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:



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!



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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So, here is the ESKA 2018 “Deep South Real Ale Tour” synopsis with the usual anecdotal stories…. Sensei Gavin having yet another food issue, Sensei Tony still unable to drink a full pint of Ale, the welcome introduction of 2 new “Real Alers” and of course another excellent final meal to finish the night off.

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On 26th and 27th May the rearranged AMA International Karate Championships took place in Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The great news is ESKA had some winners… Read on for more details:

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On Saturday 12th May we held our Summer and first in 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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On the weekend of 7/8th April a few of the students from the Hatfield/Birchwood/Codicote clubs went down to Sittingbourne in Kent to take part in the AMA Southern Competition.

I thought it would be a good idea to check it out ahead of potentially committing the whole of the ESKA squad next year… Read on to see how we got on.

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With May’s Dan Grading fast approaching, its time to share details of the Pre Dan Grading Course.

Everyone who intends on grading in May MUST attend this course to be eligible to grade.

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I’m sure most of you are already well aware, that the grading is this Sunday.

Whilst you are busy with your last minute preparations and practice we wanted to remind you of a few things…

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We have just been made aware that the AMA Championships 2018 have been cancelled by the event organisers.

This is due to the adverse weather conditions currently being experienced and with more severe weather planned to be on the way, this was deemed the best course of action for the organisers.

We will keep you updated if the competition is to be rearranged for another date. Please watch this space.