|Merry Christmas to all my students in SSKI and hope you all have a very wonderful and very successful New Year – Malcolm|
|Successful Dan Grading candidates with a proud Chief Instructor!|
|L–R: Vicky Adams, Sensei Malcolm Phipps, Steven Barton, Paul Hazell and Louis Farrer|
|L–R: Sensei Tony Bunting, Sensei Nick Forgham and Sensei Malcolm Phipps|
|Rachael Houlton with the other UCL individual competitors who took in total a gold, a silver and a bronze medal|
|L–R: Sensei Tony Bunting 6th Dan, Sensei Dan White 4th Dan, Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan|
The 70th Birthday Party!… At the end of our final lesson at the honbu dojo at Hemel Hempstead School on Wednesday 19th December, I was presented with a beautiful pictorial book on my 40–year life in Shotokan karate. This beautiful book, which is a full–colour, hardback, slipcase edition, is an absolute treasure and one I shall cherish for the rest of my life on this planet. Many thanks to all those who contributed to making this book such a very special present, especially to Steph Farrer and Adam Cockfield, both I know put a lot of work into making this an absolute joy to receive. After the lesson it was round to the Carson home for the party and WOW! what a party. I would just like to thank Jeff, Sue and their wonderful family for making it an evening to remember. The food and drink spread alone was out of this world and would’ve put a top class hotel to shame. The firework display was awesome (many thanks to Tom for making it such a great display) and even the music was of my musical hero, Bob Dylan! The birthday cake was absolutely delicious and the speeches that followed were very touching; a lot of thought went into this evening and again I would just like to say a huge thank you to Jeff, Sue, Tom, Dougie and Ross. And many thanks to all who attended and to all the cards, presents and good wishes I received on my most memorable birthday to date. I am very proud to be your Chief Instructor.
Merry Christmas to all my students in SSKI and hope you all have a very wonderful and very successful New Year – Malcolm
December 9th – The 70/40 Course… a Course to celebrate our Chief Instructor’s 70th birthday and his 40 years in Shotokan Karate held at the Honbu Dojo in Hemel Hempstead. This was a huge success and was very well attended and on entering the dojo a booklet was given to all participants, which was extremely well received. Sensei devoted the whole course of three sessions to empi–uchi–waza and this included the teaching of the basic six elbow techniques, followed by a Shotokan kumite technique and a self–defence technique for each one. This was followed by a training kumite, which involved all six strikes, and this in turn was followed by a kata that also included all six of the basic elbow techniques (Empi–Waza–No–Kata). A couple of team games followed the three sessions and these brought the day to a very happy conclusion. A presentation from the Association was then made to sensei Malcolm by sensei Tony Bunting and sensei Adam Cockfield of a beautiful cut–glass pyramid (that had the Association badge and the inscription, Celebrating 40 years in Karate-do engraved into it) and also two tickets for a top Japanese London show, ‘Anjin’, in February and a Japanese meal for two before the show. In the evening there were drinks and a meal at the Marchmont Arms, where sensei was very pleasantly surprised when his first–ever sensei, John Van Weenen MBE, from all those 40 years ago turned up to wish him the very best and have a meal with the SSKI students. Sensei Van Weenen presented sensei Malcolm with a lovely book to celebrate this prestigious occasion. A great day was had by all and we all look forward to the 80/50 Course in ten years time!!
December 1st… Well done to all the students on their excellent Dan Grade success. Passes were: Sandan: Thomas Carson, Anthony Holt and Christopher Boon Nidan: Cristy Nash and Steven Holt Shodan: Charles Johnson and Rachael Houlton Successful Dan Grading candidates with a proud Chief Instructor!
September 1st – Kata Bunkai Course… with Iain Abernethy Sensei (6th Dan) held at the SSKI London Dojo (Winton Primary School, London N1 9AZ) from 10am–2pm, £30. Iain Sensei is one of the UK’s leading instructors on Kata Bunkai; whilst his background is in Wado Ryu Karate, his depth of understanding of both Kata and Bunkai extends to Shotokan kata.
Welcome… A big SSKI welcome to Sensei Steve Howlett 2nd Dan and his two Watford dojos; we hope you and your students enjoy being part of SSKI. For information on these two dojos please see UK Clubs part of the site.
June 2nd… Congratulations to the following on their successful dan gradings: Sho Dan – Louis Farrer and Steven Barton Ni Dan – Vicky Adams San Dan – Paul Hazell. L–R: Vicky Adams, Sensei Malcolm Phipps, Steven Barton, Paul Hazell and Louis Farrer
New Venue for Children’s Club… As from Monday 2nd April the Hemel Hempstead Children’s Club will be held at Highfield Community Centre, Bellgate, Highfield, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP2 5SB on Monday’s from 5.20pm–6.20pm, with Paul Carvell 3rd Dan as Instructor (contact number: 07966 824255).
March 21st… Congratulations to Nick Forgham on his successful 4th Dan Grading. L–R: Sensei Tony Bunting, Sensei Nick Forgham and Sensei Malcolm Phipps March 17/18… At the weekend SSKI’S Rachael Houlton 1st Kyu took an excellent silver medal in the under 50kg kumite event at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) annual karate championships. This tournament was held at the Ponds Forge Sports Centre in Sheffield. Well done Rachael – Good Job! Rachael Houlton with the other UCL individual competitors who took in total a gold, a silver and a bronze medal
Congratulations… Many congratulations to Sensei Daniel White on his successful grading to yondan (4th Dan) on Wednesday 8th February 2012 at the honbu dojo in Hemel Hempstead. Dan passed this exam with flying colours and is not only a credit to me personally but to the Association and Shotokan Karate in general. Dan started his karate training with me at Bennetts End Community Centre in Hemel Hempstead early in 1989 and has gone on to become one of the very best students I have ever personally trained. Dan has been with me the longest of any surviving student and I thank him personally for his loyalty and dedication to the Association. He has competed at the highest level and, whether in the dojo or on the mat, gives his very all for the Association. Well done Dan, I am very proud of you. Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan, Chief Instructor L–R: Sensei Tony Bunting 6th Dan, Sensei Dan White 4th Dan, Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan SSKI
India… A big SSKI welcome to our new group from New Delhi in India. The sensei of this group is Sensei Ram Babu Singh 4th Dan and he runs two dojos in New Delhi and has around 40 students. We hope your stay in SSKI is a happy and a prosperous one and we, here at the Headquarters in England, wish all the students and instructors from SSKI India the very best in your Shotokan lives with SSKI.