IMPORTANT CLUB NOTICE
Last Wednesday (19 Oct 16) saw the year’s last Kumite training session. Wednesday Kumite training sessions will resume in January. The culmination of this year’s Kumite training will see Kaylene and Doreen competing at the Armando Championships in Bangkok this coming Sunday.
Until now, attendance at Kumite training has been by invitation only (by Sensei John). From January 2017, Sensei John will make Kumite training available to everybody. Kumite training will be FREE to all students. The requirements for attendance will be:
• All students must have a gum shield. No gum shield, no training.
• All students must attend at least one Traditional Karate session each week. If students only attend the Kumite session, they will be expected to pay a normal class fee.
Kumite sessions are very hard work, and there is a possibility students will be hit. Most blows will be controlled, but the occasional non-controlled blow is inevitable. If students are unable to keep up with the fast pace, they will be asked to sit out.
The club has a limited amount of protective equipment, which can be borrowed, but if you’re serious about training, then it is advisable to purchase your own. Certainly, if students intend entering competition, we do not have enough equipment to lend everybody. The equipment is not available locally, and has to be sourced from Bangkok, or further afield. You are welcome to obtain your own (Sensei John can advise suppliers) or you can obtain via the club – if you obtain via the club, the club will significantly subsidise your purchase i.e. Sensei John will charge 4,500 Baht per set (of course, if there are special offers on at the time of purchase, the club will not charge more than the actual cost + p&p). We know this is a large outlay, but parents are welcome to arrange payment by smaller installments to the club if necessary.
Protective equipment comprises:
• Chest Protector
• Gloves Red and Blue
• Shin Pads Red and Blue
• Foot Pads Red and Blue
• Belts Red and Blue
As with this year, we will actively seek competition. Each competition will be advised, but participation is optional. Most competition will be in the Bangkok area, and will obviously incur travelling expense and overnight accommodation before the fight is highly recommended. It might involve some time off school – Sensei John can provide competition details to schools if required. Sensei John will travel to each competition entered to act as team coach, and to support students.
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