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Musuko Karate Academy Students Selected for Junior European Championships 2019!

Two Musuko Karate Academy students - Nathan Crowther and Jordanna Williams have been selected to represent their country as part of the official England Kata Squad in the Junior European Championships in Denmark in February 2019.

Nathan Crowther- who is 17 years of age has been selected as part of the Junior Male Kata team along with two other team members. Nathan who was also in the final two for selection consideration for Junior Male Individual Kata, is now working hard to constantly improve and training is already in the pipeline with his two team members as they prepare for the Championships ahead. A Silver medalist at both the BKF 4 Nations and the BKF Internationals amongst other successful tournament wins, this thougtful and inspiring young man continues to make great progress with his karate and we know he will give it his all when the Championships come around. 

Jordanna Williams - who is just 15 years of age, was successfully selected for the Female Cadet Individual Kata on her first attempt which is an amazing achievement and is again practicing in earnest as she prepares for the Championships next year. Jordanna is a determined athlete and has already plans in place to improve even futher. She is going from strength to strength and successfully won Gold in Female Cadet Individual Kata at the North East Open Championships the week before going for selections. A member of our Elite Squad Team, Jordanna is a lovely girl and definately one to watch for the future! 

Another of our Elite Squad members - Danni Willliams, also did herself and the club proud by being selected in the final two Cadet females in the Individual Kata category on her first attempt at Cadet level. We definately didn't envy the tough task of the coach and referee having to select between Danni and Jordanna for the individual slot - as both girls are amazing!

Danni Williams - who has only just turned 14 years of age is super talented. She has a real steely determination and will definately go far in the future. Danni who is another lovely girl  has already represented England in the Youth Kata Squad qualifying for a place on her first attempt. She competed in Helsinki in August this year and won a Gold medal in the Female Team Kata category with fantastic performances. She was also a Silver Medalist at the BKF 4 Nations Championships , amongst other tournament medal achievements and is also the 2017 Greater Manchester Young Sports Acheiver of the Year which is a fantastic acolade to have! There is no doubt that it's only a matter of time before this young lady is again selected for her country and we cannot wait to see her achieve this. 

Massive Congratulations to all three of the above students - you are all absolutely amazingly talented and we look forward to watching you progress through your karate journeys. We are so proud of you all!! 



National Coaches Jonathan Mottram & Aimee Sell Kata Seminar In Blackpool - A Massive Success!

On Sunday 7th October we held a open kata seminar in Blackpool with National Kata coaches Jonathan Mottram and Aimee Sell.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported- it was lovely meeting new people from other clubs and making new karate friends. 

The turnout was fantastic with over 90 students travelling from Essex, Newcastle, London, Wales, Leicester, Yorkshire and Manchester to take part. With a lot of Musuko Karate Academy's students also super eager to attend it was a huge event and everyone had a fantastic day.

Children and adults alike enjoyed the challenge of new kata's and lots of our younger students were wowed training alongside a lot of the National England Kata Squad members.

It was an amazing day and there are already plans in place to host another event like this next year. Watch out for the date coming in the new year - with the fantastic feedback we received it's going to be another busy one!


'Wear It Pink' Week - 15th - 21st October 2018.

From Monday 15th October - Saturday 21st October 2018 we will be 'Wearing It Pink' karate belts in all classes in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this fantastic cause - we have had a huge response! 

Photos will be taken in all classes nightly showing everyone wearing their belts and posted on our Facebook Group.



Fantastic EKF Youth Squad Results For Two Musuko Karate Academy Students!

On Thursday 16th August 2018 two of our super talented elite squad members flew out to Finland to compete as part of the EKF Youth Squad Team and to represent England in the Helsinki Open Championships on Saturday 18th August.

Brandon Crowther and Danni Williams both aged 13, were chosen to represent their country in both individual and team kata in their respective categories. 

After a brilliant and very positive training session on the Friday afternoon both Brandon, Danni and the rest of the EKF Youth Squad were very excited but fully prepared for the tournament the next day. 

On the morning of the comp they all travelled to the arena together as one whole team and all looked extremely smart in their England tracksuits. The whole squad were very keen and eager to get on the tatami and perform their kata's, and the strong bond and suppport they had with each other was brilliant to see. 

After some really strong opposition in his individual rounds we are delighted to announce that Brandon achieved a Silver medal in the Boys U14 Individual Kata and a Gold medal with his team mates in the Boys U14 Team Kata category. 

Danni  also had some really tough oppostion to contend with in the Girls U14 individual rounds and sadly narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in repercharge. However, Danni then came back stronger and more determined than ever with her team mates in Girls U14 team kata to secure the Gold medal postition - an amazing result!

Musuko Karate Academy are very proud of these two brilliant young athletes and we're sure there will be many more successes coming their way in the future as they continue to stride forward on the competitive circuit.

Huge Congratulations to them both!                       






Grading Pre-assessment - Sunday 28th October 2018.

Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY.

11am - 12 noon:  Kyu grades 10th - 2nd 

11 am - 12.30 pm : 1st Kyu's & Black belts

All students who are invited and are hoping to grade in November must attend the pre-assessment where they will be observed by the chief instructor. The assessment is designed to put the student through their paces to see if they are ready for their next grade.

1st Kyu and all Black belts hoping to attempt the grades of either Shodan-Ho, Shodan or Nidan will  be assessed over an extra 30 minutes.

Grading forms will be given out to all successful students at the end of the assessment.

Please aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before the pre-assessment starts, please sign in with your licence book and pre-assessment fee.  

Grading forms will be given out to all successful students at the end of the assessment.

Club Kyu Grading - Sunday 11th November 2018.

Cardinal Allen High School, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 8AY.

1 - 4 pm for all grades

All students should aim to arrive 15 - 20 minutes before the start of the grading to give themselves time to warm up and stretch off, they should also bring with them all kumite equipment, and lots of fluids. Your licence book should have already been given in for validation checks. 

Family and friends are very welcome to watch and show their support, but please could we ask that all observers are respectful to others - particularly those grading, and that all phones are set to silent.

Spectators are welcome to take photos but please keep to the sides of the hall and do not disturb those grading. 

Black Belt Grading - Sunday 18th November 2018.

12 noon - 4 pm Invited students only

All students grading should aim to arrive 15 - 20 minutes before the start of the grading to give themselves time to warm up and stretch off, they should also bring with them all kumite equipment, energy snacks and plently of fluids.

Please note this is a closed grading and only family and friends of those attempting grades or anyone given special permission is allowed to watch. For those family and friends who are attending, your support is very welcome but please could we ask that all observers are respectful to others - particularly those grading, and that all phones are set to silent.

Central England Championships 1st July 2018 - Results

Congratulations to all our tournament kata squad teams who competed at the Central England Championships in Worcester on Sunday 1st July.

In what was a particularly high standard of competitors in really large categories everyone did amazingly well and whether medal winners or not this time we are extremely proud of you all and commend you for getting onto the tatami and giving it a go.

Below are the athletes who achieved medal placings:

Molly Wignall-Smith - Silver - Girls 4th Kyu & below 13-15 yrs individual kata
Brandon Crowther - Bronze - Boys 3rd Kyu & above 13-15 yrs individual kata 
Jordanna Williams - Bronze - Girls 3rd Kyu & above 13-15 yrs individual kata
Lydia Paterson - Bronze - Girls 9 yrs & under individual kata 
Brandon Crowther & Danni Williams - Silver - Pairs kata 13-15 yrs 
Brandon Crowther, Danni Williams & Lauren Welsh - Silver - Team kata 13-15 yrs
Taigen Swinburn, Jordanna Williams & Lauren Welsh - Bronze - 16yrs+ Team kata










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