Kalinka’s Cub

30 Oct

Crouching Tiger Karate adopted a tiger with the WWF 10 years ago and we still give donations every month to support the fantastic work that they do. The numbers of tigers and their habitat are improving which is great news but there is still more that we can do.

One of the tigers that we receive updates on is called Kalinka and she just gave birth to two cubs (one pictured below).

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Origami Competition

30 Oct

Karate is not the only Japanese art that many of our students practice.

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding.

We are encouraging our students to show us some of their most impressive works and we will be giving a prize at the end of term to the one that is voted the winner by a panel of our instructors.

We have already seen some impressive submissions and look forward to receiving more!


Half Term Classes

18 Oct

Dear Parents and Karateka,

There will be no regular classes from Tuesday 22nd October until Monday 4th November. Not all of our classes have the same half term weeks this term so if you are not sure then please click below:

Please click here to see our term dates for each individual class

Ravenscourt Park Prep, Kew Green Prep and Kew House will follow their school club calendar so there will be classes as normal at those schools during the week commencing 28th October.
Half Term Workshops:

Due to the Tora Karate Tournament being postponed we are using the slots for the tournament preparation classes for our half term workshops instead.

The classes will be 90 minutes and will focus on one theme in detail.
Kumite (sparring) Workshop
Wednesday 23rd October
St. Luke’s House, Kew. TW9 3NP
Instructor: Sensei Tom

Kata Workshop
Saturday 26th October
1:00 – 2:30pm
The Old Powerstation, Mortlake, SW14 8SN
Instructor: Sensei Tom

Kata Workshop
Wednesday 30th October
St. Luke’s House, Kew. TW9 3NP
Instructor: Sensei Ben

Kumite (sparring) Class
Saturday 2nd November
1:00 – 2:30pm
The Old Powerstation, Mortlake, SW14 8SN
Instructor: Sensei Ben

£12.50 for one seession
£20 for two sessions
£30 for 3 or 4 sessions

The classes are suitable for all students over 6 years old but they must have sparring equipment in order to take part in the Kumite workshops.

Please email me in advance to book a space. It is fine to turn up and pay in the day but I can arrange more instructors if the numbers are high enough so it helps for me to know in advance.
Yours sincerely,

Sensei Ben Pethick

020 8560 5267
07734 655 057


New Class!

10 Sep

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We are pleased to announce that Sensei Tom will be opening a new Karate club on a Tuesday afternoon from 5:45-6:45pm in the Mortlake Hall (not the Powerstation but a different venue in Mortlake). All the details are on the attached flyer.

If you are thinking of doing more than one class a week or if you have friends who might be interested please pass on the flyer. Adults are welcome too.

To begin with it is one class for all ages and abilities and as it grows Sensei Tom will be splitting the ages and experience levels.

Please remember that if you choose to do more than one class a week then the second class is half-price.

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CTK Autumn Term Newsletter

3 Sep
Dear Parents and Karateka,

I hope that you are all enjoying your well-deserved summer holiday! I have included information below on the remaining holiday classes, term dates, new club badge, Autumn Term fees, private classes and options for adult training.

If I have not contacted you about changing class times then please assume that class times from last term will remain unchanged this year. If you would like to change class times then please email me. I will be away from 26th August until 2nd September so I apologise if I am slow with my response.

Holiday Classes:
Our holiday classes will resume on Wednesday afternoons in Kew from tomorrow. They are a great way to refresh their karate skills so that they are not too rusty when term stats again.

All classes will take place in St. Luke’s House, 270 Sandycombe Road, TW9 3NP

All classes will be from 4:30-6:00pm.

The cost of the classes are £12.50 per class, or £10 if you come to 3 or more.

The classes will take place on the following dates:
21st August
28th August
4th September

It is fine to just turn up on the day, but if possible please let me know in advance if you are planning to come so that I can arrange for extra instructors if the numbers are enough.

Term Dates:
All classes will resume from Monday 9th September.
Not all schools have half term on the same week.  We usually follow the state-school half term week but this term different boroughs have different weeks for half term.
Please click here to see the term dates for each venue or school
Some clubs will have a two week half term but if this is the case then we will make up the classes at the end of term and all classes will have 12 weeks of classes scheduled.
You can also find our term dates on our website: https://crouchingtigerkarate.wordpress.com/term-dates/

New Club Badge:
We have redesigned our club badge. I hope you like the new simple but dynamic design! The badge is larger than our previous badge and it has iron-on material at the back which should make life easier for everyone 🙂
I would like to encourage all students to wear our club badge as it gives our club a visual identity and gives our students a sense of belonging.
The cost of the badge is £5. If you would like to buy one please add it onto your term fees and I will hand it to the children on the first week of term.

Autumn Term Payments:
The Autumn Term Fees are now due and they can be transferred at your convenience before the start of term.
The online transfer details are the same as previous terms. Please use your child’s full name as the reference. The account details are as follows


The term fees have again been frozen and will remain the same as last year. The amount per student per term is as follows:
30 minute class = £90 (£95 with a club badge)
45 minute class = £100 (£105 with a club badge)
60 minute class = £110 (£115 with a club badge)
Students who train twice a week have the second class half price:
2 x 60 minute classes = £165 (£170 with a club badge)
2 x 45 minute classes = £150 (£155 with a club badge)
1 x 60 minute class and one 45 minute class = £160 (£165 with a club badge)

If you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque then that is still fine. I will make the usual envelope invoices for all the people who have not paid before term starts on 9th September.

Please remember that we ask for half a term’s notice before leaving our classes. If you are receiving this newsletter and you are not planning to join our classes this term then please email me asap so that I can offer your space to someone else and take you off our system.

Private Classes:
Sensei Tom is available to teach private classes which would give a fantastically productive session for your child. If they are looking to work towards a brown or black belt grading in the coming term it would be a really great way to get back into training before the term starts or for anyone wanting to gain confidence and become comfortable with their syllabus.
He charges £40 per hour
The weather looks good for the next couple of weeks so if you arrange a private class in your garden or local park then there is no extra hall hire cost.
If you would like to make a booking then please contact Sensei Tom directly:

Adult Training:
Our adult Karate class is held on Monday evenings in St. Margaret’s from 8-9pm. There is a small group of dedicated parents and more are welcome. We teach a holistic self-defence system with its core in the Karate katas. No experience is necessary and you are welcome to come and have a free trial before committing to the classes. Please email me if you are keen to come and give the class a try.

If kickboxing appeals more to you then Sensei Tom runs kickboxing class on Saturdays in Mortlake from 3:15-4:15pm for teenagers and adults. These classes will be run in a less traditional way (no karate suits or katas), and will be a great way to improve fitness and power.
For more information then please feel free to email him directly: tom@crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk

I will be in touch again in September with advance notice for dates of tournaments, gradings and any extra sessions that we are running.

Yours sincerely,

Sensei Ben Pethick

020 8560 5267
07734 655 057


CTK June Newsletter

21 Jun

Dear Parents and Karateka,
I hope you all had a great Half-Term.

Firstly I would like to congratulate Kai Burby, Nicholas Mulcahy, Joely Lenman, Luca Magnus, Zac Leach and Joe Leach for all being promoted to Junior 1st Dan Black Belt and for Aimee Wong Rogers for being promoted to Junior 2nd Dan Black Belt. They have all worked very hard preparing for this grading for over a year and most have been training for a decade or longer. What a fantastic achievement and very well deserved!

The time-slots for the grading this weekend have changed so if you are coming for the grading this weekend then please take note of the times below.

Sunday 9th June
The Old Powerstation, 121A Mortlake Hight Street, SW14 8SN
9:30-10:30am – All grades below Brown Belt
10:30am-12:00pm – Brown Belts and Black Belt Preliminary Grading
Parents are welcome to watch the grading, however there are no chairs in the Powerstation so you will either need to stand or sit on the floor. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Saturday 29th June
Duke’s Meadow Community Hall, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX
3:00-4:00pm – All grades below Green Belt
4:00-5:00pm – Green Belts and Above

There will be another grading in July but the date and venue is yet to be confirmed.

If your child has been selected for a grading then please let me know which grading you are planning to attend. If you are unsure whether your child has been selected for a grading please email me and I will clarify.

All grades below orange belt will be assessed within the lessons so you will not need to come to an external grading for the earlier grades.

Summer Fair Demonstrations:
We will be continuing our tradition of performing demonstrations at the Kew and St. Margaret’s Fairs this summer. All students are very welcome to come and take part and I hope to see a good mix of ages and experience levels at these demonstrations.

Saturday 22nd June
Kew Fair, Kew Green
Please meet at 4:00pm behind the main stage which is usually in the corner of Kew Green near the Greyhound pub.

Saturday 6th July
St. Margaret’s Fair, Moor Mead
Please meet at 4:50pm in the performance area which is usually in the middle of the field.

Term Dates:
All classes resume at the normal times and venues from today.

Term ends on Tuesday 9th July.

There will be make-up classes in Mortlake on Saturday 13th July and in St. Margaret’s on Monday 15th July.

The Autumn Term will start on Monday 9th September.

Please note that our term dates are also displayed on our website:

Kew Green and Ravenscourt Park Schools follow the term dates on their clubs calendar and will be different to those above.

Yours sincerely,

Sensei Ben Pethick


New Black Belts

21 Jun