Congratulations to Chris Ash, who passed shodan on Sunday 23rd June on the SEKU Black & Brown Belt course in Plymouth. Chris, who has trained diligently at Crofton for the last few years has sacrificed many a weekend with his very patient and understanding wife of late!
Chris - now the hard work really starts!
PORTSMOUTH OPEN TOURNAMENT!
Well done to all those club members who took part in this years tournament. Some fantastic results.
Congratulations to Sensei Julie Brightman who passed her Sandan grading on Tuesday 25th September at the Portsmouth Honbu Dojo.
NEW BLACK & BROWN BELT KATA CLASS
Starting on 31st August, Sensei Alan will be holding an advanced kata class for black & brown belt students only. Classes will be held the last friday of each month at Crofton Community Centre 6.30-7.30pm.
Congratulations to Zerina Shaffi who successfully attained Sandan (3rd Dan) at the SEKU Instructors Class on Sunday 20th May.
SEKU CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY 14TH APRIL - MOUNTBATTEN CENTRE, PORTSMOUTH
Women’s Individual Black Belt Kumite
Jnt 3rd Julie Brightman – Crofton KC
Zerina Shafi – Crofton KC
Girls Individual Kumite
1st Teri Hansford – Crofton KC
Pee Wee Sanbon Kumite (Three Step)
Shahryar Khan – Crofton KC
Women’s Individual Black Belt Kata
2nd Zerina Shafffi – Crofton KC
Men’s Individual Brown Belt Kata
4th Guy Sheppard – Crofton KC
Junior Team Kata
2nd Crofton (Jagger)
3rd Crofton ‘B’
Junior Individual 3rd Kyu & Above Kata
4th Teri Hansford – Crofton KC
Junior Individual 10 – 4th Kyu Kata
1st Hameen Khan – Crofton KC
NEW DAN GRADE FOR CROFTON SHOTOKAN!
Congratulations to 15 year old Teri Hansford who successfully passed her black belt grading on 5th February. Teri, who has been training at Crofton Shotokan for the last 6 years, travelled to the Isle of Wight for the SEKU Black & Brown Belt Course with Senpai Julie and a group of other students.
Watch this space - we will eventually pin her down for a photograph!
STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2011
Every year Sensei Alan makes an award to the junior student whom he feels has excelled throughout the year. This years the award goes to 8 year old Blake Stainton. Blake regularly attends two classes a week, is always respectful and well behaved and above all Blake always gives 100% to his karate training. Blake always turns up at the dojo wearing a clean white Gi....and a huge SMILE!
Well done Blake....we anticipate great things for you this year OSS!
PAULSGROVE CHILDRENS TOURNAMENT - SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER 2011
This years event was as always, extremely well organised and overall attendance was good. Crofton Karate Club was represented by Max Fuller, Mai-Li Stirret, Hameem Khan and Shahryer Khan. The overall standard of all competitors was very good and all four of our students were outstanding on the day both in effort and spirit. Mai-Li fought off some stiff competition to earn a place in the final and came away with fourth place for kata. Well done!
PORTSMOUTH OPEN KARATE TOURNAMENT - MOUNTBATTEN CENTRE 19th NOVEMBER 2011
This year's tournament was an extremely well attended event with many international teams visiting for the day. Many children from Crofton Karate Club took part in the tournament, which was a very proud moment for us! Great effort was seen from Blake, Amy, Lauren, Emily, Max, Daniel, Beth and Jake. It takes alot of courage to get up and perform at such a big event and we look forward to you taking to the mats again in March at the SEKU Championships.
Julie Brightman led a ladies kumite team to victory taking first place. After a long and tiring day, Julie also took silver in the individual ladies kumite.
Crofton was also represented in the Team Kata events by Steve Axelson, Teri Hansford and Julie Brightman. And in the childrens category by Amy, Lauren and Emily.
WJKA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - WEVELGEM, BELGIUM 12/13th AUGUST 2011
The SEKU squad travelled to Belgium this month to compete in the 3rd WJKA World Championships. The squad were accompanied by SEKU Chief Instructor Mick Dewey, Squad Manager Terry Oliver, and Squad Coach Steve Hollister , and international referrees Alan Lewis and Chris Carr.
The event was extremely well organised and proved to be yet another success for the SEKU team with Crofton's own Julie Brightman winning two 1st place trophies in her first internatonal competition.
Julie Brightman - ind. vets kata 1st
Julie Brightman - ind. kumite 1st
Brooke Walkin - ind. 12-13 kata 2nd
Brooke Walkin - ind. 12-13 kumite 2nd
Rebecca Nutbean -ind. 14-15 kata 3rd
Michaela Lamport -ind. 16.18 kata 1st
Michaela Lamport - ind. 16-18 kumite 3rd
Jason Hollister - Ind. senior kata 3rd
Steve Hollister - Ind. vets kata 1st
Adam Cock Field - ind. senior kata 1st
Christy Nash -ind. 12-13 kata 3rd
Christy Nash -ind. 12-13 kumite 1st
Danny Richards -ind. 16-18 kumite 3rd
Tom Carson - ind. 12-13 kumite 3rd
Team kata - 3rd
SEKU CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 - MOUNTBATTEN CENTRE, PORTSMOUTH, SATURDAY 31st MARCH
SEKU clubs from across the country travelled to the Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre for the 2011 Shotokan of England Karate Union Championships. Crofton School of Shotokan of Karate was well represented and proudly took the following trophies:-
Ladies Black Belt Kumite - Julie Brightman 2nd, Zerina Shaffi Jt 3rd
Ladies Individual Kata - Julie Brightman 1st, Zerina Shaffi 4th
Junior Team Kata (Teri Hansford, Lauren Sheppard, Amy Jagger) 1st
Junior Under 5ft Sanbon Kumite - Angelica Ferriby 2nd
PeeWee Sanbon Kumite - Hameem Khan 2nd, Sharyah Khan Jt 3rd
Junior 10th -4th Kyu Individual Kata - Amy Jagger 3rd
PeeWee Individual Kata - Amy Davis 3rd
Our congratulations go to Steve Axelson, who after many years of dedicated training and more recent squad success, was awarded the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan) on 5th February at the SEKU Black & Brown Belt Course and Dan Grading on Isle of Wight.
Steve is pictured below, receiving his certificate from a very proud Sensei Alan Lewis.
KYU GRADING - MONDAY 28th FEBRUARY
Sensei Mick Dewey visited the club recently to conduct a training session followed by a kyu grading. Well deserved success was attained by all those who graded and we wish them well with their continued study of karate.
STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2010
Congratulations go to Angelica Ferriby who was awarded 'Student of the Year' on Wednesday 22nd December. Angelica has attended two classes a week throughout the year and has demonstrated real grit & determination throughout. Angelica's attitude and concentration in class has been an asset to us and it is hoped that she continues to work as hard throughout the coming year.
CLUB GRADING - MONDAY 16th AUGUST 2010
Sensei Mick Dewey, 7th Dan and Chief Instructor of SEKU visited the club on 16th August to conduct a training session with kyu grading at the club. The dojo was pretty packed on what was a very hot and humid evening as Sensei Mick Dewey led those present through an hours training concentrating on basic Kihon techniques. A welcome refresher for the higher grades and good practise for those students who graded later that evening!
The next club grading will be held on Wednesday 24th November 2010.
SENSEI ELWYN HALL - DAY COURSE 24th JULY PORTSMOUTH HONBU DOJO
Sensei Alan and several of his club members travelled over to Portsmouth this weekend for the opportunity of a days training with this formidable world class fighter and instructor. Sensei Hall focussed the first class on breaking down basic technique looking at the speed of the first position, and obtaining a correct fighting stance to ensure ultimate speed and power could be delivered. The second class saw students put these new skills into practise with eachother.
True to form, students left Sensei Hall's course exhausted but having learnt a great deal to take back to their Dojo's and continue working on.
SEKU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 - MOUNTBATTEN CENTRE SATURDAY 22ND MAY
Crofton School of Shotokan Karate came home with a whole heap of trophies from this fantastic event. Both adult and junior members took part and all the hard work put in by members over the last few months paid off!
A special mention to Lauren Shepherd, whos outstanding performance in the childrens individul kata was a sight to behold!
SPECIAL TRAINING WEEKEND
The 17th & 18th April 2010 was Sensei Dewey's weekend Gasshuku in aid of the Damon Health Angel Fund and it was a resounding success.
Karateka from Crofton Shotokan School of Karate travelled to be part of this special training weekend, which brought back great memories of the old SEKU Gasshuku's. In keeping with the Gasshuku theme, (Gasshuku meaning "Lodging Together") many of the Karateka stayed at Littlesea Caravan Park and made the short trip to the dojo each day at Budmouth Sports Centre. The idea of Gasshuku is not only to lodge together, but to train through tough times and gather in mutual development of Karate-Do. This was certainly achieved by all.
Our sincere thanks to Sensei Mick Dewey (7th Dan) for a memorable weekend of karate!
For photos from this event please check out http://www.seku-karate.co.uk/page46.htm