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!!!

Oss!

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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.

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.

Our annual ESKA Dinner & Dance was held on 24th November 2018 at the Needham House Hotel in Little Wymondley.

This was the 2nd year the event has been held back at the Needham House Hotel a central location which is great for most clubs to get to.

The evening was full of drinks, awards, food, dancing and most importantly fun!

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On Saturday 17th November we held our Winter 2018 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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Oss All, You’ve seen the results. Now its time for the official competition pictures… They look great!

Thanks must go to Sensei Angus Pearson, who was our official photographer on the day and Jenny Hanson who added some great shots of her own.

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Saturday 20th October saw ESKA hold its annual championships at the Stevenage Hombu. As always, the event was a great success and all that attended enjoyed the high quality of karate on show. From the youngest junior to the oldest adult; everyone showed a high level of commitment and spirit. Judges were particularly impressed with the etiquette of the students participating.

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Calling all Karate-ka

With the autumn grading over, its time to focus on the 2018 competition that’s open to absolutely EVERYONE within ESKA. This year the competition is on a Saturday and all contestants will receive a participation medal and certificate with trophies being awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Check out the event page.

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On the 18th September 2013, the Ickleford Dojo opened its doors for the very first time! On Sunday 9th September 2018 it celebrated its 5th Birthday with a huge party!

From the feedback received, everyone had an amazing time!

5 Years Ago

On Wednesday 18th September 2013 the Ickleford club opened its Dojo doors for the very first time. There was 19 students in the very first lesson and Sensei Steve was assisted by Sempai Aidan and Rennan. Of the 19 students at the very first lesson, I am pleased to say we still have 3 of them with us… Eren (1st Kyu – 1 Black Tag), Patrick (1st Kyu – 1 Black Tag) and Jem (Brown Belt)! Also congratulations to Eren and Patrick for reaching their 5 year karate milestone (Jem had a short break in between).

Here’s a couple of shots from the very first lessons:

 

Party

The Ickleford club were very lucky to be allowed to use Ickleford School’s premises for the party. There was lots going on throughout the day, with plenty of food and drinks:

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Inflatable Duel
  • Rounders
  • Football
  • Bowls
  • Connect 4
  • Jenga
  • BBQ – Burgers and Hot Dogs!
  • Sweets & Crisps
  • CAKE!!!

The party started at 12pm and ran until about 4pm, then all of the assistant instructors and helpers went for a well deserved Curry!

 

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On Saturday 4th August, the ESKA senior grades and club instructors gathered at Sensei Nursey’s house for a summer BBQ.

We were spoiled with the weather and fun was had all round!

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