Coronavirus training update

Coronavirus training update


In order to keep our members safe we have decided to suspend training this week. We will review the suspension on a weekly basis, but we expect this suspension to last several months until the summer.


If you pay by standing order please suspend payment for April onwards. We will sort out a partial refund for the March payment when we resume training.


We will keep you posted with training updates on both the web site and Facebook page. Stephen and Rick will post home training tips on Facebook so you can keep practicing at home.


I hope you get through this troubling time unscathed and can resume training in good spirit sometime in the summer.


On behalf of the instructors


Jeff Jones, Rick Payne, Stephen Warburton and Liam Stone

Christmas holiday

We will take our Christmas break until the new year after training on Thursday 19th December.

Tuesday 17th December will be a special fun training session of one hour followed by the Christmas draw and some party food.

1st session back in the new year will be Sunday 5th January 2020.

Happy Christmas to all members and we look forward to resuming your training in 2020

August training

We have suspended training on Sundays at Haslingden during August. Normal Sunday training will resume in September.

All other training sessions are still on as normal.

Haslingden Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8pm

Shawforth Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8pm

Bacup  Thursdays 6:15pm to 7:45pm



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February 2017 newsletter

Hi all,

2017 is well underway with RSKC members attending several events across the region beginning with Sensei Chris Cray at St Annes in January.
Sunday 22nd Jan saw the first KUGB All grades/Kumite development course of the year. This course was held in Leeds and was taught by Sensei Jimmy Brennan and Sensei John Bruce. The session looked at kumite combinations, and emphasised quick light footwork. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to train with senior KUGB instructors, learn new techniques, attempt to perfect the techniques you already know and train with people you don’t usually get chance to train with. Well worth attending.



Anthony Watson visited Hutton SKC on Mon 30th Jan to train with guest instructor Sensei Garry Harford. This was a very technical session with something for all grades. The class focused on basics combinations and looked at kata Heian Yondan.


Sat 4th Feb was the first KUGB Black and Brown belt course of the year, held in Chesterfield with Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan. These sessions are free for black and brown belts and what better way to prepare for your next grading than to train with the person who is going to be grading you-KUGB Chief Instructor Andy Sherry 9th Dan. Please see the KUGB website for future Black and Brown Belt events.



Squad/Competition News

Squad training resumed on 15th Jan with Sensei Liam. Thank you to those who attended. The next couple of squad training sessions are 19th Feb, 5th March and 12th March.

This years first competition was the Liverpool Open on 29th Jan. Liam, Angela, Rick Will and Neave all attended and represented the club, with Neave coming away with 2nd place in her kata event. This was a fantastic achievement especially as she was the lowest graded competitor in her category coming 2nd place to a Dan grade, huge congratulations to her. Thank you to those who attended and represented the club, we want even more people competing in the next 2 events.


The next competition is the Northwest Open. This is on Saturday 4th march held in Leigh. This has always been well attended by the club, and there are events for everyone…white belts right through to Dan grades. Please find attached the events list for this competition.


Following this will be the KUGB Kyu Grade Championships held in Prestatyn on Sunday 19th March. This event is for Kyu grades only. There will be no black belts competing at this event!! It is a fantastic event, especially if you have never competed before. If anyone has any questions about squad training or competing, please see Liam.
Finally, and most important of all!! The next big event on the RKSC calendar is the Club Grading on Thursday 23rd Feb with Sensei Andy Sherry. Sensei Warburton has been busy preparing club kyu grades for their grading, and help a special pre-grade session on 29th Jan. Thank you to all those who attended. If you are grading this time, please get you money and licenses into Sensei Warburton ASAP. If you are not sure if you are grading or not, please speak to Sensei. All club members should be training with Sensei Andy Sherry, even if you are not grading this time!! 
RSKC Committee

2017 training price changes

Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club
Dear Member, Parent/Guardian
I am writing to inform you of the decision taken by the committee to increase training fees for all members of the club.
Effective from January 1st 2017 training fees will be increased as follows:
The cost for members paying per individual class will be increased to £6
The monthly price for individual members will be increased from £25.00 to £30.00
Our preference is that monthly payment, ideally by standing order will be the preferred method of payment. This reduces cash handling and the amount of cash carried by the instructors.
The first 2 children in each family will pay £30 each, with subsequent children paying £15. Each family will have a cap of £75 per month per family.
The parent/child discount remains in place with a max of one adult training free per family.
Additional Special Course (Guest Instructors, Weapons, Stretching etc.) will be charged on an individual case by case basis.
The annual £6.00 membership fee will not be levied in 2017
This has not been an easy decision to make, and has been the subject of review and debate since the AGM earlier this year. We believe that the new pricing structure retains the club’s focus on “family friendly”/”parent and child” training whilst keeping us competitive with other martial arts training fees or other leisure activities.
The rationale for the decision to increase training fees is simple – the club has faced increasing costs over recent years whilst maintaining a pricing structure that has remained the same for at least the past ten years. With recent notification by Haslingden Primary School that charges for the hire of the Gym will increase in 2017, the committee has responded to the inevitable.

For individual members our advice is to maximise the economies of taking advantage of as many training sessions as possible – increasing your training from two to three times a week where possible will alleviate some of the sting of the increased monthly costs, and improve your karate considerably.
For the club the increase allows us to continue training with a secure contingency fund against sudden change in training venue or Chief Instructor (both of which have happened recently).

AGM 2016 chairmans report


Chairman’s Report AGM 19th July 2016

At this time last year the Chairman reported that 2014/ 2015 had been a good year and things were starting to move in the right direction. I would like to report that the club has
continued on the correct path. It was identified that we needed to continue and focus on:-
a) Publicity
b) Fund raising
c) Encouraging Members to train more often
d) Encourage Members to enter competitions
e) Develop a Demonstration team
f) Encourage members to take gradings

There has been a continued push on publicity, mainly through Facebook and twitter.
In the past, reports on various activities were sent to Rossendale Free Press to publicise successes at competitions, club gradings, and black belt achievements etc. We need to resurrect this and do more and look for other opportunities to be visible in the local papers – eg, raise money for charity etc.
At the last year’s AGM we were not able to fill the position of publicity officer. If anyone is able to step forward for this position I’m sure they will get help from other committee members.
Recently we did a demo at the Bacup and Stackstead Carnival. In addition to that we were invited to do a demo at the Laurels nursing home where we had arranged to hold our post carnival BBQ party. Unfortunately due to delays at the carnival and rain the demo didn’t take place.
We have in the past done demos at the local schools at their open days and summer fayres. We need to re-establish contact with the local schools and offer karate demos.
Club Mark Accreditation – Unfortunately we still cannot gain the accreditation as Karate is still not recognised by Sport England.

Fund raising
Fund raising has mainly been carried out by Julie with assistance from other members and they spend a considerable amount of time to organise and attend any available events. They can always do with help at such events. Helpers don’t necessarily have to be committee members so if anyone is able to help please don’t be shy to volunteer!
Our main fund raising event is usually the Christmas draw

Social events
Events usually included:
Halloween party, trip to the Panto, Christmas party for the senior members, a trip to laser quest in Rochdale for the juniors – but this year did not happen.
In June this year a BBQ was organised and took place after the carnival. Although it was raining all those who attended enjoyed themselves.

Karate events
Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club held their annual Club Championships in June, where club members were pushed to their best, and the standard was high from all the participants.
For many this was their first taste of competition and to their credit all performed extremely well. All in all it was a good day for all the competitors and spectators alike, so congratulations to all those who took part.This was also the first outing for our newly purchased floor matting.
Last year we assembled a squad for external competitions and introduced regular squad training sessions on Sundays. This has carried on this year. Equipment was purchased especially for use during the squad training.
This regular squad training has resulted in our members winning medals on a regular basis. Quite a number of competitions have been entered by the squad members with fair amount of success.
In October last year we held our fourth Inter Club Championships and it was even better than the previous years.
It has now become a successful annual event for all the clubs to look forward to. It’s successful because of the commitment and hard work from the committee and all of YOU, our members. We now have a number of senior KUGB judges who like to attend
our championships.
This year’s inter club championships will be held on Sunday 16th October at the Haslingden Sports Centre and its forecast to be even bigger and better. So please keep this date clear – help your club make this an even more successful.
This year we plan to have 4 areas two of which will be matted areas for kumite. In order to run the competition successfully on the day we require volunteers on each of the areas for keeping score etc. Please let us know after the meeting if you will be able to help. We will of course arrange training sessions before the event, if so required.uccessful because of the commitment and hard work from the committee and all of YOU, our members. We now have a number of senior KUGB judges who like to attend
our championships.

Tony Harwood became our latest member to achieve 1st Dan Black Belt.
We currently have a number of 2nd and 1st Kyu brown belts whose names will hopefully be joining the list of RSKC’s growing number of black belts.
We have held 3 successful gradings since the AGM last year, and each time the standard has improved.
The membership numbers have stayed up and numbers at the kindergarten have been steady.
Although the club has been going in the right direction in the recent years we mustn’t get complacent. We must continue to improve and develop further. This is a members club
and as such we need the help from all the members and parents to participate in promoting the club, and also in identifying ways in which we can improve and help find innovative ways of getting better.

Rossendale Karate club’s, Tiger Cubs Kindergarten sessions for 4 to 6 year olds on Tuesday evening at Haslingden Sports Centre has been very successful and is getting stronger every year. Similar arrangements have now started on Thursdays at the AB&D centre in Bacup.

This year has been another good year and things are still moving in the right direction.
We have achieved most of the goals we set ourselves and had a number of successes.
However we cannot afford to relax and we need to build on the successes we have achieved and set new goals.
We must still focus on:-
A. Getting More publicity
B. We need to do more fund raising, as in the present economic climate we cannot rely on getting any grants
C. Whilst we have a lot of members on our books not all of them are training regularly so we need to encourage them to train more often
D. We have had some success in competitions and we need to build on this by encouraging more Members to take part.
E. Also we should encourage more members to take gradings

RSKC committee members July 2014

Please download the PDF below for full details

Elected Committee Officers and Members 2014

AGM 2015

AGM for the Club will be held on Tuesday 21st July at Haslingden Primary school at about 7:30pm after a short training session.

If you wish to take part in the AGM please make sure you attend on that day. Nominations for committee members need to be submitted by the start of the AGM. Nomination forms can be picked up during the preceding training sessions in June and July.

Letter to members

9 November 2013

Dear Members & Parents

Grading Date

Firstly, the next grading will held on Thursday 27th February 2014.

As some of you will be aware, the KUGB rules for anyone taking a grading are that to qualify members must have trained on average twice per week in a 3 month period or a minimum of 24 training sessions.

Grading Criteria

At RSKC we hold gradings every 17 weeks because we allow for holidays etc., therefore we have the following criteria:-

  1. Anyone wishing to grade up to and including 3rd Kyu must have trained at least 24 sessions in any 17 week period between gradings or at least 34 sessions in any 34 week period.

  2. Anyone wishing to grade between 3rd Kyu and including 1st Kyu must have trained at least 24 sessions, 12 of which must be Brown and Black Belt sessions, in any 17 week period between gradings, or at least 34 sessions, 24 of which must be Brown And Black Belt sessions, in any 34 week period.

  3. Anyone wishing to take a Dan grade must have trained at least 40 sessions, 20 of which must be Brown and Black Belt sessions in the 6 month (26 weeks) period prior to grading.

Note:- All karate courses, e.g. KUGB Brown And Black Belt courses attended and competitions entered will count towards your grading requirements.

To assist members and parents to keep track of attendances we have created a membership card which will be issued to every member, on which they must get each attendance initialled by the instructor.


Also we have taken note of concerns raised by a number of parents that they do not get any progress reports until the actual pre-grades. Therefore we are introducing mini pre-grades which will take place every 5 – 6 weeks. At each pre-grade junior members may take a belt badge to show that they have achieved the required standard (75p per badge).

The first pre-grade will cover the basic techniques required (Kihon) and students must have at least 7 attendances to take this.  (Note that if a student does not pass their Kihon grade they can retake it at the second pre-grade).

The second pre-grade will cover Kata and students must have at least 15 attendances to take this.

The third pre-grade will be a full pre-grade the week before their actual grading. Students must have a minimum of 22 attendances to take this.


First pre-grade    Tuesday 3rd & Thursday 5th December 2013

Second pre-grade    Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th January 2014

Third/Final pre-grade    Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th February 2014

By carrying out these pre-grades, students and parents will know if they are on track for the next grading and, if not, have had the feedback and time to improve in readiness for their grading.

Yours truly,

Ian Garside

Chief Instructor