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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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HKK Nationals Competition 2016

The Luton Lunatics had a great time at the HKK Nationals at Brunel University. We had another strong showing with over 20 competitors.   Everyone worked hard in the months leading up to the competition with longer training sessions as well as extra sessions. We would see if it would all pay off!   The ...

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Sensei Peter Spanton Seminar

On Sunday 15th November, Luton welcomed Chief Instructor and 9th Dan, Peter Spanton to take our training session. Dan grades and Brown belts had the opportunity to train for an hour, with Sensei Spanton, before the rest of the Luton Karate Kai arrived. It was an action packed hour, starting with ...

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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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Luton Upgraded

It was a great day for the Luton Lunatics as three of its members were upgraded at the December Kata Course run by Sensei Peter Spanton (8th Dan). Following the short kata course, Sensei John Hurley was honored to be awarded his 5th Dan. Then the hopefuls lined up for their grading.  ...

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Sensei John Hurley Awarded 5th Dan

Sensei John Hurley was delighted to be awarded his Godan (5th Dan) at the December kata course run by Sensei Peter Spanton.   This is a huge honor and recognition of John's contribution to Karate in general and Higashi in particular. Since he was awarded his 4th Dan in North Wales in 2005, ...

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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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Sensei Peter Spanton Seminar 2013

The Luton Lunatics were honoured to welcome Sensei Peter Spanton to the dojo for his annual seminar. We were also very pleased to have guests from a number of other dojos and also from the Rokakai federation join us for the day.   We started off with the brown and black belt ...

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HKK Nationals 2013

The Luton Lunatics had a great time at the HKK Nationals at Brunel University. The day started strong with the juniors winning a number of gold and silver medals in the kata categories. When they moved onto the Kumite they did just as well.   After lunch, it was the turn of ...

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