We hope everyone is keeping well and following the Government’s advice with regards to social distancing and looking after one another in these strange and unsettling times.
As I’m sure many of you will know we offered two ZOOM online karate classes last Friday evening free of charge. The interest was quite overwhelming and we had plenty of students and Instructors taking part. It was fantastic to do karate again after such a challenging week and it was even better just to see all your lovely faces. Over 130 Red Tigers trained over the two sessions and this was unbelievable!
We proved that you don’t need to be in the dojo to do karate! You just need a little bit of space, a laptop – smartphone or tablet and a ‘CAN DO’ attitude! We may decide to get a little creative with the sessions so have your cushions/tennis balls, chairs etc. at the ready for future sessions.
The feedback has been very positive and uplifting. Thank you all for your kind comments. We cannot take the credit for an idea ‘borrowed’ from Tim Griffiths Sensei 5th Dan from Bristol Karate Club. We have him to thank for sure as well as the JKS Senior Instructors who shared their ideas and offered some valuable encouragement on Wednesday evening.
As we all adjust to our new temporary reality, we as a Club firmly believe that this is the way forward. We are embracing the technology available to us and keeping everyone kicking and punching until we can kick and punch each other again!!!!
It was hard work, most had a good sweat on and above all it was very enjoyable.
There were a few technical issues (especially in the first session) but as we gain more experience delivering online classes, we promise to improve!
Below is some of the ways that people followed along with our session. A lot of people managed to ‘cast’ their phone to their SMART TV so they could see Paul Sensei and follow his instructions easily.
So from Monday 23rd March and over the next few weeks – your Red Tiger Karate Instructors will be coming to your living room/kitchen/garden/conservatory or whatever space you have via the ZOOM online app! It really is so easy and I am happy to offer help for anyone struggling to find the app or get involved.
Each class will have 25 student limit. Please mark your initials and the date on your attendance card as these sessions will still count towards your next grading.
Below is this weeks timetable:
Monday 23rd March
6pm-6.45pm – Rachael Wolstencroft Sensei for white, orange, red, yellow belts
6pm-6.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for green, purple, purple & white belts
7pm-7.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for brown belts, 2nd Kyu’s and 1st Kyu’s
7pm-7.45pm – Paul Wolstencroft Sensei for Black Belts
Tuesday 24th March
10am-10.40am – Lola and Kyle Girault (Students of the Year 2019) for all grades
6pm-6.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for white, orange, red, yellow belts
6pm-6.40pm – Mike and Leesa Beckwith Sensei for green, purple, purple & white belts
6.30pm-7.10pm – John and Helen Dolan Sensei for all grades
7pm-7.40pm – Mike and Leesa Sensei for brown belts, 2nd Kyu’s and 1st Kyu’s
7pm-7.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for Black Belts
Wednesday 25th March
6pm-6.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for white, orange, red, yellow belts – space available
6pm-6.45pm – Rachael Wolstencroft Sensei for green, purple, purple & white belts – class full
6.30pm-7.10pm – Teresa Withington Sensei for all grades – space available
7pm-7.45pm – Paul Wolstencroft Sensei for brown belts, 2nd Kyu’s and 1st Kyu’s – class full
7pm-7.40pm – Debbie Carter Sensei for Black Belts – space available
Thursday 26th March
6pm-6.40pm – Mike and Leesa Beckwith Sensei for white, orange, red, yellow belts – space available
6pm-6.40pm – Callum Miles Sensei for green, purple, purple & white belts – space available
6.30pm-7.10pm – Mike Baron Sensei for all grades – space available
7pm-7.40pm – Callum Miles Sensei for brown belts, 2nd Kyu’s and 1st Kyu’s – space available
7pm-7.40pm – Mike and Leesa Sensei for Black Belts – space available
Friday 27th March
10am-10.40am – Jaime Pratley (JKS England Squad member & Student of the Year 2018) for all grades – space available
6pm-6.40pm – Robert Head Sensei for white, orange, red, yellow belts – class full
6pm-6.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for green, purple, purple & white belts – space available
7pm-7.40pm – Debbie Carter and Dave Robertson Sensei for brown belts, 2nd Kyu’s and 1st Kyu’s – space available
7pm-7.45pm – Paul and Rachael Wolstencroft Sensei for Black Belts – class full
Saturday 28th March
10.30am-11.10am – Gary Pratley Sensei and Jaime Pratley for all grades – space available
10.30am-11.30am – Paul Wolstencroft Sensei for all grades – this class will be lots of fitness- class full
Each class will have 25 student limit so that we can offer feedback whilst you train. To book your place you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact via messenger/phone Rachael Wolstencroft Sensei or Debbie Carter Sensei and we will send you the link for your chosen class(es).
We will need the following information from you:
Students name and which lesson they want to attend. We will send you a link to join our meeting. If you just want to train with your usual Instructor but they are not teaching your grade, you can still join in their class. You’ll just be working on that particular syllabus. That is not a problem.
You’ll need your karate uniform and belt, a laptop, smartphone or tablet with a fully functioning camera and audio. Once the class begins the instructor will mute all the participants and you will only be able to hear the Sensei.
Payment for classes
There will be two options for payment, pay as you go or unlimited monthly pass.
Online Classes will cost £3 or £30 a month for unlimited training. This is not per person, this is per household. If you have a standing order in place and haven’t cancelled it, please reduce your standing order to £30.
Payment can be made to our RTK account:
Account Name: Red Tiger Karate LTD
Account Number: 06954375
Sort code: 09-01-50
We will use this as an honesty box, if you cannot afford to pay at this time, please just book on and train anyway. We would prefer that you still take part than stay away because you are currently unable to afford it.
Individual Feedback Slots via ZOOM
Some of our Instructors will be available for 15 minute Individual feedback sessions.
These will be priced a £5 for 15 minutes.
These can be booked on a day/time at your convenience. Contact either Rachael Wolstencroft or Debbie Sensei to enquire about this service.