2023 in review...
Dan Grade Promotions
At the end of 2023 we congratulate new Dan grade promotions for East Coast Shotokan Karate club.
Chief Instructor James Atkin-Wagg has been awarded his 6th Dan,
William Suffling has been awarded his 5th Dan.
Gaynor Atkin-Wagg achieved her 3rd Dan
Megan Macasil achieved her 2nd Dan,
and Conor Kane achieved his 2nd Dan.
New Dan Grades
We also congratulate 2 new dan grades to the club;
Coco D'hont and Harry Howes-Ward achieved their Shodan.
Successful Kyu Gradings
Throughout the year we hold kyu gradings, all of which have had 100% pass rate.
It's so great to see the development and achievements in our kyu grades.
Winter & Summer Gashuku
East Coast Shotokan Karate club have been a part of the SKIFF Winter and Summer Gashuku's for many years now. In 2023, it has been great to take new students for their first experience of the karate weekends.
These weekends involve training with instructors and other students from across the country; from Bo staff to nunchucks, self-defence to beach training. Lots of karate and team games, but most of all, lots of fun!
First Aid Training
We held a first aid training course for all ages and abilities, club members, family and friends. This was very infomative and involved all who attended making it a fun day. Certificates awarded too.
Training with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 8th Dan
It was an absolute honour for our instructors James Atkin-Wagg and Gaynor Atkin-Wagg, and student Megan Macasil, to be invited to train with Kancho Nokuaki Kanawa in Watford with SKIFF.
East Coast Shotokan Karate club 'Wore It Pin' to raise money for Breast Cancer.
For 1 week, all students and instructors wore pink belts and managed to raise just under £100 for charity.
Our Chief Instructor James Atkin-Wagg was asked to teach on a national ju-jitsu seminar. Students from both ju-jitsu and karate attended and learned new skills.