NEWS LETTER


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ALEX SPRAY BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
077 475 36819
http://www.derbysportsinjuries.co.uk
83 Burton Road, Derby, DE1 1TJ

We have just got to mention this gentleman who has been treating John and myself through our injuries. He is well recommended and offers a very professional service. We know that all those in the same profession as ourselves and even those of you who train recreationally will at some time need treatment.


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John Johnston is awarded his 7th Dan

Pictured above is John Johnston being awarded his 7th Dan Shotokan Karate by Geoff Thompson (right) and Dev Barrett at Dev Barrett’s Dojo in Coventry which is the hometown and birthplace of these 3 great men.

Dev Barrett is a former world champion kick boxer from the old school era when there was only was one world championship, unlike today where there are numerous champions.

Geoff Thompson 7th Dan is the co-founder of the British Combat Karate Association, author of 40 books (published in 20 languages), five multi-award-winning films, three stage plays, hundreds of articles (many published in national magazines and broadsheets) and a BAFTA award winner.

Although originally a Coventry lad, John has been living in Derby for the past 7 years with his wife Elaine who is one of John’s 2nd Dan students.

John teaches classes for Adults and Juniors at his 2 Clubs in Sunnyhill and Little Eaton in Derby, as well as holding seminars for his Adaptive Karate, he also teaches Self Protection Workshops for people with disabilities. John is currently doing some pioneering work for a couple of organisations in Derby that have hired him to teach Karate to young people in wheelchairs and young people with learning difficulties. This is proving to be very successful. John has been teaching and training in Shotokan Karate for 42 years and is still considered to be a powerhouse amongst his peers. John and Elaine have presented themselves and given talks in local schools with the police to help make children more aware of peer pressure

 Dev Barrett 7th Dan said “Congratulations to John, a great Karate-ka whose time has been more than served for this award.  John is genuine, experienced and knowledgeable and it was an honour to be involved in his presentation”.

Geoff and Dev are lifelong Friends of John’s.  Geoff Thompson said, “John Johnston is one of the few remaining giants of Traditional Karate.  He is a power house.  All of my formative training was under the auspice of this great teacher.  I owe him the world.  If you can get to train with him, you won’t regret it. I highly recommend him”

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PEER PRESSURE AWARENESS

John and I have been doing some interesting work with the local constabulary in the area talking to school children about the effects of peer pressure. Wearing our pristine white Gi' gave rise to the children asking us for a demonstration in which we politley refused but john did offer to teach them the very first move they would learn when beginning his class. John asked all the teachers and children to stand, which they all did excitedly in preperation for what was coming. Then he told them to stand up very straight with their heads up and hands by their sides, heels togeher and feet apart, they all stood very straight. Then he told them to bow slowly from the hips, which they all did in anticipation. Then he said "Thank You, now you can all sit down" lots of moans and groans from all the children thinking they were going to do some Fancy moves. A few giggles from the two friendly police officers behind us. We told the children how important respectful bowing was in Karate and that it would be the first and last thing they do at a lesson.

This work had tied in nicely with some recent articles I have writen on the subject which are soon to be published. I think it is important that awareness on this matter is essential if societal changes are to be made.

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IN THE PUBLIC EYE

Sensei John Johnston has had alot of publicity lately. His reputation as a highly trained Old School Shotokan Karate Proffesional with a colourful history in personal security work means that he is set to become one of this countries most interesting and dynamic reality based teachers of Shotokan Karate.

His no-frills no-nonsense approach to training really cuts to the chase. John Johnston is phenominally fast for a man of his size and shows the dynamics of the Art. Charlie Wildish had a private lesson from Sensei Johnston and wrote an interesting piece: PRIVATE LESSON WITH SENSEI JOHN JOHNSTON .

Sensei Johnston hold about 3-4 ADAPTIVE KARATE courses a year which are well worth attending. 

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ADAPTIVE KARATE COURSE FOR KIDS        16th Sept 2012                   

Our first Adaptive Karate course for Kids was very successful. It was Sensei Johnston's idea to structure an Adaptive Karate course especially for our young student's as the content included things not normally covered in a class ( lesson).

The children began by learning how to break fall. Dev's Dojo is a great place for this as it has a large matted area. The break falls were to teach the youngsters how to fall correctly and safely in preperation for the next part of the course which was the use of effective take downs.

 a lot of the fear of being taken down is diminished when they know how to fall without hurting themselves.

Gradually the children were encouraged to be robust with each other to test the effectiveness of their techniques. We had the assistance of 3 black belts and two other high grade seniors to make sure the children were practicing their techniques and takedowns in a safe and sensible manner.

Sensei Johnston also included some techniques that would be effective against agressive bullies.

Sensei Johnston finished the course with some very well thought out strategic fun games whereby the children had to co-operate with each other and work as a team.

Sensei Johnston and I would like to give a special thank you to the seniors who helped out that day making it a course that I'm sure the children will remember.

Traditional Shotokan Karate is complex and vast and we feel that it is important to provide all our students with as much knowledge of the other elements as possible. 



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KARATE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

We have been doing some great work for Disability Direct. Self Protection Workshops, (pictured below) and Karate classes. We are enjoying the sessions and the interactions.



Anyone interested in attending any of the classes or courses should contact: naomi.hope@disabilitydirectderby.co.uk
                                                  : will.mackenzie@disabilitydirect.com


THESTUFF
www.disabilitydirect.com

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