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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

Caroline Finalist
Caroline Finalist

Sensei Caroline

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Caroline Finalist
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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