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Welcome to Luton Higashi Karate Kai

Based in Luton, we have been established for 20 years and the standards set at the club are of the highest level. Luton Higashi is ranked among the top clubs in the UK and Sensei John Hurley is the highest graded Higashi instructor in Herts, Beds and Bucks.

New for 2018

The Luton Higashi Karate Club is relaunching in 2018 with a whole host of events and activities planned which we hope will interest, entertain and educate new and old students and their friends and families, alike.

I’ll start by congratulating those students who recently passed their gradings at our dojo for their next grade on 4th December - they all put on a good show of determination and strength of character to keep going, with everyone taking the test passing. You can read more about this on our website news page. Details for that at the end of this article.

At a separate event, the Higashi Christmas Kata Course in Maldon in Essex on 9th December, Danni Noble graded for her 3rd dan and put on a stellar performance to impress the grading panel of the highest grades in the Higashi Karate Kai federation, headed up by Peter Spanton 9th dan. Sensei Spanton is one of the UK’s most highly regarded karate practitioners, being one of the first in the UK to achieve a black belt in 1966 in the style we train in - Wado Ryu. Sensei Spanton also visits the Luton dojo for an annual teaching seminar. More on this later…

Now, on to the future! In 2018 there will be much more of a focus on competition and preparing students for competing at local and national levels. There will be a variety of ways we will do this, such as having mini competitions at our dojo and taking students to watch competitions to see how it all works. We want all of our students to have the opportunity to compete if they wish. It’s not compulsory, but we do encourage it as it really does build confidence and character preparing for and then competing in competitions… and it’s fun!

Event wise, we plan on having an “Adults Fun Day”, provisionally booked for 4th February, where we invite parents of our existing students to come along and “have a go” for free. You will get to experience exactly what your children do for those few hours a week and will be able to relate more to them and talk more knowledgeable about what they’ve been up to when you next pick them up!

Skipping forward, we will have a special fancy dress training session at Halloween and will finally get to know the answer of who would win in a fight between Dracula and the Wolfman!

Throughout the year we will have visits from a number of martial artists from other styles who will teach seminars and specific skills that are unique to them. For instance, Steve Reynolds is a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) practitioner who is also skilled in “close protection”, i.e. being a bodyguard and all that this entails. His seminars are always entertaining and very interesting - learning how to protect a VIP, keep them safe and to disarm attackers. We also have visits from jiu jitsu and kung fu experts at different times, so we also learn about “groundwork” (grappling on the floor) with the jiu jitsu and different ways of punching and kicking with kung fu.

There will be more events and special seminars added throughout the year. Keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook page for more information. You can also sign up for a regular newsletter.

We hope that all of this exciting news will intrigue you and keep you coming back for more throughout 2018!

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