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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!

Northern Open Championship Tournament - Results

On the 5th June some of our tournament squad members entered the Northern Open Championships competition in Warrington and had another highly successful day! We yet again came away with an array of medals in what was a competition of very high standards.

The points system was used as an alternative to the flag system and a couple of squad members marinally lost out of semi - finals with a margin as slight as 0.1 points!!

The medal winners were as follows:

Taigen Swinburn -    1 bronze medal
Lauren Welsh -         1 gold medal, 1 silver medal
Kieran Lydon -          1 gold medal, 2 bronze medals
Brandon Crowther - 1 gold medal, 2 bronze medals
Nathan Crowther -    1 gold medal, 1 silver medal.

Fantastic team effort by all! Congratulations to all those members who competed  - the squad team continues to go from strength to strength!

Club Grading - Sunday 12th June 2016.


Cardinal Allen High School,

Melbourne Avenue,


FY7 8AY.

12 - 1.30 pm (1.50 pm finish) for all  White and Yellow belts

2 - 4.30 pm (5 pm finish) for all  Orange to 2nd Kyu belts

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.



Next Squad Training Session - TBC

By Invite Only


Squad training commences 10.30 am.    (Dates vary)


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


F​uture squad training dates:     ​TBC

                                   No squad training in June due to a very busy month of club events.




MKA Training Weekend 15 -18 April 2016 - Report

What an absolutely amazing time we all had on our very first MKA training weekend, the feedback has been incredible and we are already under pressure to arrange our next one!

A special thank you to Shihan Anne Hastings and Sensei Anthony Pendlebury for agreeing to come down and teach for us on the Saturday. Both guest Instructors along with our very own Sensei Simon Crowther held superb sections all day over the three groups training, and every student gained valuable skills to take forward in their karate.

Shihan Anne and Sensei Anthony both commented on what a fantastic club we are and what a brilliant bunch of students we have, along with Sensei Simon they also stated how much enthusiasm and effort everyone gave to all three sections.

A special mention must go to the younger students - 10 years and under Kyu grades, who were superb, behaved impeccably and trained with a smile on their faces all day! It was no easy task for Sensei Simon to choose two award winners from this section of mega talented kids.

Many thanks to Sensei Del Knowles for assisting each Sensei with this group of students, I know he really enjoyed seeing the little ones have such a great time!

All in all, it was a fantastic day of karate which was then followed by a brilliant evening socializing with family and friends, there was lots of laughter with great food and drink, and there were quite a few sore heads on the Sunday morning!!

Thank you to everyone - both students and families, who have given us such fantastic feedback on how much they thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the weekend- from the training hall to the caravans. Your kind comments and thanks are very much appreciated!

Lastly, but of course not least, we had our award winners. All the students were chosen for very different reasons - and to be perfectly honest each Sensei had a very difficult time choosing, the standard was very high but in the end the following students were chosen.

The runners up who each received a medal were:

Shihan Anne Hastings medal - Gavin Oliphant
Sensei Anthony Pendlebury medal - Simon Tucker
Sensei Simon Crowther medal - Georgia Waterhouse


Our outright winners who each received a trophy were:

Shihan Anne Hastings Award - Charlotte Bertram
Sensei Anthony Pendlebury Award - Karen Jackson
Sensei Simon Crowther Award - Sylvia Waterhouse

Musuko Karate Academy Training Weekend 2016
Many Congratulations to all of our trophy and medal winners, and to all the other students who attended the training weekend for your superb training and commitment to karate and MKA.

All in all it was a resounding success, and we very much look forward to the next training weekend!



Club Grading - Sunday 25th June 2017.

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

1 - 4 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.

Fleetwood Grading 13th March 2016 - Results.

On Sunday 13th March we held a large grading at Fleetwood and it was another exceptional day. The standard of karate on display was very high and this is due to the great team of Instructors here at Musuko Karate Academy.

We must once again mention those who gave up their Sunday to help out and support on the day, without their commitment events like grading days would be impossible tasks.

Thanks to Sensei Gary McDonald, Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Martin Thomas, Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Martin Wilmot and Sensei Kirsty Churchouse. Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther and Kieran Lydon, Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther, Chelsea Grundy, Jack Churchouse, Laighton Worthington and Alex Oliphant. Many thanks also to Chris Greenhalgh, Amy Greenhalgh and Jon Mockridge. We are very lucky to have such fantastic people who really enjoy assisting in events like grading’s and your help is always appreciated.

We also have to mention the parents and family members who gave up their time to cheer and encourage everyone from the sides, as well as the many hours given each week travelling around to all the different classes. Your very kind and continuous comments about the club are really appreciated. Thank you all for your brilliant support!

We had students who were attending their very first grading to attain their 9th Kyu yellow belts all the way through to three students attempting their 1st Kyu rank (the last Kyu grade before black belt).

Everyone did brilliantly and put in 100% effort from start to finish and again it was another full pass rate with every student succeeding to their next Kyu grade.

There are some really great students with various grades in the club who have exceptional karate, and some of these are only 4 or 5 years of age. They among others are definitely ones to watch for the future!

Congratulations to Matthew Lacy, Chris Schofield and Paul Preston who all double graded from 10th Kyu white belt to 8th Kyu orange belt. Double grading’s do not come along very often and are a big achievement. Huge well done to all three of you and keep the great work up!

We always mention by name students who attain the level of 3rd Kyu and above. To get to these levels takes many years of hard work, commitment and sheer determination.

We therefore congratulate the following students:

Harvey Atkinson – 3rd Kyu
Harvey is a lovely and polite young man who always tries his hardest in all the classes he attends. Harvey is a great student to have in the club as he always listens and pays attention to what is being taught and then puts this into practice. Harvey is progressing nicely through his grades and his karate is improving in all areas. On the grading day Harvey worked tirelessly from start to finish he had good clean kata’s and his kumite was nice and controlled. Harvey was pushed really hard in the kumite section and he showed great determination to carry on without any fuss, never once did Harvey show signs of giving up. A huge Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu Harvey, keep the fantastic work going!

Connor Mooney – 3rd Kyu
Connor is another great student who gives it his all in classes. He is a well-liked member of the club and regularly trains, rarely missing classes and for this we commend him. Connor always tries hard in class and then puts this into practice. On the grading day Connor did fantastically well he was very determined and very focused and just got on with the job in hand. His kata’s were lovely and clean and had been practiced well. In the kumite section Connor was much improved as in the past he has been known to lose his temper but now Connor is much more controlled and this certainly paid off for him on the day showing excellent skill and great movement. He is finally starting to believe in his ability more and this will now help him immensely. Well done Connor you never gave up, fantastic work. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu.

Daisy Oliphant -3rd Kyu
Daisy is the daughter of Sensei Gavin and she is an absolute joy to have in classes. Not only is she mega cute but is also a little pocket rocket. Daisy is a member of the squad team winning two out of three tournament medals in really high ranking standards of competition as well as winning Exceptional Karate-Ka Award 2015. Daisy is doing so well with her karate, she is still only 8 years of age but has already achieved so much. She attends and supports every event we hold and all this is really helping her karate tenfold. On the grading day Daisy did brilliantly. Her kata’s were lovely and sharp and had been practiced well and in the kumite although Daisy perhaps didn’t always find it easy she coped brilliantly and showed why she was very deserving of her 3rd Kyu rank. Congratulations Daisy fantastic work, keep it up!

Charlotte Bertram -1st Kyu
Charlotte is a lovely girl who tries really hard in classes and it has all been paying off for her. Charlotte trains four times a week along with her two brothers and is another student who supports and attends every event we hold. Charlotte is a very popular member of the club and has made some great friends. She is a member of the squad team and already had success winning a silver medal, and is also currently a Junior Female Student of the Year 2015. Charlotte has really good all round karate and has a natural ability at picking things up quickly. At the grading Charlotte worked tirelessly from start to finish. Her kata’s were performed brilliantly and her kumite was nice and controlled. Charlotte is a great role model for the younger females to look up to and we have no doubt Charlotte will do exceptionally well when she attempts her black belt at the end of the year. Congratulations Charlotte you should be very proud of everything you have achieved so far. Keep up the great work!

Elliott Bertram – 1st Kyu
Elliott is a nice polite young man who is now starting to come into his own with his karate. Elliott with his sister Charlotte and brother Keith are great personalities in classes. Elliott is also another popular member of the club forming strong friendships with students of a similar age to himself. He really enjoys his karate and is a member of the squad team as well as attending every event we do. Elliott recently had quite a serious knee injury but after regaining full health he has come back training and been stronger and better than ever! On the grading day Elliott was exceptional from start to finish. Such was his determination and focus he impressed all the Sensei’s and Sempai’s who were there, and who all commented on how good he was. Elliott’s kata’s were exceptionally sharp with great kimae and in the kumite he was just outstanding. Nothing seemed to faze Elliott and we are really looking forward to him attempting his black belt later in the year!  Congratulations Elliott fantastic work. You should be really proud!

Oliver Spencer – 1st Kyu
Oliver is another lovely polite young student and it’s great to have him in the club. Oliver is really enjoying his karate at the moment and is improving at a very fast rate and this is why Sensei Simon decided to move him forward earlier than expected. Oliver trains three times a week and always focuses and listens hard to what is being taught. He is currently a Junior Male Student of the Year 2015 and a great role model to some of the younger male students. On the grading day Oliver did exceptionally well he again impressed all the Sensei’s and Sempai’s who were watching and delivered some awesome karate. His kata’s were very clean and sharp and had been practiced well. In the kumite section Oliver did brilliantly, he coped with every situation very well and never once thought of giving up. We very much look forward to seeing Oliver attempt his black belt later in the year. Well done Oliver, fantastic work. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu.  

Yorkshire Open Karate Championships - Squad news

Congratulations to all our tournament squad members who once again had a very successful day and came away with a haul of medals. You did yourselves and the club proud. Well done to you all!

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