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Oxford Karate Academy / Re: BBQ
« on: August 10, 2008, 04:21:31 PM »
I am happy to do some organising, but currently I am in France. It would be good to see if people could mark their interest in attending. I won't be in class till the 15th so posts on the website would be a good method

Oxford Karate Academy / BBQ
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:23:20 PM »
Are people up for a small gatehring, say a BBQ when Shihan is back. I was thinking something like Aug 16th for the afternoon. Let me know your thoughts ;D

Off Topic! / Re: New class Saturday
« on: June 14, 2008, 02:34:31 PM »
I would train on a Saturday. When the hockey season is over I am often left wanting a exercise session on a sat. The only issue is with my hockey I could only do it for half a year. So I am not a useful yes in judging numbers to make it viable I suppose ;D.

Oxford Karate Academy / BBL seminar
« on: April 20, 2008, 09:41:53 AM »
Just a message to say thanks to all concerned for two excellent sessions at the BBL seminar. The first session was excellent and I felt I really took home a lot of knowledge from the training. Jamie's teaching approach was excellent. The second session allowed me to get a good sweat up and I felt I was finally getting the hang of the throws we had looked at in earlier classes. One last point. It was great to see all the new faces from other clubs and during training the attitude was excellent. It really was like we had been from one club.

One last point, a big well done to Joe Calzaghe.....good lad ;D

General Discussion / Re: Training hard.
« on: April 15, 2008, 11:49:09 PM »
Great session tonight. The 2000 technique class was excellent and it was nice to great a good sweat on. I am looking forward to more of the same ;D

Oxford Karate Academy / Re: japan 08 come and share ideas
« on: March 14, 2008, 09:28:29 PM »
Loved your idea Charlie about Witney and fund raising. I am keen to support it and I think it is a belter of an idea. Maybe Chris's balls will reappear to join in this later down the road

Fitness / Re: Conditioning?
« on: February 24, 2008, 04:06:04 PM »
I am back from my holiday and looking forward to getting back training. Just a quick point about fitness / conditioning. I was on a skiing holiday for five days and I really noticed the improvement in my condition. Before karate I struggled to do a days skiing. Excuse the spelling but the shiko-dachis have proven themselves to be useful. See you all in the week ;D

Friday's lesson was good fun, plenty of cardio........more of the same please ;D

OKA Website Feedback / Re: Class photo's!
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:31:58 PM »
Agreed.......I noticed Jenny taking photos during the last grading. Are these on the site?

OKA Website Feedback / Re: Class photo's!
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:37:30 PM »
I think it is a great idea. i just got broadband at home and i am loving looking at all the videos. We should try to get some videos of our kata and sparring on the site. It would be great to see.

Oxford Karate Academy / Re: Sparring !
« on: July 01, 2007, 11:24:07 AM »
Just a quick question from a lower grade perspective. I really enjoy sparring but in my enthusiasm I get confused. When sparring I often feel I should move quick, bounce a lot a bit like a boxer, but I often see and hear from higher grades to slow down and it seems they make very slow but considered steps.  What are a few basic guidelines that I could remember to do with sparring and movement? :D

Fitness / Re: Strength Building
« on: June 14, 2007, 07:54:57 PM »
I found the variation of exercises on weds very useful particularly the new way of doing press ups. I quite enjoyed the ones with the rotation onto one arm. In addition yes, I will be at the Friday lesson and a few pointers on some strength building style press ups would be well received ;D

Many thanks

Fitness / Strength Building
« on: June 14, 2007, 02:56:30 PM »
I am wondering the best use of push ups to help build upper body strength. Is it best to focus on as many reps as possible with little recovery time, or is it better to do a significant amount over a longer exercise period? I understand the principle of using high weights and low reps to build muscle and low weight high reps to build endurance, is this sort of applicable to push ups. Any advice would be greatly received.

Testimonials / Re: Just wanted to say thanks
« on: April 06, 2007, 09:04:27 AM »
Your post prompted me to write something positive about the OKA. I joined for the same reasons as you and Chris and similarly have found that I have massively benefitted from Goju-Ryu. I have become fitter than I have ever been. This has given me greater confidence and interestingly, my other sporting pursuits have benefitted. By better understanding body mechanics I have become a stronger hockey player. Specifically it is things such as stances, and the understanding of generating force that have helped my sporting ability. I am very pleased that I came across the OKA by chance when searching for a martial arts club. This now even provides me with something positive when my hockey playing days will be over.

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