Easter Training

Posted by admin on Monday Mar 31, 2014 Under Uncategorized

karate bunnyA reminder to all students.

During the Easter holidays, Tuesday classes on April 8th and 15th will be cancelled.

Thursday classes will run as normal.

Classes will return to normal on April 22.

See instructors for more details

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The day belonged to Ekam

Posted by admin on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 Under Uncategorized

ekamA huge congratulations to East Durham’s Ekam Takhar after a stunning double gold at the Teesside open.

Ekam picked up gongs in both kata and kumite at the event – a deserved reward for all his recent hard work.

There were valiant efforts also from Rebecca Lawton and Harrison Craig who both performed well on the day.

Thanks also to our newly-appointed junior squad coach Liam Conroy on a successful coaching debut.

Well done all. Ishin!

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Come and have a go!

Posted by admin on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 Under Uncategorized

ishinEast Durham Ishinryu is holding a parents a parents and families ‘Come-and-try-it’ session on Tuesday, March 18.

All students are expected to bring a parent or family member to join in the session with them.

It will be huge fun and families will get a chance to experience just how hard it is.

And who knows-  you might even come back!

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Sensei Lee Smith returns

Posted by admin on Monday Jan 13, 2014 Under Uncategorized

lee smithIshinryu’s Sensei Lee Smith 5th Dan is set to return to the North-East for a special course.

The course will take place on Friday, March 14, from 6-30-8.30pm

All students, all age and grade should attend. It’s a rare opportunity not to missed.

Venue details and course forms will be available from club instructors soon.

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Merry Christmas to all

Posted by admin on Friday Dec 20, 2013 Under Uncategorized

karate snowmanWe would like to wish all our students and parents a very Merry Christmas.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support throughout what has been a fantastic year for the club.

All the very best for 2014.

See you all on January 7 when classes return as normal.

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Awards to remember

Posted by admin on Monday Dec 16, 2013 Under Uncategorized

awards7 awards6awards5 awards4 awards3 awards2 awards1East Durham Ishinryu held its Annual Awards night on Friday, December 13 – and it was a night to remember.

Students and parents turned out in force for the presentation at the Pavilion in Peterlee’s Helford Road.

Each of the students was honoured for their participation in the club, but of course there were some stand out gongs for those who had gone the extra mile over the last 12 months.

It was hard this year to pick out the top students as many had worked so hard.

Runners-Up prizes were given to Callum Robson, Rebecca Lawton, Ekham Takhar and Corey Roberts.

But it was Katie Gilhespy who was top female student, while Jack Baldam took the honours as the male Student of the Year.

In the elite section, Bailey Baker picked up the trophy for Outstanding Contribution after a stunning year in which he has picked up numerous medals and titles, culminating in battling through to the last 16 in the junior world championships in Spain.

It was a super night.

Thanks once again to Lisa Baker for the buffet, instructors and representatives from our sister club in Sedgefield for making the event and to all our parents for their continued support over the last 12 months. Ishin!

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Will you make the grade?

Posted by admin on Wednesday Nov 27, 2013 Under Uncategorized

ishinThe next club grading will be held on Tuesday, December 17, from 6.30pm.

Those grading will be notified nearer the time and there will be a class as normal for those not grading. Those grading must have a valid licence that they MUST bring on the night.

See club instructors for more information.

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Inter-club 2013 a huge success

Posted by admin on Monday Nov 18, 2013 Under Uncategorized

groupy1comp3 comp4 comp5 comp6 comp7 comp8 comp9The 2013 Ishinryu north inter-club competition was a huge success once again.

There were some stunning performances in both kata and kumite, leaving us in no doubt that our clubs have talent and strength in depth and there are some certain athletes of the future among them.

Fresh from his trip to the world championships, our own Bailey Baker was on hand to help with the medals – an inspiration to our young members of what can be achieved.

Well done to all the trophy winners, but equally a huge applause for everyone who took part.

Thank you to all instructors and students who helped out of the day.

And a huge thanks to all our parents and relatives for their continued support.

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We’re moving!

Posted by admin on Friday Nov 15, 2013 Under Uncategorized

dene01bWe’re moving!

East Durham Ishinryu has found a new home.

Classes will now be held in the community building at Dene Community School.

The first class in our new premises will be on Tuesday, November 26.

Classes will run at normal times.

The address is Manor Way, Peterlee, County Durham SR8 5RL.

Please see instructors if you need more details.

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Bailey makes world top 16

Posted by admin on Monday Nov 11, 2013 Under Uncategorized
Bailey with Darren Grant from Totalsport who who are now kit sponsors.

Bailey with Darren Grant from Totalsport who who are now kit sponsors.

EAST Durham’s Bailey Baker missed out on the medals – but secured a world top 16 spot in first outing for England.

Bailey put on a stunning performance to make the third round of the championships in Spain and went down fighting.

He took his Croatian opponent to a 4-4 draw on the buzzer – having pulled it back with a super ushiro-mawashi geri to get three points in the dying seconds of the bout.

After the draw the decision went to the judges who again drew the bout with two flags each – but the referee, with the deciding vote, gave it to the Croatian – putting Bailey out.

A win would have taken Bailey to the quarter-final.

Sadly, his opponent lost in the semi-final, putting Bailey out of the fight off for bronze – but he came away from his first major tournament making the last 16 in the world –  a huge result.

We are hugely proud of him. Well done.

Bailey will return home with the squad today, but there will no rest as he faces further selections in two weeks for February’s junior European Championships, where he will be challenging in the 16-17yrs junior category.

There were some credible performances from our other Ishinryu athletes – notably Barking Abbey’s Aimee Sell who took  a bronze. Ishin.


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