Clevedon Karate Kai continues to make child protection one of its highest priorities. Three of our instructors, last September, attended a safeguarding basic awareness course. Tonight they received certificates in recognition of having undergone that training.
Paul Green invested large amounts of time and effort to ensure that last year's 25th anniversary of Clevedon Karate Kai did not pass without being celebrated. As well as researching, compiling and publishing the history of the club, he organised a very successful club dinner at the Moon and Sixpence. The club has this week conveyed its thanks by awarding him a classic mantelpiece clock, mounted in engraved Dartington crystal. Paul regards the work he did as a labour of love, but is nevertheless honoured and proud to receive this beautiful memento.
2017 will be remembered as a very good year for young George Guiver of our Clevedon club. Not only has he just gained his next grade, but he has also been presented with our Student of the Year award. George has shown a lot of commitment over the last year, and training twice a week has certainly helped. Well done, George, from all of your instructors and fellow students.
Nuffield Health's Student of the Year for 2017 is Harvey Quach. He has graded up to 4th kyu+, as well as continuing to step up for the WKU competitions. He always gives a hundred percent, and this is a very well deserved award for him. Well done Harvey!
Many organisations put on a theatrical production at this time of year, and we are no different. The Yatton branch of Clevedon Karate Kai therefore proudly presents our interpretation of Pinan Nidan Bunkai. Conceived, arranged, rehearsed and performed in a single hour-long training session, we hope you enjoy it!
Another special visitor this week. Jack Summers, of South West Karate, has joined us for additional training for most of this year, as he worked toward his dan grading. Last weekend he successfully graded to first dan and so, obeying a longstanding club tradition, tonight he took a session at training.
Both Clevedon and Nuffield Health have held gradings in the last month. The successful participants have been presented with their new belts at subsequent training sessions.
We had a very special visitor at training tonight. Sensei Ryan Lambotte, of Jersey Wado Ryu taught us a variety of one-on-one defence techniques, some of which were quite blood-curdling. Proof that it's possible to be friendly and terrifying at the same time!
WKU's second competition of the year took place at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare today. Students from Clevedon and Nuffield Health were, as ever, in attendance and giving their very best.
Clevedon and Nuffield Health Students of the Month for October.
Clevedon Student of the Month for September - Taijan Dean. When you get to brown belt, the level of requirements goes up, and a lot of students hit a plateau. That's where Tai is, but that hasn't stopped him turning up and giving his absolute best. The idea of giving up has simply not occurred to him, and that's the attitude that can ultimately take him further. Congratulations, Tai!
Clevedon Student of the Month for August - Oscar Lewis. While most of the juniors have been taking a break over the summer holidays, this young man has turned up every week and worked harder than ever. Well done Oscar!
Following the club's recent summer grading, the successful participants have been presented with their new belts at their next training sessions.
Today saw Clevedon Karate Kai's summer grading at a stiflingly hot Tickenham Village Hall. Eleven students stepped up to show why they were worth a new belt.
Our association's annual outdoor summer school took place at Old Reds rugby ground in Bristol on Saturday. The biggest turnout from Clevedon, and overall, for many years, enjoyed some fine weather and varied training, and, most importantly, had bags of fun.
Awards have been given this week to our Students of the Month for May, for both the Clevedon and Nuffield Health clubs. Congratulations to both of you!
Our association's bi-annual competition took place at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-super-Mare, on Sunday. Six of our students were brave enough to test themselves against competitors from across the South, West, Midlands and Wales.
Nuffield Health Student of the Month for March - Callum Scrivin. A young man who has been working extremely hard. Well done!
We like to celebrate our holidays at Clevedon Karate Kai, so this week all the junior students were presented with an easter egg. Not until they had burned off the equivalent number of calories, though.
Following last week's club grading, the successful participants have been presented with their new belts at this week's training sessions.
Today saw Clevedon Karate Kai's first grading of the year. Twenty-one students have been working hard for the last few months, and showed what they can do.
Students of the Month for February - (left to right) Bree, Evie and Isla. As well as making a big contribution to the family-orientated nature of the club, these three sisters are ever-present at Tickenham on Wednesdays, and continue learn and improve, all the while giving maximum effort. Congratulations!