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Club Kyu Grading September 2017 - Results

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!


 

Club Grading - Sunday 25th June 2017 - Results.

We held a large club grading at Cardinal Allen high school on Sunday 25th November for students attempting their very first grade of yellow belt right through to students attempting 1st Kyu – the last Kyu grade before black belt. From the beginning, everyone put in loads of effort and focus, and all were supportive to each other all day.


We need to mention a special thanks to those that gave up their day to assist with the grading, Senior Instructors Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Julie Dudley and Sensei Martin Thomas, Club Instructors Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Martin Wilmot, Sensei Kirsty Churchouse and Sensei Yvonne Crowther, Sempai Karen Jackson, Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther and Jack Churchouse and Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther, Taigen Swinburn and Lucy Hulme and student Kieron Gray. Your help as always is a massive support to Sensei Simon on the day, and is very much appreciated.


A big thank you too must go to the parents and family members who watched and supported from the sides and constantly encouraged those who were grading on the day, this really helps the students to continue to keep going even when they are really tired.


Every student who attempted their next grade did fantastically well, and all successfully passed. We had a number of white belts from age 4 years of age right through to adults, who showed some great karate basics for their first ever grading, and there was some lovely Kihon kata on display. Well done to you all!


Well done to the new 5th Kyu blue and 4th Kyu purple belts – you are all getting ever closer to those senior grades, continue to train hard in classes and the rewards will come!


We always name in person those students who reach the grade of 3rd Kyu and above as these are senior grades and take many years of training, dedication and practice. Congratulations to the following students:


Christian Schofield – 3rd Kyu

Christian is really enjoying his karate and has improved massively since his last grading, he regularly attends senior class and this has helped him move forward immensely. Christian is a popular member of Musuko and has made some great friends. He is a brilliant help in the dojo and a great person to have in the club. Christian takes his karate very seriously, he is very committed to his karate and his training is very consistent. He always watches everything he is taught very closely and regularly learns the moves for his next kata from sites like YouTube. On his grading day Christian was very good, his basics and katas were very strong and had been practiced well, and they had a nice flow about them. In the kumite section Christian was pushed quite a lot but is starting to handle situations better and with more control, I have no doubt that as he progresses through his grades his kumite will continue to improve more. Well done Christian and congratulations on your 3rd Kyu. Keep up the impressive work you are doing!


Freya Hulme – 2nd Kyu

Freya is a brilliant student to have in the club, along with her sister Lucy she trains three times a week including senior class and very rarely misses any lessons. She is a popular member of the club and has made lots of friends. Freya is a little pocket rocket and her karate is coming on leaps and bounds since starting senior class. Freya is now beginning to take her karate much more seriously and as a result she is really coming into her own growing both in confidence and ability. She has really good all-round karate all this and she is only 10 years old! Freya was awesome on her grading day everything she did was done with 100% effort and focus. Her basics and katas were all very strong and had a lovely flow, and in the kumite section she was just superb and handled every opponent with no problems at all. Her sparring with her sister Lucy was great to watch, and as sisters I’m sure they enjoyed sparring each other and have a great mutual respect. We are really looking forward to seeing Freya continue to improve through her grades.  Well done Freya you were fantastic on your 2nd Kyu. Keep up the brilliant training and we are very much looking forward to seeing you attempt your black belt in the not too distant future

 

Paul Webber – 3rd Kyu

Sensei Paul is a very dedicated student and a fantastic student to have in the club. Paul really enjoys his karate – especially kumite, and trains three times a week, rarely missing any classes. He assists Sensei Julie in the Thursday Fleetwood dojo and is enjoying teaching students, really relishing in his role as a Sensei. Paul is great to teach he always listens and tries his hardest at everything he does, he never shies away from work and gives every class his all. All this effort and focus is helping Paul to make great strides in his karate and continuously improve. He has progressed through all his grades strongly and has always achieved everything that has been asked of him. Paul was excellent at his grading he gave all his effort and focus to every section from the start, and he had strong all-round karate, his katas were very polished and precise and his kumite was really strong. Paul just now needs to learn to relax and have more control and distance in kumite, I’m sure Paul will listen to what is being taught him though and no doubt fix this area for future gradings, as he is very determined to always do well. Congratulations Paul on your 2nd Kyu – keep up the magnificent work a thoroughly deserved grade!


Rebecca Catlow – 2nd Kyu

Rebecca is one of our many talented female students in the club. She is a popular member in the dojo, who is always willing to help others and she always tries hard at everything she does. Rarely missing classes, Rebecca is very consistent with her training and she has really improved since she last graded, she has very good all-round basics and she always watches everything she is being taught very closely. Rebecca is always keen to learn and try new things, and handles most challenges well, and this has helped her progress through her grades well.  Rebecca worked really hard at her grading and gave 100% all day, she displayed precise clean kata’s and good controlled kumite. She had to kumite for longer this time around but she stayed calm and knew what was expected of her. Well done Rebecca keep up the splendid work you’re doing and congratulations on your 2nd Kyu.

 

Harvey Atkinson – 1st Kyu

Harvey is a great student to have in the club, and a real gentle giant. He always listens and pays attention to what is being taught in the dojo and then puts this into practice. He has made huge strides both in confidence and ability since attending senior classes. He is a popular member of the dojo and has made some good friends. Harvey has progressed nicely through his grades, thoroughly deserving of each rank, and he seems to be enjoying his karate. On the grading day Harvey worked tirelessly from start to finish, he had great focus and determination and produced good clean basics and katas. In  kumite Harvey was nice and controlled, and although at times Harvey was pushed during this section he showed great determination to carry on without any fuss, never once showing any signs of giving up. This shows a great maturity in his karate development, and is fantastic to see.  Huge congratulations on your 1st Kyu Harvey, keep the fantastic work going! Next stop black belt!

 

Connor Mooney – 1st  Kyu

Connor is another great student who has made some good friends within the club. Connor regularly trains and rarely misses classes and this has given him good strong karate with great basics, he always tries hard in class and then puts whatever he has been shown into practice. On the grading day Connor did really well he was very determined to do well in each area and he stayed focused throughout. His katas were lovely and clean and had been practiced well, and in the kumite section Connor was much improved, showing excellent skill and great movement. Gone is the temper and in its place a greater understanding in what is being asked, an essential requirement for black belt. Well done Connor you never gave up, fantastic work. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu. We look forward to you attempting your black belt soon!

 

Daisy Oliphant – 1st Kyu

Daisy is a great little student to have in the club, and has consistently trained since being very young with her dad Sensei Gavin Oliphant. Daisy and her dad have always supported every event we hold and are very popular members of the club. Daisy has great all-round karate with brilliant katas and kumite, and is ever more turning into a little pocket rocket. Daisy has had a lot of success with her karate - winning medals at karate tournaments both inter-club and at outside associations, and has also won great accolades at our award evenings including Student of the Year, all this and Daisy is only just 10 years of age! Daisy enjoys her role as Junior Sempai and is a splendid example to the young female students who are coming through their grades. On the grading day Daisy was fantastic!  She worked extremely hard from the beginning and put in loads of focus and effort. Her katas were lovely and sharp and had been practiced well and in the kumite Daisy handled situations much better and stayed in control throughout. Congratulations Daisy fantastic work! Well done on your 1st Kyu we look forward to seeing you take your black belt soon!

 

Jack Southern – 1st  Kyu

Jack is a great student to have in the club, he consistently trains and rarely misses classes,  and his great attitude has encouraged his dad Mark to start who is really doing well in his own training. A popular member with boys his age, Jack has made some good friends and is enjoying learning new things. He has really good all-round karate and through his sheer determination and his eagerness to learn will no doubt just keep getting better and better. He is another little pocket rocket, who has progressed through his belts well and is now approaching his black belt along with a number of other talented students. Jack has lovely clean katas which he completes with great confidence and with a lovely flow about them and his kumite is very good and controlled. Jack did extremely well at his grading and worked hard throughout, he has improved significantly again since he last graded and as he gets older we have no doubt that this will continue. Jack is enjoying his karate and his sheer commitment to his training will definitely take him to his black belt and beyond. Well done Jack – congratulations on your 1st Kyu. Next stop black belt – keep up the fantastic work!

Black Belt Grading - Sunday 18th June 2017 - Results

On Sunday 18th June, we held one of Musuko Karate Academy’s largest black belt gradings to date and it was yet another fantastic grading – after every grading we don’t think the effort and standard can get any better, but each grading seems to surpass the one before!


The grading had students attempting the ranks of Shodan-Ho, Shodan and Nidan and we are extremely proud to announce we once again had a 100% pass rate after a fantastic and admirable effort from all grading on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far.


Many thanks to our special guest instructor who agreed to sit on the grading panel (you know who you are) and to Sensei Martin Wilmot who gave up his day to sit on the panel and assist grading with the Shodan-Ho’s.


Thanks to Sensei Paul Webber, Sempai Christian Schofield, Sempai Karen Jackson, Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther and Junior Sempai’s Jack and Ben Churchouse and Brandon Crowther, who assisted and encouraged those grading. Your help as always is invaluable!
Many thanks to all the parents, family members and friends who supported and encouraged those grading all day, you certainly helped to spur everyone along towards the end when they were very tired.


Congratulations to Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Gavin Oliphant and Sensei Martin Thomas who are now Senior Instructors after gaining their Nidan levels, and Congratulations also to Club Manager and Sempai Yvonne Crowther who now becomes a club Sensei with immediate effect.


Black belt gradings are such special days. For an Instructor to see a student achieve their black belt, or next Dan grade is an amazing experience and I am so very proud of you all.  The Shodan-Ho’s really held their own in their first black belt grading, all kept their nerve and did amazingly well. The Shodan’s all showed great improvement from last time they graded and really stepped it up a notch, and the Nidan’s all really came into their own, after a few nervous starts, and rightly showed that all their years of dedication and training all came down to grading day and they were ready  to deliver. 


To quit at black belt is an easy option –  assuming you have ‘achieved it all’, but gaining a black belt is truly only the beginning, to stop training means you are a black belt no more. The real learning starts from the moment that black belt goes around your waist, you then get back in the dojo and the journey continues.


Please take note of the feedback that you were all given on the day – this will only help you all to improve your karate even more.


I have every confidence that all those named below are truly dedicated and I look forward to seeing them ever more progress in their karate. Congratulations to each and every one of you!

 

Kieron Gray – Shodan-Ho
Kieron is a very talented young man who has always consistently trained and very rarely misses classes, along with his brother Max they are an absolute pleasure to teach and are both truly lovely boys and popular members of the club. Kieron’s karate continues to get better and better, he has recently been selected for the Musuko tournament squad, and after entering his very first tournament two weeks ago came away with two bronze medals – an amazing achievement! Kieron was superb at his grading, he has very clean karate and lots of kimae and he really showed off everything he has learned over the years. He stayed focused throughout and handled his kumite session very well indeed. Congratulations Kieron on your Shodan-Ho keep up the magnificent work and we very much look forward to you taking your Shodan grade very soon!


Martin Kershaw – Shodan-Ho
Martin along with his wife Amanda and daughter Amy joined us from another club around ten months ago, and after an initial settling in period, Martin is now beginning to make great strides in his karate. He is a real character in the dojo and he very often makes the students laugh with his funny antics, he is very determined though and under that exterior he does take his karate seriously. Martin has worked really hard these last few months and he did brilliantly at his grading, rarely putting a foot wrong. He worked tirelessly throughout and he was aware of the things he needed to correct and did this all successfully. Martin was really pushed in the kumite section, but he just kept going with gritted teeth and handled all situations superbly. Well done Martin and Congratulations on your Shodan-Ho, your sheer determination and effort shone through and you thoroughly deserved your grade. Next step Shodan!

 

Michael Jordan – Shodan-Ho
Michael joined Musuko Karate already a Dan grade in other forms of martial arts but was keen to learn Shotokan karate. Mike has always been a superb student to teach, always humble and always trying his best at whatever he is shown.  I’m sure Mike won’t mind us saying that he is currently our oldest member in the club – but this has gained Mike lots of respect, as he has never asked for special treatment or an easier training session. Mike was brilliant on his grading day, from the start he worked tirelessly and with good concentration, and even managed to throw in a bit of humour. He completed every section well and gave it his all, showing what a true karate-ka he is. Congratulations Mike – it was a great honour to see you achieve your Shodan-Ho, and everyone is extremely pleased for you. Keep up the great work – and we have no doubt you will attain your Shodan. Congratulations!

 

Yvonne Crowther – Shodan-Ho
Club Manager and Sempai Yvonne has not always had an easy ride to Shodan-Ho. Sensei Simon has been tougher on her than most students, but Yvonne wouldn’t really want it any other way! She is rarely out of a gi these days – training three times a week as well as helping to teach the younger students at the Chorley dojo, despite all this she rarely misses classes. Karate doesn’t always come naturally for Yvonne, 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 was starting to tire but kept going with a great steely determination. Two on one sessions with Sensei Kirsty and Chelsea were interesting to watch, but the three of them generally took care of one another and could be heard constantly encouraging one another through it.  Congratulations Yvonne, very well done on your Shodan-Ho and on becoming a Sensei. Next step Shodan

 

Oliver Spencer – Shodan
Oliver is a thoughtful young man, who can be a grumpy teenager at times ..but we love him all the same for it!  Oliver tries his hardest at everything he does.  He is a great role model to the younger students in the classes and is an absolute pleasure to teach. Rarely missing classes, Oliver is a popular student within the dojo and has made good friends with other boys of his age. Hopefully Oliver now truly believes in his karate as it is strong in all areas. Oliver did brilliantly on his grading day, from the start he pushed himself 100% and gave it his all.  His basics were very good, and his kata’s were full of kimae and had been practiced well. Oliver coped amazingly well in the kumite section and showed a greater maturity and understanding than at his last grading of Shodan-Ho, being much more in control this time and able to deal with situations much better. Oliver seems to be really enjoying his karate and we are really pleased for him that he is achieving so much. Well done Oliver, Congratulations on your Shodan you thoroughly deserve your grade!

 

Katie Knowles – Shodan
Katie is a lovely thoughtful student and never really misses any classes, she has made some good friends within the dojo and always trains with a smile on her face. Along with her dad Sensei Del they are two students who always support everything we do.  Katie has worked hard leading up to her Shodan and has consistently practiced her kata’s over and over before class – with guidance from Sensei Del.  Katie enjoys helping and teaching white belts and young students, her gentle caring nature really helps to settle our younger students and she takes her role of Junior Sempai seriously. Katie did really well on her grading day, she was well prepared and after her Shodan-Ho knew what was expected of her, her basics, combinations and kata’s were all nice and clean and she completed them all with confidence. In the kumite section Katie continued to show much better understanding and control, in the past Katie may have be troubled a bit in this area, but now Katie is much more confident and virtually came through the whole section unfazed! Congratulations Katie. Your Shodan belt symbolises all the demanding effort you put in to achieve it. Keep up the great work!

 

Lucy Hulme – Shodan
Lucy is another lovely girl, who rarely misses classes.  Junior Sempai Lucy has always had good clean karate and along with her sister Freya they are a pleasure to teach. She is a popular student in the class who always has a smile on her face, she has made some great friends, and seems to be really enjoying her karate. On the grading day, with mum Jenny and dad Chris proudly watching from the side Lucy gave it her all from the word go. All those years of regular training and dedication really helped Lucy and she coped brilliantly from start to finish! Lucy had excellent basics in all areas, her combinations were clean and had been practiced well and she had brilliant effort and focus. In the kumite section Lucy handled everything thrown at her amazingly well and showed off those fantastic kicks of hers to their full potential, letting nothing faze her. Well done Lucy, a thoroughly deserving Shodan grade. Keep up the brilliant work and wear that Shodan belt with pride!



Kirsty Churchouse – Shodan
Sensei Kirsty is a popular member within our club and has made lots of friends. She started training around four and a half years ago and has consistently trained since – rarely missing classes and trying hard in everything she does. Karate hasn’t always come easy for Kirsty but this has made everything she has achieved so far even more admirable, and again like Yvonne she has been a great role model in encouraging ladies to join in with karate. Kirsty also enjoys her teaching role within the club and is very often seen helping out at Sensei Julie’s class on Thursday evenings. Along with husband Gary, and son’s Jack and Ben – karate is a real family affair for the Churchouse family and they support everything we do. Kirsty did brilliantly on her grading day, she completed all areas with good focus and tried her hardest at everything that was thrown at her. In the kumite section Kirsty’s kumite was much more controlled – much less crash, bang, wallop and this helped her to cope with the section much more comfortably. Her sparring session with Sensei Julie was interesting to watch but she coped very well, and never gave in even when Kirsty took a slight kick to the head!  One of the overall key factors of the day for Kirsty was seeing a huge stride forward in her karate from when she took her Shodan-Ho grade. Congratulations Kirsty on your Shodan, a fantastic achievement! Be proud of everything you have accomplished, we look forward to seeing you in your new Shodan belt soon.

 

Chelsea Grundy – Nidan
Chelsea is another of our very talented teenagers. Chelsea has again been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt and is a very devoted student. She supports every event we hold and her karate means an awful lot to her. She is a popular student in the club and has made lots of good friends. A member of our tournament squad team Chelsea has had brilliant success of late attaining a silver medal in the pairs kata with Amy Kershaw a few weeks ago, a fantastic achievement for their first competition together as a pairs team! Chelsea is a real pleasure to teach, she has worked hard on her karate over the years and her dedication and determination to succeed is now showing real results for her. At her Nidan grading, Chelsea’s kata’s and combinations were extremely good, showing great movement and making them look effortless! Her kumite was very good and nice and controlled, in fact no area troubled Chelsea all day!  She is now growing much more in confidence and will I’m sure continue to be a great role model to the other young females within the club. Huge Congratulations on your Nidan Chelsea. Keep up the fantastic work you are doing!

 

Alfie Appleby – Nidan
Alfie is a polite and thoughtful young man who has been training with Sensei Simon from a white bel. Along with his mum Sensei Julie he has consistently trained and rarely missed classes. Alfie has always enjoyed his training, and supports all events we hold. He is a popular member of the club and has made some great friends. Alfie is a member of the Musuko Karate Academy squad team and has very recently had brilliant success in Liverpool winning two bronze medals in his first attempt at pairs kata with Keiron Gray. Alfie’s karate has significantly improved as he has got older he now has much more speed and strength in his movements and as Alfie continues to train hard his karate will just keep getting better and better. He has great karate in all areas and his kata and kumite are of equal strengths. At the grading Alfie gave it his all from the very start, his basics and combinations were all extremely good and his kata’s were controlled and practiced well. Alfie’s kumite was also very good with good clean controlled moves and a greater maturity and understanding than when he graded to Shodan. We are very proud of Alfie’s achievements and all his training and pushing himself hard is now starting to pay off for him and show real results. Congratulations on your Nidan Alfie, brilliant work young man, keep training hard and aim high!


Martin Thomas – Nidan
Sensei Martin is a very dedicated student and Instructor who very rarely misses classes, his training is always consistent and he totally loves his karate. Martin is an extremely popular member of the club both with adults and children alike and he has a fantastic personality. He teaches along with Sensei Martin Wilmot on Tuesday evenings at the Blackpool dojo and between them they have a great class that is growing in numbers all the time. Martin has always made people laugh with his funny stories and antidotes and real characters like Martin help to make the club what it is today. Martin has good all-round karate and has worked extremely hard over the years to constantly improve his technique. His kata’s are practiced well and he has brilliant kumite skills. After a nervous start on his grading day Martin soon settled and put into practice all those previous years of training, he worked tremendously hard all day and was thoroughly deserving of his Nidan grade. Congratulations Martin on both your Nidan grade and becoming a Senior Instructor, keep up the brilliant work you are doing and of course keep making us all laugh!

 

Gavin Oliphant – Nidan
Sensei Gavin is another great person to have in the club, his larger than life personality is well known but Musuko Karate Academy has always been very dear to him and he is fiercely loyal. He supports everything we do and really enjoys his karate. Gavin is always willing to help anyone who asks for his help, and he enjoys having great banter with the other men in the club. Gavin started training as a white belt with both his children, and since then has rarely missed a class, and has progressed well through his grades. Gavin has always listened carefully and then put into practice what he has been taught, he has made great strides as an Instructor teaching on Friday evenings at the Carleton dojo and his students are progressing well through their grades. Gavin worked tirelessly from the start on his grading day, he was 100% focused and determined to give everything in each section. All his years of training came into their own and he coped very well all day.  Gavin did all his basics and combinations to a very good standard, and he had great focus and kimae in the kata section. In kumite Gavin likes to give it his all, and he handles sparring opponents brilliantly, sometimes tiring but never giving in. Gavin you are so very worthy of your grade – Congratulations on both your Nidan and becoming a Senior Instructor. Keep up the splendid work you are doing!

 

Juliie Dudley – Nidan
Sensei Julie is our highest ranking female adult in the club and a fantastic role model to all the other female adults. She is a very caring person and is happy to help anyone if they ask for help, she cares deeply for the club, is very loyal and we are very lucky that she and other Instructors support us like they do. Julie is extremely passionate about her karate, and this reflects in her own training and that of the class she teaches on Thursdays.  From speaking to other females, we know that Julie is a great inspiration to them all and has a lot of respect within the club, in fact you only need to see Julie with her students to see this. Julie started training as a white belt along with son Alfie, and again has rarely missed a class since, she supports everything we do and even got boyfriend Sensei Paul Webber hooked on karate too - such is her love for the sport! Julie was brilliant on her grading day, fully focused and absolutely determined to give everything to every section. Julie’s combinations, basics and kata’s were all lovely and clean and had been practiced immensely well. In kumite Julie is brilliant and is one of our top kumite females, she is known in the club to be fearless, and can certainly hold her own  – enjoying many a good humored kumite bout with most of the male adults too! All the years of dedicated training and commitment have all paid off for Julie with fantastic results. Congratulations Julie on your Nidan grade and new position as Senior Instructor. Amazing work all round and thoroughly deserved, well done!

 

Malta Open Tournament 2017 – Results.

Our tournament squad team recently participated in their first International tournament and travelled abroad on Thursday 30th March for the WUKF Malta Open Karate Championships in Cottonera, Malta.


Six of Musuko Karate Academy students had been chosen for the Great Britain squad and were representing their country under WUKO -GB.


The tournament itself took place over Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April. In our first International tournament abroad it was both an amazing experience and a fantastic result for us as a club. We simply couldn’t be prouder of everyone – they were all superb! There were 19 countries taking part with some stiff competition from places including Italy, Russia, France, America and Romania – it was an extremely tough competition with over 550 competitors participating and entries totalling over 1100.

Day one -  Friday was kata day and our students did us proud – for not only representing their country and club but for the amazing results we had. Day two – Saturday was kumite. We had three students entered and again our students did a superb job and were unfortunate to just miss out on being placed.


Everyone had a brilliant time with lots of fun and laughter, new friendships were made or current ones strengthened, each and every person supported and looked after each other and the ultimate bonus is that we came away with a fantastic medal haul!


We would like to thank those Instructors who travelled to Malta to support Musuko Karate Academy and the students taking part – Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Gavin Oliphant and his daughter Daisy Oliphant and Sensei Paul Webber thank you for all your help over the weekend and helping to monitor the students – particularly the younger ones.


Thank you also to the parents and family members who travelled to support and cheer on their own kids as well as everyone else’s – Keeley Swinburn, Nicola Swinburn, Janet Park, Amanda Kershaw, Martin Kershaw, Kirsty Louise Park, Karen Russell and Chris Russell. You created a brilliant atmosphere and your cheering and clapping could clearly be heard in the stands!


We also need to congratulate those students who travelled to Malta but just narrowly missed out by the slightest of margins on medal positions. Alfie Appleby, Danni Williams, Faye Russell, Oliver Russell, Amanda Kershaw and Martin Kershaw. All these students were amazing in their category’s and were extremely unlucky not to come away with a placing. We have no doubt however, that each of these students will have gained lots of experience from the tournament and will take this forward to their next competition. All those named have masses of potential and success – sadly things just didn’t fall right on the day, but we have no doubt you will all have picked yourselves up, brushed yourselves off and will continue forward successfully. Well done to you all, you all did a fantastic job and should be very proud of yourselves – as we are of you.


Listed below are the fantastic results from the Malta Open Championships along with the category and the athlete who entered. Congratulations to each one of you – an amazing achievement and hopefully one everyone who took part or was there will always remember.

Simon Crowther - Bronze - Masters Kata

Simon Crowther & Nathan Crowther – Bronze -  Senior Pairs Kata 

Nathan Crowther & Lauren Welsh – Bronze – Junior Pairs Kata

Nathan Crowther, Brandon Crowther & Taigen Swinburn – Bronze – Junior Team Kata

Brandon Crowther – Silver – Individual Kata 12 – 14 years

Nathan Crowther – Silver – Individual Kata 15 – 17 years

Amy Kershaw – Gold – Musical Kata

What a fantastic result for our first tournament abroad! Once again massive congratulations and well done to everyone who entered the competition and huge thanks to the instructors and to all the supporters both at the competition and those back home in the UK who routed for our squad all weekend. We are so very proud of our tournament squad team as it continues to take massive strides forward and go from strength to strength! 

 

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M.K.A. Inter-club Tournament - Sunday 7th May 2017.

Location:

Cardinal Allen High School,

Melbourne Avenue,

Fleetwood, FY7 8AY.

The tournament information sheets and entry forms are now out and available to collect in all classes.

The closing date for all entries is Sunday 30th April 2017. Entrants categories and names will then be posted on here and on the closed facebook page on Friday 5th May 2017.


This will be a fantastic event and give every student in the club the opportunity to compete on tournament mats and really show off their karate both as an individual, or as part of a pair or team.


Categories will be divided into suitable grades and ages as much as possible, to give everyone a fair chance of winning.


Bespoke club medals will be awarded to first, second and third places, and everyone who takes part will receive a tournament certiifcate on the day.

Photographs are available to purchase on the day from I'm Famous Photography - prices on application.

MKA Inter - Club Tournament -7th May 2017- Events

Tournament starts at 10 am prompt - doors open at 9.30 am.

All hair must be tied back for both kata and kumite events.

Gi's must be white and have the Musuko Karate Academy club badge sewn on the left hand chest -      no other association badges allowed.

All kumite competitors must​ wear a gum shield, leg pads and hand mitts (white belts just a gum shield).

Please listen out for your names and category. Photographs available to purchase on the day from a professional photographer - all main cards and cash accepted.

You are advised to bring food and drink with you - as you may be at the event for a while.

 

Please find below the events, categories and competitor names.

 

PAIRS KATA

 

EVENT 1

ADULTS
5TH KYU & ABOVE


HELEN TALBOT & EMMA MACKIE
PAUL PRESTON & KAREN JACKSON
PAUL WEBBER & JULIE DUDLEY
AMANDA KERSHAW & MARTIN KERSHAW

 

EVENT 2

15 YRS & UNDER
7TH – 4TH KYU


KAITLIN TALBOT & LYDIA PATERSON
LYDIA GEDDES & GEORGIA JACKSON
OCEAN PATEL & DEV PATEL
JAKE LIGHTFOOT & HARRISON IRVING

 

EVENT 3

15 YRS & UNDER
4TH KYU & ABOVE


CHELSEA GRUNDY & AMY KERSHAW
TAIGEN SWINBURN & LAUREN WELSH
NATHAN CROWTHER & LUCY HULME
BRANDON CROWTHER & DANNI WILLIAMS


EVENT 4

15 YRS & UNDER
2ND KYU & ABOVE


BEN CHURCHOUSE & ALFIE APPLEBY
DAISY OLIPHANT & JACK SOUTHERN
OLIVER SPENCER & KIERON GRAY
KATIE KNOWLES & REBECCA CATLOW

 

FAMILY PAIRS

 

EVENT 5

7TH – 4TH KYU


ABIGAIL MACKIE & EMMA MACKIE
OCEAN PATEL & DEV PATEL
LAURA BROGDEN & HENRY BROGDEN

 

EVENT 6

10TH - 7TH KYU

​FAYE RUSSELL & OLIVER RUSSELL

DYLAN PARK - LINNEY & KIRSTY PARK

LISA MCKENZIE & POPPY MCKENZIE

 

EVENT 7

2ND KYU & ABOVE


GAVIN OLIPHANT & DAISY OLIPHANT
KIRSTY CHURCHOUSE & BEN CHURCHOUSE
AMANDA KERSHAW & AMY KERSHAW

 

EVENT 8

4TH KYU & ABOVE

JULIE DUDLEY & ALFIE APPLEBY
TAIGEN SWINBURN & LAUREN WELSH
NATHAN CROWTHER & BRANDON CROWTHER

 

TEAM KATA

 

EVENT 9


WILLIAM MARLAND   GEORGIA JACKSON     LYDIA GEDDES
AMY KERSHAW          CHELSEA GRUNDY      BEN CHURCHOUSE
REBECCA CATLOW    LUCY HULME                FREYA HULME

 

FAMILY TEAM

 

EVENT 10


DAISY OLIPHANT        GEORGIA JACKSON     KAREN JACKSON
AMANDA KERSHAW    AMY KERSHAW            MARTIN KERSHAW
XAVIER GLADWIN        BEAU GLADWIN           YASMIN GLADWIN

 


INDIVIDUAL KATA

 

EVENT 11

BOYS & GIRLS
4 - 6 YRS
10 - 8TH KYU


FAYE RUSSELL
MATTHEW HILL
DYLAN PARK – LINNEY

 

EVENT 12

BOYS
6+ YRS
7 – 6TH KYU


JAKE LIGHTFOOT
JUSTIN BOND
OLIVER RUSSELL
JOSEPH TUCKER
DEXTER COATES
LEWIS ADAMS

 

EVENT 13

GIRLS & BOYS
9 – 13 YRS
7TH – 2ND KYU


JACK SOUTHERN
DAISY OLIPHANT
BETHANY BRADFORD
WILLIAM MARLAND
GEORGIA JACKSON
LYDIA PATERSON

 

EVENT 14


MALE & FEMALE ADULTS
5TH – 3RD KYU

PAUL WEBBER
KAREN JACKSON
PAUL PRESTON
RYAN WATERHOUSE
HELEN TALBOT 

 

EVENT 15


GIRLS 15 – 15 YRS
4TH KYU & ABOVE

DANNI WILLIAMS
TAIGEN SWINBURN
AMY KERSHAW
LAUREN WELSH
CHELSEA GRUNDY

 

EVENT 16

 

BOYS 14 - 15YRS
1ST KYU & ABOVE

ALFIE APPLEBY
BEN CHURCHOUSE
OLIVER SPENCER
KIERON GRAY

 

EVENT 17


MALE & FEMALE
1ST KYU – BLACK BELTS

MARTIN KERSHAW
MIKE JORDAN
AMANDA KERSHAW
KATIE KNOWLES

 

EVENT 18


BOYS
6 – 7
YRS
8TH – 7TH KYU

YEHIA ABDELAZIZ
JAKE SMITH
ROCCO GLADWIN
HARRISON IRVING

 

EVENT 19


FEMALE & MALE ADULTS
10 – 8TH KYU

KIRSTY PARK
MARK SOUTHERN
LUKASZ ZYGOWSKI
RYAN GLADWIN

 

INDIVIDUAL KUMITE


EVENT 20


GIRLS 8 – 10 YRS
5TH – 2ND KYU

DAISY OLIPHANT
GEORGIA JACKSON
LYDIA GEDDES
LYDIA PATERSON
KAITLYN TALBOT

 

EVENT 21


GIRLS 7 BOYS
12 – 13 YRS
4TH KYU & ABOVE

DANNI WILLIAMS
AMY KERSHAW
CALVIN KENYON


EVENT 22


GIRLS & BOYS
4 – 6 YRS
8TH KYU – 6TH KYU

FAYE RUSSELL
POPPY MCKENZIE
HENRY BROGDEN
DARCY BARBER
JAKE SMITH
DEXTER COATES

 

EVENT 23


BOYS 7 – 8 YRS
7TH – 6TH KYU


HARRISON IRVING
JAKE LIGHTFOOT
OLIVER RUSSELL
JACOB GARDINER
JUSTIN BOND
JACK MCKENZIE
JACOB TUCKER
ROCCO GLADWIN


EVENT 24


BOYS 9 – 11YRS
7TH KYU & ABOVE

JACK SOUTHERN
OCEAN PATEL
WILLIAM MARLAND
LEWIS ADAMS

 

EVENT 25


BOYS 14 – 15 YRS
1ST KYU & ABOVE

KIERON GRAY
OLIVER SPENCER
BEN CHURCHOUSE
ALFIE APPLEBY


EVENT 26


FEMALE ADULTS
7TH KYU & ABOVE

LAURA BROGDEN
SARAH TAYLOR
AMANDA KERSHAW
KAREN JACKSON
LISA MCKENZIE

 

EVENT 27


MALE ADULT
5TH KYU & ABOVE

MARTIN KERSHAW
PAUL WEBBER
SIMON TUCKER
RYAN WATERHOUSE
JAMES PATERSON

 

EVENT 28


MALES 5TH KYU & BELOW

RYAN GLADWIN
MARK SOUTHERN
LUKASZ ZYGOWSKI
DEV PATEL


Fleetwood Grading - Results

We held our first club grading of the year at Cardinal Allen high school, Fleetwood, on Sunday 19th March, and we are happy to say it was another great day! There were students of various grades attempting grades -  for some their very first grade of yellow belt through to one student attempting her third Kyu brown belt. 

In what seems to now be a regular occurrence it was another brilliant grading with lots of improvement from students since their last grading and some lovely karate on display.

A big thank you must go to the parents, family members and supporters who watched from the sides and gave fantastic encouragement all afternoon to everyone grading.

We need to mention a special thanks to those instructors and students who gave up their time to help and support Sensei Simon at the grading. Your help and support is always appreciated and days like grading’s would be extremely difficult to do without your assistance. Therefore, many thanks to Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Martin Thomas, Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Martin Wilmot, Sensei Kirsty Churchouse, Sensei Paul Webber, Sempai Christian Schofield, Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther, Junior Sempai’s Alfie Appleby, Taigen Swinburn, Jack Churchouse, Ben Churchouse, Brandon Crowther, Lauren Welsh and student Dev Patel.

Every student who attempted their next grade did fantastically well, and all successfully passed after putting

in 100% effort and focus. There were a number of very young students grading, but they all did amazingly well and were very well behaved, a credit to themselves and their determination to try really hard at their grading.

Very well done to all our white belt adults who were experiencing their very first grading, this can sometimes be quite a daunting experience as students are not quite sure what to expect but they all coped very well and seemed to have a great time gaining their yellow belts.

We had a large number of students who were attempting their 4th Kyu purple belt and this Kyu level can be quite a tough grading to get through as students are tried and tested more in preparation for senior level gradings. All those who were attempting this grade were pushed more, particularly during the kumite and every student showed that they have learned so much and have what it takes to gain their senior Kyu grades in the future. Every student worked extremely hard all afternoon, showed real steely determination and a great knowledge and understanding of their karate in all areas. Many congratulations to all our new 4th Kyu purple belts, you all did brilliantly!

We must give a special mention to any student gaining their brown belt and above as this is a senior grade and it takes many years of training and dedication to achieve these Kyu levels.

Naisha Patel – 3rd Kyu: Naisha has been training with Sensei Simon and Sensei Del for a number of years now and in the last 12 months has improved greatly. She is a delight to have in class, and always tries her best - particularly more so in this last year.  Naisha has made some good friends and is popular with the other girls in the dojo. She has always regularly trained twice a week rarely missing classes, and in gaining her 3rd Kyu grade is now eligible for senior class which will benefit her greatly in preparation for her black belt. Naisha did extremely well on her grading day, she worked hard all afternoon showing off nice clean kata’s and a really strong and practiced Heian Godan, not an easy feat as Naisha was the only student grading to 3rd Kyu that day! Naisha also had to endure an extra round in the kumite section on her own and was introduced to two on one sparring – an experience with which she coped brilliantly! Well done Naisha keep up the great work. Very well done on your 3rd Kyu.

 

Club Grading - Sunday 19th March 2017.

Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY.

1 - 3.30 pm for all grades

All students should aim to arrive 15 - 20 minutes before the start of the grading to give themselves time to warm up and stretch off, they should also bring with them all kumite equipment, their licence book for updating and a drink.

Family and friends are very welcome to watch and show their support, but please could we ask that all observers are respectful to others - particularly those grading and that all phones are set to silent. 

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