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Karateka of the Year Award

We have been issuing this award each year since 2004 for children and 2006 for adults. It is awarded to the student we feel has demonstrated the most holistic attitidue of karate withing the club.

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The majority of recipients still train with us and they are noted below. The few who left karate are recorded on the right of this page for historical purposes.

 

2011 Adult - Chris Chapman

Chris has worked exceptionally hard this past year to develop her skills. She has generally attended 3 classes a week in karate plus weapons. Add to that some private lessons and helping with a bit of coaching and I think you can see the reason for her award.

 

 

 

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2011 Child - Oliver Hill

Oliver trains two lessons a week , one at Laddingford and the other at West Malling. He always puts a maximum of effort into his karate and in class is attentive and often better behaved than his seniors.

 

 

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2010 Adult - Ralph Spence

Ralph joined our clubs after a break from karate and quickly formed part of the team demonstrating positive attitude and excellent spirit both in his personal karate and in helping others.

 

 

 

 

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2010 Child - Ruth Smith-Burr

Ruth joined our West Malling club as s novice and has worked her way up to 1kyu. She often helps coaching the children's class and never demonstrates less than maximum effort and focus during her class.

 

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2009 Adult - Paco Cayuela

Paco has trained with us since white belt, initially in another club, and in mid kyu grades joined shin-gi-tai.

He conducts warm ups on Monday nights and often assist with coaching. He also attends all workshops where possible and supports the club the best he can.

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2009 Child - Kieran Russell

Kieran was given this award in recognition of his perseverance in learning karate.

 

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2008 Adult - Russell Dewhurst

Russ worked his way through to black belt in quick time and has used his ability to quickly remember forms to assist others in learning too. A very helpful voice at public events and parties and always willing to help get students to workshops and do that extra bit for the club.

 

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2007 Adult - Simon Buck

Simon joined our clubs when we took over a small club in Larkfield when the current group decided to close it. This was a very short term situation and he soon moved to our West Malling classes and continued his studies.

He often attends the Grove green club (running permitting)  and shares a common interest with other club members in motorcycling. He also authors some interesting articles for our newsletter.

Simon has also studied Kenjutsu and some basic Kobudo with us.

 

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2007 Child - Daniel Redman

Daniel has trained with us since white belt grade and has committed a lot of effort and time into developing his skills. Dedicated and hard working student who is a pleasure to have in the class.

In 2012 he attained his full children's Shodan grade. 

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2006 Adult - Tony Baldock

Tony joined our club after completing a few grades in another club and has now progressed through his Shodan grade and was planning to attempt Nidan in 2011 until a serious Judo injury stopped him from training.

 

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2005  Child - James Weber

James joined us as an  ex Wado ryu mudansha and continued his studies  through the children's system and then into the adult class where he has attained the grade of Shodan before going to university.

He is a regular assistant at Grove green in teaching the children when on university holidays and supports the club wherever possible through teaching, advertising and generally helping out.

 

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The following students left the club after being awarded Karateka of the Year;

Jordan Halls -2008

2006 - Rob Powdrill

2004 - Chloe Marchant

Shin-Gi-Tai Club List with Venue and Training Times

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Every Monday between 8:00 - 10:00pm at:

Grove Green Community Hall
District Center Minor Center
Grovewood Drive
Weavering
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 5TQ

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Monday & Friday 6:30 - 8:00pm at:

Grove Green Community Hall
District Center Minor Center
Grovewood Drive
Weavering
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 5TQ

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Every Friday between 8:30 - 10:00pm at:

Grove Green Community Hall
District Center Minor Center
Grovewood Drive
Weavering
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 5TQ

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Every Friday between 8:30 - 10:00pm at:

Grove Green Community Hall
District Center Minor Center
Grovewood Drive
Weavering
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 5TQ

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Every Wednesday between 8:00 - 10:00pm at:

West Malling Village Hall
Norman Road
West Malling
Kent
ME19 6RW

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Tuesday between 3:20 - 4:20pm at:

St Marys Primary School
Darman Lane
ME18 6BL

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Wednesdays at 4:15 - 5:15pm at:

Vintners Park Community Center
Hampton Road
Maidstone
ME14 1UT

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Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm at:

West Malling Village Hall
Norman Road
West Malling
Kent
ME19 6RW

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