KUGB Grand Slam
22 Feb 2020
Leeds Shotokan Karate Club Students were in action this weekend but this time flying the flag for KUGB England at the KUGB Grand Slam event.
The Grand Slam is a prestigious event which sees the squads of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland pitted against each other in Kata and Kumite events.
With Liberty Vernon still ruled out due to injury, Leeds Shotokan had seven students competing for their country, and they did not disappoint.
Kishan Sharma, competing for England for the very first time fought exceptionally well on his way to a bronze medal in the boys under 16 Kumite event.
In the Senior Kumite events both Ethan Armstrong and Sensei Caroline McGrath once again displayed their impeccable consistency at this level with Ethan claiming the Bronze medal, and Caroline the Silver.
In the boys under 21 Kumite, Leeds Shotokan had a remarkable four fighters in the draw. The Junior Kumite has always been an incredibly challenging category, with many young men determined, and capable of winning the title.
Leeds Shotokan were unlucky to have all four fighters on the same side of the draw, meaning that there were many Leeds vs Leeds bouts throughout the day.
Nathan Brady and Tushan Joseph both fought valiantly before being outpointed by Luciano Zanuni as he made his way to the Semi Final where he met his familiar foe and teammate Jade Stapleton-Smith.
Luci was victorious on this occasion and advanced to the final, with Jade settling for a hard-earned Bronze. In the final Luciano put on an incredibly disciplined performance to claim the title in his first time competing in this age
🥇 Luciano Zanuni - Male Junior Kumite
🥇 Senior Male Team Kumite (Ethan Armstrong, Luciano Zanuni)
🥇 Senior Ladies Team Kumite ( Caroline McGrath)
🥇 Junior Male Team Kumite (Luciano Zanuni, Jade Stapleton-Smith)
🥈 Caroline McGrath - Senior Ladies Kumite
🥉 Ethan Armstrong - Senior Male Kumite
🥉 Jade Stapleton Smith - Male Junior Kumite
🥉 Kishan Sharma - Boys Kumite
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