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19th February Special Guest session - Mon 18, Feb 2019 18:44:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

We are extremely excited to have our guest instructor session for Sport Karate.


Satinder Sehra 5th Dan is an EKF Southern Region Kumite Coach. Satinder is a practitioner of Wado Ryu Karate and has a karate history spanning over 25 years.

Oxford Karate Academy (Goju Ryu) is proud to host Satinder at our Headington location.
Venue: The United Reformed Church, Collinwood Road, Oxford OX3 8HW

The 24 hour Katathon has been completed. Read the overview below. - Wed 16, Jan 2019 17:33:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
The 24 hour Katathon was an truly wonderful event. The event was organised by Sensei Joe Bennett.

At exactly 6pm an alarm beeped and Sensei Joe began practicing kata. Tariq Saeed, did all 24 hours alongside Joe. Tariq is the new Duracell Bunny ....he just kept going, despite fluttering eyelids form tiredness. We had a visitor come all the way from Devon, well done Dave from SYTL dojo in Honiton. Clifford Williams joined us from Australia, now living in London. Paul Batters arrived for the last hour.

Some of the first juniors to arrive were Madeline and Logan Simon. Madeline is eight years old and Logan just six years old. They both loved the event and came back at 05:30 for more karate! Yes, you read that correctly ... 5.30 in the MORNING!

Other juniors who had karate, fun and/or food ...Yayu Chen, Ai Ling Shi, Emilia Linton who are all good friends. Then there we had Eva and Jamie Arencibia, Ewa Klovek, Oliver Lemon from Berinsfield dojo.

Taking photos we had Connor Casey and his dad Micheal Casey training.

Pushpa Chaure ran her "Adora Pakora" cookery workshop and made everyone a wonderful Chicken Makhni curry and a vegetarian chickpea curry, pakoras, pickles, rice etc. Delicious!!!

Rachel Gill did the breakfast schedule, with egg baps, bacon baps and egg and bacon baps. The evening saw the birth of the hotcross bun bacon bap with chilli peppers! Well done Rachel.

Annie Pesskin added some fuel to the tank of our event warriors, with her gorgeous seeded homemade bread and strawberrry jam, with hand picked strawberries. Thanks Annie.

I sold a few old karate magazines.

Thomas Belassie came straight from work and did 23 hours ....lighweight! lol Tom managed to get some members of staff from Cokethorpe School to donate £78 to the event. Well done Tom The Bomb and thanks to those who donated from Cokethorpe School.

I hadn't slept at all Wednesday or Thursday and during the early hours laid down on the dojo floor and nodded off for a while. I woke thinking I was in a dream! What greeted my eyes was Batman and a dwark carring Joe Bennett, and someone in a hi-vis vest and cycle helmet doing kata together. Joe Bennett vanished and came back in a bright yellow test crash dummy outfit! Slightly mad to say the least, but a whole lot of fun. Joe is always up for a challenge and a laugh and has been a friend for at least 30 years. During the night he taught a Shotokan kata.

At midnight we presented some beautiful Shureido Black Belts to Natalia, Thomas, Joe and even I had one. This was celebrated with Champagne.

The Gills were in force and all four will go to Japan. It is just so exciting to Have Emmanuel Gill, Rachel, Elijah and Shanti all on board with the trip.

Natalia Coleman was very sweet and dashed home to get an inflatable mattress for me and blankets and duvets for a few of us. Natalia Sensei set up a bouncy castle to the kids' delight and to witness Tom and Joe doing kata on the bouncy castle was something else! Natalia will be going to Japan for her third time, along with Blade Marshall Coleman's third trip to Japan.

Tariq's older brother Burhan joined in the event and will be joining us in Japan with Tariq.

Ilana Cope put in a performance along with Rowan Ibbotson two great young ladies. Ilana was with us in Russia as was Joe and Rowan will be travelling to Japan.

Daniel Hutton and Charlie Hutton had fun learning some Shotokan and obviously working on their Goju Kata. I love these boys.They put so much energy and focus into all that they do.

Lennon "Meatball" Matthews-White was there. Thanks to Matthew Saff White and Sam Matthews for supporting the event and taking Lennon.

Bree Bulgin put in a lot of hours, well done Bree. Bree trains in Berinsfield with Sensei Joe and Sensei Hkanhpa Sadan.

Joe's wife Carole dropped Kieran Bennett in to join us. Kieran competed in Russia two years ago. Joe's twin boys joined us as also.

Blade did well but took a sleep. A long night for a little boy.

Ali Haouam was there doing karate and enjoying the food. His mum Mirka was taking part in the "Adora Pakora" workshop. Well done for supporting us Mirka. She was joined by Raquel Lopez who trains with Sensei Natalia. Raquel brought her son along, young Aram Bazo-Lopez, who trains with Sensei Natalia.

We were blessed with the presence of father and son duo Mehmet Ali Mehmet (dad) and Tarkan Mehmet (son) who teach for Seiwakai in London. Two tough guys! I was very pleased to have them in my Sepai workshop.

Tammy Jade Downes and Toree joined in with the fun, enjoying the karate and the food. The bouncy castle is always a great idea for the junior members.

Tom Patch popped in to train. Ben Solomon came for the last part. Pierrick Doucet dazzled us with his Rubik Cube skills, asking me to muddle it up and he would unmuddle it within a minute.

A total of £670.85 was raised. A fantastic effort from everyone. Big thanks to you all and a special thanks to Joe Bennett.

— with Ben Solomon, Tariq Saeed, Daniel Hutton and 14 others at Goju Karate Academy , Headington , Oxford.

How will you approach 2019 compared to 2018? - Mon 31, Dec 2018 20:16:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)


A new year is usually with new hopes and challenges.

As a karateka, what will you seek in your training?

Maybe set a few goals:

Could you do more press-ups? More sit-ups? But why?

Press-ups create a great challenge and as a compound exercise you'll get stronger arms and chest. Your overall fitness will improve.


Could you become more flexible? But why?

To be able to kick higher with less chance of a muscle strain is one reason. Many just enjoy seeing their feet whizzing up to head height with some cool karate kicks. For those competing, head kicks score the maximum of three points per kick. It can also make you more formidable to spar or compete against.


Will you learn a new kata?

With just 12 katas in Goju Ryu Karate, there is a lot of depth hidden within. Is a new kata your aim? Or is it to learn something NEW within the kata you think you already know?


Will you be aiming at another belt? Will it be yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, brown or the much coveted BLACK BELT? Remember, YOUR own dojo, The "Oxford Karate Academy" has historically developed many Black Belts, some who have gone on to become Karate Senseis themselves.


Set your goals and share them with your fellow Karate students at Oxford Karate Academy. Share your desire to improve with your instructors. If you're a child, your parents should be pushing you forward towards the success that those who work hard achieve. Remember "The ONLY place success comes before work, is in the dictionary".

Our newest Black Belt is Joshua Cullum - Sun 16, Dec 2018 22:56:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

Saturday the 15th December was an exciting day. Test candidates arrived to challenge themselves and test to the next belt.


The highest grade on the day was junior Black Belt Joshua Cullum. Joshua really did have a tough test. Gasping for breath after so many rounds of kumite, Joshua was sniffing back blood in his nose, unknown to the examiners.


A great achievement and congratulations Joshua.


Joshua is Black Belt No 104 though Oxford Karate Academy.

The OKA Summer Raffle Prizes went to ....... - Tue 21, Aug 2018 17:39:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

Oxford Karate Academy Summer Raffle Winners

1st prize        WINNER Ali Haouam

140 watt electric ride on scooter


2nd prize        WINNER Tina Szucs          

2 x annual passes to Oxford Botanic Gardens and Harcourt Arboretum


3rd prize        WINNER Theo Magallano                      

2 x Wednesday passes to The Wolf Conservation Trust


4th prize        WINNER Mariusz Martewicz

1 x day pass to Active Camps @ Oxford High School


5th prize        WINNER Libby Hopper

1 x voucher for 2 adults and 3 children to Partyman World of Play


6th prize        WINNER Sandra Hutton

1 x pass for 1 adult and 1 child to Crocodile World


7th prize        WINNER Libby Hopper

2 x skate/scooter session vouchers for 2 people including hire at ATB Swindon


8th prize        WINNER Cayzer Chowdhury

1 x weekend Golden (Family) ticket to The Roald Dahl Museum


9th prize        WINNER Libby Hopper

1 x Family swim voucher to Swindon Oasis

Title - Fri 10, Aug 2018 20:56:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

Shihan Paul & Sensei Natalia had an incredibly busy schedule in Japan this year. A few details to kata training were noted and practiced. 8th Dan Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi's teaching was excellent. Lots of basics, lots of repetition and sweat. Omagari was 90% humidity.

It was good meeting with Seiwakai members from around the globe.

Evening times were often spent singing at karaoke clubs.

Shihan Paul was fortunate enough once more to train with 9th Dan Akira Shiomi Hanshi at the JKF Goju Kai seminar in Akita. Again, details on Suparinpei to our small group lucky enough to train with this maestro.

Oxford Karate Academy announces our two new black belts - Thu 21, Jun 2018 12:05:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

The 16th of June 2018 saw two new Black Belts pass Junior 1st Dan.

Ten year old Charlie Hutton and Cayzer Chowdhury.

Both have trained for five years and this test was a tough one. Congratulations to you both.

Junior Team OKA Success in Italy - Thu 22, Feb 2018 03:40:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
Junior Team OKA Success in Torino, Italy 18th February 2018
Blade Coleman - Bronze Kata - Silver Kumite
Corin Huth - Bronze kata - Gold Kumite
Daniel Hutton - Silver Kumite - Gold Kata
Charlie Hutton - Gold Kata - Gold Kumite
What a fantastic result for our four young members from Oxford Karate Academy. All won medals from Blade aged 6 just last moth, up to Daniel aged 13.
Great parental support from Mick Hutton and Michael Huth.
Well done lads, we are extremely proud of you.
Paul & Natalia Coleman
Tuesday new class in Risinghurst - Tue 2, Jan 2018 01:49:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

Please note we have moved the Tuesday class to Risighurst. The venue is the same as Wednesday.

The passing of Shihan Leo Lipinski - Mon 1, Jan 2018 20:55:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)

This morning, January 1st 2018, Shihan Leo Lipinski 8th Dan Seiwakai and 8th Dan JKF GOJUKAI went to the big dojo in the sky.

He formed many groups around the globe and was a pioneer for so many. His legacy spans many countries, including South Africa, USA, Europe, Australia, Asia, Japan and beyond.

We traveled together many a time for several decades. We laughed, quarrelled, joked, drank and ate and even did karate!

Fly high Shihan. You’ve blazed a karate path that many will continue the journey along. You’ll never be forgotten.

Condolences to your family and friends, fellow karatekas and loved ones.





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