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 Orchard

We are pleased to share the great news, that the Biggleswade Club is now OPEN!

After a slight hiccup with the first planned opening date of the 11th August (No one opened the hall for us), we re-scheduled the opening for the following Friday, Friday the 18th August at 6pm.

Opening Day

This Friday we managed to get into the hall (now having keys) and we welcomed 8 brand new Karate-ka (Karate Students) to the club. The first lesson was a huge success with smiles all round. It is always a challenge opening a new club, as the students don’t initially have anyone to follow or copy from, so the first lesson has to involve a lot of explanation but at the same time keeping it fun!

Here is what we covered on lesson 1:

  • Warm up – Essential to get those muscles warm to prevent injuries
  • Introduction of Instructors
  • Standing Bow and Kneeling Bow and the etiquette behind this
  • Demonstration of the 3 K’s
    • Kihon – Sempai Tony
    • Kumite – Sempai Tony & Sempai Rennan
    • Kata – Sempai Rennan
  • Split off the lesson into Juniors & Adults
    • Punching
    • Kicking
    • Introduction to blocks
    • Pad work
  • Games for Juniors, Self Defence for Adults


Here are some pictures of the lesson

What to join us?

Do you want to join the Biggleswade club and be one of the very first students? Get in touch on our contact us page…

We are a member club of the English Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA).