Sunday, May 22, 2011

Open training session

Some of the participators 

On Saturday from 11:00-12:00 last saw Shu-Bu-Kan Karate club hold its first open training session this session was held for new students and parents to participate  in and to move freely within the class so their was no pressure to fully participate.

We have Moms who had taken part in the warm ups we had Dads who full joined in and we had Dads and Moms who had take part in the self defense part of the class, we also had some younger children who came to try with sisters and brothers so it was a very dynamic class where no one sat down for long!

Our first time trying out the Dojo
All this had taken place with the goal firstly of highlighting the new Venue and Secondly increasing the take up of new members also,we have a club grading to get ready for which will be taking place in the Abbeyside Scouts Den on Wed 20:10pm 25/05/2011 .We have Sensei Toomey 6th Dan coming to carry out the grading on behalf of the International Japan Karate-Do Association "IJKA" which Sensei Toomey is the Chief grading examiner in Ireland so we have to preform to your best on the night.
Sensei Toomey in the middle teaching Wheelchair Karate in the Cope foundation
with the help of students from Dungarvan and Fermoy Clubs.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dungarvan's first "Kombatan" Blackbelt

Ciarán and Guro Pablo
Kombatan is a Filipino martial art, which combines several classical and modern styles. The student learns several different approaches to different attacks. Drills, that improve the reflexes and reactions of students, are very important in training of Kombatan.
Usually the first thing that is taught in martial arts, are techniques from a specific stance. On one hand, this helps learning but on the other hand, studying this way requires years of practice to be able to use these techniques in free fight.

Unlike in many Asian martial arts, students of Kombatan learn first to use weapons and defend themselves against them. This philosophy is widely based on Filipino culture, where both women and men use swords and knives in their daily work. This is why it is more popular to defend oneself using a weapon than without it. Training with sticks is also safer than training without them (when training without weapons, strikes and kicks are performed on the body). When the student learns to defend him/herself against a weapon, it is easier to learn to defend oneself against an unarmed opponent.
Kombatan includes hand and weapon techniques. Empty hand techniques are based on the paths of the weapons. The weapon is only an extension of the hand. Kombatan combines several different martial arts and it focuses on reacting instinctively. It is ”an art within an art”.
Kombatan is based on 12 attack angles. These angles have 12 basic ways of counterattack (with feet, hands or weapons). The students learn several different strikes, kicks and blocks, locks, grapplings, sweeps, throws and takedowns, blocks, counterattacks and disarms with weapons, armed and unarmed sparring, unarmed vs. armed, armed vs. unarmed styles, footwork, solo and doble baston drills as well as solo and doble baston sparring and combinations.
Kombatan systems:
Solo Baston
One stick
Doble Baston 
2 sticks
Mano Mano
hand to hand
Espada y Daga
sword & dagger 
Daga sa Daga
Knife to Knife
butterfly knife
long stick
Palm stick 


Senpai Ciaran O'Dea, Jim Condon, John Mc Carthy, Kevin Mc Carthy, Gerard Zielinski and Sensei Brian Toomey 6th Dan pictured with Guro Jesi Pablo 6th Dan after receiving their blackbelts in Kombatan Presas Style.

Black belt grading class
Shu-Bu-Kan Karate club trains twice a week Wed 8:10-9:10 Abbeyside Scouts Den
Sat 11:30-12:30 Dungarvan Scouts Den.
"Kombatan" is also practiced as part of these classes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New venue and Saturday Training.

Dear Kohai,

The new venue is located in the "Dungarvan Scouts Den" beside the "Day Care Center" through the main door and first left and then first right it will be well sign posted.
Wednesday: 20:10pm to 21:10pm                   
Saturday:    11:30am to 13:00pm.

There are two reasons for the change in training times:

The first is to allow the students to constantly improve and to have a better understanding of what is required for their next step within the club (grading and self defence).
The second is to increase fitness / flexibility and improve self-confidence and self-esteem and also motivate students to become more focus on what they wish to achieve in Karate-Do but also in life.

If you have any queries or concerns you can contact us on the below E-mail. We also have a club blog to view it the information is below.

Yours in Karate-do
Senpai O’Dea
Shotokan Tiger