Kumar on the Easter course in Holland 2011

Kumar, being rather young, went on the Easter course with the intention of having some fun and doing a Little karate training - but not to much. He was allocated a seat in Sensei Merv's car and quickly struck up a friendship with Elliott and Callum.

Safely belted up.


Unfortunately Kumar would not stop joking and singing. The final straw was when he kept pestering to play "I spy". With that he was transferred to Gaels car, also known as "the party car" which had constant loud music and lots of adventures getting lost in Holland.

Kumar at the wheel.


When driving through Belgium, Kumar made the convoy stop for a "comfort break". Which turned out to be an excuse for a drink and some games.

Michael found it funny seeing kumar needing some help to drink.


Kumar found this quite difficult.


Kumar went for some cycle rides but there were so many bikes that he had a problem finding his one.

Not sure if this is the right one.


In the end Kumar lost his bike and so Chris volunteered to give him a lift.

Ready for the off.


Some of the course members stayed at a hotel but others stayed in Tents in the back garden.

The fence came in very handy for drying the Karate suits.


Kumar was lucky because he had first class accommodation in the Garden shed.

Its nice to wake up with a hot mug of tea ready by the bed.


Kumar had some great fun in the park.

It was a bit fast but Kumar really liked the slide.    


The only problem was that after a few go's on the slide and swings, Kumar was feeling rather dizzy.



Kumar found a shaded area under a great tree to rest and get his balance back, but unfortunately the local inhabitants didn't like this and told him to "clear off"

The problem was that they had had a bad experience with a bear earlier in the year.


On the Karate course Kumar was please to see that Sensei Maarten's son "Luuk" was going to join in with the training.



Before starting the lesson Sensei explained how important it was in Karate to have a sense of humility and demonstrated how to clean the floor. Michael was next and then I had a go.

  Kumar didn't want a picture of himself sweeping the floor. He thought it would be bad for his street credit.(Editors note: Kumar still has a lot to learn)


It got very hot during the training and after wards Kumar couldn't wait to get a drink from the shop and so asked at a restaurant if he could have a drink from the flower glass.

Kumar couldn't wait any longer for the drinks.


On one of the days kumar and his friends went to train with another Sensei at a Dutch city called "Den Bosch". It was so hot and the training was for much longer than usual that Michael, Kumar and Callum all fell asleep in the car.

No! we are not tired.


It was a great course and Kumar really enjoyed the visits to different places. In particular going to a restaurant by a huge river at "Schoonhoven" for a great end of course meal.

Kumar of course had lemonade in his glass.


The real highlight of the course was that it was Elliott's 18th Birthday and kumar was allowed to stay up to enjoy it with the older students.


Elliott thought at first that it was all for him



Kumar with his course friends next to Elliott, seated.


This was Kumars first International course and he is looking foreward to going on his next.

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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.

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.

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.

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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