Seiwakai 2012 Seminars with Leo Lipinski

2012 Sunday seminars at Bishop Douglas School, London.

Cost for 15 and above is £20, and 14 and below £15.

05-Feb Dance Studio 10 to 13
11-Mar Dance Studio 10 to 13
29-Apr Dance Studio 10 to 13
03-Jun Dance Studio 10 to 13
16-Sep Dance Studio 10 to 13
12-Oct Dance Studio 18 to 21
13-Oct Dance Studio and Sports Hall 10 to 17
14-Oct Dance Studio and Sports Hall 10 to 17
11-Nov Dance Studio 10 to 13

Europe Gojukai Seminar in October (12.13,14). More details in future.

In addition in February (24,25,26) there will be a Seiwakai Seminar in Russia with Fujiwara Sensei and I and in May (18,19,20) there will be a Seiwakai Seminar with Fujiwara Sensei in Portugal. Various European Instructors assisting.

At the end of October will be the next TKF Open Invitational tournament.

Japan 2012 has also been finalised as follows:

Omagari (Seiwakai) Seminar
5,6,7 July Training
8 July Rest day
9.10.11 Training
Cost of Seminar Yen 30,000
Gojukai Seminar and testing (near Tokyo) 13,14 July
Tournament 15,16 July Please note 16 July is a Monday


TKF Nationals 30th October 2011

Well over 10 years later, I’ve decided to enter in a kumite competition again. Sports karate is all about the speed and timing, together with a sharp and polish technique and fighting against 17-28 year old is a very difficult challenge.

I’m not sure of the reasons why I’ve decided to enter again in a kumite competition. One of the reasons is to push myself further, test myself and make me train harder with a focused objective in mind.

Another reason is to enjoy the rush of adrenaline you get with kumite. See whether you still “have it” in you. I’m realistic of my possibilities, but one thing is for sure: I don’t compete to lose.

Karate and spirituality

The reality is that we don’t know: we have been misinformed, knowledge and information have been concealed and, occasionally properly deceived with the help of millions of pounds of marketing campaigns and advertising.

We don’t know how to breath, we don’t know how to keep our posture and, above all, we don’t know how to eat.

Feeling depressed for no reason? Suffering of stress and anxiety? Work getting on top of you? Not feeling peace at home? Don’t seek for pills and tablets straight away, give yourself a real chance: change your diet, find a hobby and exercise. How very obvious, right?

As a rule of thumb, we can do by eating half of the amount of whatever we are eating every day. Give up white refine sugar (deadly drug), coffee and sugary fizzy drinks completely. Stick to your five-a-day. Stretch your body 10 min every day and stop for 15 min every day to breath deeply (inhaling slowly and focusing on the long slow exhale) while empty your head of every day thoughts. Feel how you slow down, going to a stand-by mode.

At bed time, recreate yourself with positive thoughts: your family, the people you love, your daughter, your dog. Try to remember funny things that made you laugh. Fall asleep with positive fun thoughts and memories.

Education, real education, start at home. We are role models to our children. We are everything they look up to. Exercise on front of your children and let them join you, which they will. Don’t argue on front of them. Have, at least, one healthy meal at the table with all the family members every week. Ask your children for help when you are cooking to make them feel part of the meal they will be having.

When you are eating meat, think and feel what you are doing: thank, internally, the animal that died on your benefit as you are absorbing its energy. When you are eating fruit and vegetables, think of the energy from the sun and water which you are now absorbing. Be spiritual with your food and don’t just eat it without consideration. Where possible, try to eat organic food. The money you can save by eating half of the amount  can be spend on good quality food. Try to fast one day a week. What a misconception this is: fasting is not starving.

Ignorance is not an excuse any more. Read and inform yourself. It’s not about how long we will live, but the quality of the years we live.

Being spiritual is part of karate-do.

Karate kyu grade exams with Paul Coleman

Title: Karate kyu grade exams with Paul Coleman
Location: Donnington Social Club 10am to 14.00
Link out: Click here
Description: Bar available, tv etc.

Register in class by Friday 19th August 2011

Townsend Square, Oxford OX4 4BB

Take a 2nd turning left along Donnington Bridge Road, coming from the Iffley Road.

The social club is to the right, and is a dead end. Parking available.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2011-09-18
End Time: 14:00

TKF National Championships

Title: TKF National Championships
Location: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Maberley Road, Crystal Palace London, United Kingdom
Link out: Click here
Come and test your skills against karateka from around the country at this prestigious venue. Whether you prefer kata or kumite or even if you’ve never competed before, the Nationals is the perfect place to push and challenge yourself. Divisions for boys and girls, men and women from 6 years old right up to adult.

You have put the time into your training, now’s the time to rise to the challenge!

Traditional Karate Federation (TKF) is the England name for the group incorporating Seiwakai, Goshukan, Shuseikan and other affiliated members.
The National Championships is open to any student from any dojo affiliated to the TKF.

The tournament follows the rules and format of the JKF Goju Kai World Championships. We are using these competitions as a basis to create a formal Great Britain squad to represent our country at international level; especially in Japan.

The rules for international entrants are restricted to allowing up to 2 players to enter any single division from any country. We mirror the 39 divisions used at the Japan Karate Federation competition and invite the gold and silver medallists from each division to be provisionally selected for the Great Britain squad. Following the National Championships there will be a further selection day for members who want to try again for one of the two places available. This process will give our Association time and opportunity to organise training in the build up to the 2012 JKF Goju Kai World Championships, which will be held in Chiba; Tokyo, Japan.

Start Time: 08:00
Date: 2011-10-30
End Time: 19:00

Self-Defence and the Prevention of Crime

Reasonable Force
A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances for the purposes of:

  • self-defence; or
  • defence of another; or
  • defence of property; or
  • prevention of crime; or
  • lawful arrest.

In assessing the reasonableness of the force used, prosecutors should ask two questions:

  • was the use of force necessary in the circumstances, i.e. was there a need for any force at all? And;
  • was the force used reasonable in the circumstances?

The courts have indicated that both questions are to answered on the basis of the facts as the accused honestly believed them to be (R v Williams (G) 78 Cr. App R 276), (R v Oatbridge, 94 Cr App R 367) and (Archbold 19-49).

To that extent it is a subjective test. There is, however, an objective element to the test. The jury must then go on to ask themselves whether, on the basis of the facts as the accused believed them to be, a reasonable person would regard the force used as reasonable or excessive.

It is important to bear in mind when assessing whether the force used was reasonable the words of Lord Morris in Palmer v R, 1971 A.C. 814;

If there has been an attack so that self defence is reasonably necessary, it will be recognised that a person defending himself cannot weigh to a nicety the exact measure of his defensive action. If the jury thought that that in a moment of unexpected anguish a person attacked had only done what he honestly and instinctively thought necessary, that would be the most potent evidence that only reasonable defensive action had been taken…

The fact that an act was considered necessary does not mean that the resulting action was reasonable (R v Clegg 1995 1 A.C. 482 HL) and (Archbold 19-41).

However, where it is alleged that a person acted to defend himself/herself from violence, the extent to which the action taken was necessary will, of course, be integral to the reasonableness of the force used.

In R v O’Grady 85 Cr App R 315 it was held by the Court of Appeal that a defendant was not entitled to rely, so far as self-defence is concerned, upon a mistake of fact which had been induced by voluntary intoxication.

Pre-emptive strikes
There is no rule in law to say that a person must wait to be struck first before they may defend themselves: R v Deana, 2 Cr.App.R. 75.

Failure to retreat when attacked and when it is possible and safe to do so, is not conclusive evidence that a person was not acting in self defence. . It is simply a factor to be taken into account. It is not necessary that the defendant demonstrates by walking away that he does not want to engage in physical violence: R v Bird 81 Cr App R 110.

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