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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

Pictures

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).

The Orchard

Oss All, I am pleased to share the really exciting news, that we WILL be starting a new club in Biggleswade!!!

We have had confirmation from Biggleswade Council that our first lesson will be 11th August 2017 at the brand new Orchard Centre on the Kings Reach estate.

Check out the Photos

Currently the lesson will be from 7-8pm every Friday. We have asked for the 6-8pm slot, but there was some confusion, meaning we are waiting to hear whether we can have both hours.

Either way its great news and we will be busy advertising for new students as well as hosting lessons for existing Ickleford students.

If you know someone who would like to join the Biggleswade club, then tell them to make an enquiry here.

Oss Sensei.

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.

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