Sunday, 24 July 2011

IJKA Blackpool & IJKA Worcester Visit Alsager Shotokan K.C.

Training began on the Friday 22nd July 2011 with a rigorous kihon session followed by two manning drills in the form of Kihon Ippon kumite before finishing off with Meikyo Sandan taught by Pete Custance Sensei 6th Dan IJKA - a Kato Sensei kata performed on his 68th birthday.

After training everyone adjourned to the bar for liquid refreshment and a buffet celebrating the
 'Big Fella's' 50th Birthday.

Pictured from left to right are ;- Michelle Adamson, Mark Watts, Dave Sanderson, John Wills, Ron Bellwood Sensei, Pete Custance Sensei, Steve Cornes, Mike Barr, Anthony Marks and Alan Stanley.

Training continued on Saturday 23rd July for 3 hours with the following kata's being covered
1.   Chinte taught by Dave Sanderson Sensei
2. Hangetsu taught by Mark Watts Sensei

Pictured from left to right are ;- Shirley McLellan, John Wills, Dave Sanderson, Steve Cornes, Ron Bellwood Sensei, Steve Cameron, Mike Barr, Anthony Marks and Michelle Adamson.


Saturday, 6 November 2010

Hannah's Last Visit

Hannah Watts' last visit to Alsager Shotokan before moving onto pastures new. Pictured are ;-
Dave Sanderson, Chris Rhead, Hannah Watts, John Fallows, George Cheshire, Steve Cornes, Shirley McLellan, Anthony Marks and Alan Stanley.
All the best Hannah - Oss

Visit from IJKA Blackpool

Once again Alsager Shotokan Karate Club was the destination of Ron Bellwood Sensei 7th Dan and Mike Barr Sensei 4th Dan. A great nights training was had by all with Dave Sanderson instructing on kicking techniques both in Kihon, Kumite and two / three person drills. The session was completed with the kata Junro Sandan before we all evacuated to the leisure centre bar for some well earned liquid refreshment.

Pictured are ;-
Mark Watts, Dave Sanderson, John Fallows, Ron Bellwood, Dave Clews, George Cheshire, SteveCornes, Mike Barr, Paul Kotowski, Alan Stanley and Shirley McLellan.


Sunday, 20 December 2009

Anthony's 60th Birthday

A special night for Alsager Shotokan Karate Club as we have a second karate-ka pass their 60th birthday. Anthony Marks joins John Fallows in this elusive club. Congratulations on your birthday and best wishes for the forthcoming years of training. Pictured above at the end of training are ;-
Mark Watts, Steve Cornes, Tom Collins, Shirley McLellan.
Milena Galabova, John Fallows, Birthday Boy Anthony Marks, Alan Stanley & Dave Sanderson.
After a short presentation at the club everyone retired to a local Chinese restaurant for a buffet meal and a few drinks !!!

Monday, 17 August 2009

In at the Deep End !

Extract from the Selby Karate Club blog by IJKA Karate-ka Paul Brant ;

I had to be in Lancaster over the weekend and thought that while I was over the West side of the country I would check if it was OK to pay Alsager Shotokan Karate Club a visit. Many of the "Whitchurch Mafia" train at ASKC with their instructor Sensei George Cheshire - 5th Dan. Sensei Steve Cornes met me in the car park and showed me where they train. Nobody had blown my water wings up and I felt that I had just jumped in the deep end and was more than a little out of my depth. At the end of the training I said to Sensei Mark Watts that we had not done anything that I had done before, he replied by saying we had done gyaku zuki. Sensei Steve had taken the warm ups and Sensei Mark had run us through some kihon drills. It was then over to Sensei's Dave Sanderson and Alan Stanley who ran through "Kaze no te" - Fushu (Wind Hands). I was glad when they chose to stay with Fushu, each running through different parts and explaining bunkai etc. I am never very good at remembering Kata so I tried to just relax and try and get the feel and flow of the kata. I have always liked Kashu and with a lot, lot more training and practice am sure that Fushu will hold the same appeal for me. Sensei George Cheshire then ran through Unsu. I have of course seen Unsu a few times and been through parts of it with Sensei Mike Gude at Haxby dojo, but it is not a kata that I have ever learnt. I will have a go at running through the kata, but I am consciously trying to avoid the higher grade katas until I am happier with ones that I should already know at Shodan.There was time for a quick beer in the bar, where Sensei Mark was kind enough to put me right on a few points of Meikyo Nidan before I headed North up the M6. It is a shame ASKC is not a little closer to home, Sensei many thanks for your hospitality and hopefully I will be passing your way again sometime soon.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Friday Night Training !

A determined Chris Rhead attacks Sensei Alan Stanley with Mae Geri which he calmly blocks with Osae Uke before delivering a lightening fast gyaku-zuki ( Yes, Alan wrote this snippet himself ! ). It was just an ordinary Friday nights training at the Alsager Shotokan dojo.

Happy Training, Oss.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Alsager Shotokan KC Juniors

A small band of dedicated juniors who braved the heat of an early June training session. With Sensei George Cheshire & Sensei Mark Watts are Stephen Browne, Bradley Hancock, Jack Walker, Lukas Hancock, Elliott Heath, Kitt and Carina Smith.

Happy training ~ Oss

Friday, 15 May 2009

CSi Watford - Attends the Scene of a Friday Night Training Session at Alsager

Helen "Midget Gem" Milner, aka CSi Watford stopped off at Alsager Shotokan KC on Friday night for a training session with The Boys whilst travelling home from Watford to Yorkshire. A good nights training finished with the kata Kibaken Shodan before everyone retired to the bar for drinks and some Sushi.


Saturday, 9 May 2009

Sensei Peter Custance IJKA 6th Dan Visits Alsager Shotokan Karate Club Dojo

Sensei Peter Custance joins Sensei George Cheshire and other club members for a Friday nights training session at the Alsager Dojo. A good night was had by all and was finished off with Sensei Custance teaching an Asai-Ryu kata Kakiyoku Sandan. Magic !


Sunday, 29 March 2009

Milena Visits Alsager Shotokan K.C.

Milena Galabova 2nd Dan, the current IJKA European Kata Champion (Vets) visits Alsager Shotokan K.C. dojo is pictured with Steve Cornes, Alan Stanley, Dave Sanderson, John Fallows & Mark Watts after a Friday night training session.


Sunday, 1 March 2009

IJKA European Championships Italy 2008

The IJKA European Karate Championships were held on Friday 15th August 2008 near Venice, Italy. This date commemerates the loss of Asai Shihan who died on the 15th August 2006. A minutes silence was held at the start of the championships and was impecably respected.
Pictured are members of the Alsager Shotokan KC & Whitchurch dojo who had represented both England & Wales in the Championships. The boys returning home with 1 Gold, 8 Silver & 6 Bronze medals.
Back Row - Mark Watts, Pete Custance, Alan Stanley, Mike Kotowski,
Dick Jones, John Fallows.
Front Row - Paul Kotowski, Steve Cornes & Dave Sanderson.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Abe Sensei in the North West April 2008

Karate courses with Abe Sensei 8th Dan have been scheduled for the following ;-

  • Oldham Leisure Centre - OL1 3HA
  • Sunday 27th April 2008
  • 9th - 4th Kyu 1pm-2.30pm
  • 3rd Kyu + 2.30pm-4pm

  • Abraham Guest High School, Orrell - WN5 8HN
  • Tuesday 29th April 2008
  • 9th Kyu - 4th Kyu 6pm-7.30pm
  • 3rd Kyu + 7.30pm-9pm

Cost is £15.00 per person ( adult or junior )


Sunday, 13 January 2008

JSKA World Championships 2008 - Manchester UK

The JSKA World Karate Championships are being held in Manchester between 22nd - 24th August 2008. For full details please follow the link in the sidebar to either JSKA sites. If you have any queries please ask any of the club Sensei who will answer your questions.


Sensei Morreale - IJKA Italy - Visits Alsager Dojo

Sensei Morreale from Italy was in the UK over the first weekend in December 2007. He joined members of the Alsager Shotokan Karate Club for their Friday night training session before retiring to the local Chinese restaurant for a meal and a few earned drinks.

Abe Shihan - JSKA Japan - Visits the UK

Abe Shihan visited the UK in 2007 and gave courses in Oldham, Manchester, Lincoln and Preston. This photograph was taken at the end of the course at Preston. Pictured from left to right are Alan Stanley, Mark Watts, Abe Shihan, Gidley Shihan, George Cheshire, John Fallows, Ben Bradley & Dave Sanderson.