Kumars visit to Holland for "St. Nicholas day"

A brief introduction on St. Nicholas.

In mid-November Dutch television broadcasts the official arrival of St. Nicholas and his helper Zwart piet, live to the nation. Coming by steamer from Spain, each year they dock in the harbour of a different city or village. Wearing traditional bishop's robes, Sinterklaas rides into town on a white horse to be greeted by the mayor. A motorcade and a brass band begin a great parade which leads Sinterklaas and his Piets through the town.

Nearly every city, town and village has its own Sinterklaas parade. He usually arrives by horseback, but occasionally he comes by boat, carriage, moped, or helicopter.

In the weeks before St. Nicholas day, December 5, Sinterklaas goes about the country to find out if the children have been well-behaved. He and his Zwarte Piet helpers visit children in schools, hospitals, department stores, and even at home. 

During this time children sing Sinterklaas songs and put their shoes next to the window or door, or, by the fireplace or heater, along with a nice drawing, a wish-list and a carrot or hay, and maybe a saucer of water, for the horse. If St. Nicholas happens by while checking on their behavior, the next morning children may find chocolate coins or their name, initial letter, candy treats, and little gifts in their shoes. Everyone hopes for sweets, not coal or a little bag of salt. In some families he may stop by every night, but usually just once or several times—and not if the children have been naughty that day or forgot to sing their songs!

Kumar was very lucky to be invited to meet St. Nicholas.

Unfortunatly I missed his arrival on his white horse.

When the local television company heard that I was there they quickly asked me to help them with the interviews.

 

 

Dont be nervous, just speak into the microphone.

 

 

 
On-Line Club Lessons

Changes implemented
^^Wednesday 8th April.^^


***Please do not reply to any zoom invitations or cancellations. Just join in with the lessons as advertised below!***
Planned weekly lessons for the duration.

In choosing the lessons to attend  please remember that at the dojo we split into grade groups. We obviously cant do this Online. Hence try to choose the lessons appropriate to your grade. eg white, orange and red belts need single basic techniques, whilst yellow to 4th Kyu need basic combinations and the brown and black belts need advanced work. If in doubt please contact me by telephone.

 

Any club members that do not know how to gain access please contact me by tele or email.

It is hoped that each lesson will be recorded and put on the club's Youtube channell. 

Please check back to this page frequently for any changes to the lesson programme and also other information.

Monday:
Younger Children (In particular White, Orange and Red belts)
Sign in from 6.25 for 6.35 start. End 7.05.
Adults and older children (in particular Yellow and above)
Sign in from 7.25 for 7.35 start. End 8.35.

Wednesday:
Younger Children (In particular White, Orange and Red)
Sign in from 6.25 for 6.35 start. End 7.05.
Adults and older children (10th to 4th Kyu inc)
sign in from 7.15 for 7.25 start. End 8.00.
Adults (3rd Kyu and above)
sign in from 8.10 for 8 15 start. End 9.15.

Thursday morning: "Dads Army"
Guests welcome.
Sign in from 10.00 for a 10.10 start. End 11.10.

Friday:
Children (white, orange and red belts).
sign in from 6.00 for 6.10 start. End 6.40
Children and adults (7th to 4th Kyu).
sign in from 7.00 for 7.10 start. End 7.40.
Adults and older children
(Lesson intended for 3rd Kyu and above)

sign in 8.00 for 8.10 start. End 9.10.

Saturday (General class, but not suitable for younger children)
sign in 10.00 for 10.10 start. End 11.10

     

 

 

 
Instructional videos for the forced temporary closure

All Portchester and ESKC-Fair Oak, Karate Club Members.

I have tried to contact all members regarding the setting up of on line instructional videos on "youtube". If you have not received an email telling you how to access the first "test" video, then please contact me by email: mvodonnell@portchesterkarate.co.uk.
To provide continuity and easy understanding the club instructors have made these videos.

 
Temporary Club Closure

The Portchester Karate Club is temporarily closed. At the moment this is for a four week period. This may be extended.

For further information please email:  mvodonnell@Portchesterkarate.co.uk

 
Further information

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

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