End of year Update – 2021

Wishing you all a happy end, to another “different” year.

My hopes for a more normal December have of course been dashed, along with our end of year celebration session.  Instead, we will be holding a “Start of year celebration and awards session” on the first Monday we are back training.

We are aiming to resume sessions from Thursday 6th January, so that would mean we will have our celebration on the 10th.  This is of course dependent upon any lock-down measures that are imposed.  If this does happen then we will hold the session whenever we are allowed to do so.

For those who are new members, if we suffer another lock-down please leave your direct debits in place.  As others will attest, it is important that we keep our cashflow and I will ensure that all are made good by the end of the year.  Fingers crossed this is not needed or that we only have a couple of weeks circuit breaker to contend with, either way I will provide some form of online training where possible.  

Grade Promotions

I will aim to have all appropriate belts with me throughout January to ensure you are all wearing the correct dojo rank.

As it is the end of the year, we not only award our standard monthly promotions, but also any special achievements.  We usually aim to do this in the final session of the year, but unfortunately the Omicron COVID variant has hampered this for 2021… therefore I am very happy to announce the following via this update, effective 1st January 2022:


  • Annabella Holt – 11 kyu (white belt 1 black tag) A
  • Lucas Holt – 11 kyu (white belt 1 tag) A
  • Isaac Furr – 11 kyu (white belt 1 tag) A
  • Stanley Keverne – 9 kyu apprentice (orange/white belt) C
  • Bertie Hodkinson – 9 kyu apprentice (orange/white belt) C
  • Ben Mathew – 9 kyu apprentice (orange/white belt) C
  • Jackson Summers – 8 kyu apprentice (red/white belt) C
  • Rosie Cripps – 6 kyu (green belt) A
  • Jenson Lee-Owen – 5 kyu (blue belt) B
  • Connor Lee-Owen – 2 kyu (brown/white belt)
  • Christina Fowler – Shodan (black belt)

Well done to all, there are a lot of new names here and I am very proud of the progress that has been made this year by the new members, who are still yet to see how our club runs in normal times.

A special congratulations to Chrissie on the award of black belt.  Chrissie has now trained with me for a number of years, studying not only Karate with us, but also being a consistent member of the Yogic Arts sessions, participating in Krav Maga seminars, weaponry sessions and some Tai Chi. More recently Chrissie has been assisting Alex Sensei with the children’s class, where her manner and approach have been invaluable to helping the younger members to understand our art and how to behave in our club. All of this, however, is secondary to her improved and consistent standard.  Her diligence with training and enthusiasm to both train online during the lockdown and return as we were allowed has proven that time and effort spent training has a direct correlation with improvement in standard.  Despite Chrissie’s humility I hope you all look to her in the coming year to help your own understanding of movement and how our Yanagi-do Karate should be done.

As always, thank you to all for your continued support, I hope you all have the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years!