Tora Karate Academy held another kyu grading in December and due to such a large number of students taking part we had to split grading into two days. It all went really well with 40+ full kyu grades being awarded (the results were announced on the following Sunday). Congratulations again to everyone.
It is important that you keep training and coming to as many sessions as you can so that you can progress in your karate and achieve the results that you want.
Roku Dan Award to Sensei Robert Herincx
With enormous pride we announce that Sensei Robert Herincx has been awarded Roku dan (6th Dan), by the British Karate Association. It was fitting that he received this well deserved grade during our Sunday awards session which was attended by a record number of students and fellow Instructors.
As it is a Tora custom, we also met for our regular Christmas lunch where our students and their families could catch up and have some fun. It was nice too see such a large number come along, a well deserved lunch after a year of working hard.
Our last session this year will be on Sunday 18/12/2016. We will have a short break (the only one in whole year) and training will resume on Friday 06/01/2017.
Have a nice holiday and a good rest, we will see you back in the dojo in the New Year.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
2016 is a very special time for all of us at Tora as it is our 50th anniversary.
“The club was originally called Surrey Shotokan Karate Club and was founded in the mid 1960's in Chertsey, Surrey. I think this probably makes us one of the oldest clubs in the country. In 1967 Sensei Michael (Sandy) Beach became the Chief instructor. In 1971 the club name was changed to Tora Shotokan Karate Club.Some of the visiting Sensei that have taught at our club are, Kanazawa, Enoeda, Kato, Takahashi, Sumi, K.Funakoshi, Tomita, Ohta, Chisholm, Fuller, Hazard.When Sensei Beach retired from active instruction, I continued teaching and, with his agreement, we changed the name to Tora Kodo Karate Kai, which is more descriptive of the inherent philosophy found within the club.”
(From an interview with Sensei Robert which can be found here)
Last year was a very successful year for all of us at Tora. We have seen many new members, some as young as 8 years old, joining us and starting on their Karate journey. Some of them even managed to persuade their parents to join them in training.
Many of our junior members did exceptionally well at the competition which was held in March 2015.
We have also welcomed Karateka joining us from different clubs looking for the type of training sessions which can be found at Tora.
It is a massive privilege to all our instructors seeing so many juniors and also adults joining us.
The 50 years journey of Tora as we know it today has been a long and steady Journey.
Don't forget YOU too can be part of our family - just turn up to one of our sessions.