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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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Grading

Judging Panel: John Hurley (5th Dan), Alex Buxton (3rd Dan), Jeff Archer (1st Dan)   This was another large grading with a lot of effort and spirit shown by the students.   The standout performances were:   Ethan Kiernan who showed excellent form coupled with outstanding energy and effort. He was showing as much effort in ...

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Adults’ X-Mas Party 2017

The Lunatics' and guests met again to celebrate making it through to the end of the year! We had a great dinner in a relaxed atmosphere with students past and present.   Sensei John Hurley made presentations, including giving Jeff his 40th birthday present - a katana!  

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Kids’ X-Mas Party 2017

The party had to be put back a week due to the heavy snow the previous Sunday but 9 of the juniors made it to Pizza Hut in Luton this year as well as a couple of their parents for their annual “date” as well.   After making the most of the ...

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Grading

Judging Panel: John Hurley (5th Dan), Alex Buxton (3rd Dan)   This was a solid grading with good spirit from the grading hopefuls.   It was quite a large grading and all the grading hopefuls passed.   The standout performances were:   Ethan Lane who showed very high levels of focus and determination, especially considering he is only ...

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Grading

Judging Panel: John Hurley (5th Dan), Alex Buxton (3rd Dan), Jeff Archer (1st Dan)   This was a solid grading with good spirit from the grading hopefuls.   We welcome Carl Garner who assessed across from Shotokan to be awarded his Purple Belt in Higashi.   The performance of the day went to Liridona Spahija who ...

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Adult’s X-Mas Party

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by so swiftly and that time of year had come around again.   This year the Lunatics chose The Jolly Milliner for their annual Xmas Party with a record 18 in attendance including Luton’s newest, youngest and yet somehow most vocal member of ...

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Kids’ Christmas Party

It had come to that time of year when Luton’s junior students got to celebrate Christmas with some of the clubs instructors.   With previous year’s having suffered from low attendance, (one year only one student braved it and was out-numbered by the instructors 3 – 1) this year over a dozen ...

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Grading

Judging Panel: John Hurley (5th Dan), Alex Buxton (3rd Dan), Simon Mills (1st Dan)   This grading was of a very high standard and all the hopefuls passed to get their new belts.   Performances of note went to:   Ethan Kiernan - who put 100% power and effort into his whole grading. He did so ...

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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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