I forgive myself when I get it wrong!

I forgive myself when I get it wrong!

Why did you join ECKA? I have experienced a few violent incidents in my lifetime, at the hands of strangers, and I felt that I needed to be better prepared to keep myself safe. The final straw for me was when I was attacked by three teenagers in Hemel Hempstead in...

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Being Smart in Challenging Times!

Being Smart in Challenging Times!

I was feeling as though I had slightly overindulged over Christmas. The combination of lockdown and the poor weather meant that I was less inclined to exercise. I was immensely grateful for the kickboxing sessions over zoom with my friends from the dojo, but I had...

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Mentally Prepared?

Mentally Prepared?

Today I considered a familiar statement, I hear often from students: “I don't feel mentally prepared for this competition. So, I won't do this one, because I want to win, I will do the next one.” I wondered "Can you be mentally prepared, if you are not regularly...

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Assistant Instructor –  Pete Jardine 2nd Dan

Assistant Instructor – Pete Jardine 2nd Dan

Spotlight on Pete Jardine, Assistant Instructor I started training in Martial Arts at age 11, Lau Gar Kung Fu. I trained for 2 years but gave up when I started secondary school. I started ECKA in January 2010. My goal was to achieve my first Dan black belt by age 40...

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Student Profile – Pete, 1st Dan Black Belt

Student Profile – Pete, 1st Dan Black Belt

Meet Pete Jardine, current 1st Dan Black Belt 1 How old were you when you started training and why did you choose martial arts? About 11 years old, It was the mid 80’s and it was very popular at the time, lots of kung fu movies etc.. Regrettably, the club I joined...

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Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

How do you feel before a karate competition or grading? Stomach tense, heart beating fast, anxious anticipation of what’s about to happen?  Typically, the answer would be nerves or fear. However, which other emotion shares the same bodily symptoms of pounding heart,...

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Self Defence; Body or Mind?

Self Defence; Body or Mind?

So what would you do if….? Anyone who learns martial arts will be familiar with the above question. “So what would you do if someone held a knife to your throat and asked for your money?” “So what would you do if someone pulled out a gun on you?” You get the idea? ...

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Self Defence; Body or Mind?

Self Defence; Body or Mind?

So what would you do if….? Anyone who learns martial arts will be familiar with the above question. “So what would you do if someone held a knife to your throat and asked for your money?” “So what would you do if someone pulled out a gun on you?” You get the idea? ...

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Water: Are you getting enough?

Water: Are you getting enough?

Another blog about DRINKING MORE WATER….yes yes I know…. There’s a lot of debate surrounding recommended daily water intake. For years, the general rule of thumb was to drink between six and eight glasses a day, but this theory was dismissed as “thoroughly debunked...

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Free Class Terms and Conditions

Only one free class per person permitted Must be pre-booked, no drop in free classes permitted. To prebook please email Sensei jo: jokarate@hotmail.co.uk or call 07539 873858 Valid for any class on our timetable - please refer to timetable section for days and times...

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Student Profile – Gethin

Student Profile – Gethin

How old were you when you started training and why did you choose martial arts? 38. The focus and mindfulness of martial arts appealed to me and I wanted something that would help me train in a varied way.   Why did you choose ECKA? My children inspired me to...

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Student Profile – Oscar

Student Profile – Oscar

1  How old were you when you started training and why did you choose karate? I started at 8 years old. I heard about it and wanted to give it go. 2. What do you enjoy most about training with ECKA Leighton Buzzard? I enjoy most preparing for the grading , for...

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