April Fools’ Brings Success to Judo Grading

A big congratulations goes to all Kyushindo Judo students that took part in the grading on 1st April 2017 – this was held at Abingdon Conservative Club. Even though the day was officially April Fools, there were certainly no ‘fools’ on the mats, all students passed with brand- new and very colourful belts along with massive smiles on their faces after the two hour grading.

Here are all the new grades that were awarded:

Matilda Clayson – red belt
Joanne de Villiers – red belt
Lois Kemp-Harper – red belt
Will Cotmore-Brown – yellow belt
Ken Sheehan – yellow belt
Alison Puckey – orange belt with two green stripes
Gemma Gregory – green belt
Rowan Merchant – green belt with one blue stripe
Beverley Gregory – green belt with three blue stripes
Katie Simpson – blue belt

Third Dan Instructor, Laura Gilbert was also pleased to award Samuel Gardner – a current brown belt in the martial art, with two black stripes to add to his belt. Samuel received these stripes due to continued improvements to his Judo technique and confidence being built since helping with assisting in the Judo classes.

For more information on Abingdon Conservative Club’s judo classes, please complete an enquiry form today.

Reading Clubs go Climbing!

Today, the children at the Reading Kyushindo Clubs celebrated the end of the school year by heading to Reading Climbing Centre. A huge crowd gathered for a fantastic afternoon of climbing some of the very high walls at the centre. Many children really overcame fears and each time managed to climb higher and higher, with many of the children reaching the top. Some of the junior class also got to have a go on the auto-belay climbs, which is another experience as well!

After climbing, everyone headed to McDonalds where we managed to fill the whole restaurant. After Happy Meals all round, with balloons and silly hats, we all headed off having celebrated the end of the school year.

Well done to everyone for their hard work this year, especially with some of the changes towards the end of the year.

As usual, photos are below!

The Abingdon WI Show Their Strength at Ladies Self Defence Workshop

WI LogoKyushindo Ladies Self Defence were extremely pleased to be invited to run a self defence workshop for the Hadland Road WI, (Women’s Institute) on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

Laura from Kyushindo Ladies Self Defence took a 45 minute workshop for all the keen ladies at the WI – Bev, who has attended the self defence classes from day one, was also there to help with the session. The WI were given a brief overview of the classes, Laura and Bev then moved into a short and simple warm-up to get the ladies ready to learn some new techniques.

Learning wrist releases were just for starters for the WI, strikes and kicks were then incorporated into the workshop, along with tips on how to safe. The ladies also learnt about what is classed as their own ‘personal space’ and what peripheral vision is, and how to use it.

Laura was very impressed with how enthusiastic the ladies of Hadland Road WI were during the workshop, she explains, “I’m really pleased with how brilliantly the ladies of the WI worked. Not only have they learnt simple, but effective techniques, they’ve also had brilliant fun learning the moves too. The Kyushindo Ladies Self Defence classes aren’t just about learning how to stay safe, but it’s also about women feeling empowered, making themselves a priority, having fun, while also bonding with other women from the class too.”

If you’d like to find out more about Laura’s classes, please drop her an email at, You can also follow Kyushindo Ladies Self Defence on Facebook at,

Thameside Nunchuck Class

Kevin’s new class on a Monday at Thameside school today had the fun of playing with some nunchucks! With all of the training and lots of hard work, it’s something that you might see a bit more of from Kevin!

Thameside Nunchucks

Reading Christmas Party

At the Reading Clubs today, the festive season certainly got into full swing. With Cadets and Juniors from across the Reading clubs invited, it was a packed hall at St Nicolas Church.

The celebrations started with that ever so festive treat: pizza. The children quickly devoured TEN 18″ pizzas with crisps and various other bits of food and around 4 dozen mince pies.

After the food had all gone, it was time for the Sports Leaders; Ollie, Emma, Owen and Dan; to organise the games.

First of all the started the children off on a dressup relay. After donning a Santa had a huge ski gloves, they had to race to the other side of the hall open a candy cane, eat it and run back. Easy? Not when you’re wearing gloves. Some people might have had a bit of trouble with this one (and of course there was no cheating!)

Next, the Sports Leaders had the children dressing up one of their team mates as Rudolph. Armed with brown paper, antlers, packaging tape and red face paint they were given ten minutes to make the best Rudolph that they could. It was certainly a lot of fun, though everyone seemed to finish with red noses and covered in packaging tape.

Then it was time for a good old game of ‘pass the parcel’. Ollie obviously spend hours wrapping the two parcels as it went on for a long time – there were a lot of layers! Just as the game was finishing though, a very special guest turned up…SANTA! He came to visit to check that everyone was being good and having a fun time as well as to hand out a present to everyone.

Everyone had a great time. I’d just like to say a huge thanks to Ollie, Emma, Owen and Dan – the games couldn’t have run without you. I’d also like to thank all of the parents who helped with setup and clearing away, it wouldn’t have gone anywhere near as smoothly without you!

I look forward to seeing everyone back training in 2016 when the Earley class has moved to its new venue at Loddon Primary School.

Photos are below of the party today. If you want copies of photos of your child, please let me know the photo number, e.g. DSC_0256.

Woodley Junior Grading

After the impressive performance from the Woodley Cadets, the Juniors had a lot to live up to and they certainly did match up! With three 5th Dan black belts and two 3rd Dan black belts, there were a lot of eyes on the kids who were grading and they certainly pulled out all of the stops to show off their talent. All of them put on a fantastic display of effort and skills, though of course there is still a lot to learn. At the end each member was given individual feedback to help them continue their training. Here is a list of grades awarded today:

Name Grade
Cora J Red Belt
Simba M Red Belt
Jack B Yellow Belt
Jack R Yellow Belt
Alex K Yellow Belt
Bee S Orange Belt, 1 tag
Remy S Orange Belt
Ethan J Green Belt
Samuel O Green Belt
Maddie M Blue Belt, 2 tags
Adam T Blue Belt
Daniel H Brown Belt
Max Y Brown Belt

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Woodley Cadet Grading

The Woodley Cadets today did a fantastic job in their grading. After a quick start with a guest instructor leading the way, the cadets quickly showed their skills off and impressed all of the grading panel. Those children going for their Yellow Stripe Belt were particularly impressive, as you would expect after all of their hard work and commitment. Here is a list of the grades awarded:

Name Grade
Harry B Red Stripe Belt
Oliver B Yellow Stripe Belt
Iris K Yellow Stripe Belt
Kayman T Yellow Stripe Belt
Noah L Yellow Stripe Belt
Max K Yellow Stripe Belt
Harry W Yellow Stripe Belt
Daniel C Yellow Stripe Belt

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Earley Cadet Grading

Congratulations to the cadets who graded at this evenings session at Earley Cadet Class. Garry and Andy were both very impressed with the hard work shown by all of the members. Well done to all of those who were awarded their Red Stripe Belt and well done to all of those who earned tags as well. Here are the grades that were awarded:

Name Grade
George B Red Stripe Belt
Benjamin B Red Stripe Belt
Aiden R Red Stripe Belt
Himmat G Red Stripe Belt
Charlie J Red Stripe Belt
Callum J Red Stripe Belt
Georgina R-E Red Stripe Belt

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Black Belt Grading

Congratulations to all who attended today’s Black Belt Grading in Highgate, London. The effort and technique was excellent!

The following grades were awarded:

Name Grade
Morgan W Junior Black Belt
Katie H Junior Black Belt
Christian G Junior Black Belt
Esme W Junior Black Belt
Geoff B Black Belt
Thomas H Black Belt, 1st Dan
Justin E Black Belt, 3rd Dan
Darren N Black Belt, 3rd Dan
Toby L Black Belt, 3rd Dan
Andy C Black Belt, 3rd Dan
Chris B Black Belt, 3rd Dan
David F Black Belt, 7th Dan
Mike J Black Belt, 7th Dan

In addition to the grades awarded, Chris and Esme were awarded an ‘Exceptional Performance’ medal for their excellent work during the grading.

During the grading, a few photos were taken (but not too many so it didn’t distract!), here are some of the photos as well as photos of the presentations at the end:

Kyushindo Member breaking the silence and raising money for Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC)

After experiencing the horror of rape while she was out jogging last year, a Kyushindo member (who cannot be named for legal reasons) has taken it upon herself to help raise money for the centre who helped her to rebuild her life. She hasn’t picked an easy challenge either. Having only taken up climbing a few months ago she is taking on the challenge of climbing a 140m sheer cliff face in North Wales. Climbing such a rock face is no easy feat, requiring intense physical and mental training – all qualities that makes a great martial artist.

This member is showing true Kyushindo spirit in the way she is rebuilding her life, facing challenges and striving to help others who are going through the horrors of rape and sexual abuse. Kyushindo has already made a donation of £230 by donating the proceeds of the Abingdon grading to this fantastic cause, but if you also want to add to her total then I know that she and all of the people who use OSARCC would be very thankful.

To read more and sponsor her, take a look at her Just Giving page here:

You an also see an article about her in the Oxford Mail here: