you are interested in training with Sensei Bob
Rhodes give us a call on
07866 639060 for an informal chat
Beginners are always welcome
and registered first aider certification
begins with basic blocks and counters and progresses
to free-sparring developing the reflexes, co-ordination
and timing necessary for self-defence or competition
(whichever you are interested in).
vary in subject matter of 1 hour of instructor
lead activities based around traditional karate
10-15 minute warmup of stretching and loosening
- individual training in fundamental techniques
- paired fighting drills, pre-arranged and
non pre-arranged combinations
- individual set piece drills
work, or fitness training, or cool down stretching
Each section has a range of complexity to suit
the different levels or grades of students.
Students of similar grade train along side each
other. Questions are encouraged.
physical training required to reach a high level
of skill in Karate promotes overall good health,
fitness and well-being. The concentration, commitment
and dedication required, help build a strong,
confident and determined character.
KUGB grading rules require that only members holding
a current KUGB license and training at least twice
per week are entitled to grade. Goshougake Karate
Club gradings are held every 3-4 months.
has recently become part of the physical education
syllabus for both GCSE and A level. Students interested
in studying karate towards these certification
standards as well as for the Duke of Edinburgh
Award Scheme should enquire at the club.
& Brown Belt Course Lichfield
3rd November 2007
Lewis first started training in karate 25 years
ago whilst living in Wales. After a long break
from karate, Pete started back at karate and two
years ago joined Goshougake Karate Club, with
the experience to know that the training here
under the tuition of Sensei Rhodes 7th Dan, is
"The Real Thing", as Pete says.
after a break of 20 years or so, the time finally
came for Pete to be examined for his Black belt.
Pete had already passed his kumite at a KUGB National
Course earlier in the year, and today he achieved
the icing on the cake to obtain the KUGB black
belt under the examiners Sensei A. Sherry 8th
Dan and Sensei R. Rhodes 7th Dan.
the picture, Pete is presented with his Silk embroidered
black belt by his instructor Sensei Bob Rhodes.
We know that Pete will wear the belt with the
same respect that he has shown towards his training.
Dan Course, Egham
Saturday 6th October 2007
this is me, Selina Farwell. I am now the proud
owner of a 3rd degree black belt award, which
was awarded after 2 hours of continuous training
in all aspects of basics, kate and kumite. When
the exam started about 1 hour after the training
session I had already given my all, but the adrenaline
of the exam and the experience of regular training
allows the body to deliver more than expected.
On the right, is me with my instructor Sensei
Rhodes, who has given much time, energy and patience
over the last 4 years to delivering me in a condition
likely to pass this exam. Thank goodness for his
constant energy even when mine was depleted!
Below are the other successful examination candidates
at the exam, those who now also have a 3rd or
4th Dan. Don't we all look bright and fit young(ish)
Successful candidates at Egham Special Dan Course
Children's Karate Championships 2007
Saturday 29th September
Saturday the annual Devon Children's Karate Championships
was held at Exeter Dojo. Goshougake Karate Club
had two students enter in the kata rounds and
the kumite competition. It was Matthews first
competition (below), and altough he made a few
beginners mistakes he did well enough to come
4th in the 0-4th Kyu Kata Category.
Declan Hinchcliffe (right) is more experienced
in competition and did superbly well to reach
the final of the Boys Kumite. In the final Declan
scored an ippon (an immediate full point) with
a front leg snap kick to his apponents torso which
knocked his opponent off-balance. By the end of
the 2 minute round Declan was ahead on points
and was declared the winner. Declan is presented
with the winners trophy in the picture on the
Matthew Thornton (left) comes fourth
in the 0-4th Kyu Kata
Hinchcliffe (second left) wins the Boys Kumite
Dan Grading, Chesterfield, 25th
Allsop (left) is a keen karate student at Goshougake
Karate Club. Ray trains hard and listens well.
Rarely missing a club training session he had
put a lot of effort into his recent grading in
March at Chesterfield. Following a pre-grading
training session and a strenuous grading, Ray
was awarded for his efforts and received his Godan
(5th Dan) by the KUGB. In the photo, Club Instructor
Sensei Rhodes 7th Dan (right) congratulates Ray
on his achievement.
of Edinburgh Award Scheme 2007
Thornton 5th Kyu Goshougake Karate Club has been
taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
Through our karate club, Matthew has successfully
passed the physical activity part of his Bronze
Award. In the photo Matthew is presented with
his Award Scheme Report by Sensei Rhodes. Matthew
has shown determination and hard work in his training
over the last year. Well Done Matthew.
Goshougake Karate Club Photo
Wednesday 18th April 2007
Training, Photo at Torquay Boys Grammar School
From the left, Back Row:
Pete Lewis 1st Kyu, Ali Richards 1st Kyu, Selina
Farwell 2nd Dan, Sensei Bob Rhodes 7th Dan,
Joshua Hanniford-Hill 1st Dan, Deanna Gallichan
1st Dan, Ray Allsop 5th Dan
Sam Hinchcliffe 6th Kyu, Simon Cooke 9th Kyu,
Gabriel Maycock 9th Kyu,
Tom Maycock 9th Kyu, Mark Camps 9th Kyu &
Rhys Lewis 6th Kyu.
Absent from the photo were Declan Hinchcliffe
1st Dan, Matthew Thornton 5th Kyu,
David Hore 2nd Dan & Lewis Bancroft 9th
News 2nd December 2006
Dan Grading, Reading
to Declan Hinchcliffe who battled successfully
on Saturday to obtain his KUGB first degree black
belt. Above Sensei Rhodes congratulates Declan
on his hardwork and strong attitude towards his
14th April 2006
Spring Course, Torbay
of the club students attended this year's Spring
Karate Course. Following a full weeks training
starting at 8am and 12pm the students were sharp,
agile and confident, ready for their grading
on the Friday. The photo below, taken just after
the Friday grading, shows the Club students
that attended the course with our club Chief
Instructor Sensei Bob Rhodes (right). From left
to right are, Selina Farwell (awarded KUGB Instructor's
Certificate), Lee Babbage (awarded 1st Kyu),
Michael Bryan-Harris (awarded 3rd Kyu), Declan
Hinchcliffe (awarded Basics and Kumite towards
Shodan), Jasmine May-West (awarded Shodan),
Joshua Hanniford-Hill (awarded Shodan) and Sensei
Bob Rhodes, Club Chief Instructor and Spring
Karate Course Instructor. Congratulations to
all our students on their achievement.
the Monday, Sensei Rhodes had assessed Selina
for her Instructor's certificate. This involved
assessing her teaching over a full 1.5
hour club training session. For the last 2.5
years Sensei Rhodes has passed on countless
details to her around teaching and running a
karate club. This showed in the fact that the
assessment was marked at 9/10 and Selina is
very grateful for this time Sensei Rhodes has
three, 1st Kyu students, who tested for Shodan
on the Friday 14th April grading are shown below
being examined by Sensei Sherry 8th Dan.
this time, Sensei Rhodes was examining the Kyu
grades (just out of picture). For a taster of
what is expected at a KUGB Shodan grading please
see below. All of these pictures are taken live
(without flash) during the Shodan grading, none
are posed pictures.
group of junior males going full speed and power
through their Kihon or Basics. This combination
is front snap kick, followed by double punch.
Our Club students Josh and Declan are shown
closest to the camera.
and Declan later in the Basics going bit by
bit through the special grading combination.
females going through the Basics or Kihon part
of the Shodan grading. Jasmine (Goshougake Karate
Club) is furthest from the camera with the white
(furthest) going slowly initially through the
special grading combination.
the Basics the students are required to perform
3 kicks (to the front, side and rear) whilst
standing on one leg. Here Jasmine performs the
2nd kick of these - kekomi side thrust kick.
the junior males have the same grading requirements.
Here Josh (left) and Declan (right) are performing
the 3rd kick - ushiro geri, kick to the rear.
is the grading kata, Bassai Dai. Here Jasmine
prepares for migi mikazuki-geri.
the later half of Bassai Dai, here Jasmine performs
one of the yamazuki punches to head and lower
junior males performing back stance knifehand
block from Bassai Dai.
a yamazuki from Josh and Declan, keenly watched
over by Sensei Rhodes (left).
is the pre-arranged kumite. Here Josh (right)
announces a lunge punch to stomach level and
Declan quickly blocks and counters.
last of 6 pre-arranged attacks is spinning back
kick. Josh attacks and Declan slides back and
blocks, following up with a counter punch.
section of the grading continues with the partner
then attacking. Here Declan (right) attacks
with a lunge punch to the stomach. Josh defends
with an outside block and prepares for the counter.
in the pre-arranged kumite, Declan gets his
own back with a spinning back kick. Josh (left)
steps back and blocks with both arms.
This is not the end of the grading. Next comes the
free style fighting or Ju kumite. If the students
survive that then there is an elimination kata chosen
by the examiner. Only if no mistakes are made whatsoever,
does the student get to wear a KUGB black belt.
Goshougake Club Students pictured with Sensei
Bob Rhodes 7th Dan. From left: Josh Hanniford-Hill,
Sensei Rhodes, Jasmine West (1st Place) and Declan
Hinchcliffe (Joint 3rd Place).
Sat 18th February 2006, 4 of our club students
took part in the KUGB Southern Region Championship
West achieved first place in the Girls Kumite
and Declan Hinchcliffe came joint third in the
Boy's Kumite, 5' to under 5'5".
was the first time these students had entered
such a large competition and competing after getting
up at 4.30am and travelling to Reading is no mean