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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
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.
New Black Belts for Oxford Karate Academy, October 2017 - Tue 24, Oct 2017 17:04:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
This weekend's seminar concluded with examinations. The results are a result of hard work and commitment. These members of Oxford Karate Academy have passed the following Black Belt tests.
Ilana Cope 1st Dan Seiwakai & 1st Dan JKF Gojukai
Charlotte Ree 1st Dan Seiwakai & 1st Dan JKF Gojukai
Jack Nichols 1st Dan Seiwakai & 1st Dan JKF Gojukai
Joe Bennett 1st Dan Seiwakai
Hkanhpa Sadan 1st Dan JKF Gojukai & 2nd Dan Seiwakai
Great results and congratulations, I'm very happy and proud to have you in my life.
7th Dan Seiwakai & 7th Dan JKF Gojukai
Kaizen Ryu Competition 1st October 2017 results - Mon 2, Oct 2017 15:38:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
Both Shihan Paul Coleman and Sensei Natalia Coleman were extemely pleased with the results at yesterday's competition. After an early morning rise of 05:00am, we set of on a 2 hour journey to Essex. The group had only one person jump team at 00:20!
The following results were from just 10 competitors in total, with just one person not winning a medal.
GOLD: Daniel Hutton a junior 1st Dan black belt.
Silver: Elisabetta Mainwaring 1st Dan .
Bronze: Ali Haouam, Jessica Champion, Charlotte Ree and Conor Davies 2nd Dan.
Team kata (pairs)
Silver Charlotte Ree and Ilana Cope.
Silver Elisabetta Mainwaring and Conor Davies.
GOLD: Charlie Hutton.
GOLD: Daniel Hutton.
GOLD: Elisabetta Mainwaring.
GOLD: Conor Davies.
Bronze: Charlotte Ree, Ilana Cope and Hsiu Chuo Kuo.
Tally .... 10 competitors = 5 GOLDS, 3 silvers and 7 bronzes.
Well done team OKA.
Shihan Paul & Sensei Natalia
Japan 2017 - Fri 1, Sep 2017 16:46:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
Mid July 2017 saw Senseis Natalia Coleman, Conor Davies and Shihan Paul Coleman, along with Blade Coleman set off for Japan. On route we got to visit Hong Kong and walk around this amazing place for an afternoon whilst in transit to Japan.
The first day in Japan was spent in Tokyo and we had a pleasant night out with a Japanese style table top barbecue.
Day two in Japan and we walked to Tokyo Station to book our seats on The Kamacho Shinkansen (bullet train) to Omagari in Akita province.
Day three was when the training began and it was great seeing so many old faces. People were there training from Australia, Canada, America, Slovakia and many other countries.
At the end of day six Conor Davies, 19 years old passed his Seiwakai 2nd dan test. Congratulations from all at Oxford Karate Academy.
The next part of our trip was a day on the bullet train to Wakayama City. In Wakayama we rented a small Japanese apartment with 2 bedrooms, sleeping on a tatami floor on futons. The walls were sliding shoji doors/walls.
The next day we set off for a further 2 days of training with various groups of us training under a variety of different JKF Gojukai senior instructors. Shihan Paul Coleman was extremely happy and fortunate to once more train under the guidance of Akira Shiomi Hanshi 9th Dan, working on Kururunfa Kata.
The day after, Shihan Paul Coleman was happy to be working with Sensei Tatsuo Takegawa. Takegawa Sensei was with the IOGKF many years ago, as was Shihan Paul. During this session we worked on Sepai Kata and Takegawa Sensei was most enjoyable and educational to train with and under. His explanations were superb, as Takegawa Sensei speaks very good English.
The following two days were to be the 43rd All Japan Karate Do Goju Kai Championships. Sensei Conor Davies was the only member of the British contingency to win a fight and his first bout was against a Japanese adversary who Conor beat with a convincing 4 - 0. The second bout of Conor's was a close bout and Conor was ahead at 5 - 4. The bout was stopped with a score and then resumed with just three seconds to go. Conor got penalised for non-engagement for just THREE seconds and a penalty was given and the point to his Japanese opponent making "hikiwake" a draw. The new WKF (World Karate Federation) rules no longer have an extension with the first to score becoming the winner with Senshu, the new rules with a draw, dictate the first person to score in the event of a draw in the winner. I feel it hard to judge non-engagement/time wasting for just three seconds, but the referee's gave the decison and hey, we were in Japan against a Japanese opponent! Well done to Conor.
Shihan Paul Coleman entered the Veterans Kata for the third time. He previously competed in kata at the All Japan Karate Do Goju Kai Championships in Sendai 2014 and in Beppu, Oita in 2015. Shihan Paul convincingly beat his Japanese opponent in kata and thought he was through to the final eight, hoever, it wasn't to be. It was not by ellimination that decided the final eight, it was the eight highest scores and Shihan Paul missed out by just .1 of a point! Dissapointed with himself for leaving out the second kiai, which would of lost him a drop in score.
Hopefully Akita 2018 in Japan will see an improved set of results.
Junior 1st Dan pass for Daniel Hutton. - Fri 1, Sep 2017 16:19:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
In June of 2017, Daniel Hutton, just ten years old tested for junior 1st Dan and passed. Well done Daniel, from all at Oxford Karate Academy.
2017 has been fantastic and we still have three months to go! - Fri 1, Sep 2017 16:17:00 by Shihan | Comment(0)
In February we had a group from Oxford Karate Academy travel to Russia to compete. The group did extremely well and our sponsors helped enormously. The three competitors that were sponsored, all came home medal winners.