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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




16 Dec

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CTK December Newsletter

4 Dec
Dear Parents and Karateka,
Term Dates:
The last classes to be taught this term will be on Monday 10th December.
Classes will start again on Tuesday 8th January.
Please note that classes in Kew Green and Ravenscourt Park run in accordance with the school club calendar and not the above dates.
Full term dates can be found on our website:
Colour Belt Gradings:
There is one more colour belt grading this term:
Wednesday 12th December
St. Luke’s House, 270 Sandycombe Road, Kew, TW9 3NP
5:00-6:00pm – All Grades
If you have received a grading invoice envelope or an email to confirm selection then you are welcome to attend this grading. Please email me to confirm your attendance if you have not done so already as spaces are limited.
There will also be a grading on Sunday 27th January at 10:00am in Mortlake. Full details will soon be confirmed.
Some of our younger members and beginners have been doing their gradings within the class so this does not apply to you as you are not expected to come to a separate grading session.
There are lots of children that are very nearly ready to do a grading and I am aware that it has been a long time since the majority of our students did their last grading. Please let me assure you that lots of progress is being made and that if they keep on working hard their opportunity to promote to the next belt will certainly come. It is also worth noting that once their next belt is achieved it should not take such a long time for the following belt because most of the hard work will have already been done.
BKA Licence Books and renewal slips:
The red licence books and renewal slips have finally arrived so all new licences will be given out in the classes this week. Please be assured that if your licence was due to be renewed on 1st November then your licence has been renewed and you do have a valid licence despite not having your renewal slip yet.
Outstanding Fees:
I will be sending emails and/or giving invoice envelopes for any outstanding fees. If you can make an online transfer then please put your child’s full name as the reference and use the following account details:
Equipment Last Call:
I sent an email last week with the price list for equipment (expertly modelled by my daughter Kara). I still have stock of hoodies, t-shirts, re-breakable boards, sparring kits and suits so if you would like to order anything before the end of term then please email me asap.
Happy Christmas! 
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the festive period. I am sure that we all deserve a break and a chance to enjoy some family time 🙂
Yours sincerely,
Sensei Ben Pethick
020 8560 5267
07734 655 057

Autumn Term Newsletter

22 Sep

Dear Parents and Karateka,

I hope you are all enjoying your summer holiday!

Welcome to the new look newsletter. Please note that this is a no-reply email so if you would like to contact me then please compose an email to my email

Sensei Tom and I will be travelling to Japan from 29th August – 8th September so I may not reply any emails until after then. We will be doing lots of training in different dojos and of course we will be hoping to use the experience to enhance the material and method of our teaching when we return. We will try to post updates of our trip on the CTK Facebook page. You can use the link at the bottom of this email to see the Facebook page.

All classes will resume on Monday 10th September. There is a list of all the term dates for this academic year on our website:

If I have not already contacted you about changing class times then please assume that the class times from last term will be unchanged this year.

Online Transfers:
I would like to encourage parents to pay the Karate fees by online transfer. This method saves time and paper, and also ensures that no payments get lost and can easily be tracked.

The term fees will remain the same as last year. The amount per student per term is as follows:
30 minute class = £90
45 minute class = £100
60 minute class = £110
Students who train twice a week have the second class half price:
2 x 60 minute classes = £165
2 x 45 minute classes = £150
1 x 60 minute class and one 45 minute class = £160

We try to keep our prices to a minimum so unfortunately we can not offer any sibling discounts.

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 10th 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.

Adult Training:
Our adult Karate class is held on Monday evenings in St. Margaret’s. 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 is also running a new 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 on his new CTK email address:

Tora Karate Friendly Tournament:
The rescheduled date for our friendly tournament with Tora Karate club in Twickenham is Sunday 18th November. Please put that date into your diary if you are keen to take part in this competition and I will be sending out the full details to you soon.

Syllabus and Recommended Links:
Please click here for the CTK Colour Belt Syllabus
Please click here for the CTK Shodan Black Belt Syllabus
2nd Dan and 3rd Dan syllabus can be emailed to you by request.
Last term there were fewer promotions than usual; this is normal as we were implementing the changes in our new syllabus. A lot of the ground work has now been done so I would like to advise students who have not received a promotion in a while to set a target and practice for it. We will be doing our very best to help you, but if you only do one class per week then it is important to supplement this with extra practice at home. It would be a good idea to print out the syllabus and use it so that your practice can be targeted towards what will be asked of you in the grading. If you have forgotten moves in your katas then have a look at the youtube links to jog your memory.
 Please click here for a list of recommended Youtube Links

Finally, congratulations to all students who passed their grading at the end of last term. In particular I would like to congratulate Sensei Tom Leask, Senpai Benjamin Larvin, Rory Wall and Justin Grant for passing Dan grade (Black Belt) promotions. I will be awarding the new Kyu grades (colour belts) in the first lesson this term.

Yours sincerely,

Sensei Ben Pethick

Inter-Dojo Cup

4 Apr


We recently had our third annual Inter-Dojo Cup. With 6 gold medals each the cup was shared by the St. Margaret’s and Kew Dojos. There were 67 competitors and it was a very competitive but friendly atmosphere across all the age categories. We were really impressed with the high standard throughout!

Elkai Gold and Bronze

29 Sep


On Sunday 17th September Benjamin Larvin and Joseph Larvin entered the Elkai National Championships. There is always very tough opposition in this tournament with national level competitors competing in the WKF (Olympic) system. Joseph won Gold in kumite (sparring) and Benjamin won Bronze in kumite as well. This is a fantastic achievement in such a competitive field and we are all very proud of them.