Karate-do Shotokai Newshttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/Southampton course details availablehttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=404You are warmly invited to attend a KDS course with Harada Sensei and the Technical Group. This high level course is an excellent opportunity to brush up on you skills for the New Year.

Please let me know as soon as possible, but by Friday 20th January latest please if you will be attending the course and whether you will be coming to the Social Event so I can reserve a place for you. (Due to prepayment conditions please understand that you may be asked to pay for the social event if you book and do not attend).

We are all looking forward to training with you.

Full details can be found in the course calendar:


[Cardiff] 50th Anniversary at Cardiff Castlehttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=402 50th Anniversary at Cardiff Castle

The latter end of 2016 saw Karate-do Shotokai (KDS) Cardiff being very much involved in the UK KDS 50th Anniversary event at Cardiff Castle.

In the lead up to this event, KDS Cardiff took advantage of the facilities at the Castle and early Bank Holiday Monday in August, prior to the public being given access, to film themselves training at this prestigious location. 

What they developed was a short video showing the light heartedness of the members. This can be viewed on the KDS Cardiff Facebook page.

Saturday 22 October came and the clubs usual training venue at the CMC Sports Club, Heath was utilised to host over 60 members in a dynamic practice setting the mood prior to the days main event.

The evening kicked off at Cardiff Castle with guests arriving and meeting the VIPs being hosted by Harada Sensei. These included the Rt Hon Lord Mayor Monica Walsh and the Lady Mayoress Mrs Maria Harvey as well as guests of Senseis from as far away as the Japan Karate do Shotokai organisation.

A film to celebrate 50 years

A short film celebrating 50 years of the UK KDS and Harada Sensei's development was introduced as part of the drinks reception in the Library. This film was developed by Ian Mackenzie of KDS Cardiff and Theo Kyriacou of KDS Keele and can also be viewed on the KDS Cardiff Facebook page.

What followed was an evening of non stop entertainment, speeches, singing, good food, wine and fantastic company as about 100 KDS members past and present came together to celebrate the organisations 50 years of development.

A number of high quality photographs resulted and were evidence of the enjoyment of all attending.

Successful grading

Several Kyu grade members of KDS Cardiff were successful in their recent grading and were rewarded with their grades being announced during the evening.

The night concluded with clubs hitting the bars and clubs of Cardiff being led by the younger Cardiff members until the early hours in some cases.

Sensei's 88th birthday celebrations

Next came Sensei's 88th birthday celebrations held over the weekend of the UK KDS Winter School held in Cwmbran, Wales. In excess of 130 practicing members from many of the worldwide KDS attended this event, training over two days. Such countries represented were France, Belgium, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Gibraltar, USA and Japan.

Despite an injury to his leg, Sensei demonstrated and explained many points on an individual and group basis to assist attendees with their personal development.

The evening entertainment was in the form of a buffet and a swing band that gave all members the opportunity to let their hair down and dance the night away.

And then it was back to normality and the weekly training schedule for KDS Cardiff building up towards the xmas festive period.

Winter School Details Availablehttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=398Full course details for this year's Winter School can noe be found within the course calendar:


[Keele University] NEW BEGINNERS COURSEhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=397 We are now running new beginners courses! please feel free to come along and give it a go ..first session FREE!! no experience necessary!

[Leeds] Taster Session Leeds Universityhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=396 The Leeds club will be running a taster session on Wednesday 5th October.

7:30 - 8:30, Studio 1, The Edge Sports Centre, Leeds University.


See Leeds club site for more details:




Toulouse Course Detailshttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=395We are delighted to invite you to our course on 7, 8 and 9 October 2016 under the direction of Harada Sensei assisted by Bernard and Gladys Mathieu.

We will be studying the kata Tekki Shodan et Meikyo.

As usual, there will be at least an hour per session when we will split into two groups, black belts and kyu grades. Furthermore, there is an additional session on Saturday morning for black belts.

Full course details can be found within the course calendar:


KDS UK 50TH Anniversaryhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=394This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Karate-do Shotokai in the United Kingdom. To celebrate this milestone we will be holding a special formal dinner at the Banqueting Hall in Cardiff Castle. The evening will include a welcome drink reception, bespoke 6 course meal and cultural entertainment. We will also have various guest speakers and a special presentation showcasing how KDS UK has developed over the past half century.

Spaces are limited and will be offered on a time served/grade order basis to UK members. To avoid disappointment please register and pay through the members’ area of the site. One ticket for the event will cost Fifty Pounds to be paid in full at the time of registration. From 1st September 2016 registration will open to all current KDS UK members. The deadline for applying will be 21st September 2016.

This landmark occasion is a once in a lifetime event within the KDS and whether you have been practising with us for a lifetime or just a short while, it will truly be a night not to be missed.

We sincerely look forward to sharing the evenings celebrations with you as we look back over fifty years of Harada Sensei’s life and his organisation, Karate-do Shotokai.

[Essex] KDS Regional Practice hosted by the Essex clubhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=393KDS Regional Practice hosted by the Essex club - Sunday 25 September 2016

One Day…Two Practices 11:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 17:00

£10 practice fee to cover cost of hall hire

Using the Bo…so bring a Bo

Bo Kata – Taikyoku Shodan & Matsukaze

All grades are welcome, although some prior experience of using a bo and the bo kata would be beneficial

Venue: Harlow Dance Centre, Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow CM18 7BH


Go to the upper back car park on the left hand side as you drive in to the Latton Bush Centre

If you are coming to Harlow on the train or bus, we can provide transport form the terminals (if you let us know in advance…)

2 hour break for lunch so we’ll go into Harlow centre, where there are a number of eateries.

Please confirm attendance by email to adrian@hlsfp.co.uk

[Staffordshire University] For training location and times Please email staffs.uni.kds@live.comhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=392 For training location and times Please email staffs.uni.kds@live.com

[Staffordshire University] http://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=391 For training location and times Please email staffs.uni.kds@live.com

Robert Pugh awarded the Gibraltar Awardhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=390Congratulations to Robert Pugh of the Gibraltar KDS club who has been awarded the Gibraltar Award (Governor's Certificate and Badge of Honour) in recognition of his work in Karate-do Shotokai Gibraltar.


Oxford course details availablehttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=389The course details for the upcoming 3rd-5th dan course to be held in Oxford in July are available within the course calendar:


Newcastle course details availablehttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=387All KDS members are all warmly invited to attend the next national KDS course since Spring School, to be held in the great northern city of Winterfell Newcastle upon Tyne. The course is open to ALL GRADES and will be led by the 4th Dan Group as they continue developing the themes established at Hatfield and Spring School.

This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the famous Geordie hospitality as this time we will be hosting the course in the city centre at a new state of the art venue within the University of Northumbria. I would particularly like to encourage all you student KDS members to make the journey as it will be a great chance to train hard, unwind and celebrate after having finished the last of your exams. This will be the last ALL GRADES course before KDS Summer School 2016.

Also of note, we are honored to be hosting a special visit from Harada Sensei who will be in Newcastle over the course of the weekend.

Summer School bookings openhttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=388Summer School will once again take place in August (13th - 21th) at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

The earlier you register the less likely it will be that you will miss this great opportunity to practise at a sustained high level. It also greatly reduces the administrative burden associated with running the course.

Finally, please note that there is a discount of £40 (taking the actual cost to £350) for all applications received with a deposit of £170 before 12th June. We are continuing to offer an additional student discount of £55.

The closing date for all applications is 20th July. Unfortunately, late applications cannot be accommodated as we have to finalise the numbers with the University by that date.

Please also note that late cancellations will be charged, as we have to pay the University once we confirm the numbers.

All applications for this cause are to made through the members only area of the site. Anyone having trouble should speak to their club membership secretary.

[Southampton University] Like our new Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/sukdshttp://www.karatedoshotokai.com/viewNewsArticle.php?article=381 http://www.facebook.com/sukds

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