Harrison Craig has been crowned 2014 East Durham Ishinryu Student of the Year.
Instructors had a tough job deciding on a winner of the accolade, with so many worth contenders.
It has been a super effort all year from our students, but Harrison’s commitment, determination and drive stood out over the last 12 months.
A huge well done.
That’s it for the 2014. Thank you for all your hard work and parents for your continued support.
Wishing you a fantastic Christmas and prosperous New Year from all the instructing team.
A HUGE congratulations to everyone who passed their grading.
There was a great spirit from all.
Some overcame their nerves to pull through showing the true spirit of karate-do.
Special mention to young Brodie Webster who was awarded grading of the day. A big well done.
Thanks to sensei Andrew Swainston from Richmond Ishinryu, sensei Stephen Baxter, sensei Liam Conroy and sensei Paul Conroy for their assistance.
The next club grading will take place in March. The hard work starts now.
The last session of the year will take place on Tuesday, December 16.
Classes will restart after the holidays on Tuesday, January 6.
There will be a new time for our Thursday class starting in the new year. Classes will run from 6.30pm-7.30pm and the kumite class, from 7.30pm-8.30pm. see instructors if you have any questions.
We are very pleased to announce that East Durham’s Liam Conroy has officially been made a club instructor.
Liam has been assisting at the club for a couple of years – but will now join the ranks.
He is a welcome addition to the instructing staff – bringing a wealth of personal experience from courses, training and on the competition circuit.
Liam is also studying a coaching degree at Northumbria university, which will hugely benefit the students at the club.
We welcome him on board.
SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME: Classes will run as normal next week. and then will continue once a week throughout the summer holidays.
Classes as follows:
Tuesday July 15 – no class
Thursday July 17 – 6-7pm all grades/7-8pm kumite
Thursday July 24 – 6-7pm all grades/7-8pm kumite
Thursday July 31 – 6-7pm all grades/7-8pm kumite
Thursday August 7 – 6-7pm all grades/7-8pm kumite
Thursday August 14 and 21 (no classes)
Thursday August 28 – 6-7pm all grades/7-8pm kumite
Classes return to normal Tuesday, September 2.
The annual Ticky donovan OBE Summer Course proved to be a summer sizzler.
Students and instructors travelled down to St Osyth for the course – which is in its 39th year.
There was some amazing instruction from course sensei’s Ticky Donovan, Dave Hazard, Greg Francis and Lee Smith - as well as other top quality karateka.
The weather was stunning which made for a great weekend in what was a truly fantastic atmosphere.
Fun highlights included a team tug-of-war and a kids dodge ball which proved a huge hit.
The superb Fit2Fite was once again a delight and it was fantastic to see its founder and Ishinryu stalwart sensei Greg Francis being awarded his 6th Dan.
Next year sees the 40th anniversary. It promises to be a spectacular weekend. Bookings are going fast – so don’t miss out.
See our Facebook page or club instructors for more details.
Ekam Takhar and Deniz Aydinc each picked up a bronze medal in the Hartlepool Wodokai Open.
The pair put in fantastic performances in the respective age/grade groups and narrowly missed out on the final.
The pair were then unlucky in their kumite categories and missed out on the medals.
Harrison Craig also put in a great performance in kata and kumite – but was unable to pick up a gong.
But junior squad coach Liam Conroy was really pleased with his and everyone’s efforts.
Well done to all.
East Durham’s Bailey Baker Followed his British open gold success with a silver at the Four Nations championships in Glasgow.
Bailey battled through the early rounds in the male junior, 16-17rys, U-76kg section to reach the final at the Emirates arena.
He conceded a wazari in the early seconds of the final bout against fellow England international Joe Kellaway – but was unable to claw back the points.
Bailey had to settle for second – but another great performance to keep him on track.
Well done. Ishin!!
East Durham’s Bailey Baker struck gold at the Scottish International open.
After a disappointing show on his first return from injury at the EKF English championships in March, Bailey had a point to prove at this international event.
And he quickly despatched his opponents in the early rounds of the U-76kg junior 16-17yrs event to reach the final.
He then beat fellow England international Jake Pickering to claim the top spot.
Great performance and back on track heading towards selections next month leading to next year’s junior European championships.
Well done. Ishin!
A 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