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.