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Ogwen Bank 2018

A new year and another eventful week at Ogwen with Liridona Spahija, John Hurley and Jeff Archer. Honestly I had a few ideas of what to expect but what I didn’t see coming was me being delegated the nickname Jar Jar Binks! In the few days I was at Ogwen ...

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Ogwen Bank 2017

This year, the Luton delegation to the Ogwen summer course, was just three veterans - John Hurley, Jeff Archer and Simon Mills. But what we lacked in numbers we made up for in insect bites! I’m fairly certain John’s tally alone would have equalled everyone else’s added together!   Putting the ...

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Ogwen Bank 2016

Ogwen 2016 was a very special one for me. Even more special than my first one in 2011 where I was confirmed at the same grade (3rd kyu) after a 22 year break away from training with the Higashi family - an emotional high point, for sure! This was the ...

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Ogwen Bank 2015

Well, here we are on the Friday, 2nd day home after returning from Ogwen 2015. I'm sat in Costa with a coffee wondering where the heck those four days went? They always pass so quickly, those days of intense karate training and hard work, when you're so focused on executing ...

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Ogwen Bank 2014

Report by Aaron Holdsworth As Ogwen rolled around I was hit with a pang of excitement tinged with more than a touch of nerves. Heading down with John on the Friday evening gave me the chance to relax, drink and get a lay of the land before the course started ...

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Ogwen Bank 2013

Once again it seems like only yesterday since we were last in Ogwen and preparing for Alex and Hayley to take their next grades. The year has sped by; this would be my 21st year in Ogwen which now makes me feel old as I first attended when I was ...

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Ogwen Bank, 6th-10th May 2012

John Hurley   Well as normal the Ogwen Bank course takes ages to get here and is finished in a blink of an eye, this one was no exception as it was the 40th Year the Ogwen course had been running. We had 12 of the Luton Lunatics in attendance (john” the ...

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