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After School Club Grading

Congratulations to all the students who today graded from Heskin Pemberton Primary after school club. You all did fantastic for your first grading and should all be really proud of yourselves. Keep up the great work and effort!

Grading Assessment and Grading Information

The next grading assessment will be held on Saturday 28th June at Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY. The assessment is for students from Sensei Simon's Chorley dojo, Sensei Julie's Fleetwood dojo and Sensei Del's Leigh and Culcheth dojo's. The time will be from  2 - 4 pm for all grades.

The assessment costs £5 per student. Please pay on the day.

It is essential you attend the assessment if you are hoping to grade in July. Failure to attend will probably result in a student not being allowed to grade. Be prepared to work hard and please bring a drink along. The aim of the assessment is to see if a student is ready and knows the syllabus required for their grade, as well as to give you an idea what is expected of you on the grading day. All successful students who attend the assessment will be given their grading slips at the end of the day.


The grading will be held on Saturday 12th July at Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY. The time of the grading will be from 1.30 - 4 pm for all grades. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before the grading starts and remember to sign in and hand your licence book in when you arrive. Also please don't forget to bring a drink along,as well as your pads and mitts if you have them.


Family and friends are very welcome to come along and support you. May we ask that any observers please be respectful to others at all times and please set your phones to silent.

Club Grading 18th May

Many apologies for taking so long to do a write up on the grading, we have been refurbishing and upgrading the office, but we're all back to normal now!

We held our very first club grading on the 18th May and what a fantastic day it was! The feedback from families observing, regarding the grading and standard was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who commented to us and supported the day!

The grading was divided into two sections to give the maximum benefit for all students who were grading.


The first section had students grading from white belt to students attempting their 5th Kyu blue belts. From the very start all the students worked extremely hard and gave 100% effort and focus on what was so far the hottest day of the year!

The responses were fantastic and there was some great katas and kumite being displayed. There was a particularly good standard by the students who were grading from green to blue belt, and these students got pushed most on the day in the first section. By the end of the grading everyone who had taken part had very red faces and all the students throughly deserved their next grades.

Very well done to Kirsty Churchouse who was awarded her Sempai belt and badge and to Charlotte Bertram who deservedly earned her right to be a Junior Sempai.

Congratulations to all the students who successfully graded to their next Kyu and many thanks to Sensei Gavin, Sensei Julie, Sensei Martin and Sensei Del for assisting with the grading.


Section two had students from purple to 1st Kyu brown belt. These students were attempting their 3rd Kyu brown belts right through to one student, Dylan Hickman, attempting his Shodan-Ho.

Again all the students worked extremely hard and gave 100% effort from start to finish. There was some fantastic katas and brilliant kumite displayed and as a lot of these students were going for high grades they were pushed really hard. Each and every student displayed amazing karate-ka, staying focused, sharp,disciplined and super determined throughout.

All the students deservedly graded to their next Kyu's and were thoroughly deserving of them too! Congratulations and very well done to each and every one of you!

We must add a special thanks to our guest Instructor Sensei Peter Bibby 5th Dan, who came along and assisted with the grading panel as we had Dylan Hickman attempting Shodan-Ho. Thanks again also to Sensei Del who also assisted with the grading.

Congratulations to Martin Wilmott who was awarded and fully deserved his Sempai belt and badge.


We will always name in person students going for 3rd Kyu or above as to get to this level is a big achievement.

3rd Kyu

Taigen Swinburn                 Lucy Hulme                      Eve Benson                  Drew Benson

               Abby Woodcock                 Martin Wilmott               Chris Morley


2nd Kyu

Solomon Mattatia          Ben Churchouse              Jack Churchouse           Laighton Worthington

                                        Julie Dudley                                   Michael Jordan


1st Kyu

Alfie Appleby                 Brandon Crowther           Chelsea Grundy              Rebecca Worthington

Gavin Oliphant               Alex Oliphant                   Martin Thomas                 Ethan Woodcock


Congratulations to the above named students. You all fully deserved your grades and you are a credit to yourselves and the commitment to your training.


We will always individually mention students attempting their Shodan-Ho or above, as to get to this level takes many years of dedication, training and commitment.




Dylan Hickman is a very special student and young man. He has been training with Sensei Simon for around four years since he was a white belt and has always shown a great attitude in the dojo. He is always polite, trains hard and listens intently to what Sensei Simon teaches him. These foundations have made Dylan a fantastic karate-ka. His katas are always polished and well practiced and his kumite is strong and very controlled.

Dylan did extremelly well on the day and showed the other students why he was worthy of obtaining his black belt. Dylan had Nathan Crowther and Kieran Lydon..both already 1st Dans to contend with! They trained alongside Dylan throughout the grading and both boys worked and pushed Dylan hard in the basics and combinations. In the kumite Dylan was pushed extremely hard and even had to spar Sensei Peter and Sensei Simon at the same time!  Dylan stayed in control, kept his focus and just got on with the task in hand even though by this time he was exhausted!

Both Sensei's on the panel couldn't fail to be impressed by Dylan's determination and both Sensei Peter and Sensei Simon were very happy to award Dylan with his Shodan-Ho.

There were a few tears around the dojo and the biggest cheer of the day when Dylan was called forward to receive his belt and framed certificate. Dylan also gained his Junior Instructor badge and is now a great junior teacher and a fab example to all the other young students we have in the club.

Congratulations Dylan, awesome work! We now very much look forward to you hopefully attempting the grade of Shodan in late November.

New Class

Sensei Gavin Oliphant's brand new class starts this evening at Bodysenze Fitness, Unit 1, Bristol Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 0JF with its official opening being from next Thursday 12th June. The class time is 6.30-7.30 pm in the dance studio.

Any students who used to train at the old Poulton class or any student who wishes to do extra training leading up to their next grading is welcome to go along and train under Sensei Gavin. Sensei Gavin will be assisted by Sempai Martin Wilmott and Junior Instructor Dylan Hickman who are both brilliant teachers and leaders in their own right.

We wish Sensei Gavin all the very best with his new class and we know he is going to be a fantastic class instructor!

Pre - Grading Assessment - Sunday 17th May 2015.

Location: Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY

1 - 2 pm for White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Red, Blue belts

2.15 - 4pm for  Purple, Brown, 2nd Kyu, 1st Kyu and Black belts

All students who have been invited and are hoping to grade in June must attend this pre-assessment session. You will be notified by your Sensei if this grading applies to you. All students will be observed by the Chief Instructor. The pre-grading assessment is designed to put you through your paces and see individually if you are ready for your next grade. Attendance is important as failure to show may result in you having to wait until the next grading before attempting your next belt.

For all students who have been selected to attempt the grade of Shodan-Ho, Shodan or Nidan at the end of June it is vital you attend this assessment. Failure to show at the assessment will result in you NOT being allowed to grade at the June black belt grading.

Grading slips will be given out at the end of the assessment to all successful students.

The cost of the assessment is £5 per person for all students.
Please sign in and pay on the day.

Please note: The pre-assessment fee is not included in any pre-payment training fees.


March Update

Musuko Karate Academy has been running for just over a month now so we thought you may like to know what has been happening within that time.

The club continues to go from strength to strength with lots of new students. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome each and every one of you to Musuko Karate Academy. We are sure that your time spent with us at this great club will be friendly, informative and very rewarding! 

Within the first month we have also had our first student grading, opened a new Thursday Fleetwood class with Sensei Julie who is doing a fantastic job, and we also currently have an after school club running at a local primary school with Sensei Simon.

There are also plans in place for a new Thursday class to open very soon with Sensei Gavin...details to follow shortly!

We have some great and exciting things planned for the coming months so please keep checking here for details and also on our facebook page.

Finally, one of our Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther has succesfully been chosen to dance in Matthew Bourne's production of 'Lord of the Flies' at The Lowry, Salford, from the  2 - 5th April. Some of you may also have seen Nathan's appearance on the BBC 1 breakfast show on Friday 28th March with Matthew, speaking about Nathan's role in the lead up to next weeks shows.  I'm sure as a club we all wish Nathan well with his involvement in this fantastic theatre production!

Once again thank you for being part of such a fantastic club. Please remember we are always here to help so if you have any enquiries or concerns please do not hesistate to contact us in the usual ways.

First Grading Assessment

On Saturday 26th April we held our first grading assessment, and what a brilliant afternoon it was. The attendance and support was fantastic! The level of karate and attitude on the day was superb and everyone thorougly deserved their grading slips. Such was the high standard of every student's karate even the parents who watched couldn't fail to notice, and many commented at the end what a high level every one was at for their particular grade!

Thanks must go to Sensei Gavin, Sensei Martin, Sensei Julie and Sensei Del for helping with the assessment. All the Sensei's gave some great feedback on the day and they were all very impressed with how hard everyone worked.

Congratulations also to all our students who were awarded with our new Junior Sempai badges. You all fully deserve your roles for your karate, dedication and etiquette and will be a great example to all our other students who train with us.

We are now eagerly awaiting and very much looking forward to our first full grading in a few weeks time as well as Musuko Karate Academy's first ever student attempting their black belt!


Grading Assessment Date Change

We are changing the date of the grading assessment from Sunday 27th April to Saturday 26th April, due to there being some rather important premier league football games on the Sunday, which many of you will want to watch plus we couldn't have the hall for all the allocated hours we needed it.

The assessment will still be at Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY. The grading assessment times are still the same:

1 - 2.30pm for white to blue belts,        3 - 4.30pm for purple, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Kyu's.

It is very important that you attend this course if you are hoping to grade in May, as grading slips will be given out at the end of your assessment. Please be prepared to work hard and remember to bring a drink. The cost of the course is £5 per student, please pay on the day.

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