May 092020

Over the last six weeks, we’ve seen the new Carmarthenshire Karate Online Dojo quickly flourish, with more and more of our members joining us for some training while at home. Our instructors have been busy working out new ways to run drills and exercises that are beneficial to all aspects of our karate – basic techniques, kata and kumite, as well as general fitness and wellbeing.

In fact, we’re happy enough with the standard that we can achieve in these sessions, that attendance will now count towards the work needed for the next grading examinations and competitions etc. This means that as soon as we’re back in the real dojo, we’ll be able to make the most of those benefits from continuing to train regularly.

The three sessions per week run on Sundays (4pm), Tuesdays (6pm) and Thursdays (6pm), and can be accessed via our private Carmarthenshire Karate Facebook group, or by contacting your instructor directly for the log-in details. We continue to provide the sessions for free and only ask that members keep their licences up to date, if they are due for renewal.

Apr 202020

It’s been challenging at times, but great to see so many people joining us for the online training sessions over the last few weeks. Keep up the good work everyone – we might be able to get through this even fitter than when we started!

Mar 312020

In these testing times (COVID-19), we’re encouraging all of our members to stay in touch through our Carmarthenshire Karate Facebook Group, and by launching an online dojo for regular training sessions that everyone can join from home. Currently scheduled for three nights a week (Monday, Wednesday, Sunday) while the stay at home advice remains in place with Public Health Wales.

Carmarthenshire Karate Online Dojo

Mar 192020

Given the current advice, restrictions, and closures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, all of our clubs are now closed. We don’t yet know how long these closures will last but we’ll endeavour to reopen as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to follow the latest recommendations from Public Health Wales.

We also encourage all of our members to join our Carmarthenshire Karate Members Facebook Group, in order to keep informed about any potential outdoor training that we might be able to arrange over the coming weeks.

Sorry We're Closed - but still awesome

Feb 222020

24 Hour Kata Challenge

Mission accomplished! Never shy of taking on a challenge, this one certainly called for both physical endurance and metal strength. So it’s a big pat on the back to everyone that took part in the 24-Hour Kata Challenge, especially those who were there for the whole night, and everyone that put in some extra long shifts.

24 Hour Kata Challenge - completed

Feb 152020

Carmarthenshire Karate’s chief instructor, Mair Phillips and her son and fellow instructor Dan Phillips have been putting the county and country on the world karate map once again this year, with success at the recent WKF (World Karate Federation) referee course and examination in Dubai. Already at the top of their refereeing qualifications in Europe, Mair and Dan took the next step on the international stage by completing fives days of theory and practical instruction and examination, before progressing to three days of competition at the Karate1 Premier League event with their new world judging qualifications. The pressure was intense and standards set particularly high in this, the year that karate makes its debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Karate1 Dubai 2020

They both head to Baku, Azerbaijan later this month, for the Senior European Championships – the last qualification event for athletes hunting for points before the summer games, so pressure will be high once again. Over the last ten years, Mair and Dan have been able to bring all of this international refereeing experience back to Carmarthenshire Karate’s five clubs, for the benefit of its competition squad, some of whom also represent Wales in the national squad.

Jan 252020

Mair and Dan kicked off the international competition year by officiating at the Karate1 Premier League in the French capital. It was their first chance to make use of the recent WKF competition rule changes, in a year that will see athletes challenging for a place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where karate will be making its debut.


Karate1 PL Paris 2020

Jan 242020

Congratulations to Nia Thomas and Mina Cook for their success at the Carmarthen Town Sports Awards. Nia retained her title with first place in the Junior Female (U13) category, while Mina was joint second in the Youth Female (U18) category. Special mention to fellow squad members Max Ryan-Davies and Ben Williams, who were also nominated but not successful this time.

Carmarthen Town Sports Awards 2019

Dec 082019

We saw an excellent standard across both sessions of the end-of-year grading examinations at Carmarthenshire Karate. Congratulations to all those who passed, and especially those who exceeded their expectations and targets.

Grading Juniors Dec 2019

Grading Seniors Dec 2019

Oct 272019

In this year’s 100 Kata Challenge, we took on Rohai. Young and old, high and low grade, everyone took on the challenge with enthusiasm, and were just about getting it by the end!

100 Kata Challenge 2019