Musselburgh
Alex Neil, Scone
Marianne Livingstone, KEL Musselburgh
Joan Lunn, KEL North Berwick
Leona Murray, Oh Kami KC - Glasgow
Richard Conway, Daisho SKC - Aberdeen
Andrew Waugh, Oh Kami KC - Glasgow

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Christopher Karpacz, KEL Musselburgh
Stephen Fraser, KEL Musselburgh
June Reid, Oh Kami KC - Glasgow

Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan):
David Osborne, KEL Musselburgh
Andrew Hamilton, Orkney
Kenneth Roy, Orkney

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would also like to congratulate all students from JKAWFS who passed Dan grade on the course.

The JKA Scotland October 2009 Gasshuku was organised and held jointly by JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) and JKAWFS who work together to promote JKA Karate in Scotland.


Special Kata Course Saturday 19th September 2009

Sensei Ohta Demonstrates Sochin     Sensei Ohta demonstrating Sochin

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held a special Brown and Black Belt Kata course with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA on Saturday 19th September at Stonyhill Community Centre Musselburgh. Over the course Katas Jion, Nijushiho and Sochin were covered. Each Kata was broken down into sections and practiced along with specific Kihon related exercises. Application of key sequences and movements were also practiced to further develop a full understanding of each Kata. Following a final demonstration by Sensei Ohta to the class of each Kata he then took time to answer any questions on specific points.

Sensei Ohta Demonstrates Nijushiho     Nijushiho Application

Sensei Ohta's Attention to Detail

The object of the course was to help those that attended further develop their Kata practice and knowledge and then build on what they had learned back at their own dojos. Feedback received from the special Kata courses held this year show that they are very popular and enjoyed by all. More courses such as these are planned for the future.

Kata Practice     Sensei Ohta demonstrating Sochin

Special Kata Course Class Musselburgh 19th September 2009

Training Course for Senior Dan Grades and Instructors Sunday 20th September 2009

Following the previous days Kata course a special training course was held in Musselburgh with Sensei Ohta for senior Dan Grades and instructors. It was an ideal opportunity for our senior grades to get together and train in a group.

Demonstration of block and sweep

KDS Instructors Gerry McDougall and John Deans practice during Sunday's course.


JKA England Course August 2009 Guildford London

Guildford August 09

Members from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) travelled to Guildford London to attend the JKA England August 2009 summer course. The 3 day course was held from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August at the Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford with a JKA Dan grading on the Sunday following training. The course instructors for the 3 days were:

Sensei Ueki 8th Dan                 JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo.
Sensei Taniyama 6th Dan      JKA Honbu dojo Tokyo.
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan                JKA England.

Sensei Taniyama (five times JKA Kumite champion) was making his first visit to the course and as usual the level of instruction from all three instructors was of an exceptionally high standard with the three hour sessions broken down into one hour sessions with each instructor. Each day's instruction included in depth Kihon, Kumite and Kata training over the three hours.

As well as taking advantage of the instruction and training it was also a great opportunity to catch up once more with our friends from JKA England, JKA Norway and all the other countries that attended.


JKA Scotland Course October 2009 Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October

Sensei Shiina

We are pleased to announce that Sensei Shiina 7th Dan JKA former JKA World and All Japan Champion will be the guest instructor from JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo for this years JKA Scotland October Course.

The full line up of instructors for the JKA Scotland October 2009 course are:

Sensei Shiina 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Wood 6th Dan JKA

There will also be a JKA Dan grading held on Sunday 25th October up to and including 4th Dan.

The venue is a brand new £27 million indoor sports complex called 'The Peek at Stirling Sports Village' with hotel accommodation and facilities a 5-10 minute walk away.

Full training schedule, accommodation information and booking procedures can be found on the attached booking form which can be down loaded below.

Download Application Form here


Sensei Ohta June 2009 Regional Courses.

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) recently held their summer regional courses. The courses were held over two weekends on 13th June in Glasgow, 14th June in Saltcoats, 26th June in Aberdeen and 27th June in Musselburgh. Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA Chief Instructor of JKA England instructed at each of the 4 regional courses. As usual the courses were enjoyed by all that attended.

Following each course a Kyu grading was held. Congratulations to all students who passed a Kyu grading on one of the courses. Regional courses will be held next in November.


Special Course Sensei Tanaka 8th Dan JKA
Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th May 2009

Dunfermline - Scotland

Sensei Tanaka

JKA Honbu Dojo instructor Sensei Tanaka 8th Dan JKA travelled to Scotland from Tokyo Japan to instruct on a special training course held over 4 days. It has been over 20 years since Sensei Tanaka has last been in Scotland and since these dates were first announced many students have been looking forward to the opportunity to train with such a world renowned instructor. For many it was their first time training with Sensei Tanaka. The following is a brief summary and pictures from the 4 days.

Thursday:

Sensei Tanaka with instructing Bo     Sensei Tanaka demonstrating Juuji Uki

The course started off on the Thursday with a special senior Dan grade and Instructor session. The main emphasis of the session was on correct Kihon not only in its practice but also specific check points for instructors teaching their students. This was an excellent opportunity for dojo instructors to further their knowledge on the basic Kihon points and their practice and instruction. The depth of instruction given by Sensei Tanaka during the class was quite exceptional with detailed demonstrations and explanations given.

Sensei Tanaka instructing Gyaku Tsuki

Friday:
The first session saw the Kyu grades being instructed on the basic points for their Kihon with Sensei Tanaka checking and correcting student s constantly throughout the session to try and achieve correct form. The lesson then moved onto Kihon combinations for Kyu grade level.

Sensei Tanaka instructing younger Karateka

The second session saw the Black and Brown belts practicing kihon combinations with Sensei Tanaka explaining and demonstrating in great detail the effects and check points for various stances, upper body positions, and weight distribution when moving forwards or back. Time was also spent on Mae geri training with the emphasis on various distances to the target. The session then moved on to kumite practice with the emphasis on blocking and countering techniques to stop an attacking opponent. These were again demonstrated superbly by Sensei Tanaka showing the correct timing for each technique made.

Saturday:
The first session was again for Kyu grades and concentrated on Kata training with the Hean Katas being covered.
The second session saw the Black and Brown belts concentrating on kumite training practicing various attacking combinations with a partner. This included combinations intended to make your opponent retreat so you could then follow with a punching attack or ashi bari and punching attack. The session finished of with Kata training with Sensei Tanaka demonstrating application for key techniques.

Sensei Tanaka instructing Kumite counter defence

Sensei Tanaka instructing bunkai

Sunday:
This session started with various Dan test kihon combinations being practiced. Sensei Tanaka took time once more to demonstrate and explain clearly how these combinations should be performed especially with regard to a Dan grade. Common mistakes were also covered along with explanations on how these can be rectified.

Sensei Tanaka instructing Kata

The session then moved on to Kata training which also included Sensei Tanaka giving some last minute advice and help to those that we going to attempt a Dan grading following the lesson.
Following the lesson a JKA Dan grading was held with the following JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) students passing:

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):
Sean Khaira
Ray Barry
Krzysztof Sirant
Bhopinder Purewal
John Richardson
Cormac Convery
John Ballantyne
Sam Morris
Declan Downie  

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):
Andrew Reid
Sue Struthers
Magnus Garson
David Hall  

Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan):
Lynn Lester

Congratulations to all who passed a Dan grade.


Medal Success at JKA European Junior and Cadet Championships Belgrade Serbia May 2009

Junior Squad
Back Row left to right - Bert Stewart (Squad Manager), James Sinclair, Drew Caffrey and Robert Morrison
Front Row left to right - Chris Karpacz , Alicia Steele and Murdo Lunn

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) squad members came away with silver and two bronze medals while representing JKA Scotland at the JKA European Junior and cadet Championships which were held in Belgrade Serbia over Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May. This was quite an achievement considering there were over 500 competitors from 17 countries throughout Europe participating at the event.

European Championships - Christopher Karpacz and Alicia Steele
Medal winners Chris Karpacz and Alicia Steele

Christopher Karpacz and Alicia Steele gave outstanding performances at the Championships. Alicia Steele won a silver medal in her Kumite section, narrowly missing out on a gold medal and took a bronze medal in the Kata event. Christopher Karpacz won a bronze medal in his Kumite section.

Other members of the squad, Murdo Lunn (North Berwick dojo), Drew Caffrey (Perth Dojo), James Sinclair and Robert Morrison (Shibumi Dojo) all competed well with some progressing to further rounds.

Congratulation to all squad members for their efforts over the event.


JKA European Junior and Cadet Championships
Serbia May 2009

Junior Squad

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) will be sending representatives as part of the JKA Scotland team to the JKA European Junior and cadet Championships which are to be held in Belgrade Serbia over Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May.

The following are travelling to the event:

Squad Manager and Coach
Bert Stewart

Competitors
Chris Karpacz
Murdo Lunn
Alicia Steele
Robert Morrison
Drew Caffrey
James Sinclair

All competitors are currently training hard for the event and we wish them luck in the Championships.


JKA England Course
Guildford London May 2009

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members travelled to Guildford London to attend the JKA England 4 day course which was held over Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May. The list of course instructors was as usual very impressive and consisted of the following:

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA
Sensei Sawada 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ogura 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

The course was well attended with over a dozen countries being represented which made for a truly international feel to the course. Over the 4 days many aspects of Kihon, Kata and Kumite were covered with the technical content being of a very high standard as you would expect.

On the Saturday afternoon following training an International Friendly Match was held and on Sunday following training a JKA Dan Grading was held.

On conclusion of the course many have already started planning a return trip in August for the next one.


Special Announcement May 2009
Sensei Tanaka 8th Dan JKA to visit Scotland

Sensei Tanaka

Sensei Tanaka
World Famous Instructor Sensei Tanaka 8th Dan JKA of JKA Honbu Dojo Tokyo is to visit Scotland in May and will be teaching over a 4 day period from 21st to 24th of May 2009. This will be an excellent opportunity to train with a true karate master. Various level classes will be held which will include special instructor classes. There will also be a JKA Dan Grading on Sunday 24th. Classes will be held in Dunfermline Scotland more information to follow.
Download Registration Form

 


JKA European Championships April 2009
Maastricht Netherlands

JKA Scotland Squad

JKA Scotland Squad

Following a lot of hard training and preparation the JKA Scotland squad and officials travelled to Maastricht in the Netherlands over 3rd to 5th April to attend the JKA European Championships. 24 European countries were present all sending squads to represent them at this prestigious event making for a high standard of competition.

The hard work and preparation put in by all in the JKA Scotland squad paid off with a good display from all competitors with many progressing through the draw. Andrew Hamilton was on great form in the Men's Kata and progressed through to the finals and received a 4th place medal for his efforts.

Team Kata

Andrew Hamilton (far right) receives 4th place medal Men's Kata

JKA Scotland Team Kata

JKA Scotland Men's Team Kata

Well done to the JKA Scotland competitors, coaches and officials for the commitment and hard work they have put in and to Andrew Hamilton for making it through to the medal stages in such a prestigious tournament.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Association Championships 28th March 2009

Scottish Championships Trophies

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) association championships were held on Saturday 28th March 2009 at Queen Anne High School Dunfermline. Senior and junior competitors from all around Scotland travelled to the event to take part in the various Kumite and Kata events that were being held over the day.

The Championships started on time at 10-00am with events being run simultaneously until 6-00pm. There were a wide range of age groups and grades taking part with all competitors not only competing to the best of their ability but also conducting themselves impeccably showing correct etiquette and respect towards their opponents win, loose or draw. This is something that is very important in JKA Karate and all competitors were a credit to our association.

There were a number of great matches during the day from both our junior and senior competitors including a number between our international competitors. The day concluded with a very exciting Men's Senior Kumite final between David Bettley (Shibumi) and Andrew Hamilton (Orkney). Both men are current JKA Scotland competitors and gave the crowd an exciting final with David just edging out Andrew on this occasion to win the Men's Senior Kumite event.

One special guest competitor was young Mia Doonan whose father Chris now runs the JKA Asahi dojo in Osaka Japan. Chris is originally from Hawick and was back in Scotland with his family on holiday. Mia went on to win the Children's Kyu grade Kata category.

Thanks to all competitors who took part and to the referees and officials who gave up there time to make sure the day ran smoothly.

Below is a selection of photographs from the day and you can view the full results table by following this link.

Children's Kyu Grade Kata competitors

Children's Kyu Grade Kata competitors

Ladies Senior Kumite Final

Ladies Senior Kumite Final

Men's Kumite Eliminations

Men's Kumite Eliminations

Men's Kumite Eliminations

Men's Kumite Eliminations

Children's Kumite Final

Children's Kumite Final

Children's Kyu Grade Kata

Children's Kyu Grade Kata

Junior Team Kata

Junior Team Kata

Junior Kumite

Children's Kumite Final

Men's Senior Kata

Men's Senior Kata

Men's Senior Kata

Men's Senior Kata

Men's Senior Kumite Final

Men's Senior Kumite Final

Men's Senior Kumite Final

Men's Senior Kumite Final


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland)
Association Championships 28th March 2009
Final Results Table

Children's Kata under 10 yrs Boys and Girls up to 4th kyu

1st Mai Doonan (Asahi Osaka Japan)
2nd Ross Lunn (Musselburgh
3rd Equal Aria Pascual (Shibumi) & Calvin Bruce (Shibumi)

Children's Kata 10-12yrs Boys and Girls 3rd kyu and above.

1st Alicia Steele (Musselburgh)
2nd Declan Downie
3rd Equal John Ballantyne (Shibumi) & William McGowan

Junior Kata 13-15yrs Boys and Girls up to 4th kyu

1st Gareth Grant
2nd Sandy Carmichael
3rd Equal Shawnie O'Donnell & Casey McCracken (Shibum

Junior Kata 13-15yrs Boys and Girls 3rd kyu and up

1st Chris Carpach (Musselburgh)
2nd Robert Morrison (Shibumi)
3rd Equal Drew Caffery (Perth) & David Neill

Female Kata 16 years and over 3rd kyu and above

1st Angela Strachan (Shibumi)
2nd Sue Struthers (Orkney)

Male Kata 16 years and over beginner to 4th Kyu

1st Callum McDonald
2nd Steven McIntosh
3rd Equal Arthur Bruce (Shibumi) & John Benn (West Kilbride)

Men's Kata 16 years and over 3rd kyu and above

1st David Bettley (Shibumi)
2nd Andrew Hamilton (Orkney)
3rd Equal Magnus Garson (Musselburgh) & Andrew Reid (Oh Kami)

Junior Team Kata under 16 years

1st Musselburgh
2nd Perth
3rd Shibumi

Senior Team Kata 16 years and over

1st Shibumi A
2nd Musselburgh
3rd Shibumi B 3rd JKA Orkney

Children's kumite up to 12 years beginner to 7th kyu

1st Simon Carmichael
2nd Tony Beck
3rd Equal Josh Thomson & Finn Ritchie

Children's kumite under 10 years 6th to 4th kyu

1st Ross Lunn (Musselburgh)
2nd Chantelle Wallace (Shibumi)
3rd Equal Maim Berets & Aria Pascual (Shibumi)

Children's kumite under 10 years 3rd kyu and above

1st Alicia Steele (Musselburgh)
2nd Hamish Thomson (Musselburgh)
3rd Equal Daisy Haining (Musselburgh) & Thomas James (Aberdeen)

Children's kumite 10-12 years 6th to 4th kyu

1st Gareth Grant
2nd David Ryles
3rd Equal Casey McCracken (Shibumi) & Daniel Murphy (West Kilbride)

Children's kumite 10-12 years 3rd kyu and above

1st Max Challoner
2nd Alex Neill
3rd Equal Lynsay Milne Thomson (Aberdeen) & Peter O'Donnell

Junior kumite boys 13 to 15 years 3rd kyu and above

1st Drew Caffery (Perth)
2nd David Neill
3rd Equal Sam Morris (Perth)& Kyle Caffery (Perth)

Men's kumite 16 years and above up to 3rd kyu

1st Lewis Edwards (Aberdeen)
2nd Calum McDonald
3rd Equal Author Bruce (Shibumi) & Stephen MacIntosh

Junior Team Kumite

1st Perth
2nd Musselbrugh
3rd Shibumi

Ladies kumite 3rd kyu and above

1st Sam McIntosh (Musselbourgh/Dalgety Bay)
2nd Inga Antonia (Orkney)
3rd Equal Sarah MacDougall (Shibumi) & Jade Hunter (Musselburgh)

Senior Men's Kumite 3rd kyu and above

1st David Bettley (Shibumi)
2nd Andrew Hamilton (Orkney)
3rd Equal Jamie Stewart (Musselburgh) & Andrew Reid (ORK)

Special Awards

Best Senior Competitor award: David Bettley (Shibumi)
Best Junior Competitor award: Alicia Steele (Musselburgh)


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Association Championships
28th March 2009

Scottish Championships Poster

The JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) association championships will be held on Saturday 28th March 2009 at Queen Anne High School Dunfermline. See the attached application forms for more details and how to enter

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Special Training Course Kirkwall Orkney
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA February 2009

Senser Ohta Demonstrating the start of Chinte

The Kirkwall Orkney Dojo held a special training course with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA on Thursday 26th February 2009. The above photo shows Sensei Ohta demonstrating Kata Chinte during the course

Two separate sessions were held over the evening. The first session was designed to accommodate all grades. In this class Sensei Ohta emphasised the use of correct basic technique, compression and expansion of the body, and the correct application of power through use of the stomach, hips, and lower body. These themes were developed throughout the session and applied during practice of kihon, kumite and kata.

The second session involved all students over 4th kyu. This class concentrated on kata, ranging from intermediate to advanced kata. By the end of the three hours' training all the senior students were exhausted but elated at having trained with someone of Sensei Ohta's reputation, and witnessed first hand the speed, fluidity, and focus of his technique. The highlight of the class was Sensei Ohta's kata demonstration which left all students amazed at the precision and accuracy of his technique - certainly something to aspire to.

Kirkwall Orkney Dojo March 09

All instructors at JKA Orkney would like to thank Sensei Ohta for making the trip to Orkney and to all students for their continued commitment and support.


JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) Regional Courses

As well as travelling to our Kirkwall Orkney Dojo in February Sensei Ohta also managed to fit into his busy schedule visits to instruct on our regional courses which were held over two weekends in February and March on the following dates.
Saturday 28th February West Regional Course Port Glasgow
Sunday 1st March South Regional Course Saltcoats
Friday 6th March North Regional Course Aberdeen
Saturday 7th March East Regional Course Perth

Kyu gradings were also held following each of the above courses.


Kirkwall Orkney Course and Kyu Grading

On 13th and 14th March the Kirkwall Dojo held a course and grading with KDS Instructor Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA. Training sessions were held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March with a Kyu grading being held Saturday afternoon following the morning training session.

Senser Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA - Demonstrates an elbow strike, Empi

Congratulation to all students who passed a Kyu grading an all of the above courses.


JKA Scotland Squad for JKA European Championships Maastricht Netherlands

The JKA Scotland Squad has been selected for the JKA European Championships which are being held this year in Maastricht Netherlands over 3rd to 5th April 2009

The following JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) members were selected for the squad:

David Bettley
Martin Sommerville
Andrew Hamilton
Magnus Garson
Jamie Stewart
Andrew Reid
James Sinclair
James Campbell

As well as the above competitors John Deans (joint JKA Scotland Team Coach) and Bert Stewart (KDS Squad Manager) will be travelling officials with the squad

Congratulations to all squad members who were selected to travel to this event and represent Scotland. The final joint squad training session prior to the championships is to be held on 22nd March. See squad page for more details


Special JKA Scottish Squad Training Session
Sunday 25th January 2009 Dunfermline

JKA Scotland Squad Training Jan 09
JKA Scotland Squad Training Jan 09
JKA Scotland Squad Training Jan 09

As part of the preparations for the JKA Scotland team selection for the JKA European Championships to be held in Maastricht Netherlands in April and the JKA World Championships to be held in Tokyo Japan in September special JKA Squad training sessions are being held. These are open to JKA competitors and students in Scotland wishing to be considered for possible future team selection. The sessions are also intended to benefit and are open to those students wishing to work on there own individual training for competition or grading.

JKA Scotland Squad Training Jan 09
JKA Scotland Squad Training Jan 09
JKA Scotland Squad Training Jan 09

The first session for 2009 was held at Dunfermline Police Station on Sunday 25th January with JKA students from all over Scotland coming together to take part. Association squad coaches John Hazel (JKAWFS) and John Deans (JKA Karate-Do Shotokan) both experienced former international competitors oversaw the training session with both Kumite and Kata being covered. The students taking part which also included a number of experienced international competitors got the opportunity to train in an environment with a competitive edge while at the same time helping to push and encourage one another during the training.

The next session is planned for Sunday 22nd February at the same venue.


Special Kata Course Saturday 17th January 2009

Kata Demonstration by Sensei Ohta    Kata Demonstration by Sensei Ohta

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held a special Brown and Black Belt Kata course with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA on Saturday 17th January at Stonyhill Community Centre Musselburgh. Over the session which lasted 3-1/2 hours Katas Hangetsu, Bassai-sho and Meikyo were covered. Prior to each Kata being practiced short Kihon exercises were covered which related specifically to helping with the Kata to be practiced. Following the completion of each Kata practice session Sensei Ohta then gave the class the opportunity to ask any specific questions they may have and then finally demonstrated the Kata to the class. Everyone that attended the course showed a willingness to learn and progress and was encouraged to use this training as a spring board to setting their own personal goals and targets for 2009 training. This was our first event for 2009 and everyone is looking forward to the coming year.

Group Photograph of January Kata Course with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

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Sensei Ohta Regional Courses 20th - 22nd November 2008

Sensei OhtaThe weekend of 20th to 22nd November saw Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA visit JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) for our last series of regional courses for 2008. Over the three days courses were held in Musselburgh, Aberdeen and Saltcoats. As always many students took advantage of the opportunity to not only attend their own regional course but travel to attend the other courses held over the weekend. Each session varied with regard to Kihon, kumite drills and kata's covered over the three days.

Regional Kyu gradings were also held over the three days. Congratulations to all students who passed a kyu grading.

Our 2009 regional courses are already being planned with the next being held over February and March.


JKA Scottish National Gasshuku October 2008 Photos and Report

Over the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October JKA students from all over Scotland came together at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan Fife for three days of instruction at the annual JKA Scottish October Gasshuku.

The instructors for this year's course were the following:

Sensei Imamura

Sensei Imamura 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Ohta

Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

Sensei Wood

Sensei Wood 6th Dan JKA

Sensei Imamura 7th Dan JKA: Sensei Imamura was the guest instructor from the JKA Honbu Dojo in Tokyo Japan. He is a former JKA World and All Japan kumite champion.

Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA: Sensei Ohta is a graduate of Takushoku University and is Chief instructor of JKA England.

Sensei Wood MBE 6th Dan JKA: Sensei Wood is a Scottish instructor now resident in Australia and is a senior instructor with JKA Australia.

The following is a brief report and photos of the weekend:

The Scottish Police College in Fife as a venue allowed for the course to be residential with many students staying on the campus over the duration of the course. This made for a friendly atmosphere as students were able to socialise out with training times. It also made for a very convenient short walk from the residential rooms to the Dojo.

Not only had many students travelled from all over Scotland to attend but there were also a numbers of visitors from other countries showing how popular this event has become.

Friday Training:

On the Friday following the usual registration and room allocation formalities the course started with a short opening ceremony and introductions of the instructors to all students in the main hall.

Introductions

Introduction of the instructors in the main hall

The class was then split into three groups with each group being instructed by one of the instructors:

White to Purple Belt class
Brown Belt class
Dan Grade class

The Dan grade class then moved to a separate hall with the other two classes remaining in the main hall. Each three hour session was structured Kihon and Kumite first half and Kata second half with a rotation of instructor half way through the three hour session. The following briefly summarises what was covered in the Dan grade sessions.

The Friday session saw the Dan Grade class first being instructed by Sensei Wood on Kihon and Kumite. The initial emphasis of the class was on correct use of the hiki-te withdrawing hand and hips during the execution of various punching techniques. Correct attitude and awareness while training were also emphasised during the session. Mae-geri and Mawashi-geri kicking techniques were also covered with common faults being highlighted and identified. The session then moved on to Kumite with a range of attacks and defence being practiced with an opponent using the techniques and combinations covered during the first part of the session.

Sensei Wood   Sensei Wood

Friday session Sensei Wood

After a short break the second half was taken by Sensei Ohta who concentrated on Kata with Empi and Gankaku being practiced including application of some of the key techniques. Each Kata was then demonstrated to the class by Sensei Ohta at the end of each Kata session.

Sensei Ohta   Sensei Ohta

Kata Empi being demonstrated by Sensei Ohta

Sensei Ohta   Sensei Ohta

Kata Gankaku being demonstrated by Sensei Ohta

Application practice Gankaku

Application practice Gankaku

Saturday Training:

On the Saturday following the start and warm up of all the grades together in the main hall the class was then split as per the previous day.

The Dan grade session started with Sensei Imamura. As a former JKA World and All Japan Kumite champion that has had many classic competitive encounters over the years all were pleased to see him travel to Scotland from JKA Honbu dojo in Tokyo to attend the Gasshuku. Many of the lower grades up until then had only seen him in the classic video clips from his competitive days in the 80's.

The session concentrated on Kihon and Kumite. The emphasis was on delivering attacking techniques and blocks from a relaxed but aware Shizen-tai position rather than from a tensed state. The object of this training was to help with the reaction time and speed of each technique being delivered and from one technique to the next.

Sensei Imamura   Sensei Imamura
Sensei Imamura

Saturday training Sensei Imamura

The second half of the session was taken by Sensei Wood who concentrated on Kata Nijuu-shiho. Each section of the Kata was practiced with each technique explained in detail then the application was practiced with a partner until the entire kata was covered.

Sensei Wood   Sensei Wood
Sensei Wood

Saturday Evening:

Saturday night saw a party being held in the Police College bar and hall with a live band providing the music. This was a good chance for all on the course to relax and socialise with old friends and new.

Sunday Training:

Sunday training for the Dan Grade class started with Sensei Ohta. The session quickly got off to a brisk pace with various kihon kicking and punching combinations. Kumite practice followed which concentrated on a number of punching techniques and combinations but changing direction against two and three opponents. This certainly helped wake everyone up following the previous night's party.

The second half was taken once more by Sensei Imamura who first identified the various kata's being performed by students attempting a Dan grade later that afternoon. He then spent time on each Kata teaching the entire class then the students intending to perform the kata for their Dan grading were given further instruction and help. Although this was an added bit of pressure for those involved it was certainly worth while and of benefit.

Sensei Imamura   Sensei Imamura
Sensei Imamura

Sunday Dan Grade class Kata training with Sensei Imamura

Following the conclusion of the Sunday class all groups got together in the main hall again for a short closing ceremony with a presentation to the instructors thanking them for their three days of excellent instruction.

JKA Dan Grading:

On Sunday afternoon in the main hall a JKA Dan grading was held up to 4th Dan with the grading panel consisting of all three instructors. Sensei Ohta and Sensei Wood took the Kihon while in the other half of the hall Sensei Imamura took the Kumite with all three examiners coming together for the Kata and final pass fail deliberation.

JKA Dan Grading

Sunday afternoon JKA Dan Grading in main hall

The following students from JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) passed Dan Grade and will receive their JKA certificate from JKA Honbu dojo Japan.

Pass 1st Dan JKA (Shodan):

Stephen MacLaughlan
John Lunn
Murdo Lunn
Craig Carse
Jade Hunter
Alicia Steele
Robert Morrisson
Ryan Conlan
Erland J Allen
Lorraine Dillon
Bobby Brown
Reza Safari
Stuart Black
Lynn Scott-Cockle
Stephen Farquharson
Fraser Stark

Pass 2nd Dan JKA (Nidan):

James Sinclair
James Campbell
Keith Moar

Pass 3rd Dan JKA (Sandan):

Graeme Esson

Pass 4th Dan JKA (Yondan)

Angela Baigrie
Martin Sommerville

JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) would also like to congratulate all students from JKAWFS who also passed Dan grade on the course.

The course was organised and held jointly by JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) and JKAWFS who work together to promote JKA Karate in Scotland. The three days of training were held in a friendly atmosphere and was enjoyed by all demonstrating the healthy position of JKA Karate in Scotland and what it has to offer its members. We look forward to more such events in 2009.


September 2008 Course and Kyu Grading Kirkwall Orkney

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September saw the Kirkwall Orkney Dojo hold a course and Kyu grading with Sensei Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA. The training over the 2 days included practice for correct hip rotation, body shifting and practice of the various types of Empi strikes both in Kihon and Kumite. Also covered were the various types of Kumite for Kyu grading including Gohon, Ippon and Jiyu Ippon kumite. Jitte Kata was also covered during the senior class.

Following the training session on Saturday a Kyu grading was held. Congratulations to all students who passed Kyu grade exam.

Previously JKA Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) held their August Squad training session in Orkney see below for details.

August 2008 KDS Squad Training and course Kirkwall Orkney

KDS Squad Coach Sensei John Deans 4th Dan JKA and Squad Manager Sensei Bert Stewart 4th Dan JKA visited Orkney on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August 2008 to hold a training course and squad training session. Friday night's course was open to all students and concentrated on a variety of drills to help improve both technique and speed. The instructors gave tuition on all the Heian katas and Tekki Shodan.

A squad training session was held on Saturday from 10 am to 2pm. This included various partner drills, kata technique, sparring bouts and tuition on the correct etiquette for taking part in competition and judging. The Kata session included Heian Yondan, Jion and Gankaku, emphasising technique, power and timing.


KDS Instructors Training Course
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA
14th September 2008

Our Musselburgh dojo was the venue for a special KDS Instructors Training Course held on Sunday 14th September. The instructor was Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA Chief Instructor of JKA England. KDS Dojo Instructors and Assistant Instructors were invited to attend this special course which was a follow up to the one held earlier in the year in January. KDS Instructors travelled from all over Scotland including MacDuff and Orkney to attend. The object of these special instructors courses which are organised by the KDS Technical Committee are to help develop our Dojo instructors not only with regard to their technical ability but also in their knowledge and understanding of the technical principles and fundamentals of the techniques they are teaching to their students at their own Dojos. The course ran from 10am to 5pm and covered instruction on both theory and practical. KDS would like to thank Sensei Ohta on behalf of our Instructors for an excellent day's instruction which will not only benefit our Dojo Instructors but also their students.


Guildford London
22nd - 24th August 2008

Sensei Ueki 8th Dan JKA
Sensei Kurasako 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

KDS members travelled to Guildford London for the JKA England JKA Summer Course which was held over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August. Along with the JKA England May course this is a regular feature of our KDS Calendar. Special guest instructors from the JKA Honbu Dojo in Japan were Sensei Ueki 8th Dan JKA and Sensei Kurasako 7th Dan JKA along with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA from JKA England. Although a very tiring but enjoyable weekend the 3 days of instruction were of a very high technical content which covered various aspects of Kihon, Kumite and Kata which everyone will have benefited from. As usual there were many participates from other countries who attend this course.

......and also previously in May

Guildford London
2nd - 5th May 2008

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA
Sensei Omura 7th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Nakata 4th Dan JKA

KDS members also travelled to Guildford London in May to attend the JKA England Spring Course which was held over the weekend of Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May. Attending from JKA Honbu Dojo in Japan was Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA. Sensei Omura 7th Dan JKA Chief instructor of Thailand and former All Japan JKA Champion was also in attendance. Another guest instructor from Japan was Sensei Nakata 4th Dan JKA former ladies JKA World Kata champion. Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA Chief Instructor of England completed a very impressive line up of instructors. This is a very popular course and this year was no exception with a large turnout for the 4 days of quality instruction.


KDS Instructors visit the Dojo of Sensei Naka 6th Dan JKA

During a training trip to Japan earlier in the year by Dojo Instructors from KDS to train at the JKA Honbu Dojo in Tokyo they were given the opportunity to train at the Dojo of Sensei Naka 6th Dan JKA. Sensei Naka a former JKA All Japan Champion is a very popular instructor and has also recently co-stared in the Japanese movie Kuro-Obi. (See publicity photo's below). There were also members of the Japan Team and All Japan JKA competitors in attendance at the Dojo training and helping to instruct alongside Sensei Naka

Sensei Naka (centre) in his Tokyo Dojo

Sensei Naka (centre) in his Tokyo Dojo with visitors from JKA Karate Do Shotokan(Scotland)

Sensei Naka from the film Kuro-Obi

Sensei Naka Publicity photos for film Kuro-Obi

Sensei Naka from the film Kuro-Obi


Update: Sensei Ohta Courses 13th - 15th June 2008

Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

Once more we were fortunate to have Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA visit our association on 13th, 14th and 15 th June. The courses were well attended with Sensei Ohta covering various aspects of Kihon, Kumite and Kata. As usual there were some innovative Kihon and Kumite exercises for us to practice which always makes for an enjoyable training session.

Kyu gradings were also held. Congratulations to all students who passed a kyu grade.

Sensei Ohta's next visit to our association will be on 5th July.


Good Luck to the JKA Scottish Team for the JKA European Championships
in Belgrade 5th April 2008

We would like to wish good luck to the JKA Scottish Team that is travelling to Belgrade Serbia for the upcoming JKA European Championships on Saturday 5th April 2008.
The JKA Karate-Do Shotokan (Scotland) members that are travelling as part of the Scotland party are: Craig Stewart, David Bettley, Martin Sommerville, Jamie Stewart and Bert Stewart.
Good luck to all in Belgrade.


JKA European Championships
Belgrade
Serbia 5th April 2008

Karate Do-Shotokan Squad members are currently training hard for the upcoming championships where they will be representing Scotland as part of the JKA Scottish Team.


Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA Course and Dan Grading 18th and 19th March 2008 Report

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA  Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

The Queen Anne High School Dunfermline was the venue for a Special Brown and Black Belt Grading Course and Dan Grading with Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA with JKA students from all over Scotland travelling to participate in this much anticipated event which turned out to be one of the largest JKA Dan gradings held in Scotland for quite some time. Dan Gradings were held for Shodan (1st Dan) up to Yondan ( 4th Dan) with over 50 students attempting a Dan grading the following day after the special course.

The following is a brief report of the event

Special Grading Training Course Tuesday 18th March:

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

The structure of this seminar was slightly different from normal in that it was geared specifically towards those that were sitting a Dan Grade examination the following day. After the introductions and warm up Sensei Osaka started with a few basic exercises that concentrated on correct use of the hips their correct rotation and timing while delivering various blocking and striking techniques and moving from one stance to the next. Correct footwork was also emphasised to ensure that both the technique and stance's direction of power was in the same line and moving forward towards the target. Sensei Osaka's slow motion demonstrations as he moved from one stance to the next showing correct use of hips, knees, legs etc. were quite amazing but also clearly showed what was required.

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

Next Sensei Osaka went over various basic combinations from the JKA Dan grading syllabus where he highlighted specific areas of note on each combination which also included points from the previous exercises.

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

The second half of the seminar concentrated on Kata. Everyone that was sitting a Dan grading identified their kata and were given time to practice with those not sitting a grading picking a favourite kata from the selection chosen. Sensei Osaka then spent time going over each of the Katas chosen again demonstrating specific important points on technique and timing etc. This proved to be very beneficial for quite a few of the students who were sitting a Dan examination the following day as Sensei Osaka spent time helping various individuals with some last minute instruction which was an opportunity that does not come around often.

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

After 3 hours of the highest quality instruction the class came to an end with all student s showing there appreciation.

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA

The above photo (sighed by Sensei Osaka) shows the Brown and Black belt class many of whom were sitting a Dan grading the following day.

JKA Dan Grading Wednesday 19th March:

The day had finally arrived for those sitting a Dan grading examination and you could feel the tension and nerves in the dojo at the prospect of sitting a JKA Dan examination in front of such a world renowned and esteemed instructor who is known for his exceptional technical ability.

Once the grading got under way the students went through their respective Kihon, Kata and Kumite. This was done for each grade being attempted 1st Dan to 4th Dan. After just over 4 hours it was all over and all that was left to do was to announce the results.

Congratulations all JKA students who passed a Dan grading that evening and who can now look forward to receiving a JKA diploma from JKAHQ signed by Sensei Osaka. It will definitely be two days that many will remember for a long time.

We would like to thank Sensei Osaka for his time spent in Scotland.

The following are the JKA Karate-Do Shotokan (Scotland) students who passed:

Shodan (1st Dan):

Samantha James
Fiona MacKay
Stephen Shute
Ashley Gillies
Ronnie Gillies
Scott Gillies
Ann Wightman
Matthew Bushell
Andrew Reid
Jamie McDonald
Leigh Deans
Scott Black
Jordan Boyce
Nicholas Krsteff
Arun Khaira
Tara Shannon
Graeme Smith
Ryan Smith
William McGowan

Congratulation to all the above and also to the members of JKA WFS who also passed Dan grades that evening.

The JKA course and Dan grading was organised jointly by JKA Karate-Do Shotokan(Scotland) and JKA WFS. Both groups are now currently planning the October JKA Scottish Gasshuku.


Orkney March Course and Kyu Grading

Orkney March 2008 Course and Kyu Grading

On Friday 7th March 2008 Orkney karate was pleased to welcome back Sensei Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA for our Spring Course and Grading

Nearly 60 karate students and instructors attended the course on Friday evening. This course concentrated on basic technique and partner work. This allowed all grades of students to participate in the class. A section of the class included work on Kihon kata with Sensei Simpson emphasising the importance of a strong stance and turning correctly. Sensei also concentrated on kicking exercises and emphasised the importance of setting the leg in the correct way before executing the kick. The class also included Kihon kata with a slight difference, as students were only allowed to use kicks

On Saturday morning the class from 10 am to 12 noon, was for purple white belt and above. This was well attended with the club now having a very healthy senior class. Once again Sensei Simpson concentrated on basic technique, running through the grading syllabus for Shodan. The second part of the class concentrated on kata, including Bassai Dai, Jion, Enpi and Nijushiho

In the afternoon the course was for white to purple belts. This class concentrated on hip rotation and mechanics, and using basic blocks to counter an attack by sanbon zuki, triple punch. The final section of the course worked on kata's Kihon, Heian Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan and Godan

Following this course a grading was held with 46 students sitting an examination. Congratulations to all who passed their grade

Thank you once again to Sensei Simpson for a great course and grading


KDS Regional Courses with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA. February 28th to March 2nd 2008

Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

Thursday February 28th to Sunday 2nd March saw Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA visiting our association for our regional courses. These courses are always very popular and well attended and were spread over 4 venues Perth, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Saltcoats Ayrshire. As usual the standard of instruction from Sensei Ohta was not only of a high technical standard but also very enjoyable.

Kyu gradings were also held over the weekend. Congratulations to all KDS members who successfully passed a Kyu grading


KDS at the SKGB Scottish National Kumite Championships

The SKGB Scottish National Kumite Championships were held on Sunday 18th November at Meadowbank Sports Centre Edinburgh. Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) was represented at this event by a number of our members who all competed very well and to the best of their ability. Thanks to all KDS competitors who represented the association at this event. For a more detailed report please use this link.


November Regional Courses with Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA

Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA visited our association from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th November for our November Regional Courses. The Courses were held in Musselburgh, Aberdeen and Port Glasgow over the 3 days. As always the courses were very enjoyable and well attended with some members managing to attend all 3 courses even though this meant quite a lot of travelling.

Kyu gradings were also held over the weekend. Congratulations to all KDS members who successfully passed a Kyu grading.


Special October JKA Scottish Gasshuku 2007 Report

Queen Anne High School Leisure Centre Dunfermline was the venue from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October for a special JKA Scottish Gasshuku. Over the 3 days students who attended were treated to a fantastic weekend of instruction of the highest level from the following JKA Instructors

Sensei Osaka 8th Dan JKA
Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA
Sensei Inokoshi 4th Dan JKA

October 07 Gashuku

From Left to Right Sensei Osaka, Sensei Ohta and Sensei Inokoshi at the Gasshuku

The course was very well attended over the 3 days which along with the high level of instruction and friendly atmosphere made for a successful course. This event was organised by the JKA Scottish Umbrella Group

For report and more pictures from the above Gasshuku please use this link


Kirkwall Orkney Dojo September Course and Kyu Grading

Our Kirkwall dojo in Orkney held a special course and Kyu grading over Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September. The visiting course Instructor was Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA. A number of students (pictured below) then sat their kyu grading following the training on Saturday. The course was well attended and all students seemed to enjoy the two days training and showed a lot of enthusiasm and effort. Congratulations to all students who passed their kyu grading.

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Kirkwall Dojo Students and Instructors following the Kyu Grading

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Alan Simpson 5th Dan JKA demonstrates Ushiro Mawashi Geri on Kirkwall Instructor Keith Moar.


Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA visits Scotland
Saturday 30th June 2007

Sensei Ohta demonstrating Yoko Geri Kekomi

The Carnegie Centre in Dunfermline was the venue for a visit to Scotland from Sensei Ohta 6th Dan JKA. Students from all over Scotland from as far away as Orkney travelled to Dunfermline to take up the opportunity to train with this very popular instructor.

Once more nobody was disappointed as Sensei Ohta demonstrated his excellent teaching ability and technique. As well as his unique Kihon and Kumite drills Sensei Ohta also taught a number of Kata's over the two sessions with each one ending on an individual demonstration by Sensei Ohta. As expected this was a very enjoyable course and the first question asked by many of the students at the end being “when is the next one? ”

Sensei Ohta has a long history of teaching in Scotland and we are all looking forward to his further visits in the future.

Following the course KDS Instructors Bert Stewart and John Deans travelled to London to attend the JKA England National Championships as guest referees which were held on the Sunday.


Dalgety Bay Course and Kyu Gradings

Saturday 11th August saw a Course and Kyu Grading hosted by the Dalgety Bay Dojo. The course was well attended with many KDS Senior Instructors taking part along with students travelling from other dojos to participate in the training. This made for a good atmosphere during the course. Congratulation to all students who passed Kyu grades.


Karate-Do Shotokan (Scotland) welcomes new dojos

Dalry and Kilbirnie Dojos:

We would like to welcome Instructor Sandy Kerr and his assistant instructors and students from the Dalry and Kilbirnie dojo's to our association. Most of you will already know Sandy who is a very experienced Instructor and we look forward to having them as part of our association.


Karate Do Shotokan (Scotland) June Course and Kyu Gradings

The weekends of 16 th -17 th and 23-24 th June saw a number of courses and Kyu gradings being conducted by Karate-Do Shotokan (Scotland). Courses were held over the 2 weekends in Aberdeen, Perth, Port Glasgow, Musselburgh and Saltcoats. The Port Glasgow course also included an additional Squad Training Session. A course and Kyu grading is also planned for later in the year in Kirkwall Orkney. Congratulations to all KDS members who successfully passed Kyu gradings on these courses.