Club Highlights 2011
Some of the club successes during 2011 have been hosting the annual February SEKU Black and Brown belt course, success at the March SEKU championships and the November Portsmouth open for Cory Swinfield, Albert Hart, Andy Shorkey, as well as a successful day at the Paulsgrove Junior Competition, and all the other club members that took part in these events
Visiting Instructors to the club have included Dave Hazard 7th Dan, a Masterclass of Shotokan and Goju Ryu with Mick Dewey and George Andrews, a closed Seminar of Filipino martial arts with Guru Terry Barnett see the events page for next year – a Seminar not to be missed, , as well as a special Seminar for ground work with Mick Poole 6th Dan Judo – who came out of retirement to put on a superb class. This year l am hoping to expand the range of quality instruction even further please keep coming back to see whats happening.
As well as visiting instructors we as a club have attended many training sessions on the mainland, notably with Sensei Dave Hazard including attending Paul Herberts French course where Sensei was a guest instructor, members also attended Sensei Dewey’s Bridport course.
I would like to personally congratulate Malcolm Jupp and Andrew Shorkey on achieving 4th Dan, Robert Bollen 3rd Dan, and Mike Lynton 2nd Dan. i would also like to thank and congratulate Rob, Andy, Malc for 23 years of support to me and the club.
Personally 2011 has been a very busy year for me with my own personal training as well as work commitments and i would like to thank all my Senior Instructors that have helped with the teaching, and maintaining the high standard within the club while i have been away from the Dojo.
Throughout 2011 the club welcomed 47 new members of all ages, and new beginners classes are scheduled for January 2012.
The club this year has seen the 6 – 8 pee wee section grow, and i hope to develop this group of children further this year, as they are the future.
The classes at Westwight sports centre have grown over the last year and I plan to develop this section of the club further over the next 12 months
I would like to thank all students young and old and the parents of the younger ones for their continued support over what will be in 2012 the 28th year.
Finally l would like to thank Lisa for the continuing support she has given to me and the club and the backroom work she does to allow me to focus on the teaching and more importantly my personal training.
I look forward to resuming training on the 5th Jan and having a successful 2012.
Happy 2012 – Mark Elliott