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Monday, March 21, 2016

Grading Results - 20th March 2016

A great night last night at SSKC, Many thanks to Sensei Matt Price for your instruction.
Congratulations to the 9 of our students that graded today, Osu!
Matt Sensei with the senior class

Matt Sensei with the SSKC Ninja
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Kyu Grades
1st Kyu (t) Heath Waters
2nd Kyu Myles Phillips
2nd Kyu Leah Fielding
4th Kyu Andreas Brereton
5th Kyu (t) Gabriel Witty
7th Kyu (t) Jane Witty
8th Kyu Amrit Daffu O'Reilly
9th Kyu Sarah Dudley
12th Kyu William Speck

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Grading Results - 21st February 2016

A great course in York today, Many thanks to Sensei Alan Campbell and Sensei Steve Carless for your instruction.
Congratulations to all 46 of our students that graded today, Osu!
A special mention to those who were graded above average in certain elements:
Kelly in Kihon
Connor in Kumite
Assen in Kumite and
Han in Kihon, Kata and Kumite achieving an overall above average 1st Kyu grading!
A big thank you to those that traveled to support the course.

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Kyu Grades
1st Kyu Xiao Wei Han
3rd Kyu Viktoria Rymarz
3rd Kyu Simon Frost
3rd Kyu Assen Arinkov
4th Kyu Berhan Haker
4th Kyu Sam Barfield
5th Kyu Imaan Ahmad
5th Kyu Grace Jones-Devitt
5th Kyu Rebecca Arinkov
5th Kyu Marny Waters
5th Kyu Thomas Arinkov
5th Kyu Tash O'Boyle
6th Kyu Lewis Urwin
6th Kyu Mark Christian
7th Kyu Mark O'Reilly
7th Kyu Parveen Ahmad
7th Kyu Holly Urwin
7th Kyu Connor Christian
7th Kyu Lily Boston
7th Kyu Karl Rawlings
8th Kyu Elliot Murray
8th Kyu Ellie Fielding
8th Kyu Elliot Murray
8th Kyu Irah Brereton
8th Kyu Steve O'Boyle
8th Kyu (t) Jake Rawlings
9th Kyu Monica O'Reilly
9th Kyu Jacob Homsi
9th Kyu Thora Elston
9th Kyu Jack Hutchinson
9th Kyu Katharine Birchall
9th Kyu Kelly Holmes
9th Kyu Sophie Hutchinson
10th Kyu Darcey Burrows
10th Kyu Amelia Everall
10th Kyu Matilda Birchall
10th Kyu Damon Holmes
10th Kyu Curtis Lee
11th Kyu Toby Apedaile
11th Kyu Max Apedaile
11th Kyu Daniel Speck
11th Kyu Billy McMurray
11th Kyu Isaiah Brereton
12th Kyu Luke Barrett-Watt
12th Kyu Sam Hutchinson
12th Kyu Ruby Sanderson

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kangeiko Training with KNM - Sat 16th Jan 2016

We traveled to Cleethorpes to Join Kazen No-Michi for "Cold training" on the beach. Kangeiko training normally starts at 6am but they kindly put it back an hour, to give us a little extra time to get there.
A traditional run was followed by some basics and Sochin kata and application before a big breakfast at Browns before the long drive home.

SSKC Kangeiko-ka

The whole group

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Black and Brown Belt training Nottingham - 17th January 2016

We traveled to Nottingham to Nottingham for the first Black and Brown Belt session of the year.
It was great to be taking Simon, Assen and Leah with us, their first steps towards Shodan.
Instruction was by JKS England Chief Instructor Alan Campbell 6th Dan.
Leah joined Sensei Bex for the Open squad session that followed under the instruction of Sensei Matt Price - JKS England Squad Coach.
Hopefully the SSKC contingent will grow during 2016.


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York Karate Course and Grading - Sunday 21st February 2016

Sensei Alan Campbell - 6th Dan JKS England Chief Instructor with
Sensei Steve Carless - 6th Dan Walsall Karate Dojo

This will be an open course aimed at karateka of all grades and ages.

Registration and grading times along with costings are detailed on the flyer.

Please arrive for registration promptly so everyone can be processed before the course is due to commence.

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The Sports Hall, Joseph Rowntree High School, Haxby Road, New Earswick, York YO32 4BZ.


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Saturday, December 05, 2015

The JKS Karate Certificates Explained

Have you ever wondered what you grading certificate actually says?
Well I have been asked a couple of times with regard to both Kyu and Dan grade certificates, so I thought I would write a post on it.
I will deal in particular with JKS certificates but many martial arts follow a similar format.

The Kyu grade certificate

JKS Kyu grade certificate

So starting at the top of the certificate and working down. 証 = sho meaning proof. This is the first of three kanji that make up the word shomeisho meaning certificate.

There is then a space for the students name to be entered followed by 殿 = dono, this is a polite form of name suffix that might be used in a formal letter, similar to Mr. but is not gender specific.

Next is a long line of kana commencing, 右者 = migi-mono or yusha. Well you have probably heard migi used in the dojo it means right (hidari means left), mono means person. So together they literally mean the person on the right. Don't be too concerned with a word by word translation, we will look at the whole at the end. The kanji are also the same as the first and last kanji from Yudansha 有段者 meaning person of black belt rank, yuu meaning have and sha meaning person. Next comes 審査 = shin-sa which means examination, this is followed by の = No, which is a particle that indicates possession. After this is 結果 = kekka which means result. When we line up for our rei in our dojo, the high grades are on the left, but in the LKA for example the high grades are on the right, different dojo, different traditions.... I believe the reference to the person on the right is a reference to your superiors (the ones on the right) that have undertaken the examination and your result is .....

Then there is another space for your grade to be entered, followed by four more kanji. The first is 級 = Kyu, the next is に = ni which is another particle that indicates a person or thing is "in, at, on", the last bit is 進む = susumu which means progress. So again looking at the whole, you have achieved whatever kyu grade, you have made some progress, but there is more progress to make so keep training hard. (The english words on the dan certificate conclude "We expect a further progress in skill and character building in the future", it does not say this word for word but this is what is meant)

Next comes three kanji with spaces after them, this is where the day, month, year is entered.日= nichi meaning day,  月 = gatsu meaning month and 年 = nen meaning year.

The date is followed by our association name and its hanko (red seal stamp). The full name for the JKS is Japan Karate Shotorenmei, renmei translates to league, but on the kyu grade certificate is a slightly different ending. 曰本 = Nihon (Japan), 空手 = karate, 松涛 = shoto, 会= kai which means association, this is a shortened version of kyokai, but they both represent the same meaning.

Lastly is the space for the name of the grading examiner.

The Dan grade Certificate

In the JKS this certificate is used for Shodan to Yondan. It has both Japanese and English and is an international certificate intended for use by non-Japanese. 

Above: JKS Dan grade certificate

When writing formally the Japanese write in columns, reading from right to left, so lets start in the top right hand corner where there is a partial red stamp above a vertical line of kanji. The stamp is an authentication stamp, half the stamp is on the certificate and the remaining part of the stamp is in the JKS records. If you put the certificate next to the record they make a complete stamp and this verifies that the certificate is authentic. Next the kanji, if you look closely the top and bottom kanji are printed and the others are hand brushed. 第 = dai and  号= go, dia is the ordinal number prefix and go is the suffix, together they mean number and usually surround a serial number, as is the case here. You may recognise the word dia from Asai Sensei's basic series of kata dai ichi to dai yon, the third kata, dia san became better known as jo no kata, anyway back to certificates. Between dia and go are the kanji for a series of numbers 一 = 1, 二 = 2, 三 = 3,四 = 4,  五 = 5, 六 = 6, 七 = 7, 八 = 8, 九 = 9 and zero is written as usual (you can also pronounce "zero" in Japanese as it is borrowed) so on Rebecca's certificate it reads 第一0四五二号 = serial number 10342, this will correspond to the registration number written in English towards the bottom of the certificate.

Just to the left of the registration number is a large red hanko stamp of the JKS and below the hanko is the large kanji 証 = sho meaning proof, as explained in the kyu certificate above.

The next column to the left appears your full name, your christian followed by your surname, again this will have been hand brushed.

Next comes two columns of kanji, seven, then six, the top kanji on the second column will be hand brushed, the rest will be printed. This is similar to the long phrase on the kyu certificate.
貴殿 = kiden meaning you, the first kanji is 貴 = ki meaning precious, the second kanji is 殿 = dono, as in the kyu certificate explained above. The next bit is also as the kyu certificate 審査 = shin-sa which means examination, this is followed by の = No, which is a particle that indicates possession. After this is 結果 = kekka which means result.
The first kanji on the second column is a number indicating your dan grade, however they are not all the same as the list of numbers used for the serial number.  These are formal numbers, they are also used on the Japanese currency. 壱 = 1, 弐 = 2, 参 = 3  this set of kanji is called daiji (大字) and used in legal and financial documents to prevent unscrupulous individuals from adding a stroke or two, turning a one into a two or a three. The formal number for 1 is not even used because we use 初 = sho as the first dan rank. The number is followed by 段 = dan, the next is に = ni which is another particle that indicates a person or thing is "in, at, on" 列 = retsu meaning line or column, this might ring a bell as it is said to call us to line up before a rei and then すら = sura meaning even. So on Rebecca's certificate reading the two columns as a whole it reads "superiors examination results : line up with the nidan ranks".

Right now for the next column, this is the date, printed on the certificate is the following : 平成___年___月___日and the blanks will have been hand brushed in. You will notice that the set up is different from the kyu certificate. Again this is a formal document so the imperial calendar is used. 平成 = Hei-sei, the current emperor of Japan. He began his reign in 1989 and this is the year we start counting from, next goes the month and then the day. Oh 十 = 10 by the way, so reading Rebecca's certificate, 平成  二三年三月二日= Hei-sei 23 year 3 month 12 day. So dealing with the year first, 1989 + 23 - 1, (it is -1 because you count 1989 as well) = 2011 March 12th, the kanji for year, month and day are as the kyu certificate, listed above.

Next comes the name of our association, the JKS and unlike the kyu certificate it is written with the renmei ending曰本 = Nihon (Japan), 空手 = karate, 松涛 = shoto, 連盟 = renmei.

On Rebecca's certificate there are two more vertical columns of kanji, but on my sandan certificate these are not present, so they may or may not be represented on yours. So the first column is for the Chairman of the JKS - Seiichiro Murakami, his appointment comes first, 会= kai meaning association and 長= cho meaning head, then his name, the kanji for his surname first and then his christian name. The next column is for the Chief Instructor of the JKS, Masao Kagawa, again his appointment first, 首席 = Shuseki  meaning chief, but reserved for a head of a large organisation, 師範 = Shihan, then his name, in the same format. The personal seals are stamped over the name, and these officials will match those at the bottom right of the certificate. At the bottom left hand side is the space for the Official Examiner, on Rebecca's certificate it is Kagawa Sensei, but the name is hand brushed and not printed as are all of the other positions.

Anyway hopefully that has answered any queries you may have had regarding your certificates.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

SSKC hosted Matt Price Sensei 15th November 2015

On the 15th November we were very proud to host Matt Price Sensei once again at SSKC. Matt Sensei is the National coach for the JKS England karate squad and Northern squad coach for the EKF team. 
Matt Sensei taught our little Ninja class for the first hour. 
A great time was had by all.
The photo of the junior group with Matt Sensei.

The second hour was taken up with some kicking and kumite drills before the final hour of Instructor training. Looking forward to hosting Matt Sensei again in 2016, Osu!

The photo of the Senior group with Matt Sensei.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Grading Results 11th October 2015

A great course in York today, Many thanks to Sensei Alan Campbell and Sensei Matt Price for your instruction.
Congratulations to all our students that graded today, Osu!
A big thank you to those that traveled from Kensho, Bradford, Leyland, Preston in addition to those who came from our local clubs to support the course.

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Kyu Grades
2nd Kyu Heath Waters
2nd Kyu Xiao Wei Han
2nd Kyu Thomas Cahill
3rd Kyu Myles Phillips
3rd Kyu Leah Fielding
5th Kyu Berhan Haker
5th Kyu Sam Barfield
5th Kyu Andreas Brereton
6th Kyu Marny Waters
6th Kyu Gabriel Witty
6th Kyu Caroline Brereton
6th Kyu Thomas Arinkov
6th Kyu Tash O'Boyle
7th Kyu Martin Barfield
7th Kyu Mark Christian
8th Kyu Karl Rawlings
9th Kyu Irah Brereton
9th Kyu Steve O'Boyle
10th Kyu Sam-Luca Guibert
10th Kyu Jacob Homsi
11th Kyu Darcey Burrows
11th Kyu Amelia Everall
11th Kyu Matilda Birchall
11th Kyu Damon Holmes
11th Kyu Curtis Lee
12th Kyu Dziugas Gelbuda
12th Kyu Toby Apedaile
12th Kyu Max Apedaile
12th Kyu Sam Burdon
12th Kyu Daniel Speck
12th Kyu Billy McMurray

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Friday, September 25, 2015

York Karate Course and Grading 11th October 2015

Sensei Alan Campbell - 6th Dan JKS England Chief Instructor with
Sensei Matt Price - 6th Dan JKS England Coach

This will be an open course aimed at karateka of all grades and ages.

Registration and grading times along with costings are detailed on the flyer.



Please arrive for registration promptly so everyone can be processed before the course is due to commence. Please allow some extra travel time as the York 1/2 Marathon is on the same day.
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The Sports Hall, Joseph Rowntree High School, Haxby Road, New Earswick, York YO32 4BZ.


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Grading Results 14th June 2015

A great course in York today, Many thanks to Sensei Alan Campbell and Sensei Geoff Dixon for your instruction.
Congratulations to all our students that graded today, Osu!

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Kyu Grades
4th Kyu Simon Frost
4th Kyu Assen Arinkov
5th Kyu Mark Cahill
5th Kyu (t) Bradley Urwin
6th Kyu Imaan Ahmad
6th Kyu Grace Jones-Devitt
6th Kyu Rebecca Arinkov
7th Kyu Thomas Arinkov
7th Kyu Tash O'Boyle
8th Kyu Parveen Ahmad
8th Kyu Jane Witty
8th Kyu Mark Christian
8th Kyu Holly Urwin
8th Kyu Connor Christian
8th Kyu Lily Boston
8th Kyu Isabelle Wilton
9th Kyu Karl Rawlings
9th Kyu Katie Ramskill
9th Kyu Sean-Ashley Guest
9th Kyu Elliot Murray
9th Kyu Bobby Dootson
9th Kyu Ellie Fielding
9th Kyu Elliot Murray
9th Kyu Jake Rawlings
10th Kyu Irah Brereton
11th Kyu Thora Elston
11th Kyu Jacob Homsi
12th Kyu Darcey Burrows
12th Kyu Amelia Everall
12th Kyu Matilda Birchall
12th Kyu Harrison Kerry
12th Kyu Damon Holmes
12th Kyu Curtis Lee

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