Welcome to the official website of Chris Ewing Karate Club. If you are a casual visitor or a club member we hope you find the site both interesting and informative.
About Us [top]
Here at Chris Ewing Karate Club (CEK) we train in the style of karate known as Wado-Kai which is a blend of traditional Japanese Karate and Jujitsu.
CEK are members of the Scottish Karate Federation which is affiliated to the Scottish Karate Governing Body and is regulated by Disclosure Scotland.

The Scottish Karate Federation was founded in 1970 and is now recognised by Sports Scotland (funded by the National Lottery) and was formerly the Sports Council Scotland.
Chris Ewing started karate in 1986 aged 6 at Meadowbank Karate Group run by Hamish Adam 8th Dan. Chris progressed through the various 'Kyu' grades and received his black belt 1st Dan in 1994, his 2nd Dan followed in 2001, 3rd Dan in 2005 and has recently passed his technical assessment for his current 4th Dan.
Instructor [top]
History [top]
2005 saw Chris open his first club in Portobello Community Centre. As the years have passed his reputation has grown and now has clubs in over nine different areas of Edinburgh and the Lothians, even as far a field as Dunblane. All Chris's clubs continue to do well and grow.
CEK has various classes ranging from junior kids & advanced kids / adults to dedicated kata & Kumite (fighting) classes.
Children are accepted at the clubs from the age of 4 upwards and parents of the children are always welcome to stay and watch or better still join and learn the art of Karate. For current club locations and class times please refer to the class details page found here.
Grading Structure [top]
The Scottish Karate Federation have set a grading syllabus that all junior members sit to progress through their grades. The first two grades; yellow and orange belts are achieved during normal class time and are classed as encouragement grades which are not to difficult to achieve and do not have a fee set against them. For upper grades of junior green, blue, purple and brown belts a formal grading examination is required along with the member holding a current Scottish Karate Federation issued licence, renewed yearly. These grades are held every three months and a nominal fee is set against this which covers the grading examination along with the awarded belt if achieved. After completion of the the junior grades your child will move to the formal 'Kyu' grade system which is the same level as required by an adult member, these examinations are also held every three months and again has a nominal fee covering the examination and new coloured belt if achieved.

The gradings to be achieved are as follows:
White Belt
9th Kyu -
White Belt (Beginer)
8th Kyu -
Yellow Belt
7th Kyu -
Orange Belt
6th Kyu -
Green Belt
5th Kyu -
Blue Belt
4th Kyu -
Purple Belt
3rd Kyu -
Brown Belt
2nd Kyu -
Brown Belt
1st Kyu -
Brown Belt
1st Dan -
Black Belt
Junior Yellow Belt
Junior Orange Belt
Junior Green Belt
Junior Blue Belt
Junior Purple Belt
Junior Brown Belt
After progressing through junior and Senior Kyu grades your child will be eiligible to sit their Dan grade (black belt) examination.
Benefits [top]
Karate is a fun and useful sport it can help children who have social or confidence issues and the kids are often required to support each other and build up team and club spirit. They will make new friends and might see a few familiar faces from their school classes as Chris works with all the Active Schools Co-ordinator's in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Often Chris takes part in Lothian Health Weeks by giving taster sessions at many Primary Schools. The training sessions also provide a positive outlet for excess or built up energy. More importantly it is an excellent way for your child to increase their fitness and have fun while doing so. We regularly attend competitions, and this builds up the childs confidence. If a child show's promise and dedication then they will be picked for Chris's "Elite" fighting team. This can take them all over Great Britain and Europe, which is a wonderful opportunity and learning experience. To fund these trips we hold regular fund raising events and we reward the children with "Fun Days" out. Chris Ewing Karate is always keen to hear from any kind of sponsors and this will be recognised on the childrens sports kit (joggers, t-shirts and hoodies) at competitions.
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Brown Belt Purple Tag
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Brown Belt Red Tag
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The summer holidays are nearly over but remember and keep training hard as comps resume soon
Page Last Updated 09/08/14 - 2:40pm

August 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT - Summer class schedule
Please note that there has been a change to the start back date of the Gracemount class. This class will now resume Wednesday 13th August, 1 week earlier than previously indicated.
For a full list of the summer class schedule please click here.
Please note that due to the inclement weather that is forecast for tomorrow we have decided to postpone the BBQ until Sunday 24th August. Same venue at Dalkeith Country Park 1pm to 5pm. If you can't make this new date then please let Val or Chris know and you will get a refund on your ticket which will allow us to offer them to folk on the waiting list.

July 2014

June 2014

1st June - 2nd Wishaw Grand Prix
This weekend saw the 2nd Grand Prix meeting of the year which was attended by CEK members helping us to return with 13 Gold, 13 Silver & 18 Bronze medals.
Everyone at the club wishes the following members all the best of luck and good fortune as they go forward for their black belt grading this weekend.
Kori Fital, Neve Ewing, Lucy Cain & Cameron Duff
ANNOUNCEMENT - Black Belt Grading
Well done to Kori Fital, Neve Ewing, Lucy Cain & Cameron Duff for passing their 1st Dan black belt grading tonight at Meadowbank. You have all worked really hard for it and have "earned" it.
ANNOUNCEMENT - 3 Generations of Ewings
With Neve passing her black belt grading last Saturday she became the 3rd generation of Ewing's to achieve black belt status. This is a fairly rare scenario, so much so that they made the local paper. Check out the article in the Edinburgh Evening News by clicking here.
15th June - SKGB Kata Championships
CEK took along 9 members to the national Kata championships held at Meadowbank this past weekend. All performed extremely well and managed to bring home 5 gold, 4 silver & 2 bronze medals. Of the 5 gold 3 of these we taken in the "All Styles" section beating more recognised kata styles. Special mention should go to Kori Fital who came home with 4 Gold medals.
22nd June - SKF Kata Championships
Following on from last weekends success at the SKGB Kata championships CEK took along another select squad to the SKF Kata competition held once again at Meadowbank. Once again we managed to bring home the following kata medals, 3 gold, 1 silver & 6 bronze.
22nd June - Cumbrian Open Championships
The CEK battle bus was once again pounding the tarmac down to Penrith to compete in the Cumbrian Open. It wasn't just the road that took a pounding as clearly our fighters were up for dishing it out themselves as they managed to return with 18 gold, 15 silver & 21 bronze. Great effort from everyone.
ANNOUNCEMENT - Upcoming Holidays
With the upcoming school summer holidays please download the holiday schedule by clicking here.
Also note that the summer camp is on between 4th to 8th August @ the Jack Kane Centre. Once again there will be 2 classes, 10am-12pm & 12pm to 2pm. Chris will let you know what group you are in nearer the time.
Please also note that if you take the summer off from training then don't expect to be grading in September as you need to train regularly to be considered.
29th June- Hartlepool WadoKai Cships
Well what a way to finish the first half of the season. After an early start on the battle bus our guys performed at the top of their game to bring home medals in kata, kickmaster & kumite. Our final tally was 23 gold, 20 silver & 16 bronze.

May 2014

3rd May - CEK Fight Night Fundraiser
Last Saturday saw CEK hold its second fight night fund raiser at the Wiremill Club in Musselburgh. This year it was girls v boys over 2 rounds of fights. The first round was a clear win by the boys however round 2 say the girls pull it back to a dead heat. This meant it had to go to a tie breaker between Olivia Hand & Barry Douglas, which Barry just edge the win by 1 single point. On the night we raised 275 from the sale of raffle tickets and after paying for all costs associated with the night 710 was made from the sale of the tickets. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise and run the night but especially to Sharon Dobson.
CEK would like to thank the following people for their continued support off our club funds to the tune of 700:
John Conkey - Cochranes Motor Company
Pat Kelly - Balmoral Motor Company
Alex Campbell - North Road Garage
Kenny - Port Dundas Car Sales
Danny Flynn - Flynn Motor Group
Alex Cargill - Mobile Motor Mechanic
Wendy Edgar- Wendy's Take Away
Ron Reilly - Millenium Motors

Please be assured that this will be used to advance our students to new levels.
11th May - Dublin Open
CEK had 4 members that traveled over to Dublin for the open championships as part of an SKF squad and all 4 returned with medals, very well done to the following:
Morgan Cunningham - Gold
Claire Logan - Silver
Aaron Jardine - Silver
Rebecca Craig - Bronze
11th May - Northern Open Classic (updated)
CEK's main squad endured a  long coach trip south to compete in the Northern Open Classic held in Warrington. Even though we were on the road from 6am it was another successfull trip as we returned with 11 Gold, 7 Silver & 10 Bronze. Good effort from everyone.
Full results now available
17th May - British 4 Nations (Updated)
What a fantastic day of competition in a fantastic venue. CEK took a squad of 60 members through to the Emirates Arena to compete in the British Home Nations Championships, the second biggest event on the calendar after the British international Open. This clearly didn't faze our members as it seems to have spurned them onto new levels as we came home with 16 British Champions, 14 runners up and 32 bronze medalists. Special mention goes to Kori Fital who took an amazing 4 Gold medals which we believe no one else has done. Also Eilidh Ritchie put in an amazing performance in the pairs kumite after Rachel couldn't fight on after the first round. Eilidh had to win her fights by 8 points and got her "team" into the final by fighting through 3 or 4 rounds single handedly. Unfortunately she got beat in the final but in our eyes you are a winner.
25th May - Wado Karate Scotland Kata C'ships
CEK went along to the Wester Hailes Eduction Centre in Sighthill, Edinburgh with a small select squad to compete in the Kata Championships. All the kata training is really beginning to pay off as we returned with 3 gold medals, 2 silver & 1 bronze. Well done guys.

April 2014

26-27th April - Scottish Int Open C'ships
This past weekend saw CEK  competing at Meadowbank as part of the SKF squad. This year there were entries from as far a field as Canada, Greece, Malta & Iran to name but a few. After 2 days of competition CEK contributed to the SKF's medal tally by taking home 18 gold, 10 silver & 23 bronze.
This betters last years tally by taking 6 more gold & 4 silver less. Great effort guys.
Due to the upcoming bank holiday Monday (5th May) there will be no class at Dunbar that day, however even though the schools are still off on the Tuesday classes at Windygoul Primary are still running at normal times.

March 2014

2nd March - Teeside Open Championships
CEK took a coach load of competitors down to Stockton-On-Tees this weekend to compete in an inaugural competition. It was a successful day for the squad as we returned with 11 Gold, 11 Silver & 12 Bronze medals.
Full results can be found on the events page or by clicking here.
9th March - Chojinkai C'ships, Penrith
Well done to all that endured a very long day travelling on the CEK battle bus from before 7am to get to the event and not getting home until 12.30am. Even though it was a long tiring day CEK performed at the top of their game again by battling our way to 16 Gold, 17 Silver & 22 Bronze. Very well done to not only the medal winners but the whole squad. Full results can be found on the events page or by clicking here.
A special mention needs to go to Claire Conkey as we have received a message from a competitors mum who says that Claire always wishes her daughter good luck, waves hello and always asks how she got on and has been described as a well mannered ambassador for CEK. Keep up the good work Claire and everyone else within the CEK family.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of CEK with Dunbar being the first of our clubs to open. Rebecca Craig photographed below with Chris & Davie is the longest serving member of the club. Thank you to all who have supported the club and trained hard with us and have achieved their goals and others only starting out on their own personal journey. Hers to the next 10 years, wonder where we will be then.
The club also has another piece of good news to share, both Rebecca Craig & Chris Ewing have been selected to be baton bearers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to you both from all at CEK.
30th March - SKF Kumite Championships
Congratulations to all that took part in the federation championships held at Meadowbank. It was great to see so many new faces competing for the very first time and that is the hardest part over with, your first time on the tatami. Overall CEK had a fantastic day on the results front by returning home with 19 gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze. Keep up the good work guys.
Congratulations to Claire Logan for winning the inaugural Tranent & District Community Sports awards, congratulations also to Neve Ewing for coming runner up.

February 2014

2nd Feb - Meadowbank Junior Championships
Well done to the squad that went along to compete in the Meadowbank Junior Championships, you all fought well and listened to your coaches which resulted in us returning with 7 gold, 5 silver & 9 bronze medals. Check oput the full results here
16th Feb - 1st Wishaw Grand Prix (updated)
Well done to all and especially  the new fighters that turned out for the 1st Grand Prix meeting of the year in Wishaw. It was a very big turnout overall with some categories taking well over 2 hours to complete. Even after a very tough 2 hour training session the day before the competition courtesy of Steph Rodden we still managed to bring home 13 gold, 14 silver & 12 bronze medals. Great results from everyone, lets keep it going.

January 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT - 2014 Events List
Please click here to review the initial list of events for 2014. More will be added over the coming weeks as they become known about so ensure and check back regularly.
Dear parents,
I would like to clarify for all concerned, when students are attending competitions whether in the UK or abroad they do so as a team and I expect every member of that team to be present in the hall supporting other team mates competing. When abroad some competitions may take place over two days, if your child is competing on day 1 they are still expected to attend the following day.
Parents that accompany their child are more than welcome to go sightseeing or shopping during the event but your children will attend the competition supporting their team mates.
I hope this clears up any mis-understandings.

Chris & Davie
26th - East Whitburn Championships
While Chris & Davie were away to Denmark with an Elite squad of fighters competing in the Ishoj Kumite Cup Steph & Willie were starting the regular competition circuit by taking a large squad of CEK competitors to the East Whitburn Junior Championships. It was good to get the season under way again and more so seeing some new faces attending their first competition outside of the club championship.
Full results from Denmark will be posted soon but we brought home 3 gold, 5 silver & 8 bronze medals. Click here for full results.
25th - 26th - Ishoj Kumite Cup, Denmark
Well done to the squad that went over to Denmark at the weekend to compete in the Ishoj Kumite Cup, some difficult fights to start the season however we returned triumphant with 5 gold, 7 silver & 9 bronze. We also saw our coach take to the tatami for the first time in years to compete in the senior male team event with 2 others from the SKF, well done on your silver big man.

December 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - 2013 Medal Table Winners
Here at CEK we run yearly medal tables for the juniors (under 16 years), cadets (16 - 21 years) and the seniors (+21 years). Congratulations goes to Kori Fital, Olivia Hand & Willie Leslie.

For the fourth year in a row CEK have broken the previous years total medal tally as the graphic below shows. This year we took a total of 1190 medals compared to last years 948, this represents a 25% increase, keep up the good work and lets see if we can smash it again in 2014.
ANNOUNCEMENT - Xmas Holiday Schedule
Please take note of the last class dates and extra classes over the holiday period.

Dunbar - 16th Dec, reopens 13th Jan
Tranent - 17th Dec, reopens 7th Jan
Gracemount - 18th Dec, reopens 8th Jan
Longstone - 18th Dec, reopens 15th Jan
Dunblane - 19th Dec, reopens 9th Jan
Jack Kane - 20th Dec, reopens 10th Jan
Portobello - 21st Dec, reopens 11th Jan
NOTE: The Portobello class to be held on the 21st Dec will NOT be in the High School but up at the Jack Kane Centre from 10am, so if you normally train at 9am come along for the 10am class.

During the festive holidays there will be classes held at The Loch Centre in Tranent on the following dates & times:

27th December - 11am-12pm (fight class), 12pm-1pm (fitness)
3rd January - 11am-12pm (fight class), 12pm-1pm (fitness)

All members attending Denmark in January must train over the holidays. All others welcome to come along if you wish to get a head start on the competition.
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The CEK Christmas party is this Sunday 8th December at The Wiremill Social Club at 4 Balcarres Road, Musselburgh East Lothian between 2pm-5pm. Click on the map below to enlarge and get directions if required.
16th December - National Squad Selections
Congratulations to Rebecca Craig, Claire Logan, Morgan Cunningham & Aaron Jardine as they have been selected to represent their country at the European Junior Championships to be held in Portugal in February 2014. Well done guys.
ANNOUNCEMENT - 2014 Events List
Please click here to review the initial list of events for 2014. More will be added over the coming weeks as they become known about so ensure and check back regularly.

November 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - World Junior Karate C'ships
Following there success at the European Wado Championships 3 of the CEK members (Claire Logan, Rebecca Craig & Morgan Cunningham) flew out with the National squad to Spain the day after getting back from Budapest to compete in the World Junior, Cadet & u21 Championships. Unfortunately none of our members medalled but the squad came back with 1 bronze medal.
ANNOUNCEMENT - Black Belt Grading
Good luck to the following 11 members of CEK that are going for their 1st Dan black belt gradings this weekend at Meadowbank:
Al Lonie, Rachel Greig, Lucy Cain, Erin McLeod, Eilidh Ritchie, Holly Cunningham, Conan Murie, Lucy Hunter, Alan Rowan, Morven Walker and Cameron Duff.
Best of luck guys and show them how much you want this.
Congratulations to the following CEK members who became 1st Dan black belts tonight:
Eilidh Ritchie, Al Lonie, Erin McLeod & Conan Murie, well done.
Those that were not quite up to the required standard keep training hard and don't let this set back disrupt you from the ultimate goal.
23rd Nov - Black Belt Grading
24th Nov - CEK Inter-Club Championships
Well done to everyone that took part on the day especially those going in for their first ever competition. Congratulations to all those that took took the medal positions to become club champion at that age group. Overall Tranent retained there title they won for the first time last year by taking a total of 7 gold, 7 silver & 18 bronze.

"I am over whelmed by the support you all gave at the club championships, all the helpers that turned up at 8am to set the competition up, which only took 40mins due to the mass amount of people, to the bake sale people feeding the ref's, the older kids looking after the younger members, table people, checking in and the first aiders. A big shout out to the ref's - Rab McQueen, Stuart Robertson, Alan Miller, Clair Connelly, Nicola Roger, Kathleen Connell, Mark Marshall, Big Jim, Christine Porteous, Jim Weir, Karen Miller, Graham McCann, ,alex Rush and Bobby Morton for running such a great day.

Thank you to all the parents who all cheered for every child on the mat, the competitors were outstanding and you should be really proud of your kids, especially if they were stepping onto the mat for the first time.

Thank you to "I'm Famous" for coming to our event, all pics will be posted on the Facebook page and here on the website for you to share.
2nd Nov - Wado European Championships, Budapest (updated)
Congratulations to Greg Anderson, Aaron Jardine, Claire Logan, Morgan Cunningham, Rebecca Craig, Olivia Hand, Courtney Szabo & Barry Douglas for being selected to represent their country at the European Wado Championships held in Budapest, Hungray. Between them they helped the SKF come home with a total of 12 gold, 6 silver & 5 bronze medals of these our CK members took 5 gold, 2 silver & 2 bronze. Congratulations to you all on an excellent performance.

October 2013

6th Oct - Yildiz Aras Seminar
Some of the CEK squad attended the seminar hosted by Shitokai Scotland where Yildiz Aras the Turkish female  2x Individual & Team Kumite World Champion, 7x Individual European Champion & 3x Team European Champion held 3 seminars sessions where we picked up new stretching tips but more importantly some fighting techniques that have taken Yildiz to world championship level. A great day had by all.
6th Oct - Academy Kata Championships
With most of the senior squad through in Renfrew attending a seminar it was down to the little ninja's to show what they can do at the Kata Championships held at Westerhailes.  They came home with 1 silver & 4 bronze medals. Thanks to Katie Blain for looking after them and keeping them organised.
ANNOUNCEMENT - Mid Term Holidays
The following classes are the only ones on this week due to the school mid term holidays:
Dunbar - off
Tranent - 1 class 7.30pm to 8.30pm at The Loch Centre
Wednesday - off
Thursday - off
Friday - classes as normal
Saturday - 9am class off all other classes on as normal. Those that train at 9am welcome to come along to one of the later classes.
11th October - East Lothian Council / EnjoyLeisure Awards
Congratulations to our very own Chris Ewing as he picked up the Development Coach of the Year award at a ceremony held at the Brunton Hall in Musselburgh.
13th Oct - SKGB Kumite Championships
This past weekend saw the Scottish Karate Governing Body Kumite Championships held at Meadowbank where we were once again competing on behalf of our federation, the SKF. It was once again a very successful day for the SKF but also for the CEK members that took part as we managed to bring home 14 gold, 15 silver & 18 bronze medals.
This tournament also saw the debut of the latest Ewing member to take part in a karate tournament, however I think Maia needs her coach, aka Dad to give her a few more pointers regarding Category 1 warnings! LOL

With this tournament results logged in the medal tables it is with great delight to say we have once again for the 3rd year in a row broken the previous years total medal tally and we still have a few competitions left on the calendar! At the moment we are 2 short of breaking the 1000 medal tally, fantastic effort everyone keep it up.
ANNOUNCEMENT - Elite Squads for 2014
The 2014 Elite, A and B squads have been selected however there are still a few more comps to go before the end of the year (Wishaw, Meadowbank and of course the CEK inter-club) where you can still move up or down

Congratulations to the 12 members promoted to the elite squad. The full squad lists so far can be viewed by clicking here.
27th Oct - 4th Wishaw Grand Prix
At the last grand prix meeting of the year CEK came home with 9 gold, 5 silver & 14 bronze. Congratulations to the following for being declared the years GP Champions:
Ellie McKinlay, Benjamin Packwood, Kori Fital, Neve Ewing, Rachel Bunce, Cara Murie, Brodie Mackay, Greg Anderson, Claire Logan, Olivia Hand & Willie Leslie

September 2013

1st Sep - M'bank Junior & Cadet C'ships
Although Chris couldn't be there as he was in Switzerland coaching at the Basler Open with some of the elite squad girls CEK still had some junior & cadets competing in the Meadowbank Championships. Our final medal tally was 4 gold, 6 silver & 10 bronze. Many thanks go to Steph, Greg & Katie helping to coach.
This past weekend Chris took a small squad of 5  competitors over to Switzerland to compete in the Basler Open Championships. All performed at the top of their game and were rewarded with a fantastic medal haul of 10 gold, 7 silver & 3 bronze.
31st Aug - Basler Open, Switzerland
Due to the British International Open Championships being held this Saturday in Glasgow there will only be 2 classes at Portobello High School, those being the 9am & 10am classes. All classes return to normal the following weekend.
This weekend saw the British International Open Championships, which is the biggest competition within the British Isles, held in the impressive new Emirates Arena in Glasgow. Once again this year the Scottish Karate Federation were top medal achievers with 15 gold, 18 silver & 34 bronze. Out of these totals CEK contributed by taking 9 gold, 14 silver & 23 bronze. Fantastic effort by everyone as this was a very high standard of competition. A special mention goes to Kori Fital who became a triple British Champion!
7th Sept - British International Open C'ships
22nd Sept - SKF Kata Championships
Well done to all those that took part in the SKF's Kata Championships held at at the weekend in Meadowbank Sports Centre. Although our style of karate is not recognised for its kata against the more kata based styles we still had a good medal tally once the competition was over. Congratulations to all those that helped to bring home 2 gold, 3 silver & 5 bronze
September - CEK Sponsored Kicks
Well done to all that took part in the sponsored kicks this week. The winners from each club were:
Dunbar - Joshua Bath
Tranent - Neve Ewing
Gracemount - Callum Mitchell
Longstone - Cameron Gordon
Dunblane - Barry Douglas
Jack Kane - Cara Murie
Portobello - Ben Laidlaw
29th Sept - East Yorkshire Open
Well done to those that managed to make the 6am coach departure the morning after the CEK fight night for the long journey to Hull to compete in the Wado UK East Yorkshire Open Championships. It was good to see the passion displayed at the fight night on show again today. The squad returned with 12 gold, 7 silver & 12 bronze medals.
28th Sept - CEK Fight Night Fund Raiser
The fight night held in the Wiremill Social Club in Musselburgh was a roaring success with many great fights on display. Through ticket sales and the raffle we raised a grand total of 606.05 towards the club fund.
A special thank you goes out to Sharon Dobson and everyone else that helped muck in to make the night such a success.
During Chris' 25+ years of karate he has won many titles including the Scottish, British, European  and Commonwealth Championships. It was after achieving his Scottish All Styles (heavy weight) and Wado European Champion (heavy weight) titles that Chris decided to retire from the national squad and to take up coaching.