NEXT DOJO GRADING DATES FOR 2017 AS FOLLOWS:

At Hornsey dojo for all grades from 2 - 4pm:
February 19th
June 25th
November 26th

At Colindale dojo from 2:30pm - 5pm:
February 25th
June 24th 
November 25th
 

5th kyus and above will be expected to attend all gradings (one day only)  whether being graded or not, as part of your on-going assessment.

 4th & 3rd kyus will be informed individually as to when you will be assessed, normally 6 months between each test  2nd kyus will be assessed at the national gradings in either Bournemouth or Wirral by the EGKA grading panel headed by Sensei Ernie Molyneux.


FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR LATEST UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2017:

http://www.egka.org.uk/events.php 

SUMMER 2017 TRAINING AND CLOSURES

Nb. NO training from 14th to 22nd of August. 

The following dojos will be closed throughout the summer break:

Hornsey;Wednesday and Friday

Hoxton: Monday 14th, 21st, 28th August

New Barnet;Thursday (Please call or text)

EGKA LONDON REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

Takes place On Sunday 21st May 2017 

in Chessington, Surrey

Details Here: http://www.egka.org.uk/london_regional_competition_17.php 

All Juniors and Cadets can enter from 9th Kyu upwards

Adults of All grades can enter

Individual kata

Team kata (Juniors & Cadets Only)

Individual kumite

Remember to make sure your licence is up to date and that you have shin pads as well as gloves if you are entering the kumite competition.

See you there!

G.I.F.T. GARDEN DOJO TRAINING

TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 10am to 12pm IS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE LESSONS FOR ALL  GRADES.

Please call/ email for booking.


Well, I can't make the journey to Okinawa this year, but thankfully, a gem from Okinawa came to my town instead! I am very thankful for the opportunity to train with Terauchi Kazuo Sensei, even if it was hard as hell!

The event was held in Dentoh dojo, Rose Hill Community centre in Sutton and was attended by approximately 60 -70 adult and teen students.

This is only a quick blog about the event which was greatly appreciated by all who attended. Four of us from G.M.A.U.K. were able to attend but only 3 of us could train! Vic, Matt and Koray from Hornsey dojo attended but unfortunately, Koray had to sit out because of injury. But, he made a great cameraman! The following photos are courtesy of Koray (arigato gozaimashita!!!)

Sensei Kevin  

G.M.A.U.K. Dojo Kumite Tournament December 2011

December 7, 2011
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this long-awaited event! In total, 34 students entered the competition, most having no previous experience of tournaments. 
Helping with scoring was Senpai Sam Price and one of our adult students, Gio, helped with the time-keeping. Taking photographs of the event was my neice, Vashanti, who took some fantastic shots of the students warming up, in action and receiving their awards. Sensei Neville was due to attend to help to referee the event but unfortunately, he was held up in traffic on the wonderful A406! Thanks for trying Sensei but please don't use the A406 next time!!

 So, as Sensei Neville was unavailable, I had to referee the matches all by myself. This went well, although it meant that most students were only able to spar once, when I had planned for a second round of team kumite for everyone to participate in, there wasn't enough time. 
 A great time was still had by all even though the event did not go fully as planned. Please see the Instructors Blog tab for details of who placed where. 

 Once again I would like to extend my thanks to the students for having the courage to enter a sparring competition for the first time, the parents and guardians for supporting the students and those individuals who were able to help out on the day. Also to  Sensei Neville Kinghorn for attempting the journey from south London to help us out!
Domo arigatou gozaimashita!

 

Events for end of 2011 November - December

October 20, 2011
Hello, konnichiwa, konbanwa, oyasuminasai!

It's been a very long time since we've held a special event so I've arranged a couple of events between November and December.
On the Friday 25th of November at St Marys Junior school, Hornsey Dojo, there will be a dojo tournament for ALL G.M.A.U.K. & Dentoh students to attend. It will be from 6pm to 8pm, so this means it will replace the usual sessions for that night. It will be a kumite, or sparring, competition and all grades (even beginners) can en...

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First 2011 Grade Assessment

February 16, 2011
Hi all!

 As stated below, the next grade assesment at St Marys dojo will be held on the 27th of February. We have a confirmed date for the grade assessment at the Colindale dojo and this will be on the 26th February. Grading attendance slips will be handed out this week and next week. 
Please remember that al
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GREEN BELT AND ABOVE students must make the effort to attend, especially if you are currently training once per week only. This is to enhance your training.

Sensei Kevin


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WELCOME BACK TO TRAINING

January 7, 2011
Konnichiwa all students and friends!

Hope you all have had a fantastic time over the Christmas break and, officially, wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR from myself and the team at G.I.F.T.! 
Because of the weather conditions we had to end our training earlier than planned in 2010 and some of you also missed out on the chance to achieve your next grade. Not to worry, it has been rebooked and so far, the grading at St Mary's School dojo is in February on the 27th. We have as yet been unable to secure a d...

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ST MARY'S SCHOOL DOJO GRADE ASSESSMENT

October 31, 2010
YOKU DEKIMASHITA! (WELL DONE) TO ALL STUDENTS WHO PASSED AT TODAY'S GRADING! 
I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE STANDARD OF KARATE AMONG THE STUDENTS WHO ATTEMPTED AND ACHIEVED THEIR NEXT GRADE LEVEL TODAY. 
 NOW YOU NEED TO GO BACK IN YOUR KARATE AND SHARPEN UP YOUR TECHNIQUES AND KATA UP TO YOUR CURRENT GRADE BELT SO IT WILL MAKE LEARNING YOUR NEXT KATA A LITTLE EASIER.

THANKS TO DAVE FOR PUTTING THE JUNIORS THROUGH THEIR PACES WITH THE BAGWORK AND PRESS UPS, SIT-UPS AND SQUATS.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL P...

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COLINDALE DOJO GRADING

October 30, 2010
WELL DONE TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND PASSED TODAYS' GRADE ASSESSMENT! I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE LEVEL OF KARATE IN EACH GRADE LEVEL, TERRIFIC!
KEEP PRACTISING AT HOME AND TRAIN TO YOUR 100% EFFORT IN EACH AND EVERY CLASS.

 SOME STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ASKING ME QUITE OFTEN, "WHEN AM  GOING TO GRADE, SENSEI? CAN I GO TO THE NEXT GRADING SENSEI? CAN I HAVE A STRIPE ON MY BELT PLEASE, SENSEI?" THESE QUESTIONS SHOULD NEVER BE ASKED OF YOUR INSTRUCTOR. IT IS SEEN AS BAD ETIQUETTE IN KARATE. YOUR BELT COLOUR ...

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Upcoming Grade Assessment October 3oth & 31st

October 12, 2010
Konichiwa, ohaiyou gozaimasu, konbanwa! Hello, good morning, good evening!

Yes, as it says above, October 30th AND 31st grade assessments. This has been done to assist those who have been unable to, or, with great difficulty, get down to our Hornsey dojo at St Marys' Junior school for grading in the past. 
On the 30th the grading will be held at Colindale primary school dojo and the 31st will be held at the usual venue in Hornsey.
Times as follows:

COLINDALE SCHOOL DOJO, SATURDAY 30TH OCTOBER 10....

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Special Class with Sensei Neville Kinghorn

August 6, 2010
Konichiwa, konbanwa, ohaiyou gozaimasu! Hello, good evening, good morning!

A great night of training was had by all and I was definitely put through my paces! Thanks again to Sensei Neville for coming down to our Hornsey dojo to enhance our karate skills. Thanks to YOU guys for attending and supporting this dojo event which will be the first of many, I'm sure. 
Everyone was pleased and some said that we needed at least another hour! I'll have to negotiate with the school for the next event. Mos...
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July Grading

July 22, 2010
Konnichiwa!

Congratulations to all who passed their assessment on 18th July. I was very impressed with the quality of karate on the day, especially those going higher up the scale to their blue belts. Huge thank you's to Sempai Lance for helping out and taking the students through their paces with pad work, Jen for taking a shed load of pictures for us, parents and guardians and of course, the students for working so hard. 
To ALL new graded students, remember to always practice the thing that ...
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Special training event with IOGKF / EGKA 6th Dan Goju Ryu Karate instructor

June 27, 2010
Konnichiwa!

This is to confirm that on FRIDAY 30TH  July 2010 we will be holding a training session with Sensei Neville Kinghorn, 6th Dan IOGKF black belt. It will be a 2 hour session and will consist of the fundamentals of Goju Ryu karate. Namely: Kihon (basics) from striking to movement, kata and also a short Q & A session for you to find out more detail about the Goju Ryu history to the finer details of the actual karate you are learning ie, techniques and bunkai.
There will be a flyer out a...
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