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News from 2018

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club - Awards Night

15 December 2018

The final event of 2018 was one of celebration as members of Leeds Shotokan and their families gathered to celebrate another fantastic year, and to give out awards for some exceptional achievements throughout the year. It is also a chance for all to get together socially and it was brilliant to see members new and old enjoying a good time together. We must say a massive thank you to everyone who helped with the food!

2018 has been a challenging year for all at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club, but as ever we have continued to thrive in the dojo, and in competition. This year it was so difficult to decide the awards winners, with so many incredible performances and so many determined Karateka there could have been winners in 20+ categories. It is however import to recognise the truly outstanding, the most determined and those who have inspired us.

Our winners for 2018 are as follows

Most Improved Kyu Grade - Leshan Roe

Best Kyu Grade - Billy Pinder

Most Improved Dan Grade - Libby Vernon

Clubman of the year - Alinka Greasley

Instructors Student of the year - Jade Stapleton-Smith

Performance of the year - Ethan Armstrong - ESKA

Most Outstanding Competitor - Miranda Moualeu

Students Student of the year - Ethan Armstrong

Congratulations to everyone at Leeds Shotokan and thank you for a tremendous 2018.

All the best for 2019!

Leeds Shotokan Kyu Grading 

1 December 2018

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club were once again guests at Shinko Karate club in York for the final Kyu grading of the year. The grading was conducted by Sensei Garry Harford 8th Dan. As usual Sensei was very impressed with the standard of all the students and we are delighted to announce that there was a 100% pass rate.

9th Kyu - Arandeep

9th Kyu - Tilda Hadley

9th Kyu - John Timperley

9th Kyu - Hayyan

9th Kyu - Ruquiayya

9th Kyu - Zoe Brier

9th Kyu - Akanni Jaji

8th Kyu - Lauren Hylton

7th Kyu - Mustafa Younes

7th Kyu - Elsie Pinder

6th Kyu - Maya Sharma

6th Kyu - Reece Harrison

5th Kyu - Alison Tilley

5th Kyu - Esme Divine

4th Kyu - Leshan Roe

4th Kyu - Kishan Sharma

4th Kyu - Arthur Turner

4th Kyu - Billy Pinder

3rd Kyu - Oliver Pennycook

3rd Kyu - Ronan Mascarenhas

3rd Kyu - Risa Mascarenhas

2nd Kyu - Mark Freemantle

Sensei Ryan and Sensei Martin would like to congratulate everyone on their grading.

KUGB Dan Grading

November 18th 2018

Two of Leeds Shotokans members had a fantastic day at the KUGB Dan grading in Sunderland.

Alinka Greasley and Victoria Howard were both awarded 1st Dan by the KUGB chief instructor Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan.

Both Alinka and Victoria have had to work incredibly hard to achieve this goal. Both have had to fight against adversity in some form and both are shining examples of what it means to be a student at Leeds Shotokan.


We are incredibly proud of them. 

KUGB Northern Region Championships

October 20th 2018

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club enjoyed another golden weekend at the KUGB Northern Region Championships. The Northern Region is home to some of the KUGB's most talented Karateka many of whom were showing off their skills in Sunderland. 

For those selected to represent the KUGB at the upcoming European Championships this marked a last chance for competitive action before jetting off to Nis, Serbia.

Leeds Shotokan took home many medals on the day but few would be able to argue that the result in the Senior Mens Team Kumite was the highlight of the day. The Leeds mens team, Ethan Armstrong, Sensei Ryan Tucker, and James Humphries managed to take the gold medal in close match with reigning National Champions, Halewood. 

Ethan had fought brilliantly all day on his way to yet another Gold in the Senior Mens Kumite, and was deservedly awarded the trophy for best overall competitor.

Jade-Stapleton Smith and Luciano Zanuni had a terrific battle in the final of the under 18's category. Jade managed to come out on top on this occasion. Nathan Brady put in one of his most impressive performances to date to seal the Leeds 1-2-3. This result meant that a Leeds Shotokan student has won the u18 category in every domestic event this year! Even more impressive is that the titles have been shared amongst Luciano, Jade and Nathan - truly fantastic strength in depth. 

Miranda Moualeu showed why she has been selected to represent KUGB Englad for the first time with a hugely impressive performance to take the Girls Kumite title. Once again Libby Vernon pushed Miranda all the way. Both girls have had exceptional years, we are very proud of them.

John Pinder performed excellently to take both the Kyu Grade Kumite title and the Veterans Kumite title, as his son Billy earned another bronze medal for his collection. 

Alinka Greasley and James Humphries both fought superbly and managed to pick up a bronze medal in their respective categories.

There were other fantastic performances by Kishan Sharma (Boys Kumite), Josh Temple (Kumite and Kata) and Elsie Pinder (Ippon Kumite) who showed fantastic spirit, technique and attitude. They are all ones to watch!

Full Results

Gold - Senior Mens Team Kumite

Gold - Ethan Armstrong - Senior Mens Kumite

Gold - John Pinder - Senior Mens Kyu Grade Kumite

Gold - John Pinder - Veterens Kumite

Gold - Jade Stapleton-Smith - Cadet Male Kumite

Gold - Miranda Moualeu - Girls Kumite

Silver - Luciano Zanuni - Cadet Male Kumite

Silver - Libby Vernon - Girls Kumite

Bronze - Alinka Greasley - Senio Ladies Kumite

Bronze - Nathan Brady - Cadet Male Kumite

Bronze - Billy Pinder - Boys Kumite

European Shotokan Karate Association Championships - Niš, Serbia

23-25 November 2018

At the end of November a number of Leeds Shotokan Members swapped their Leeds tracksuit for an England one as they jetted off Niš, Serbia for the European Shotokan Karate Association Championships.

Sensei Ryan Tucker, Caroline McGrath, Ethan Armstrong, Jade Stapleton-Smith and Luciano Zanuni were joined by Miranda Moualeu who was making her KUGB England debut at this level. A fantastic achievement by Miranda, one that we hope will be continued for many years to come. It is absolutely fantastic to see so many of Leeds Shotokan's talented karateka contributing to the national team.

With the training over, the competition began with the Cadet events, with Jade and Luciano hoping to carry their extraordinary success from the youth category into this years championships. In the individual events Jade fought brilliantly on his way to a Bronze medal. This capped an amazing year for Jade in which he claimed the KUGB National Championship.

Jade and Luciano, along with Niall Gilligan from Solihull Karate Academy and Matthew Gibson from Sunderland Sendai, then fought in the Cadet Male Team Kumite event. After coming through an incredibly tough semi final against the Czech Republic the boys were matched up against Portugal in the final. An incredibly tense match saw England needing a win from Luciano in the final fight in order to draw the match and force an extra fight. Luciano put in his best performance of the whole championships to give England a chance with an extra fight. Luciano was selected by Sensei Sherry to be compete in the fight off. Luciano again fought brilliantly well but unfortunately the better rested Portuguese fighter managed to come away with the victory.

Despite the obvious disappointment the young England team showed great character and trust in each other and should be very proud of their accomplishment.

The following day saw Miranda Moualeu and James Humphries compete. Miranda fought very well against a tough Russian opponent and gained invaluable experience which will really push her on in the coming years. James Humphries has endured a frustrating year with injuries and was noticable stuggling as he took to the tatami. However James scored some wonderful points eventually losing to the Russian bronze medallist.

The final day saw the seniors in action with Sensei Ryan, Caroline and Ethan all competing. New Leeds signing Caroline looked sharp and scored some excellent points however fell short of a medal this time. Caroline also fought in the senior ladies team who were looking to defend the title they won in 2017. Unfortunately it wasnt to be as the ladies were incredible unlucky to lose a close match with Lithuania due to disqualification.

Ryan and Ethan once again fought alongside each other in the Senior Male Team Kumite event. KUGB England were the reigning World and European Champions heading into the event and had to dig incredibly deep to get past a much improved Belgian team in the Semi Final.The final was a much less tense affair with England coming away with a decisive 4-1 victory against a very strong Italian side. The win gave England their third European Title in a row!

The day, and the championships, belonged to Ethan Armstrong. In what is undoubtedly one of the most special days in Leeds Shotokan's long history, Ethan was crowned the Senior Mens Individual Kumite Champion. In his first year as a senior, having suffered the disappointment of disqualification in the final last year, Ethan fought through many tough and skilled opponents. The final was an all England affair as Ethan took on current World Champion and team mate Joe Rawcliffe. Ethan and Joe have battled many times this year, with both of them coming out on top. On this occasion Ethan walked away with the European Title. 

Congratulations to all who competed especially those from KUGB England who became European Champions, Rebecca Rawcliffe of Halewood and Callum Wilson of St Johns.

KUGB Shotokan Cup - Chesterfield

September 22nd 2018

On Saturday 22nd September Leeds Shotokan took a squad of Brown and Black belts to the KUGB Shotokan Cup Competition at Queens Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield.

Open only to Black and Brown belts the Shotokan Cup is the KUGB National Individual Championship, and as such is always of an incredibly high standard. As well as competing for British titles and national medals the competition offered a final chance to impress Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan who will shortly be selecting the KUGB England team for the upcoming European Shotokan Karate Association Championships in Nis, Serbia.

The Leeds squad, led by Sensei Ryan Tucker 4th Dan, was a mix of very experienced competitors looking to build on an already impressive year, and some looking to build their competition experience and test themselves against the very best in the KUGB.

Sensei Ryan, and Ethan Armstrong both managed to bring home a medal in the Senior Men’s Kumite (fighting) event, whilst Tushan Joseph, Libby Vernon and Joshua Temple managed the same feat in the junior and children’s Kumite events.

In a repeat of the National Championship final, Miranda Moualeu out pointed Leeds Shotokan team mate Libby Vernon to take the Shotokan Cup title. Both girls have had an exceptional year so far and it is becoming the norm to see them battling against each other in competition finals, which is fantastic to see from a Leeds point of view.

The performance of the day, however, belonged to Luciano Zanuni who bounced back from recent disappointments with a clinical and decisive performance to win gold in the Male Junior Kumite 16-17 event. The category has belonged to Leeds Shotokan in 2018 so far. Luciano, Jade Stapleton-Smith and Nathan Brady have all claimed gold medals in a year which has seen a Leeds fighter on top of the podium in every competition we have entered this year. The future looks bright for LSKC!

As well as the Karate, Kate Brady of Leeds Shotokan was in attendance encouraging people the sign up to the Organ Donor Registry and raising money for the KUGB Charity appeal – the Transplant society. You can register your details to become an organ donor by following the link below!


Full Results

Gold – Luciano Zanuni – Male Junior Kumite 16-17

Gold – Miranda Moualeu – Girls Kumite 12-15 u5ft3

Silver – Sensei Ryan Tucker – Senior Male Kumite

Silver – Libby Vernon – Girls Kumite 12-15 u5ft3

Bronze – Ethan Armstrong – Senior Male Kumite

Bronze – Tushan Joseph – Male Junior Kumite 18-20

Bronze – Joshua Temple – Boys Kumite 12-15 u5ft


Full Squad

Sensei Ryan Tucker, Ethan Armstrong, Elizabeth Hardman, Carolyn Sutton, James Humphries, Tushan Joseph, Victoria Howard, Jade Stapleton-Smith, Luciano Zanuni, Nathan Brady, Karen Rodriguez, Miranda Moualeu, Libby Vernon, Joshua Temple

Advanced Kata and Kumite Course - Photos

August 26th 2018

Sensei Ryan was recently invited to be the guest instructor at the Advanced Kata and Kumite Karate weekend. The course, hosted each year by Sunderland Sendai Karate Club, welcomes students from all around the country to train under Sensei John Bruce 5th Dan, Sensei Holly Stirling 5th Dan, and a visiting instructor. Across the weekend students really have to push themselves, amassing a whopping 9 hours of high quality training with excellent instructors.


Sensei Ryan arrived Sunday morning and despite some sore legs was very impressed with every students spirit, attitude and desire to improve. He was also delighted to see some fellow international competitors from Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. We would highly recommend this course to any Leeds Shotokan Students who are looking to take their karate to the next level, get your name on the waiting list for 2019 to avoid missing out!

Randy Williams Memorial Competition - LSKC 2018

September 9th 2018

Each year Leeds Shotokan and York Elite hold an inter club competition in memory of our late, great instructor Sensei Randy Williams. The competition is a chance for those who do not normally compete to experience what it is like to represent their club, but in a friendly environment. This year we also welcomed Sowerby Bridge SKC to the competition.

After last year’s hugely successful event at York, it was the turn of Leeds Shotokan to host in the Roundhegians Dojo. 2018’s competition saw a record number of entries into the event, which aims to give every student the opportunity to showcase what they have been learning, and put their training into practice. The attendance of national squad members also allows the younger students to get a look at how far they can go with the right attitude, and training regularly.

The continued success of the Randy Williams Memorial Competition would not be possible without the help and support of the members. Leeds Shotokan would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to help set up, time keep, provide food and drink, referee, and coach at the event. Most importantly we would like to say a huge well done to all the competitors. Your performances, spirit, and camaraderie would have made Sensei Williams very proud.

We hope to see you all next year at York Elite!

KUGB Grand Slam Results

July 23, 2018

Yesterday saw a number of Leeds Shotokan members represent KUGB England and the Grand Slam competition and once again there were a number of fantastic performances. Jade Stapleton-Smith followed up His National and Youth National victories with another excellent display to be crowned Grand Slam Champion. Ethan Armstrong was the star of the day winning his first Senior title, beating current and former world and European champions on the way. Full results below -

Senior Male Individual Kumite
1st - Ethan Armstrong
3rd - Sensei Ryan Tucker

Junior Male Individual Kumite
3rd - James Humphries

Cadet Male Individual Kumite 
1st Jade Stapleton-Smith

Youth Ladies Kumite
2nd - Miranda Moualeu

Great work everyone.


KUGB Report

Leeds Shotokan Grading - Results

July 7, 2018

Congratulations to all of our students who passed their grading with KUGB Chief Instructor Sensei Andy Sherry. As every there were some excellent performances but also plenty to work on for next time. Sensei Ryan and Sensei Martin were both very proud of everyone.

1st Kyu - Miranda Moualeu
1st Kyu – Luca Zanuni
1st Kyu – Carolyn Sutton
3rd Kyu – Mark Freemantle
4th Kyu – Oliver Pennycook
4th Kyu – Risa Mascarenhas
4th Kyu – Ronan Mascarenhas
5th Kyu – John Pinder
5th Kyu – Leshan Roe
5th Kyu – Billy Pinder
5th Kyu – Kishan Sharma
6th Kyu – Alison Tilley

6th Kyu – Lukas Hylton

6th Kyu – Esme Divine

7th Kyu – Mike Tattersall

7th Kyu – Jordache Leigh-Hamilton

7th Kyu – Reece Harrison
7th Kyu – Maya Sharma

7th Kyu – Rocco Freemantle

8th Kyu – Mustafa Younes

8th Kyu – Elsie Pinder

9th Kyu – Lauren Hylton

9th Kyu – Mariam Bokhari

9th Kyu – Amina Bokhari

9th Kyu – Autumn Howden  

KUGB Youth National Championships

July 1, 2018

Leeds Shotokan competitors capped off a busy month by attending the KUGB Youth National Championships this weekend in Chesterfield. The competition gave our more seasoned competitors the chance to showcase their skills and build upon impressive performances at the KUGB National Championships earlier on in the year. As ever the standard was very high across all the categories and every medal won was certainly hard earned.

Jade Stapleton-Smith managed to win his second National Title of the year with the type of assured performance we have come to expect from him. 

James Humphries went one better than his Silver Medal at the KUGB National Championships by being crowned Youth National Champion for the 3 consecutive year.

Full results

Junior Male Individual Kumite

1st James Humphries

Cadet Male Individual Kumite

1st Jade Stapleton Smith

Youth Ladies Individual Kumite

3rd Liberty Vernon

3rd Miranda Moualeu

Boys Kata Novice-4th Kyu

3rd Oliver Pennycook

KUGB Report

KUGB National Championships

May 5, 2018

Leeds Shotokan had another golden weekend whilst competing at the KUGB National Championships at its new home in Leicester.

The Boys 16-17-Year-old Kumite event provided the highlight for Leeds as Jade Stapleton-Smith managed to out point Leeds teammate Luciano Zanuni as he took home the national title. In the same event Tushan Joseph put in an excellent display to complete the Leeds 1,2,3 and finish with the bronze medal. A truly exceptional result.

LSKC managed another fantastic result in the Girls Kumite Under5ft3 where Miranda Moualeu defeated Liberty Vernon in another all Leeds national final. Well done girls!

All of our competitors deserve to be commended for their excellent displays of skill, attitude and camaraderie throughout the event. We are very proud of you all.

Full lists of results below

Jade Stapleton-Smith -  1st Male u18 Kumite
Miranda Moualeu -  1st Girls U5ft3 Kumite
Sensei Ryan Tucker -  2nd Male Senior Kumite
James Humphries -  2nd Male u21 Kumite
Luciano Zanuni -  2nd Male u18 Kumite
Liberty Vernon -  2nd Girls U5ft3 Kumite
Leeds Shotokan - Ethan Armstrong, Ryan Tucker, James Humphries, Luciano Zanuni - 2nd Senior Male Team Kumite
Tushan Joseph -  3rd Male u18 Kumite
Billy Pinder -  3rd Boys 10-11 Kumite

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