We held a large club grading at Cardinal Allen high school on Sunday 14th June for students attemping their yellow belts right through to two students attempting their first Kyu belts.
Yet again we had a 100% pass rate, and we must thank Sensei Gavin and Sensei Julie for supporting Sensei Simon and helping to keep the standards of students so high. Each grading seems to go from strength to strength! A big thank you must go to the parents and family members who watched from the sides for your fantastic support to all those grading on the day.
We also need to mention a special thanks to the following people for helping out with the grading and being a massive support to Sensei Simon:- Sensei Martin Thomas and Sensei Martin Wilmot, Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther, Kieran Lydon and Dylan Hickman, Sempai Clare Hardman, Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther and Jack and Ben Churchouse, and student Chris Morley.
The grading was divided into two sections to make it better for everyone involved. The first section had a lot of students attending their very first grading and a number of these were very young, we also had all the yellow belts and the very young orange belts in this section too.
It was great to see them all giving so much focus and effort to their karate and they all worked really hard throughout the grading. There were some very talented students and definitely ones to watch for the future! Harry Waterhouse was brilliant for his first grading and along with a number of other youngsters was fantastic to see, well done to you all!
We must congratulate Paul Webber who double graded from 9th Kyu yellow belt to 7th Kyu green belt and showed he has the karate bug, and what it takes to make a great Karate-Ka. He was pushed quite intently in the kumite section but coped brilliantly. Well done Paul!
Huge congratulations as well to Bayley Swinburn who also double graded from 9th Kyu yellow belt to 7th Kyu green belt. Bayley has a really high standard of karate and was thoroughly deserving of her double grade. She is an absolute pleasure to have in the dojo and she is very dedicated and trains twice a week. Bayley was brilliant in all areas at her grading and has a lovely and clean technique. She is a great student and certainly one to watch for the future. Very well done Bayley, fantastic work!
The second section had students who were aged 8 years and over orange belts plus the remaining Kyu grades so it was a brilliant cross section of students. Yet again from the start all attempting grading went straight into giving it their all and really showed off their abilities to the max. There were a lot of very red faces and not one student was lazy. The effort and focus from all was superb! All of the students worked extremely hard and Sensei Simon was particularly impressed with the kata and kumite sections.
Once again there were some outstanding students who continue to amaze us - Lauren Welsh who showed beautiful kata and kumite skills, Lauren is an absolute natural at karate and we very much look forward to seeing her progress through her grades. Jessica Shovelton is another student who has come such a long way in such a short time and continues to inspire us with her continued confidence. Well done girls!
We must congratulate - Jon Mockridge who double graded from 8th Kyu orange belt to 6th Kyu red belt and showed us all why he thoroughly deserved to. Jon has only been training for around nine months, and after sitting and watching his daughter Ellie for a number of weeks he decided to join in, and now his wife Vicky also trains! The Mockridge’s are a pleasure to have in the club and we are so glad they decided to join Musuko Karate.
On a sadder note Jon and Vicky’s daughter, Ellie, was unfortunately not able to take part in yesterday’s grading after a trampoline accident during last week. We all wish Ellie a speedy recovery and look forward to her hopefully returning soon and gaining her new shiny belt!
Kieron Gray also deserves a mention as he was chosen to grade to 4th Kyu by Sensei Simon after a relatively short period of time. Kieron has fantastic karate and is an absolute pleasure to have in the club. He was brilliant in all sections of the grading and coped with the Kumite sections really well. Kieran is another bright star of the future and one all the younger male members of the club can really look up to. Well done Kieron, you thoroughly deserved your 4th Kyu belt.
We had quite a number of students who graded to 3rd Kyu and above. To achieve a senior level grade takes many years of training and dedication and therefore it is only right these students deserve a special mention by name.
Kirsty Churchouse – 3rd Kyu
Sempai Kirsty is a dedicated student who regularly trains three times a week. Along with her husband Gary and sons Jack and Ben they are one of the clubs complete families who train here at Musuko Karate. Sempai Kirsty is very determined and didn’t allow anything to faze her at her grading. Kirsty worked very hard throughout and did really well. She had a particularly difficult two on one sparring session from Sensei Julie and Sensei Martin Thomas and showed when the going gets tough Kirsty digs deep! Sempai Kirsty also helps assist Sensei Julie at the Fleetwood dojo on Thursday’s so is also showing great leadership skills. Congratulations Kirsty and well done!
Elliott Bertram – 3rd Kyu
Elliott is another great student who regularly trains three times a week. He is a loyal supporter of the club and attends every course or seminar available. Elliott is now starting to gain in confidence with his karate and this is starting to show through. His kata’s are coming along nicely and his effort in class is really improving. He dug deep in the kumite sections at the grading and was pushed to the limit, but kept his cool. He was brilliant when he had to endure a two on one sparring session from Junior Instructors Nathan and Kieran, he just kept on going and going even though he was exhausted! Fantastic work Elliott, keep it up!
Charlotte Bertram – 3rd Kyu
Charlotte is a little firecracker who has brilliant kumite and strong kata’s. She, like her brother Elliott, trains three times a week. Charlotte is one of our strongest young females in the club and has great potential. Charlotte really likes to get stuck in with all her training and it shows when she is pushed at grading’s. We are sure Charlotte will continue to go from strength to strength. Congratulations Charlotte, brilliant work!
Oliver Spencer - 3rd Kyu
Oliver is an absolute pleasure to teach in the dojo and is a really lovely and polite young man. He did exceptionally well on the grading day and worked really hard. His kata's are sharp, practiced well and have loads of focus and in the kumite section he was brilliant and showed great determination and spirit. Oliver is definitely a student that can go all the way to black belt and we look forward to seeing him achieve and progress through the higher grades. Well done Oliver keep the great work going!
Jacob Greaves – 3rd Kyu
Jacob started training with Sensei Simon a number of years ago and has always been a pleasure to have in the dojo. Jacob tries hard at every lesson and is a real steady horse. There is not many lessons that Jacob ever misses and we commend him for this. At his grading Jacob just got on with the job and tried his best in every session. He showed some lovely kata’s and kumite and showed he was really ready for his next level. Well done Jacob, great work!
Joanne Taylor – 3rd Kyu
Sempai Joanne has been training at the Chorley dojo for a number of years now and always tries her best at every lesson. She listens intently to what she is being taught and tries to then relay this in her training. Joanne worked really hard at her grading, and her effort and focus were outstanding. Joanne has some strong kumite skills and can at times give the men a run for their money! Well done Joanne, keep up the great work!
Sammy Taylor – 3rd Kyu
Sammy trains with his mum Joanne on a regular basis. Sammy is always a pleasure to teach and gives every lesson he attends 100%, working really hard at every lesson. Sammy did really well at his grading and worked through each section solidly. His kata’s are nice and clean and his kumite is steady and controlled. Well done Sammy you really deserved your next grade! Keep up the fab work!
John Lacy – 3rd Kyu
John is another student who trains at the Chorley dojo, along with his wife Michelle and sons Luke and Isaac. John is a thoroughly nice guy and again a pleasure to have in the club. John tries hard at every lesson with his kata’s and in kumite can deliver some great kicks! John has improved a great deal since his last grading, he has now much more cleaner and controlled karate and this particularly showed at the grading in the kumite section. We are sure John will continue to improve even more. Keep up the great work John. Very well done!
Luke Lacy – 3rd Kyu
Luke did really well at his grading. He was emotional at times but kept going and didn’t give up and that’s what it’s all about. He performed his kata’s neatly and coped well in the kumite section. Luke just needs to have a little more confidence in himself although we are sure this will come in time as he is still fairly young. Well done Luke you showed you had what it takes to get to brown belt. Keep going, you can do it!
Tobias Adjetey-Hilton – 3rd Kyu
Tobias is a great character to have in the club and he has improved so much in the last twelve months. He is consistent with his training and always tries his best at every lesson. He has clean technique in both his kata’s and his kumite, and it’s great to see how far he has come. We are sure Tobias will continue to improve and look forward to seeing this at his next grading. Well done Tobias, fab work!
Pierce Moon – 3rd Kyu
Pierce has been training with Sensei Simon at the Chorley dojo for a number of years now and was one of the grading’s biggest surprises of the day! Pierce was brilliant and absolutely worked his socks off from start to finish! His face was red throughout and his spirit and determination were outstanding. Nothing fazed Piece yesterday and nothing was stopping him from gaining his 3rd Kyu! He coped amazingly well in all areas and showed real strength of character. Fantastic work Pierce, Congratulations!
Derek Knowles – 1st Kyu
Sensei Del assists Sensei Simon in the Astley and Culcheth dojo’s and is a huge asset to the club. He supports everything we do and we cannot fault his loyalty. Sensei Del is another student who has greatly improved since his last grading. He has upped his training and this was clear to see on the day. His kata’s were controlled and clean and in all areas he was focused and determined. The kumite section was particularly hard as Sensei Del was one of the students to spar the longest but he coped with every round brilliantly. We are very much looking forward to Sensei Del attempting his black belt in the near future. Congratulations and well done Sensei Del, brilliant work!
Taigen Swinburn – 1st Kyu
Taigen is another of our very talented girls in the club, and one that our younger female members can look up to. Taigen has sound karate in all areas and she showed it off beautifully at her grading. Her kata’s were well performed and she upped her game in all areas, including some awesome kumite! Sometimes Taigen can let her confidence get the better of her but when grading yesterday and attempting her 1st Kyu she didn’t! Taigen was on top form! The future is very bright for Taigen and we look forward to seeing her attempt her black belt soon. Congratulations Taigen, very well done!