The English Shotokan Academy’s annual residential event took place once again at the prestigious Lilleshall National Sports Complex in Shropshire over the weekend of the 9th – 11th August 2019.
The course was brilliantly delivered by ESA instructors Sensei Michaylo Fedyk 7th Dan, Sensei Geoff Beasley 7th Dan, Sensei Alan Armstrong 6th Dan, Sensei Roger Hooton 5th Dan, plus guest instructors Sensei Dirk Heene 9th Dan and Sensei Julian Mead 7th Dan.
All Senseis worked to a coordinated plan of training covering Kihon, Kata and Kumite. Each Sensei offered a unique method of delivery, giving students a variety of ways of applying all techniques and enabling imaginative thought on how to progressively develop their individual martial skills in a personal way over years of dedicated practice.
Apart from the eight hours of training, there was also a social side to the event, with a private bar organised for Friday and Saturday evenings, allowing all residents to wind down and get to know each other.
On Saturday evening our guest Senseis gave well-researched presentations which were very well received by all present. Julian gave an in-depth presentation on late and great martial arts Masters who had influence on the practice and development of karate, and Dirk gave a thorough and informative presentation on the late and great Master Sensei Kase and how he developed over years of practice to establish the present day KSKA (Kase Ha Shotokan Academy), and how it continues to develop with a dedicated and selected Shihankai and like-minded students.
A massive thanks to all Senseis and students who made this a memorable event. A special thanks also to our non-training residents and also to karateka from other organisations who attended.
Finally, a note of appreciation to all staff members of Lilleshall who as ever helped to make the weekend go without a hitch.