Leeds Shotokan Karate
“There is no first attack in Karate” Gichin Funakoshi.
There is more to Karate than physical techniques, at its foundation is a tradition of spiritual and physical development and as Master Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate said “the ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participation”. Karate training builds self discipline, suppleness, co-ordination, speed of reaction, overall fitness, stamina and a sense of inner calm. It is also highly enjoyable!
Welcome to Leeds Shotokan Karate Club
Please feel free to browse our website. Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is a member of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), the largest Shotokan Karate organisation in Great Britain.
Beginner's Two Week Taster Course
Includes 4 lessons for £20.00. All levels of ability welcome - we have White Belts through to KUGB Squad Members at our club. For more information, contact Steve Cuddy on 0777 4980097.
European Shotokan Karate Championships 2013, Portugal
LSKC had four members selected for this years championships which is a great achievement for our club.
Fridays Cadet day saw Ethan Armstrong narrowly lose to the eventual winner by a split decision, after giving his opponent by far his hardest fight of his day. Ethan looked on top form after his first round Ippon and, although disappointed by the result, went on to lead the Cadet Team to third place and pick up bronze.
Saturday saw Mathew Humphries represent the Juniors and he too led out the team to a hard won bronze medal. What Mathew remembers of this though is probably not very much after a well flighted Czech mitt give him a day ticket to the local hospital. Thankfully Matty recovered quickly and was back in time to take his place on the podium.
Ryan Tucker, competing in the Male Senior Individual Kumite the following day fought superbly and, as at the Worlds in September, missed out on a place in the evenings final by a half point in a bout that could have easily gone either way. Ryan was joined in the Mens Senior Team by Harry Cuddy and, after whitewashing a strong Belgium team in the first round, came up against current World Champions Germany. The team pulled off a fantastic victory to reach the semi final where they lost on countback to the home team.
Ryan, Harry, Mathew and Ethan all played their part in the great team spirit running through the KUGB England team at the moment that led to England topping the medal table at the end of the competition. Congratulations to everyone involved this weekend - your clubs and country are proud of you all.
Photos courtesy of Charlie Cuddy
Northern Regional Championships, October 2013
This years competition proved to be a good day for some of our first timers. Sam Jackson, although a regular at these events, entered kumite for the first time, winning his first round in style before being defeated by a much bigger competitor in the second round. Bill Coverley, after his recent visit to the World Championships in Liverpool, made his debut and was more than pleased to win in the first round of kata and was unlucky to draw the eventual winner in the first round kumite. Amankash Roth, also in his first competition, reached the finals of the childrens kata and picked up the silver medal.
Ethan Armstrong continued his remarkable season by winning silver in the Under 18s Kumite and Mathew and James Humphries continue to impress, both picking up bronze medals in the Junior Kumite and 5'5" and over Kumite respectively.
Harry Cuddy won his first senior event, coming behind in all his fights to win the Male Senior Dan Grades category and, along with Ethan, Mathew and Steve Riley, reached the finals of the mens team event, picking up silver in a well contested final.
LSKC would like to congratulate Sam Light of Sendai Kushiro for his outstanding performance throughout the day and becoming the recipient of the Randolph Williams Memorial Trophy.
Ryan Tucker with James Humphries
Photos courtesy of Mark Cuddy
Grading Results 22 September 2013
Congratulations to Nathan Brady on achieving Shodan. Well done Nathan!
Photo to follow.
LSKC Members in Action...
Harry Cuddy at the Youth Nationals, July 2011
> Shotokan Cup September 2013
> World Championships September 2013
> Grand Slam August 2013
> Liverpool Youth Championships June 2013
> North West Open February 2013
> Grading Results 3 February 2013
> KUGB National Championships May 2013
> Grand Slam March 2013
> KUGB Squad Selection 2013
> ESKA Championships December 2012
> Club Gradings 2013