MEMBERS of High Peak Kyokushin return to competitive action on Saturday when they appear in the 2nd East Midlands Tournament, to be held at Bilborough College, Nottingham.
The Holloway-based karate club enjoyed an impressive 2011, including winning a Matlock Mercury Sports Award along the way, and members are looking to make 2012 a year to remember.
High Peak Kyokushin was formed in December 2005 and is affiliated to IKO GB Kyokushin. GB Kyokushin is directly linked to IKO Honbu in Japan, headed by Kancho Shokei Matsui. Kyokushin karate is the largest karate organisation in the world with over 12 million members training in 123 different countries.
High Peak Kyokushin is operated by Senpai Pete Appleton. He started training Kyokushin at Amber Valley Club in January 1997, obtaining Shodan (1st Dan) in June 2002 and Nidan (2nd Dan) in June 2007.
He told the Mercury: “2011 was a good year for us. Quite a few of our members have achieved high grades such as black belts. Since I started at the club, we have had four black belts, which is really good, and we are hoping for more of them in 2012.
“Our aim is to compete well with the hope of making 2012 another good year for us because 2011 was definitely one of our best as a club.”
Four clubs from across the area will be taking part in the event at Bilborough College, a tournament for giving experience of competitions to people before they hopefully go on to bigger things in national competitions.
There are 46 competitors taking part with 19 of those coming from High Peak Kyokushin.
Senpai Pete Appleton continued: “This sort of tournament provides a really valuable experience for our members, particularly the younger ones, and this will be the largest number we’ve ever sent to a competition, so it shows the club is in a healthy state.
“Among those 19, you will find novices, whitebelts who haven’t taken a grading yet, so it’s a really healthy position for us to be in and it’s great to get them into competitive action so early in their time with us.”
He concluded: “We have around 40 members in total and they range from seven year olds up to adults. It’s just the way it’s fallen that some are in a competition before they are having a grading but it’s good for them to experience it and we will be looking to give a good display.”
Training is held on Monday evenings at 5.30pm for beginners/juniors, and 6.30pm for seniors/higher grades. Wednesday training from 6pm is for adults/higher grades. The Monday venue is the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall in Holloway, the Wednesday venue is Lea Primary School.
People interested in finding out more about the club can contact Pete Appleton for further details on 01629 534118.