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July 21, 2019

When I was growing up I spent a great deal of time with my grandparents. We had the best of times during regular trips to Cornwall to visit my great Auntie and Uncle to holiday with them in Saltash.

The trip from Portsmouth became a familiar one and the sight of the Tam...

July 2, 2019

When we formed the association in 2015 one of the first tasks we undertook was to define, design and introduce our own syllabus. We did this for many reasons, not least to ensure we did not suffer hubris or encourage complacency. In developing our own format, we concei...

May 12, 2019

Back in 2014 we had hosted a relatively informal competition at the East Meon Dojo followed by a family picnic to support the members of the Petersfield, South Downs and Kokoro dojo’s as they began to compete. Our established Christmas competition had grown from Sensei...

December 31, 2018

Winston Churchill once said that ‘You create your own Universe as you go along’. For us in the AKA the past year has been about creation, realisation and growth. We have pushed on through the year and despite challenges or the occurrence of the unexpected have seen our...

December 12, 2018

Imagine being the young Rockstar walking out to perform at Wembley Stadium, or the immerging DJ Stepping out at Cream Fields for the first-time in front of thousands of people. What pressure, whatexpectation...... what a moment! Suddenly dreams are about to be realised...

November 25, 2018

On Sunday the 25th of November those selected from our Squad assembled at 6.30 am to board the mini-bus for our road-trip to Uxbridge. When the coaches were competing we built a friendly rivalry with the SKC team and were proud to receive an invitation to attend their...

October 14, 2018

HDKI Nationals - 13th of October 2018. I took a break from yesterdays competition to visit the cafe area and grab a cup of tea. As I walked through the corridor a young lad who had been swimming asked his Dad what was happening in the Sports Hall. The man replied: “it’...

September 6, 2018

Like most karate teachers, I often meet former students and they always talk fondly of their memories of training. It is great to catch up with everyone and invariably most people wish they hadn’t stopped karate or share an intention to return in some capacity.  I feel...

January 27, 2018

As an Association we are focused on a number of principles that allow us to push-forward and seek continuous improvement. These principles are reinforced on our banners and serve as a constant reference to ensure that we deliver on our aims and objectives.

2017 was a ve...

May 9, 2017

My last blog was titled Mentors, Role Models and Heroes and explained the rationale behind our karate charity course. Now I sit here at a hotel desk on my work travels proudly reflecting on a ‘job-well-done’.

I was once taught by an important mentor in my professional l...

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