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Kaizen No-Michi News 2014


End of year message from

Sensei Alan Campbell 6th Dan

Chief Instructor JKS England

 As the year comes to an end, it's time to thank all of the instructors and students of JKS England & Wales for their fantastic support throught the year, we've seen all courses supported to bursting point, having to change venues to support the events!, championships have been held and truly world class action has been on display, the national squad has been making huge strides on the international scene, we've had lots of Japanese HQ instructors visit the UK spread across the year and clubs have benefited from access to a lot of these instructors. 2014 saw many clubs join the JKS family in both England & Wales, the best year for growth we have ever had, and with the quality of the people who have joined the future is bright. There have been too many highlights in 2014 to name them all but congratulations to all who have achieved their goals within the JKS and I look forward to 2015 with the backing of all members moving forward to more development and success, just take a look at the calender and you'll see an action packed year ahead, as always there will be exciting additions to the calendar to spice things up even more! Happy new year to all members and see you in a dojo in 2015, gambatte,

Oss, Alan Campbell




Thursday 11th December

£759.00 Raised for JKS England Squad Fund


A very big THANK YOU to all our students, families and friends for your massive support on raising funds for the JKS England Squad. As well as collecting CD's and DVD's to turn into cash, we held a sponsored kick. Sofia Chacon Tuke won the adults event with 104 kicks in a minute. Charlie Kershaw won the Tigers event with 105 kicks. A special mention to Sam Tracey for raising £117.00 and also to Alfie Jackson for raising £75.00.




Saturday 6th December

Kaizen No-Michi Course & Kyu Gradings

with Sensei Steven Carless 6th Dan


Well Done to all our students that graded. Steve Sensei was very pleased with our standard.

Also Congratulations to Steve Sensei on passing his Rokudan (6th Dan) in Japan.




Sunday 23rd November

JKS England Championships

Wild Cats Arena, Nottingham



Well Done to our Team members and Congratulations to our medalists





Thursday 30th October

Kaizen No-Michi Halloween Special


The evening was a scream at our halloween special, with apple bobbing, Sensei Mummy Wrap, Zombie warm ups and Spooky Kata.

Join us if you DARE, next year.

Friday 10th - Sunday 12th October

JKS England Technical Seminar

with Sensei's Alan Campbell 6th Dan, Alistar Mitchell 7th Dan, Matt Price 6th Dan, Glenn Riley 5th Dan,

Steven Carless 5th Dan and Hans Rana 5th Dan


A great weekend of training at the JKS England Technical Seminar in Nottingham




Sunday 28th September

JKS England Brown & Black Belt Course and Squad Training

with Sensei's Alan Campbell 6th Dan & Matt Price 6th Dan

A very enjoyable course with Sensei Alan Campbell 6th Dan followed by National Squad Training with Sensei Matt Price 6th Dan.





Saturday 20th September

Kaizen No-Michi Course & Kyu Gradings

with Sensei Steven Carless 5th Dan

Well Done to our students that graded today and Thank You to Sensei Carless for travelling over to Grimsby.





Friday 12th - Sunday 14th September

JKS European Championships

Congratulations to Lacie Stembridge on taking Bronze in Girls Kumite, also beating the former Russian World Champion at the JKS European Championships in Copenhagen. Lacie also achieved a respectable 4th place in Kata. A credit to our school. Osu!!!

Sunday 7th September

KNM Seaside Special Course
with Sensei Matt Price 6th Dan

Kaizen No-Michi School of Shotokan Karate hosted its seaside special course at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre with JKS England Elite Squad Karate Coach Sensei Matt Price 6th Dan. Sensei Price’s impressive career includes being 9 times KUGB National Karate Champion, KUGB Karate Grand Champion, European Individual Kumite (Sparring) Champion, World Team Champion, 16 x Grand Slam Kumite Champion, and voted two times European Competitor of the Year. More recently grading to 6th Dan in Japan and in 2013 was runner-up at the UK Coach of the Year awards. The course was enjoyed by all and was also attended by instructors and students from Selby. In the first session Sensei Price focused on Kata (Forms) in which he shared his extensive technical knowledge on moving correctly through stances. It was gloves on for kumite practice in the second session to improve on sparring skills. Sensei Price had something different in mind for the final session. Having also trained in MMA and grappling, shared his knowledge on getting out of grabs and holds.





Sunday 27th July

JKS England Brown & Black Belt Course
with Sensei Alan Campbell 6th Dan
The fourth JKS England Black and Brown belt training session of 2014 took place at Djanogly City Academy Sports Hall in Nottingham.
The hall full of eager students were taught by Head of JKS England, Alan Campbell 6th Dan who introduced some exciting new ways
to expand on basic and advanced techniques.




Tuesday 22nd July

JKS England - Special Evening Course in Selby

with Kosho Kanayama 7th Dan


JKS England were very fortunate to secure Kosho Kanayama Sensei 7th Dan, head of internal affairs for the JKS Headquarters in Tokyo.

The evening course comprised of two sessions held at Selby Shotokan Karate Club.



Saturday 19th July 2014
JKS Bears On The Beach
Members of Selby and Haxby Karate Clubs traveled to Cleethorpes to meet up with like minded Members of Kaizen No-Michi for a
family picnic with and some karate training on the beach.

Saturday 14th June

Kaizen No-Michi Course & Kyu Gradings

with Sensei Steven Carless 5th Dan


Well done to all our students who graded, and thank you to Sensei Steve Carless, travelling over to Grimsby for a great course.





Saturday 7th June - Sunday 8th June

Course with Sensei Paolo Baloffio 9th Dan


A very magical karate experience with Sensei Paolo Baffolio 9th Dan from Italy. The focus throughout the weekend was on rooted, flowing, flexible, thoughtful & relaxed karate and participants were even treated to the Makotokai kata Genten.





Sunday 17th May 2014

BKF Four Nations Karate Championships

Congratulations to Lacie Stembridge achieving Bronze in Kumite at the BKF Four Nations Championships in Glasgow.

An amazing achievement especially having entered the competition already carrying a leg injury.
This is Lacies 2nd medal in 2 weeks having taking Bronze in Kata last week at the Northern Open Classic in Warrington.
To all our up and coming competitors - BE INSPIRED.





Sunday 11th May 2014

EKF Northern Open Classic Karate Championships
Well done to Lacie Stembridge on achieving Bronze in Kata. Lacie was part of a 40 strong team representing JKS England.
In total the team came away with 6 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze medal positions.

Sunday 4th May 2014

SSKC Novice Karate Competition
York College

A fantastic day for Kaizen No-Michi squad at the SSKC Championships. Huge Congratulations to Ben Clipsham for Gold U/9 Kumite & Silver in Kata. Also Alishia Romagnuolo for Bronze in U/9 Kumite. Very Well Done to Matthew Ross for Silver U17 Kumite. Special mention to Charlie & Chelsea Kershaw for 4th in family kata, also Eden Nicholson & Chelsea Kershaw for getting to the last 8 & narrowly missing out on a place in the finals. Everyone had great performances & showed true karate spirit! All have done the Club, themselves, Sensei's Andy & Jackie very proud!

Also, thank you to Sensei Lymme Short and Jade Taylor for helping out and families and friends for coming along to support us. Finally a Big

Thank You to Paul Brant and SSKC for hosting a very well organised event. Osu.





Tuesday 25th March 2014

JKS England Special Evening Course at LKA Leeds
with Sensei Takashi Yamaguchi 7th Dan
A very enjoyable course at LKA with Sensei Yamaguchi. Focus on Kata's Heian Yondan and Enpi.

Sunday 23rd March

JKS England Brown & Black Belt Course
with Sensei's Alan Campbell 6th Dan & Shinji Nagaki 5th Dan
A great Brown and Black Belt course at a new venue in Nottingham with Sensei's Alan Campbell & Shinji Nagaki.
Nagaki Sensei worked on Unsu Kata and Bunkai.

Saturday 22nd March

WKF Swedish International Open Championships
Malmo, Sweden
KNM student Lacie Stembridge represented JKS England as part of the ten member squad to compete at the annual
WKF International Swedish Open event held in Malmo. No medals for Lacie this time but Squad Coaches Matt Price and Nick Heald
were both very pleased her performance. Well Done Lacie.

Saturday 22nd March

Kaizen No-Michi Course and Kyu Gradings
with Sensei Steve Carless 5th Dan
Well done to all our students who graded, and thank you to Sensei Steve Carless for travelling over to Grimsby.
Tuesday 11th March 2014
JKS England Special Evening Course at Walsall Dojo
with Sensei Masao Kagawa 8th Dan
Kaizen No-Michi is very proud to announce that Jackie Sensei was successful in grading to Yondan with Masao Kagawa Sensei.
The grading was taken during a 6 hour intensive, but very enjoyable course held at Walsall Karate Dojo.
Saturday 22nd February 2014
JKS England Course
with Sensei's Alan Campbell 6th Dan and Shinji Nagaki 5th Dan
A great days training in York with Sensei's Alan Campbell and Shinji Nagaki. The course was split with Alan Sensei concentrating on
preperation for Shodan grading. Nagaki Sensei gave some great tips in kumite practice.
Thursday 13th February
Special Training Session with Sensei Alan Campbell 6th Dan JKS
at Kaizen No-Michi, Grimsby
A great training session at Kaizen No-Michi with JKS England Chief Instructor Sensei Alan Campbell 6th Dan.
Great technical points given in Kihon basics followed by in depth study of katas Junro Sandan and Godan.
Sunday 9th February
JKS England Elite Karate Squad Competition
at LKA Dojo, Leeds
Congratulations to Lacie Stembridge on winning Childrens Kata.
Saturday 8th February
JKS England Childrens Karate Championships
at Seibukan Dojo, Nottingham
Well Done to all of our Tigers who competed at the JKS England children's Championships. Congratulations to the medal winners. A Huge Osu to our dedicated team of instructors for your continuing support. It was a great day...lots of experience under our belts.
Also thank you to team Kaizen No-Michi parents who are just as dedicated as the Tigers Osu!
Saturday 1st February
JKS England Referees, Judges and Table Recorders Course
at Walsall Karate Dojo
JKS England held its first Referee, Judge and Table Recorder Course on Saturday 1st February 2014. The course which was free to all participants, forms part of the ongoing Referee Development Programme was attended by almost thirty people. Geoff Dixon Sensei delivered the course and it took place at the Walsall Karate Dojo at the invitation of Steve Carless Sensei.
Saturday 18th January
Course with Sensei Hans Rana 6th Dan
at Akashi Dojo, Leeds
A great training session with Sensei Hans Rana. Many thanks to Sensei Glenn Reilly for the inviting us over. Osu
Sunday 13th January
JKS England Elite Team Squad Selections
Congratulations to Lacie Stembridge having been selected to represent JKS England in both Kumite and Kata.
Lacie will be competing in Sweden at the WKF International Open Karate Championships in March.
Monday 7th - Sunday 13th January
Kangeiko 'On the Beach' 2013
Cleethorpes Beach

Kaizen No-Michi School of Shotokan Karate have celebrated the New Year by following an annual Japanese tradition shared by other Karate, Kendo, Judo and aikido practitioners around the world, that reaffirms their commitment to their art.The annual 7 day event is called Kangeiko or literally translated "cold training". Kangeiko challenges the mind, body and spirit of the participants through practice under adverse conditions. Most martial artists meet up in their unheated dojo’s (training halls) however Kaizen No-Michi took to Cleethorpes beach at 6am on the cold and dark January mornings.

Each day was lead by a different Karate-Ka (student) starting with Instructors and senior grades. This means that every session differs with each leader bringing their own style of motivation. The morning began with a 15 minute jog along the seafront followed by 45 minutes of intense training on the beach, which varied from basic Karate drills to freestyle sparring & self defence techniques. On the 7th & final day of Kangeiko, Kaizen No-Michi welcomed fellow Instructors and students from Selby Shotokan Karate Club and Haxby Shotokan Karate Club. They joined in with a more intense jog along the seafront incorporating a heavy punch bag which was passed between the students during full length of the run. The training consisted of partner work and some fun karate themed races to finish. The hour had flown by & everyone was ready for the finale, a very well earned full English breakfast, which also gave everyone the opportunity to socialise. A great time was had by all.

Also 13 year old Lacie Stembridge of Cleethorpes who had completed 6 of the 7 days had to miss the final day to travel to Leeds for the selections of the JKS England Elite Squad to compete at National and International events. A huge well done to Lacie as she was successful in being selected for both the Kata (forms) & Kumite (fighting) squad. Lacie will be competing in Sweden at the WKF International Open Karate Championships in March