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.
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
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
KUGB Northern Region Championships 2019
20 Oct 2019
Leeds Shotokan Karate Club enjoyed another terrific weekend at the KUGB Northern Region Championships. The Northern Region event is held at the University of Sunderland and attracts the best Karateka and clubs from all around the Northern areas hoping to win at this prestigious event.
Leeds Shotokan have been the Senior Male Team Kumite Champions at this event for the last 3 years so were under pressure to replicate the success once more. Ethan Armstrong, Luciano Zanuni and Jade Stapleton Smith all performed excellently and did not disappoint. In the Semi-final we saw three classic ippons from each team member to reach the final. The team fought hard and smart to win Gold against a very strong Sendai Kushiro A team.
Ethan the current World Champion showed no sign of letting up and fought brilliantly all day on his way to yet another Gold in the Senior Men’s Kumite. His efforts led to him being awarded the Randy Williams Memorial Trophy for most outstanding competitor. It is such a proud moment for anyone from Leeds Shotokan to be awarded the trophy in honour of our late, great instructor Sensei Randy.
Jade Stapleton-Smith and Luciano Zanuni repeated last year’s terrific battle in the final of the under 18's category but this time it was Luciano that managed to come out on top on this occasion with the fight going to a judge’s decision.
Nathan Brady has made big improvements this year and put in another terrific performance in the u21 Kumite. Nathan managed to achieve a Silver against Callum Wilson a Bronze medal winner at the world championships, Tushan Joseph Managed to secure a bronze in the same category.
Miranda Moualeu continued her outstanding form this year and comfortably won gold with a perfect ippon in the final. The same category saw Libby Vernon winning bronze with a much improved and confident performance.
Bill Pinder performed excellently in the boys Under 5’ and improved on last year’s bronze medal position to take the Gold, and a well-deserved Gold it was for all the hard work Billy has put in this year.
Kishan Sharman is another student who trains very hard finally got on the podium with a well-deserved bronze medal, Kishan was eventually defeated, after a hard-fought fight, by an England internationalist.
Ronan Mascarenhas, Oliver Pennycook, and Joshua Temple all took a bronze medal in their respective categories with each of them showing terrific spirit and determination. These young lads are all showing fantastic potential and who knows, they could be a future senior kumite team in the making!
There were other good performances on the day by Elsie Pinder (Ippon Kumite) who showed fantastic spirit, and attitude. We can see where Elsie gets her spirit from. Her dad John Pinder fought brilliantly in the senior male B team with a back injury and did fantastically well going out first against a strong Malvern No1 fighter.
Well done everyone.
KUGB Grand Slam 2019
6 Oct 2019
The KUGB Grand Slam is a chance for Leeds Shotokan’s KUGB England squad members to compete for England against the other home nations.
As ever LSKC were strongly represented at the competition with 8 competitors in the Kumite events.
Sensei Ryan Tucker and Ethan Armstrong both fought exceptionally well in the senior male kumite event with Ryan taking home a silver and Ethan collecting the bronze medal. Both fought in the victorious England Senior Male team.
Caroline McGrath once again showed incredible consistency on her way to a third place in the Senior Ladies Kumite.
Nathan Brady and Tushan Joseph were in action in the Male u21 Kumite event and both picked up medals. Nathan fought superbly well to grab the bronze medal and Tushan took part in what was easily the fight of the day in the final. Unfortunately, Tushan was just edged out by England team mate Callum Wilson in an unbelievably close fight which went to two extensions!
Luciano Zanuni and Jade Stapleton Smith once again had an all Leeds battle in the final of the Male u18 Kumite event. As ever, when these two fight, it was a close and enthralling battle with Luciano coming out on top on this occasion.
Finally, Miranda Moualeu and Libby Vernon were both competing in the Girls Kumite u16 event. Libby put in one of her best performances of the year and was unlucky to miss out on a medal losing to the eventual finalist. Miranda was once again on fire as she stormed to victory with a brilliant Ippon in the final.
All the Leeds competitors deserve great credit for their performances, spirit, determination and attitude throughout the day. They continue to be a credit to the club and the KUGB.