On Saturday December 15th we held our 2nd Christmas Presentation Evening at the Biggleswade Dojo!

The evening was full of Christmas fun, with each grade demonstrating what they have learn’t throughout the year and finishing off with some awards. All the pictures are at the bottom of the post.

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On the 18th September 2013, the Ickelford Dojo opened its doors for the very first time! On Sunday 9th September 2018 we celebrated our 5th Birthday with a huge party!

From the feedback received, everyone had an amazing time and its certainly something we will try to do in the future.

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On Friday 22nd December we held our first ever Christmas party! It was held at the Biggleswade Dojo, which comes with some fantastic facilities for us to use.

The evening was full of Christmas fun, with tile breaking and finishing off with some awards. All the pictures are at the bottom of the post.

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As you would have read in our previous post ‘Competition Results‘ we had a fantastic time at the annual ESKA competition.

Last week we invited everyone who took part in the competition to bring in their medals and trophies to show them off! Check out the photos!

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I am pleased to be able to share the competition results with all of you!

Ickleford and Biggleswade enjoyed a great amount of success at our first ever competition, so well done everyone. The day started at 10am, so for some you had a very long day, so thank you for bearing with us.

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Yesterday (29th October) ESKA held their annual competition at the ESKA Honbu (Stevenage Leisure Centre).

It was a fantastic day for both Ickleford and Biggleswade clubs, with many trophies and medals.

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The Open Day

The 2nd September was the Open Day of The Orchard Centre (Our Biggleswade Dojo).

All the local clubs, sports and activities that will or are using the centre, were invited to setup a stand and perform a demonstration of their activity. The day was open for anyone from the local community to attend.

The hall was officially opened by the Biggleswade Town Mayor (Michael North) at 10am with the official ‘cutting of the ribbon’ ceremony. Then members of the public were invited inside to look around the facilities and all our stands.

We setup our own stand within the main hall, so we could talk to the local community about what we do and how Karate can benefit everyone, young and old. Sensei Steve & Sempai Rennan were on hand to answer questions and hand out leaflets to all those interested.


At 11:15 we had a slot given to us to perform a demonstration of Karate to everyone that attended.

Sempai Rennan started off the demonstration by performing the Kata Enpi. It was fair to say by the 2nd Kiai and jump that he had everyone’s attention! We then explained what Kata was and that there are 3 main areas to Karate; Kata, Kihon and Kumite.

Sensei Steve and Sempai Rennan then performed their Tokui (Chosen) Kihon Ippon (Basic 1 Step Sparring) and Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi Freestyle Sparring).

Finally Sempai Rennan demonstrated some black belt level Kihon from the 1st Kyu grading syllabus.

We received a good round of applause and then invited anyone to come up and have a go at hitting the Pad under some quick instruction.

Other Pictures from the Day


All-in-all it was a great day and we hope to welcome some new students soon.

If you are interested in joining our club, please get in contact here.


The Ickleford club has new First Aiders! On Sunday 9th July Sensei Steve ran a first aid course. This was for budding and experienced assistant instructors of the Ickleford club.

With Sensei Steve being a qualified Emergency First Response Instructor we were able to arrange a time and place to suit all.


All participants passed the course with excellent results on the final exam. Congratulations to Aidan, Rennan, Tony and Patrick on becoming Emergency First Responders.

Check out our pictures from the day below:

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First aid is an essential skill not just for Karate-ka’s but for everyone. You never know when you may encounter a situation when the skills ans knowledge taught in this 4 hour course may be required. If you are interested in becoming a trained first-aider, then get in contact and we can let you know when the next course is available.

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First Aid Course – Open to Everyone

First Aid is an essential skill that everyone should have. With a small amount of training you could save someone close to you!

This first aid training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals and videos to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

Date / Time: 08/07/2017 @ 10:00
Duration: 4 Hours
Location: Ickleford Primary School
Fee: £45.00 (This includes a manual and all certification costs)

Course Content

  • Primary Care (CPR)
  • Secondary Care (First Aid)
  • AED Use
  • Care for Children/Infants

This course is open to EVERYONE, you do not need to be a Karate student to take part. Places are limited to 10 on a first come first served basis.

Click here to download the registration form. Please return all completed forms along with the correct fee by 28th June 2017. Forms can be posted to 15 Turing Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8GB or returned to Sensei Steve @ Ickleford Karate Club (Wednesday 6-9pm)