May 012021

This month we’re excited to be taking part in the Actif Clubs Challenge from Carmarthenshire County Council’s Actif Sports & Leisure team – contributing to a county wide initiative aiming for a collective 1 Million active minutes.

Carmarthenshire Karate has been set the target of 132,000 minutes to be reached during May, with any exercise from any of our members counting towards our #millionactifminutes total.

How to take part

Just keep a record of your daily exercise, and submit your actif minutes every week via the online form.

Let’s smash it!

Apr 182021

With the return our outdoor classes in March (for our under 18 students), some of our junior members have been put to the test already; reward for all of their hard work in the online dojo during the first three months of the year. In the Nantgaredig sunshine, the thirteen lucky candidates each demonstrated the progress that they have made since their last gradings.

The standard certainly shone through, with some notable belt promotions, including four new 3rd kyus (brown belts):

  • Nerys Davies
  • Ruben Elias
  • Sean Fernandez
  • Ethan Woods

Llongyfarchiadau i chi gyd / Congratulations everyone!

Well done to everyone that achieved their purple, green, orange and yellow belts, as well as those with upgrades within their existing level.

Apr 112021

Following the return of our outdoor classes in Nantgaredig at the end of March, our junior students are already showing the benefits of getting back to in-person training. They’ve been able to hit the ground running too, on the back of three months of uninterrupted online sessions, three times a week.

We’re looking forward therefore, to seeing the first group of our junior grades taking their next examinations on the 18th April, as well as the reopening of our remaining outdoor dojos once adult sessions can resume on the 26th April.

Mar 292021

Our online dojo has been very busy in the first few months of 2021, kicking off straight away with three sessions per week from the first weekend in January. These sessions continued right through to the easing of restrictions on organised outdoor activities for children at the end of March.

We’re now keeping our online dojo open for two sessions per week, so that our adult students can keep up their training.

Jan 012021
Carmarthenshire Karate 2021

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda // Happy New Year

Standby for our review of 2020…

Nov 222020

Misty start. Bright finish.

Congratulations to everyone that passed their grading examinations with us this morning in Nantgaredig. This was our final grading examination of the year, which included both junior and senior grades, plus the latest beginners that have joined us during the era of outdoor training.

There were some great results across all levels, and everyone thoroughly deserved their promotions. Llongyfarchiadau i chi gyd!

Oct 222020

It’s been a year of “firsts” for us at Carmarthenshire Karate:

Now we’ve had our first ever floodlit training session, thanks to the excellent staff at Llangunnor School. This means that we’ll be able to extend our Carmarthen outdoor dojo a little bit longer, while we wait for the availability of another indoor venue, alongside Narberth.

Oct 202020

Our #WayBackToTheDojo took another step forwards this week, with our first sessions back indoors at Narberth Karate Club. It was great to be back, even though it was just for one night – with the Wales “firebreak” starting on 23rd October, all of the Carmarthenshire Karate sessions will go back online for two weeks. All being well, we’ll be back in Narberth from Tuesday 10th November. Don’t forget to book your place for any of our upcoming sessions through our Eventbrite listing.

Oct 042020

100 Kata Challenge, 2020

With a yellow weather warning for rain covering most of Wales for this weekend, we really thought that we’d be postponing our 100 Kata Challenge for this year. How wrong we were… the rain cleared and it was all systems “go”, with a change of venue to make sure that we had firm ground to work on.

This year’s chosen kata was the little-known Lo-Hi-Dai, which was a great learning opportunity for everyone taking part.

We were very grateful for the support from Cegin Myrddin and Castell Howell Foods, supplying drinks and snacks to keep us going throughout the challenge. Diolch yn fawr.

100 Kata Challenge 2020

100 Kata Challenge 2020 - Lo Hi Dai

100 Kata Challenge - Lo Hi Dai

Sep 272020

We were back at our outdoor dojo in Nantgaredig today, for another grading examination. This time, it was the turn of some our junior grades to be put through their paces, having been confined to online-only gradings earlier in the year. It was great to see everyone step up their efforts, and congratulations to everyone on their results.

Carmarthenshire Karate Junior Grading September 2020

Carmarthenshire Karate Grading September 2020