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SSKI – Watford Club

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SSKI is a traditional Shotokan karate association, with several clubs: the Watford club prides itself on being a hard–working and friendly group that has a place for everyone.

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About SSKI

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SEI = Spirit and Soul

SHIN = Mind

KAI = Association or Group

 

Seishinkai = Association of Mind, Spirit and Soul

Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International (SSKI) is a traditional Shotokan Karate Association that believes firmly in the teachings of Shotokan Grand Masters Gichin Funakoshi, the founder, and Masatoshi Nakayama, the legendary Chief Instructor of the original JKA (Japanese Karate Association) and the man most responsible for spreading the art of Shotokan Karate to the rest of the world. SSKI has clubs in such countries as England, USA, Kazakhstan, Hungary and India; the Association Headquarters (Honbu) are in England. Countries run their own competitions and squads but in England three main competitions are held annually:
• The National Championships (a tournament for everyone)
• Association Kata Tournament

There are regular squad training sessions for those interested in Competition Karate, with a very powerful National Team and over the years SSKI have produced champions at all levels of competition including World/European and many National Champions and regular referees courses are held with our Chief Referee, for those interested in this very important part of Competition Karate.

SSKI holds many annual courses with world–class instructors including the highly respected Sensei Richard Amos, Sensei Steve Ubl, Sensei Dave Hazard and Sensei Aidan Trimble and many more. Students are also encouraged to attend ‘Open’ Courses held by other groups and Associations as well as those held by SSKI Senior Instructors.

Seishinkai pride themselves in that they have no part whatsoever in the politics of Karate and are current members of the WTKO and the Shotokan Alliance. Seishinkai also prides itself on being a hard–working and friendly group that has places for everyone in all of our clubs in all of our countries.

“Hatsuun Jindo (Parting the Clouds – Seeking the Way)”

Benefits of Membership:

  • • Top class tuition in traditional JKA style Shotokan Karate
  • • Regular courses with top UK and International Sensei
  • • Access to professionally structured instructor training programme
  • • Top class Referee and Judge training courses
  • • Regular National and International Championships
  • • Regular National Squad Training and Selections
  • • Regular Okinawan Kobudo Training and Courses
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News & Notices

Updated 16th April 2020

Club Notices and Documentation

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COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Any student who displays symptoms of COVID-19 MUST NOT come to the dojo, and should arrange to be tested immediately
  • SSKI Watford dojo will follow ALL government guidelines
  • Students MUST arrive at the club dojo wearing their karate suits and belts
  • Any kit bags/club hoodies/outdoor shoes etc brought into the dojo MUST be placed at the rear of the dojo, following social distancing guidelines and kept at least two metres apart of other students/instructors belongings
  • SSKI Watford dojo will have hand sanitiser available; ALL students MUST use this on arrival at and departure of the dojo, and will be reminded of such usage
  • Trainers/indoor martial arts footwear MUST be worn during training
  • Students will train in kihon and kata ONLY, following the social distancing rules of two metres apart
  • Face masks will be worn for any partner work (if/when applicable), although partner work will not involve bodily contact of any kind. Any kumite will be performed keeping the social distancing guidelines of two metres apart at all times; there will be NO kiai during this
  • Payment of lessons should be by bank transfer preferably, and not cash
  • ONLY one person allowed in the toilets at any time
  • Any shared or personal equipment (such as focus pads or kickbags etc) used in the dojo MUST be thoroughly cleansed before and after use
  • Any excessive sweating dripping on the floor MUST be cleaned up immediately, using paper towels and antibacterial spray/wipes
  • A strict register MUST be kept for every single lesson in case personal details are needed for the Track and Trace government guidelines
  • SSKI Watford dojo will aim to achieve maximum ventilation by keeping windows and doors open whenever possible
  • People accompanying students MUST remain outside the dojo
  • Instructors MUST refrain from physical contact with students; any correction of techniques will be made by verbal command
  • ALL SSKI Watford club instructors will be vigilant when facing the class, to ensure as much distance as possible is kept between themselves and students
  • ALL students of SSKI Watford club will also be vigilant during training, to ensure as much distance as possible is kept between themselves, other students and club instructors
  • SSKI Watford club instructors are responsible for making sure ALL students adhere to the above conditions

NOTE: All students must be licensed; all licenses that have expired during lockdown must be renewed on the first lesson back but will be re-dated to start 1st Spetember 2020 so students do not lose any time on their respective license period.

     Click to download a PDF License Form
     Click to download a Photo Consent Form
     Click to download Club COVID Guidlines

Club News

  • December 4th 2019… Congratulations to Isaak Nathan on achieving Nidan last Wednesday evening! Dan grades are always daunting but to take it all your own is even more so! So well done Isaak!!!

    Isaak Nathan Nidan
  • June 12th 2019… Huge congratulations to our club instructor Vicky Adams on a fantastic grading, and achieving Yondan (4th Dan black belt)!
    The grading consisted of her designated kata Gojushiho–dai followed by its bunkai with Vicky’s chosen kumite team of Steph Farrer 3rd Dan and Steven Barton 3rd Dan, followed by a one–hour lesson on the use of the preparation part of basic blocks: Vicky taught it as a basic, as a jiyu–ippon kumite technique and finally as a self–defence move. As ever, the grading panel consisted of the Chief Instructor Sensei Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan, the Assistant Chief Instructor Tony Bunting 7th Dan and the Chief Referee Jeff Carson 5th Dan.

    Vicky Adams Yondan
  • December 8th 2018… Congratulations to club instructor Steph Farrer on gaining her Sandan black belt! She was part of small group of karateka taking dan gradings, and all were successful on the day. Well done all round!

    Steph Farrer Sandan
  • December 16th 2017… Congratulations to Isaak Nathan on gaining his Shodan black belt! All of us at the club were very proud of you: it was an brilliant grading!

    Isaak Nathan Shodan
  • December 5th 2015… Congratulations to our sensei, Tony Bunting on being awarded his 7th Dan! We are all very proud of you!

    Sensei Tony Renshi
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Instructors

Tony Bunting

Association Assistant Chief Instructor
Tony Bunting Sensei 7th Dan (Renshi)


• Lead Sensei for Watford Club
• Member of the Association Technical Committee

Vicky Adams

Assistant Instructor
Vicky Adams Sensei 4th Dan


• Assistant Sensei for Watford Club

 

Steph Farrer

Assistant Instructor
Steph Farrer Sensei 3rd Dan


• Assistant Sensei for Watford Club
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SSKI Instructor Profiles

Tony Bunting

Association Assistant Chief Instructor
Tony Bunting Sensei 7th Dan (Renshi)

Born in London in 1969, Tony was introduced to Judo at a young age. He quickly progressed through the belts, attaining his 1st Dan black belt in Judo in his early teens. He was an accomplished Judoka who competed at regional level and successfully won a number of junior championships.

In 1981, he was introduced to Shotokan Karate by his Judo instructor. His first Shotokan instructor in Borehamwood was Sensei Brian Field (2nd Dan) within the Bukonkai Karate International association whose Chief Instructor at the time was the late Sensei Colin Williams (7th Dan); Tony was an avid competitor who travelled the country competing for his club and association. It was in the early 80’s when he moved to a new dojo, which was affiliated to ASKA, that he was introduced to Sensei Malcolm Phipps (then a 3rd Dan). Tony was part of the newly founded association in 1984 – Seishinkai Shotokan Karate.

Tony Bunting Shodan
Tony Bunting, kata
       
Tony Bunting, kumite

Tony has been a loyal supporter and part of Seishinkai for many years and is the SSKI Assistant Chief Instructor. He currently holds 7th Dan, which he was awarded by Sensei Malcolm Phipps on 13th December 2015. Apart from being a Kyu and Dan grading examiner, a member of the association technical committee and part of the squad management team, he is also a qualified and experienced referee and is often asked to support in competitions nationally, as well as internationally on occasions.

Aside from all these duties for the association, Tony’s dedication to karate and Seishinkai goes above and beyond. He has been instrumental in the last few years in obtaining sponsorship for the association squad and has also travelled to other SSKI clubs in the UK, and assisted Sensei Phipps teaching on seminars in the USA. He believes that the only way to achieve your best is to train regularly and hard with the best instructors available. He continues to train at the Honbu dojo and maintains this practice by training at minimum of twice a week.

Tony Bunting
       
Slipend Shield Winners

Tony has been an instructor for over 20 years now and confirms that his personal sense of fulfilment was achieved in 2011, when his club team, Slip End, won the SSKI National Championships for the very first time since the competition had begun back in 1984. He was once again the proud instructor when Slip End won the SSKI Nationals Championships again in 2012. The Slip End club moved and become the Watford club in 2015.

What Karate means to Tony in his own words: “SSKI is an integral part of my life as I have studied and trained in Shotokan Karate for the past 30 years. I have been privileged to train with some of the best Japanese and English Instructors in the world and truly enjoy training and teaching at my dojos. I was also honoured to present Sensei Phipps with his 8th Dan Certificate in 2011!”


Vicky Adams

Assistant Instructor
Vicky Adams Sensei 4th Dan

Born in 1983 and from Harpenden Vicky became captivated with karate at a young age after watching the 80’s movie, Karate Kid. She joined the Sasori Goju Ryu karate club under Sensei Chris Green at the age of seven and attained Shodan at 14. A year later she badly injured during an accident (non-karate related), leading to some time out from training. Then education priorities took over with GCSE’s, A Levels and then moving away to university. Whilst she did take up kickboxing for a year at university, unfortunately karate took a back seat and sadly this led to a 11–year break.

After graduating from University, Vicky ventured off abroad for three years to snowboard in Austria during winters and live and work in Sweden during the summers. It wasn’t until she returned to the UK in 2009 to focus on her career that she decided she wanted to get back into karate. A friend introduced her to a local Shotokan club in Harpenden (M.B.K.D), where she spent two years refreshing her old skills. She soon outgrew this club and needed more advanced/challenging training. After observing a successful SSKI squad at a 2011 competition and then later discovering they were local, Vicky joined without hesitation and has been a dedicated member ever since.

Vicky Adams, Yondan
       
Vicky Adams, Legend 2014

Vicky is an accomplished competitor winning numerous medals in kata and kumite, in both individual and team events across multiple competitions – both SSKI internal as well as other established Shotokan events both nationally and internationally. Vicky is constantly seeking to improve herself and aside from regular training within Seishinkai, she also enjoys attending courses outside of the association and has had the opportunity train with many different well–respected karateka globally.

Vicky is passionate about her karate and believes it vital to keep pushing yourself to be the best karateka you can and not give up. Her ethos is: “Never be complacent, and if you’re not grinning from ear to ear after every lesson, then you’re not doing it right!” She is extremely privileged and thankful to have Sensei Tony Bunting as her Sensei, who has been instrumental to her training and growth and is proud to be his assistant instructor at Watford club. In June 2019 Vicky successfully graded to Yondan.


Steph Farrer

Assistant Instructor
Steph Farrer Sensei 3rd Dan

Born in Yorkshire, Steph then moved to London for several years and finally settled in a small village in Hertfordfordshire where she had her family. Steph only took up karate much later in life… when two of her children took up the sport. It was one of the extra–curricular activities for them and after spending several early evenings watching them practise, she realised she was interested in taking it up herself – as a busy working mum of three, the need to switch off everything and only focus on one thing appealed. After chatting with the Chief Instructor of Seishinkai, she decided to take the plunge… and was instantly hooked, and has been training regularly since 2007.

During this time she has taken part in several competitions, winning medals at both kata and kumite, and she will always be extremely proud of being part of the Slipend (now Watford) Club that won the Seishinkai Shield at the Nationals in 2011. Steph also enjoys attending courses when outside instructors are brought in, such as Sensei Dave Hazard and Sensei Simon Staples, which have given her the opportunity to stretch her karate abilities.

Steph Farrer, Sandan
       
Steph Farrer, Sandan

Steph attained Shodan in June 2011, Nidan in December 2013 and went on to successfully grade to Sandan in December 2018; she has trained throughout her karate life with several of the senior association instructors but Sensei Tony Bunting, who she has trained under since the beginning, has been, and always will be, an inspiration to her to aspire to a higher karate level, and she is very proud to be one of his assistant instructors.

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Calendar

Updated 16th April 2020

Club Training Times

  • Every Tuesday
  • Children’s Session: 6:15pm–7:15pm
  • Adults Session: 7:30pm–9pm

Calendar 2020

February
Sat 29th SSKI Squad Training, Highfield Community Centre, 12:30–2pm
March
Thu 5th Hemel Hempstead Kyu Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 6:15pm
Sat 14th Legend Open Shotokan Championships, Bracknell (more details later)
Sat 21st ETNA Nunchaku Course, Highfield Community Centre, 12:30–2pm
Sat 28th SSKI One Day Course with Sensei Dave Hazard, Highfield Community Centre, 1–4:30pm
April
May
Sat 9th SSKI Kid's Kata/Sanbon Kumite Competition, Highfield Community Centre, 1–3pm
Thu 28th SSKI Dan and Kyu Mock Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 6:15pm
June
Thu 4th Hemel Hempstead Kyu Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 6:15pm
Sat 6th Association Senior Grades Course and Dan Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 1–4pm
July
August
September
Thu 3rd Hemel Hempstead Kyu Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 6:15pm
Sat 12th SSKI One Day Course with Sensei Hazard, Highfield Community Centre, 1–4:30pm
October
Sun 13th SSKI National Championships, Highfield Community Centre, 1–4pm
November
Thu 26th SSKI Dan and Kyu Mock Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 6:15pm
December
Thu 3rd Hemel Hempstead Kyu Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 6:15pm
Sat 5th Association Senior Grades Course and Dan Grading, Highfield Community Centre, 1–4pm; AGM to follow Dan Grading
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Please complete the following form to send an enquiry to SSKI–Watford.

Address

The Gym
Parminter’s School
High Elms Lane
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD25 0UU

     


07870 656766

     


Tony Bunting – tony-sski@hotmail.com

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