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Black Belt Grading - Results

On Sunday 24th June we held a black belt grading for twelve students who were attempting the grade of Shodan-Ho, Shodan or Nidan grades.

Due to the dedication and hard training here at Musuko Karate Academy we had another 100% pass rate! Yes - there were some areas where there can still be improvement in students, but generally the standard was very high!

Many thanks to those who gave up their day to assist – Sensie Julie Dudley, Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Martin Thomas plus our special guest instructor who kindly agreed to sit on the grading panel. I know from your comments that you were all very impressed by the overall standard and I couldn’t do days like grading’s without your brilliant support.

Thank you to all the parents and families who supported on the day, and who drive their children around to the karate classes, grading’s and events all year round, your ongoing support and commitment to the club is fantastic!

I must also mention the people who kindly gave up their day to assist with the grading and jumped in line to partner and support those grading.  Sensei Jack Churchouse, Sensei Kirsty Churchouse, Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther and Alfie Appleby, Sempai Karen Jackson and Christian Schofield and Junior Sempai's Ben Churchouse and Lucy Hulme.  Thank you to each and every one of you. Your commitment to the club does not go unnoticed.

We are sure the whole club will join us in Congratulating the students individually named below along with their new ranks.

To get to these grades in Karate takes many, many years of dedication and it takes a very special student to go all the way to black belt and then continue beyond that with their training. Some students simply hang up their belts when they achieve it, thinking that is the end result but this action is an awful waste.

We sincerely hope that the students listed below will continue with their training for many years to come as their karate journey truly only begins at black belt level….

 

Paul Webber  – Shodan-Ho
Sensei Paul has continuously trained at the Fleetwood dojo’s since a white belt and tries his hardest in every class and every challenge he is given. He is a great example to the other adult male students in the club and enjoys his role of Sensei immensely. He is becoming a great teacher and his confidence within classes is growing.  He is a fantastic student to have in the club and along with partner Sensei Julie Dudley, supports every event we hold.  Paul has always been consistent with his training and this has really helped his karate to improve at every grade he has achieved along the way. Paul worked really hard at the grading, he put effort into all the basics and tried his best at everything. His combinations were generally performed to a good standard, his kata’s were lovely and clean and had been practiced well and his basics were done with confidence and assertiveness. Paul’s kumite is his stronger point and he is now also starting to show much more control and respect in kumite rather than just throwing kicks and punches around, he was really pushed in this section but remained calm and composed throughout and showed great character in his karate. Congratulations Paul, you thoroughly deserved your Shodan-Ho grade. Well done!

 

Freya Hulme -Shodan-Ho
Freya is one of our brilliant young female students in the club and a real little pocket rocket. Freya is only ten years of age and has made great progress in her karate as she has steadily come through her grades. Freya is consistent with her training, and her focus and effort in class is improving all the time and this along with her belief in herself is helping her karate tenfold. She is a real little character in the dojo and can often make everyone laugh with her comments and facial expressions. She is also a popular member in class and has made some great karate friends. At the grading Freya was brilliant from the start, her basic overall karate was sharp and clean and her kata’s were practiced and flowed well. She had brilliant kicks and her general basics were very good. Freya also handled the kumite section amazingly well for someone so young. She dug in, unfazed by any of her sparring partners, and showed kumite of great speed and control. Congratulations Freya a brilliant effort all day and fully deserving of your Shodan-Ho!

 

Lauren Welsh – Shodan-Ho
Lauren is one of our super talented young females who has been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt. Lauren has always had strong karate in all areas, and the sky really is the limit for this young lady. She has had numerous successes in tournaments and is a member of our Elite Kata Squad. Lauren is an absolute delight to have in the dojo, she tries her hardest in every class and absorbs everything shown to her like a sponge!  Lauren was brilliant at her grading her combinations were very sharp and brilliantly executed, her kata’s are done with real confidence and are very clean and all her basics are of someone more advanced than Lauren’s current grade. Lauren was also fantastic in the kumite section, she held her nerve and just got on with what she had to do, showing everyone around some brilliant kicks and controlled punches. Lauren has lots of friends within the club and is a great role model to have in the dojo. A lot of the younger female members look up to her and she is a fantastic Junior Sempai and takes her role seriously.  Congratulations Lauren on your Shodan-Ho. Keep up the fab work!

 

Jack Southern – Shodan-Ho
Jack is a very dedicated student and started karate at the Fleetwood dojo’s at a very young age. He has trained consistently ever since and this is a real testament to his determination and drive to succeed. Jack is still only ten years of age and a real little pocket rocket. For someone so young he has remained focused throughout all his gradings and really made brilliant progress. He is an absolute pleasure to have in the dojo, is a popular member in class and has made some great friends. All the years of training for Jack came down to his grading day and it all paid off. After a nervous start he got his head together and then was not fazed in any areas and just got on with the job in hand. Jack has good all round karate, his basics are quite strong and his combinations were completed well. Jack’s kata’s were of a good standard, nice and clean and he was confident when performing them which was great to see. In the kumite section Jack handled all aspects brilliantly –  every section was very admirable to watch and he worked tirelessly all afternoon showing why he really deserved his Shodan-Ho grade. Very well done Jack, Congratulations!

 

Jacob Greaves – Shodan
Jacob is a lovely and quite shy young man in the dojo who has been training at the Fleetwood dojo’s from a white belt. He has always tried his hardest in classes and is a real pleasure to have in the dojo. Jacob enjoys teaching and helping others in the dojo and this is really good to see. On the grading day Jacob was extremely focused from the start, his basics and stances were good, and his kata’s were well practiced and clean. In the kumite section Jacob did really well and showed a greater maturity with his understanding of control and distance, and when pushed Jacob took it all in his stride and stayed very composed throughout. Jacob’s karate will improve even more I’m sure as he continues to make great strides in classes. Congratulations Jacob on your Shodan achievement. Keep up the great work!

 

Harvey Atkinson – Shodan
Harvey is a polite and thoughtful young man who has been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt. He has always had good consistency in his training, and tries his hardest in every class. He has taken his role as Junior Sempai with a flourish and really enjoys teaching others and is a fantastic example to the younger kids in the club.  Harvey’s karate is really coming along, he has significantly improved in all areas since his Shodan-Ho grade and his kata and kumite are of equal strengths. At the grading Harvey gave it his all from the very start, his basics and combinations were all good and his kata’s were controlled and practiced well, he showed some lovely hip work and he went through all sections of the grading efficiently and with real confidence. Harvey’s kumite was also very good with controlled movement and skill. He handled the whole day really well and it showed that he has listened and put into practice what he has been taught in classes. Well done Harvey and Congratulations on your Shodan – a very deserving grade!

 

Daisy Oliphant - Shodan
Daisy is one of our fantastic young female students and another real little pocket rocket! Daisy has again been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt and is a very devoted student and along with her dad Sensei Gavin supports every event we do. Daisy is a popular student in the club and has made lots of karate friends, she is super talented, and I don’t think she realises how good she really is! She is an absolute delight to have in classes and always trains well. Daisy was brilliant at her grading she had good basics in all areas of her karate, her combinations were done to a really good standard and her kata’s were very tidy and precise and you could see that they had been practiced well. Her kumite was very controlled and although Daisy got extremely tired she didn’t give up and continued to push through to the very end. Daisy gets very apprehensive and nervous before grading’s but she comes through strong once the gradings begin and this is a real testament to her sheer drive and determination and I am so proud of Daisy for this. Congratulations on achieving your Shodan Daisy – a fantastic achievement!

 

Yvonne Crowther- Shodan
Club Manager and Sensei Yvonne has worked tirelessly through her grades. Rarely missing classes she has been a steady student who also tries her hardest in the dojo. In between running the club admin and her teaching role on Friday’s at the Chorley class she is rarely out of a gi these days – but she enjoys the logistic challenge (or so I’m told). Karate hasn’t always come naturally but she has kept moving forward - never giving in, and this has encouraged other female adults to take up karate, and to challenge themselves.  Yvonne did really well on her grading day, completing all sections cleanly and holding her focus and nerve all afternoon– not easy in front of Sensei Simon! Her combinations were clean and her kata’s had been practiced well. During the kumite section on a very warm day, she held her focus well and didn’t allow anything to faze her and handled the whole grading much better than her Shodan-Ho grade. Two on one sessions with Sensei Kirsty and Sensei Julie really pushed her but she remained calm and in control throughout and kept going right through until the end.  Congratulations Yvonne, very well done on your Shodan grade. Brilliant work!

 

Mike Jordan – Shodan
Mike is one of our adult students who has been training with Sensei Simon since a white belt. He is an absolute inspiration to all adult students as considering his age (I know he won’t mind me saying that) he is so determined and focused and really wanted to attain his Shodan grade no matter what!  Mike is very consistent with his training and despite a tough year in some ways he is never defeated and always upbeat. On the grading day Mike showed that he has significantly improved since his Shodan-Ho and he was brilliant all afternoon, he worked tirelessly through every section and it was very admirable to watch. His basics and combinations were all done to the best of his ability, and his kata’s were well practiced and done with confidence.  In the kumite section he was unfazed and handled each opponent and situation very well. When pushed in kumite he stayed controlled throughout and handled everything with real composure.  A very well deserved Shodan grade Mike. Congratulations, you should be really proud of what you have achieved. What a fantastic achievement!

 

Martin Wilmot - Nidan
Martin is another of our male adults in the club, and really enjoys his karate. He has trained with Sensei Simon from a white belt and has always been a consistent and focused student within his training. Martin is a brilliant student to have in the dojo and supports everything we do, he is a popular member in classes and is a great asset to the club. Martin always tries his hardest when challenged and has good karate in all areas which really showed at the grading. His basics and combinations were to a generally good standard and he performed his kata’s well. Martin was pushed hard in the kumite section but showed control and distance and handled this section much better than when he attempted his Shodan grade. Martin had constantly attended Senior class leading up to his grading and this definitely paid off for him on the day. Martin is now a Sensei in his own right and runs successful classes in Blackpool on Tuesday and Friday evenings with a significant number of students who all have a good standard. This is a testament to Martin’s keen interest in karate and his own personal development moving forward. Brilliant work Sensei Martin. Congratulations on your Nidan grade and keep up the fantastic work you are doing!

 

Brandon Crowther - Nidan
Brandon at thirteen years of age is one of our youngest members to attain the grade of Nidan. Brandon has trained in karate from the age of four as a white belt and has trained around four to five times a week ever since! He is part of our Elite Kata Squad and has had numerous successes in tournaments, he has also recently been chosen to represent England in the EKF Youth Kata Squad which is an amazing opportunity.  Brandon is very determined in his training to succeed in everything he does, and always trains with 100% effort and focus. Brandon has strong karate in all areas, his basics are very good and he has really good combinations. His kata’s are very well practiced with outstanding stances and he has some beautiful kicks. Brandon could have more Kimae in his karate but this is something to work towards in the future as he is still quite young. Brandon also has good kumite with control but needs to aim for more power as he gets older. If Brandon continues to train like he currently is - and with the same drive and detemination, he has a fantastic karate future ahead of him. Congratulations Brandon on your Nidan grade. Keep up the fab work!

 

Danni Williams – Nidan
Danni joined us from another club around eighteen months ago and has become one of the clubs best young females and is a fantastic student to have. She is a lovely polite young lady and an absolute pleasure to teach. She has formed a close bond with Brandon Crowther and they are constantly seen working together in classes. Danni’s karate continues to go from strength to strength, she is a member of our Elite Kata Squad and has had numerous successes in tournaments, she too has also recently been selected for the EKF England Youth squad and will compete for her country - an amazing achievement. She is another of our students who supports everything we do and she absolutley loves her karate and trains four or five times a week. Her drive to succeed is very admirable and she always trains with 100% effort and focus. On the grading day Danni was brilliant from start to finish, she has really good basics and her combinations were generally of a good standard.  Danni’s kata’s were extremely good and she showed her true ability brilliantly, executing them with real kimae and control.  Danni also has really strong kumite, she has good kicks and punches and she stays in control and never loses her temper when pushed showing real grit and determination. The future is very bright for Danni, I'm sure she will have a fantastic karate future ahead of her and that she will continure to have many more great successes moving forwards. Congratulations on your Nidan grade Danni a fantastic achievement and one you should be really proud of! 


 

 

June 2018 Kyu Club Grading - Results

On Sunday 17th June 2018 we held a grading at Fleetwood for students grading from their very first grading of white belt all the way through to students grading to 1st Kyu. Everyone on the day was superb and give it their all – for some of our very young students this was their first taste of a club grading but they all behaved impeccably and showed some real promise for the future!

Once again thank you to everyone who helped and supported on the day and for giving up your time to assist – Senior Instructors Sensei’s Julie Dudley, Gavin Oliphant and Martin Thomas. Club Sensei’s Del Knowles, Martin Wilmot, Kirsty Churchouse and Jack Churchouse, Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther, Sempai Christian Schofield and Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther and Danni Williams and to Sensei Yvonne Crowther for all preparation and admin work for the grading.  You were all a fantastic help on the day and a vital part of days like gradings.

To the parents and family members watching – thanks again for being superb throughout and being so encouraging to all those grading – you truly are a fantastic bunch of people and are for ever supporting everything we do! I often say this but to have such supportive families is fantastic and we are extremely grateful for the time and effort you take bringing your children to classes and events.

We once again had a pass rate of 100% and this is a great testament to our Instructor’s and Sempai’s  and the time and effort they put into every student to ensure they get the very best out of them and ensue they are prepared for days like gradings.

Back to the grading - and very well done to all our new yellow belts who showed real effort and determination all afternoon – both children and adults alike all worked very hard and showed some great karate off, there are definitely some promising students to watch for the future. I hope you all enjoyed your first club grading.  Congratulations on your 9th Kyu’s.

Our new 8th Kyu Orange belts showed significant improvement from their 9th Kyu grading and seemed to really enjoy themselves all afternoon and gave real effort throughout  – well done to you all!

We had a particularly large number of 7th Kyu Green belts, 6th Kyu Red belts and 5th Kyu Blue belts grading – who all worked very hard throughout the day.  Congratulations to you all on achieving your new belts.  You are now at the halfway stage of your Kyu grades – keep up the great work and continue to train hard to ensure you move forward on time for future levels.

Congratulations to all our new 4th Kyu purple belts – all brilliant on the day and vastly improved since your last gradings. You are all now one Kyu grade away from senior grades! Your understanding of karate should be vastly improving, and your basic learning of Heian kata’s is almost complete. The key to developing your karate and moving forward is to train regularly and apply what is being taught and you will have no problems obtaining these senior grades in the future. Well done to you all!

We always name those students who reach grades of 3rd Kyu and above – these grades take many years of training and dedication to reach, and although the timescale of reaching them may differ from student to student, nonetheless every student will have gone through massive personal achievements to obtain these grades.

Therefore, huge Congratulations to the following students –

 

Paul Preston – 3rd Kyu

Paul is a true gent and is a great person to have in the club. He is very respective in the dojo and always tries his hardest at everything he does. He takes his karate very seriously and always applies what he has been taught. For Paul achieving the milestone of 3rd Kyu was a huge achievement as he had trained in karate previously a number of years ago but due to circumstances outside his control had to stop training just before reaching his 3rd Kyu. Paul did brilliantly at his grading he worked extremely hard from the offset and gave every section of the grading his all. His kata’s and combinations were nice and clean, his basics were completed with good technique and his kumite was controlled and had good distance and understanding. Paul is eager to start senior class now which he has already enquired about – and he understands this is an essential part of training for anyone wishing to move forward in these higher Kyu grade and black belt levels. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu Paul, a very deserving grade. Well done!

 

Matthew Lacy – 2nd Kyu

Matthew is a lovely guy and a real pleasure to have in the club. He has improved again since his 3rd Kyu and has a great understanding of all his karate across the board – his kata’s are precise and very clean  and he has good hip work, however his kumite still needs a bit more control but I’m sure this will come with time. Matthew is a very determined student and his extra practicing at home and in the dojo before the class starts has paid dividends as he makes great strides forward. Matthew coped brilliantly with all aspects of his grading and nothing really troubled him all afternoon. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu Matthew, keep working hard as you get ever nearer to your black belt.  

 

John Lacy – 1st Kyu

John is another lovely guy to have in the club and has trained at the Chorley dojo since a white belt. John has significantly improved since his 2nd Kyu,  he now has a better understanding of his kata’s and his basics are becoming much cleaner and with much more technique. His kumite is also showing much more control and is not as wild and thrashy as in the past. John did brilliantly at his grading, he was very determined to gain his 1st Kyu and from the very start gave every section 100%. He definitely handled the day better than previous gradings and it’s a real pleasure to see how far John has come in his karate. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu John – next grade black belt!

 

Karen Jackson – 1st Kyu

Sempai Karen is one of our fantastic female students in the club – she enjoys her role as Sempai and takes it very seriously. Karen is making great strides in her karate and is improving all the time. She always attends senior class, and this is the key to Karen’s success moving forward. Karen always applies herself to everything she does with full focus  – sometimes she is a little hard on herself but that’s because she cares so deeply about her training. Karen coped brilliantly all afternoon at her grading she had nice clean kata’s, good tidy basics and good controlled kumite. She was extremely tired towards the end and was pushed further in her kumite section than ever before – but she dug in deep, showed real character and never gave up. Many Congratulations on your 1st Kyu Karen – a thoroughly deserved grade!

 

Emma Mackie – 1st Kyu

Emma is another of our brilliant female students – she is very determined about her training and applies herself really well at every class, trying her hardest at everything she does. She rarely misses classes including senior class and is really making fantastic strides in her karate. Emma worked tirelessly all afternoon at the grading – she was focused throughout and displayed, good clean kata’s and basics and nice controlled kumite. She was pushed hard in the latter stages of the kumite section but she dug in and just kept going – despite being extremely tired. Emma should be proud of how far she has come and I know she has the determination and drive to go all the way to black belt and beyond. Well done Emma, a fantastic achievement. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu!

 

Max Gray – 1st Kyu

Max is one of our fantastic young male students in the club. After coming back to training after breaking his leg not once but twice –  it’s really great to see him back in class again and we have all missed him! Max is a lovely polite student, he tries his hardest at everything he does and is a real pleasure to teach. It’s never easy to get back into the swing of things after taking time out but Max has just slotted back in and carried on where he left off. Max was awesome all afternoon at his grading, he was unfazed in every section and gave everything asked of him his all. He had lovely basics and kata’s and his kumite was well controlled and had good distance. Max should be extremely proud of all he has achieved so far, he hasn’t let his injury hinder him and he has a real steely determination to move forward with great purpose. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu Max. A very deserving grade. I look forward to seeing you attempt your black belt very soon!

Congratulations to BKF 4 Nations Silver Medalists - Nathan Crowther & Danni Williams.

Three students from our Elite Tournament Squad Team recently travelled to Leicester on Saturday 26th May for the British 4 Nations Championships. 

After competing in tough rounds in individual kata against some brilliant competion Nathan Crowther who is also in the EKF Junior 'A' squad and Danni Williams  who is in the EKF Youth Squad both came away with a Silver medal each in their respective categories - a fantastic achievement for their first British 4 Nations event!

Massive Congratulations Nathan and Danni we are so proud of you both!

Brandon Crowther who is also in the EKF Youth Squad, and is EKF National boys champion for his age group was really poorly on the day but Brandon being as determined as he is still insisted on competing - he did well in his rounds of individual kata and narrowly missed out on a medal position - well done Brandon we loved your sheer drive to still compete even though you could hardly speak and had a high temp!

Keep going guys - you and the rest of our tournament squad members are doing an amazing job! 

 

                                          

MKA Inter Club Tournament - Results

What a fantastic day our inter club tournament was!!

We have had many, many compliments about the day - thank you for all of them. 

From white belt to Nidan grades everyone who competed was superb and everyone supported each other, the older male and female students are an absolutely credit to themselves for encouraging and supporting the younger students who where there on the day. Along with our amazing instructor team we are so lucky to have such fantastic and supportive people around us. 

Demonstrations from the elite squad kata team and a team demo from our senior instructors was very inspiring to see - and everyone really enjoyed watching the perfomances. 

Congratualations to all our competitors - medal winners or not you were all awesome and we hope you got lots of experience of competing on the tatami.

All the results from the tournament are now available to view on the club's closed facebook page.

Once again, thank you all for supporting this event and we very much look forward to holding the next one!

EKF Squad Trials Update - Congratulations to Students Brandon Crowther & Danni Williams!

 

On Sunday 29th April two of our elite squad members - Brandon Crowther and Danni Williams, travelled to Yorkshire for trial selections for the English Karate Federation Youth Kata 'A' Squad and  selections to officially represent England abroad in 2018.

After what was a very tense four hour selection process we are absolutely delighted as a club to announce that Brandon and Danni were both selected for the E.K.F 'A' squad - but their afternoon's success didn't stop there - not only were they both then chosen to represent England individually in their respective kata categories but were also each selected as one of three team members for both  male and female team kata in their appropriate category age groups!

They are now both eagerly awaiting the competition which takes place in Helsinki in mid August and are already no doubt training hard with this tournament in mind.  

This  is a fantastic achievement for these two brilliant young athletes and Chief Instructor Sensei Simon Crowther couldn't be more proud of them both!

We very much look forward as a club to watching them prepare for the competition and we know every one of our students and families will be supporting them all the way when the time comes.

Congratulations Brandon and Danni - we wish you every luck with your future karate journeys and we know you will both be awesome in Helsinki!

 

 

Club Kyu Grading Results - March 2018.

On Sunday 4th March we held our first grading of 2018 and what a fantastic kick start to the year it was! This was a large grading with students of various grades – for some this was their first experience of a club grading and attempting the grade of 9th Kyu right through to students attempting their 1st Kyu – their very last experience of participating in a club kyu grading and their final kyu grade before black belt.

As always, we need to thank those who helped on the day, Senior Instructors – Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Martin Thomas and Sensei Gavin Oliphant. Club Sensei’s - Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Chris Greenhalgh, Sensei Jack Churchouse, Sensei Amanda Kershaw, Sensei Martin Wilmot, Sensei Kirsty Churchouse and Sensei Martin Kershaw. Grading and admin preparation - Sensei Yvonne Crowther, Junior Instructor - Nathan Crowther, and Junior Sempai’s - Amy Kershaw and Brandon Crowther and black belt students - Harvey Atkinson, Keiron Gray and Oliver Spencer. Thanks to you all for your extremely valued help and support – it makes the task of days like gradings a much more manageable deed!

The room was once again packed with family supporters and friends encouraging and cheering on everyone who was grading. As a large club we are extremely lucky to have such amazing families who support everything we do and leave us such fantastic reviews. So, a huge thank you must go to all the parents who every week drive their children to lessons, and vastly support gradings, tournaments and seminars - without your superb commitment none of this would be possible and Musuko Karate Academy wouldn’t be the club that it is. 

Back to the grading now – and everyone did amazingly well on the day and we are proud to have yet another 100% pass rate, the effort and focus brought by many was brilliant to see and there was some superb karate on display. All the instructors were very impressed with everyone who graded and fully agreed that all the students fully deserved their next kyu grades.

The white belts were of an exceptionally good standard and showed some very promising students going forward – all the white belts handled the grading extremely well and they should be very proud of their first kyu grade and the first rung on their own personal ladder of achievement – well done to you all!

Everyone who graded from 8th kyu to 4th kyu – also worked superbly all afternoon and there were some lovely katas, stances and kumite on display! It’s brilliant to see such talent coming through the ranks and there are some awesome students to watch for the future. Some of our younger students going from 6th kyu red belt to 5th kyu blue belt really pulled it out the bag and surprised everyone with their real effort and focus all day – keep up the great work guys! Congratulations to you all on your new grades.

We had a particularly high number of students attempting the grades of 3rd Kyu and above – and as always, we mention each of these students by name as to gain these senior grades takes many years of dedication, training and commitment. Therefore, massive congratulations to all of the students named below for your superb efforts and achievements so far:

 

Dev Patel – 3rd Kyu

Dev has been training at the Leigh dojos for a number of years now and is starting to make real strides in his karate. Dev really enjoys his training and is a great student to have in the club, he supports all our events and has formed some great friendships with other students of a similar age. He is a pleasure to teach and tries his hardest at everything he is shown. Since starting senior class Dev has started to grow in confidence and understanding and this is now reflecting in his karate. Dev did well at his grading he worked hard all day and gave everything to each section. His katas and stances are improving all the time, and he now has cleaner combinations. Dev never stopped in the kumite section and worked tirelessly regardless of who is opposing sparring partner was, he handled the section well and showed he fully deserved his 3rd Kyu belt. Congratulations Dev - keep up the great work!

 

James Paterson – 3rd Kyu

James has been training with Sensei Julie since a white belt. He has progressed through his grades nicely and is starting to understand more now what is being asked of him in class. One of our male adults in the club, James has made some good friends with other male students and is a polite mannerable student who is a pleasure to teach. James seems to enjoy his karate and rarely misses a lesson and along with his daughter Lydia they are supportive of all events we hold. James gave his all at the grading he worked hard from the start and was determined to get his 3rd Kyu grade. He coped well with the kumite section when pushed and just kept going no matter what. James would now benefit hugely if he attends senior class to grasp a greater understanding of black belt combinations, hip work and more detail of the higher grades katas - an essential part of the syllabus for anyone progressing towards black belt.  Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu James, very well done!

 

Calvin Kenyon - 3rd Kyu
Calvin has trained with Sensei Simon and Sensei Julie since a white belt. He is consistent with his training and he has always attended senior class since becoming a 4th Kyu. Calvin has good basics, and katas and has a really good understanding of hip work. Calvin is a quiet student who does have some confidence issues, and this is something we need to try and build on now. On the grading day Calvin did well, he worked hard in the sections and was pushed harder in the kumite section than in previous grading's - Calvin did struggle with this section for a while, but he did compose himself and carried on to the end and we commend him for this. To get to back belt is never easy but hopefully Calvin can dig deep and not give in. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu Calvin. Stay positive and keep up the hard work.

 

Matthew Lacy – 3rd Kyu

Matthew trains at the Chorley dojo along with his son Joshua and really enjoys his training, he is an absolute pleasure to teach and tries his hardest in every lesson. He always arrives at class early and is often seen practicing before the lesson starts along with Joshua. This all helps Matthew massively, and along with rarely missing classes and listening intently to everything he is taught he is making great strides in his training. Matthew is keen to learn and will ask questions if he is unsure of anything, he also has a great knack of picking things up very quickly and takes his karate very seriously. If Matthew could now attend senior class, he would make even greater progress with his karate working on the different aspects required for high ranking grades.  With this experience we have no doubt he would go all the way to black belt and beyond. Well done Matthew – superb work! Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu.

 

Gary Churchouse – 3rd Kyu

Karate in the Churchouse home is a real family affair! Gary started training a few years ago after watching wife Sensei Kirsty, and sons Sensei Jack and Junior Sempai Ben train. As a family they are brilliant members of the club and support everything we do.  Since starting Gary has progressed well through his grades despite having to take some time out due to an injury. He is a great character to have in the dojo and tries his hardest in every lesson, he is also a popular member and has made many friends.  Gary did very well at his grading, despite still having some discomfort from his injury he didn’t let it hinder him and was determined to get through his grading no matter what! Gary worked hard all afternoon showing some nice clean practiced katas and good basics.  He coped well with the kumite section, despite being pushed hard at times, and is now showing a greater understanding of sparring. Well done Gary. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu, keep training hard and the rewards will continue to come.

 

Mandy Chalk – 3rd Kyu

Mandy has trained with Sensei Julie since being a white belt along with her two daughters Ella and Poppy. She is a great student to have in the club, is popular with other adult female students of a similar age and has made some great friends. She has a lovely friendly personality and is a pleasure to teach. Since gaining her 4th Kyu Mandy has started attending senior class and has increased her training hours, this has helped her improve her karate massively and prepare for higher grades, working on combinations and higher-grade kata’s. Mandy did very well at the grading she worked hard from the start and showed all her karate ability off to a great standard. She had good katas, basics and stances and wasn’t fazed at all during kumite, and there was a definite improvement in all arears since her 4th Kyu.  Mandy just now needs to start believing in herself more and how far she has come with her training. Well done Mandy keep up the great work you’re doing. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu!

 

Lydia -May Geddes – 2nd Kyu

Lydia is a great little student who has been with the club a number of years now and consistently trains - rarely missing lessons. She has a lovely gentle personality and is a popular member within the club. Lydia has kept training hard and listening to what she is being taught since gaining her 3rd Kyu and this showed at her grading. She always tries her best in class and this attitude then reflects on days like gradings.  Lydia regularly attends senior class and this is helping her greatly improve and prepare for her higher grades. She coped really well at the grading displaying  lots of effort all afternoon with clean katas and stances and good controlled kumite. Lydia should be proud of the progress she is making and the achievements she is seeing through. Well done Lydia keep up the splendid work – Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu.

 

Jessica Shovelton – 2nd Kyu

Jessica is a lovely quiet natured student who is an absolute pleasure to teach. She tries her hardest in every lesson, listening intently and then putting it into practice. She is a popular member within the dojo and has made some great friends. Since gaining her 3rd Kyu Jessica has started attending senior class on Tuesdays in Leigh and this has helped her immensely to learn the higher-grade katas and black belt combinations required moving forward. She is now much more confident and relaxed than the shy student who started out all those years ago, and hopefully she is starting to believe in her own ability.  Jessica has lovely stances and katas and has good controlled kumite, she is progressing really well, and we have every confidence she will go all the way to black belt and beyond. Jess did brilliantly at her grading, she worked hard from the start and nothing fazed her all afternoon, showing that she has real spirit and focus. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu Jessica – very well deserved! Keep up the splendid work!

 

Bethany Bradford – 2nd Kyu

Bethany is another delight to have in the dojo, and a real pleasure to teach. She is a quiet natured student but inside has a steely determination and enjoys her training and the challenges it brings. A popular member in the dojo, she is a great member of the club and supports a lot of our events.  Bethany rarely misses classes and since attending senior class has significantly improved. On the grading day Bethany quietly got along with doing everything asked of her, she can sometimes look like she is just breezing along but when pushed Bethany can handle any situation brilliantly. She has good clean katas, stances and basics and her kumite is nice and controlled, when pushed in this section she just got on with the job in hand and her understanding of distance and pace helped her hugely. Well done Bethany, keep working hard towards that black belt. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu!

 

Georgia Jackson – 2nd Kyu

Georgia is another of our talented young female students and is progressing well through her grades. She is very polite and always listens and tries her hardest in class. Georgia has always trained well and along with her mum Sempai Karen Jackson rarely misses a class. Georgia is a great little character and is fast becoming a great karate-ka. She has a lovely bubbly personality and is always smiling. Georgia is a delight to teach and soaks up a lot of what is taught like a sponge. She has brilliant katas and all her basics and stances are lovely and clean. Georgia handled the grading with no difficulty at all, she worked tirelessly all afternoon and completed everything asked of her. In the kumite section she was controlled at all times and showed how fast she is now maturing as a student. Well done Georgia – keep up the fantastic work. A very well deserved 2nd Kyu!

 

Karen Jackson – 2nd Kyu

Sempai Karen Jackson is one of our talented female adults, she is a brilliant student to teach and takes her karate very seriously. Karen always tries her hardest at everything and can get frustrated when she doesn’t always get things correct straight away, she doesn’t need to be so hard on herself though as she is doing brilliantly in all areas. Karen also really enjoys her role of Sempai and takes every opportunity to support at gradings and pre-assessments as well as being a great teacher in class. Karen has a lovely friendly personality and is very popular with other female students of a similar age. She regularly attends senior class and this has helped her grow both in confidence and understanding as she works through those higher grades. She is making huge strides in her karate and is significantly improving year on year. Karen was superb on the grading day and nothing troubled her, she gave every area her all and with a real steely determination and focus. Congratulations Karen – a brilliant achievement. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu!

 

William Marland – 2nd Kyu

William is one of our talented young male students and is a great student to teach. William really loves his karate and never misses a class unless he is poorly or on holiday. He supports every event we hold and we’re sure if William could, he would train every single day! Since obtaining his 3rd Kyu William has been attending senior class, he has handled everything brilliantly for a student of such a young age and is now making significant improvement in all areas of his karate. He is a lovely polite student, who just gets on with his training – he listens intently to everything he is taught and then puts it all into practice. William is growing both in confidence and understanding and on the grading day nothing really intimidated him, he worked hard from the start and was good in all areas displaying lovely practiced katas and basics. William also handled his kumite section with no problems and is beginning to show real control and maturity while sparring. Well done William – we hope you’re proud of how far you’ve come. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu!

 

Emma Mackie – 2nd Kyu

Emma is another brilliant student to teach. Along with her daughter Abigail she has trained consistently since a white belt and has progressed really well through her grades. Emma hasn’t always found all aspects of karate easy – but her sheer determination and drive have kept her going and for this we admire her. She has good all-round karate and her kata’s and kumite are much cleaner now than they were twelve months ago. She is a popular member within the club and has made some good friends, she supports a lot of our events and is really enjoying her karate. A regular student at senior class Emma is improving all the time as she heads towards her black belt, and hopefully she is now starting to believe in herself more. Emma did great at the grading, she worked hard from the start and coped well in all areas, her katas and basics were clean and had been practiced well and she handled the kumite section much better than in previous gradings. We very much look forward to seeing Emma continue improving and keeping up the splendid work she’s doing.  Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu Emma – a fantastic achievement!

 

Ocean Patel – 2nd Kyu

Ocean trains at the Leigh dojo’s and has regularly trained since a white belt. He is a great character to have in the dojo and can often make us laugh with his funny ways and sayings. Ocean attends every event we hold and is a popular member within the club, having made lots of friends. Since gaining his 3rd Kyu Ocean now regularly attends senior class on Tuesday evenings and this is helping him work hard towards the requirements for black belt, as well as significantly improve his karate. If Ocean could pay a little more attention in class and listen to what he is being taught he would progress even further, although we’re sure as Ocean gets that little bit older this will come. On the grading day Ocean worked hard all afternoon, he tried his best in every section and was determined to get his 2nd Kyu grade. In the kumite section Ocean was pushed hard for character and desire and coped well, towards the end of the kumite when he was tiring fast, he did lose his temper for a brief spell before regaining composure and carrying on with real determination and grit and along with the other students who were still doing kumite at this point received a huge applause for his efforts at the end of the round. Well done Ocean – keep concentrating and moving forward. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu!

 

Naisha Patel – 1st Kyu

Naisha is another of our talented female students, training at the Leigh dojo’s since a white belt. She has rarely missed any classes and is now a regular attender of senior class too. Naisha is a lovely polite student who has always had good strong karate and really good kicks, and kumite has always been one of her areas of strength. Naisha has made lots of friends and she seems to enjoy her karate, and when Naisha puts her mind to it she can display some outstanding katas. In class Naisha just now needs to concentrate at times more on what is being taught and she will improve even further, Naisha always comes alive though at gradings and her 1st Kyu grading was no exception. She worked hard from the start and showed lovely katas, basics and stances, in the kumite again she showed her lovely kicks and sparring technique and we hope Naisha is proud of how far she has come. Keep concentrating and working hard now Naisha as you head towards that black belt. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu!

 

Lauren Welsh – 1st Kyu

Lauren is one of our super talented young females, and a member of the elite tournament squad where she has had numerous successes in tournaments both nationally and internationally. A lovely polite young student she has always been a delight to teach and has had brilliant stances and lovely katas from being a white belt. Lauren has a knack of picking challenging combinations and katas up really quickly and she has progressed exceptionally well through all her grades. Lauren has been attending senior class for quite a while now and this has helped her to improve even more in all areas. A popular member within the club Lauren and has made lots of friends and she supports every event we hold. On the grading day Lauren worked tirelessly from the start and was very strong in all sections, her katas were lovely and precise, and her hip work and combinations very strong. Lauren did great in the kumite too showing improved understanding of distance and speed and handling every situation superbly even when pushed by her sparring partners. Fantastic work Lauren – Congratulations on your 1st kyu – next stop black belt!

 

Christian Schofield – 1st Kyu

Sempai Christian is a great student to have in the club, consistently training with Sensei Simon and Sensei Julie since a white belt he has really enjoyed his training and has progressed well through his grades. A great student to teach he tries his hardest in every class and never shies away when confronted with something new to learn. Christian also enjoys his role as a Club Sempai and helping other in class, he attends all pre-assessments and gradings as a Sempai and can be actively seen encouraging others. Another popular adult member within the club he has gained lots of new friends, and actively supports all our events. Christian worked really hard at his grading, his basics and katas were strong and clean, and his hip work is starting to come along nicely. In the kumite section Christian was pushed hard and although he wasn’t hurt he was challenged to dig deep for his spirit and character. He was extremely tired towards the end but handled the whole section brilliantly showing real steely determination to get through all the sparring section no matter what, and along with the others grading he got a huge round of applause at the end. Well done Christian – keep working hard now for that black belt at the end of the year. Fantastic work! Congratulations on your 1st Kyu.

 

 

 

 

Black Belt Grading - November 2017 - Results.

On Sunday 26th November we held a black belt grading for students attempting the ranks of Shodan-Ho, Shodan and Nidan. Black belt grading’s are always a special affair and our November grading was no different. We are very pleased to confirm that we had a 100% pass rate from the ten students who attempted grading on the day. After a few nervous training sessions leading up to the day, everyone really stepped up their game and did brilliantly.

The grading panel consisted of Brian Seabright 7th Dan – Chairman of the B.K.A., Sensei Simon Crowther 3rd Dan, Sensei Julie Dudley 2nd Dan, Sensei Gavin Oliphant 2nd Dan and Sensei Martin Thomas 2nd Dan. Many thanks to you all for assisting on the grading panel and being a huge help.

We also had a number of fantastic people who wanted to be involved and help on the day these were Sensei Martin Wilmot and Sensei Paul Webber, Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther, Sempai Karen Jackson, Junior Sempai Alfie Appleby and students Amy Kershaw and Chris Morley. Thanks to you all for once again doing a fab job, your help was invaluable!

The atmosphere at black belt gradings can sometimes be quite intense and the parents and supporters watching from the sides did a fantastic job cheering and encouraging all those grading and keeping everyone motivated all afternoon –  a huge thanks to you all - not only for your support on the day but all year round bringing your children and family members to events and classes.

To gain grades of Shodan-Ho, Shodan and Nidan takes many, many years of dedication, commitment, sweat and even sometimes tears! The euphoria when you achieve these grades though is ecstatic and is what makes these grades so special. Congratulations to you for obtaining these grades. You all have weaknesses and strengths in different areas but your combined effort and sheer determination at the grading is what makes you all so special.


Four-hour grading’s are no easy feat - but as students we know you wouldn’t want it any other way! The most exciting thing about earning these grades is that your karate journey now only truly begins! We very much look forward to seeing you all progress and learn even more in the coming years.

We are sure everyone in the club will join us in congratulating you all on your massive achievements.

These fantastic and amazing people who graded are all named below along with their grade ranks.

Jacob Greaves – Shodan - Ho

Jacob is a quiet student who has consistently trained at the Fleetwood dojo’s since a white belt and he very rarely misses classes. He is a popular member within the club, and has made lots of good friends. Jacob takes his karate very seriously and he particularly enjoys helping others in the dojo with their karate, showing great leadership skills. Jacob did really well at his grading, his basics and kata’s were all strong and he gave it his all from the start. If Jacob was nervous he didn’t let it show, and he did everything that was asked of him. Jacob also coped brilliantly in the kumite section, and although tiring quickly towards the end of the grading he never stopped working until he was told to. Brilliant work Jacob and many congratulations on your Shodan-Ho, keep working hard now towards that Shodan grade.

Harvey Atkinson – Shodan – Ho

Harvey is a very thoughtful and polite student who has always tried his best at everything he does, and he is an absolute pleasure to teach in the dojo. He has trained consistently since a white belt at the Fleetwood dojo’s and has steadily made substantial progress through his grades. Harvey has a lovely gentle personality, is a popular member of the club and is well thought of. Harvey has good clean basics and kata’s and his understanding in kumite is starting to come together much better. Harvey was well prepared for his black belt grading as he has been regularly attending senior class which has helped him really concentrate on areas of his karate massively. Harvey knew what was expected of him on the day and coped brilliantly throughout – if there were any nerves they certainly didn’t show! He stayed focused throughout and gave real effort to everything he did. We are all so proud of how far Harvey has come and look forward to seeing him continue to progress as he works towards his Shodan grade. Congratulations Harvey – brilliant work!

Daisy Oliphant – Shodan – Ho

Daisy is one of our talented young female students in the club and is a little star in the making!  A popular student she has lots of female friends and has a lovely little character. She has consistently trained regularly since a white belt at the Fleetwood dojo’s and has great guidance from her dad Sensei Gavin and Semapi Karen. Daisy is only ten years of age but won student of the year in 2015 and has also had great success in external karate tournaments she has attended. Daisy was brilliant at her grading, despite being a little overcome with her emotions at the beginning of the day, she soon settled down and showed off some beautiful basics and kata’s. Her combinations were very strong, and she also had really good kumite. Daisy should be so proud of how far she has come she has achieved so much as such a youthful age, and I don’t think she realises how good she really is.  The grading panel all very much look forward to seeing Daisy attempt her Shodan grade next year. Congratulations Daisy – fantastic work! Well done on achieving your Shodan-Ho grade.

Connor Mooney – Shodan-Ho

Connor is a brilliant student to teach and always tries his hardest in the dojo, he is really focusing on his karate again now and making great strides. Connor has a great personality and has made lots of good friendships with other students of a similar age.  No one could be prouder of Connor than his instructors and what Connor has achieved these last twelve months, after an initial wobble about his karate there has been a huge turn around for Connor, and he is now much more switched on in classes and is really starting to understand his karate and how good he is fast becoming. To see this change in character is brilliant and the future is looking very bright for Connor. Having trained at the Fleetwood dojo’s since quite young he has made substantial progress through his grades and now has really strong basics and kata’s. In kumite Connor is now like a completely different student, no longer having the anger and tempers when sparring that used to be, instead is a calm controlled student who knows exactly how to handle situations with his opponent. Congratulations on your Shodan-Ho Connor. Be proud of everything you have achieved. Fantastic work, keep it up!

 

Kieron Gray – Shodan

Kieron Gray is a lovely young man and a great student to teach. He very rarely misses classes and supports all events we hold within the club. Kieron’s karate is improving all the time and he has had great success this year with our tournament squad at external events winning medals in pairs kata – a brilliant achievement for his first year competing in outside tournaments! Consistently training since a white belt at the Fleetwood dojo’s, Kieron is a very popular member within the club and has made lots of friends. He has good strong karate with clean basics and well-practiced kata’s which have lots of kime, his kumite is strong and controlled and nothing really seems to faze him when sparring with other opponents. Kieron was well prepared for his Shodan grade, having already graded to Shodan-Ho in June this year, he knew what was expected of him and handled everything on his grading day brilliantly. Well done Kieron on your Shodan rank, a fantastic achievement and one you should be extremely proud of. Keep working hard now towards that Nidan grade.

Martin Kershaw – Shodan

Martin joined up from another club just over a year ago, and since then he has made remarkable progress in all areas. His confidence, ability and understanding of karate have all grown hugely and he seems to now be really enjoying his karate. It can be difficult at first when joining from elsewhere and can take time to fully adjust, but Martin has now settled in completely and has formed some strong bonds with other adult students. He has a great personality and often makes us laugh with his antics in the dojo.  Martin has worked extremely hard leading up to his Shodan grade – something I hope he will continue to do, he knew what was expected of him after his Shodan -Ho grading in June, so attended extra classes and did lots of personal practice when at home. Despite a few nervous sessions leading up to the grading – Martin really stepped it up a gear on his grading day and was absolutely determined to come away with his Shodan grade. Martin put in 100% effort all day and you could see that his basics and kata’s had been practiced well. In the kumite section Martin was pushed extremely hard – as we wanted to see if he really had the karate-ka and character to cope with it all, and although Martin was at times exhausted and purple in the face he just kept going and going and was brilliant! Martin was quite emotional when he was told he has passed his Shodan and deservedly so! Congratulations on your Shodan Martin – a fantastic achievement and one you should be extremely proud of! Keep up the great attitude and progress you have made!

Ben Churchouse – Nidan

Ben started his karate journey at a very young age and the club has seen him grow into a gentle giant of a student. Ben has always trained consistently at the Fleetwood dojo’s and is fiercely loyal to the club along with his older brother Ben, mum Sensei Kirsty and his dad Gary – so for the Churchouse family karate is a real family affair! A popular member within the club he has formed some great friendships with other students of a similar age and he has a great personality.  Ben has good strong karate, and his basics and kata’s have all been practiced well, he also understands kumite and what is expected of him, and he knows how to move around and get through sessions when sparring with opponents without tiring too much. Maintaining a good training routine and attending senior class regularly has seen Ben significantly improve from his Shodan to Nidan grade, and this was brilliant to see. On the grading day Ben was a completely different student than when he went for his Shodan grade – everything he did throughout the day was executed much better, cleaner and with much more kime and confidence. Not once during the day was he fazed even when he was pushed in the kumite section, Ben just coolly went about his business completing whatever was asked of him. Well done Ben – you did brilliantly at your grading and should be extremely proud of yourself – keep up this new found you! Fantastic work and congratulations on your Nidan rank.

Jack Churchouse - Nidan

Jack is another fantastic student to have in the club and always supports every event we hold. He started training as a young boy in the Fleetwood dojo and this year celebrated his 18th birthday!  Jack enjoys his karate as much as the day he started, and he understands that you never stop learning or being challenged. Jack is so committed he is even considering his particular choice of university, so he can continue his training, such his is love of karate!  Jack has made some good friendships within the club and is a great role model for our young male students to look up to, he enjoys helping and teaching others - something which he is really good at and which is an essential qualification towards a Sandan grade. He can be often seen assisting at gradings, and takes his role in the club very seriously. Jack like his brother Ben, has consistently trained since his Shodan grade and along with senior class this prepared Jack very well for his Nidan. He has significantly improved since his Shodan grade and handled all situations brilliantly on the grading day, his basics and kata’s were lovely and clean and done with confidence, and to see how much he has developed was brilliant to see. Jack was pushed hard in the kumite section as he was potentially ranking under a senior Nidan grade but he handled all the situations brilliantly and never stopped once even though he got extremely tired towards the end. Congratulations on you Nidan rank Jack, a huge and admirable achievement – keep up the fantastic work you do!

Amy Greenhalgh – Nidan

Amy is a lovely polite young lady who has trained from being very young along with her dad Sensei Chris. Amy joined us from another club around two and a half years ago, somewhat disheartened and fast losing her enjoyment in karate. What a difference to now! After initialling settling in Amy went on to attain her Shodan grade very confidently and since then has continued to improve all the time. A popular member within the club she has formed some great friendships with other girls of a similar age, and is now really happy in the dojo. Amy has a lovely bubbly personality and often makes us laugh with her giggle fits and quirky sayings, and as her dad often says she really is one on her own! Amy had prepared well for her Nidan grade, training hard in both regular and senior classes and paying attention to everything she was being taught. She did brilliantly on her grading day and should be extremely proud of how far she has come. Amy had good strong basics and her kata’s were very clean and showed off some lovely hip work. She is also very good in kumite and is quite a powerful opponent to spar. Amy is very talented and is slowly starting to believe how good she is fast becoming. Keep up the fantastic work Amy and many congratulations on your Nidan grade. An awesome achievement. Well done!

 

Taigen Swinburn – Nidan

Taigen is another lovely young lady who has trained consistently from a young age. She is a popular member within the club and has formed lots of friendships with students of a similar age. Taigen has always loved her karate – and absolutely hates it if she ever has to miss a lesson ..which is very rare! She is very committed to her training – attending every event we hold, and can always be seen helping out and supporting at gradings, which is a brilliant help. She is a fantastic role model to the younger girls within the club and a student that a lot of them aspire to be like. Taigen has exceptional karate and is extremely strong in all areas, she has beautiful kata’s and her kicks in kumite are formidable.  A member of our elite tournament team, Taigen has done fantastically well this year in external competitions – having numerous placement successes including Malta in March and Edinburgh in September. Taigen worked extremely hard leading up to her Nidan, after breezing through her Shodan grade two years ago, she didn’t drop her training and continued to push and challenge herself whenever possible. On the grading day Taigen knew what was expected and gave every section 100% effort all day, showing very strong basics, well-practiced kata’s with lovely hip work and excellent controlled kumite. Fantastic work Taigen. Congratulations on your massive achievement of Nidan grade – keep up the awesome work!

Club Kyu Grading November 2017 - Results.

 

We held a large club grading on Sunday 19th November for grades from 10th Kyu white belt right through to one student attempting the grade of 1st Kyu – the final kyu grade before black belt.

This grading had a lot of our quieter natured students attempting their next belts, so everyone took a little longer than usual to get warmed up and fully into grading mode.

Once they had all overcome this initial hurdle though, every student really came into their own and showed off some fantastic karate. I am proud to say once more we had a complete pass rate and all successfully achieved their next Kyu grades.

Thank you to everyone who helped to assist on the day with the grading – Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Martin Thomas, Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Martin Wilmot, Sensei Kirsty Churchouse and Sensei Paul Webber. Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther, Sempai Karen Jackson. Junior Sempai’s Taigen Swinburn, Alfie Appleby, Jack Churchouse, Brandon Crowther and Katie Knowles, and student Amy Kershaw. Once again, all your help was much appreciated and without it large grading's like this one would be impossible tasks to do.

A special mention must go to the parents and friends too who encouraged and applauded those grading all afternoon. Your support really spurred on those grading – so thank you!

All the kyu grades did exceptionally well, from those students attempting that first nervous grading right through to students going for senior grades of brown belt and above, there were a particularly large number of students attempting 7th Kyu green belt and 6th Kyu red belt and within these grades we had quite a number of relatively young students who coped brilliantly all afternoon – well done to you all.

As a club that encourages and supports everyone – we always give a special mention by name to those students attaining the grades of 3rd Kyu and above, as these grades take many years of practice, dedication and training, so it’s rightly so that these grades are truly recognised.

Many congratulations therefore to the following students:

Isaac Lacy – 3rd Kyu
Isaac has been training at the Chorley dojo for a long time and started karate when he was really young, he always trains regularly along with his dad John and very rarely misses any classes. Isaac is a lovely polite student and an absolute pleasure to have in the dojo. Over the last eighteen months we have seen a real change in Isaac, perhaps it’s because he is getting that little bit older, but Isaac’s confidence and attention have really rocketed. He is now paying much more attention in class and always tries his hardest at everything he does, this is really reflecting in his karate and he is improving fast. On the grading day Isaac was really strong throughout and worked hard all day showing why he really deserved his 3rd Kyu. Well done Isaac and many congratulations on your new grade, keep up the great work!

Georgia Jackson – 3rd Kyu
Georgia is an absolute delight to teach in the dojo, she is always polite and friendly and tries her hardest at everything she does. A popular member within the club she has made some great friends, and is always smiling. Georgia listens intensively to what is being taught in class, and then practices what she has been taught. Georgia has a great role model in her mum Sempai Karen Jackson, as well as guidance from Senior Instructor Sensei Gavin. Georgia’s karate is now starting to become a very high standard with lovely basics, and well-practiced kata’s, her kumite is also very good, and she is starting to understand what is being asked of her. Georgia did still extremely well all afternoon at her grading – she gave everything 100% and was very determined to earn her new shiny belt. Very well-done Georgia. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu grade!

Lydia Geddes – 3rd Kyu
Lydia is another of our very talented girls in the club and she really enjoys her karate. Rarely missing classes Lydia is a great student to teach and always listens and pays attention to what is being taught. She has good all-round karate, nice strong basics, well-practiced kata’s and good kumite. Lydia is always polite in the dojo and is a popular member with the other girls in the class. On the grading day Lydia just got on with the job in hand, she stayed focused all afternoon and let nothing faze her. Lydia has made excellent improvement since her last grading, something that I’m sure will continue. Well done on your 3rd Kyu Lydia, keep up the fab work!

Helen Talbot – 3rd Kyu
Helen is one of our adult females who really enjoys her karate and is a popular member within the club, Helen along with daughter Kaitlin supports every event we hold within the club. Training with Sensei Julie since a white belt Helen has made great strides in her karate and has always had a good standard, and now that Helen regularly attends Senior class too, her karate is improving even more. Helen has always paid attention in the dojo and then tried her hardest to put into practice what is being shown, she likes to train regularly and gets really annoyed if she must miss classes due to work commitments. Helen has taken huge steps forward in her karate since she last graded – showing much more confidence in her basics, kata’s and kumite. We look forward to seeing Helen continue to improve as she moves ever closer to her black belt. Well done Helen, congratulations on your 3rd Kyu!

Bethany Bradford – 3rd Kyu
Bethany is an absolute pleasure to teach and is a popular student among the other girls in the club. Rarely missing classes Bethany always pays attention and tries her hardest at everything she does. She is also such a thoughtful student and is always willing to help others. Bethany seems to really enjoy her karate, and this is reflecting in her progress – so much so that she is starting to become one to watch for the future! Bethany did brilliantly at her grading, she was very confident at everything she did, and she worked tirelessly all afternoon with a big smile on her face. Her kata’s were very clean and precise and in the kumite section she handled all situations totally unfazed! Well done Bethany, splendid work – keep it going. Well done on your 3rd Kyu!

John Lacy – 2nd Kyu
John is one of the male adult members within the club and has been training at the Chorley dojo for a considerable number of years. He is a fantastic student to have in the dojo, and tries his hardest at everything he does, if John doesn’t pick up a technique straight away he will keep trying until he masters it, such is his drive to do well! Due to other commitments John doesn’t get to train as much as he would like to - so, it had been quite a while since he last graded – which says an awful lot about John’s determination and character, and something I must commend him for. This absence from training never deters John though, and he keeps going trusting he will get there in his own time. John did brilliantly all day at his grading, he shied away from nothing and worked tirelessly all day, his basics were focused and strong and he did a brilliant kata Basai-Dai. In the kumite section John seemed to really enjoy sparring and handled situations very well. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu John. Keep up the fantastic work!

Christian Schofield – 2nd Kyu
Sempai Christian is another of our adult males within the club who is really enjoying his karate. Christian trains regularly at the Fleetwood dojo and has made great friends with other adults within the class. Christian is very supportive of the club and attends every event we hold, he always listens and tries hard in classes and really relishes in his role as a club Sempai helping others whenever he possibly can. Christian regularly attends senior class and this has helped his karate improve massively as he prepares for his black belt grade. On the grading day Christian knew what was expected of him and gave his all to every section, he had good basics and his kata’s were very clean and it was clear they had been practiced well. Christian also really enjoyed the kumite section and is starting to show more understanding of distance and speed when sparring. Keep up the great work Christian, you thoroughly deserved your 2nd Kyu. Well done!

Lauren Welsh – 2nd Kyu
Lauren is a super talented student who regularly trains at the Leigh dojo’s. A very popular member within the club, she has made some great friends and always supports every event we hold. Lauren really enjoys her karate and rarely misses classes, she always pays attention in the dojo and often has a natural ability to pick things up really quickly. A member of our elite tournament squad team Lauren has again had enormous success this year in external tournaments, coping brilliantly under pressure on the mats. Lauren worked tirelessly all day at her grading, her basics and kata’s were very clean and she gave every one of them, all her effort. In the kumite section Lauren understood distance and speed and never stopped working showing brilliant control. Despite getting very hot and feeling unwell for a brief time it was clear Lauren didn’t want to stop, but by this point of the grading she had more than shown that she was very deserving of her 2nd Kyu, and it was good to see that she thankfully recovered quickly, and was able to collect her belt and certificate. Congratulations Lauren – keep up the awesome work!

Freya Hulme – 1st Kyu
Pocket rocket Freya is another of our super talented young female students. Regularly training at the Leigh dojos with her sister Lucy, Freya is really starting to come into her own with her karate and I don’t think she realises how good she is fast becoming. Freya also regularly attends senior class, and this has improved her karate tenfold – she is already well ahead of where she needs to be for her grade and her future in karate is looking very bright and exciting. On the grading day Freya was awesome! She gave every section 100% effort all afternoon, her basics, combinations, kata’s and kumite were all executed brilliantly and with such focus rarely seen in younger students. The instructor team all commented on how good Freya was and we all very much look forward to seeing Freya attempt her black belt grading next year. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu Freya. Very well deserved!

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