December grading and Bill Winfield competition details

15 November 2015

Our final grading of the year we will be joining a number of other clubs at a grading day hosted by Bath Shotokan Karate Club.

The venue is Sir Bernard Lovell School, North Street, Oldland Common, BS30 8TS. After the grading there will be a small competition for children, aimed at introducing our younger members to tournaments, in memory of Sensei Bill Winfield who was the instructor of Backwell club founder, Sensei Bryan Gideon. Times are as follows:

Registration: 11.30am
Training: 12-2pm
Grading: 2.30-5pm
Competition: 5pm

Remember that the KUGB grading rules state that those wishing to grade must train a minimum of twice a week. We translate this to at least 24 lessons and would encourage you to train as regularly as possible in order to improve your Karate skills and give you the best possible opportunity to pass your grading in full. Only those members who are at the standard required will be able to take the grading. If you are unsure as to whether you can grade, please speak to Sensei Tim Griffiths.

Fees for the training/grading are set by Bath Shotokan Karate Club and, as such are slightly more expensive for those training and grading at £25 per person. Training only is £5.

Registration is not required in advance of the grading day and you are responsible for bringing an up-to-date KUGB licence with you on the day. If your licence is out of date or you are a new member and do not yet have a red KUGB membership book and licence then please sort this right away.

We expect all of our members who are under 16 and that attend the day to take part in what is a fun competition, aimed at introducing our younger members to a competition environment. This competition is free to enter and in previous years, the best overall competitor has been awarded a free place at a weeklong KUGB spring or summer residential course. The categories are as follows:

Mixed Kata (7th kyu and below)
Mixed Gohon Kumite (7th kyu and below)
Mixed Kata (6th kyu and above)
Mixed Ippon Kumite (6th kyu and above)

We have a great history of performing well at this competition and would be delighted to see this continue, so get practising and good luck!