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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.




Club Grading - Sunday 15th November 2015.

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

2 - 5 pm for all Kyu 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.

Saturday Culcheth Dojo - Change Of Location

From Saturday 17th October onwards the class that was held at Culcheth High School is moving to a new location. The new address is as follows.

Lowton High School
Newton Lane

Class time 10.30- 11.30 am

The class will be held in the dance studio.

Pre - grading Assessment - Sunday 1st November 2015.

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 at the end of 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 or Shodan 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.

Fleetwood Club Grading - Results.

We held a large club grading at Cardinal Allen high school on Sunday 27th September. There were a vast range of grades attending, for some students this was their first grading of 9th Kyu yellow belt and it went right through the grades to students attempting their 1st Kyu, the last Kyu grade before black belt.

A big thank you must go to the parents, family members and friends who watched from the sides and as always gave your fantastic support to all those grading on the day.

We need to mention too a special thanks to Sensei Gavin Oliphant, Sensei Julie Dudley, Sensei Gary McDonald, Sensei Martin Thomas, Sensei Del Knowles and Sempai Kirsty Churchouse, Junior Instructors Nathan Crowther and Kieran Lydon, and Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther, Chelsea Grundy, Jack Churchouse, Taigen Swinburn, Laighton Worthington, Elliott Bertram and Lauren Welsh, for helping out with the grading as well as being a massive support to Sensei Simon and great role models in the club.

Every student who attempted their next grade did fantastically well, and all successfully passed after putting in 100% effort and focus. Every student grading behaved impeccably, some of these students are still very young and this is brilliant to see for a grading that is three hours long! Once again all the students helped, supported and encouraged each other, something that is commented on a lot from spectators and new students who have heard only positives about Musuko Karate Academy and then joined the club.

A special mention must go to Justin Bond who was attempting his 8th Kyu orange belt. Justin who is only 6 years of age was a little pocket rocket on the day and gave it his all from start to finish. Well done Justin, brilliant work!

Congratulations must go to the purple belts who had to kumite for quite a long time in order to see how their stamina and fitness coped. All the students in this grade section worked extremely hard and stayed focused and composed throughout. Very well done to , Harvey Atkinson, Max Gray, Connor Mooney and Jack Southern on gaining their 4th Kyu grades.

We always mention individually those students who reach the grade of 3rd Kyu brown belt and above. To get to this level and beyond takes many years of training, dedication and determination, so it is only right that these students are all individually congratulated along with their grades.


Charlotte Bertram2nd Kyu

Charlotte is a fantastic student who consistently attends classes and trains hard in each and every one. This girl just keeps getting better and better, so much so that Sensei Simon thought Charlotte was ready to move forward to 2nd Kyu in a shorter than usual time scale. She certainly didn’t disappoint at the grading, and gave it 100% from start to finish. Charlotte has brilliant karate in all areas. Her kata’s are well practiced and executed and her kumite is really strong and controlled. When put under difficult situations like two on one sparring she handled it brilliantly! We are very excited to see what the future holds for Charlotte with her karate and we very much look forward to seeing her progress towards her black belt and beyond in the not too distant future. Well done Charlotte, fantastic work and congratulations!


Jordan Morley 2nd Kyu

Jordan is a quiet and polite student who just gets on with the job in hand. He trains along with his dad Chris and little brother Jimmi and the family are an absolute pleasure to have in the club. Jordan has improved greatly since his 3rd Kyu and this really stood out at his grading. His kata’s were much cleaner and he had greater control and knowledge in the kumite section which he handled brilliantly. Jordan never lost his cool once and this is showing a great maturity in someone still quite young.  Jordan has at times lacked some confidence in the past, but this didn’t seem apparent at his grading which was fantastic to see. Jordan is a determined young man and has what it takes to go all the way to black belt and beyond. Well done Jordan keep up the great work, you are improving all the time! Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu!


Katie Knowles1st Kyu

Katie is a lovely polite girl who regularly trains three times a week along with her dad Sensei Del. Katie never misses classes, and is one of the most consistent and supportive students in the club, attending every course or event we hold. Katie worked very hard at her grading and did really well. She is another student who has improved significantly since her last grading. Katie always comes into class early and spends time practicing her kata’s and this really paid off for her on her grading day. She had good clean kata’s and you could see that she was confident with them. In her kumite Katie was pushed to and beyond her comfort zone but handled it all brilliantly even though she was really tired. Katie never gave up and showed a real steel character within her which is what karate is all about. Keep up the great work Katie all that practice is certainly paying off. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu, next step black belt!

Lucy Hulme1st Kyu

Lucy is another of our talented girls in the club. Lucy trains three times a week along with her sister Freya and is always a pleasure to have in class. Her stretching routines which she regularly takes as part of her Junior Sempai role are brilliant and done with great confidence. Lucy has good clean kata’s and brilliant kicks and kumite. On the grading day Lucy was outstanding! She worked really hard from start to finish and by the end was bright red!  In the kumite section Lucy really came into her own and handled any situation given to her with an attitude way beyond her years. This girl has got real guts and determination and it really showed. No one could say that Lucy certainly didn’t give it her all! Well done Lucy you certainly deserved your 1st Kyu, next stop black belt and we have no doubt you will go all the way! Congratulations.


Martin Wilmot – 1st Kyu

Sensei Martin is a fantastic asset to the club. He is very supportive and attends every event or course we hold.  He is an absolute pleasure to have in class, very rarely misses training and always gives every aspect of his karate 100%. Martin was brilliant at his grading he worked tirelessly from start to finish and let nothing faze him. Martin’s kata’s do need some work, and Martin knows this, and this is something Sensei Simon will work closely with Martin at in class. In the kumite section Martin was pushed really hard especially towards the end. He never once lost his cool, remaining composed all the time no matter what was asked or thrown at him, and despite having nothing left he just carried on regardless. Martin is a very popular member of the club and he had great encouragement from the other students watching from the side. We are very much looking forward to seeing Martin attempt his black belt in the coming months. Congratulations Martin you were very admirable on the day, fully deserving of your 1st Kyu. Congratulations keep up the great work!



Christopher Morley – 1st Kyu

Chris is a great guy and another absolute pleasure to have in class. Chris is a very well-liked student and always shows great enthusiasm and dedication in his training. He is very supportive and attends every course or event we hold. Sometimes work commitments can get in the way of Chris’s training but he always makes up for this when he attends classes. On the grading day Chris was brilliant from start to finish. His kata’s were of a good standard and had been practiced well. In the kumite Chris was awesome! He was pushed well beyond his comfort zone, but handled every section brilliantly. He had some tough rounds to endure including two on ones, but nothing fazed him and he showed that he has improved so much since his last grading. By the end Chris was exhausted but never gave up and he had great encouragement from the other students watching. Chris’s determination will see him go all the way to black belt and beyond, and we very much look forward to watching Chris attempt his black belt. Congratulations Chris you really deserved your 1st Kyu. Well done!

Black Belt Grading Results - June 28th 2015


We have had a very busy June here at Musuko Karate Academy which has seen a lot of students grade to their next level in karate at the club grading. We then had a very successful day at The Northern Open Championships where our squad team entered their first tournament and knocked out some ‘big guns’ in the flag system rounds and came away with medals. And lastly we have finished off the month with our Black Belt grading at Fleetwood.

The black belt grading had thirteen students who were attempting the grade of Shodan-Ho, Shodan or Nidan grades.

Due to the dedication and hard training here at Musuko Karate Academy we had another 100% pass rate! Yes there are some areas where there can still be improvement in students, but overall the standard was very high!

Sensei George Best 7th Dan who again kindly agreed to sit on the grading panel was very impressed with all the students. Sensei George’s knowledge and comments are always invaluable and we consider it an honour to have him on our grading panel.

Thank you to all the parents and families who supported on the day, and the parents who drive their children around to all the karate classes, grading’s and events all year round, your ongoing support and commitment to the club is fantastic!

We must mention the people who kindly gave up their day to help with the grading. Sensei Del Knowles, Sensei Martin Wilmot, Junior Instructor Dylan Hickman, Junior Sempai Jack Churchouse and student Chris Morley. Thank you to each and every one of you. Your commitment to the club does not go unnoticed.

We are sure the whole club will join us in Congratulating the students individually named below along with their new ranks.

To get to these grades in Karate takes many, many years of dedication and it takes a very special student to go all the way to black belt and then continue beyond that with their training. Some students simply hang up their belts when they achieve it, thinking that is the end result but this action is an awful waste.

We sincerely hope that the students listed below will continue with their training for many years to come as their karate journey only now truly begins.

Ben Churchouse – Shodan-Ho
Ben is a lovely and quite shy young man in the dojo (but his mum says he isn’t at home!) who has been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt around 4 years ago. He has always had really good attendance in class and supports every event we have. Ben has in the past been noted for his lack of attention at times, but as Ben matures this is becoming less and less frequent. At the grading he was extremely focused from the start, his basics and stances were good, and his kata’s were well practiced and clean. Perhaps a little work is needed on some of Ben’s kicks but overall Ben has good solid karate. In the kumite section Ben did really well and didn’t stop even when he lost one of his hand mitts! With a little more confidence and attention Ben’s karate can improve even more, and we look forward to Ben attempting his Shodan grade in the future. Congratulations Ben on your achievement. Keep up the great work so far!

Chris Greenhalgh – Shodan-Ho
Chris has only been training with us here at Musuko Karate Academy since October 2014. When Chris joined us his confidence was very low and it has taken time for Chris’s personality and karate to start to fully show again. Chris is consistent with his training now and this has really helped his karate to improve tons. Chris worked really hard at the grading, he put effort into all the basics and tried his best at everything. His combinations were generally of a good standard, and he now has the confidence to stand up and do work on his own. Chris’s kata’s still need work overall, and he knows this, but he has come such a long way in such a short time and has definitely improved an awful lot. Chris’s kumite is his stronger point and he is now also starting to show much more control and respect in kumite rather than just throwing kicks and punches around. He is now finally starting to believe in himself and this is great to see. Congratulations Chris, you thoroughly deserved your grade. Well done!

Amy Greenhalgh -Shodan-Ho
Amy joined us along with her dad Chris in October 2014, and again had really low confidence and believe in her karate. Over time Amy has started to blossom and now she has fully settled into the club and made friends with the other female students of her age, Amy is starting to shine! She is consistent with her training now and this along with her belief in herself has helped her karate tenfold. At the grading Amy was brilliant from the start, her basic overall karate is now much sharper and cleaner and her kata’s are now much more powerful and flowing. This is brilliant to see from a young lady who couldn’t even Kia loudly when she first joined us! The kumite section for Amy was tough and at times she seemed to struggle to keep going, but she dug in and didn’t give up. Amy is a lovely young teenager who is now going from strength to strength and continues to improve all the time. Congratulations Amy. Brilliant work and fully deserving of your Shodan-Ho!

Taigen Swinburn – Shodan-Ho
Taigen is another one of our super talented young females who has been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt. Taigen has strong karate in all areas and the sky really is the limit for this young lady. Taigen’s combinations were very sharp and her kata section was nice and clean. Taigen could at times in the past let her shyness in the dojo take over, but this is now virtually non-existent as she is starting to see for herself her full karate ability. Taigen was brilliant in the kumite section, she held her nerve and just got on with it, showing everyone around some brilliant kicks and controlled punches. Taigen has lots of friends within the club and is a great asset to have, a lot of the younger female members look up to her and she is a great Junior Sempai. Well done Taigen. You really showed why you deserved your Shodan-Ho. Congratulations and keep up the fab work!

Alfie Appleby – Shodan
Alfie is a polite and thoughtful young man who has been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt. He has always had good consistency in his training, supports all events we hold, and he is lucky that he also has a great role model at home to look up to too, as his mum is Sensei Julie Dudley. Alfie’s karate is really coming along, he has great karate in all areas and his kata and kumite are of equal strengths. At the grading Alfie gave it his all from the very start, his basics and combinations were all good and his kata’s were controlled and practiced well. Alfie’s kumite was also very good with controlled movement and skill. He handled the whole day really well and it showed that he has listened and put into practice what he has been taught in classes. Well done Alfie and Congratulations on your Shodan!

Chelsea Grundy - Shodan
Chelsea is another of our very talented teenagers. Chelsea has again been training with Sensei Simon from a white belt and is a very devoted student. She supports every event we do and her karate means an awful lot to her. She is a popular student in the club and seems to have a close bond with her fellow female young graders Amy and Taigen, and on the grading day they seemed to all support each other brilliantly. Chelsea is a real steady student, she works hard at improving her karate in every class she attends. She has good basics in karate, although there is a little work needed on some of her kicks. Her combinations were done to a good standard and her kata’s were very tidy and you could see that they had been practiced well. Her kumite was good and although Chelsea got extremely tired she didn’t give up and continued to push through to the very end. Very well done Chelsea and Congratulations on achieving your Shodan grade!

Rebecca Worthington - Shodan
Rebecca is another of our very dedicated students. She started karate around four years ago as a white belt and has trained consistently ever since four times a week. There is not many students who have travelled as far and put as many hours into training in the dojo as Rebecca, and this is also a testament to her parents who have driven her around everywhere.  All the years of training for Rebecca came down to her grading day and it all paid off. She was not fazed in any areas and just got on with the job in hand. Rebecca has good all round karate, her basics are quite strong and her combinations were completed well. Her kata’s are of a good standard, although a little more Kimae would now improve them even more and this is something to work on in the future. Rebecca’s kumite is an area she lacks confidence in and this needs improvement before attempting her next grade. Her Shodan is a reflection of all her years of hard work and dedication and we congratulate you Rebecca on your fantastic achievement. Very well done and keep up the great work!

Brandon Crowther - Shodan
Brandon at ten years of age is one of our youngest members to reach the grade of Shodan. Brandon has trained in karate from the age of four as a white belt and has again trained around three to four times a week ever since. Brandon has strong karate in all areas, his basics are very good and he has really good combinations. His kata’s are very well practiced and he has some beautiful kicks. Brandon could have more Kimae in his karate but this is something to work towards in the future as he is still quite young. Brandon has good kumite with decent control but could perhaps use more power but this will come as he gets older. Considering his age Brandon has a great karate future ahead of him if he continues to train like he currently is. Congratulations Brandon on your Shodan grade. Keep going little man you’re doing great so far. Well done!

Martin Thomas – Shodan
Martin is one of our adult students who has been training with Sensei Simon since a white belt. He is a very popular student in the club and regularly makes all the students laugh with his funny comments and stories. The club just would not be the same without people like Martin in it! He is a dedicated and committed student and his training is always consistent. On the grading day Martin showed that he has significantly improved since his Shodan-Ho and he was brilliant!  His basics and combinations were all very good and clean, and his kata’s were well practiced and done to a good standard. In the kumite section he was unfazed and handled each opponent and situation very well. He even managed to make everyone laugh when he was partnered in a two on one with Sensei George! Even in a situation like that Martin is just a really funny guy! A very well deserved Shodan grade Martin. Congratulations, you should be really proud of what you have achieved. Keep up the great work!

Julie Dudley – Shodan
Julie is one of our adults with the strongest ability in the club. She has trained with Sensei Simon from a white belt and has always been a consistent and focused student in her training. Julie again supports everything we do, is very respected and is a great asset to the club. She has really good karate in all areas and this really showed at the grading. Her basics and combinations were to a good standard and she generally performed her kata’s well. Considering Julie had been ill in the week prior to grading she coped with everything brilliantly! Her kumite is always fantastic and she can hold her own and give any opponent a good run for their money while at the same time keeping it all controlled. Julie is now a Sensei in her own right and runs a very successful class on a Thursday in Fleetwood with a large number of students who all have a good standard. This is a testament to Julie’s own devotion to her karate. Brilliant work Sensei Julie. Congratulations on your Shodan and keep up the fantastic work you are doing!

Gavin Oliphant - Shodan
Gavin is another one of our great students in the club and again is a great asset. He has trained since a white belt with his son Alex, and later his daughter Daisy joined too. Sadly Alex wasn’t quite ready to grade in June, but we have no doubt his time will come soon enough. Gavin is another student who supports everything we do and we are lucky to have such brilliant people like Gavin in the club. He is an all-round nice guy with a big personality and is friendly with everyone he meets. On the grading day Gavin did very well, his basics and combinations were good and his kata’s had been practiced well. All the class training had paid off for Gavin and it was obvious he had listened hard to what he had been taught. Gavin did well too in the kumite and really worked hard. He had some tough opponents to spar but handled it all in a dignified and composed way. Gavin is another of our Sensei’s and teaches his own class in Poulton-le-Fylde on Friday evenings. His class is doing well, he is highly thought of and he is enjoying his teaching role a great deal. Congratulations Sensei Gavin on achieving your Shodan. Fantastic work and very well deserved!

Kieran Lydon – Nidan
Kieran is one of the clubs best young males and is a fantastic student to have. He started training with Sensei Simon around two years ago and is a very dedicated student. He is a lovely polite young man, with many friends in the club and is really enjoying his karate again. He is another of our students who supports everything we do and travels around quite a lot for his karate thanks to his dad Darren.  Kieran has improved really significantly since his Shodan grade and this is obvious to anyone who knows Kieran well. On the grading day he was brilliant from start to finish, he has really good basics, although there are still a few areas where improvement is still being worked on. His combinations were very good and he also had to do left side Kihon Ippon. Kieran’s kata’s were extremely good and he performed a lovely kata Unsu. Kieran has also always had really strong kumite, he has brilliant kicks and punches and is now learning to control it much more rather than just diving in. The kumite rounds were particularly hard for the Nidan grade and he had to endure some very tough opponents but coped fantastically well. The future is very bright for Kieran if he continues to listen and apply what is being taught. Congratulations on your Nidan Kieran. A massive achievement and one you should be extremely proud of!

Nathan Crowther – Nidan
Nathan is another of our top young male students who has generally all round brilliant karate. He is a popular student in the club and has a close bond with Kieran Lydon. Nathan has trained with Sensei Simon since a white belt and has consistently trained three to four times a week. He has always enjoyed his karate but sometimes still needs to listen and apply what is being taught. On the grading day Nathan worked very hard from start to finish, he has really good basics and combinations and like Kieran he also had to do left sided Kihon Ippon. His kata’s were of a high standard and he did a really good Kata Suparinpei. Nathan is a little pocket rocket in his kumite and has lightening hand speed and good controlled kicks. He again had to endure some particularly tough rounds for his Nidan grade but coped well although some of his kumite should have had more technique and this is something Nathan needs to work on. If Nathan continues his training with good focus and attitude like he currently has, he again will have a really bright future. Congratulations on your Nidan grade Nathan. You’re doing really well keep up the great work!


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