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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 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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Sifu Rob Simpson Seminar

On Sunday 6th December Luton Higashi once again had the pleasure of hosting Sifu Rob Simpson’s annual visit to our Dojo.   Whilst attendance was not at the height that it had been on previous years, it was never the less well received by all grades that participated.   The higher grades we taught ...

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Glen Lobo Silat Seminar

We have a lot of brilliant guest trainers visit us at the club, we learn and laugh a lot and our most recent visit was from Glen who gave us a small glimpse into Silat.   We started with blocking attacks to the head then throwing a counter attack for our partner ...

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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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Sifu Rob Simpson Kung Fu Seminar

On Sunday 7th December we welcomed Sifu Rob Simpson into the dojo for our annual Kung Fu Seminar. After the greetings in Chinese and Japanese for mutual respect, Sifu Simpson then showed the higher grades a Tai Chi routine we would later be using against our fellow students.   First Sifu Simpson ...

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Steve Reynolds Seminar

On Sunday 31st August 2014 we welcomed Steve Reynolds to our dojo as a guest instructor to give us a seminar on street defence. The session began with some familiar warm ups involving running and press-ups. But that's where the familiarity ended. We then did some relay type exercises to ...

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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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Hanshi Jo Biggs Ju-Jutsu Seminar

We were honoured to welcome Hanshi Jo Biggs, ably assisted by Renshi Mark Craddock to the Dojo.   We focused on the strategies involved in countering a knife attack including avoiding attacks before they occur, awareness of the surroundings, equalising the situation and balance.   We also debated the relative merits of alternative defences ...

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Sifu Rob Simpson Kung Fu Seminar

After the greetings in Chinese and Japanese for mutual respect, Master Rob Simpson, Director General of the Institute for Chinese Martial Arts, took the senior grades through a kung fu style stretching session geared towards flexibility and strengthening of the joints - this ...

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