Central England Karate Championships 24 June 2019
Three Clevedon students travelled to Worcester on Sunday to participate in the Central England Karate Championships. Because of its location and reputation, this competition attracts one of the largest fields of participants in the UK. The University of Worcester arena seats 1400, and housed eight separate areas. This is the biggest competition these students have attended yet, and although they found it tough, they learned plenty, and will be back for more.
Dan Grading Sessions 09 June 2019
WKU's summer dan grading is on the horizon, and the dan grading training sessions have begun, every Sunday, at Bristol Dojo, from 5pm to 6pm. There was an excellent turnout on Sunday, including a sizeable contingent from Clevedon and Nuffield Health. These sessions are free, and are open to anyone who is up for it. Speak to Paul if you need a lift.
KSE XII Competition, Gloucester 02 June 2019
The Clevedon Karate Kai squad has been on the road again. This time we travelled to Gloucester for the KSE competitiion. We were representing not just the club, but the whole association. This is how it went.
Kata for Competition Course 01 June 2019
An old friend of our club, Mike o'Brien, who is also a highly experienced kata judge, will be teaching two courses aimed at helping students improve their kata performance in a competition situation. The first is on 23rd June, from 3pm to 5pm, in Bristol. As we currently have a strong core of regular competition entrants, this is a great opportunity to find out what the judges are looking for. Paul Green will be attending, so speak to him if you wish to book yourself in, and possibly arrange transport. This clashes with one of the WKU dan grading sessions, but it's a rare opportunity that makes it worth missing one of those sessions.
WKU Spring Invitational Competition 05 May 2019
Four Clevedon students entered our association's Spring event, competing in six separate categories. In addition, our club made a huge contribution to the staging of the event, with plenty of our students coming along to set up the night before, and help to run areas on the day. This is how it went.
Student of the Month 26 April 2019
Clevedon's Student of the Month for April is Charlotte Ball. She has shown a renewed vigour and determination this month, and begun to improve in areas she's struggled to get to grips with in the past. Well done Charlotte!
Easter Greetings 12 April 2019
After being put through a tough session last Friday, to burn off the calories in advance, all our junior students were rewarded with an Easter egg. Happy Easter everyone!
Clevedon Students at the WSKO South Wales Open 24 March 2019
Three of our students competed in the South Wales Open, recently. This is how they got on.
WSKO South Wales Open 24 March 2019
What a fantastic day we had at the WSKO South Wales Open competition today. We went along not really expecting anything, and just hoping to learn. We came back with a silver medal for Cassidy in kata and a bronze for Louis in kumite. It could have been even more. Callum drew the eventual winner in the first round in his kata category. He and Cassidy were denied bronze in the pairs kata by a 2-1 flags verdict which could very easily have gone the other way, and to be honest I thought it should have. Louis lost his kumite semi-final by the narrowest possible 1-0 margin against one of Bristol's fighters, and was always in the contest. These three have really done the club proud today. Well done!
Delayed Gradings 22 March 2019
Two of our newest students weren't available on the day of the recent grading. Unknown to them, they were watched and graded over the course of Friday's training session. At the end, they both received a lovely surprise.
New Belts Awarded 18 March 2019
The belts earned at the recent grading have all now been awarded.
Clevedon Club Grading 10 March 2019
Our biggest grading for a number of years took place at All Saints Hall yesterday. Thirty students were put through their paces and showed what they had learned. Everyone gave it everything they had, resulting in a memorable grading.
Nuffield Health Grading 09 March 2019
At our Nuffield Health club on 9th March 2019 we held a grading. The younger members seemed to cope with the nerves better than many of the older members, though in fact they are all very young. It was a successful grading with all passing. Those who did not grade this time know what they must work on to be able to grade next time. Our thanks also go to Michael Dean and Donna Robertson for their help.
Belts Awarded 21 January 2019
The remaining belts earned at the club grading in December have now been awarded.
End of Year Celebrations 21 December 2018
Clevedon Karate Kai signed off for 2018 last night with lots of awards and bags of festive fun. The 2018 Student of the Year was announced and the trophy awarded, and a number of new belts were given out, following the recent grading. Then everyone enjoyed our annual races and sweets extravaganza. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone connected with the club. See you in 2019!
Year End for Yatton 17 December 2018
Yatton has signed off for the year with this uplifting festive nativity scene. Seamus was obviously keen to be in it, too, but someone had to take the picture. We are back on January 7th. There are still pre-Christmas fun and frolics to be had on Wednesday at Tickenham and Friday at Clevedon, though.
Clevedon Club Grading 16 December 2018
The club's final grading of the year took place at All Saints Church Hall today. It was a stiff test, with extra techniques added for some grades. However, the graders stepped up to the plate, and delivered a high quality demonstration of their skills and commitment.
Nuffield Health Student of the Year 15 December 2018
Lucas Davies, who has put a lot into his training over the last year, has been awarded the Student of the Year 2018 award at our Nuffield Heath Karate Club. Congratulations Lucas, keep up the good work.
WKU Winter Dan Grading 09 December 2018
The Western Karate Union's winter dan grading took place at Bristol Dojo today. Congratulations to Charlie Roberts of South-West Shotokan, who has been training with us at Clevedon, on passing his first dan grading. Also to John Green, who was prevented from participating due to a late injury, but was awarded his second dan honorarily in any case. Oliver Smith from Nuffield Health also undertook the grading, but unfortunately was not successful on this occasion. We have no doubt that he will return, better and stronger, and eventually earn his black belt.
Nuffield Health Grading 01 December 2018
Nineteen students from our Nuffield Health club underwent a grading on Saturday. There was plenty of effort and improving technique on show, and they will all be receiving their new belts in the next couple of weeks. Well done all!
WKU Nationals 25 November 2018
Six Clevedon students stepped up to compete in the Western Karate Union's National Invitation competition at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on Sunday. Results were varied, but to us they are all champions for going out there and doing it. Well done all!
Salthouse Field Demonstration 29 August 2018
The club put on a demonstration at today's North Somerset Play Forum event on Salthouse Field. Here are three videos of the event.
New Belts Awarded 13 July 2018
Following the recent Clevedon club grading, new belts have been handed out to the successful graders.
Clevedon Club Grading 08 July 2018
In baking temperatures, twenty of our students underwent a stern examination of their technique and commitment at All Saints Church Hall, yesterday. It was hard, sweaty work, but they went to it with a will. Here's what happened.
Bristol Summer School 30 June 2018
This year's summer school, on Saturday, was a very special one, marking a staggering 50 years since the formation of Bristol Karate Club. The weather came to the party, and karateka from across the Western Karate Union, including a big contingent from the Clevedon and Nuffield Health clubs, enjoyed an excellent day of learning and fun.
Nuffield Health Student of the Month 30 June 2018
Nuffield Health's Student of the Month for June is Tula Cassim. She has been with us about four months and is already showing a great maturity for her age in the effort she puts into her training. Well done Tula!
Clevedon Student of the Month 29 June 2018
Clevedon's Student of the Month for June is Oliver Clarke. He's one of the quiet ones, but no-one should mistake that for a lack of effort and commitment. He continues to improve his technique at a steady rate, and has put all those ingredients together to grade to 3rd kyu and receive his brown belt. Great work, Oliver!
Dan Grades Session 03 June 2018
On a very hot Sunday afternoon we had a good attendance for the second of our pre Dan grading courses. Twenty-one students attended, many only there for the extra training. Clubs included were Bristol, Griffin, S.W.S.K, Yeovil and Clevedon. Thank you all for your support.
Students of the Month for May 02 June 2018
Students of the month for our respective clubs, for May. Congratulations to both!
WKU Spring Invitational Competition 06 May 2018
Five Clevedon students stepped up to represent the club in our association's first competition of the year. This is how they got on.
Clevedon Student of the Month 06 April 2018
Clevedon Student of the Month for March - Edward Green. Having passed the ten-year milestone in January, Eddie is one of our longest-serving students. Even after all that time, he has recently found another level to go to in his effort and determination, and recently marked that improvement by grading to 1st kyu. Congratulations!
Easter Eggs 23 March 2018
By way of wishing all our students, instructors and their families a Happy Easter, here are the kids from last Friday's class with the Easter eggs presented to them by the club. One of our main objectives is to get them burning off calories in a fun, constructive way. They do this so effectively that we feel we can treat them with a few more!
New Belts Awarded 23 March 2018
Following the recent Clevedon club grading, new belts have been awarded to all the successful participants.
Club Grading 18 March 2018
A bit of snow didn't stop the students of Clevedon Karate Kai from demonstrating their skills on Sunday. A busy Tickenham Village Hall witnessed twenty-six graders showing why they are worth their new belts.
Nuffield Health Grading 17 March 2018
A grading was held on Saturday 17th March at the Nuffield Health club in Bradley Stoke. Apart from a few worried faces the students gave everything and worked very hard. They can have some fun and Easter eggs next week as they have all worked hard to get to the grading level.
Students of the Month 10 March 2018
Following excellent efforts in the Gloucester KSE competition, Student of the Month awards for February have gone to two of the competitors.
Nuffield Health Student of the Month 10 February 2018
The Nuffield Health Student of the Month for January is James Fortune. This young man has really put in some effort so far this year, and richly deserves to have his commitment recognised. Well done, James!
Student of the Month 31 January 2018
Clevedon Student of the Month for January - Charlotte Ball. Continuing to train twice a week, to put in plenty of hard work, and to improve technically, Charlotte is one of the stand-out students in the class. Congratulations!