Sensei Craig Ford visits Vietnam

Sensei Craig ford 3rd Dan, who is the Chief Instructor of the Crookhorn (Waterlooville and Havant) Karate club and also an instructor at the Portchester Karate club, is currently visiting Vietnam. This is his 4th visit to the country and Sensei Craig has developed a number of good friendships there.

Craig has been a student of Sensei Merv for many years and the members of  the Crookhorn and Portchester Karate Clubs enjoy joint membership of both clubs.

Sensei Merv and Sensei Craig


Whilst Sensei Craig is away Sensei Andy Martin is looking after the day to day running of the Crookhorn club and Sensei Pat O'Sullivan (Senior Instructor) will be visiting on a regular basis to help.

Whilst Craig is in Vietnam we are planning to have news updates on his Martial Arts experiences and what real life is like in Vietnam.

Sensei Craig demonstrating defense against two opponents.


Craig is now in regular contact and with more information we are subdividing the reports up to "cut off" dates. For reports up to Sunday 5th December go to read more 


Christmas School Holidays

All lessons up to and including Friday 21st December are as normal.

Saturday 22nd December -- Club Closed.

Wednesday 26th December -- Club Closed.

Friday 29th December -- Special mid Xmas and New Year lesson at the Portchester Parish Hall. Doors open at 7pm and Lesson starts at 7.30 pm. Lesson ends 8.45.

Saturday 30th December -- Club Closed.

Wednesday 2nd January -- All lessons back to normal.

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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