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Fleetwood Class Closure

Class Closure

Sensei Julie's Fleetwood class will be closed this Thursday 18th September due to Cardinal Allen's open evening at the school. All students who normally train at this class are invited to train at Sensei Simon's Wednesday Fleetwood class or Sensei Gavin's Thursday Bispham class. The time of both classes and the address of the Bispham dojo is available on our website. Sensei Julie's class will be back on as normal next week - Thursday 25th September, at the usual time.

Class Grading - Lauren Welsh

We would like to congratulate Lauren Welsh who graded to her 8th Kyu Orange belt at the Culcheth dojo on Saturday 6th September.

Lauren joined our club in early March and has made amazing progress in such a short time. From the very start it was obvious to anyone who saw Lauren train that she has a natural ability at karate. Lauren trains three times at week which is fantastic dedication for her grade and all her training is really paying off. At her grading she worked brilliantly throughout, she did lots of kumite but Lauren was unfazed and handled everything beautifully. 

Lauren's kata's are always well practiced and she can pick a new kata up with relative ease. Her kumite is brilliant and her kicks are quite formidable. Lauren is really enjoying her karate and is a delight to teach and have in the club. She is eager to learn and regularly practices at home with her cousin Taigen Swinburn who is another very talanted youngster here at Musuko Karate.

The sky really is the limit for Lauren and we look forward to seeing her progress through her grades.

Well done Lauren keep up the great work!

Senior Class Grading - September 2014

We held a grading at senior class on Wednesday 3rd September for two students Sensei Julie Dudley and Junior Sempai Jack Churchouse. Both students were attempting the grade of 1st Kyu and both were awesome on the night. We are very happy to say both students successfully achieved their 1st Kyu grades on a very warm evening and were excellent from start to finish!

Julie Dudley

Sensei Julie has been training with Sensei Simon now for a number of years and is currently one of our highest ranking females. Along with her son Alfie, they are valued members of our club and always attend every event we hold.  Sensei Julie is an inspiration to all the other females in the club from the very young which she teaches to adults that she trains along side. Sensei Julie is always fully committed to her training, her etiquette is always impeccable and her dedication is faultless.

Very rarely does Sensei Julie miss a class such is her love of karate. Her kata's are always well practiced and her kumite is easily the best female's around. She is no easy match to spar not even for her male companions and will give them all a good run for their money! Sensei Julie now runs her own Fleetwood class on a Thursday and along with Sempai Kirsty the class is going from strength to strength showing that she is also a great teacher. 

After todays grading we are very much looking forward to seeing Sensei Julie attempt her black belt in the very near future.

Congratulations Sensei Julie keep up the great work!

Jack Churchouse

Junior Sempai Jack Churchouse is another fantastic student who is a great example and role model to all our younger members. Jack again has been training with Sensei Simon now for a number of years and he is one of our best youngsters in the club. Jack always trains with 100% effort and focus. He is never big headed and is always happy to show and teach others when asked. Jack has turned into a lovely young man and is a credit to his family who are all valued members of our club. Again very rarely does Jack miss classes, regularly training with his mum Sempai Kirsty, younger brother and Junior Sempai Ben and recently dad Gary has also got the karate bug and joined in! As a family they are among our biggest supporters always attending any events we hold.

Jack's kata's are always stong and focused, he always practices hard and this shows in class. His sparring has improved vastly this last six months and this showed greatly at his grading, especially when he had to spar two and even three students at once! Jack kept his focus, dug in and kept going even though he was utterly exhausted at the end. Anyone who saw Jack grade could not fault his determination and effort. 

We are now very much looking forward to seeing Jack attempt his black belt in the near future.

Congratulations Jack awesome work!

Seminar with Sensei George Best 7th Dan,Saturday October 4th 2014

2 – 3.30 pm for white, yellow, orange, green, red, blue, purple belts           
3.45 – 5.15 pm for brown and black belts

We are holding a very special course with Sensei George Best 7th Dan.

Sensei George is a world renowned Karate-ka and one of the key members of the all-conquering KUGB squad of the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Sensei George is a former British, European and World Champion. He is renowned for his fast kicking techniques. Anyone who has ever trained with him or seen him in competition videos can appreciate the speed and power in which he can deliver a multitude of techniques. His distancing, timing and body movement are phenomenal making him one of the best Karate exponents England has produced.

This is a fantastic opportunity to train and be taught by a former World Champion!

The seminar will be held at: Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY.

Tickets for the seminar are priced at £12 per person and must be bought before the day. Please see your Sensei if you would like to attend the course. Places may be limited due to demand, so if you are interested an early purchase of a ticket is advisable.

Bank Holiday Class News

Just a reminder to all students who train at the Monday Fleetwood dojo with Sensei Simon that the class will be closed this coming Monday, 25th August, due to the bank holiday.  

Class News - August

We hope everyone is having a brilliant summer and thank you to all our students who have mainly kept up fantastic attendance throughout the summer holidays. All of our classes are running as normal with the exception of the two classes listed below:


Sensei Simon and Sensei Del's Tuesday Astley class - (Sensei Simon and Sensei Del) -  Due to maintenance work being undertaken at St Mary's High School, unfortunately the class will be CLOSED on Tuesday 19th August and Tuesday 26th August. The class will be OPEN and return at the usual time on Tuesday 2nd September.

Sensei Julie's Thursday Fleetwood class -  - The class will be CLOSED on Thursday 21st August only. It will be OPEN and return at the usual time on Thursday 28th August.


All students who train at any of the two above dojos are very welcome to train at any of our alternative classes which are all available to view on our website under 'classes'.

Fleetwood Grading - July 2014

On the 12th July we held a grading at Fleetwood for students from Sensei Simon's, Sensei Julie's and Sensei Del's classes, and what a fantastic grading it was! The students involved where from very young white belts through to one student, Jordan Morley, attempting his 3rd Kyu brown belt.

Thank you to Sensei Gavin, Sensei Julie, Sensei Martin and Sensei Del who assisted with the grading. Also thanks to Sempai Kirsty and Sempai Martin, Junior Instructors Nathan, Kieran and Dylan and Junior Sempai's Brandon, Jack, Ben, Rebecca and Laighton for helping on the day with the grading.

On what was a very hot day to grade, you could not fault the focus, effort and determination of every student who graded. We had a number of  white belts from age 4 years of age right through to adult, who showed some great karate basics for their first ever grading, and there was some lovely Kion kata on display. The remaining students grading, all of different Kyu levels, again showed fantastic karate basics, as well as great kata and kumite skills. The students grading to 4th Kyu purple belt  and 3rd Kyu brown belt where pushed particularly hard and had to endure a lot of kumite, and even two on one kumite sessions!

Very well done to Sensei Simon's Chorley dojo who have been training for a number of years now, and all did fantastically well and worked really hard,  the students attempting their 4th Kyu purple belts were awesome and really overcame a lot to achieve their grades. Well done to you all at the Chorley dojo you were brilliant!

Congratulations to each and every student who attempted their grading as everyone sucessfully achieved their next belts. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves as you all worked really hard for your next Kyu grade. Well done!


Jordan Morley 3rd Kyu

We have to give a special mention individually to Jordan as he was the only student on the day attempting 3rd Kyu brown belt, which is no easy task and could have been intimidating, but not for Jordan.

Jordan has been training for a number of years now with Sensei Simon, as well as also recently with Sensei Julie. Along with his dad Chris and now also little brother Jimmi, the Morley family are a great part of Musuko Karate and always give great commitment to the club and real effort in every class.

Jordan displayed great karate basics on the day, and was very focused throughout.  He had been practicing his kata's at Sensei Julie's class and this was really visible at his grading. Jordan was the longest to kumite out of all the students, and was greatly supported from the side by his family, as well as the other students and supporters watching. 

Jordan showed great focus and determination especially when he had to kumite both Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther and Kieron Lydon at the same time, this was no easy feat and Jordan was really tired by this point but he handled it brilliantly, dug in and kept on going until the end.

Congratulations Jordan you should be really proud of yourself and the great achievement of gaining your 3rd Kyu. Well done and keep up the fab work!   

Tuesday Astley Class

The Astley class will be closed on Tuesday 8th July, due to a dance production at the school. The class will return to normal on Tuesday 15th July at the usual time.

Students who train at the Astley class are invited to train at this Saturday's Culcheth class or at any of our other classes. The details, addresses and times of all current training sessions can be found on our website under 'Classes'.

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