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MKA Training Weekend - 15th - 17th April 2016.



Due to the huge response to our training weekend this event is now sold out!



Blue Dolphin Holiday Park,
Gristhorpe Bay,
North Yorkshire.
YO14 9PU


Our very first training weekend is being held at the beautifully placed Blue Dolphin site in Yorkshire and are very pleased to have secured two fantastic guest instructors - Shihan Anne Hastings and Sensei Anthony Pendlebury, who between them have a wealth of experience and expertise in both kata and kumite. Both instructors along with Sensei Simon will be teaching the groups on the day.

Any student who is attending the training weekend is in for a fabulous time as well as gaining valuable knowledge to really help benefit their karate. Training takes place all day Saturday from 10am - to 4 pm, with a short break in-between sessions and a longer break for lunch. Instructor trophies and certificates will be awarded at the end of the day's training.

Friday afternoon and evening and all day Sunday are free days for students to spend with their family and karate friends. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, childrens pool, indoor multi lane water slide, sauna, roller blading, go karts, fishing, climbing wall, kids club, bars and restaurants  - including a brand new restaurant for 2016 and evening entertainment. The gorgeous sandy beach is nearby to enjoy as well as all the stunning sites of Yorkshire.

​Accommodation is in a variety of caravans discounted for group bookings.



Pre-Grading Assessment - Sunday 6th November 2016.

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

1 - 2.30 pm for all grades

All students who are invited and are hoping to grade in November 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.

For those students who are put forward to attempt the grade of Shodan-Ho, Shodan or Nidan at the end of November, it is absolutely vital that you attend the pre-assessment.

Grading slips will be given out to all successful students at the end of the assessment.

The cost of the assessment is £5 per person. Please sign in and pay on the day.

Happy New Year! All classes re-open commencing Monday 4th January 2016.

A very Happy New Year to all our students and families. We hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and a nice break!

All classes re-open and return from Monday 4th January 2016.

We know everyone is keen to get back into the dojo and start training once more, and we look forward to seeing you all as we have lots of exciting things planned for 2016.

Look out for the latest newsletter in class coming very soon!


Black Black Grading Results - 29th November 2015

On the 29th November we held a black belt grading for students attempting the grades of Shodan-Ho and Shodan.

In front of a grading panel of Sensei George Best, Sensei Simon Crowther, Sensei Gary McDonald, Sensei Julie Dudley and Sensei Martin Thomas we are very happy to state that every student successfully passed their grade.

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.

We need to thank some special people who helped at the grading and gave up their Sunday to help and support the students who were attempting grades. These are Junior Instructors Kieran Lydon and Nathan Crowther, Junior Sempai’s Chelsea Grundy, Alfie Appleby, Brandon Crowther, Rebecca Worthington and students Chris Greenhalgh, Chris Morley, Jon Mockridge and Paul Webber. Thanks guys you did a great job and your help was very much appreciated!

To gain grades of Shodan-Ho and Shodan 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.


Martin Wilmot – Shodan-Ho
Sensei Martin started training four years ago and has always trained regularly three times a week. Martin is a lovely guy and a very loyal student to have in the club. He currently supports Sensei Gavin at the Carleton dojo on Friday’s and has excellent teaching skills - and we are sure he will soon have his own class which will be a great success. He is a very dedicated and committed student who has always enjoyed his karate and supported any karate event or seminar he could. He has progressed well through all his grades – showing a vast improvement over the last year. On the grading day Martin had great spirit and focus, he tried really hard and gave every section 100% effort and we could ask no more than this of him. Martin took quite a few hard shots during the kumite section from Sensei George but showed great resolve and spirit and kept going until the very end. We congratulate you on your Shodan-Ho Martin. Very well done!

Derek Knowles – Shodan-Ho
Sensei Del is a great guy and a fantastic and very loyal supporter of the club. Del has been training in karate for around four years and is a student who loves his karate and very rarely misses classes. He gives all his training 100% effort in every class. Sensei Del is also a brilliant support for Sensei Simon and helps at the Leigh and Lowton dojo’s on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s where he does a great job. On the grading day Del gave it 100% effort from the start, the sheer determination and focus in his face was plain for all to see and this really impressed the grading panel. Del was very confident in all sections and this transpired into good combinations and lovely clean kata’s. During the kumite section Del was brilliant! He took some right knocks off some of the other students, and Sensei George, but never once thought about giving up - such was his intent to gain his Shodan-Ho. Congratulations Del, awesome work and thoroughly deserving of your Shodan-Ho.

Amy Greenhalgh – Shodan
Amy is a lovely and polite girl who is now really coming into her own. Her karate has improved massively in the last twelve months in all areas and she is now believing in herself more. She is a popular member of the club and has made some great friends with the other girls of a similar age to herself. Amy always trains well and tries hard in every class and this is really paying off for her. On the grading day Amy was strong in all areas, she had good clean basics and combinations and was confident doing kata’s Bassai Dai and Jion which were done to a great standard. Amy has strong kumite and can give as much as she gets, although a little more control and restraint is now needed from Amy and this is something we will work on in class. Overall though Amy did a brilliant job and the grading panel were very impressed with her all round karate. Congratulations on your Shodan Amy, very well deserved!

Alex Oliphant – Shodan
Alex is a lovely boy who has been training for around four years and is great character to have in the club. Alex has progressed through all his grades well and tries hard in every area. He is a popular student in the club and has lots of friends. He is very supportive and attends any seminar or karate event possible. On the grading day Alex gave everything he had, he focused hard and every area was technically good. In the combination section he was really sharp and this area particularly impressed the grading panel, he was under some pressure during the kata section but managed to pull this around for himself. In the kumite section Alex struggled at times to control his temper but then he composed himself and did really well, never giving up and at times it transpired into some confident kumite. Well done Alex, fantastic work! Congratulations on your Shodan.


Benjamin Churchouse - Shodan
Ben is a lovely person and another great student to have in the club. Ben has been training regularly for around four years and is a very supportive and loyal member. He is a real steady student and has progressed through all his grades well. Ben was very determined at his grading and nothing was going to stop him from obtaining his Shodan! Ben tried really hard in every section and this was very admirable. Ben’s combinations were good and with composure his kata’s were technically clean. In the kumite section Ben did really well, he was pushed hard and took some hard knocks, but let his karate experience come into force and handled all situations admirably and this really impressed the grading panel.  Congratulations on your Shodan Ben, very well done!

Jack Churchouse – Shodan
Jack is a great student and a lovely young man. Jack also has great teaching skills and is enjoying his role as a Junior Sempai. Jack has been training regularly for around four years and really enjoys his karate. He always helps out if possible at grading’s and this is fantastic to see. At the grading Jack did really well from the start and was sharp and focused. In the combination section Jack was strong and although he bowed to a little pressure in the kata section, he composed himself and produced technically clean kata’s which impressed the panel. During the kumite section Jack was fantastic, he handled all situations brilliantly, including some challenging rounds, and all the training time in the dojo really payed off for him as nothing seemed to faze him! Congratulations on your Shodan Jack, very well done!


Taigen Swinburn – Shodan
Taigen is a lovely girl and a fantastic student to have training with us. She is one of our top young female students and a great role model to all the other younger girls. Taigen has been training for around four years and since upping her training a few years ago has gone from strength to strength. Taigen has brilliant karate in all areas and was chosen as our Junior Female Student of The Year in 2014. This year has shown Taigen step it up another level, where she has had success in outside National tournaments. At the grading Taigen was simply brilliant from the start! She had strong karate in all areas and was fully focused throughout. Her combinations and kata’s were clean and done with great confidence and understanding.  The panel were really impressed with how Taigen handled all areas of her grading. In the kumite section Taigen stayed composed and controlled throughout, she had some difficult rounds to endure but nothing fazed her! Brilliant work Taigen! Congratulations on your Shodan.

Laighton Worthington – Shodan
Laighton is another fantastic student to have in the club and a lovely boy. He is super talented and a little pocket rocket. Laighton has been training for around four years, four times a week – a very admirable commitment for which we commend him! He has always had really strong karate, but this last twelve months Laighton has cranked it up another level. On the grading day Laighton was outstanding in all areas. He had beautifully controlled combinations and kata’s that were completed with kimae, confidence and control. In the kumite section Laighton was simply brilliant! He has great understanding of kumite and used distance and hand speed to the highest degree, plus while doing all this Laighton constantly smiled throughout! All the grading panel were incredibly impressed with Laighton in all areas – a fantastic achievement! Congratulations Laighton, incredible work and thoroughly deserving of your Shodan!



Christmas Party & Presentation Evening - Saturday 5th December 2015

This year’s Christmas Party and Presentation evening is again being held at Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard.

After last year’s phenomenal success, we extended the numbers to over 200 guests and this year’s function sold out in just one week!

The evening will start with the presentation of a bespoke medal and ribbon to all current training students, Instructors and Sempai's - please therefore could all guests meet in the hotel bar area at 6.45 pm ready for the evening to start at 7 pm. The Park Suite doors will open around 6.50 pm.

There will be an easel in the bar foyer which will have your name and table number on it for ease of seating.

We will then have a vast array of various top quality trophies for different categories, all based on different credentials. Plus as always a few surprises!

Top Brighton live band ‘Teenage Kicks’ are our entertainment this year. If you haven’t seen the promotional video of this fabulous wedding and party band already, check them out on their website – they look fantastic!

Please remember that the dress code is smart. It was great to see all the boys and men in dapper suits and the girls and ladies in gorgeous dresses last year.

This will be another fantastic night for our club to celebrate the successes of the last twelve months for all our students. As the club continues to go from strength to strength and grow rapidly - this is a brilliant way for students, families and friends to get together and have a great time socially, as well as having a few drinks and everyone hitting the dance floor again – (Chris Morley!) :-)

We very much look forward to seeing you all there!


November Fleetwood Grading - Results.

On the 15th November we held a grading at Fleetwood for students from various dojo’s right across the club.
It was once again another challenging but as always brilliant grading with a 100% pass rate. The students involved were from very young white belts attending their very first grading right through to one student attempting their 1st Kyu – the grade before black belt.

A big thank you must go to the parents and family members who watch from the sides. We have fantastic support from parents throughout the club not only with bringing your children to classes, but also at events like gradings. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such fantastic people in the club!

A big thank you to Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Gary McDonald, Sensei Martin Wilmot and Sensei Del Knowles who assisted with the grading.

Special thanks also to Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther and Kieran Lydon and Junior Sempai's Brandon Crowther, Jack Churchouse, Rebecca Worthington, Taigen Swinburn, Chelsea Grundy, Charlotte Bertram and Daisy Oliphant for helping Sensei Simon on the day with the grading as well as being fantastic role models for the other students in the club.

The white belts coped brilliantly at their first ever grading, displaying some great karate basics and some very good Kion kata. The remaining students grading, all of different Kyu levels, again showed fantastic karate basics, as well as great kata and kumite skills. The level of focus and commitment from each and every student was exceptional and the spirit was phenomenal.

Congratulations to each and every student who attempted their grading as everyone successfully achieved their next belts. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves as you all worked really hard for your next Kyu grade. Well done!

We always mention by name those students who reach the grade of 3rd Kyu and above as to get to these levels of karate is a huge achievement and takes many years of dedication, hard work and training.
Congratulations to the following students:

Georgia Chapman – 3rd Kyu
Georgia has been training with Sensei Simon for a number of years now and is a lovely and polite girl, and a pleasure to have in the club. She always tries hard in every class, rarely missing a lesson, and then applies what she has been taught. She is really enjoying her karate and is gaining more confidence all the time. Georgia has really improved since her last grading. After gaining her 4th Kyu Georgia increased her training to twice a week and it has all really paid off for her. Georgia’s karate is now much cleaner and sharper. Her kata’s are finished smoother and with much more kimae, and her kumite is much more controlled. She coped brilliantly at the grading and really showed why she deserved her 3rd Kyu. Georgia is now eligible for senior class which will help her improve even more in preparation for her black belt. Very well done Georgia, keep up the fab work!

Kieron Gray – 3rd Kyu
Kieron is a very talented and polite young man who again really enjoys his karate. He is an absolutely brilliant student to have in the club and a great role model for the younger boys to follow. Kieron hardly ever misses his training and this has helped him to have good all round karate with really strong foundations. Kieron always works really hard in every lesson, he has good concentration and focus and is a student to really watch out for in the future. Kieron did brilliantly at the grading, his kata’s are well practiced and sharp and he has really good kumite with controlled kicks and punches. Kieron is now eligible for senior class, which and this will really help bring Kieron on even more as he heads towards his black belt. Congratulations Kieron, you really deserved your 3rd Kyu fantastic work!

Yvonne Crowther – 3rd Kyu
Sempai Yvonne started training just under three years ago and has come a really long way since then. She trains regularly twice a week as well as attending senior class. Her confidence has grown tenfold and she is now really enjoying her karate. Yvonne focuses and tries hard at every class and it’s now all really starting to pay off. At the grading Yvonne coped really well despite carrying an injury that she was determined wouldn’t faze her. Her kata’s were well practiced and confident and her stances were much more improved than at her last grading. In the kumite section she coped much better than previously with better control and distance, and is improving much more in this area. Yvonne endured some tiring kumite rounds where she was pushed hard by sons Nathan and Brandon Crowther, and Kieron Lydon, and during this she had some great support from the spectators as well as providing some great entertainment! Very well done Yvonne, congratulations on your 3rd Kyu.


Jacob Greaves – 2nd Kyu
Jacob is a great student to have in the club and another great role model for the younger male students to follow. He has always tried hard at every lesson, rarely missing a class and we commend him for this. Jacob is a great student to teach, he focuses hard and this really pays off for him as he continues to improve all the time. Jacob has lovely clean karate, his kata’s are well practiced and his kumite is very precise. At the grading Jacob coped brilliantly in all areas, he had good responses and there is no doubt he has gained experience and confidence in all areas since he last graded. Senior class will now improve Jacob even more and we have no doubt he will continue with the determination and focus that he has always applied in class. Congratulations Jacob on gaining your 2nd Kyu, fantastic work!

Tobias Adjetey-Hilton – 2nd Kyu
Tobias is a good steady student who always tries his best in every class and enjoys his karate. Tobias did well at his grading, his kata’s are clean and you could see they had been practiced well. His stronger point is his kumite. He worked really hard in the kumite section and had some challenging rounds. He coped with them all brilliantly and held his composure to earn his 2nd Kyu. Tobias’s focus has improved a lot this year and hopefully this will continue. We very much look forward to seeing Tobias continuing to work hard as all his efforts are starting to reward him in his karate. Well done Tobias, keep up the great work!

Oliver Spencer – 2nd Kyu
Oliver is a lovely and polite young man, who is a pleasure to have in the dojo. He has good all round karate and always tries his hardest in every class. Oliver is another student with brilliant attendance and rarely misses a class. Oliver has really nice kata’s that are strong in all areas and he also has great controlled kumite. On the grading day Oliver did brilliantly in every section, his focus and determination were clear to see and all his movements were sharp and strong. We really look forward to seeing Oliver in senior class as he continues to grow in his karate. Well done Oliver and many congratulations on your 2nd Kyu.

Elliott Bertram – 2nd Kyu
Elliott is a fantastic and very loyal student to have in the club. Elliott trains three times a week, as well as senior class and travels quite a distance every week to train. Only in exceptional cases does he ever miss a class which we commend him for, such is his dedication and commitment. Elliott really enjoys his karate, his confidence has grown immensely and he really focuses and tries hard at everything he does, and as a result he continues to constantly improve. He has made some great friends within the club and this is really good to see. Elliott did brilliantly at his grading. From the start he worked his socks off! He was sharp and focused and had some lovely karate throughout the basics. His kata’s were of a good standard and it was clear to see he had worked hard on them. Elliott coped very well in the kumite and has improved immensely in this area since his last grading, he was much more controlled and aware of distance and hand speed. We have no doubt that Elliott will continue to shine in classes as his depth of knowledge grows. Well done Elliott, congratulations on your 2nd Kyu. Keep up the fantastic work!

Kirsty Churchouse – 2nd Kyu
Sempai Kirsty is a great asset to the club and is a really loyal supporter and fantastic student. Kirsty is one very determined lady and nothing gets in her way! Kirsty trains regularly twice a week as well as attending senior class and assisting Sensei Julie at the Thursday Fleetwood dojo. Kirsty’s karate continues to improve all the time and she tries and focuses hard in everything she does. At the grading Kirsty worked really hard throughout despite having a shoulder injury. Her kata’s had been practiced well and she was confident going through them which was great to see. In the kumite section Kirsty worked and was pushed really hard, she had some particular tough rounds to endure but never gave in! A little more control and restraint would help Kirsty’s kumite improve even more and this is something to work on in class. Kirsty’s attitude though is formidable and no one can fault her sheer drive in classes. We have no doubt Kirsty will make a great Sensei in the not too distant future as she has fantastic leadership skills. Congratulations Kirsty, you thoroughly deserved your 2nd Kyu, very well done!

Mike Jordan – 1st Kyu
Mike Jordan is a fantastic guy to have training at Musuko Karate. Mike is a real gentleman, and a really lovely guy. Despite being one of our older students he never lets this deter him from his training. He trains twice a week as well as attending senior class, and tries his hardest at every class he attends. Mike did really well at his grading, again despite having an old injury he coped brilliantly throughout. His kata’s were of a good standard and his kumite was clean and controlled. Mike never gave up and stayed humble and focused throughout. His drive is admirable and he got the biggest cheer of the day when he came forward to collect his belt and certificate. We salute you Mike on your fantastic achievement. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu Mike, you thoroughly deserved it! May the fantastic work you have done so far continue!


Black Belt Grading - Sunday 29th November 2015.

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

12 - 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 and friends are allowed to attend and support on the day. Invited guests are more than welcome to take their own photographs.

For students who are grading please remember to bring all your kumite equipment, some warm clothing for in between sessions, energy snacks and plenty of fluids.

Successful Shodan students will be presented with their ranked certificate immediately following the grading. 

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

Tuesday Astley Dojo - Change of Location.


From Tuesday 3rd November onwards both classes that were held at Westleigh High School are moving to a new location. The new address is as follows.

Bedford High School
Manchester Road
WN7 2LU.

Class times remain the same: 6.30 – 7.30 and senior class 7.30 – 8.30 pm.
The classes will be held in the drama studio at the lower school.




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