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News - 2017:

End of Year Student  Awards Presentation - 3rd December 2017

What an excellent evening for all the students and Sensei at the Christmas/End of Year Party. Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is proud to present the following awards to the following students and who have shown great spirit, determination and hard work what has to be one of the best years in over 50 years.

 

Ethan Armstrong - Most Outstanding Competitor Student of the Year 2017

Luciano Zanuni - Most Outstanding Performance of the Year 2017

James Humphries - Club Man of the Year 2017

Jade Stapleton-Smith - Instructors Student of the Year 2017

Luciano Zanuni - Student Student of the Year 2017

Tushan Joseph - Most Improved Senior Grade Student of the Year 2017

Kishan Sharma - Instructors - Best Kyu Grade of the Year 2017

Carolyn Sutton - Most Improved Kyu Grade Student of the Year 2017

Sensei Simon McCartney - Special Services and Contribution Award 2017

Sensei Steve Cuddy - Special Services and Contribution Award 2017

Kyu Grading Results News: 2nd December 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is pleased to announce a brilliant day of grading with a 100% pass rate for our students who were grading over the weekend. The following students who attended the training and grading session at York Shinko Dojo in York with Sensei Gary Harford and attained the following grades:

 

Victoria Howard

Karen Rodriguez

Miranda Ngonji

Luca Zununi 

Carolyn Sutton

Marco Freemantle

Oliver Pennycock

Rohan Mascarenhas

Risa Mascarenhas​

1st Kyu

1st Kyu

3rd Kyu

3rd Kyu

3rd Kyu

5th Kyu

6th Kyu

6th Kyu

6th Kyu

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Billy Pinder

Arthur Turner

Kishan Sharma

Lucas Hylton

Maya Sharma

Mike Tattersall

Catherine Windle

Eva Leemans

Ben Hubber

7th Kyu

7th Kyu

7th Kyu

7th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Congratulations to everyone! Sensei Ryan Tucker, Sensei Martin Tucker and Sensei Simon McCartney would like to commend you all for your training and hard work you put in over the last months. It was especially noted that Sensei Gary Harford was impressed with high standard grading from all the student at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club. Well Done

 

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ESKA European Shotokan Karate Championship News: 24th-26th November 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is proud to announce that Sensei Ryan Tucker, Ethan Armstrong, Luciano Zanuni and Jade Stapleton-Smith all had another golden weekend of results with the KUGB England Squad at the international 3-day event: ESKA European Shotokan Karate Championships 2017 in Matosinhos in Portugal.

All four of our Leeds Shotokan members all contributed by medalling and helping KUGB England squad to second in the overall medals table with 5 Golds, 6 Silver and 4 Bronze.

On the first day Jade Stapleton-Smith fought in the Cadet Men Individual Kumite (16-17 Years Category) it was his first time in the European competition and hoping to continue his success from the recent success in the world championships. This was Jade’s first time-fighting in this category and although he didn’t make it onto the podium he put in an excellent performance which saw him selected to fight in the 3 man Cadet Team. Jade and his teammates performed superbly to claim the  Gold medal in the 3 man team event, beating the host nation Portugal in final.  

On the second day of the competition, Luciano Zanuni fought in the Youth Men Individual Kumite (14-15 Years Category). This was his second time in this competition and after the gold success at the recent world championship, he again excelled to the reach the semi-finals. After an incredibly tense come from behind victory over a Portuguese competitor, Luciano came up against a Russian opponent in the final. The final was a competitive match with Luciano giving everything he had but he had to settle for a hard-earned silver medal on this occasion.

Also on the second day, it was Ethan Armstrong turn to compete in the (18-20 Years Category) Junior Men’s Individual Kumite and Three-Man Team Kumite event. Ethan Armstrong put in a sterling performance in the individual event and reached the finals, Ethan dominated the final against a very sharp Russian opponent, only to be disqualified for excessive contact following a fantastic head kick which could have easily won him the title. Ethan Armstrong also played a vital part in the team event scoring several ippons (a fight-ending blow) en route to the finals to be only beaten by an equally strong Russian team to take the Silver medal.

On the final day of the competition, it was the seniors and the turn of our Sensei Ryan Tucker to compete in the Senior Individual Kumite. Sensei Ryan Tucker put in a strong performance to beat tough competitors from Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Germany to reach the Semi-Final only to be beaten by the current World Champion, and England teammate Joe Rawcliffe to take the Bronze medal. As well as this both Sensei Ryan and Ethan were part of the 5 men Senior team. England arrived in Portugal as defending champions, this coupled with their recent World Championship victory meant that they were the team all others wanted to beat.

After overcoming a very strong Russian team in a match where both sides held the lead, England was matched up against Belgium in the final. England dominated, taking the title with 3 victories to the Belgians none, with Ethan scoring the decisive ippon in the 4th match. This result means the KUGB England Senior Men have won the last 3 international events in a row.

 

The results as followed:

Senior Men’s Team Kumite (5 Man) - Sensei Ryan Tucker / Ethan Armstrong – Gold

Cadet Men's Team Kumite - Jade Stapleton-Smith – Gold

Junior Team Kumite (3 Man) - Ethan Armstrong - Silver

Junior Individual Kumite - Ethan Armstrong – Silver

Youth Individual Kumite - Luciano Zanuni – Silver

Senior Individual Kumite - Sensei Ryan Tucker – Bronze

 

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KUGB Northern Region Championships: 21st October 2017

Another great day of results for the Leeds Shotokan Karate Club members who represented their club at the competition known as the KUGB Northern Region Championships event at the Sunderland Uni Cityspace. Leeds Shotokan members exceed all expectations and shown great determination and positive attitude to bring in an impressive medal haul of 9 including 6 Golds, 1 Silvers, and 1 Bronzes medal. 

 

The results as followed:

Male Team Kumite - Gold - 1st Place - Leeds Shotokan - A - Ethan Armstrong, Remigijus Jurgilaitis & James Humphries

Remigijus Jurgilaitis - Gold - 1st Place - Senior Male Kumite

Ethan Armstrong - Gold - 1st Place - Junior Male 18 - 20 Years Individual Kumite 

Tushan Joseph - Gold - 1st Place - Junior Male 18 - 20 Years Individual Kumite 

Luciano Zanuni  - Gold - 1st Place - Boys Over 5'5" Kumite

Miranda Ngonji - Gold - 1st Place - Girls 12-15 Years Kumite 6th Kyu & Above - Under 5'3" 

James Humphries - Silver - 2nd Place - Junior Male 18 - 20 Years Individual Kumite 

Liberty Vernon - Bronze - 3rd Place - Girls Over 5'3" Kumite

Luca Zanuni  - Bronze- 4th Place - Kata U16 Novice to 4th Kyu

  

Sensei Tucker and Sensei Cuddy would like give a big thank to everyone who competed and supported because you have all done the club proud of your achievements and performances. 

    

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Yorkshire Evening Post - WSKA Championships, Italy:  2nd October 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club write up in the Yorkshire Evening Post online about our members competing for the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) England Squad and their recent success for the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships 2017 in Treviso, Italy.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/leeds-shotokan-karate-club-enjoy-golden-time-in-italy-1-8783778

  

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6th Inter-Club LSKC vs York Elite Championship: 30th September 2017

Another fantastic day of competition at York Elite Dojo. The competition also celebrates the memory of the late Sensei Randolph Williams, 6th Dan KUGB. Randy was the Chief Instructor with LSKC for many years and also taught regularly at York Elite.

Thanks to everyone from Leeds Shotokan Karate Club who made the journey over. The competition and standards of karate were first class from both sides.

This was our 6th year of annual inter-club competition and thanks to everyone who contributed, competed and those who made all of our members feel welcomed.

 

A Special Mention for the Best Competitor Award:- Kishan Sharma - Leeds Shotokan Karate Club

 

We will look forward to seeing everyone again at next year competition.

 

There were a number of exceptional performances from both clubs across Kata and Kumite and the full results are shown below. 

 

C1. Kata Novice to 6th Kyu – 11yrs and under

  1. Kathryn Kerr - York

  2. Risa Mascarenhas - LSKC

  3. Ronan Mascarenhas - LSKC

C2. Kata 6th Kyu to 1st Kyu – 11yrs and under

  1. Esme Sharpe - LSKC

  2. Carolina Alvarez-Odell - York

  3. Carlos Alvarez-Odell - York

C3. Kata Novice to 1st Kyu – 12-15yrs

  1. Grace Kerr - York

  2. Arthur Sharpe - York

  3. Kishan Sharma - LSKC

C4. Kata Dan Grades – Under 15yrs

  1. Owen Dunckley - York

  2. Matthew Coatesworth - York

  3. Eleanor Poels - York

C6. Kata Dan Grades – 15yrs and over

  1. Connor Dunckley - York

  2. Cayleigh McCartney - York

  3. Nathan Brady - LSKC

C7. Family Kata

  1. Connor & Owen Dunckley - York

  2. Constantino & Carlos Alvarez-Odell - York

  3. Brian Woods & Kathryn Kerr - York

C8. Ippon Kumite – Under 14yrs 

  1. Risa Mascarenhas - LSKC

  2. Oliver Pennycook - LSKC

  3. Carolina Alvarez-Odell- York

C9. Kumite Boys 7th Kyu & Above – 11yrs and under

  1. Billy Pinder - LSKC

  2. Carlos Alvarez-Odell - York

  3. Ronan Mascarenhas - LSKC

C10. Kumite Boys 7th Kyu & Above – 12-14yrs

  1. Sam Blundell - York

  2. Owen Dunckley - York

  3. Kishan Sharma - LSKC

C11. Kumite Girls 7th Kyu & Above – 11yrs and under

  1. Eleanor Poels

  2. Esme Sharpe - LSKC

  3. Risa Mascarenhas - LSKC

C12. Kumite Girls 7th Kyu & Above – 12-15 yrs

  1. Miranda Ngonji - LSKC

  2. Libby Vernon - LSKC

  3. Eleanor Blundell

C13. Female 6th Kyu & Above – 16yrs and above

  1. Elizabeth Hardman - LSKC

  2. Cayleigh McCartney - York

  3. Sharon Harrison - York

C14. Kumite Male 6th Kyu & Above – 15yrs and above

  1. Tushan Joseph - LSKC

  2. Connor Dunckley - York

  3. James McNichol - York

C15. Mixed Team Kumite​​

  1. Nathan Brady, Elizabeth Hardman, Tushan Joseph - LSKC

  2. Connor Dunckley, Cayleigh McCartney, James McNichol - York

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WSKA World Shotokan Karate Championship News: 22nd-24th September 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is proud to announce that Sensei Ryan Tucker, Ethan Armstrong, Luciano Zanuni, Jade Stapleton-Smith and James Humphries all had a golden weekend of results with the KUGB England Squad at the international 3-day event: WSKA World Shotokan Karate Championships 2017 in Treviso in Italy.

All five of our Leeds Shotokan members all contributed by medaling and helping KUGB England squad to top the overall medals table with 6 Golds, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze.

 

On the second day of the competition, both Luciano Zanuni and Jade Stapleton-Smith both fought in the Youth Men Individual Kumite (14-15 Years Category). This was their first time in the competition and they both excelled to reach the finals, where they both come up against a lot of strong competitors including one of their England teammate in the Semi-Finals. The finals was a close fought match and unfortunately, they had to be one winner which was Luciano Zanuni to take the Gold medal and Jade Stapleton-Smith to take the Silver medal.

 

Also on the second day, it was Ethan Armstrong and James Humphries turn to compete in the (18-20 Years Category) Junior Men’s Individual Kumite and Three-Man Team Kumite event. Ethan Armstrong put in a sterling performances in the individual event and reached the Semi-Finals, but only to be beaten by a strong Russia opponent to achieve a Bronze medal in this category. Ethan Armstrong and James Humphries also played a vital part in the team event and reached the finals to be only beaten by an equally strong Russian side to take the Silver medal. 

 

On the final day of the competition, it was the Seniors and the turn of our Sensei Ryan Tucker to compete in the Senior Individual Kumite and the 5 Man Team Kumite event along with his teammate Ethan Armstrong. Sensei Ryan Tucker put in a strong performance to beat tough competitors including Wales, Belgian, Hungarian, USA, to reach the Semi-Final only to be beaten by the current World Champion England teammate to take the Bronze medal in the Semi-Finals.

 

Sensei Ryan Tucker had to put his disappointment aside to compete in the men’s team kumite event as the team had reached the finals against an equally strong USA team along with his teammate Ethan Armstrong who both contributed in achieving a Gold medal in what was a tense final and a great achievement in their career.  To add to this great achievement they are now both, along with their KUGB England teammates are the current World and European Champions for the Men’s Team Kumite Event.

 

The results as followed:

Senior Men’s Team Kumite (5 Man) - Sensei Ryan Tucker / Ethan Armstrong - Gold

Youth Individual Kumite - Luciano Zanuni – Gold 

Junior Team Kumite (3 Man) - Ethan Armstrong / James Humphries - Silver 

Youth Individual Kumite - Jade Stapleton-Smith – Silver 

Senior Individual Kumite - Sensei Ryan Tucker – Bronze 

Junior Individual Kumite - Ethan Armstrong – Bronze

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Dan Grading News: 16th September 2017

Well done to Shaho Hamid on the Shodan grading at the Barnsley Honeywell Sports Centre with Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Bob Rhodes. Shaho shows great commitment, dedication and spirit to be rewarded with his Shodan - Black Belt - 1st Dan. Well done Oss

  

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KUGB Shotokan Cup: 2nd September 2017

Another fantastic weekend of results for the Leeds Shotokan Karate Club members who represented their club at the Individual competition known as the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) Shotokan Cup at the Queen's Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield. Leeds Shotokan members showed great spirit and determination and were rewarded with their efforts.

The results as followed:

Ethan Armstrong - Gold - 1st Place Junior Male 18 - 20 Years Individual Kumite 

Ryan Tucker - Silver -  2nd Place - Senior Male Individual Kumite

 

There were some strong performances and tough draws from all the students that went to the competition. 

  

Masterclass Sensei Chris Cray: 16th August 2017 

An excellent master class session with KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) Sensei Christopher Cray from Malvern Shotokan Karate Club. Lots of details on the Kumite development and the Kata: Tekki Shodan. Thanks to everyone who attended included members of York Shinko Club.

 

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club

WSKA Championships, Italy: 15th  August 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club write up in the Yorkshire Evening Post online about KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) England Squad selection for the up in coming World Shotokan Karate Association championships in Treviso, Italy.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/karate-leeds-based-club-provides-nap-hand-for-england-team-selectors-1-8702633

 

Leeds Shotokan Krate Club

WSKA Championships, Italy: 3rd August 2017

Congratulations to the Leeds Shotokan Karate Club members who have been selected for the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) England Squad who have been selected to represent England in the upcoming WSKA World Shotokan Karate-Do Association World Championships 2017 in Treviso, Italy.

Sensei Ryan Tucker

Ethan Armstrong

James Humphries

Luciano Zanuni

Jade Stapleton-Smith

    

KUGB Grand Slam Championships: 22nd July 2017

Congratulations to all the Leeds Shotokan members who represented the KUGB England squad at the Grand Slam competition on Saturday 22nd July at the Queen's Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield. Excellent performances from everyone especially those who made it onto the podium.

 

Gold - Ethan Armstrong - Junior Male Kumite

Silver - Sensei Ryan Tucker - Senior Male Kumite

Bronze -  Remigijus Jurgilaitis - Senior Male Kumite

Bronze - James Humphries - Junior Male Kumite

Bronze - Nathan Brady - Cadet Male Kumite

 

Sensei Ryan Tucker also fought in the KUGB Senior England team who took Gold, with Ethan Armstrong and James Humphries both fighting in the KUGB Junior England team who also won the gold medals.

 

Kyu Grading Results News: 15th July 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is pleased to announce a brilliant day of grading with a 100% pass rate for our students who were grading over the weekend. A special well done to Lucus Hylton for his double grading and Luca Zununi on his grading and a half. The following students who attended the training and grading session at York Shinko Dojo in York with Sensei Frank Brennan and attained the following grades:

 

Maura Everest-Green

Theo Chew

Miranda Ngonji

Luca Zununi 

Carolyn Sutton

Porsche Sutton

Marco Freemantle

Oliver Pennycock

1st Kyu

2nd Kyu

4th Kyu

4th Kyu

4th Kyu

5th Kyu

6th Kyu

7th Kyu

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

John Pinder

Rohan Mascarenhas

Risa Mascarenhas

Billy Pinder

Arthur Turner

Kishan Sharma

Esme Devine

Lucas Hylton

7th Kyu

7th Kyu

7th Kyu

8th Kyu

8th Kyu

8th Kyu

8th Kyu

9th Kyu

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Congratulations to everyone! Sensei Ryan Tucker, Sensei Martin Tucker and Sensei Simon McCartney would like to commend you all on your training and hard work you put in over the last 4 months. Well done.

 

KUGB National Youth Championships: 1st July 2017

Congratulations to our squad at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club who competed in the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) National Youth Championships in Chesterfield. There was some fantastic performances and big improvements from all. LSKC achieve double medals for both men's/boys kumite events by taking both silver and gold in the finals. 

Results:

James Humphries - Gold - Male Kumite 18-20 Years

Ethan Armstrong -Silver - Male Kumite 18-20 Years

Luciano Zununi - Gold - Boys Kumite Over 5'5"

Jade Stapleton-Smith - Silver - Boys Kumite Over 5'5"

 

8th Sunderland Karate Championships: 18th June 2017

Congratulations to our squad at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club who competed in the 8th Sunderland Karate Championships. Leeds Shotokan had a squad of beginners and experienced competitors all produced some excellent results across the squad. Well done to everyone competed. 

Results:

 

Leeds A Team - 1st Place - Children Team Kumite - Jade Stapleton-Smith/Luciano Zununi/Miranda Ngonji 

Jade Stapleton-Smith - 1st Place - Male Kumite 15-17 Years 

Oliver Pennycock - 1st Place - Boys Under 5ft Kumite 11-14 Year

Miranda Ngonji - 2nd Place - Girls Kumite 11-15 Years

Leeds B Team - 3rd Place - Children Team Kumite - Liberty Vernon/Luca Zununi/Kishan Sharma

Luciano Zununi - 3rd Place - Male Kumite 15-17 Years  

John Pinder -  3rd Place - Senior Male Kumite  

 

16th KUGB City of Liverpool Youth Championships: 27th May 2017

Congratulations to our small squad at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club who competed in the 16th KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) City of Liverpool Youth Championships.

Results:

Luciano Zununi - Gold - Boys Kumite Over 5'5"

Miranda Ngonji - Gold - Girls Kumite Under 5'3"  

Ethan Armstrong -2nd Place - Male Kumite 18-20 Years

 

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club Corpus Christi Catholic College

Club News - New Venue and Extra Session: 9th May 2017

Due to demand for extra sessions. We are excited to announce that from Thursday 18th May 2017. We will be putting on an extra class at the Corpus Christi Catholic College for existing and new members.

The class will start at the usual time of 6.30pm to 8.00pm on a Thursdays in the Main Hall.

Address:

Corpus Christi Catholic College - Main Hall

Neville Road

Leeds

LS9 0TT

 

Please use this extra session to further develop your karate skills and support the club.

Should you require any further details, do not hesitate contact your Sensei.

 

51st KUGB National Championship: 6th May 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club continuing success at the KUGB National Championship (UK) on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 in the Barclay Arena in Birmingham with a strong squad of 21 members who all put in a sterling performance.

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club team takes Gold at the KUGB National Championships in Senior Team Kumite Event, with Sensei Ryan Tucker, Ethan Armstrong, Remigijus Jurgilaitis and James Humphries. This event is a special event to LSKC, having missed out for the last 10 years on not getting the result and finishing consistently second for the last few years, it was with great pleasure and reward after all the hard work and training to finally get their hands on the trophy again.

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club also put in strong performances individually with Ethan Armstrong taking Gold in Junior Men's 18-20 Years Kumite, who beat his teammate James Humphries in the final. Both fought well throughout the tournament. Remigijus Jurgilaitis put in consistent performances in the Senior Men's Kumite event to get to the final, with excellent performances against last year national championship competitor to get Silver in his event. Louis Jackson also got to the finals in the Boys 10-11 Years Kumite event and just missed out on gold by getting Silver in his category.

 

Results:

Sensei Ryan Tucker, Remigijus Jurgilaitis, Ethan Armstrong & James Humphries  - Gold -  Senior Team Kumite

Ethan Armstrong - Gold - Junior Men's 18-20 Individual Kumite 
James Humphries
- Silver - Junior Mens 18-20 Individual Kumite 

Remigijus Jurgilaitis - Silver - Senior Mens Individual Kumite

Louis Jackson - Silver - Boys 10-11 Years Kumite  

 

Well done to everyone.

 

More information with regards to our write up can be found on Yorkshire Evening Post Website:

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/karate-a-golden-weekend-for-leeds-shotokan-at-nationals-1-8538043

 

Kyu Grading Results News: 26th March 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is pleased to announce for the second weekend in a row a 100% pass rate for our students who were grading over the weekend. The following students attended the training and grading session at York Elite Dojo in York with Sensei Gary Harford and attained the following grades:

 

Theo Chew

Ronan Karrthik

 

Passed

Passed

3rd Kyu

7th Kyu

Passed

Passed

8th Kyu

8th Kyu

Rohan Mascarenhas

Risa Mascarenhas

 

Once again congratulations to everyone! Sensei Tucker and McCartney would like to commend you all on your training and hard work you put in over the last 3 months. Well done.

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Kyu Grading Results News: 18th March 2017

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club is pleased to announce a 100% pass rate for our students who were grading over the weekend. The following students attended the training and grading session at York Shinko Dojo in York with Sensei Andy Sherry and attained the following grades:

 

Maura Everest-Green

Victoria Howard

Karen Rodriguez

Carolyn Sutton

Porsche Sutton

Marco Freemantle

Oliver Pennycock

1st Kyu

2nd Kyu

2nd Kyu

5th Kyu

6th Kyu

7th Kyu

8th Kyu

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Wilson de Oliveria

John Pinder

Billy Pinder

Arthur Turner

Kishan Sharma

Esme Devine

8th Kyu

8th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

9th Kyu

Passed - Double Graded

Passed - Double Graded

Passed

Passed

Passed

Passed

Congratulations to everyone! Sensei Tucker and McCartney would like to commend you all on your training and hard work you put in over the last 3 months. Well done.

KUGB Grand Slam News: 25th February 2017

Fantastic results for the Leeds Shotokan Karate Club members who represented their country England at KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) Grand Slam event.

Nearly all our club members medaled in their categories with James Humphries moving up to the next category and was beaten by his club mate in the semi-finals by Ethan Armstrong who achieved 1st place in his category. It was Remigijus Jurgilaitis first time at the competition and was also knocked out by his club mate Sensei Ryan Tucker who went on to come 2nd in his category. It was also Nathan Brady first time at the tournament and provided valuable experiences at the Grand Slam Event. Jade Stapleton-Smith and Luciano Zanuni both put in sterling performances within thier category. Jade Stapleton-Smith gain the upper hand as he knocked out his club mate Luciano Zanuni in the semi-finals who went on to come 2nd in his category.

Sensei Ryan Tucker and Ethan Armstrong were also selected for the male team kumite events and both came 1st within the their events.

The results as followed:

Sensei Ryan Tucker - 2nd Place - Senior Male Individual Kumite and 1st Place - Senior Male Team Kumite 

Ethan Armstrong - 1st Place Junior Male Individual Kumite and 1st Place - Senior & Junior Male Team Kumite

James Humphries - 3rd Place - Junior Male Individual Kumite

Jade Stapleton-Smith - 2nd Place - Under 16 Male Kumite 

Luciano Zanuni - 3rd Place - Under 16 Male Kumite 

 

A great result all round, you all did your club and country extremely proud. 

 

Masterclass Session Sensei John Bruce: 8th February 2017 

An excellent master class session with 5th Sensei John Bruce. As always the session was packed with lots of details on Sochin and Niju Shiho. Many thanks to everyone who attended.

 

KUGB England Kumite Squad News: 27th January 2017

Congratulation to our Leeds Shotokan Club Members who where selected for the KUGB England Kumite Squad. The following members who were selected are Sensei Ryan Tucker, Remigijus Jurgilaitis, Ethan Armstrong, James Humphries, Jade Stapleton-Smith, Luciano Zanuni and Nathan Brady. Well done everyone.