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Seminar in Durham!

On Saturday the 9th of December I will be teaching an open seminar in Durham! The seminar will run from midday to 4pm and will take place in Freemans Quay Leisure Centre, Freeman's Pl, Durham DH1 1SW. The cost is £30 / person. For more information and to book your place, please contact Dave Smith via or 07740 194575 (email preferred).

Sat, 2023-12-09 12:00
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Seminar in Burton-on-Trent

On Sunday the 10th of December 2023, I will be teaching an open seminar in Burton-on-Trent! seminar will run from 11:00am to 15:00pm and will be held at Carver Road Community Centre, Carver Rd, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0GQ. All styles are welcome! The seminar will cover the applications of Pinan / Heian Godan and Rohai (Itosu Rohai Shodan); which is related to both Matrumora Rohai (Shito-Ryu) and Meikiyo (Shotokan). No prior knowledge of the kata is needed. The cost of the seminar is £40 / person. For booking details and to secure your place, please contact Paul Smith on 07932501978.

Sun, 2023-12-10 11:00
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Seminar in Sweden!

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Location: Självskyddsakademin, Tians väg 73, SE-295 35 Bromölla, Sverige

Date: Saturday 16th of Dec 23 (09.00-16.00) and Sunday 17th of Dec 23 (09.00-13.00)

Text in Swedish

Det är med största glädje vi kan välkomna ett så stort namn som den internationella instruktören Iain A. Bernethy till Sverige och vår lilla förening i Bromölla. Information om anmälan i slutet av texten.

Sat, 2023-12-16 09:00
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Seminar in Grunwald (near Munich), Germany

Details in German

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Am 13. und 14. Januar 2024 werde ich in Grünwald bei München, Deutschland einen Lehrgang halten.

Thema: Bunkai der Jitte, incl. Flow Drill für zwei Personen und Pratzentraining der Kata

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Sat, 2024-01-13 11:00
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Seminar in Sidcup, Kent!

On Sunday 21st January 2024 I will be teaching an open seminar in Sidcup, Kent! The theme of the seminar will be the Tekki / Naihanchi series! We will look at the methods of the first kata and how they are expanded upon and developed in the Nidan and Sandan versions. The original kata Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan was brought into karate by Sokon Matsumura. The Nidan and Sandan versions were developed by his student Anko Itosu (also the originator of the Pinan / Heian series of kata). Not all styles practise all three versions and no prior knowledge of the kata is needed.

Sun, 2024-01-21 11:00
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John Johnston and Iain Abernethy Joint Seminar

On Saturday the 27th of January 2024 I will be teaching alongside the always impressive John Johnston 8th dan!

Date: 27th of January 2024

Time: 12 - 4pm

If 5 people pre-book and pay in advance, 1 person gets a free place.


Price: £40 per person

To pre-book contact: 07791 635958

Address: MCSDA, Masons Place Business Park, Nottingham Road, Derby, DE21 6AQ

Sat, 2024-01-27 12:00
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Christian Wedewardt UK Seminar Feb 2024

Christian Wedewardt will be teaching a seminar (with assistance from myself) on Saturday 17th February in Abingdon! Christian is one of my favourite functional karateka to work with! His material is direct, functional, easy to adopt and relevant to all styles! It’s not just what he teaches, but how he teaches that I really admire.

Sat, 2024-02-17 12:00
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Seminar in Bristol

Saturday the 24th of February 2024 sees me teaching in Bristol! The seminar will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm and will take place at Downend Sports Centre, Garnett Place, Downend, Bristol, BS16 6XA. The cost is £30 per person. To book your place please contact Rob Jones via or 0758 3000 220. The theme of this year will be the applications of Naihanchi 1 to 3 / Tekki 1 to 3 and how they integrate together.

Sat, 2024-02-24 10:00
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Seminar in Chester!

Open Course with Iain Abernethy in Chester!

Date: 25th February 2024

Time: 11:00 – 15:00

Location: The Old Chapel, Housesteads Dr, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3DL, United Kingdom

Sun, 2024-02-25 11:00
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