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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

Aug 162020
 

It was a grey morning for our second outdoor grading examination of the summer, but the students in this senior group brightened the day with some great effort and performances on the “tatami”. In fact, the conditions were ideal – no glare, comfortable temperature and the rain held off. Having benefited from an extra month of outdoor training (three times a week), these candidates had the best preparation possible, which showed in the results. Well done to you all. Llongyfarchiadau!

Carmarthenshire Karate Senior Grading August 2020

Results

Sean Fernandez – 4th kyu (upgrade)
Carys Fernandez – 3rd kyu
Amy Jones – 3rd kyu
Fran James – 3rd kyu

Olivia Jones – 3rd kyu (upgrade)
Chad Fernandez – 2nd kyu

Celt Williams – 1st kyu
Osian Wright – 1st kyu
Elin Harries – 1st kyu
Gethin Harries – 1st kyu
Carwyn Tennant – 1st kyu

Carmarthenshire Karate Senior Grading August 2020 group 1

Carmarthenshire Karate Senior Grading August 2020 group 2

Carmarthenshire Karate Senior Grading August 2020 1st kyus

Jul 272020
 

The next steps of our #WayBackToTheDojo have been taking shape over the last few weeks, with all three of our new outdoor dojos up and running, in Carmarthen, Nantgaredig and St.Clears.

Carmarthenshire Karate Outdoor Dojos

Schedule

Training sessions at these dojos have replaced the three, weekly online sessions that we’ve been running via Zoom, which is now in hibernation as a backup plan if ever the weather prevents us from training outside. Here is the current schedule:

  • Sundays @ St.Clears Leisure Centre, 5pm
  • Tuesdays @ Llangunnor School (Carmarthen), 5pm & 6pm
  • Thursdays @ Ysgol Nantgaredig, 5pm & 6pm

Bookings

All of the outdoor training sessions must be booked in advance, so that we can manage the number of participants and ensure that we are able to comply with the Welsh Government requirements for track and trace. Bookings can be made for free via Eventbrite and at the end of each month we will let every family know their total training fees due for that month, which can be paid via bank transfer to the club. This minimises the need to handle cash.

New Members

Although we’re currently only able to accommodate existing members at these outdoor training sessions, we’ll soon be welcoming new members and beginners to the group once again. If you would like to join us, please register your interest here.