It’s here again the annual visit to beautiful Bridport for sun, sea and karate. Well I can guarantee sea and karate at least.
I know that there other courses on this weekend in the Portsmouth area which may or may not be easier to attend. But the Bridport course has not only become an annual event, to myself and Maureen it is about raising money because all proceeds go to Damon’s Health Angel Fund. The Dewey’s, all of us, are extremely grateful to everyone that comes and trains over the weekend giving of their time, effort in training and travel. We are also thankful for your donations and help not just this weekend but all those other times when people raise money for Damon.
Shotokan Karate Training Course supporting Damon’s fight with his MS
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May 2017
Bridport Leisure Centre, Brewery Fields, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5LN
Contact 07540706288 (m) 02392387605 (h)
Saturday: 11.30am – 12.30pm
12.45pm – 2:00pm
2:15pm – 3.15pm
Sunday: 11.00pm – 12:00noon
12.15pm – 1.15pm
1.30pm – 2.45pm
We look forward to seeing you all there and as always training together because that is what we like to do. Safe journey see you on Saturday.
Portsmouth FC ‘v’ Plymouth Argyle FC Friday 14th April – Good Friday at Fratton Park. It seemed a decent match to attend and luckily we would get the opportunity to do so. Andy Skerry who trains at both Portsmouth & Crofton Karate Clubs had, through his company ‘Air Link Compressed Air Systems’ booked a table in the Hospitality Suite at Fratton Park and had invited several SEKU members and friends along. We were due to meet at the Shepherds Crook public house adjacent to the football ground at 12 noon. We missed the meet due to heavy traffic and went directly to the ground. Where we were directed to our table by smartly dressed waitresses who looked after us throughout, we had a marvellous three course meal and copious amounts of beer and wine.
In addition to the corporate table, Andy’s company had sponsored todays Match Ball and just prior to kick – off, the whole group of us at the table were to go down to the pitch-side in order to present the ball and pose for photos with some of the players who also signed our match programmes. We were then escorted to our seats in the South Stand that commanded a fine view of the pitch.
Portsmouth ‘v’ Plymouth, for obvious reasons, is known as the ‘Dockyard Derby’ and both teams and sets of fans have always been great rivals (although nothing like the intensity of the feeling for each other between Pompey and Southampton my apologies to the ardent Pompey fan for mentioning that swear word) The Pompey fans are renown for being vivacious/raucous and the atmosphere was brilliant and noise level well up there. Both Pompey and Plymouth were in the top three and candidates for promotion and the game was hard fought and very competitive on the pitch with the Pompey fans winning the battle in the stands. In the event the game finished with an honourable draw with a goal each, the next game would see both teams promoted to the next level.
After the match we returned to our table in the ‘Partners Lounge’ and continued where we had left off, and enjoyed revisiting the various incidents that made the match a memorable one. The lounge closed and we left the football ground to relocate in the Shepherds Crook just outside the ground, Andy had kindly presented the replica match ball to me and it become my responsibility for the rest of the evening. As you can imagine the Shepherds Crook was rather noisy and a bit of a mess following a hard
fought match with a reasonable result so we decided to move on. Paul Wilson Sensei to the Junior section of the Portsmouth Karate Club is also a cab driver/owner in Pompey so he had some ‘clout’ and a taxi was soon delivering us to the Jolly Taxpayer near to the abode of Stacey Crowe, also Instructor to the Portsmouth Club. This proved to be a good move as Stacey was feeling the effects of an exciting day (or was it overindulgence?)
and had to go home early! The group then broke up with Paul and Rick moving on to The Pelham Arms. Me, Alan Lewis (Instructor to Crofton SKC)
Malcolm Smith and Any Skerry travelling out of town to my local the George at the top of Portsdown Hill.
It was a good day (and long) and the entire party are grateful to Andy for giving us the opportunity to attend and he has intimated that he would like to repeat the exercise again next season – well I’m up for it.
Another great Focus on Kata class held on the 9th of April here’s a few photos courtesy of Ken Lyons from Machi dojo with Sensei’s Brian Smith and Alan Lewis.
This morning I returned to UK and Portsmouth after my week of hardship. I was so glad I brought extra clothes to keep me warm, leaving them all in my bag helped for weight training when lifting the bag. Anyway a big thanks to Gibshot for hosting me as always and congratulations to those that graded. You need more members though so get out there and look for them!
Apart from the 3 lessons and grading there was also time to do a little filming and Frankie Hatton put together a small video for Portsmouth Karate Club which hopefully you will have seen already on our Facebook page. Feel free to share it around the more that view it the more that will understand the legacy that comes from Portsmouth KC. Whether you are a SEKU member or not is you are in the South of England region the chances are your dojo has links going back to Portsmouth either through me or through your instructor who was probably training at Portsmouth some time or another. It is with some sense of pride I see Brian Smith who’s Lovedean dojo goes from strength the strength. Also Terry Oliver currently in Japan wearing the SEKU badge with pride and Alan Lewis at Crofton with his lively dojo and idea to launch the Focus on kata class, an idea other outfits decided to use, well Alan had it first.
Speaking of Crofton, another stalwart, training for over 40 years with Alan is Lawrence Davison 3rd dan. He has finally had enough of the french riviera that is the south coast and is heading for a life in Scotland. Lawrence seems an almost perpetual figure at SEKU always in the dojo and at the competitions, often one of the first to don his blazer and offer help in any form. I wish him well in his new home please remember me when you return delivering the whiskey Lawrence.
Happy Days and see you in the dojo Thursday at honbu.
Another week in the sun for me at the Gibshot dojo in Gibraltar. I’ll take a few sunny pictures to wind you up later in the week. It started with an early morning trip taking off from Gatwick on a Monarch flight leaving at 6.20am, luckily I stayed in the airport but with travelling by train and the panic I may not hear my alarm .. there isn’t much sleep to be had.
First lesson last night and a chance to present Paul Crudgington with his dan grade certificate, see photo. Tonight and Thursday we have two more lessons and a small grading after the Thursday session. Gibshot is a small club and they are trying to increase their membership which these days is difficult but a great place to visit. I should know I’ve been coming for about 14 years! We’ve trained in a few places here because space is a premium but you can’t fault their enthusiasm.
I am about to have breakfast in Paco’s across the border in San Roque which is the Gibshot equivalent of the St Mary’s Arms. Nothing too dangerous just coffee and toast with the usual olive oil and tomato on top. Healthy living which naturally offsets my evening supper of a glass of whiskey. Right better get back into training.
See you all back in UK for the Focus on Kata Class on the 9th of April
The superb brainstorming idea of Sensei Alan Lewis now copied southern area wide is on again this coming April! All the details are below and ALL grades are welcome. SEKU is a non elitist organisation that keeps us all training together where possible. Learn from the best in the south of England from Saltash across past Portsmouth, Crofton, Lovedean to Chichester and points beyond, there is no better. Visit www.sekukarate.co.uk
FOCUS ON KATA TRAINING COURSE
Date: Sunday 9th April 2017
Times: 10:00am – 12:00noon
Venue: Crofton Community Centre
Cost: £7:00 Adults – £5:00 Juniors
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or kataclass for details
This years SEKU annual competition returned to its roots after thirty five years away at the Mountbatten centre. The Portsmouth Academy, also home to Portsmouth Karate Club – SEKU’s honbu dojo was the setting for the annual competition for SEKU students to meet, chat and compete. Pictured are some of the highlights Saltash the Team kumite winners, Graham Rowley of Portsmouth dojo mixing it with Aaran Periera of Lovedean dojo.
Also pictured is Rosie Neville a young lady from Saltash dojo who had an excellent day winning the Junior Sanbon kumite, Girls Individual kumite and the Junior 3rd kyu & above kata. To crown her day Sensei Dewey also awarded her the Hannah Day Trophy for Technical Excellence an award she thoroughly deserved and no doubt making her instructor Steve Hollister very proud.
SEKU would like to thank all the spectators and families that supported the event by turning up to watch. Also the referees, judges and timekeepers who gave up their day to work as always for a sandwich and a coffee. The first aid of St John Ambulance who had a quiet day and the competitors who came from far and wide to take part and make the day memorable; as I always say ‘Top Drawer.’
Finally as always big thanks to SEKU administration a.k.a. Maureen for meeting, greeting and registration as well as sandwiches on the door along with Faye.
The pre SEKU competition warm up for our squad is always the legends in Bracknell. As per usual SEKU were among the medals with SEKU winning the team event. All the usual suspects took part and to them I give thanks for keeping us as always in the forefront of karate minds.
SEKU Results from the Legends:
1st – Mens Team Kumite (Dan Walton/Joe Crowe/Steve Gibbons)
2nd – Mens Individual Kumite – Steve Gibbons
3rd – Mens Individual Kumite – Dan Walton
1st – Mens Individual Kata – Mike Grimwood
3rd – Mens Individual Kata – Rob Maynard
1st – Mixed Team Kata – Joe Crowe joined Taka Kai Scotland as they were one man short
SEKU Coach – Steve Hollister
SEKU Referees – Paul Moreby – Alan Lewis – Eden Burrell – Chris Carr
Thanks also to Ken Lyons for the photo’s that accompany this blog and if you need any feel free to ask Ken when you see him on March 18th or send him an email at email@example.com he’ll help I’m sure. Well done to all our SEKU karateka that took part or supported without you it wouldn’t be possible. Thanks also to our squad management and coach Stevie Hollister, always around to support advise and instruct.
For those heading back from SEKU’s day out at the Legends this weekend in Bracknell rest easy special congratulations to the SEKU team who won the team event, great performances by all as per usual. Now there are only two weeks before you can do it again at the SEKU competition. In it’s 35th year this is probably the oldest competition in the south of the UK, not counting that gurning one with the horse collar, welly throwing and the London to Brighton Rally.
The venue this year is at Portsmouth Academy opposite St Mary’s Church. If you didn’t get your entry forms yet then contact your Sensei or club secretary I sent the forms out by email about a week ago so they have them. The change of venue is really a return as we were there before we went into the Mountbatten and last years entries were lower than normal with the exception of the juniors which as always were brilliant. In fact it is excellent to see so many young ones starting up karate these are our future as well as our present and SEKU seems to have a bright future because of them. Our standards are high and their standards as well as those of the adults within our ranks are high too. SEKU continues to show the way.
I look forward to seeing you there on the day, I wish you all the best and a safe journey if you are travelling from the wilds of London or the South East. We, Maureen and I thank each of you for your loyalty and continued support for us and SEKU.
Happy days! Focus on kata class this past weekend was taken by Senseis Alan Lewis and Brian Smith. Kata for those that couldn’t make it was Jiin. No doubt everyone will rush to the next class hoping we do Unsu when chances are it’ll be Kihon. Always the way that you miss the ones you wanted. Best thing is to be there then you don’t miss it 🙂
Thanks to those who sent apologies for not being able to attend, the numbers were down from normal but it isn’t that long since the last one perhaps understandable. Either way see you at the next one on the 9th April.
Whilst on the subject of updates the SEKU website has had a bit of an overhaul recently. I’ve also added a new page for the Hombu dojo, i.e. Portsmouth Karate Club. Hombu is probably the oldest club currently in existence in the south of England and one of the oldest in the country. One of these days I will publish all the history I have about the Pompey Karate revolution but suffice to say if you have not trained there well you’d better sort it. A bit like Mecca everyone should visit Hombu, except more than once a lifetime.
Speaking of visiting Portsmouth Karate Club are always looking for new students to turn into full SEKU members please pass on my details to anyone you see or speak to that is interested in karate. If another dojo is closer I will hand them to another SEKU instructor.
Finally don’t forget the SEKU Championships are coming up on 18th March. The venue this time is Portsmouth Academy, home of Hombu. All the forms will be sent to your club instructor/secretary in the next week or so. Get your entries in early and good luck to all of you on the day.