results 2016

SSKI 2016 Under 16’s Tournament

Gold medal winners: L to R: Scott Hawthorne, Crystal Close, Eve Messenger


(Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo – 4th June)

Novice Kata
1st Scott Hawthorne
2nd Oliver Delderfield
3rd Freddie Beresford

Junior Kata
1st Crystal Close
2nd Isaak Nathan
3rd Finley Pollitt

Senior Kata
1st Eve Messenger

Sanbon Kumite (Under 5ft)
1st Crystal Close
2nd Mohan Thondapu
3rd Finley Pollitt

Sanbon Kumite (5ft & Over)
1st Eve Messenger
2nd Isaak Nathan
3rd Oliver Delderfield

Referees: Jeff Carson, Peter Welch, Nick Forgham, Paul
Carvell.

Well done to all the medal winners above, especially to Eve Messenger and Crystal Close who were both double gold medal winners. Also, well done to all the young competitors who did their very best in an excellent internal competition. Many thanks also to all the referees who made the day possible and to all the families who
accompanied the competitors.


Christmas Master Class with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan and Sensei Aidan Trimble 8th Dan 2016

What an absolutely fantastic course with these two phenomenal instructors.  This senior grade course, which was very well attended with over 40 black-belts in attendance started with a kihon session to get things going, then two sessions on the kata, Gojushiho-sho.  The kata itself was taught and its many interesting bunkai.  The fourth and final session was a kumite drill and the four one hour sessions just flew by.  In this country instructors don’t come any better than these two superb sensei.  At the halfway point, the host instructor, Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan and Chief Instructor to SSKI made a presentation to students who had been with him and SSKI for over 20 years.  Long Service Certificates were presented to, Adam Cockfield, Tony Bunting, Dan White and Paul Carvell, all SSKI club instructors in their own right.  In a time when loyalty in karate seems to be a sadly forgotten word in many quarters, this was a nice gesture from the Association.  I remember Sensei Ticky Donovan stating once on the England squad in the late 1980’s where we had, Willie Thomas, Tracey Phipps and Val Henry all training and competing for the England team, ‘When you set the world alight, don’t forget who gave you the box of matches.’  Wise words indeed.  All in all a wonderful day’s karate and Sensei Phipps thanked Sensei Hazard and Sensei Trimble for such an excellent day.  Sensei Hazard will be back at this dojo on the weekend of 18/19th February, so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to train with this great instructor. All are welcome.

 

 

 

 


Dan Grading

"Many congratulations to those students who passed their Dan gradings today on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at the UK honbu dojo. Well done to all and an excellent standard throughout."

Nidan: Christopher Allen and Charles Johnson.

Shodan: Matthew Eeles and Andre Cove.

Grading Panel: Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan, Sensei Tony Bunting 7th Dan and Sensei Adam Cockfield 5th Dan.

 

 



 

Portsmouth 2016 Open Championships (Mountbatten Centre – 19th November)

SSKI Results

Ladies Black Belt Kumite
1st Cristy Nash

Ladies Black Belt Kata
1st Cristy Nash

Children’s Kata
1st Crystal Close

Children’s Sanbon Kumite
1st Crystal Close

Men’s 16/17yrs Kumite
2nd Joydeep Shil

Girl’s Senior Kumite (Over 5ft)
3rd Eve Messenger

Medal Tally: 4 Gold/1 Silver/1 Bronze

SSKI Referees: Jeff Carson & Peter Welch

*The day could’ve been christened: THE CRISTY AND CRYSTAL SHOW with both of them winning the two individual events they entered.  Magnificent showing from both of these fine competitors and well done to all the above who did the Association proud in a very prestigious annual tournament.  We only took a small squad of seven competitors to this tournament so these results were very good indeed.  Well done also to, Maxance Lambert, Daniel Medalla and Mohan Thondapu from the Basingstoke clubs who did well in their first big outside competition.  Thanks also to our two excellent referees, sensei Jeff Carson and sensei Peter Welch for their excellent performances on the day and to the Association coach, sensei Adam Cockfield.  Thanks also to all the mums and dads etc who accompanied the competitors
Great day and here’s to next year!

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Sensei Dave Hazard Course

Another absolutely brilliant Course was held at the SSKI honbu dojo in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 18th September with the Course instructor, Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan. The Course content for the first two sessions was the kata, Jitte and the bunkai and the final session was on a kicking drill aimed at achieving the correct distancing for nearly all the kicks in Shotokan.  The Course was well attended with people coming from afar as Wales and Northumberland to train with one of the greatest Shotokan instructors in Europe today.  Absolutely phenomenal and can’t wait for the Christmas Master Class at the same dojo on Sunday 11th December with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan and Sensei Aidan Trimble 8th Dan.  Thank you Sensei Hazard.


 

SSKI USA Visit

Well done to Jeff Sanders and Jan Smearsoll on passing their Yondan gradings on 7th July 2016.  This was just one of the highlights of the SSKI Chief Instructor’s visit as was the excellent weekend seminar on the 9th and 10th July at the Springfield YMCA dojo in Ohio.  Sensei Phipps dealt with kihon in the first two hour session working mainly on Shotokan’s advanced stances. 

The second session on the Saturday was devoted to kumite and self-defence with the final session on the Sunday devoted to the kata, Tekki Sandan and its interesting bunkai. There were many senior Dan grades on the seminar including, Sensei Brian Evans 7th Dan from Mackinaw in Illinois, Sensei Chuck Kerrigan 7th Dan from Pittsburgh and Sensei Marc Silverman 3rd Dan from Cincinnati and is the instructor that has taken over the Cincinnati dojo after the very sad death of Sensei Sonny Kim 6th Dan last year.  After the training on the Saturday the group enjoyed a wonderful meal at a nice hotel in Springfield.

A  huge plus for SSKI was that Sensei Brian Evans 7th Dan actually joined SSKI after the seminar and we would all like to give Brian and his club a huge welcome to SSKI.


 

Dan Grading - 18th June 2016 (Hemel Hempstead Honbu Dojo)

Many congratulations to Rachael Houlton on passing her Nidan grading and to Juan Lopez on passing his Shodan grading.  The standard was absolutely excellent and well done to both the successful candidates. Also, many thanks to Vicky Adams 3rd Dan and Peter Welch 4th Dan for their help in the kumite part of the grading.  The panel for this grading was, Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan and Sensei Tony Bunting 7th Dan

The two successful participants: Rachael Houlton to Nidan and Juan Lopez to Shodan.  Wonderful action shot of Rachael Houlton counter-attacking in her jiyu-ippon kumite.

 

ETNA Grading and Lesson

Excellent ETNA Nunchaku session and grading on Sunday 12th June at the Highfield dojo. 

Grading results:

Brown Belt: Siva Niranjan and Juan Lopez.
Green Belt: Oliver Delderfield.

Well done to all, great standard and great to see Sarah Brown sensei on the Course as well.

 

 


 

SSKI 2016 Under 16’s Tournament

Gold medal winners: L to R: Scott Hawthorne, Crystal Close, Eve Messenger


(Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo – 4th June)

Novice Kata
1st Scott Hawthorne
2nd Oliver Delderfield
3rd Freddie Beresford

Junior Kata
1st Crystal Close
2nd Isaak Nathan
3rd Finley Pollitt

Senior Kata
1st Eve Messenger

Sanbon Kumite (Under 5ft)
1st Crystal Close
2nd Mohan Thondapu
3rd Finley Pollitt

Sanbon Kumite (5ft & Over)
1st Eve Messenger
2nd Isaak Nathan
3rd Oliver Delderfield

Referees: Jeff Carson, Peter Welch, Nick Forgham, Paul
Carvell.

Well done to all the medal winners above, especially to Eve Messenger and Crystal Close who were both double gold medal winners. Also, well done to all the young competitors who did their very best in an excellent internal competition. Many thanks also to all the referees who made the day possible and to all the families who
accompanied the competitors.


 

Sensei Dave Hooper Course

Dave Hooper sensei Course at the Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo on Wednesday 10th August 2016 from 7.30 – 9pm.

Cost of this Course is £20 and is for all grades from 9th Kyu upwards.

Clubs that train on a Wednesday evening should close on this one evening of the year and attend this Course. Sensei Hooper has lived and trained in Japan for well over 30 years and has trained with the very best Japanese instructors, including the legendary Nakayama sensei and Osaka sensei.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity

 


 

SSKI Course (Hemel Hempstead Honbu Dojo - 22nd May 2016)

The above Course was a real success with Sensei Phipps taking the senior grades through Meikyo kata and the interesting bunkai within this kata. Whilst this was taking place, Sensei Bunting was putting the junior grades through an excellent distancing exercise using, Oi-ashi, Suri-ashi and Yori-ashi (stepping, half stepping and sliding).

After the break Sensei Phipps took the junior grades through a basic stance kata (Dachi Kata) and also a short look into the elbow as a weapon. This session finished with a bit of fun with a game showing that action is faster than reaction, which went down really well after the day’s intense karate training. At the same time Sensei Bunting was putting the senior grades through an excellent kumite session which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy, which also finished with a bit of serious fun and the running of a kumite gauntlet!

Everyone seemed to really enjoy this Course and we all look forward to more Courses within the Association this year with the likes of, Dave Hazard sensei, Aidan Trimble sensei and Dave Hooper sensei.

Instructors: SSKI Chief Instructor, Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan & Assistant Chief Instructor Sensei Tony Bunting 7th Dan


 

Sensei Dave Hazard Course (Sunday 21st February 2016)

What an excellent Course on Sunday at the Hemel Hempstead honbu dojo with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan hosted by SSKI and Sensei Malcolm Phipps. The kata Hangetsu and its bunkai were taught in great depth and the last session on uke-waza and evasion was also truly superb.  It also shows you who is training in karate for all the right reasons when the dojo had one 8th Dan, one 7th Dan and quite a few 5th and 4th Dans all being taught a kata that they have known for years with all of us still learning from this Course and from one of the very best instructors In Europe today.  Obviously, many lower graded Dan grades and brown-belts must think they don’t need this training.  How wrong can you be?  There were students who had travelled from the Isle of Wight, Wales and many other places in England to train on this Course with Sensei Hazard and I would like to thank Sensei Hazard for such a great day’s training and really look forward to the next SSKI Open Course with him in September.