International Summer Gashuku - September 2011

The International Gashuku with over 90 Karateka with students and instructors from the UK and Plzen SKIF from Czech Republic.

The senior UK instructors this year included....
Kevin Leigh 5th dan  Ivor Garner 5th dan  Colin Needham 5th dan  Peter Edwards 6th dan

Gashuku begins at 6.30am Saturday morning with Kanku-dai and the rising sun coming up over the north sea


As the sun comes up the students were split into groups where further kata and application were taught



The students were split into groups for further application classes for Kanku-dai



A quick warm up around the camp-site



 The students test their psychic ability and fight with their eyes closed

The morning session finishes with Sumo and back to back wrestling ...


With the morning training over we head to the Great Yarmouth dojo


Sensei Leigh taught the Senior grades the kata Gankaku and it's application

Grades were divided with the senior instructors teaching each section



The students were put into 4 teams for the weekend events, their first task was to create and be judged on their team Kata



The Kata event was followed by team Handball, Football and again special request from Manchester dojo for 'Netball'



The morning session was followed by the swimming gala which took place between the 4 teams.


The events include all the normal races plus the 'imaginative dive' and 'beat the sensei's relay'.

 Saturday Afternoon...

1.30 pm and we assemble at the camp-site to walk to the beach

We walk to Winterton Valley where we start the afternoon training

Basics on the Winterton valley dunes..


The teams are warmed up before the beach volley ball tournament begins..


Beach volley ball begins on the sloping pitch




The infamous 'King of the Hill'.... teams have to capture the others flag



Off to the sea to cool off....


To the amusement of the locals beach training begins...

The North sea seems a little cooler than last year..


Sensei Garner takes great delight dunking the students....

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The team pyramid building contest begins. The higher the better....





Another excellent afternoon training over and now the traditional rush to the showers

 Saturday Evening....

The Saturday evening BBQ is always a great way to unwind from the days proceedings..



The BBQ is a great way to unwind at the end of a fantastic days training.

After the BBQ we retire to the Dolphin bar.....

 Sunday Morning....

The Sunday hike begins at Horsey Mill and is approximately 6 miles, it will take us to the Seal colony on Horsey beach





We break for a 45 minute lesson on self defence techniques from the senior dojo instructors.

 Sunday Afternoon...


The very inventive sand castle building contest is judged...


Followed by the sensei Garner treasure hunt...

The seals are again pleased to see us all ...





  The Team Tug-o-war at Horsey..









 Followed by the Welly-wanging competition



After the games the students were warmed up and more taught self defence techniques..



Gashuku finishes with the awards for various achievements and honours earned over the weekend..

'Hard as nails' to Jaroslav & the Czech guys 'William Acquaah award' to Paul Tony 'top student Gashuku 2011'

Gashuku 2011 Pink Belt

And the much coveted Pink belt is awarded to a very proud sensei Ivor Garner of East coast Norwich dojo...

International Summer Gashuku

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A very disappointed Russell (standing) after hearing he did not win the pink belt award .....


All entries to:


Winter Gashuku 2011

Club Diary

Summer Gashuku 2010

Photo gallery

Special thanks to Carl from Winterton for his photographic skills