January 2019 and Gold D of E awards!
Team Cambridge ESKA are now well and truly back into the training schedule and all set to make 2019 as successful, or even more successful than 2018, which was a great year for us! We have new members joining us and established club members preparing for their higher grade examinations, including both Intermediate and full Dan gradings – we therefore have much enjoyable work to do. Although the year has only just started, we have success to celebrate – Junior Shodan’s Joanna Whitehead and Kathryn Bullough have each gained their D of E, (Duke of Edinburgh) Gold award! This is a massive achievement for them and I am delighted to say that Team Cambridge Karate played a significant part in helping and supporting them to this supreme accolade. It is a great reflection on all those involved. Photographs of both Jo and Kathryn receiving their awards at Buckingham Palace with be posted as soon as we have permission.
Forever moving forward, we have introduced a new signing-in system, which has been created and introduced by Masaya Sensei, ably supported by Russell Sensei and Sempai Catherine. Each club member is now in possession of a Bar-coded ID badge which enables scanned registration and facilitates correlating the number of training sessions attended very easy. This is especially important when submitting grading applications as there are minimum numbers of training session which must be completed.
The Belts and Certificates have now been presented to all those who graded successfully in December – yet another 100% pass rate! Well done all! The photographs will be posted as soon as they have been gathered.
First Aid Course
On Monday 28th January, the association is holding the annual First Aid course, which is open to all. This is a vitally important part of our instructors qualifications and I am pleased to say that delegates from Team Cambridge are attending, including yours truly.