Latest Club News  - March 2022

 

**BEGINNERS CLASS OFF TO A GREAT START**

The beginners class continues to do well, member numbers have been good and steadily rising. If you're interested in coming along, please let us know.

**SENSEI BRENNAN RETURNS**

We were once again honoured to train and grade with Sensei Frank Brennan on Tuesday March 22nd. We were joined by friends from other clubs and had a strong showing from our own students who made us very proud by training hard and grading successfully. Very well done to all. 

One student graded so well, he progressed two grades - well done Patrick!

Very well done and huge thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a huge success.

**CURRENT COVID NEWS**

We urge you all to remember that the covid pandemic is far from over. We have had several club members test positive over the last few weeks so it is still a very serious concern for us all.

Please take all precautions you can.

We recommend you get fully vaccinated, wear a mask in crowded places and test regularly if you can.

If you have any symptoms, or test positive, please do not attend the dojo at all until you have completed a negative test. Please keep us informed if you do have symptoms or test positive so we can let other students know if they were in contact with you.

This is hugely important as an outbreak could close the club completely for several weeks and spread the virus to member's friends and family who could be in high risk categories. We need to help each other to avoid spreading the virus to each other and others and we thank you sincerely for your help on this.

 

If you have any questions or queries about anything, please contact us.

PLEASE REMEMBER - IF YOU HAVE COVID SYMPTOMS, OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE DOJO. 

Latest Club News 

 

**BEGINNERS CLASS LAUNCHES**

It brings great pleasure to announce we are now able to once again offer a dedicated beginners class - Tues & Thurs - 5pm to 6pm.

Circumstances beyond our control meant we were previously unable to take beginners but, we are pleased to say we have now remedied that and classes will commence on Tuesday February 8th.

 

Any ability, any age of 4 years and above. If you're brand new or have done karate before and wish to start again...what are you waiting for?

If you have any questions or queries about joining the club, please contact us.

PLEASE REMEBER - WITH THIS CLASS, AND ANY OTHER, IF YOU HAVE COVID SYMPTOMS, OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. 

**News**

We're happy to finally report that covid restrictions have been lifted! We can now train normally again BUT we need to remember that covid is far from over and so we 

must remain vigilant.

If you are told to isolate, have covid symptoms or test positive for 

covid, please ensure you don't come to the dojo until you have carried out a PCR

or a lateral flow test with a negative result. We must do everything we can to keep ourselves and each other safe.

We encourage all club members that are eligible to have covid vaccinations. 

Reminder for beginners......

Once you've trained for a week, if you decide to stay with the club and 

progress with karate, you must apply for a license from the KUGB. This is a 

simple process and can be done by clicking here and following the 

instructions. One your license arrives, please bring it to the club and show us.

We also recommend you purchase a Gi which you can have the club

logo embroidered onto if you wish to.

Gi's can be purchased from websites like Kamae, Blitz or Amazon using the size guides 

provided. If you need any advice, please ask. 

When you are approaching a grading, you will need to purchase your belt in advance

so that you have it in time for your grading. I use Kamae belts as they are very 

good quality. Just to reiterate, the club do not supply belts - you need to order

your own in advance (...and learn how to tie it properly).

As usual, any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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THE NEW DOJO

The new dojo is located on Buckingham Street, Newcastle, NE4 5QR - click HERE for Google Maps location.

PARKING

There is some parking outside, and in the surrounding area, that is free though there are also some controlled zones in the area so please remember - the club take no responsibility for any parking infringements you commit. It is your responsibility to check any restrictions for where you decide to park.

FACILITIES

The building has a lockable bathroom/toilet suitable for one person at a time though there are no dedicated changing rooms or showers etc. so it is advisable that you arrive dressed ready to train. This also helps with adherence to safety guidelines on changing facilities.

Other areas in the building will in future be used for purposes such as a shop and coffee shop. Some of these areas are still under development so, whilst the building is completely safe for us, please remain only in the areas for us to train, use the bathroom and for access and egress to and from the dojo.

Please enter the building through the door shown below, go straight up the stairs and turn left, go through the door and you're in the dojo.

 

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Karate in the park!

 

We recently trialled some sessions of karate in the great outdoors in order to get training around each other again. This has proven successful so I have collected  together some important details for you should you wish to attend. 

 

Location : Exhibition Park, Newcastle - to the left of the entrance as you walk in. Park in Claremont Road car park - free after 6pm, then walk out of the car park and go left. You will come to the entrance to Exhibition Park and we train just inside the entrance off to the left. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)

Days & times: Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 - 8 pm as per usual class times. Aim to arrive at 6:15 so that you can warm up prior to training.

 

Attire : most of us wear our Gi and would appreciate it if everyone could try and follow suit (pun intended!). We wish to create a focused environment that feels like a normal class. Footwear is mandatory with training shoes being recommended.

All sessions are weather permitting and based on the availability of sufficient instructors. It is highly recommended you contact Jim or Ernie ahead of attending to make sure the session is taking place. We will of course always endeavour to publish news on Facebook as soon as possible if the session is cancelled.

Attendance is voluntary and strictly at your own risk.

 

There are additional risks to training outdoors and the significant risks have been addressed by the KUGB in a risk assessment. It is essential that you read and understand this prior to attending. This is for your safety or, if your children are training, their safety. A few salient points from the risk assessment are listed here though it is essential you read it in full prior to attending: 

  • A maximum of 5 students can be taught at any one time per instructor.

  • Social distancing will be adhered to therefore any kumite practice will be without a partner.

  • Parents must remain with the group at all times to observe and cannot drop children off and leave. This is in case children need to use the toilet during the session.

  • It is strongly recommended that participants bring their own first aid kit to tend to any minor injuries to themselves or their children.

  • Participants must stay at least 2 metres apart at all times

The complete risk assessment can be found by clicking here. You must read it in full prior to attending.

 

Please be aware that although we wish to maintain the focus of a normal class (concentration and effort are required!), this is a slightly more informal set up than in the dojo. This is more like a group of like minded people training together with experienced instructors who will be happy to assist and instruct to help you improve. As a result you will not be charged for attending, the sessions are free. 

As ever, if you need any further info, please contact Jim or Ernie and we'll help and advise where possible. Most importantly, enjoy it! 

As per any training scenario, a valid KUGB license is required for you to train.

 

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Newcastle Sendai Karate again had the honour and privilege to train with Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) on July 16th 2019.

A very informative and rewarding session was had by all and we look forward to the next time Sensei Brennan visits us. 

Thank you to all who attended, including our friends from other local karate clubs, who took advantage of the opportunity to train with Newcastle Sendai and Sensei Brennan.

 

A fantastic evening of karate was had by all! 

All event photos - click here

For more information on Sensei Brennan including future training and grading events please click here

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