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Club Grading - Sunday 25th September 2016


Cardinal Allen High School,

Melbourne Avenue,


FY7 8AY.

1 - 4 pm for all grades

Family and friends are allowed to watch a student grade, it is a special occasion and one you will all want to remember and also show your support to. You are allowed to take photos but strictly no videos, please remember to be respectful to others at all times and please set all phones to silent.

Please aim to arrive for your grading 15 - 20 minutes before the start of the grading to give you time to warm up and stretch off.

Remember to bring all your kumite equipment, your licence and a drink.

Tournament Squad Training Session - TBC

Location: St John The Divine church hall, Hewlett Street, Coppull, PR7 5AH

10.30 am start for all squad members (by invite only)

Please remember to bring all your training equipment.


The next session will appear here in due course. Please check back for dates.



MKA Kukri Club Shop

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​Items can be ordered by clicking on the Kukri logo on our website shop page and then selecting either adult or child/youth sizes in the column down the left hand side. There is a size guide available to help you.

Orders over £50 are subject to free delivery.




Black Belt Grading 26th June 2016 - Results.

On Sunday 26th June we held our black belt grading at Fleetwood for four of our students. Although this was our smallest black belt grading to date it is fair to say it was probably one of, if not the best, black belt grading we have had so far.

The grading panel consisted of Sensei Simon Crowther, Sensei Gary Mcdonald, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Gavin Oliphant and Sensei Martin Thomas. Many thanks to these Sensei’s who gave up their day to give valuable experience, feedback and opinions to those grading.

Many thanks also to Chelsea Grundy, Taigen Swinburn, Amy Greenhalgh and Paul Webber who did a brilliant job all day and helped assist with the grading in kihon ippon and kumite. Your commitment to the club and for being a fabulous support to those grading is always appreciated.

Of the four students who graded we sadly had one student Chris Greenhalgh who was unfortunate to fail in a particular section of the grading which meant he was unable to attain his Shodan grade this time. Chris took the news with the highest dignity and spirit of anyone we have ever seen, showing what a great Karate-Ka he really is. The panel all commended Chris on his attitude at the news and we very much look forward to Chris attempting his Shodan again in November where hopefully he will bounce back from his disappointment.

The three remaining students were all successful in obtaining their grades and we are sure everyone within Musuko Karate Academy will join us in congratulating these students.

Lucy Hulme – Shodan-Ho
Lucy is a great student and character to have in the club and very rarely misses any classes. Junior Sempai Lucy has always had good clean karate and along with her sister Freya they are a pleasure to teach. All those years of regular training, dedication and commitment paid off for Lucy on her grading day and she was just fantastic from start to finish! Lucy had excellent basics in all areas, her combinations were clear and precise and she had brilliant effort and focus. In the kihon ippon section Lucy really upped her game and gave good loud responses and controlled movements throughout. Lucy’s Heian kata’s were really good and taken with confidence, her Bassai Dai could do with a little more polish with regard to hand movements and positions - although Lucy made no mistakes within the actual kata. In fact, Lucy was just awesome all day. In the kumite section Lucy had controlled awareness of speed and distance and she showed those brilliant kicks of hers which have always been one of Lucy’s strong points. Lucy passed every section of her grading with full marks and all the grading panel were very impressed with Lucy giving her some lovely feedback at the end. When Lucy came up to collect her belt and certificate she was beaming from ear to ear and rightly so! Congratulations Lucy you were simply awesome and really deserving of your Shodan-Ho. We very much look forward to you now attempting the grade of Shodan very soon.

Katie Knowles - Shodan-Ho
Katie is a lovely quiet girl who tries hard in class and never misses any lessons. Along with her dad Sensei Del Knowles, Katie supports every event we hold and is a great student to have in the club. Katie takes her karate seriously and she is always practicing before class on her kata’s and stances which definitely contributed towards her success at the grading. The panel always expected Katie to do well and be a good steady student but Katie really cranked it up and did brilliantly. Katie was bright red in the face after the first five minutes of the grading starting and was very determined that no matter what, she was taking home that black belt! Katie had brilliant basics, combinations and stances and her kihon ippon was faultless and done with confidence. In the kata section Katie’s Heian kata’s had been practiced over and over again and it was clear that she did them cautiously but with clear confidence. Katie passed all sections of her grading and all that practice definitely paid off. In the kumite section she was completely unfazed by anything that was given to her, and this was a huge difference to her last grading showing massive improvement. All the grading panel were very impressed by Katie and the feedback said it all with some fab comments. A very poignant moment for Katie, her parents, and everyone in the room was when Sensei Simon called Sensei Del forward so he could present his daughter Katie with her certificate and belt. Sensei Del had also spent many hours guiding and advising Katie on her upcoming grading so it was a very touching and fitting tribute to them both that he should award Katie with her achievements. Many Congratulations Katie, keep up this new side of you! You were very deserving of your Shodan-Ho and we are excited to see you attempt your Shodan in the not too distant future.

Martin Wilmot – Shodan
Sensei Martin is a great student to have in the club. He never misses classes and along with his step daughter Chelsea Grundy and daughter Rachel supports everything we do. Martin is a popular student with the adults and tries his hardest at every lesson. He currently supports Sensei Gavin at the Carleton dojo on Friday evenings showing excellent teaching skills and we know this is a role he really enjoys. At the grading Martin tried really hard from the beginning, he had great spirit and focus, and gave every section 100% effort and the panel could ask no more of him than this. Martin had good basics and kihon ippon but had a bit of a wobble in the kata section, he then got his head together, composed himself, and then came back and did a fantastic Heian Nidan which wowed the grading panel! This was probably Martin’s turning point in the grading. In the kumite section Martin coped well and although he was under some pressure during kumite he stayed calm, composed and in control. Martin’s dedication and commitment to his training along with his support for the club is all what helped Martin to achieve his Shodan grade. Congratulations on your Shodan Martin very well deserved.

Tournament Entries - Inter-Club Tournament 10th July 2016.

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

Time: 10 am - 5pm. 

Please try to arrive for your event at least half an hour before it is due to start.
Times in brackets are a rough guideline and not exact so please allow for changes.

Be prepared to be at the tournament for most of the day if you are entering a number of events, so bringing food and drink with you is a good idea.

Referees and officials decisions are final.

For those who wish to stay and watch as well as supporting other competitors, there will be a team kata display of kata Kururunfa and the bunkai application by three of the tournament squad around 12.45 pm.

Please remember to bring your sparring equipment for all kumite events.

Event: 1   (10.15 am)            
Pairs Kata                  Age 10 yrs and under

Sydney Terry             Georgia Jackson
Max Gray                    Jack Southern
Lydia Geddes             Amelia Steele

Event: 2    (10.25 am)        
Pairs Kata                   Age 11 yrs and over excluding Dan grades

Kieron Gray                    Oliver Spencer
Connor Mooney            Harvey Atkinson
Bethany  Bradford         Rachel Wilmot


Event: 3   (10.35 am)       
Pairs Kata             Adults – Open grade

Gary McDonald              Julie Dudley
Karen Jackson                Christian Schofield
Paul Webber                  Ryan Waterhouse

Event: 4    (10.45 am)    
Pairs Kata                   Age 10 yrs and over including Dan grades

Megan Lockett              Charlotte Bertram
Nathan Crowther          Rebecca Worthington
Brandon Crowther       Laighton Worthington
Lauren Welsh                Taigen Swinburn


Event: 5    (11 am)     
Team Kata           Under 16 yrs Open grade

Sylvia Waterhouse          Lydia Geddes             Amelia Steele
Charlotte Bertram          Megan Lockett           Laighton Worthington
Kieron Gray                      Oliver Spencer           Chelsea Grundy
Alfie Appleby                   Ben Churchouse        Jack Churchouse
Taigen Swinburn             Brandon Crowther    Lauren Welsh

Event: 6    (11.15 am)      
Boys Individual kata         Blue – 1st Kyu belts age 9-13 yrs

Kieron Gray
Oliver Spencer
Jerome Anthony
Max Gray

Event :7   (11.30 am)        
Boys Individual kata            Dan grades age 13 – 16 yrs

Alfie Appleby
Ben Churchouse
Jack Churchouse

Event: 8    (11.45 am)           
Female Individual Kata         Open age and grade

Karen Jackson
Rachel Wilmot
Emma Mackie

Event: 9   (12 noon )          
Girls Individual kata 
     Green-Blue belts age 7-10 yrs

Ellie Mockridge
Jessica Shovelton
Sylvia Waterhouse
Lydia Paterson
Georgia Jackson

Event: 10   ( 12.15 pm)
Boys and Girls Individual kata  

Yellow - Red belts age 5 – 8 yrs    

Rocco Gladwin
Georgia Waterhouse
Jake Smith
Natasha Worthington



Event: 11    (12.30 pm)  


                               MEMBERS OF THE MKA TOURNAMENT ‘A’ SQUAD TEAM



Event : 12   (12.45 pm)  
Girls Individual kata         Blue – Brown belts age 11 – 12 yrs

Rebecca Catlow
Bethany Bradford
Lauren Welsh
Charlotte Bertram


Event: 13    (1 pm)       
Girls and Boys Kata     Open grade 16 yrs and under

Keith Bertram
Katie Knowles 
Abigail Mackie

Event: 14   (1.10 pm)        
Girls Individual kata         Dan grades age 12-14 yrs

Taigen Swinburn
Megan Lockett
Chelsea Grundy

Event:  15   (1.20 pm) 
Boys and Girls Individual kata       Orange/Green/Red belts age 6 – 8 yrs

Justin Bond
Joshua Lacy
Oliver Russell
William Marland


Event: 16   (1.35 pm)
Male Adult Individual kata      Green - brown belts

Paul Webber
Matthew Lacy
Christian Schofield
Ryan Waterhouse
Jon Mockridge


Event: 17    (1.50 pm)     
Boys and Girls Individual kumite      Yellow – Blue belts age 5 – 7 yrs

Georgia Waterhouse
Jake Smith
Lydia Paterson

Event: 18    (2 pm)        
Girls Individual kumite         Green – Red belts age 8-10 yrs

Georgia Jackson
Jessica Shovelton
Sydney Terry
Natasha Worthington

Event: 19    (2.15  pm)        
Boys Individual kumite        Orange and Green belts age 5 – 7 yrs

Justin Bond
Oliver Russell
Joshua Lacy


Event: 20    (2.25 pm )
Girls Individual Kumite
        Red - purple belts age 10-12 yrs

Rebecca Catlow
Lauren Welsh
Sylvia Waterhouse
Bethany Bradford

Event: 21  (2.40 pm)      
Boys Individual kumite          Red - brown belts age 7 – 9 yrs

Max Gray
Jack Southern
Isaac Lacy
William Marland


Event: 22    (2.55 pm)       
Boys Individual kumite          Blue – Brown belts age 13 yrs

Kieron Gray
Jerome Anthony
Calvin Kenyon


Event: 23    (3.05 pm)       
Female Adult Individual Kumite       Open grade

Vicky Mockridge
Karen Jackson
Kirsty Churchouse


Event: 24    (3.15 pm)       
Girls Individual kumite       Dan grades age 12-14 yrs

Taigen Swinburn
Megan Lockett
Rebecca Worthington
Chelsea Grundy


Event: 25    (3.30 pm)       
Boys Individual kumite        Dan grades aged 13 – 16 yrs

Alfie Appleby
Kieron Lydon
Ben Churchouse
Jack Churchouse


Event: 26   (3.45 pm)       
e Adult Individual kumite           Open grade

Matthew Lacy
Ryan Waterhouse
Christian Schofield
James Paterson
Paul Webber
John Lacy
Chris Morley
Jon Mockridge
Simon Tucker

Black Belt Grading - Sunday June 26th 2016.

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

1 -  4 pm for students and Instructors by invite only.

There will be a number of students due to attempt their Shodan - Ho or Shodan grade in front of our grading panel.

This will not be an open grading. Only students grading and their invited family/friends are allowed to attend and support on the day. Supporters are more than welcome to take their own photographs.

For those who are attempting grading please remember to bring all your kumite equipment, plently of drinks and energy snacks.Other things to consider are possibly a tracksuit top or hoodie to prevent cooling down too much between sessions and a towel.

Successful Shodan students will be presented with their ranked certificate immediately following the grading. Embroidered belts will then be ordered to the student's personal requirements.

Successful Shodan-Ho students will be presented with their black belt and ranked certificate immediately following the grading.


M.K.A. Inter-Club Tournment - Sunday 10th July 2016.

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 Wednesday 6th July. Entrants categories and names will then be posted on here and on the website on Friday 8th July.

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, 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.



Fleetwood Grading 12th June 2016 - Results.

On Sunday 12th June we held two grading’s at Fleetwood. Many thanks yet again to those Instructor’s and students who again gave up their day to assist and encourage their own students and others who were attempting grading.

The Instructors were Sensei Gary McDonald, Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Martin Thomas, Sensei Martin Wilmot and assisting in the first grading Sensei Kirsty Churchouse.

The remainder of helpers were mainly Junior Instructor’s and Junior Sempai’s these were Kieron Lydon, Nathan Crowther, Brandon Crowther, Megan Lockett, Laighton Worthington, Alfie Appleby, Rebecca Worthington and Ben Churchouse. Chris Morley also gave up his time to assist with the adults. Thanks to all of you for your help it was very much appreciated, you are a credit to yourselves and the club.

We must also remember those parents and supporters who encouraged from the sides, constant attendance in bringing children to classes is vital and we thank you for your time and commitment.

The first grading had all small junior white and yellow belts grading. All the students did fantastically well, particularly so as they were all very young and for the majority of them it was their first grading. There was some real talent in this first section and we look forward to seeing them all develop through their grades. Well done to you all!

The second grading had teenage and adult white and yellow belts plus all the other Kyu grades right through to 2nd Kyu’s who were attempting their very last Kyu grade (1st Kyu) before black belt.On what was a particularly warm day the effort and focus given was brilliant to see, everyone worked tirelessly and again there is some amazing talent coming through the grades.

Well done to the purple belts who for those grading at this level was a bit of a leap up from previous grading’s, you all did extremely well and should be immensely proud of yourselves! Congratulations on your 4th Kyu’s.

We always mention by name those students who have obtained the grade of 3rd Kyu and above as to get to these levels takes many years of determination, effort and commitment. Obstacles sometimes come up to challenge you but getting over these is what takes a student all the way to black belt.

Max Gray – 3rd Kyu
Max is a lovely quiet boy who is an absolute pleasure to teach in class. He always attends promptly - rarely missing classes and supports every event we hold. Max’s commitment to his training is a testament to his karate technique. At the grading he had good clean kata’s and his kumite is now starting to mature and have more control. Max has improved a lot since his last grading and we are sure as Max grows both in age and Kyu level his standard will continue to go from strength to strength. Well done Max brilliant work!

Jack Southern – 3rd Kyu
Jack is another lovely boy who is still young and has achieved so much already in his karate. He is another student who is an absolute pleasure to teach and has improved vastly since he last graded. Jack has great karate, on the grading day his kata’s were practiced and executed well and he had brilliant kumite which now shows more technique and understanding. Jack is now really starting to come into his own and has improved significantly in all areas since his last grading. Well done Jack. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu.

Kieron Gray – 2nd Kyu
Kieron is a very talented young student who just keeps getting better and better. He like his brother Max rarely misses classes and we commend him for this. He is a fantastic student to have in the club and supports every event we hold. Kieron really enjoys his karate and this is shining through in his grading. On the grading day he was brilliant in all areas, with strong kata’s and excellent kumite, showing why Kieron really deserved his 2nd Kyu. Keep up the great work young man, you are doing a fantastic job! Congratulations on your grade.

Georgia Chapman – 2nd Kyu
Georgia is a lovely polite girl and an absolute pleasure to have in the club. Georgia always trains hard and focuses well in every lesson and is improving all the time in all areas of her karate. Georgia’s real turning point was when she decided to increase her training to three times a week (two regular class and senior class) her kata’s are now a lot sharper and practiced well and her stances and kumite have significantly improved since last time she graded. Georgia coped with the grading day with a lot more maturity and understanding than when she attempted her 3rd Kyu. She showed that she was ready to move forward to the next level and regularly attending senior class has helped her cope with this immensely as well as preparing her for her black belt. Well done Georgia brilliant work, you should be very proud!

Yvonne Crowther – 2nd Kyu
Club manager and Sempai Yvonne is a great student to have in class (I can’t really say anything else, haha) and always tries hard in every lesson. Training twice a week as well as regularly attending senior class has helped Yvonne improve significantly from her last grading. Attempting her 2nd Kyu Yvonne showed much improved kata’s and a lot more maturity and distance in her kumite, a remarkable difference from when attempting her 4th Kyu! Yvonne just needs to keep doing what she has been and the rewards will come. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu. Well done!

Tobias Adjetey-Hilton - 1st Kyu
Tobias is a good steady student who always tries his best in every class and enjoys his karate. Tobias did very well at his grading, his kata’s were of a good standard and executed well. Tobias worked extremely hard in the kumite, he coped brilliantly in this section despite having some challenging rounds and having to spar until the very end. Tobias coped with everything really well and showed why he was ready to obtain his 1st Kyu. Tobias’s focus has improved a lot this year and hopefully this will continue. We very much look forward to seeing Tobias continue to improve as he now works towards his black belt.  Well done Tobias, keep up the great work!

Kirsty Churchouse – 1st Kyu
Sensei Kirsty is a great asset to the club and is a really loyal supporter and fantastic student, supporting every event that we hold Kirsty trains regularly twice a week as well as attending senior class and assists Sensei Julie at the Thursday Fleetwood dojo, she is one busy lady! Kirsty’s karate continues to improve all the time and being the determined and focused student that she is we have no doubt that Kirsty will continue to make great strides in her karate. At the grading Kirsty worked really hard throughout and has improved significantly since her last grading. Her kata’s had been practiced well and she was a lot confident going through them which was great to see. In the kumite section Kirsty worked and was pushed really hard. Wow what a difference from her last grading! Kirsty now has a lot more control and distance, and is no longer trying to fight her opponent, showing a great maturity in her understanding.  Kirsty has always had a fantastic attitude and has I have previously said no one can fault her sheer drive in classes. Congratulations Kirsty, you thoroughly deserved your 1st Kyu, very well done. Next step, black belt!

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