The ESKA Dinner & Dance was held on 27th November 2021 at the Needham House Hotel in Little Wymondley.

The evening was full of drinks, awards, food, dancing and unity

BACK TOGETHER AFTER A LENGTHY ABSENCE

A welcome return to the Needhams House Hotel enforced by the 2020/21 lockdowns due to Covid-19. And due to the pandemic, 2019, 2020 & 2021 awards were issued.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

As is usual with our Dinner & Dance, we take this opportunity to present Dan grade certificates, Coaching qualifications and the 2 trophies; Sensei Peter Cox Karate Award and the Sensei Edward Docwra Spirit Cup. Have you checked out our Dan grade register…click here!

COACHING QUALIFICATION

Sensei Tony Stones (ESKA Coaching Officer) first to centre stage to present ESKA Instructor certificates. Many congratulations to the following individuals….

  • Ben Ison – Hatfield (Cadet Instructor)
  • Charlotte Pryor – Hatfield (Cadet Instructor)
  • Emma Haigh – Knebworth (Instructor)

2019 JUNIOR SHODAN CERTIFICATES

Sensei Nursey and Sensei Gavin Paul next got up to present the junior Shodan Certificates along with the rest of the Dan grade certificates, of which there were a quite a few…… Three years to catch up on !!

  • Ben Ison – Hatfield
  • Taiga Soejima – Westminster Lodge
  • Daiki Soejima – Westminster Lodge

2019 SHODAN CERTIFICATES

  • Maddie Webb – Stevenage
  • Mark Ladyman – Hitchin

2020 JUNIOR SHODAN CERTIFICATES

  • Rose Kusmierek-Peh – Birchwood
  • Riko Soejia – Westminster Lodge
  • Theo Price – St. Albans

2020 SHODAN CERTIFICATE

  • Emma Haigh – Knebworth

2020 NIDAN CERTIFICATES

  • Matthew Steggles – St. Albans
  • Neil Fisher – St. Albans

2020 YONDAN CERTIFICATES

  • Sensei Andrew Quenet – Hatfield
  • Sensei Masaya Yumeda – Cambridge

2020 GODAN CERTIFICATES

  • Sensei Malcolm Stamp – Hertford
  • Sensei Ian Ramsden – Hatfield

2020 ROKUDAN CERTIFICATE

  • Sensei Tony Stones – Knebworth

2021 JUNIOR SHODAN CERTIFICATE

  • Bridget Breheny – Westminster Lodge

2021 NIDAN CERTIFICATES

  • Tony Bygrave – Ickleford
  • Graham Fountain – Knebworth
  • Nigel De Silva – Knebworth

2021 SANDAN CERTIFICATES

  • Sensei Andrew De Roy – St. Albans
  • Sensei Jenny Hanson – Knebworth
  • Sensei Matthew Passingham – Knebworth

2021 YONDAN CERTIFICATES

  • Sensei Jo Potts – Cambridge
  • Sensei Michael Dodds – Hatfield
  • Sensei Steve Pearce – Ickleford

2021 Godan Certificate

  • Sensei Glenn Hildyard – Takeley & Little Canfield

2021 Rokudan Certificate

  • Sensei Ian Walters – Duxford

After all of the Dan grade certificates were awarded it was time to move onto the 2 awards. First up was the Sensei Peter Cox Karate Award, which is awarded to a karate-ka under the age of 21. Then we completed the awards with the Sensei Edward Docwra Spirit Cup.

SENSEI PETER COX – KARATE AWARD

In light of the demands of training for their shodan grading in the middle of a pandemic, this year’s award is to be shared by all gaining their junior shodan

  • Jayden Basa
  • Jenhiel Basa
  • Bridget Breheny
  • Charlotte Catlin
  • Oliver De Silva
  • Lucas Fountain
  • Jack Galloway
  • Max Galloway
  • Kacper Kedziak
  • Andreas Petcov
  • Jacob Tofts

SENSEI EDWARD DOCWRA – SPIRIT CUP

  • Sensei Steve Pearce

Then it was down to partying the night away, whether it was dancing to the Macarena on the dance floor, or a cheeky Guinness at the bar, everyone was having fun! It all finished at the hotel bar with some ‘quiet’ drinks concluding at the early time of 5:30am. I’m sure there were some sore heads in the morning…

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