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News from 2019

FEKO National Open Championships

9 Feb 2020

4 of Leeds Shotokan Karate Clubs most senior competitors made the short trip over to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to compete in the FEKO National Open Championships.

The competition offered the chance to compete against athletes from different styles and associations, as well as compete under different rule sets. Given that Leeds Shotokan only entered 4 competitors to compete against many National Associations its was always going to be challenging day. That being said, we were not let down as all 4 brough home medals with Ethan Armstrong and Jade Stapleton-Smith both being crowned champions of their events.


The Senior team narrowly missed out losing a close battle in the final to a world championship winning Karate England team.

Luciano Zanuni and Sensei Caroline McGrath both claimed bronze medals in their individual events.

Congratulations guys.

Gold - Ethan Armstrong - Men’s u85 Kumite
Gold - Jade Stapleton-Smith - Men’s u75 Kumite
Silver - Senior men’s team Kumite
Bronze - Sensei Caroline McGrath - Ladies Shobbu Ippon Kumite
Bronze - Sensei Caroline McGrath - Ladies Shobbu Sanbon Kumite
Bronze - Luciano Zanuni - Men’s u85 Kumite

KUGB England Squad Selection

26 Jan 2020

After a well deserved Christmas break Leeds Shotokan's elite competitors headed down to Burton as they faced the KUGB England Kumite Squad selection process.

This year was a little strange as it was the first selection since Sensei Ryan Tucker took the decision to retire from competition after many years on the International scene. 

Despite the change of location the selection, and subsequent training session were as gruelling as ever. With everyone given one chance to impress Sensei Andy Sherry. All of Leeds Shotokan's students who were trying out for the squad showed terrific heart, determination and skill as they were all selected onto this years squad. We would like to extend a massive congratulations to Kishan Sharma who was selected to the squad for the very first time!

Gaining selection to the squad is an incredibly prestigious honour, but it also a big commitment. Succesfull squad members must trainvery hard throughout the year. They must attend several squad sessions throughout the year, compete in the KUGB Grandslam Events, as well as the usual competition calendar. If they perform well throughout the year there is a chance that they could be selected for the European Championships in Moscow at the end of November!

We wish our squad memebers all the very best for another successful year!

Leeds Shotokan - KUGB England Kumite Squad

Sensei Caroline McGrath

Ethan Armstrong

Nathan Brady

Tushan Joseph

Luciano Zanuni

Jade Stapleton-Smith

Kishan Sharma

Liberty Vernon

Leeds Shotokan 2019 Awards Evening

15 Dec 2019

Congratulations to all the winners who picked up an award at our Christmas presentation evening this weekend. It was a very tough and long debated decision by the instructors as to who our eventual winners would be.

Best Adult Kyu Grade - John Timperley
Best Child Kyu Grade - Adam Hussain
Most Improved Kyu Grade - Stavroula Angoura
Leeds Shotokan Clubman - Carolyn Sutton
Most Improved Competitor - Nathan Brady
Instructors Student - Jade Stapleton-Smith
Best Performance - Ethan Armstrong
Competitor of the year - Luciano Zanuni.

We are also very proud to announce that Sensei Caroline Magrath has agreed to be our latest instructor. Sensei as many know comes with a huge amount of Karate expertise and talent and we are very lucky to have her train and now teach here at Leeds Shotokan. 

Finally it was a chance to present to some of our students their hard earned grading certificates. Well done to you all for another incredible year, it is truly humbling to see the hard work and dedication that is put in. From White Belts to World Champions, we are all proud to be part of Leeds Shotokan, and we are always striving to improve.

It has been a privilege to teach you all this year.

Leeds Shotokan Club Grading

7 Dec 2019

December saw the final Kyu Grading of the year with Sensei Garry Harford 8th Dan.

As every Sensei was very impressed with all the students and offered some fantastic feedback to the students for further improvements. It is so important that Leeds Shotokan Students always strive for excellence. It can only be achieved through hard work, dedication, and regular training and those who are really stand out at these gradings.


Congratulations to all who graded, we are very proud of you.


1st Kyu Georgie Lawrence, Billy Pinder, Kishan Sharma, Arthur Turner

2nd Kyu Leshan Roe, Esme Devine

3rd Kyu John Pinder, Lukas Hylton, Maya Sharma, Reece Harrison

4th Kyu Taney Nair, Mustafa Younes, Elsie Pinder

5th Kyu Liam Chawner

6th Kyu Mariam Bokhari, Amina Bokhari, Autumn Howden, John Timperley

7th Kyu Arek Koziel, Adam Hussain

8th Kyu Stavroula Angoura

9th Kyu Amir Hussain