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A Roaring Success: The Hall of Fun Party Celebrating Tiger Tot’s 20th Anniversary

A Roaring Success: The Hall of Fun Party Celebrating Tiger Tot’s 20th AnniversaryThe Shotokan Karate Ryu community recently came together to celebrate an outstanding milestone - the 20th anniversary of the Tiger Tot’s programme. Originally brought to life by Sensei...

Karate Mums: A Special Mother’s Day Event at Shotokan Karate Ryu

KARATE MUMS //A SPECIAL MOTHERS DAY EVENT//Mother's Day Special at Shotokan Karate RyuThe Mother's Day celebration at Shotokan Karate Ryu was not your typical brunch or flower-giving event. Instead, this year, the karate school decided to put a twist on the...

A Remarkable 99% Pass Rate: SKR’s Kyu Grading Success

A Remarkable 99% Pass Rate:SKR's Kyu Grading Success“The dedication and passion of our students never cease to amaze me. Their performance today was outstanding, and it fills me with pride to see the students grow and develop in their Karate journey.”As featured in...

Marking Two Decades of Shotokan Karate Ryu with a Festive Celebration

Celebration  On Sunday 10th December, over 130 students and guests joined together to celebrate a 20 year milestone for the Shotokan Karate Ryu Slide Show  As is customary, each year we have a 'Christmas Slide Show'  to commemorate the success of the club.  ...

Successful Black Belt Grading: A Test of Skill and Determination

October 2023 DAN GRADING //3 successful Shodan passes //On Wednesday 18th October 2023 three Karate-ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu faced a rigorous black belt grading under the watchful eyes of senior examiners Sensei Michael Ring, Sensei Donna Ring and Sensei John...

Unforgettable Moments: Highlights from Our First Championships in 4 Years

SKR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023 //Unforgettable Moments and Remarkable AchievementsWe are thrilled to announce the successful completion of our first championships in four years! After a long hiatus due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, our karate school hosted a...

Father’s Day Fun at Shotokan Karate Ryu: Dads and Kids Learn Karate Together

FATHER'S DAY //MAKING MEMORIES //Father's Day Fun at Shotokan Karate Ryu: Dads and Kids Learn Karate TogetherThe Shotokan Karate Ryu celebrated Father’s Day this year in a special way inviting fathers to join their children for a free karate lesson, and it was a great...

From Dojo to TV: How Karate Helped SKR Students Become TV Stars

NATWEST "MAGIC" //TV Commercial //From Dojo to TV: How Karate Helped SKR Students Become TV StarsAppearing in a TV commercial can be a thrilling experience, as Sensei Donna and five SKR junior students discovered as they were cast in the Natwest TV Commercial,...

Exceeding Expectations: Outstanding Performances at Karate Black Belt Grading

APRIL 2023 DAN GRADING //6 successful Shodan passes //On 26th April six exceptional junior students faced a rigorous black belt grading in Shotokan Karate under the watchful eyes of senior examiners Sensei Michael Ring, Sensei Donna Ring and Sensei John Park, who...

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A Remarkable 99% Pass Rate: SKR’s Kyu Grading Success

A Remarkable 99% Pass Rate: SKR’s Kyu Grading Success

A Remarkable 99% Pass Rate:SKR's Kyu Grading Success“The dedication and passion of our students never cease to amaze me. Their performance today was outstanding, and it fills me with pride to see the students grow and develop in their Karate journey.”As featured in...

2023

Bringing Our Mascot to Life: Tiger Tots Christmas Surprise

Bringing Our Mascot to Life: Tiger Tots Christmas Surprise

Bringing Our Mascot to Life: Tiger Tots Christmas Surprise  This festive season, we aimed to make Christmas a little more special for our young students. We know how much they love our mascot, the Tiger, so we decided to bring him right to their screens this...

Successful Black Belt Grading: A Test of Skill and Determination

Successful Black Belt Grading: A Test of Skill and Determination

October 2023 DAN GRADING //3 successful Shodan passes //On Wednesday 18th October 2023 three Karate-ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu faced a rigorous black belt grading under the watchful eyes of senior examiners Sensei Michael Ring, Sensei Donna Ring and Sensei John...

2022

Snowman Competition

Snowman Competition

BUILD A SNOWMANCLUB COMPETITION  On Sunday 12th December, as we were packing up from a successful Christmas Party, the first snow flakes started to fall. An hour later, a blanket of snow covered the ground and Sensei Donna was hatching plans to launch our 2nd...

2022 Halloween Party

2022 Halloween Party

HALLOWEEN PARTY A HOWLING SUCCESS   On Saturday 29th October over 40 guests, young and old, gathered at the Stansted St John's Dojo for the 22nd annual Halloween Party. Ghoulish games and frightful were hosted by two aliens. With zombies, mummies, skeletons,...

2022 June Kyu Grading

2022 June Kyu Grading

JUNE 2022 KYU GRADING //134 GRADING CANDIDATES //One hundred and thirty four Karate-ka from the Bishops Stortford based Shotokan Karate Ryu met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet on 12 June 2022 to partake in the quarterly Kyu...

Celebrating New Achievements: SKR’s Latest Dan Grading

Celebrating New Achievements: SKR’s Latest Dan Grading

MAY 2022 DAN GRADING //Shodan, Nidan & Sandan pass //On 11th May 2021 twelve students gathered at the SKR Hombu in Stansted Mountfitchet with three students attempting Dan gradings. The examination was Chaired by Sensei Michael Ring (6th Dan) with Sensei Donna...

2022 March Kyu Grading

2022 March Kyu Grading

MARCH 2022 KYU GRADING //150 GRADING CANDIDATES //On Sunday 8th March 2022 over 150 students from across Hertfordshire and Essex gathered at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre to take part in the quarterly Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) Kyu grading for white to brown...

2020-2021

Christmas Party 2021

Christmas Party 2021

Celebration  On Sunday 12th December, students and guests joined together to celebrate an extraordinary 2020 & 2021. Slide Show  As is customary, each year we have a 'Christmas Slide Show'  to commemorate the success of the club.   This year, we thought...

Unwavering Commitment: Celebrating the New Dan Grade Karatekas

Unwavering Commitment: Celebrating the New Dan Grade Karatekas

October 2021 DAN GRADING //Shodan & Sandan passes //On 10th November 2021 eight students gathered at the SKR Hombu in Stansted Mountfitchet with five students attempting Dan gradings. The examination was Chaired by Sensei Michael Ring (6th Dan) with Sensei Donna...

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From Dojo to TV: How Karate Helped SKR Students Become TV Stars

From Dojo to TV: How Karate Helped SKR Students Become TV Stars

NATWEST "MAGIC" //TV Commercial //From Dojo to TV: How Karate Helped SKR Students Become TV StarsAppearing in a TV commercial can be a thrilling experience, as Sensei Donna and five SKR junior students discovered as they were cast in the Natwest TV Commercial,...

2017 | DECEMBER | Karate Snowman Competition

KARATE SNOWMAN COMPETITION FUN IN THE SNOW! Sensei Donna loves the snow! From snowball fights (even though I have a family of black belts with super hand-eye coordination!) to building snowmen to impromptu sledge races on kitchen trays in our garden - today has been...

2017 | OCTOBER | Dan Grading

OCTOBER dan GRADING3 shodan & 3 NIdan passESSaturday 7th October saw 6 anxious Karate players from the Bishops Stortford and Stansted Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gather at their Stansted dojo for a black belt (Dan Grade) assessment before a grading panel of Senior...

2017 | JUNE | Kyu Grading

June KYU GRADING 98% success rate On Sunday 11th June over 100 Karate-Ka met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre for the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) quarterly Kyu grading.  Kyu Grade candidates had to perform their grading syllabus of Kihon (basic techniques),...

2017 | APRIL | Dan Grading

April dan GRADING 4 shodan & 1 sandan pass Wednesday 26th April saw 5 anxious Karate players from the Bishops Stortford and Stansted Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gather at their Stansted dojo for a black belt (Dan Grade) assessment before a grading panel of Senior...

2017 | MARCH | Kyu Grading

2017 | MARCH | Kyu Grading

MARCH KYU GRADING 100% success rate   On Sunday 12th March over 110 Karate players met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre for the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) quarterly Kyu grading. Also attending were 5 karate players attending a mock black belt...

Milestone 100th Black Belt for SKR

OCTOBER DAN GRADING 100th Black Belt Pass   Wednesday 5th October saw 4 Karate players from the Bishops Stortford and Stansted Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gather at their Stansted dojo for a black belt (Dan Grade) assessment before a grading panel of Senior English...

September Kyu Grading 2016

     to to all our students who successfully graded today. The standard of Karate goes from strength to strength within the club - keep up the hard training. We would also like to take this opportunity to extend a big  to all our Sempai helpers. Their...

April Dan Grading

APRIL DAN GRADING 10 successful dan grade passes   Wednesday 13th April saw 10 Karate players from the Bishops Stortford and Stansted Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gather at their Stansted dojo for a black belt (Dan Grade) assessment before a grading panel of Senior...

Autumn Dan Grading Success

On Wednesday 7th October 2015 five students from the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gathered at the St John’s Dojo in Stansted Mountfitchet to attempt their 1st Dan (Black Belt). Amongst their number was a student from the London based SKR club who had travelled for 2...

September Kyu Grading 2015

Over eighty Karate students from the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) clubs in Bishops Stortford and Stansted Mountfitchet gathered at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre on Sunday 13th September to attempt them next Kyu (coloured belt) grading. 20 Students from the...

Family Picnic

On Saturday 18th July, SKR club members, family and friends gathered in Hatfield Forest for a picnic, on a gorgeous summer's day. Friendly games of cricket, football, badminton were played, and the social event that began just after 2pm continued into the early...

2015 Championships

On Sunday 28th July, Over 65 students gathered for the annual Kata and Kumite Championships. The event was a great success, and enjoyed by both participants and spectators. Results Tiger Tots Kata Competition   Tiger Tots Competition 1   Leo Papaefstratiou  | 1st...

2015 June Kyu Grading

Congratulations to all our students that successfully grading to their new belts on Sunday 14th June. Photographs available to students on request - please email Sensei Donna.   Tiger Tots Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4           Group 5...

Summer Dinner Dance

On Friday 5th June, SKR students gathered at Down Hall Country House Hotel for a formal dinner and dance. The weather was favourable, and the barmy evening began with a drinks reception in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the hotel. This was followed by a...

Dan Grade Success

22 April 2015 On Wednesday 22nd April 2014 seven students from the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gathered at the St John’s Dojo in Stansted Mountfitchet to attempt their 1st Dan (Black Belt) and one student to attempt his 2nd Dan.   The examination (Grading) panel was...

2015 | March | Dan Grade Training Course

Dan Grade Candidates Training Course On Sunday 22nd March, SKR Sempai (brown belt and above) gathered for a bespoke course to practice advanced level Kihon (Basics), Kata (formal exercise) and Kumite (sparring). The course was designed to assist Sempai in their...

Dan Grade Training Course

On Sunday 22nd March, SKR Sempai (brown belt and above) gathered for a bespoke course to practice advanced level Kihon (Basics), Kata (formal exercise) and Kumite (sparring). The course was designed to assist Sempai in their preparation for the Dan (black...

March Kyu Grading 2015

On Sunday 8th March, over a hundred Kyu grades gathered to attempt their next belt. Proceedings started at 11am with the Tiger Tots grading, and ran to 4pm in the afternoon, with belt each level being assessed in small groups. Congratulations to all the students who...

Japanese Terminology Course

  Japanese Terminology Course: Kihon & Kumite Often, students approach us with concerns over remembering the Japanese Terminology used in the Dojo for the sequences of moves. With this is mind, Sensei Michael designed and implemented a bespoke course to help...

2014  Christmas Party & Awards

2014 Christmas Party & Awards

Over 120 SKR student and family members attended the Family Christmas Party held at the Thorley Community Centre in Bishops Stortford to celebrate the festive season and the successes of 2014. It was also Sensei Michael’s opportunity to present SKR Dan Grade...

2014 Bo Kata Course

Bo Kata 16th November 2014 A favourite course with students - Bo Kata featured earlier in 2014 in January and was back by popular demand on Sunday 16th November, as students once again got to grips with the Bo. Karate-Ka Sempai (brown belts and above) joined Sensei’s...

2014 Halloween Party

On Saturday 25th October 2014 over 40 SKR Karate-Ka, young and old, gathered at the Stansted St John’s Dojo for spooky games and frightful fun hosted by the SKR Pumpkin. With zombies, mummys, skeletons, vampires, pac man ghosts, witches and other undead in attendance...

2014 Autumn Dan Grading

On Wednesday 8th October 2014 seven students from the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gathered at the St John’s Dojo in Stansted Mountfitchet to be assessed for Dan (Black Belt) status before a panel of Examiners with over 75 years combined Karate experience. The Chair of...

2014 Advanced Kumite Course

On Sunday 28th September 2014, Karate-Ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet for 2 hours of intense training in advanced kumite drills.

2014 Kata Championships

On Sunday 7th July 2013, over 50 Karate Contenders from Essex and Hertfordshire gathered at the Stansted Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre for the 10th Annual Shotokan Karate Ryu Championships. Sensei Michael Ring would like to extend his thanks to all competition...

2014 June Kyu Grading

2014 June Kyu Grading

Congratulations to all our students who passed their Kyu Grading on Sunday 8th June 2014.  

2014 Happo Kumite Course

On Sunday 18th May, 26 Karate-Ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet for 2 hours of intense training in the traditional practice of Happo Kumite. Happo Kumite is an applied form of Karate training that...

2014 Spring Dan Grading

2014 Spring Dan Grading

On Wednesday 2nd April 2014 twelve students from the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gathered at the St John’s Dojo in Stansted Mountfitchet to be assessed for Dan (Black Belt) status before a panel of Examiners with over 90 years combined Karate experience. The Chair of...

2014 Kihon & Kumite Terminology Course

Often, students approach us with concerns over remembering the Japanese Terminology used in the Dojo for the sequences of moves. With this is mind, Sensei Michael designed and implemented a bespoke course to help students understand the fundamentals of Japanese...

2013 10th Anniversary Christmas Party & Awards

Over 70 SKR student and family members attended the Family Christmas Party held at the Thorley Community Centre in Bishops Stortford to celebrate the festive season and the successes of 2013. It was also Sensei Michael’s opportunity to present SKR Dan Grade...

2013 10th Anniversary Club Photograph

2013 10th Anniversary Club Photograph

  Students and Parents came together to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the club with a commemorative photograph.  Copies available on request from Sensei Donna.

2013 December Kyu Grading

2013 December Kyu Grading

Congratulations to all of our Adults, Juniors and Tiger Tots that passed their Kyu (coloured belt) grading on Sunday 1st December 2013.

2013 Set Defence Course

2013 Set Defence Course

On Sunday 17th November 35 Karate-Ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet for 2 hours of intense training in Kihon Ippon Kumite and Jiyu Ippon Kumite set defences. Kihon Ippon and Jiyu Ippon Kumite is an...

2013 Halloween Party

On Saturday 26th October 2013 over 40 SKR Karate-Ka, young and old, gathered at the Stansted St John’s Dojo for spooky games and frightful fun hosted by the SKR Werewolf. With zombies, mummys, skeletons, vampires, witches and other undead in attendance it was a night...

2013 Kumite Championships

On Sunday 20th October 2013, Karate Contenders from Essex, Hertfordshire and London gathered at the Stansted Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre for the 11th Annual Shotokan Karate Ryu Championships. Sensei Michael Ring would like to extend his thanks to all...

2013 Advanced Kumite Course: Sweeps & Throws

On Sunday 6th October 2013, 23 Karate-Ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet for 2 hours of intense training in advanced kumite drills and leg sweeps.  

2013 Autumn Dan Grading

              On Wednesday 2nd of October 10 SKR students gathered at the Stansted Mountfitchet Dojo for a Dan Grade examination with 5 students to be tested for their 1st Dan, 4 students to be tested for 2nd Dan and 1 student being...

2013 September Kyu Grading

2013 September Kyu Grading

Congratulations to all our students who passed their Kyu Grading on Sunday 8th September 2013.     GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS

2013 Kata Championships

2013 Kata Championships

On Sunday 7th July 2013, over 50 Karate Contenders from Essex and Hertfordshire gathered at the Stansted Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre for the 10th Annual Shotokan Karate Ryu Championships. Sensei Michael Ring would like to extend his thanks to all competition...

2013 June Kyu Grading

2013 June Kyu Grading

A big congratulations to all our Kyu grade students that successfully passed their grading  hosted at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre on Sunday 9th June 2013.

2013 Spring Dan Grading

On Wednesday 24th April 3 Juniors from the Thorley Bishops Storford and Stansted Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) clubs attended a Dan Grading to be tested for their 1st Dan, Black belt with 4 other students who will be attempting black belts later in the year. The...

2013 Kata Course: Enpi

On Sunday 21st of April 2013 twenty six SKR Sempai, brown and black belts, came together for a special course to learn and practice applications from a fundamental Shotokan Kata from the 1st Dan syllabus named Enpi. Students practised various Bunkai (applications)...

SENSEI NORIO KAWASOE 1951-2013

Norio Kawasoe (8th Dan) was born in Saga, on the island of Kyushu, southern Japan and started training in Shotokan Karate in 1967 at Saga High School. He enrolled at Takushoku University in 1970 and joined the famous University Karate club where Kanazawa Kancho had...

2013 MARCH KYU GRADING

2013 MARCH KYU GRADING

      Congratulations to all our students who passed their Kyu Grading on Sunday 3rd March 2013.

2013 Bo Kata Course

2013 Bo Kata Course

Getting to Grips with the Bo Sempai John Neil Park reports on the latest SKR course The SKR is a traditional karate club and it's not often that its students get the chance to train with weapons. Sensei Ring runs several courses a year to help improve this situation. ...

2013 Happo Kumite Course

2013 Happo Kumite Course

On Sunday 3rd February 28 Karate-Ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet for 2 hours of intense training in the traditional practice of Happo Kumite. Happo Kumite is an applied form of Karate training...

2012 Christmas Party & Awards

Over 70 SKR student and family members attended the Family Christmas Party held at the Thorley Community Centre in Bishops Stortford to celebrate the festive season and the successes of 2012. It was also Sensei Michael’s opportunity to present SKR Dan Grade...

2012 December Kyu Grading

Congratulations to all our students who passed their Kyu Grading on Sunday 2nd December.   Domo Arigato  Sensei’s Michael & Donna would like to thank SKR Sempai who were helping on the grading day for their support. This was a particularly challenging grading...

2012 Movember: Team Karate-Mo

Four SKR sempai joined Sensei Michael in growing a moustache in support of Movember, the global awareness campaign that champions the moustache as a ribbon for men's health. The Movember campaign began seven years ago and challenges men to start the month of November...

2012 Halloween Party

2012 Halloween Party

On Saturday 27th October 2012 over 40 SKR Karate-Ka, young and old, gathered at the Stansted St John’s Dojo for spooky games and frightful fun hosted by the SKR Werewolf. With zombies, skeletons vampires, witches and a terrifying headless creature in attendance it was...

2012 Autumn Dan Grading

On Wednesday 10th October 2012 four students from the Shotokan Karate Ryu (SKR) gathered at the St John’s Dojo in Stansted Mountfitchet to attempt their 1st Dan (Black Belt). The examination (Grading) panel was chaired by Sensei Dave Sharkey (8th Dan), one of the most...

2012 Kata Course: Bassai Dai

2012 Kata Course: Bassai Dai

The SKR is a traditional karate club and firmly believes in the practice of Kata to improve mind, body and spirit. Alongside regular Kata practice in the lessons, Sensei Ring runs several courses a year to help improve students understanding of the moves.  On 23...

2012 September Kyu Grading

Congratulations to all our students who passed their Kyu Grading on Sunday 9th September. Domo Arigato  Sensei’s Michael & Donna would like to thank SKR Sempai who were helping on the grading day for their support.    

Upcoming Events 

Sunday 9th June

Our Kyu gradings are held quarterly.

 

 

 Spring 2024

Our Dan (black belt) gradings are held twice a year.

 

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Summer Picnic in Hatfield Forest
10th August 2024

 

 

 

 

SKR Championships
6th July 2024

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