KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2015 - 8th November

The KSTSK Autumn Course was held again in Hatfield on
Sunday 8th November. White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of participants. The Open Courses are organised so that all KSTSK members have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where
Kihon, Kumite and Kata were covered.

Sensei Khera covered with the lower grades, some basic techniques not included in their grading syllabus; Knife hand strike, Upper Rising and Roundhouse Elbow strikes. These were then used for counters in one step sparring drills. For Brown and Black belts, he covered the Kata Gankaku (Crane on a rock) along with some of the associated Bunkai to a one step sparring protocol.  


Sensei Patel covered with the lower grades, the Kata Tekki Shodan, which is required for Brown belt. The focus was on learning the movements to the halfway point as the Kata is almost symmetrical.  The Brown and Black belts covered four pairs of freestyle punching drills that use different stepping patterns. The second one then trained in more detail against an opponent as it used principles from the previously covered Kata Gankaku.


The third session was dedicated to the further practice of the previous Kata; Tekki Shodan and Gankaku. Everyone drilled Tekki Shodan in one group and then the Brown & Black belts demonstrated Gankaku whilst the lower grades watched. The usual stretch and cool down concluded the 3 hour course. 

Being the 10th anniversary for KSTSK, Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera announced the launch of the new KSTSK personalised over gi hoodies.
Orders can be made directly with Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera or via your club. 



 Many attendees yet again, expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2016 on Sunday 24th April, 10am to 1pm in HATFIELD.


KSTSK Tournament 2015 - 16th May

The 10th annual KSTSK Tournament took place at
Wodson Park Sports Centre in Ware.

KSTSK club representatives met at this annual event and demonstrated just how well they could rise to the challenge of competing in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence). The junior competitors showed great competition Karate spirit and fully deserved the praise and encouragement they received from the spectators.  

After a brief opening from all officials and helpers, the five junior Kata events officially started the tournament.   

Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata & Kumite.
Every event ran from the preliminary rounds right through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies and medals were made. 

Every junior was presented with the unique KSTSK competitor medal for taking part and representing their club in the competition.


  
At the half way point, 
KSTSK Chief Instructors Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera performed individual kata followed by an exciting chair based demonstration.

Rakesh and Peter wish to thank the instructors, black belts, officials and spectators for their help on the day and for their support at the clubs in the run up to the competition.

Well done to everyone who made the day yet another special one!


KSTSK Spring Open Course 2015 - 26th April

Students from ranging from White Belt to 3rd Dan Black Belt
trained again at this year's
KSTSK Spring Open Course in Hatfield.
 
The KSTSK Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train with other members from other clubs.  The Spring Course is dedicated to training in preparation for the
KSTSK Annual Tournament in May.
 
Every student trained in three progressive sessions with the first two being led by Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera.  The first two sessions were extended to 55 mins each so that more could be covered.

With Sensei Patel, the lower grade group covered the physical and mental practice of competitive Kata, focussing on many aspects. The group was then guided through a brief overview of attacking in competitive Kumite. Sensei Khera built on the attacking drills drills and ran through the defencive aspects of Kumite for all to try out. Onto Kata, the group went through the fundamentals required to compete in Team Kata.

Sensei Khera led the higher grade group through Heian Nidan for Kata competition.  Then onto lots of offensive Kumite drills.  The attacks were varied and covered various scenarios using angles. Sensei Patel build on the Heian Nidan practice and covered in detail the finer points. For
 Kumite, each pair was guided through 3 drills where by the attacker makes their scoring point after closing the distance to the target. 

In the third session, the entire group was divided into 8 sub groups and everyone participated in a mock tournament, with all competition events being covered.  Each group was organised and overseen by KSTSK Instructors and Black belts in attendance.  This gave them the opportunity to run and coach separate events under tournament conditions.

The tournament is on SATURDAY 16th MAY in WARE.




KSTSK Christmas Party 2014 - 6th December

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was again the venue for KSTSK's Christmas party and end of year celebration.
The evening started with drinks before a delicious four course meal, followed by the disco entertainment.

During coffee Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera
formally thanked everyone for coming and recognised
two people in particular for their support and organisation of KSTSK
social events and gradings. Karen Gibbs and Cherylle Cooper
received special gifts as a token of appreciation.


This year has been another busy year for Dan gradings and 12 students were celebrating their sucess.  The following students were presented with framed KSTSK Dan Grade Diplomas:

Paul Berwick - Nidan

Mitchell Farquharson - Nidan Junior
Assegid Garedew - Nidan
Georgia Gibbs - Nidan
Gregg Hills - Nidan

Aaron Ludwell - Nidan Junior
Marisa Wade - Nidan
Paul Wilde - Nidan
Thomas Aisbitt - Shodan Junior
Coralie Blanc - Shodan Junior
Alex Gibson - Shodan Junior
Audrey Shannon - Shodan


Next year's party will be a something different and extra special as we celebrate the 10th Year anniversary of KSTSK. Details will be confirmed as soon as possible in 2015! 

KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2014 - 9th November

The KSTSK Autumn Course was held again in Hatfield on
Sunday 9th November. White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of participants. The Open Courses are organised so that all KSTSK members have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where
Kihon, Kumite and Kata were covered.

Sensei Khera covered with the lower grades, some basic techniques not included in their grading syllabus; Knife hand strike, Upper Rising and Roundhouse Elbow strikes. For the Purple, Brown and Black belts, he covered the first 12 movements of the Kata Nijushiho (24 steps) along with some associated Bunkai in multi-directional groups of 5 - four attackers versus one in the centre.  


Sensei Patel covered with the lower grades, Mae Geri (Front snap kick) along with Ushiro Geri (Back kick). The Purple, Brown and Black belts covered a basic drill to practice the breaking of rhythm in freestyle sparring. Then he moved onto working Neko Ashi Dachi (Cat Stance) and how it can be used to drill
in various forms (executing and receiving) Ashi Barai (Foot Sweep).

The third session was dedicated to the practice of the second nominated association Kata "Chinte".  Each group was guided through the Kata (full Kata for the higher grades and part way for the lower grades). This was immediately followed by a demonstration of the Kata, first by all high grades, then just the black belts.
The third session was concluded with some overall body strengthening & stretching exercises.

 Many attendees yet again, expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2015 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.


KSTSK Christmas Party 2013 - 7th December

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was again the venue for KSTSK's Christmas party and end of year celebration.
The evening started with drinks before a delicious four course meal, followed by the disco entertainment.

During coffee Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera
formally thanked everyone for coming and recognised
two people in particular for their support and organisation of KSTSK
social events and gradings. Karen Gibbs and Cherylle Cooper
received special gifts as a token of appreciation.

Sensei Khera then made a special announcement. Sensei Patel was awarded Rokudan by NAKMAS National Governing Body.

This year has been a busy year for Dan gradings and 12 students were celebrating their sucess.  The following students, were presented with framed KSTSK Dan Grade Diplomas:

Wayne Bilcock - Nidan
Gerry Gooch - Nidan
Simon Hargood - Nidan
Rob Ludwell - Nidan

Jason Campouser - Shodan
John Crump - Shodan Junior
Andrew Fay - Shodan
Dany Frost - Shodan
Andrew Kent - Shodan
Katie Miller - Shodan
Kerry Thomas - Shodan
Tony Vallance - Shodan


Next year's party will be confirmed as soon as possible in 2014!

KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2013 - 10th November

The KSTSK Autumn Course was held in Hatfield on
Sunday 10th November. White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of participants. The Open Courses are organised so that all KSTSK members have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where
Kihon, Kumite and Kata were covered.

Sensei Khera covered with the lower grades, some basic techniques contained in the Kata Jiin as well as some line based Kumite drills. For the Brown and Black belts, a multi-directional semi-free Kumite drill in groups of four 
was explored and drilled.

Sensei Patel covered with the lower grades, nine different hand and elbow strikes, not all of which are covered in the grading syllabus. The Brown and Black belts covered a basic one step Kumite set using the opening movements of the Heian Kata as defences.

The third session was dedicated to the practice of the first nominated association Kata "Jiin".  Each group was guided through the Kata purely to get a feel for the movements. This was immediately followed by a black belt demonstration of the Kata at full speed.
Four basic Bunkai sequences were then covered for all to pair up and try out. The third session was concluded with some overall body strengthening exercises.

 Many attendees yet again, expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2014 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.


KSTSK Tournament 2013 - 18th May

The 8th annual KSTSK Tournament took place at Wodson Park Sports Centre in Ware.

KSTSK club representatives met at this annual event and demonstrated just how well they could rise to the challenge of competing in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence). The junior competitors showed great competition Karate spirit and fully deserved the praise and encouragement they received from the spectators.  

After a brief opening from all officials and helpers, the five junior Kata events officially started the tournament.   

Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata & Kumite.
The Team and Family Team Kata events were very popular and yet another great success.  Every event ran from the preliminary rounds right through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies and medals were made. 

Every junior was presented with the unique KSTSK competitor medal for taking part and representing their club in the competition.


  
 
KSTSK Chief Instructors Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera wish to thank the instructors, black belts, officials and spectators for their help on the day and for their support at the clubs in the run up to the competition.

Well done to everyone who made the day yet another special one!
More news from the tournament can be seen in various local newspapers.


KSTSK Spring Open Course 2013 - 21st April

Students from ranging from White Belt to 3rd Dan Black Belt trained again at this year's KSTSK Spring Open Course held in Hatfield.
 
The KSTSK Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train with other members from other clubs.  The Spring Course in particular is dedicated to training in preparation for the
KSTSK Annual Tournament in May.
 
Every student trained in three progressive sessions with the first two being led by Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera.  The first two sessions were extended to 55 mins each so that more could be covered.

With Sensei Patel, the lower grade group covered the physical practice of competitive Kata, focussing on the preparatory movements in blocking. Onto Kumite training, the group was guided through a core element of free sparring - footwork. Sensei Khera built on the footwork drills and ran through specific combinations for all to try out. Onto Kata, the group went through the fundamentals required to compete in Team Kata.

Sensei Khera led the higher grade group through Heian Godan for Kata Competence.  Then onto lots of offensive Kumite drills.  The layered progressive nature of the drills made for some great sparring bouts and culminated with a sweep combination.  Sensei Patel started with guidance and a demonstration of how 'slow' movements should be executed in competetive Kata. The Kata Heian Yondan was bro
ken down into 5 sections and drilled with a focus in mind.  Onto Kumite, each pair were guided through drills where by the exponent makes their scoring attack after drawing thier opponent into range.

In the third session, the entire group was divided into 6 sub groups and everyone participated in a mock tournament, with all competition events being covered.  Each group was organised and overseen by KSTSK Instructors and Black belts in attendance.  This gave them the opportunity to run and coach separate events under tournament conditions.

The tournament is on SATURDAY 18th MAY in WARE.


KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2012 - 11th November

The KSTSK Autumn Course was held in Hatfield on
Sunday 11th November. White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of students. The Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where
Kihon, Kumite and Kata were covered.

Sensei Khera's sessions focused on converting Kihon combinations into Kumite drills. 

Sensei Patel covered Kata drills using an alternative stepping protocol as used in Kumite.

The third session was dedicated to the practice of the second nominated association Kata "Chinte".  Each group was guided the Kata slowly and progressively. This was immediately followed by a black belt demonstration of the Kata at full speed
for all to see. The third session was concluded with some overall body strengthening exercises.

 Many attendees also expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2013 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.



KSTSK Tournament 2012 - 19th May


Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware was the venue again for our 7th KSTSK tournament on Saturday 19th May, 2012.

Yet again, every KSTSK club was represented and everyone showed just how well they could rise to the challenge of competing in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence). The junior competitors showed great competition Karate spirit and fully deserved the praise and encouragement they received from the spectators.  

After a brief opening from all officials and helpers, the junior Kata events officially started the tournament. We had six separate junior Kata categories, which made for some great competition.   

Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata & Kumite.  Each event ran from the preliminary rounds right through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies and medals were made.  Every junior was presented with the unique KSTSK competitor medal for taking part and representing their club in the competition.
 
 First aid coverage was again provided by The Red Cross, who although
were hardly called upon, provided an excellent service.

Having missed out last year, Sensei Patel & Sensei Khera gave a demonstration at the half way point. Kata: Gojushiho-Dai & Gojushiho-Sho were presented as solo Kata. Followed by a demonstration of a knife-hand strike & vertical fist punch (taken from the Kata) as a sparring drill. The demonstration was concluded with the application of those techniques to shatter 10 vertically stacked roof tiles!



Photo by Michael Saul



Photo by Michael Saul

KSTSK Chief Instructors Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera wish to thank the instructors, black belts and officials for their help on the day and for their support at the clubs in the run up to the competition.

Jane Bunyan, Cherylle Cooper, Matthew Duggan, Lewis Farquharson, Mitchell Farquharson, Georgia Gibbs, Karen Gibbs, Gerry Gooch,
Hannah Gooch, Simon Hargood, Gregg Hills, Rob Ludwell, Neil Mustoe, Alex Saul and Paul Wilde.

Well done to everyone who made the day yet another special one!
More news from the tournament can be seen in various local newspapers.

 
KSTSK Spring Open Course 2012 - 22nd April

Students from ranging from Beginner to Black Belt trained again at this year's KSTSK Spring Open Course held in Hatfield.
 
The KSTSK Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train with other members from other clubs.  The Spring Course in particular is dedicated to training in preparation for the
KSTSK Annual Tournament in May.
 
Every student trained in three progressive sessions with the first two being led by Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera.

With Sensei Patel, the lower grade group covered the physical practice of competitive Kata, and particluar the parts of Kata that contain
Side Snap Kick. Onto Kumite training, the group was guided through a core element of free sparring - footwork. Sensei Khera built on the footwork drills and ran through specific combinations for all to try out. Onto Kata, the group went through the fundamentals required to compete in Team Kata.

The higher grade group worked were led through lots of offensive and defensive Kumite drills by Sensei Khera. The layered progressive nature of the drills made for some great sparring bouts with plenty of good movement. Sensei Patel started with some practice, demonstration and tips for directly improving individual Kata when performed in alongside our opponent. Onto Kumite, each pair were guided through a drill that made the most of a failed counter attack, using the opportunity to attack again and get 'the point'. 

In the third session, the entire group was divided into 6 sub groups and everyone participated in a mock tournament, with all competition events being covered.  Each group was organised and overseen by KSTSK Instructors and Black belts:
Wayne Bilcock, Cherylle Cooper, Lewis Farquharson, Karen Gibbs, Hannah Gooch, Glen Gray, Simon Hargood, Gregg Hills, Rob Ludwell and Paul Wilde. This gave them the opportunity to run and coach separate events under tournament conditions.


The KSTSK 7th Annual Tournament is confirmed for
SATURDAY 19th May in WARE.

The next open course is the KSTSK Autumn Open Course confirmed for SUNDAY 11th November, in HATFIELD.


KSTSK Children's Party 2012 - 25th February

 
The afternoon of Saturday 25th February was PARTY TIME again for
the KSTSK Juniors! 

The party ran for two hours and included DISCO, LIGHTS, MUSIC FUN & GAMES with PRIZES, PIZZA & FRUIT JUICE.

Again this year, every junior was treated to a KSTSK PARTY BAG and a special homemade party cup cake!

 An exceptionally loud "Thank You!" was given to Karen Gibbs for organising the children's party.  Thank you also went to the helpers on the day, who ensured that everything ran smoothly: Jane Bunyan, Julie Farquharson, Lewis Farquharson and Lisa Frame.

 
 It was noted again by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera just how well
behaved the children were.

This year there was a mini dancing (and even singing at one point) competition with the winners receiving Easter egg treats - we have some cool movers in KSTSK!

Look out for details of the next KSTSK Children’s Party!


KSTSK Christmas Party 2011 - 3rd December

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was again the venue for KSTSK's Christmas party and end of year celebration.
The evening started with drinks before a delicious four course meal, followed by the disco entertainment.

During coffee Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera
formally thanked everyone for coming and recognised
two people in particular for their support and organisation of KSTSK
Social events and gradings. Cherylle Cooper and Karen Gibbs
received special gifts in this celebration.

This year there were four dan grade examination successes.  The following students, were presented with their framed KSTSK Dan Grade Diplomas:

Hannah Gooch - Shodan
Gregg Hills - Shodan
Paul Wilde - Shodan
Glen Gray - Sandan

Next year's party will be confirmed on the KSTSK Calendar of Events
due out in January 2012!


KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2011 - 6th November

The KSTSK Autumn Course was held in Hatfield on
Sunday 7th November and was the most popular course yet. White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of students. The Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where Kihon, Kumite and Kata were covered. Sensei Khera's Kumite sessions focussed on 1 step sparring in groups of three's. Sensei Patel covered Kihon drills in various stances & stepping types. He then drilled these stances in Jiyu Kumite.

The third session was dedicated to the practice of the second nominated association Kata "Chinte".  Sensei Khera guided the whole group through the Kata slowly and progressively. 


The last session concluded with the brown & black belts performing the
kata at full speed for all to see.

It was great to see a higher than usual number of first time attendees at the course. Many attendees also expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2012 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.


KSTSK Tournament 2011 - 14th May


This was the 6th annual KSTSK tournament and was held at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware on Sunday 14th May, 2011.

Every KSTSK club was represented and everyone showed just how well they could rise to the challenge of competing in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence). The junior competitors showed great competition Karate spirit and fully deserved the praise and encouragement they received from the spectators.    

Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata & Kumite.  The Family Team (synchronised) Kata event, was a yet another great success. Each event ran from the preliminary rounds right through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies and medals were made.  Every junior was presented with the unique KSTSK competitor medal for taking part and representing their club in the competition.
 
 First aid coverage was again provided by The Red Cross, who although
were hardly called upon, provided an excellent service.

Direct Event Photography were in attendance this year, and providing some great pictures of the action throughout the day - more information on where the images can be viewed will be included in the next Newsletter.

KSTSK Chief Instructors Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera wish to thank the instructors, black belts and officials for their help on the day and for their support at the clubs in the run up to the competition.

Well done to everyone who made the day yet another special one! More news from the tournament can be seen in the next KSTSK Newsletter as well as various local newspapers.

KSTSK Spring Open Course 2011 - 10th April

Students from Beginner to Black Belt trained at this year's
KSTSK Spring Open Course held in Hatfield. 
The KSTSK Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train with members from other clubs.  The Spring Course is dedicated to training for the KSTSK Annual Tournament in May.
 
Every student trained in three progressive main sessions with the first two being directly under Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera.

The lower grade group covered the physical practice of competitive Kata, but also mental aspects - developing a positive mental attitude was to key to demonstrating the best technique. Onto Kumite training, 
Sensei Patel guided the group through a core element of free sparring in rhythm, and in particular, the breaking of. Sensei Khera built on this template and ran through specific combinations to try out and drill.

The higher grade group worked on some key components of the Heian Kata that are often overlooked and specific guidance was given and practiced to ensure each Kata was free of weak areas. For sparring, Sensei Khera covered some basic defensive movement drills where the importance of moving out of range to cover and countering immediately afterwards to score was emphasised. Sensei Patel covered some basic drills where the switching of stance was the precursor to attacking and scoring.   

In the third session, everyone participated in a scaled down mock tournament, with all competition events being covered.  Each group was taken by KSTSK Instructors and Black belts:
Wayne Bilcock, Cherylle Cooper, Matthew Duggan, Lewis Farquharson, Karen Gibbs, Gerry Gooch, Glen Gray, Simon Hargood, Rob Ludwell and Marisa Wade. This gave them the opportunity to run and coach separate events under tournament conditions.


The KSTSK 6th Annual Tournament is confirmed for
SATURDAY 14th May in WARE.

The next open course is the KSTSK Autumn Open Course confirmed for SUNDAY 6th November, in HATFIELD.


KSTSK Children's Party 2011 - 12th February
 
The afternoon of Saturday 12th February was PARTY TIME again for
the KSTSK Juniors! 

The party ran for two hours and included DISCO, LIGHTS, MUSIC FUN & GAMES with PRIZES, PIZZA, FRUIT JUICE.

Awell as the now famous KSTSK PARTY BAGS, every junior received a special homemade party cup cake!

 An exceptionally loud "Thank You!" was given to Karen Gibbs for organising the children's party.  Thank you also went to the helpers on the day, who ensured that everything ran smoothly: Cherylle Cooper, Lisa Frame,
Julie Farquharson and Neil Miller.

 
 It was noted again by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera just how well
behaved the party was.

This year there was a mini dancing competition with the winners receiving Easter egg treats - we have some dance floor cool movers in KSTSK!

Look out for details of the next KSTSK Children’s Party!


KSTSK Christmas Party 2010 - 4th December

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was again the venue for KSTSK's Christmas party and end of year celebration.
The evening started with drinks before a delicious four course meal, followed by the disco entertainment.

During coffee Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera
formally thanked everyone for coming and recognised
two people in particular for their support and organisation of KSTSK
Social events and gradings. Cherylle Cooper and Karen Gibbs
received a special gift as a token of appreciation.

This year there were five Dan grade examination the successes.  The following students, all from the Hertford & Ware club, were presented with their framed KSTSK Dan Grade Diplomas:

Paul Berwick - Shodan
Bill Bloomfield - Shodan
Georgia Gibbs - Shodan
Simon Hargood - Shodan
Rob Ludwell - Shodan

It was then highlighted that KSTSK was officially five years old this month. Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera expressed how proud they are of the high standard KSTSK carries today. The support  and dedication shown by the students and families was also acknowledged.

Next year's party will be confirmed on the KSTSK Calendar of Events
due out in January 2011!


KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2010 - 7th November

This years KSTSK Autumn Course was held in Hatfield on
Sunday 7th November.  White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of students.  The Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where Kumite and Kata were covered. Sensei Khera's kumite sessions focussed on 3 step sparring and circle based semi free sparring.  Sensei Patel covered various reaction based sparring drills for both grade groups. The key points of the Kata Tekki Shodan were covered also with the higher grade group. 

The third session was dedicated to the practice of the first nominated association Kata "Jiin".  The class was split into two equal groups of mixed grades and were guided through the Kata slowly and progressively. 
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera then covered two applications (Bunkai) to the upper block and step punch combinations found at the beginning of the Kata.  Both groups then joined again and the Kata was practiced as a whole.

The last session concluded with the black belts performing the kata at full speed and power for all to see.

It was great to see a higher than usual number of first time attendees at the course. Many attendees expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2011 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.

KSTSK Friends & Family Summer Barn Dance 2010 - 23rd July

The Brookfield Band and their caller guided the group through the various dances for the evening.  Students, friends and family spanning all ages got together and put on a great show.

It was great to mix as a group in a relaxed and social setting.  The evening concluded at 11pm, when the entire group gathered in a huge circle for the 'final dance'. 

A special thank you goes to Karen Gibbs for organising the catering and entertainment.

Our next social event is the five year special KSTSK Christmas Party at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel on Saturday 4th December.


KSTSK Tournament 2010 - 16th May

This was the 5th annual KSTSK tournament and was held at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware on Sunday 16th May, 2010.

This year saw a larger than usual number of students competing for the first time, which was fantastic to see. Every KSTSK club was represented and everyone showed just how well they could rise to the challenge of competing in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence). The junior competitors showed great competition Karate spirit and fully deserved the praise and encouragement they received from the spectators.    

Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata and male and female Black Belt Kumite.  The Family Team (synchronised) Kata event, was a massive success again with twenty teams entering.  Each event ran from the preliminary rounds right through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies were made.  Every junior was presented with the unique KSTSK competitor medal for taking part and representing their club in the competition.
 
 First aid coverage was again provided by The St. John Ambulance, who although were seldom required, provided an excellent service.

KSTSK Chief Instructors Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera wish to thank the instructor and black belt officials for their help on the day and for their support at the clubs in the run up to the competition.

Well done to everyone who made the day yet another special one! More news from the tournament can be seen in the next KSTSK Newsletter as well as various local newspapers.

KSTSK Spring Open Course 2010 - 25th April

Students from Beginner to Black Belt trained at this years
KSTSK Spring Open Course held in Hatfield. 
The KSTSK Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train with members from other clubs.  The Spring Course is dedicated to preparatory training for the KSTSK Annual Tournament in May. This year saw a large number of beginner grades in attendance.
 
Every student trained in three progressive main sessions with the first two being directly under Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera. Specific Kata and Kumite themes were explored to gain the 'edge' in competition.

In the third session, everyone participated in a scaled down mock tournament, with all competition events being covered.  Each group was taken by KSTSK Instructors and Black belts:
Wayne Bilcock, Jane Bunyan, Cherylle Cooper, Matthew Duggan, Lewis Farquharson, Karen Gibbs, Gerry Gooch, Peter Newton, Marisa Wade and Vasudev Zaver. This gave them the opportunity to run and coach separate events under tournament conditions.

Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera noted that although it was a new experience for some, the standard of the entire group was very good.

Just before the close, Sensei Patel made a short but poignant speech about Sensei Khera and his continuous dedication to his Karate and KSTSK.  This culminated in the announcement that Sensei Khera has been promoted to
Godan (5th Dan Black Belt) by NAKMAS National Governing Body.

Sensei Khera received his framed diploma from Sensei Patel and then a special presentation of his new belt by Jane Bunyan 2nd Dan - Sensei Khera's first ever student.


The KSTSK Annual Tournament is confirmed for
SUNDAY 16th May in WARE.

The next open course is the KSTSK Autumn Open Course confirmed for SUNDAY 7th November, in HATFIELD.


KSTSK Children's Party 2010 - 30th January
 
The afternoon of Saturday 30th January was PARTY TIME for
the KSTSK Juniors! 

The party ran for two hours and included DISCO, LIGHTS, MUSIC FUN & GAMES with PRIZES, PIZZA, FRUIT JUICE, PARTY BAGS and much more.

 An exceptionally loud "Thank You!" was given to Karen Gibbs for organising the children's party.  Thank you also went to the helpers on the day, who ensured that everything ran smoothly: 
Jane Bunyan, Cherylle Cooper,
Lisa and Andrew Frame and Neil Miller.

 
 It was noted again by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera just how well
behaved the party was.

The now famous KSTSK Party Bags went down very well and again were described as being "Cool!"

Look out for details of the next KSTSK Children’s Party!


KSTSK Christmas Party 2009 - 5th December

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was the venue for KSTSK very own dedicated Christmas dinner and end of year celebration.
The sell out evening was a huge success with a delicious four course meal, presentations and disco party.  Adult and Junior members and parents enjoyed the great night out.

Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera formally thanked
two people in particular for their behind the scenes organisation and contribution to KSTSK Gradings and Social events.
Cherylle Cooper and Karen Gibbs received a special gift
as a token of appreciation.

This year saw 12 Dan grade examination the successes.  The following students were presented with their framed KSTSK Dan Grade Diplomas:

Matthew Duggan (WGC & Hatfield) - Nidan
Lewis Farquharson (Hertford & Ware) - Shodan Junior

Wayne Bilcock (Henlow & Stevenage) - Shodan
Douglas Clackson (WGC & Hatfield) - Shodan Junior
Thomas Gillespie (WGC & Hatfield) - Shodan Junior
Gerry Gooch (Hertford & Ware) - Shodan
Paul Harvey (Hertford & Ware) - Shodan
Neil Miller (Hertford & Ware) - Shodan
Peter Newton (WGC & Hatfield) - Nidan
Jack Sheldrake (WGC & Hatfield) - Shodan Junior
Yasmin Sheldrake (WGC & Hatfield) - Shodan
Marisa Wade (Henlow & Stevenage) - Shodan

Next year's party will be an extra special KSTSK 5th Anniversary
celebration and will be confirmed on the KSTSK Calendar of Events
due out in January 2010!


KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2009 - 8th November

This years KSTSK Autumn Course was held again in Hatfield on
Sunday 8th November.  White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of students.  The Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity to mix and train together.
 
Every student trained in 3 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where Kihon, Kumite and Kata were covered.  Kihon involved pairs of open hand strikes drilled as a hip exercise as well as block and counter combinations utilising elbow strikes.  Sparring sessions focussed on semi free set defences
drilled in groups of three.  Also covered were four unique attacking combinations consisting of two of punches only. 
The third session was dedicated to the practice of the second nominated association Kata "Chinte".  The class was split into two equal groups of mixed grades and were guided through the Kata slowly and progressively.  Both groups then joined again and the Kata was practiced as a whole.

The last session concluded with everyone performing various body weight strengthening exercises and stretching.

At the very end of the course, Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera made a special announcement.  The KSTSK Grading Syllabus is now available for all on a 4 disc DVD set.  Everyone received a leaflet explaining the intention and content of the DVD set.  The DVD Introduction with sound is available to watch for free via the homepage.  Order forms will be circulated shortly.

Everyone performed very well and Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera were very happy with the high standard and enthusiasm shown on the day.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2010 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.


KSTSK Tournament 2009 - 16th May

The 4th KSTSK annual tournament was held at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware on Saturday 16th May, 2009. 

As usual, all KSTSK clubs were represented.  All competitors really were excellent in their display of Karate and competition spirit in
Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence).  The high standard across all events was in particular noted by Chief Instructors
Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera

Families and friends were in attendance to cheer their respective clubs on throughout the day.  Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata and male and female Black Belt Kumite.  The Family Team (synchronised) Kata event, proved a huge success again with many teams competing.  The tournament started with the junior Kata events.  All three Kata arena commenced simultaneously and ran through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies were made.  Every junior was presented with the unique KSTSK competitor medal for taking part and representing their club in the competition.
 
 First aid coverage was again provided by The St. John Ambulance, who although were seldom required, provided an excellent service.

The team of KSTSK Dan grades who organised each event through judging and refereeing were:

Glen Gray 2nd Dan
Cherylle Cooper 2nd Dan
Jane Bunyan 2nd Dan
Stevan Rolls 2nd Dan
Peter Newton 1st Dan
Karen Gibbs 1st Dan
Vasudev Zaver 1st Dan (Junior)
Lewis Farquharson 1st Dan (Junior)

Well done to everyone who made the day yet another special one!


KSTSK Spring Open Course 2009 - 26th April

Students from Beginner to Black Belt trained at this years
KSTSK Spring Open Course held in Hatfield. 
The KSTSK Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train with members from other clubs and are dedicated to preparatory training for the KSTSK Annual Tournament in May.
 
Every student trained in three progressive main sessions with the first two being directly under Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera
where Competition Kata and Kumite was covered. 
To improve Kata and Kumite, specific drills were taught and practiced with simple principles in mind.

The third session was taken by KSTSK Instructors and Black belts:
Glen Gray, Cherylle Cooper, Jane Bunyan, Stevan Rolls, Matthew Duggan and Karen Gibbs.  This gave them the opportunity to run and coach separate events in Individual Kata and Individual Kumite under tournament conditions.

Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera noted that although it was a new experience for some, the standard of the entire group was very good.

The KSTSK Annual Tournament is confirmed for
SATURDAY 16th May in WARE.

The next open course is the KSTSK Autumn Open Course confirmed for SUNDAY 8th November, in HATFIELD.


New KSTSK Club starting in STEVENAGE
 
 The Stevenage School of Shotokan Karate (KSTSK) will officially be launched on
SUNDAY 13th September, 2009 at 9am.

Summer Taster Sessions will be held soon.

The club will meet at Marriotts Sports College, Telford Avenue. Stevenage.

For further details, please email admin@kstsk.co.uk


Club Website - Bricket Wood School of Shotokan Karate  - 20th March
 
 The Bricket Wood School of Shotokan Karate (KSTSK) is run by
Sensei Cherylle Cooper 2nd Dan and has just launched the
revised club website.  The website is clear and focussed and can be
viewed by browsing www.Bricketwoodkarate.co.uk.


KSTSK Children's Party 2009 - 7th February
 
 
For KSTSK juniors, it was party time on Saturday 7th February! 
The KSTSK Children's Party ran for two hours in the afternoon and included DISCO, LIGHTS, MUSIC FUN & GAMES with PRIZES, PIZZA,
FRUIT JUICE, PARTY BAGS and much more.

The Boys Vs. Girls "Pass The Lion Game" was won by the
boys after the girls initially stormed to the lead!
 
 Special KSTSK RECOGNITION AWARDS were presented by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera to those select few who have demonstrated a little extra in Good Karate Sprit and Effort in their recent club training.
 
 A special thank you went to Karen Gibbs for organising the children's
party, in fact it was more of a loud cheer from the children themselves!  Thank you also went to the helpers on the day, who ensured that everything ran smoothly:  Cherylle Cooper, Lisa Frame and Elaine and Neil Miller.

 
 It was noted by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera how well behaved
 the party was.  Yet again, they received many a 'Thank You'.

The feedback from juniors and parents has been fantastic. 
The Special Party Bags were described as being "Cool!"

Look out for details of the next KSTSK Children’s Party!


KSTSK Christmas Party 2008 - 6th December

The beautiful Fanhams Hall Hotel in Ware was the venue again for
this year's KSTSK Christmas Party.  Adult members and parents enjoyed the great night out.  Drinks by the fireplace were followed by a delicious 4 course dinner, with drinks, decorations and disco. 

The winning placed team for the ever popular 'Music Intro's Quiz' was again settled by tie-break and our team captains Stevan Rolls and Lee Banwell were called to dance floor for the 'Play-off".
Air Guitar and Air Saxophone were the weapons of choice.  Both Stevan and Lee put on very 'spirited' performances with Lee just nosing ahead.  Most people would agree that it was maybe Lee's impromptu lap of the entire room that clinched it in the end!

Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera formally thanked
two people in particular for their contribution to the smooth
running of KSTSK.  Karen Gibbs received a special gift for organising KSTSK social events and Cherylle Cooper for her role as grading secretary.

Sensei Peter Khera presented Stevan Rolls with his Diploma for
Nidan (2nd Dan Black belt).  Stevan, a founder member of the Hertford Club (1994) successfully graded in April 2008.

Next year's party will be confirmed on the
KSTSK Calendar of Events due out in January!


KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2008 - 9th November

The ever popular KSTSK Autumn Course was held again in Hatfield on Sunday 9th November. 
White belts through to Black belts made up the spread of attendees. 
Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train together in material not directly related to the
usual grading syllabus.
 
Every student trained in 4 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where Kumite and Kata
was covered.  The sparring sessions focussed on the basic set defences and were drilled in such a way that was different to the norm. 
For Kata, Heian Godan and Jitte were covered in detail as well as a basic application for downward block and stepping punch for
the lower grade group. 

The course was concluded with everyone performing various body weight strengthening exercises and stretching.

Everyone performed very well and Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera received many comments from attendees expressing how much they
enjoyed the course.
 
The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course 2009 in HATFIELD - date to be confirmed.


Sensei Rakesh Patel successfully passes 5th Dan with
The British Combat Association - September 2008


Sensei Rakesh Patel already a Shotokan Karate 5th Dan, awarded by NAKMAS in 2007, took the bold step of arranging to grade to 5th Dan with The British Combat Association.
 
(one of the world's leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection
and practical martial arts).

On Thursday 4th September, Sensei Rakesh Patel drove to Cockermouth, Cumbria and nervously settled into the local Travelodge for the night. 
At 11am the following morning, Rakesh started his 5th Dan grading examination under
Sensei Iain Abernethy 5th Dan, who took Rakesh through the technically and physically demanding grading which consisted of
Basic Combinations, Kata, Kata Bunkai
(including a complete written breakdown of the Kata Jion), all range Sparring and round after round of high impact pad-work. 
Two hours later, Rakesh emerged as BCA 5th Dan. 

For Rakesh, it's long been a personal ambition to grade under the BCA and already Rakesh is working on other demanding projects.

Sensei Rakesh Patel is grateful for the support of both
Sensei Peter Khera 4th Dan, Co-Chief Instructor of KSTSK and
Sensei Martin Gadd 3rd Dan DSKC during and in preparation for the grading.


KSTSK Friends and Family Summer Barn Dance 2008 - 7th June

'Strip the Willow', 'Left hand Star' and 'The Doe Ce Doe' were just some of the moves that made up the Dances at the KSTSK Summer Barn Dance.  It was great to see students, families and friends supporting the main summer social event at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware.

The evening started at 7pm sharp as the live band had been practicing since 4.30pm, and how great they were as five musicians and caller took control of the entertainment.  The caller would describe the dance for the whole group, who would then have a little practice go, before dancing to the actual music!

By far the best was the children only dance!  The caller did great job in describing the dance, and the children even better in putting the 'older ones' to shame!

The evening concluded at 11pm, when the entire group gathered in a huge circle for the 'final dance'.  A special thanks go to Karen Gibbs and Jane Bunyan for organising the catering and entertainment.

Our next social event is the KSTSK Christmas Party at Fanhams Hall confirmed for Saturday 6th December.


KSTSK Tournament 2008 - 17th May

The 3rd KSTSK annual tournament was held at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware on Saturday 17th May, 2008.  As usual, there was representation from all KSTSK clubs and everyone put on an excellent display of Karate and spirit in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence).  Families and friends were in attendance to cheer their respective clubs on throughout the day.  Events covered all ages and grades including Black Belt Kata and Kumite.  The ever popular Family Team (synchronised) Kata event, proved a huge success again with many teams coming forward.  The day started with the junior Kata events.  All three Kata arenas commenced simultaneously and ran through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies were made as well as special KSTSK competitor medals for everyone who took part.
 
It must be noted that every KSTSK club featured on the trophy and medal list, a great achievement for KSTSK newest clubs:
Bricket Wood, Henlow and Royston.

Chief Instructors Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera, gave a special demonstration at the half way point.  Each performed an advanced solo Kata followed by a demonstration of the recently revised KSTSK Basic One Step Sparring.  Each set was performed in order slowly then fast, showing logical progression.  This sparring takes effect in the June grading examinations.  First aid coverage was again provided by representatives from The St. John Ambulance.  Fortunately the only first-aid required was the odd visual check here and there during the kumite events, showing what great control the competitors exercised. 

Special recognition goes to the KSTSK Dan grades who either refereed or judged each event:

Glen Gray 2nd Dan
Cherylle Cooper 2nd Dan
Jane Bunyan 2nd Dan
Stevan Rolls 2nd Dan
Peter Newton 1st Dan
Maija Fisher 1st Dan
Karen Gibbs 1st Dan
Vasudev Zaver 1st Dan (Junior)

Well done to everyone who made the day such a special one!


KSTSK Spring Open Course 2008 - 20th April

From Blue belt to Black Belt, every KSTSK club was represented
at the 2008 Spring Open Course held in Hatfield. 
The Open Courses are organised so that all have the opportunity
to mix and train together.  The Spring Course is usually dedicated to preparatory training for our Annual Tournament in May.
 
Every student trained in 2 progressive main sessions, each under
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera where Competition Kata
and Kumite was covered.  Key points on how to improve the standard of our Kata and Kumite were taught and drilled using simple principles.
The third session was taken by KSTSK Instructors
Glen Gray, Cherylle Cooper and Stevan Rolls where
Team Kata practise was the focus.  Everyone grouped into three's and performed their chosen Team Kata in a mock event setting, receiving specific tips/feedback before and after their Kata.

Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera commented on how well everyone
adapted to the competition style training. 
It was a new experience for a lot of attendees.

The next open course is the usual KSTSK Autumn Open Course
confirmed for SUNDAY 9th November, in HATFIELD.


KSTSK Children's Party 2008 - 26th January
 
 The Function Suite at Wodson Park Sports Centre, WARE was
 
THE FUN PLACE TO BE for KSTSK juniors on Saturday 26th January!  The KSTSK Children's Party ran for two hours in the afternoon and included DISCO, LIGHTS, MUSIC FUN & GAMES with PRIZES, PIZZA, FRUIT JUICE, PARTY BAGS and much more.
 
 Special KSTSK RECOGNITION AWARDS were presented by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera to those select few who have demonstrated a little extra in Good Karate Sprit and Effort in their recent club training.
 
 A special thank you went to the three main organisers of
 our first Children's social event. 
 Jane Bunyan,
Cherylle Cooper and Karen Gibbs did a fantastic job in ensuring everything was prepared so that the party ran smoothly.
 
 It was noted by
Sensei Patel and Sensei Khera how well behaved
 the party was.  They received many a 'Thank You'. 
 Such good manners are important in Karate.

The feedback from juniors and parents has been fantastic - one boy described the party as "the best I've ever been to!"...

Look out for details of the next KSTSK Children’s Party!

KSTSK Christmas Party 2007 - 8th December

The beautiful Fanhams Hall Hotel in Ware was the venue again for
this year's KSTSK Christmas Party.  Adult members and parents were all treated to a great night out.  Drinks by the fireplace were followed by a delicious 4 course dinner.  Over coffee, the resident 'Music Intro's Quiz' took place, culminating in a fierce 3 way tie-break, settled by a hilarious
'Air Guitar' play-off...

Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera formally thanked
two people in particular for their contribution to the smooth
running of KSTSK.  Karen Gibbs received a special gift for organising KSTSK social events and Cherylle Cooper for her role as grading secretary.

Sensei Peter Khera presented Jane Bunyan with a
Diploma for Nidan (2nd Dan Black belt).  Jane, a founder member of the Hertford Club (1994) successfully graded in April 2007.

It was announced that in November, Sensei Patel was awarded
Godan (5th Dan Black Belt) by NAKMAS National Governing Body.
Sensei Patel's close friend and fellow Karate-ka for over 20 years
Richard Pound (4th Dan TSKAGB) presented Rakesh with his Diploma.

Next year's party is
confirmed for Saturday 6th December, 2008!

KSTSK Autumn Open Course 2007 - 4th November

KSTSK members of all grades attended the
Autumn Open Course in Hatfield. 
These courses are held to so that members from different
clubs have the opportunity to mix and train together. 
All students embraced the material taught by
Sensei Rakesh Patel and Sensei Peter Khera (with the help of KSTSK Instructors Glen Gray, Cherylle Cooper, Jane Bunyan and Stevan Rolls who took a short session.)

The class was split into two groups and all covered
Kihon (basics), Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Forms).

The next open course is the usual KSTSK Spring Open Course
planned for next year, details out soon! (with 2008 Calendar of Events)


KSTSK Junior Summer Holiday Course 2007 - 28th July



Junior members of HATFIELD and PANSHANGER were treated to
a special Summer Holiday course on Saturday 28th July in Hatfield. 

Run by Sensei Rakesh Patel the objective of the course was to
have fun and learn more about Kata and its meaning (Bunkai) in the context of Self-Protection.  The students were introduced to some basic bunkai drills using principles that apply to Kata techniques they already knew well. 
This was followed by impact development methods using hand held
focus pads.  The second part of the course was based on
combat drills from the floor where the objective was to avoid being
grounded, and if this fails, how to escape. 
The final section of the course included a fitness drill that recapped the main points of the course covered so far.
  Every student performed so well and embraced the challenges of the new material. 

Special prizes went to
Laura Hobson and Chloe Gottlieb-Hunt
for
their excellent spirit and focus.

Watch out for details on further school holiday courses soon...


KSTSK Tournament 2007 - 19th May

KSTSK held their second annual tournament at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware on Saturday 19th May, 2007.  Members representing 9 clubs put on an excellent display of Karate and spirit in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (Formal Sequence).  Families and friends came along as spectators to cheer their respective clubs on throughout the day.  Events covered all ages, from age 6-7 Kata, through teenager and adult  categories and Black Belt Kata and Kumite.  The popular Family Team (synchronised) Kata event, proved a huge success again with many teams coming forward.  The competition was very close this year, as all teams put on an excellent performance.  The day started with the junior Kata events.  All three Kata arena commenced simultaneously and ran through to the finals where upon completion, the presentation of 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies were made as well as special KSTSK competitor medals for everyone who took part.  Chief Instructors Rakesh Patel and Peter Khera, gave a special demonstration at the half way point.  Each performed an advanced solo Kata with basic applications of some of the Kata techniques.  This was followed by an explosive display of competition style sparring starting with simple attacks and defences, building up to the more advanced – a great display!  First aid cover was again provided by representatives from The St. John Ambulance.  Fortunately the only first-aid required was the odd visual check here and there during the kumite events, showing what great control the competitors exercised.  Having attended many martial art tournaments before, it was noted by the first-aiders how well run the KSTSK tournament was, the best in fact!  Credit goes to all who were part of the day!