MARTIAL ARTS: Triple success for Grantham karate club

Geoff Dixon and Rob Edwards next to Lake Ashinoko.
Geoff Dixon and Rob Edwards next to Lake Ashinoko.
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It has been a busy but successful couple of months for members of Grantham Shotokan Karate Club.

In February, club chief instructor Geoff Dixon (5th Dan) and his assistant Robin Edwards (2nd Dan) travelled to Japan for 12 days of karate training and sight-seeing in and around Tokyo.

Neil Buckavs with Shihan Kagawa after passing his 3rd Dan.

Neil Buckavs with Shihan Kagawa after passing his 3rd Dan.

Travelling with seven companions from JKS England, the main purpose of the trip was to take part in ‘Kangeiko’ or ‘Special Winter Training’ at the JKS Headquarters in Tokyo.

‘Kangeiko’ traditionally marks the start of the karate ‘season’ in Japan and involves an early morning run through the streets of Tokyo, followed by an intensive hour of karate training with some of the best instructors and competitors in the world, enjoying breakfast, taking in the spectacular sights of Tokyo, before heading back to the dojo (training hall) for more training in the evening.

After seven days and 12 karate sessions, the group headed up into the mountains for some much-deserved rest and recuperation before returning to Tokyo for the flight home.

l Last weekend, JKS England hosted a visit by Shihan Masao Kagawa (8th Dan) and head of the JKS (Japan Karate Shotorenmei) which saw students from across the UK congregate in Nottingham.

Sean Marsh with Alan Campbell, head of JKS England.

Sean Marsh with Alan Campbell, head of JKS England.

Two days of intensive training culminated in a Dan grading (black belt examination) at which club instructor Neil Bukavs was promoted to Sandan (3rd degree black belt) and Sean Marsh passed Shodan (1st degree black belt).

Mark Fells and Andrew Murr narrowly missed out on their black belts, with both being asked to repeat just one aspect of the test at a future grading.

l The club trains at its own well-equipped and fully-matted dojo at Unit 5, The Old Malthouse, Springfield Road (opposite Wellies Fish Shop) on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call 07546 203682, email info@granthamkarate.co.uk or visit www.granthamkarate.co.uk