Clevedon Karate Kai

WKU Bristol Summer School

01 July 2017

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.

20170701_105528 Colchester Sensei Les Birkin’s spirit test for the association’s dan grades is a fixture at this event. This year he has them lying down in the car park…​

20170701_105613 …​while they take turns to climb over each other.

20170701_105730 You can only do this if you are an 8th dan, particularly if one of the people you’re standing on is a former kumite world champion.

20170701_110255 Punch up in the car park…​

20170701_110259 …​ followed by a nice sit down.

20170701_110301 On the field, more conventional techniques. Lewis evades a maigeri from Yeovil’s Sophie.

20170701_123327 Association Chief Instructor Alan Flook and Bristol’s Mark Haines can’t tell the twins apart, so they call them both up at once to demonstrate a shikodachi.

20170701_123629 Tori and partner drop into the same stance and throw out some punches.

20170701_125700_015 The kids embrace Alan’s "dead ants" routine enthusiastically.

20170701_130302_017 Bowing in for the afternoon session, the sun has come out, and it’s set fair for the afternoon.

20170701_141218 Charge!!!!

20170701_141755 Nigel teaches the Wado Ryu kata, Chinto, to a group containing a few Shotokan students.

20170701_143125 Lewis attacks, Caden evades and blocks.

20170701_143536 Maria does likewise against a back kick.

20170701_145157(0) Kevin takes a moment to go over a few points.

20170701_150138 Even in the break, the Clevedon students have enough energy to play around with a fizzy drink bottle.

20170701_150300_017 It’s the best turnout from Clevedon for this event for many years, and they’re all enjoying themselves in the sunshine.

20170701_150718 When you just want a picture of people picnicking, some old git in a loud hat jumps in and spoils it.

20170701_151111 Pip works on her gyakuzuki with the higher kyu grades from across the association.

20170701_151448_023 Lewis’s dan grade group, similarly, get back to basics.

20170701_151736 The kids don’t need a second invitation to shout as loud as they can!

20170701_151917 Evie, Bree and Isla are helping to make the noise…​

20170701_151933 …​ as is Annabel.

20170701_152051_004 The older ones are hiding at the back.

20170701_153457 They can’t hide in a circle, though, and are soon practicing their shikodachis.

20170701_153644 Adam and Oliver are also in the circle, throwing out lots of punches and making lots of noise.

20170701_153912 Alan is clearly pleased with what he’s seeing.

20170701_154038 Ippon work - Pip gets taken down.

20170701_154231_002 Lewis and Caden team up again for pair work.

20170701_154601_002 Mark keeps it lively for the kids all afternoon.

20170701_154847 It’s not just Clevedon where they all have to be shown what a proper press-up looks like!

20170701_160246_026 Adam gets airborne…​

20170701_160246_028 …​ as does Oliver.

20170701_160246_030 Charlotte wishes she was doing "normal" press-ups.

20170701_160246_032 Isla flies over the hurdles…​

20170701_160246_038 …​ while Evie concentrates on landing safely.

20170701_160246_040 Summer achieves maximum altitude, aided by the bouncy domes.

20170701_160246_042 Diesel, looking nowhere near as laid back as usual!

20170701_160246_044 The traditional squad photo at the end. Well over 100 students have attended over the day. It’s been a huge success, and everyone is smiling.