Introducing Leeds Shotokan Karate Club

MONDAY - All Grades

7 Year Olds Upwards: 630pm-8pm
The Memorial Ground, Chelwood Drive, Leeds


WEDNESDAY - All Grades

7 Year Olds Upwards: 630pm-8pm
The Memorial Ground, Chelwood Drive, Leeds


THURSDAY - All Grades

7 Year Olds Upwards: 630pm-745pm

Roundhay Parochial Hall, Fitzroy Drive,




Latest News

KUGB National Championships 2021

04 Sep 2021

On Saturday 4th September a small squad of determined Leeds Shotokan students attended the KUGB National Championships in Nottingham, England.

The Nationals has long been the flagship event of the KUGB calendar but had an extra special feeling as it was the first competition in the calendar for a whopping 18 months!

Despite the small squad of competitors LSKC performed fantastically well and claimed a medal haul that many significantly larger clubs would be proud of!

Serena Matyas Sarri showed great bravery in her first competition for Leeds Shotokan. Her spirit and attitude impressed Sensei but most impressive is her continued application and desire to keep improving in every training session.

Arthur Turner claimed an excellent bronze medal in the Boys Kumite, having narrowly been edged out in the semi final by the eventual champion. This was Arthurs best showing at a competition and to do it on the National stage is incredibly impressive.

Luciano Zanuni and Jade Stapleton-Smith renewed their ongoing, and friendly, rivalry as they met each other in the final of the Junior Kumite. Luciano had a particularly difficult journey to the final having to beat a world champion in the quarter final, and a European champion in the semi final. It was Jade, however, who triumphed on this occasion in an incredibly close fight. These two have clearly picked up where they left off and continue to be an inspiration to all at the club.

Sensei Caroline McGrath battled her way to the final as she attempted to defend the Senior Female Kumite national title she won all the way back in 2019. On this occasion Sensei Caroline had to settle for the silver medal after a gruelling final.

In the Senior Male Kumite Ethan Armstrong stormed to the National title scoring a fantastic Ippon and then holding on for the win. This was Ethan’s first National title as a senior following on from dominating the Junior events for many years. This also completes the set for Ethan who has now been crowned the Senior Male Individual champion at World, European, and National level.

The final event of the day saw the Leeds Shotokan Male Kumite team claim the silver medal. Leeds were the reigning champions in the event and almost had to settle for bronze had it not been for a extremely close victory against a young, but talented Kirkby team. The final was another close affair which ended in a draw with an excellent team from the excellent Malvern dojo. The final fight off ultimately proved one too many for Ethan meaning we had to settle for the silver medal. It really was a fantastic final, and performance all day with Ethan, Jade and Luciano all fighting brilliantly well all day.

With the events over that didn’t mean the end of the trophies for Leeds Shotokan. Jade Stapleton-Smith was awarded the Derek Langham Trophy for most outstanding Junior competitor and Ethan Armstrong was awarded the Sensei Enoeda Trophy for most outstanding senior competitor.

Sensei Ryan would like to congratulate all who competed, and say a big thank you to Sensei Martin, and Sensei Caroline for their help in training, and on the day in preparing our competitors.

2021 Grading
2021 Grading

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2021 Grading
2021 Grading

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Leeds Shotokan Karate Club Kyu Grading

25 Jul 2021

On 25th July Leeds Shotokan students travelled to York Elite’s dojo at the Railway Institute to take part in training and grading with Sensei Garry Harford 8th Dan.

The grading always follows a demanding session, and is always a very nervous day for those attempting to grade for their next belt. Sensei was very impressed with the attitude and application of the students, especially given how long they had to train online for.

Sensei Ryan was extremely proud of everyone but especially proud of those students who graded for the first time. Remember that it is all the work that is put in beforehand, both in the dojo and online, that ensures you can perform to your full potential in the grading and competitions. That is why training as much as possible, and in the correct way will ensure that all students get the most out of themselves.

The full list of students who graded is below.


Lukas Hylton – 1st Kyu
Esme Devine – 1st Kyu
Reece Harrison – 2nd Kyu
Serena Matya Sarri – 2nd Kyu
John Timperley – 4th Kyu
Stavroula Angoura – 6th Kyu
Sam Corcione – 8th Kyu
Oliver Brack – 9th Kyu
Malachy Brack – 9th Kyu
Awais Farooq – 9th Kyu

"Karate is about many things, but first and foremost, it is about training"

Sensei Frank Brennan

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