The day begins in biggleswade

This years tour started in the first pub of the original beer tour a decade ago and the location of the now infamous “PIE GATE” incident (which will be marked by Biggleswades first Blue Circle plaque outside the pub – but it might have a bite sized chunk missing!!).

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On Saturday 11th May we held our Summer 2019 Dan grading. As usual it was held at Little Staughton Village Hall.

It gives me great pleasure to be able to share the results below.

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Many of the current ESKA students won’t know Carol, but Carol was Edward Docwra’s wife, more commonly referred to as ‘Ted’ Docwra. Ted is a celebrity within ESKA as the ‘Spirit’ cup is named after him.

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Following the very sad news of John Froy losing his battle with Cancer, we are able to confirm details of his funeral.

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We wish to share the very sad news that John Froy (2nd Dan) of the Hitchin club passed away Monday night after his long and courageous battle with cancer.

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On Sunday 24th all the ESKA students that were ready to grade gathered at the Stevenage Lifestyles Hall in Stevenage to attempt their next Kyu grading.

Read more to see how the day went…

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On the 2nd and 3rd of March 2019, a team from the recently reformed ESKA competition squad competed in the AMA International Karate Championships held in the international sports centre Ponds Forge Sheffield

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The first outing for the new ESKA squad was to the AMA Southern Championships in Kent on the 17th of Feb 2019.

It was a great competition, read on to hear about our successes!!!

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On Monday 4th February 2019, Sensei Nursey celebrated a very special birthday! With Monday also being the ‘first Monday of the month lesson’ he got the chance to celebrate it along with most of the ESKA black belts.

Before the normal lesson kicked off, Sensei stood out the front of the class and asked if everyone could get together for a group photo. After establishing a group of people that still have working knees to kneel down on the front row, we all put on our best smiles and eagerly awaiting the 10 second countdown of the camera… It quickly became awkward after 20 seconds and still no flash! So Sensei Rae was brought to the rescue to take the picture the old fashioned way.

Here’s the result…

It was great to have so many black belts attend the lesson, with 37 ESKA black belts present. After the photo we all lined up and Sensei Luke took the warm-up.

Before starting the lesson, Sensei John Gillespie stood out the front and presented Sensei Nursey with his present. All the ESKA Dan grades had a whip around, to try and enable Sensei to achieve one of his dreams of flying a Spitfire. Sensei was given a silver model Spitfire and the money collected along with a fabulous card…

We then had a shorter than normal lesson covering the importance of hip movement using a series of Age Uke’s and Gyaku Zuki’s. Alot of the senior ESKA Instructors then split off from the class to head towards the curry house, for Sensei’s surprise meal organised by Sensei Rae.

We all had an amazing curry and a couple of ‘orange juices’ to wash it down with. It was an amazing night celebrating a individual who has devoted 40 years of his life to ESKA and even more to Karate-do.

Happy Birthday Sensei and we all look forward to many more years with you at the helm of the best Martial Art’s association in the UK!!!



Over the Christmas period we heard the sad news that Sensei Roger Hall passed away.

Sensei Roger Hall as many of you will know, was a joint Chief Instructor of ESKA for many years and also a student of Sensei Mick Randall.

He like many of us, devoted his life to Karate and achieved the rank of 8th Dan. He will be missed by many, including us at ESKA.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this tough time.