TKFGB Summer Camp 2015: 25-27.07

25-27th July was the first time TKFGB introduced a new initiative of active summer idea. A karate training camp, which lasted for three days, gathered over forty participants, both juniors and seniors. They arrived from all over the country to take the opportunity and challenge of going through massive karate training and learning about healthy life style and proper nutrition. Each day contained at least three training sessions: – morning – 60-90 minutes of cardio and endurance – midday – 150 min general karate and fitness session – evening 120-150 min specialisation classes where juniors and seniors developed their most required skills in kata and kumite. Being a hard task in terms of physical and mental engagement the camp was also designed to select the team to represent the UK in the forthcoming European championships in Vilnius, Lithuania in October this year. It was also a great chance for all the parents and friends to learn about how to improve our health and wellbeing by, introducing proper diet and nutrition habits into our daily life. As TKFGB strives to build a friendly environment for our growing community, it was inevitable to include a social event in the camp’s agenda. Sunday barbecue was a good moment to chill out after an exhausting day, exchange opinions and reflect on the training....

Interclub Kumite Competition in Norwich – 05.07.2015

On 5th July 2015 an Interclub Kumite Competition was held in Norwich, Norfolk. The event gathered around 150 competitors in three categories: junior, cadet and senior. The results were very pleasing for TKFGB. Our athletes won a total number of 12 medals including 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Gold medals: Richard Tayton – Seniors Male, individual kumite, 10-4 kyu Anna Machtylska – Seniors Female, adult individual kumite, 3 kyu – dan Filip Majchrzak – Juniors Male, individual kumite, 6-4 kyu Kornelia Malczewska – Juniors Female, individual kumite, 10-4 kyu Alex Podolsky – Cadets Male, individual kumite, 6-4 kyu Kacper Leszczynski – Juniors Male, individual kumite, 10-7 kyu Silver medals: Klara Haluzova – Seniors Female, individual kumite, 10-4 kyu David Swiech – Junior Male, individual kumite, 6-4 kyu Tadeusz Lejman, Pawel Kutermankiewicz, Rafal Labuda – Seniors Maie, team kumite, all grades Kornelia Malczewska, Joanna Minnis, Batchelor – Juniors Female, team kumite Bronze medals: Marek Wozniak – Seniors Male individual kumite, 10-4 kyu Richard Tayton, Marek Wozniak, Maciej Kowalik – Seniors Team Kumite, all grades The hall was loaded with emotions as for all of our juniors it was the first opportunity to check their strengths at real traditional karate kumite tournament. Supported by their parents, they all showed extremely high level of determination and their skills proved effective, judging by the number of wins. In sum it was yet another good training on the way of preparation to the Autumn European Championships in Lithuania. Now we are all looking forward to the summer karate camp planned for 25 – 27th July in Boston....

TKAB demonstrations – 27.06.2015

27th June was a busy day for our Karate Boston Academy. We were invited to two town events to deliver a demonstration. Boston College Fun Day in Central Park was a major community celebration and an opportunity to spend all afternoon with sport, music, snacks and drinks. Warm, sunny weather and great atmosphere kept emotions high so no wonder that the two demonstrations (1.00 and 4.00 pm) our Club carried out were enthusiastically welcomed and lots of juniors and seniors joined in with some fun activities on the mats. Frequent enquiries only confirmed genuine interest in the Art of Traditional Karate; its healthy and safe lifestyle values were highly appreciated, especially by parents with regards to their offspring. Another highlight of the day took place in Boston Saturday School. The educational institution run by and for Polish community in Boston and the neighbouring areas was just holding the end of year festival on the premises and the management seemed happy to see us participate in the event. For the Club it was a great chance to be able to talk to the School Principal, Ms Klaudia Cichawy as well as the parents and answer numerous questions about healthy and safe way of life we are promoting. Having done three demonstrations in one day, our team set out for their homes exhausted but happy about having had yet another fruitful day....

Laxton Children’s Festival – 21.06.15

Having accepted an invitation from the Polish Catholic Mission in England and Wales, by recommendation from Polska Macierz Szkolna, TKFGB were honoured to be a part of an All-National Kids’ Day annual event in Laxton n/Corby, Northamptonshire. The team presented Traditional Karate techniques, fitness and self-defence systems in front of an audience well exceeding 4,000 spectators. In the breath taking scenery we were met by numerous VIPs, e.g. Polish Catholic Mission Representatives, Mr Witold Sobkow, the Polish Ambassador in the UK and Ms Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, the National Education Minister for the Republic of Poland. They showed great interest in the activities of the Federation and enquired about prospects for future expansion. However, it was not them who benefitted the most from watching our demonstration. It was the kids and their families. After the show the willingly joined in the open training and sport-for-fun activities, so it was a great opportunity to have a lot of great time together....

Seminar with sensei Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski – 8 Dan: 12.04.2015

On 10-12 April 2015 Traditional Karate-Do Federation of Great Britain had the honour to host the President of the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation, with headquarters in Geneva, sensei Włodzimierz Kwieciński 8th dan. Once again, students of traditional karate in the UK had an opportunity to practise with such an outstanding master of karate, as is sensei Kwieciński. But this time it was a particularly special event, given the fact that for the first time it was organized by the newly formed traditional karate federation in the UK. This year’s seminar, conducted by sensei Włodzimierz Kwieciński, was held in two places. Namely, the specialist training session on the first day, designed for brown and black belts only, was held in Norwich (University of East Anglia) and was addressed to members of the Traditional Karate-Do Federation of Great Britain, as well as members our friendly organization – Eastern Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA). During next two days the seminar took place in Boston, where there was a general training session, open to all levels, and specialized kumite and kata sessions – masterclasses, designed for the most advanced students of this martial art. The last point of sensei’s stay was to exam dan master degrees, which resulted in 1 dan master degrees having been awarded to: Andrei Skarzynskij – Traditional Karate Academy Boston Jaroslaw Zięciak – Traditional Karate Club ‘Okami’ Bournemouth Igor Zeler – Traditional Karate Academy Peterborough During his visit to Boston sensei W. Kwieciński together with TKFGB Board of Directors, met with representatives of the town’s highest authorities, including the former Mayor and current UK Parliament candidate, Mr. Paul Kenny, his...

TKFGB demonstrations in Oxfordshire: 25.03.2015

Members of the TKFGB National Junior and Senior Squad accompanied by their Chief Coach, Zbigniew Godzisz, arrived in Kingham, Oxfordshire to support a special Karate demonstration held at the local Kingham Hill College. On 21st March over 200 students gathered to see the Karate as presented by sensei Lukasz Radwanski, multiple World and International Champion and medallist. The team also visited Blockley C of E Primary School in Morton-in-Marsh with another display of Karate skills. Both events were enthusiastically welcomed and were followed by numerous questions. The demonstrations are supposed to give rise to a cooperation between Western Traditional Karate Academy and the aforementioned schools. The new classed are planned to launch soon after the end of the school Easter break, on the schools’ premises. It is a part of TKFGB’s initiative for nationwide collaboration with primary and secondary schools within the sportive and educational programme of raising psyhical and mental health awareness....