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Sunday 10th November saw ESKA hold its annual championships at the Stevenage Hombu. This year was a special year, as ESKA celebrated its 40th anniversary, so the competition was bigger and better than ever before. 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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Last night (Thursday 1st November), all students that are aiming to attempt their Dan grading on Saturday 17th November, took their Jiyu Kumite portion of the exam.

With such a large number of students aiming to grade in a few weeks, the whole lesson was devoted to this!!!

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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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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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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.

On 29th October ESKA held its annual competition. You can see the full write up here thanks to Luke Santilli we had some amazing pictures which can be found here.

Now its time for the videos…

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Last night (Thursday 2nd November), all students that are aiming to attempt their Dan grading next Saturday, took their Jiyu Kumite portion of the exam.

With such a large number of students aiming to grade next week, the whole lesson was devoted to this.

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Oss All, You’ve seen the teaser pictures, you’ve seen the official results. Now its time for the official competition pictures… They look great!

Thanks must go to Luke Santilli from Luke Santilli Photography who just so happens to be one of our many black belts.

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Events

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

Categories include:

  • Kihon (basic): 5 kicks forward followed by 5 punches backward
  • Kata (forms): Choose any Shotokan kata
  • Team Kata: Teams of two can choose any Shotokan kata
  • Kumite (freestyle fighting): Head-guards provided to juniors but all contestants must provide their own gum shield