Project Aspire


A few years back I was wondering how I could reach a wider range of students and provide classes based on Karate for their benefit.  My idea was to create an inclusive club where everyone can participate and find something for themselves regardless of their status, ability or age and improve their wellbeing both physically and mentality.

This idea was supported by a very special group of people led by Ms Samantha Hutchison, with the involvement of community wardens Tracy James and Garry Jones.

FB_IMG_1561027606419They have all patiently listened to my ideas and explained the procedures for applying for funding along with all of the terms and conditions. All of this work resulted in the award of two grants from Project Aspire – one for a senior exercise club at Merrow and the second for an inclusive Karate club at Queen Elizabeth Park.

imageWith the support of Project Aspire we have managed to start up and build not only exercises groups but community hubs for a vast spectrum of people. Members of these clubs include adults of all ages from 18 to over 80, with all enjoying the beautiful art of Karate. Students with autism, multiple sclerosis, hearing impairment, physical disability and ill mental health are reaping the benefits of physical activity in a non-judgmental environment improving their skills, confidence and self-worth.

Thanks to the openness and good will of the Project Aspire team these clubs have been able to improve social interaction and provide support to the community within Guildford, promoting a healthy lifestyle. This demonstrates that with a little support from local authorities at a grass roots level direct help can be provided to people improving their quality of life and creating a sense of community.

Kanku Dai – Opening Sequence

In this clip we are focusing on the opening sequence in Kyokushin version of Kanku Dai kata. This is the first and basic bunkai oyo for these sequence, we are looking on the inside entry. Meaning that opponents arms are on the outside of our body, we are trying to clear the path to place ourselves on the outside and take advantage. After initial movement partner managing to escape and continue attack. Other option for the same sequence is when we end up on the outside, I might record that in the future depending on interest.

Done Came & Iain Abernethy Seminar

On the 8th of June I had the pleasure of attending a seminar with Don Came Sensei and Iain Abernethy Sensei.

62314619_2319714771421569_2633939679828770816_nI had met Iain before so I kind of knew what to expect from his session and I was glad that at this event he would be teaching applications of Naihanchi. I was a bit anxious about Don though as I had never met him before and I don’t know much about Kissaki Kai Karate.


When I arrived I was greeted by Iain and Don and straight away felt very welcome, everyone was friendly.

iain-logo-stamp3We started with Naihanchi where Iain chose me as his uke. It was great for me as I like to feel the technique. I learn more by feeling than watching and so in this way I got some extra sensory information to add to my work on Naihanchi. As there was an odd number of participants Don decided to join in and partner with me. Actually, this is worth mentioning as it’s not often on seminars that teaching instructors jump in to do partner work. Both Iain and Don were kind enough to train with me, making this event one of the best seminars this year.

Don sensei was teaching applications of Rohai kata, which I don’t know and have neverdownload studied. They were very interesting applications and in some way familiar to me in terms of applying techniques. Don’s movements remind me of Artur’s (my teacher) approach which suited me and felt natural. I think because of this familiarity I really enjoyed exploring Rohai and I’m going to add it to my repertoire.

Overall I’m very happy that I decided to go for this seminar and I highly recommend that if you have the chance to train with either Don Came or Iain Abernethy that you go for it – you won’t regret it!