17 Dec 2014

The Matthew Walton Memorial Trophy Winner

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ASK Junior Karateka of the Year 2014 Winner - CIAN HOGAN

Following all the responses received from instructors this year a very strong short list of two candidates emerged. Paul and Ann Marie Walton, after a detailed review of the information provided by their instructors have awarded this years title to Cian Hogan of ASKI.

Cian, a 16 year old 1st Dan from Ireland, has provided an inspiration to many youngsters through his diligent training and general attitude in the dojo. His willingness to help other juniors within the club, his encouragement and assistance with there training were all highlighted by Sensei Michael J Hogan (no relation!).>ASK Junior Karateka of the Year 2014 Winner - CIAN HOGAN

Children have returned to karate as a result of Cian training them and Michael highlighting his achievements and attitude comments that, "Children want to be like him when they grow up". A fitting summary for the recipient of this award.

The photograph show Sensei Hogan with Cian announcing the award at the dojo on the 17 December.

14 Dec 2014

SSKI Christmas Master Class

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Sunday 14th December 2014 saw SSKI host a special Christmas course with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan and Sensei Aidan Trimble 7th Dan at the SSKI Honbu in Hemel Hempstead. Sold out weeks in advance, the 4 hour event was attended by over 40 Karateka from numerous international Shotokan associations including ASK members from the Kiryoku dojo (pictured).

A big thank you must go to Sensei Malcolm Phipps for his kind open invitation to the Academy. Next years SSKI hosted masterclass with Sensei Hazard and Sensei Trimble is being held on Sunday 13th December 2015.

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15 Nov 2014

44th Portsmouth Open Karate Tournament

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Girls 10-15 Yrs Kumite
1st - Chloe Jones
3rd - Tiah Stewart

Boys Over 5' Kumite
3rd - Ethan Cutts

Boys Under 5' Kumite
3rd - Cameron Knight

 

Junior Kyu Kata
1st - Bronwen Evans

Junior Kyu Kata
2nd - Manou Davies

Junior Over 5' Sanbon
2nd - Manou Davies

Junior Under 5' Sanbon
3rd - Bronwen Evans

Kiryoku - 44th Portsmouth Open Karate Tournament

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15 NOV 2014

A.S.K.I. Juniors and Cadets Competitions Review 2014

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Academy of Shotokan Karate Ireland (ASKI) would like to congratulate cadet members Cian Hogan (1st dan), Padraig Hassett (3rd kyu), and junior member Michelle Hurley (7th kyu) on their fruitful efforts this year in competitions both at home and abroad.

Well done to the three for training with such determination while also training for hurling and camogie matches in Clare. Their dedication to training has made them fine role models and sempai for other fledgling Karate-ka in the association. Here is a quick review of the past year:

Michelle Hurley has been punching above her weight in the junior section of Karate competitions at home and abroad. The Spring started with a bang with Michelle bringing home a bronze medal from the 10th Scottish Open Championships in April. Back at home, Michelle won a gold medal in girls' kumite at the Budo Nord Open 2014 in Tallaght. In the Autumn, she won gold (Kata) and silver (Kumite) medals at the ONAKAI National Junior Championships in September (Ballinasloe) and October (Tallaght) respectively. Shortly after she was selected for the ONAKAI Junior Girls Kumite developmental squad that travelled to Glasgow in Scotland for the British International Open (British Karate Federation).

Padraig Hassett has done exceedingly well in the past year with an unprecedented two full kyu gradings from our chief instructor Sensei Dave Hazard (7th dan); Earlier this year, Padraig won a bronze medal in Kata for his performance at the Budo Nord Open.

Academy of Shotokan Karate Ireland (ASKI) would like to congratulate cadet members Cian Hogan (1st dan), Padraig Hassett (3rd kyu), and junior member Michelle Hurley (7th kyu) on their fruitful efforts this year in competitions both at home and abroad.

Cian Hogan continues his winning performances with gold medals from the Budo Nord Open (under 18s Kata) in May, and ONAKAI National Championships 2014 (Tallaght)in April. Cian held on to his title as National Champion for the 2nd year running in the cadets Kata competition with his Dojo junior and training partner Padraig Hassett following closely behind in second place performing their signature Jion and Gankaku Kata. Cian and Padraig are working hard with their Sensei, Michael J. Hogan (5th dan, ASKI) to produce new aces up their sleeves as they get closer to the Seniors' categories.

ASKI are proud of our cadets/junior Cian Hogan (1st dan), Padraig Hassett (3rd kyu), and Michelle Hurley (7th kyu) who travelled over to Scotland with the ONAKAI Irish Karate Squad. This has been a great experience for them to train and fight alongside their national squad members from across the country, and to see how things are done across the pond gave greater perspective in setting even higher goals and benchmarks.

Cian Hogan (1st dan), Padraig Hassett (3rd kyu), and Michelle Hurley (7th kyu)
11 AUG 2014

The Matthew Walton Memorial Shield

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A message from Sensei Paul Walton 4th Dan

After Matthew Walton died in 2004 at the age of 20, the whole Walton family felt very proud and humbledby an anonymous donation of a shield in his memory to be presented to the most improved junior competitor at the ASK championships. The annual championships became unviable a number of years ago due to dwindling competitor numbers and the shield has remained in the North East of England since then.

Matthew Walton

Following a short presentation at the ASK Instructors class in July 2014 it was agreed by all present that the shield should now be awarded to the most improved ASK junior karateka of the year. Any young karateka under 20 years old on the 31 December and of a minimum grade of 3rd Kyu is eligible. This will provide recognition to anyone nominated by their instructors as the first step to deciding on an eventual winner and will provide a wonderful continuation to the trophy in Matt's memory.

Nominations by club instructors will be objectively assessed by Paul and Ann Marie Walton against a set of 5 criteria. The criteria are aimed at highlighting the wide range of attributes that go to make up an excellent all round karateka and in order of priority these are; Training record, Asset to dojo, Positive role model, Courses outside parent dojo, and Competition Record.

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If a paper version is required please contact Paul Walton on 01803 858733 or by e-mail at waltonpr@btinternet.com. Completed forms should be returned by 30 November to Paul Walton by e-mail or by post to The Bays, 16 Higher Ranscombe Road, Brixham, Devon. TQ5 9HF.

27 jul 2014

ASK Instructors Course

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On Sunday 27th July 2014 at the 'The Dojo' in Nottingham, senior club instructors from around the United Kingdom joined Sensei Hazard 7th Dan for the annual ASK instructors class. The content of 2014's intimate three-hour training session consisted of close examination being given to the transitions between stances, punches and blocks, the introduction of a specially devised ASK fighting sequence and the study of 'Kosa-Dachi' in kata performance and application. Sensei Hazard was assisted on the instructors class by senior association 7th Dans - Jeff Westgarth and Jess Lavender.

18 jul 2014

9th International Karate Training Camp

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The ASK's Dartford dojo in Kent became the latest venue to host the International Karate Training Camp. Now in it's 9th year, the camp was attended by over 100 individual Karate Ka spanning numerous national and international associations. Course organiser Sensei Paul Herbert 5th Dan ASK was joined for a fourth consecutive year by association chief instructor Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan and also by first time training camp instructors Sensei Tomiko Mitsuoka 8th Dan WSKF and Sensei Aidan Trimble 7th Dan FSK.

The 3-Day event that consisted of 9 individual 1 hour classes, covered many themes including the study of Dachi, Uke-Waza, Zuki-Waza, Geri-Waza, Kata Bunkai, Goshin & Shiai Kumite plus the Katas - Heian Nidan, Bassai Dai and Hangetsu.

Congratulations to Alex Hill and Ethan Cutts of the ASK's Kiryoku dojo who passed their respective 3rd and 1st Dans before Sensei Hazard on the Saturday of the international course. For information about the landmark '10 Year Anniversary' International Karate Training Camp scheduled for 17th, 18th & 19th July 2015 please remember to check the ASK events page or www.kiryoku.org

9th International Karate Training Camp with Sensei Tomiko Mitsuoka 8th Dan WSKF 9th International Karate Training Camp with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan 9th International Karate Training Camp organiser Sensei Paul Herbert 5th Dan with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan Dan grading awards with Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan 9th International Karate Training Camp with Sensei Aidan Trimble 7th Dan FSK

21 jun 2014

ASK KIRYOKU 2nd Annual Club Championships

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Kiryoku - the group of South East based ASK clubs run by Paul Herbert, recently held their 2nd annual club championship in Dartford. All profits from the event went towards supporting the clubs Kata & Kumite Squads. The championship also acted as great introduction to Karate competition for non squad members.

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7 jun 2014

ASK Charity Support

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The ASK were pleased to add their support to children's cancer charity 'Christopher's Smile' with academy instructor Paul Herbert giving up his time to teach a couple of classes to a small group of senior grades ranging from 1st - 6th Dan on a 3-day course in Maple Cross, Herts. For more information about the 'Christopher's Smile' charity please visit www.christopherssmile.org.uk

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17 may 2014

All Grade Open Course

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ASK instructors Paul Herbert (5th Dan) and Shaun Banfield (3rd Dan) were joined by guest WJKA 5th Dan, Gary Welch at the Kiryoku Dojo in Gravesend, Kent for an all grade open course.

Each session of the 3-hour event was well attended by Karate Ka of all ages and grades with each instructor teaching an individual one hour class. 

The event was a huge success and hopes are high that this can become an annual fixture on the Karate calendar. 

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26 apr 2014

Scottish International Open

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Cian Hogan, Padraig Hassett and Michelle Hurley were part of the Irish team that took part in the Scottish International Open 2014, held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Cian, Michelle and Padraig did very well in the kata, reaching the 3rd round and were unlucky not to get in to the repercharge for the medals round. The team did well in the Kumite and Michelle took 3rd place in the Girls Kumite 7-9 years.

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13 apr 2014

ONAKAI National Senior Karate Championships

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The 2014 ONAKAI National Senior Karate Championships was held on the 13th of April 2014. Academy of Shotokan Karate Ireland (ASKI) would like to say well done to everybody who competed at this year's championships and congratulations to all the medal winners. The ASKI's own cadets, Cian Hogan, won a Gold in Kata holding on to his title for the last two years and Padraic Hassett, Silver in Kata in the 14-15 years category.

(From left to right) Peter Coyle President of ONAKAI, Padraic Hassett 2nd, Cian Hogan 1st, Michael J Hogan WKF Judge and Bill Brennan (WKF Referee) Chief referee for the competition.

2014 ONAKAI National Senior Karate Championships

08 mar 2014

Legend Shotokan Open Championship

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2014 Legend Shotokan Open Championship (Bracknell, England)

Kiryoku A: 1st Under 16's Kyu Team Kata.

Cowbridge B: 2nd Under 16's Kyu Team Kata.

Tiah Stewart: 2nd Girls Under 16's Kumite.

Siobhan Lloyd: 3rd Ladies 16-20 Kyu Kata.

Cowbridge C: 3rd Under 16's Kyu Team Kata.

Cameron Knight: 3rd Under 11's Kyu Kata.

Ellie May: 3rd Under 11's Sanbon Kumite.

Siobhan Lloyd: 3rd Ladies 16-20 Kyu Kumite.

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18 feb 2014

ASK Course & Dan Grading

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ASK Course & Dan Grading : 3rd Dan - Mark Raven (left), Sensei Hazard 7th Dan (centre), 1st Dan - Kieran Jones (right)

ASK chief instructor Sensei Hazard 7th Dan recently conducted an association course and grading at the Kiryoku dojo in Dartford, Kent.

3rd Dan - Mark Raven (left), Sensei Hazard 7th Dan (centre), 1st Dan - Kieran Jones (right)

17 Jan 2014

Canada National Championships

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2014 Karate Canada National Championships (Richmond, British Columbia)

Adam Wackershauser: Top 4 mens -75kg Kumite.

Hidemi Uchiage: 2nd womens Kata. 3rd womens team Kumite. 4th womens -55kg Kumite.

Alex Remondini: 3rd womens team Kumite. 4th 18-20 womens -53kg Kumite.

Ty Nguyen: Top 4 16-17 mens -61kg Kumite.

Tim Hilliard: Top 5 -14-15 mens -57kg Kumite.

2014 Karate Canada National Championships