2018 – A Year In Pictures


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22nd November – Training and Grading with Sensei Bob Rhodes

On the 22nd November, Ichiban were proud to host Sensei Bob Rhodes – 8th Dan for training sessions and grading.  Everyone who graded were successful in achieving their next grade.

Camden achieved 8th Kyu (red belt)

Petar achieved 6th Kyu (green belt)

Vir and Neha achieved 5th Kyu (purple belt)

Isobel achieved 4th Kyu (purple and white belt)

Katarina acheived 3rd Kyu (brown belt).

Congratulations to you all.


3rd November – Competition Success – Shotokan Tigers 

Chelmsford Karate Club held their Shotokan Tigers competition on the first Saturday in November.  This competition is for children only and is perfect for those new to competition or wanting to get some addtional practice/experience in a friendly, supportive environment. Congratulations to everyone from Ichiban who competed, and to the following who made it to the finals of their events:

Katarina – 1st in individual kata

Charlotte – 3rd in individual kata

Vir – 3rd in ippon kumite



10th August – Grading Success – Lancaster Residential Course

After a week of intense training at the KUGB residential summer course in Lancaster, Charlotte Dale took a grading for her next belt, the coverted Black Belt. She passed with flying colours and even got called back up to assist as a sparring partner for an existing black belt going for her 2nd Dan! Congratulations Lottie.  We are all very proud of you.


30th June – KUGB National Youth Championships

On the 30th June, The KUGB held it’s National Youth Championships in Chesterfield. A small group from Ichiban braved the four hour journey to compete.  All performed to an exceptionally high standard with two being placed in their respective categories. Charlotte came 2nd in the Girls Brown Belt Kata category and Katarina came 3rd in the Girls Novice to 4th Kyu Kata category. Well done to both of you.



9th June – Southern Regional Championships

The KUGB held it’s Southern Regional Championships in Reading on the 9th June. All competitors that took part from IchiBan did exceptionally well. Tom and Charlotte Dale both made it through to the finals.  Tom came 2nd in the boys 5′ – 5’5″ individual kumite (sparring) event and Charlotte came first in both the childrens kyu grade kata and girls under 5’3″ individual kumite events. Congratulations to you both.



13th May – Referees and Judges Course and Exam – Chesterfield

Congratulations to Sensei Carl who successfully acheived his referees qualification at the course held in Chesterfield.  This was an intense day consisting of both theory and practical exams.  Examiners were Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Bob Poynton (8th Dan).



5th May – Competition Success – National Championships – Leicester 

A small team from IchiBan entered the KUGB’s 52nd National Championships held at the Morningside Arena in Leicester. All performed exceptionally well, making it through a number of rounds in the eliminations. Charlotte Dale made it through to the finals and came 1st in the children’s Kata category. Congratulations Charlotte on an excellent performance. 



24th March – Shotokan Tigers Competition – Chelmsford

On the 24th March, Chelmsford Karate Club held their Shotokan Tigers Competition.  This event is to give under 16’s an opportunity to experience and take part in competition in a small, friendly environment. 6 members of IchiBan took part in both Kata (forms) and basic Ippon Kumite (one step sparring) events. Everyone from the club performed extremely well and the following were placed in their events:

Neha – 4th in individual kata

Vir – 1st in individual kata

Katarina – 4th in individual kata

Charlotte – 4th in individual kata

Tom – 4th in individual kata and 2nd in ippon kumite


27th January 2018 – KUGB National Kata Squad Selection

On the 27th January, the KUGB held the selection process for members of the England Kata Squad in Liverpool at the Red Triangle.  A big congratulations to Tom Dale, who was selected as part of this year’s squad.

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