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Sensei Caroline McGrath Nominated for Leeds Sports Award

27 May 2021

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club are extremely proud to announce that our very own Sensei Caroline McGrath has been nominated for a prestigious Leeds Sport Award. 

Sensei Caroline is nominated in the Coach - Participation category which celebrates coaches at grass roots level. Sensei is being recognised for her fantastic efforts both in the dojo, online, and in the competition arena where she has recently been selected for the KUGB England Squad for the 21st time!

The event is always a prestigious one with other nominees including Leeds sports royalty such as Marcelo Bielsa, Kalvin Phillips, and Georgia Taylor-Brown.

Unfortunately this years event has to take place socially distanced so there will be no awards ceremony at Leeds Arena. The awards will be broadcast on Leeds TV so make sure you are tuned in!

We are very lucky and very proud to have Sensei Caroline as one of our instructors, and we cant wait to celebrate her achievements, in person, soon!

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club Kyu Grading

13 Dec 2020

Leeds Shotokan Karate Club managed to hold the eagerly anticipated and long awaited first grading of the year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the grading, originally scheduled for March, was cancelled on more than one occasion much to the frustration of the students who had worked so hard online and in the dojo.

Sensei Garry Harford 8th Dan visited the dojo on Sunday 13th December to asses our kyu grades for their next belt.

In order to comply with all COVID regulations the grading was a little different to what we are used to. Unfortunately there was no session beforehand and each grading group was very small.

Despite the challenges faced all of the students rose to the occasion with some excellent performances. Particular praise must go to Stravroula Angoura and John Timperley who have made vast improvements this year and are now at a fantastically high standard for their grade.

Sensei Ryan would like to take the opportunity now to thank everyone from near and far who have supported the club through this difficult year. Your commitment and dedication whilst having very little to work towards has been inspiring. It is this level of application and drive for self-improvement which is part of the very foundation of Karate.

1st Kyu – Alison Sherridan
2nd Kyu – John Pinder
2nd Kyu – Lukas Hylton
2nd Kyu – Maya Sharma
3rd Kyu – Mustafa Younes
3rd Kyu – Elsie Pinder
3rd Kyu – Serena Matyas Sari
5th Kyu – John Timperley
7th Kyu – Stravroula Angoura
9th Kyu – Keith Morton
9th Kyu – Torrin Morton
9th Kyu – Adella Morton
9th Kyu – James Trentini