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February 23, 20224 min read

Dear Parent/Student

Welcome to this year’s 1st newsletter.  I am pleased to announce with covid restrictions lifted that Elite Karate Academy is returning to more like its former days.  We have a lot coming up over the next few months that I need to tell you about.


As Ireland’s 1st and only World Combat Association Combat Coach I’m delighted to announce a series of in-house Seminars over the coming months on a range of topics that will be of interest to non-martial artists and martial artists.  These topics will be on a range of subjects such as dealing with multiple attackers, protecting other from violence, personal security and awareness, blunt weapons, and knife defence. 

While most of these seminars will be aimed at the over 12’s, I will also be running some seminar/courses for children including, Anti-bully and Assertiveness Seminar and a Children’s Self Defence Seminar closer to the Summer.

We have 2 seminars coming up in March.

Personal Security & Awareness Seminar – Saturday 26th March 2022 10am-2pm €30 per person.

Aim of the course is to teach a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills alongside safety strategies & physical skills that enable someone to successfully, avoid, escape, resist & survive a violent attack.  Personal security is not about fighting, fighting is what happens when everything else has failed.  I firmly believe everybody should learn this especially teenagers.

Dealing with Multiple Attackers – Saturday 5th March 2022 10am-2pm €30 per person.

Aim of this course:   Fighting multiple attackers is hard, escaping can be taught and should be practiced.  40% of all attacks on the street involve more than one attacker and statistics show that these are where the most injuries come from.  This seminar builds on the personal security seminar and leads into the protecting others seminar nicely.

Contact me if you wish to book either seminar…

St Patrick’d Day Parade

Also in March the Academy will be taking part in Clondalkin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.  I will give more details closer to the date.  But any students, their families and friends may join us to walk in the parade.  The more the merrier.


Finally after a two-year hiatus our Annual Elite Karate Academy Expo is back. The aim of the Expo is to allowing students demonstrate their skills and abilities to their family and friends, whilst educating parents about the aims and ethos of Elite Karate Academy, in a relaxed fun environment.  This year’s Expo will include;

  • Grading

  • Club Sparring Competition (semi-finals and finals only) This is voluntary but students must have protective gloves and boots to compete

  • Demonstrations (Instructor & Students)

  • Award Ceremony (Grading, Competition, and Special Awards)

  • We will also be celebrating Elite Karate Academy’s newest teenage black belts

  • Bake & Cake Sale

  • Raffle

More about the Expo once I have confirmed a date and venue…

Character Education Program

We are nearer the end of our Character Education Program – word of the week.  These our 14 words Courtesy, Growth, Courage, Sincerity, Honesty, Obedience, Humility, Perseverance, Honor, Loyalty, Self-Control, Knowledge, Respect, Integrity. Each class has a 3-5minute matt chat explaining some aspect of that week’s word.  Elite Karate Academy teaches character not just technique. 

Later in the year we will run our Anti Bullying Program and Fight Fat Program this program teaches the importance of diet and exercise.


  This revolutionary video tutorial app is the perfect tool for students to train at home and is an ideal way to prepare for a grading.  New members should check out the new member’s section.  There is a game there for parents to play to help teach their children at home.  Juniors should check out the Wado Ryu Syllabus and their relevant grade.  Up to blue belt is already up.  Teen/Adult students should check out the practical karate syllabus.  There is a kick improvement section, personal protection section among others.  New videos are added every week.

If you have not already downloaded the app, please contact me and I can forward you another email and pin number to access the app. 

Junior Black Belt Club (JBBC)

The ‘Junior Black Belt Club’ is an advanced extra class for those students who have already shown incredible dedication and made notable progress in the art and spirit of Karate do.  This extra class is designed to assist students achieve a black belt, by giving them more personal advanced instruction in a range of areas not covered in their normal classes, such as weapons, throws etc. and a deeper understanding of karate.  Any child over 12 may join the JBBC and students under 12 must be over green belt.

I will give more details to all of the above closer to the events.  As always thank you for your continued support of Elite Karate Academy.

Sensei Gareth

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