On Sunday 11th June 2017 all Ickleford students attended their first grading since moving to ESKA.

The great news is everyone passed with flying colours, even with the challenge of learning a new grading syllabus in a short amount of time, everyone stood up to the mark and impressed the examiners.

A special congratulations to Hayworth who passed her Brown belt, a huge achievement, well done.


Now the hard work starts towards the next grading… Keep training hard!

Are you reading this and wish you were on your way to a black belt? Then contact us today!

Oss Sensei.


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:

Want to know more?

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)

The Orchard

We have some more great news, we are looking to open a new karate club in Biggleswade! After nearly 4 successful years of the Ickleford Karate Club, we are venturing towards opening another club in Biggleswade on the new Kings Reach estate.

The location we are looking at is ‘The Orchard‘ which is a community centre in the heart of the Kings Reach estate. Kings Reach is only a short drive from the A1, making it a perfect location. The community centre is brand new and isn’t even open yet, so we are unable to confirm a date at this moment. Either way its exciting news and we wanted to share it.

The centre is brand new and comes with some great facilities.


  • Large air conditioned hall with bright LED lighting and a soft sports floor
  • Male, Female and disabled toilets and changing rooms
  • Shower facility
  • A meeting/training room
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Check out some of the pictures below…

I think you’ll agree, the place looks great!

There is still much to sort out, however if you are interested in being one of the first students of the Biggleswade Karate Club then you can submit your interest here.

We will keep you updated with regards to dates and times. If you are an existing student of Ickleford, we will be putting together an offer to train here for a reduced price. Therefore if you miss a lesson or need 2 in a week, it needn’t break the bank.

Sensei Steve

New Website

Hey everyone, we have some exciting news to share, we have a new website!

Lets be honest, it was about time that we updated our website and joining ESKA seemed like the perfect time to do it.

Whilst it is pretty basic at the moment, it contains the essentials (dates for events, competitions and gradings). We will be adding to it and improving it over the coming weeks/months.

We have the following ideas planned:


  • Instructor bios
  • Beginner page – what do you need to know.
  • Gallery of Pictures and Videos
  • Current students and grades
  • Grading page – tips for grading and grading information.
  • Online Syllabus – online grading syllabus
  • Karate history

Do you have any ideas of what you would like to see on here? Let us know.