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News from 2021

Dan Grading Success

15 Nov 2021

Leeds Shotokan are delighted to announce the recent dan grading success of Shaho Mahmood and Ronan Mascarenhas.

Under the watchful gaze of Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan and Sensei Garry Harford 8th Dan, Ronan was successful in achieving his Shodan (1st Dan), and Shaho managed to achieve the grade of Nidan (2nd Dan).

Both have worked incredibly hard for their achievements and have shown the dedication and determination required to achieve their goals.

Everyone at Leeds Shotokan are very proud of you both!

KUGB Student and Youth Nationals

07 Nov 2021

The final two competitions of 2021 were held at Queens Park Spots Centre in Chesterfield on the 7th of November.

This year saw the National Youth Championships and National Students Championships run side by side. Because of this it meant that a few of our competitors could enter multiple categories and get more time on the mat than usual.

The small Leeds Shotokan team saw Libby Vernon enter her strongest competition showing this year as she continues to improve and build her confidence in both the Youth and Student the Kumite. It was also fantastic to see Mustafa Younes put his mitts on for his first taste of National Competition in the boys Kumite.

It was the duo of Jade Stapleton Smith and Luciano Zanuni who dominated the day though, between them taking the gold medal in every event they could enter.

Jade came out on top in the final of the Student Championship and Luciano took gold in the Youth category. And they fought side by side to take the gold medal in the Students Team Kumite, an extra challenging day for them given that they had to start every match an ippon down due to not having a 3rd fighter.

As ever we are very proud of everyone who goes above and beyond to compete in these championships. They are long but rewarding days and we hope to continue to grow our competition squad in the new year.

GOLD – Male Team Kumite – Student Nationals – Leeds Shotokan
GOLD – Male Senior Kumite – Student Nationals – Jade Stapleton-Smith
GOLD – Male Junior Kumite – Youth Nationals – Luciano Zanuni
SILVER – Male Senior Kumite – Student Nationals – Luciano Zanuni
BRONZE – Male Junior Kumite – Youth Nationals – Jade Stapleton-Smith