Dan Grading in Chesterfield!

Extra congratulations to Kerry Lyn Thomas and Steven Bailey who, the day after the squad selections, travelled all the way to Chesterfield to attempt their black belt gradings! Well done to Kerry for attaining her 1st Dan black belt, and to Steve who successfully got his 2nd Dan black belt!

CHAMPION! – KUGB Student Champs!

What an excellent result, with 15 medals there’s almost too many to mention!
Special congrats to Rosie for winning the ladies kumite! And to Matt Foster for getting silver in the junior kata. Massive bunch of bronze medals to Rosie, Kat, Kate, Karen, Graham, Tim, Kerry (4 medals!). Tyrone and Steve performed well in some tough categories.

Student Champs

Congratulations to the Uni team for performing so well at the KUGB Student Championships. Alex, Tyrone and Graham brought home 1st place in the Team Kata with Ciaran, Tim and Kerry coming 2nd. Ciaran then went on to win the brown belt Kata event too. Fantastic result guys!

Double Silver at the Shotokan Cup

Awesome result for Meleri for getting Silver in both the girl’s kata and kumite events.  Well done indeed!  Also well done for Steve Bailey for narrowly missing out on the boys kata finals, hoping you get the luck you deserve next time, eh?

Most of the videos were accidentally recorded in slow motion.  Great for analysing detail but not so good to watch.  If anyone fancies converting them to normal speed let us know :)

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National Youth Championships, Chesterfield

Well done! to Meleri, Steve B and Anya, who competed at the National Youth Championships in Chesterfield on Saturday 3rd July. They all performed well, and came away with even more medals and trophies! Meleri righted a wrong from the Welsh Champs, repeating the same kata and winning gold in the individual girls black belt kata. Anya did well in the individual girls brown belt kata, taking silver after narrowly missing out on gold by only 0.1 point, and the team kata were narrowly beaten in the finals, winning themselves a 3rd place and some bronze medals. Steve missed out on a place in the individual boys black belt kata after losing in the eliminations against some very strong opposition.

New Dan Grades

Congratulations to Meleri Pryse for getting her 2nd Dan, Pete Bonser, Hywel Davies for getting their 1st Dan Black Belts

Sensei Paul promoted to 5th Dan

Under the eyes of three world ranking karate masters the candidates were thoroughly put through their paces. In his toughest test yet consisting of a written thesis and a two hour practical examination Paul demonstrated great skill, knowledge and technique which saw him promoted to the rank of 5th Dan black belt. This achievement is particularly special since very few black belts reach this level of expertise, a goal that has taken Paul nearly 25 years to reach.