This blog logs training methods, ideas, experiences and results of the Kaizen Central Karate Federation. Influenced by sports science and the experience of senior Karate coaches to produce the elite Karate athlete.

Friday, 1 July 2016

 One-to-ones and small groups sessions (up to 5 persons) now available

Saturday 16 July 2016 - click link to book NOW
Session one 9am
Session two 10.30am
Session three 12pm
Session four 1.30pm
Session five 3pm

Karate athletes gaining extra vital sessions in preparation for Championships Karate-Ka who wish to develop their kumite skills Coaches, through advanced training methods and drills Recieve a breakdown on skills and performance profile Training programme advice Video analysis Karate specific speed & agility drills. Drills will develop athleticism and agility with particular focus on foot patterns spwcific to Karate performance. Kumite analysis. Tactical awareness session fees :

(One-half hour sessions) One person £50.00 Two-three persons £60.00 Four - five persons £70.00 Open to ALL Karate-ka who do not contravein the WKF 21.9 statute.

Booking links - Tab to the July Calendar for one to one times and  booking dates (Click on 16 July)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

David Rudisha, 'We salute you'. Coach Brother Colm O'Connell reveals 'the secret'

I watch the documentary on the inspiring story of this great athlete.  A Masai warrior, family man and god fearing.  My primary interest in the story was to gain an insight into his coach, teacher, mentor, missionary and friend 'Brother Colm O'Connell.  An interesting character who by virtue of his position (missionary) allows him to influence his athletes to a far greater extent than most coaches would have the opportunity to.  Coupled with an extensive knowledge base of the game makes him a formidable coach whose evidence of successes and failures that maketh the man.

I empathize with his comments relating to 'poor runs of success and failures,' causing him to doubt himself and his methods. Although its the athlete that endures the physical pain, coaches are equally subject to the psychological impacts of winning and losing, success or failure, both good and poor performances.  Coaches need athletes to believe in them, to buy into what we're selling and equally as important coaches need athletes who also believe in themselves, however  this is not a one way street as athletes also need coaches to believe in them.  You cannot measure belief but we intuitively know if it is absent.

David Rudisha came through Brother Colm's junior academy and progressed to become World junior champion. He decided to stay with Brother Colm as a senior athlete and qualified for the 2009 Olympic games, a hot favorite to do well but failed to make the final.  Overcoming his disappointments he bounced back to become senior World 800M Champion and world record holder breaking a record that had previously stood for 13 years.

Then came the 2012 Olympics and the rest is history.  If you missed it the first time around then here it is again, be mindful to behold what you are watching and contrary to what others may say, THIS is the greatest race in history, the last man to finish would have won gold at the previous THREE Olympic games.

World 800M Champion, Olympic 800M Champion, World 800M Record Holder (1.40.91 sec), and he led from the front.  I am willing you to break the 1.40.00 sec barrier.

I will leave you with this great quote.


'The secret is in the head, not the legs.  You won't see or hear anything that'll tell you, its determination, the passion, the interest, the commitment, the focus, the dream.  These are not secrets, these are true of any successful person in life, of any person that can rise above the ordinary.'

Coach Brother Colm O'Connell

BBC documentary  David Rudisha

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Peak4Karate performance days

‘Perfection in not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence’– Vince Lombardi
In our pursuit of excellence we present three workshops aimed at developing both the coaching process and athlete performance through education, goal setting and training sessions designed to test and challenge participants and therefore suitable for both developing  coach and athlete.  Each workshop will consist of the follow:
  • Strength & conditioning session
  • 2 x Karate training sessions
  • Performance analysis (classroom based)
  • Guidance on areas such as, sports injury prevention, nutrition, strength and conditioning

9 Aug 2014 - Workshop 1
In this session we will further breakdown the key components of performance and evaluate your perceived abilities in each;
  • Technical – executing the criteria of good point scoring
  • Tactical – strategic awareness / decision making
  • Physiological – components of fitness / energy systems
  • Psychological – Emotional readiness

16 Aug 2014 - Workshop 2
In this session we will build on the previous session;
  • Technical – world class point scoring within given scenarios
  • Tactical – strategic awareness through programming responses
  • Physiological – training methods to develop energy systems, speed and power
  • Psychological – Coping with pressure

13 Sept 2014 - Workshop 3
In this session we will build on the previous session;
  • Technical – execution of world class point scoring
  • Tactical – execution of strategic awareness during match play scenarios
  • Physiological – training drills using specific energy systems, speed and power
  • Psychological – Fostering a 'must win' attitude

English Karate Federation members only
EKF Licence checks will take place on registration