On Sunday 24th September, we held our first club grading after the summer holidays. A smaller than usual group were present but every student was superb and it was a great chance to see the fantastic standard coming through the club, and I’m happy to say we once again had a 100% pass rate.
I firstly need to start by thanking those who gave up their day to assist and support the grading. Senior Instructor Sensei’s Julie Dudley, Gavin Oliphant and Martin Thomas. Club Instructors Martin Wilmot, Del Knowles, Kirsty Churchouse, Chris Greenhalgh and Yvonne Crowther, Sempai Christian Schofield, Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther, Junior Sempai’s Chelsea Grundy, Brandon Crowther, Taigen Swinburn, Alfie Appleby and Katie Knowles and student Amy Kershaw. As I have stated in previous write - ups I truly value all the time given and your commitment to the club. It’s also fantastic for students to have such brilliant role models to look up to and give them something to aspire and aim towards.
Many thanks too to the parents for giving support and encouragement all afternoon to those grading as well as giving up your time to take your kids around to all the various classes, we are very lucky to have such fantastic families within Musuko Karate Academy.
Every one of the students grading on the day tried their hardest from start to finish from the white belts all the way through to one student attempting 1st Kyu, bright red faces indicated how hard everyone had worked and there was some really outstanding karate on display.
Congratulations to our new yellow belts – you have now achieved your first grade on the way to black belt and experienced your first grading, you all did brilliantly and showed real effort. Well done!
The yellow belt students who were attempting orange belts were also superb, particularly so with the female adults within this group – they are the best group of yellow belts I have seen in a long time – simply brilliant, keep up the great work!
A special mention must go to the 7th Kyu green belts who were attempting their next grade of 6th Kyu red belt, this group of talented students were superb and worked tirelessly all afternoon. All had really good stances and showed off some fantastic karate. It’s very exciting to see such notable talent emerging! Congratulations to you all on your new red belts – I very much look forward to seeing you all proceed through your grades.
We had one student on the day attempting 4th Kyu – Paul Preston. Paul works very hard at his karate and by his own admission practices and practices to nail techniques which he is determined to learn. Paul did brilliantly at his grading and will now gain even more confidence and experience by training at senior class which I hope he will start to attend shortly. Well done Paul!
We always personally name those students who gain the grade of 3rd Kyu – brown belt, and above. To achieve these grades takes many years of hard work, practice and dedication. I’m sure everyone within Musuko Karate will join me in saying a huge Congratulations to the students listed below.
Lauren Welsh – 3rd Kyu
Lauren is a superb student who started training with Sensei Simon from a white belt around three and a half years ago. She is a lovely polite student, who picks up techniques really quickly and she is an absolute pleasure to have in the dojo. Fiercely loyal to the club Lauren supports everything we do and is a natural at karate. She has brilliant all round karate – her kata’s, basics and kumite are all superb and are well advanced for her grade. Lauren is also a member of our tournament squad team and has had multiple successes winning gold in her category’s back to back all year. She has also won numerous awards at our presentation evening and is a fantastic role model to all our younger female students. Well done Lauren on your 3rd Kyu. Absolutely superb all day at the grading. The whole instructor team are very much looking forward to seeing you inch ever closer to that black belt. Keep up the amazing work!
Emma Mackie – 3rd Kyu
Emma is a very quiet and dedicated student who enjoys her karate and is a real pleasure to teach. Emma has worked steadily through her grades and along with her daughter Abigail never misses classes. She regularly attends senior class and this has helped Emma improve her technique greatly. Emma has good all-round karate, her kata’s and her basics have been practiced well and her kumite is now starting to show greater control and understanding. Emma has lacked confidence in the past with her karate, but is now starting to believe in herself more and I’m sure Emma will now only get better and better. Emma worked brilliantly all day at her grading, steadily going through each section and just getting on with the job in hand. She really showed the instructor team why she deserved her 3rd Kyu and Emma should be proud of everything she has achieved so far. Well done Emma, Congratulations on your grade – keep up the splendid work!
Ocean Patel – 3rd Kyu
Ocean is a popular member within the dojo and a real character. He rarely misses classes and is now starting to listen more about what is being taught. Ocean does have talent in his karate but just frustratingly needs to apply it all the time – something that will hopefully happen now he has started senior class. Generally, Ocean does have good basics and his kata’s have been practiced, his kumite is starting to have more understanding and I’m sure as he gets older this will continue to get better. At the grading Ocean worked hard and was determined to get his 3rd Kyu no matter what, and by the end he was very tired. If Ocean regularly attends senior class and continues to pay attention I have no doubt his karate will continue to vastly improve. Well done Ocean on your 3rd Kyu, keep working hard now.
William Marland – 3rd Kyu
William is a quiet dedicated student and rarely misses a class. A pleasure to have in the dojo he always tries his best at everything, listening attentively and then putting it into practice. William always supports everything we do and has made great strides both in his karate and his confidence. He has made good steady progress through his grades and has nice clean karate. His basics are done correctly, and his kata’s and kumite have been practiced well. William’s dedication to his training has seen him win Most Improved student award both in 2015 and 2016 at our presentation awards evening and this is a testament to how far he has come. William as a 3rd Kyu will now benefit even more from attending senior class as he inches ever closer to his black belt. Well done William, Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu – keep up the fab work!
Jessica Shovelton – 3rd Kyu
Jessica is another very talented female student, a popular member within the dojo she has made some great friends, is a pleasure to teach and always tries her best. Jessica has made superb strides in her karate and is really starting to come into her own. Her confidence has grown massively and she is really starting to become one student to watch for the future. On the grading day Jessica was brilliant from start to finish she has very good clean basics, and her kata’s were superb with lovely stances. Her kumite is controlled well and she now has a greater understanding of how to handle situations. It really is fantastic to see Jessica now starting to really develop with her karate – and I don’t think she knows how good she is fast becoming! Well done Jessica, superb work. The instructor team very much look forward to seeing you continually progress. A very well deserved 3rd Kyu. Congratulations!
Karen Jackson – 3rd Kyu
Karen is a fantastic student and Sempai to have in the club and is one of our talented adult females. Karen has made great strides in her karate and is getting better all the time, along with this; her confidence is also growing and this is helping her in training massively. Karen is a very popular member in the dojo and has made some great friends. As a Sempai she is also a great role model and teacher and her gentle caring nature is really helping the younger ones with their own karate. Karen was brilliant at the grading she worked tirelessly all day and really showed how much her understanding of karate has matured. Rarely missing classes and attending senior class regularly has really helped Karen and nothing troubled her all afternoon – her basics, combinations and kata’s were very strong and in the kumite section she handled all aspects and situations brilliantly. Well done Karen – you are so very deserving of your 3rd Kyu. Congratulations, you should be very proud of how far you have come. Keep up the fantastic work!
Naisha Patel – 2nd Kyu
Naisha is a great little student who is starting to come into her own now. She has made lots of good friends and is a popular member within the dojo. Naisha’s karate has improved a lot since attending senior class, she is now listening more and trying harder to improve and it’s all starting to pay off. Naisha has good clean karate, her kata’s are well practiced and she has brilliant kicks. Her kumite is now showing much more maturity and control and this is great to see. Naisha worked really hard at her grading and gave 100% effort all afternoon, she really was determined to get that 2nd Kyu! On a two on one sparring session near the end of the grading Naisha coped brilliantly and didn’t let anything faze her at all. Well done Naisha brilliant work! Just keep paying attention in class now and be proud of everything you are achieving, a very well deserved 2nd Kyu.
Paul Webber – 1st Kyu
Sensei Paul is a fantastic student to teach and really enjoys his karate. He always trains hard at every class giving each session his all and this reflects to how far he has come in his karate. Paul takes his karate very seriously, assisting Sensei Julie on Thursday evenings at Fleetwood, he is also a great teacher and role model and is always eager to help anyone he can in the dojo. A popular member within the club he supports everything we do and is fiercely loyal. Paul showed on his grading day why he deserved the title Student of The Year Overall Winner 2016. Paul was brilliant from start to finish! He had very strong karate, his basics were clean, his kata’s were practiced and executed well and he had a great understanding of hips. Paul’s kumite has vastly improved from last time he graded – gone is the crash, bang, wallop of old and has now been replaced with distance and control and how to deal with situations. Paul was brilliant in his two on one near the end of the grading – a testament to how much more he now understands karate. Well done Paul! Congratulations on your 1st Kyu, next stop black belt!