Lilleshall 2016 Report

English Shotokan Academy Annual International Open Course 2016

The annual international open course at Lilleshall is always a popular event and this year was no exception. Eighty karateka gathered for World Class training from ESA instructors Sensei Michaylo Fedyk 7th Dan, Sensei Geoff Beasley 7th Dan, Sensei Alan Armstrong 6th Dan and Sensei Roger Hooton 5th Dan. They were joined by guest instructors Sensei Dirk Heene 8th Dan and welcomed return of Sensei Julian Mead 6th Dan to provide 8 hours of training across the 3 day residential course. Each instructor offering a vast amount of martial arts experience and working in a coordinated program of delivery based around effective kumite application.

Set in spectacular surroundings Lilleshall is a National Sports Complex offering excellent training and accommodation facilities and has hosted the English Shotokan Academy's annual residential course since 2001.

Saturday evening annual social event was enjoyed by all with the provision of an excellent three course meal and in a friendly atmosphere that enabled good socialising by all present.

Following the evening meal Sandie Hopkins 4th Dan event manager hosted presentations of certificates to the following karateka achieving 1st Dan examination - Joy Patel, Edward James, Lee Aston and Daniel Westlake. A special presentation followed from Sensei Heene 8th Dan to Sensei Geoff Beasley on achieving 7th Dan. Sensei Beasley was awarded 7th Dan after examination by the KSKA Shihankai panel during the summer KSKA Gasshuku in Mierlo Holland. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sensei Beasley on this achievement and lifelong dedication to Karate.

Finally, I would like to thank all the organisers for putting on such a great course and we hope to see you all at Lilleshall in 2017.

Sensei Dimitrijevic March 09

Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic Course, St Helens - March 2009

by Chris Dagnan.


Lindisfarne Sports Centre in St Helens provided an excellent venue and accommodation where for eight hours across two days Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic taught Kase-Ha Shotokan Ryu Karate to a fascinated and increasingly fatigued group of eager students.


Sensei Dimitrijevic used the two days to give us building blocks to take away and use to develop 3 principles of karate-do; technique, breathing and mind. The course focussed on using the core – the hara – or tanden to generate power and stability combined with correct breathing and the right attitude to deal with “the bad guy” (an attacker with serious intent to do harm.)


The course was split into four parts, each taking the previous and adding to it whilst not bombarding the student with complicated patterns to learn which could result in the student losing focus on the 3 principles.