Sensei Faye goes Dutch, July 2010

Sensei Faye 4th Dan Visits our sister club, Groen Hart in Holland. 3rd to 7th July 2010.

Sensei Faye and four other members of the Portchester club visited Holland in early July. The purpose being to teach and socialise with the members of our Groen Hart sister club, and also to see some of the "real" Dutch countryside.

Callum, Elliott and Liam enjoying a small snack.


On the Monday evening Sensei Faye taught a general class with members ranging from White belt to 1st Dan. Contrary to popular opinion not all Dutch people speak English but with the experience that she has gained over the years, both in teaching Karate and her work, Sensei Faye was able to explain and demonstrate to all the class and get the members to achieve her set aims.

Sensei Faye with Gijs 1st Kyu (Groen Hart) immediately behind her.

The Tuesday evening session was aimed at the Dan grades. Sensei Merv runs the Groen Hart club and although he teaches there regularly on Monday and Tuesday's he feels it very important for, particularly the senior grades, to experience different karate teaching styles.

The Groen Hart senior members have been training for some years now and so are well versed in the standard Karate terminology used in most Dojo's. Hence Sensei Faye was able to develop a hard working and spirited session. It was particularly in this session that the other Portchester visitors were also able to get more involved in pair work with the Dutch members.


Jeroen (Groen hart) paired up with Elliott (Portchester)



Jack (Groen Hart) with Callum (Portchester)


Apart from the Monday and Tuesday sessions Liam, Callum and Elliott with Jeroen and Jack went to give support to the SEKU squad visit, taking place that weekend in Holland, to take part in the WJKN European Championships. 



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Sensei Lacho Nenov, Chief Instructor of IJKA Bulgaria - Teaching at Portchester Karate Club.

Sensei Latchezar Nenov 6th Dan and Chief Instructor of IJKA Bulgaria will be teaching at the club as follows.

Visitors are welcome, but please contact me first. on

Wednesday evening, 24th July. Castle Primary school, Castle St, Portchester.

18.45 to 19.50. Junior grades.

20.00 to 21.20. Senior grades.

Thursday morning, 25th July. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.

10.15 to 11.30am. This is the regular Thursday morning lesson, relocated to the Community school.

Friday evening, 26th July. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.

18.50 to 19.50. Older childrens class.

20.00 to 21.20. Senior grades.

Saturday afternoon, 27th July. Rengokai Summer course. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.

Arrive and Register 12.00 to 12.20.

Lessons between 12.30 and 15.30. Special additional class for Black and Brown belts. 15.45 to 17.00.

Sunday morning, 28th July. Rengokai Summer course. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.   

Arrive and Register 09.00 to 09.20.

Lessons between 09.30 and 13.00.

Karate Day time lessons

Daytime Karate lessons are now being held on Thursday mornings at the Castle St, Portchester,  Day Centre. For further information please ring 07713284430 or email

These classes are for a range of people with varying abilities and in particular for the older and fairly active person that would like to benefit from the health aspects of practicing Karate and at the same time exercising their minds in the learning of new skills.

Existing students of Karate are also catered for in the lessons. In particular those on shift work and others that cannot get to their regular training lessons.

Further information

For the Portchester Karate Club and clubs in other areas or different training times, please email or telephone 07713284430.

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