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Kate - Commonwealth Game 2018s

This month I had the honour of representing England at the Commonwealth Karate Championships 2018 held in Durban, South Africa. The England National Karate Team travelled to complete at this prestigious tournament, eager to create a good impression, especially in light of the fact that we will be hosting the next Commonwealth Championships in 2020, in Birmingham. 

After a long 3 days of competition I won through 4 rounds to reach the final of the Championships and, in winning the final fight 8-0, achieved the Gold medal and Commonwealth Karate Championship Title.

I have been doing Karate since the age of 7 years and have been a member of the England and GB Karate Team since 14 years old. The Commonwealth Gold is one of the most notable achievements within my Karate Career, to date, alongside my three European Championship Medals plus numerous British and National titles.

As a self-funded athlete these major tournaments can create enormous pressure and one always feels a great sense of achievement when all the hard training, sacrifice and commitment pays off! It was a tremendous honour to attend the Championships, representing my country and bringing home the Gold medal and Commonwealth Title.

Kate Karwacinski. 

 

 

Kate Karwacinski (Oct 2018)

Kate Kawacinski is on the team representing England at the World Karate Championships in Madrid on the 6-11 November 2018.

The picture shows Kate at our recent one-day course, where your donations to the Ishinryu Karwacinski competition fund were gratefully received.  If you missed your opportunity to donate on the course, you can donate directly at gofundme by clicking on the icon below.

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Remember that Kate’s competition activities, like other Ishinryu athletes, are fully self funded.  This means that your donations will make a big difference.

Please give generously.  Your donations will help Ishinryu competitors, like Kate, to reach the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

 

 

Chris and Kate Karwacinski

Kate and Chris Karwackinski both compete at international level and need to attend and compete at various compulsory Olympic Qualification Tournaments to be selected.  Both are self funded.  Please support them (and Ishinryu) by donating whatever you can to gofundme  

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Karate has always been a passion for our family and my and my brother’s achievements to date have given us the real possibility and dream that we could represent our country at the Olympic Games in Japan 2020. The Official Olympic Qualification Tournaments, which begin in September of this year, are paramount to achieving sufficient world ranking points to achieve this dream.

Having been fully self-funded within our competition careers thus far, we have always relied on the bank of ‘mum and dad’ and in addition all of our money is directed into paying for our numerous domestic and international competitions and the travel, accommodation, equipment, entry fees etc. involved. To give some idea of the level of commitment needed to travel and compete in these qualifying competitions, we have worked to compete, this year alone, at venues as far afield as Paris and Holland to Morocco and Dubai…you can imagine the expense for two self-funded athletes. Although this is a constant struggle, we continue because we are passionate about what we do. However, with a lot of encouragement from friends and family, we have decided to ask those who felt they could possibly help us, to contribute, however little, in helping us achieve our dream, whether this is a financial contribution or, by simply sharing our story with others who may be able to offer us a helping hand.

Story to date
I was selected to represent England at 14 years old and have now been a member of the Junior and Senior England Karate Team for the last 10 years representing my country in Individual kumite, team kumite and team kata at European and World Level.  I have achieved 3 European Bronze Medals at Junior and U21 level and have achieved a Bronze Medal in a prestigious Senior Karate1 Premier League Tournament. At the beginning of 2018 I was ranked 18th in the world and am currently the highest ranked GB athlete within my category.

My brother Chris was selected for the England Karate Team also at 14 years old and has continued to gain selection for his country to date in both Individual and Team Kata at European and World Level. He is now within the top 40 in World rankings, the highest ranked GB Kata athlete across both male and female kata. He is multiple English and British Champion.

How might you help
An example of the outlay needed for two individual qualification tournaments self-funded in the last year gives some idea of the cost to each of us in simply being present at one of these compulsory and prestigious competitions. Overall cost per athlete for Dutch Karate1 Premier League – £650 per athlete. Dubai Karate 1 Premier League – £1,500 per athlete.

We both work every hour possible, whilst trying not to compromise our training regimes, in order to maintain our competition attendance. We are happy and willing to continue to sacrifice to strive towards our ultimate goal. However, we would appreciate any help you think you may be able to give us to ensure we are able to attend and compete at these compulsory Olympic Qualification Tournaments.

We would both be so grateful for any financial support or help you could offer.

 Kate & Chris Karwacinski 

 

Squad Training 2018

In 2018 Sensei Tony Dean started an initiative to increase Ishinryu participation in competition.

The first squad training session took place on Sunday 20 May and featured squad coaches Steve and Chris Karwakinski.  A further session was held on 22 September.  A further session will be announced for November.

The squad sessions are open to all grades, both junior and senior, and cover Kumite and Kata.  Look out for further dates soon.

Also, be sure to check out Ishinryu Competition News.

 The 2018 One Day Course was held on Sunday 21 October at Barking Abbey School.

A great day as always, this is the annual opportunity for all Ishinryu clubs to train together on a one-day course.  Instructors Lee Smith (6th Dan), Tony Dean (5th Dan) and Alan Poole (4th Dan) provided outstanding instruction as always and a good day was had by all.  Students ranged from International competitors (good to see you Kate and Steve Karwacinski) through all grades and a range of ages.

 

 

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The next Pre-Grading Course will be held on Sunday 18 November at the Forest Row Centre, Collier Row, RM5 2LD.

This course is open to all students 5th Kyu and above.

Please note that this course is compulsory for all students intending to Grade on Sunday 2nd December.

All 5th Kyu and above, including all Dan Grades, are encouraged to attend regardless if Grading or not in order to improve understanding of the Ishinryu Syllabus.

While of primary interest to Ishinryu students, all EKF members are welcome to attend.

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The 2018 Special Ishinryu Open Summer Camp was held on Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June at Barking Abbey school.

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Notes on the next General Grading – Sunday 2 December.

  • Location is the Forest Row Centre, Collier Row,  RM5 2LD.
  • Grading to 4th Kyu (Green). Check-in by 12:00 noon. Grading starts at 12.30.
  • Grading to 3rd Kyu (Blue). Check-in by 12:00 noon. Grading starts at 12.30.
  • Grading to 2nd Kyu (Brown). Check-in by 12:00 noon. Grading starts at 12.30.
  • Grading to 1st Kyu (Brown). Check-in by 1:30 p.m. Grading starts at 2 p.m.
  • All Black Belt Grades.  Check-in by 1:30 p.m. Grading starts at 2 p.m.


Please bring licence and licence book. Ishinryu badges must be worn.

The General Grading is only open to those who attended the pre-grading course on November 18th.  If you told us you intend to grade on that day, you and your club instructor should have already received an email confirming timings and cost. If you have not received an email please let me know by emailing chris.fennessy@ishinryu.org.
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Notes on the next General Grading – Sunday 18 March.

– Location is Barking Abbey School in the Green Gym near reception.
– Grading to 4th Kyu (Green). Check-in by 11:30. Grading starts at 12 noon.
– Grading to 3rd Kyu (Blue). Check-in by 11:30. Grading starts at 12 noon.
– Grading to 2nd Kyu (Brown). Check-in by 12:30. Grading starts at 1 p.m.
– Grading to 1st Kyu (Brown). Check-in by 12:30. Grading starts at 1 p.m.
– Please bring licence and licence book. Ishinryu badges must be worn.

Grading is open to those who attended the pre-grading course held on March 4th. If you told us you intend to grade on that course, you and your club instructor should have already received an email confirming timings and cost. If you have not received an email please let me know by emailing chris.fennessy@ishinryu.org.
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202018 March Pre-Grading Course

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This Pre-Grading Course was held on Sunday 4 March at the Woodlane Dojo. 

This course is for all students 5th Kyu and above.
Please note that this course was compulsory for all students intending to Grade on Sunday 18th March.
All 5th Kyu and above, including all Dan Grades, are encouraged to attend regardless if Grading or not in order to improve understanding of the Ishinryu Syllabus.
While of primary interest to Ishinryu, all EKF members are welcome to attend.

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202018 March Pre-Grading Course

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Sunday’s Pre-Grading course will now be held at the Woodlane Dojo, Becontree Leisure Centre, Althorne Way, Dagenham, RM10 7FH. 

We will be using the large Sports Hall on the ground floor.

This is because Barking Abbey school have cancelled all event bookings until further notice due to the adverse weather conditions.

Start time is now 30 minutes later at 12.30, but otherwise the day’s schedule will remain the same, with two 90-minute sessions and a break.  Finish time will be 4 p.m.

Please plan to arrive at Woodlane for 12.00 midday so that everyone can be booked in and ready to train by 12.30.

Sensei Cassidy Lynne

Sensei Cassidy Lynne (4th Dan) opens a new Ishinryu club in San Francisco this month.

We wish Sensei Cassidy all the very best in his new venture.

2017 News

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The next General Grading will be held at Barking Abbey on Sunday 10th December.

(1) Location is Hall where the pre-grade course was held.
(2) 11:30 Check-in for 5th grading to 4th Kyu, and 4th grading to 3rd Kyu. Grading will start at 12.00
(3) 12:30 Check-in for 3rd grading to 2nd Kyu, and 2nd grading to 1st Kyu and all Dan Gradings. Grading will start at 1 p.m.

Bring your licence and licence book. Ishinryu badges must be worn. Price for each grading will be emailed to you directly. If you don’t receive an email by the end of this week please let your club instructor know.
2017 October One-Day Course

The 2017 One Day Course was held on  Sunday 22 October at Barking Abbey School.

This annual course is open to all Ishinryu students and all EKF members.

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2017 November Pre-Grading Course

The next Pre-Grading Course is scheduled for Sunday 26 November at Barking Abbey School.  Use this form to book your place.

This course is for all students 5th Kyu and above.
Please note that this course is compulsory for all students intending to Grade on Sunday 10th December.
All 5th Kyu and above, including all Dan Grades, are encouraged to attend regardless if Grading or not in order to improve understanding of the Ishinryu Syllabus.
While of primary interest to Ishinryu, all EKF members are welcome to attend.

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Next General Grading is at Barking Abbey on Sunday 5th March.

11:30 – Check in for those grading to 4th and 3rd Kyu

12:00 – Grading to 4th and 3rd Kyu

12:30 – Check in for those grading to 2nd and 1st Kyu

13:00 – Grading to 2nd and 1st Kyu

Please note that check-in is at least 30 minutes before your grading starts.
You must bring your licence book containing proof of current license and grade. Ishinryu badges must be worn.

2017 February Pre-Grading Course

The next Pre-Grading Course is scheduled for Sunday 19 February at Barking Abbey School.  Use this form to book your place.

This course is for all students 5th Kyu and above.
Please note that this course is compulsory for all students intending to Grade on Sunday 5th March.
All 5th Kyu and above, including Dan Grades, are encouraged to attend regardless if Grading or not in order to improve understanding of the Ishinryu Syllabus.
While of primary interest to Ishinryu, all EKF members are welcome to attend.

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