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SUMMER CAMP Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June 2017

Summer camp consists of a full residential training camp from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and is open to all students (including Diddy Deshi sessions for under 8 year olds).

Training will suit all levels of ability, and Junior and Diddy Deshi students will be supervised at all times.

VENUE: Restrop & Weavers Lodge, Blackland Farm, Grinstead Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 4HP
FULL CAMP START: Friday 23rd June at 7:00pm (arrive 6:30‐7:00pm)
FINISH: Sunday 25th June 3:00pm

DIDDY DESHI SESSIONS (students under 8 years old can attend the following session)
Saturday 24th June – 2pm to 4pm

Training will be designed to suit different levels of ability
Junior and Diddy Deshi students will be supervised at all times
There will be a light meal when students arrive on Friday evening (soup and bread)
Emergency contact numbers: Caroline Gibbs: 07889 237137 – Chelle Marle 07810 771737 – Jason Marle: 07900 650267 – Piero Barba 07919 287097

BRING: Sun protection creams, clothing for all weathers, Gi’s, and trainers (remember your clothing and trainers will get dirty). For full camp also bring: sleeping bag, washing materials, toothbrush, toothpaste and towel (full list available upon request).

Full camp for adult student £45
Full camp for junior student £40
Diddy Deshi sessions ‐ £5

REGISTRATION: (download here)
Please return the form by Friday 9th June to your instructor.
Please note:  report when you arrive and leave camp to the Registrar (Chelle Marle).

October Grading 2016

Sunday 16th October 2016 at the Triangle Olympus Leisure Centre, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8WA


Juniors and Seniors 12.45pm (start at 1pm)
Diddy Deshi 2.45pm (start at 3pm)
Grading finishes at 5pm

For all students being put forward for promotion you will be given a grading form by your Sensei.


Etiquette and Attitude for the grading
1. Be clean.
2. Have a clean karate suit (Gi) and sparring kit
3. Wear no jewellery or watches. • If you have a ring that you can’t remove, then put tape round it.
4. Long hair must be tied back.
5. Finger and toe nails must be cut short.
6. Any clothing should be soft (i.e. have no pins or pointed catches).7. Have the correct attitude i.e. awareness, concentration, intention to give 100%effort.
8. Don’t be late (if you are late, kneel at the back of the dojo until you are told to start).

Personal development – Our core philosophy

Reiwaryu Ryushinkan Karate-Do Renmei has a simple philosophy that runs through everything we do and care about.


Personal Development

We are registered as a ‘not-for-profit organisation’, which basically means the school is run by the members for and on behalf of the membership, so everyone benefits. All teachers and officials contribute their time and energy voluntarily.

This is great news because we don’t have to get paid to do what we love.

In this modern age this is very rare. It means we can really focus on the individual development of each member and not have to maximise the profitability of the club to survive.

….So, regardless of ability, age or experience we carefully focus on each student’s personal development and that’s when we see people shine.

Trophies, medals or status – whilst on the surface are appealing – they aren’t important to us. If someone enters a class, tries their best, showing physical, mental or spiritual development, then their Karate-Do path will always be a good path.

These 3 students joined my class at a very young age. They are just a few who demonstrate how children can develop into bright young adults with the correct guidance, etiquette and approach. These students have demonstrated great spirit and commitment to their Karate training, I eagerly look forward to seeing how they develop in the next few years!


See you in the dojo – Shihan Piero Barba

Shoes off in the Dojo

We often hear the Sensei pick up on people entering a dojo with shoes on or even putting shoes on before they leave. Why are they so worried about shoes in the Dojo? Especially when the spectators are all wearing shoes and anyone else using the hall is wearing trainers. Here is a few reasons why it’s so important.

In Japan it is seen as basic etiquette to leave your shoes by the door and put on as pair of slippers specifically for indoor use. With the shoes you leave the outside dirt and as simple as that sounds that is the reason why you must not have your shoes on in the Dojo.

Is that the only reason? Well, yes and no there must be more to it…

I decided to search deep into my experiences to explain how important this is for Karateka to follow.

I’ll start with my first Dojo experience…
Imagine walking into a small cold hut in Cuckfield with cracks in the wall so big I could fit my fingers in them. The roof was made up of, what I can only describe as pieces of roof and the windows all bricked up. The floor however, was immaculate… wooden and smooth with that freshly sanded feel. A little bouncy in some corners but the surface was clearly cared for and respected. The walls were white and there was a large red sun at the far end with Kanji and a picture either side – how a dojo should be.

Before we started we were each handed a well used rag that was dunked and rinsed just enough so there wasn’t any access water dripping off. In the winter we had to crack the ice of the rags before we could rinse them, to give you an idea how cold it could get… the cracks in the wall didn’t help!

At this early point of the session – when you can’t feel your toes – we would run up and down the Dojo a few times pushing the rag down on the floor with our hands to make sure every inch was clean. This was repeated at the end of the session too, even though anyone using the dojo afterwards would have to go through the process AGAIN.

The Dojo was always well respected.

This brings me onto the Dojo it’s self and what it means to me. The word “dojo” 道場 is actually two words. “Do” which means “the way” or “the path” and “jo” which means “the place.” When the two words are combined it means “the place where the way is studied.” Where ever your Dojo IS, you will begin to understand that is becomes an important and sacred place. The size, structure, decoration or cracks in the wall are not important because the Dojo represents YOU…“the place where the way is studied.”

My Dojo location has changed many times from the old hut in Cuckfield, 34 years ago to the large professional sports complex infused with badminton sounds in Burgess Hill. However, my attitude has never changed – shoes off before you walk in….formal rei (bow) when you enter and leave…look for dirt and spillages…. clean, clear and tidy the space….ensure the area is safe to train.

How does this represents you? – “the place where the way is studied” – this is within you and everywhere you go.

  1. Shoes off – get ready to train – leave the outside dirt outside – clear your thoughts and focus on this moment in the Dojo.
  2. Rei (bow) before you enter and when you leave – the rei signifies your promise to give yourself to the training.
  3. Clean, tidy and safe – this is related to your training.
    1. Clean – your thoughts (focus)
    2. Tidy – body (perfect techniques)
    3. Safe – spirit (train with heart)

Karate is a complex study with messages and secrets intwined in all the aspects of the experience, including the Dojo and your shoes. Sometimes you may have to look deeper than what you see with your eyes and open your heart to the lessons Karate-Do has for you.

This is just one of the inspiring values I picked up from my teacher Kyoshi Peter Connolly, I hope you enjoyed it.

See you in the Dojo – Shihan Piero Barba.