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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. 

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

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

Our second club tournament will be a fantastic event, if last year's is anything to go by! It gives every student in the club the opportunity to compete on tournament mats and really show off their karate both as an individual, and as part of a 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.

Tournament information sheets and entry forms will be available in all classes nearer the date. 

 

Grading Pre-assessment - Sunday 4th June 2017.

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

​1 - 2 pm for Kyu grades

1 - 2.30 pm for 1st Kyu and black belts.

All students who are invited and are hoping to grade in June must attend the pre-assessment where you will be observed by the Chief Instructor. The assessment is designed to put you through your paces and see if you are ready for your next grade.

Grading forms will be given out at the end of the assessment to all succesful students.

 

Stranger Danger & Self- Defence Courses - Sunday 19th February 2017.

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

Stranger Danger Course - 12.30 - 1.30 pm 

Our Stranger Danger course is for all children of primary school age - where we will be focusing on making children aware of strangers and possible attacks. We will also focus on bullying inside and outside of school and how to stop this being repeated. 

More details available in class, please see the class Sensei for an information sheet. 

 

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

Self - Defence Course - 2 - 3.30 pm

The Self-Defence course is designed for all high school children and adults and will focus on attacks in various situations and the techniques to counter them. Mats will be used to show 'take downs'.

More details available in class, please see the class Sensei for an information sheet.

 

Black Belt Grading - Results

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 seven students who attempted grading on the day.


The grading panel consisted of Sensei Brian Seabright – Chairman of the British Karate Association, Sensei Simon Crowther, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Martin Thomas and Sensei Martin Wilmot. Thank you for assisting on the panel and being a great help.


We also had a number of special people who gave up their Sunday and wanted to get involved and support at the grading. These students were Junior Instructor’s Nathan Crowther, Taigen Swinburn and Jack Churchouse, Sempai’s Paul Webber and Christian Schofield and Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther, Alfie Appleby, Chelsea Grundy, Rebecca Worthington, Amy Greenhalgh, Ben Churchouse and Amy Kershaw. Thanks to you all for doing a fab job your help was really appreciated


The atmosphere in the room was electric at times and it was fantastic to see parents, family members and friends not only supporting their own loved ones but every other student who was grading too.


As always this support is fantastic and this is what makes our club so special, not only in terms of all the support but also the outside respect we have, both from strangers and Sensei’s of other clubs who comment regularly on our high standards and friendly exterior and etiquette.


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 each and every one of you who obtained 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 grades.

Elliott Bertram – Shodan - Ho
Elliott is a great all round student, he is a popular member of the club and has many friends. He has always been a loyal supporter of the club and attends any events and seminars we hold if he possibly can. Elliott has consistently trained three times a week for four years, rarely missing classes and all the time spent in the dojo has given him real substance to his karate, he always tries his hardest in class, enjoys what he does and trains with loads of effort. Elliott has really good karate, his basics are strong, he has good clean kata’s and his kumite has understanding of distance and control.  A great thing to see is how Elliott’s confidence has grown immensely both within his karate and also personally; particularly more so in this last year. Elliott was really strong at his grading, he completed every section cleanly and showed good hip work in both his combinations and kata’s. We have no doubt that Elliott will continue to get even better as he works towards his Shodan grade. Congratulations Elliott, brilliant work. Keep up the fantastic job you are doing!

 

Charlotte Bertram – Shodan - Ho
Charlotte is a lovely girl and another talented student in the club. She like her brother Elliott has consistently trained three times a week for four years, and is fast turning into a little pocket rocket! Charlotte has brilliant all round karate, one of last year’s Student of the Year winners Charlotte has continued to show why she earned the title. She tries her hardest in every class and is a popular member of the club with the students of a similar age. Charlotte was brilliant at her grading, she was very strong in every section, her combinations were strong and her kata’s were lightening quick, and executed with confidence and determination. Charlotte showed great hip work throughout her grading, and Sensei Brian Seabright commented on how very impressed he was with her karate. Charlotte is never fazed when it comes to kumite and gets stuck in and will give her opponent a great bout. Charlotte is now starting to believe in her karate more and her confidence is beginning to show through. We very much look forward to seeing this talented little lady continue to flourish as she works towards her Shodan grade. Fantastic work Charlotte! Congratulations on your Shodan-Ho.

 

Oliver Spencer - Shodan - Ho
Oliver is a fantastic young student who has consistently trained for a number of years. He is a great member of the club, and always tries his hardest in every class and enjoys his karate.  Oliver has brilliant attendance and rarely misses a class, and all this effort and time training has helped him tenfold. Oliver is better than he probably gives himself credit for. He has really good all round strong karate, his basics are very good, his kata’s are strong and lightning quick and he has good controlled kumite. He is also a kind and thoughtful student and a great role model for some of the younger ones to look up to.  Oliver did excellent on the grading day he perhaps mildly panicked in one section of the combinations, but had no need to worry as he had already shown the panel clean combinations done correctly. Oliver completed all his kata’s very well and showed great steely determination in the kumite section. Oliver will continue to improve even more as he works towards his Shodan grade and we look forward to him attempting this in the not too distance future. Congratulations Oliver and very well done on your Shodan-Ho grade.

 

Kirsty Churchouse – Shodan – Ho
Sensei Kirsty is a great member to have here at Musuko Karate Academy, she really enjoys her karate and is improving all the time. Kirsty originally watched her two boys Jack and Ben for a while before deciding to join in, get fit and ‘give karate a go’. Fast forward four years and Kirsty has her black belt – a fantastic achievement and definitely an inspiration for all the other mums in the club! Kirsty hasn’t always found her karate easy but her sheer determination and drive has been admirable to see and this is what has constantly driven her forward. Kirsty did very well at her grading, she was very worried about completing her Heian kata’s cleanly – but Kirsty did just that completing both Heian Nidan and Godan cleanly, and the best Bassai Dai she has ever done!.. the relief for Kirsty must have been overwhelming as she promptly burst into tears after going back to the side of the room, a very moving scene from anyone who witnessed it. Kirsty then continued with brilliant kumite showing why she fully deserved her grade. Well done Kirsty, you never faulted all day. Fantastic work and congratulations on your Shodan – Ho.


Chris Greenhalgh – Shodan
Chris is a lovely guy who supports everything we do. He is a great student to have in the club and always tries his hardest in every class. He is a popular member among the men and enjoys teaching others in classes. Six months ago Chris attempted his Shodan grade but sadly at the time failed in the kata section. Chris’s response has been admirable, he never sulked, felt sorry for himself or made a drama. Instead he responded by training hard, and having more sheer determination than ever. Chris really wanted his Shodan grade, and on the grading day he really showed it! He came back and was stronger, more focused and determined than ever. His combinations were much improved than last time and he completed all his kata’s cleanly and with focus and coped with the kumite section controlled and with understanding.  Chris must have really felt the pressure – but he didn’t show it and it was very moving and poignant when he was finally awarded his grade. Well done Chris, you are fully deserving of your Shodan – Congratulations, a brilliant job!


Del Knowles - Shodan
Sensei Del is another great guy to have in the club, and always supports and attends any event and seminar we hold. He enjoys assisting Sensei Simon in class and teaching others, and shows great leadership skills. He is always willing to be a help in all areas, and for this we thank him. Del has been training for a number of years, and has been very driven and determined to constantly train even after having an op! He never misses classes, always tries his hardest in the dojo, has a fantastic attitude – which is really important when teaching students, and thoroughly enjoys his karate. He is a popular member of the club and has formed some good friendships with the other men. Del did very well on his grading day, from the start he had great determination and worked very hard throughout. He coped with all sections brilliantly, he had good combinations and his kata’s were all done correctly and with great focus. In the sparring Del showed real control, precision and understanding which impressed the panel. Del was never going to give up, he really wanted his Shodan grade and for that we commend him. Congratulations on your Shodan Del. Fantastic work!

Gary McDonald – Nidan
Sensei Gary joined Musuko Karate Academy from another club around eighteen months ago, at the time he was very down, demotivated and had lost his passion for karate. It is never easy when you join from another club but after an initial settling in period, Sensei Simon started to work closely with Gary in all aspects and Gary started to look at his karate in a different light, decided to get his mojo back and take his karate seriously. He joined a fitness club, lost weight and has consistently trained really hard ever since. Gary is now much more confident and happy with his karate, he is a popular member of the club and is forming some good friendships with the other men. He is a good role model, enjoys his teaching and is now looking forward to his own class starting in January. All credit must go to Gary though, his drive, determination and effort to do all of the above is purely down to him and for this we commend him.  Gary was excellent on the grading day, he showed brilliant karate throughout and was generally on fire! His combinations and advanced moves were excellent, his kata’s were strong and although he had a minor wobble in the kata section he composed himself and completed the section fully and accurately. He did a fantastic Goju Shiho – Sho and Sensei Brian commented on Gary’s karate, and was impressed by his kimae and strength in all areas. In the kumite section Gary was pushed that extra bit more - as his grade would expect, he was extremely tired by this time but continued to push on through, never losing his temper and keeping his technique even when he had a momentary three on one sparring session! Brilliant Gary. Awesome work! Congratulations on your Nidan.

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