Kyu Grading, Westcliff, June 2016

Very successful grading today (11/6/16) with 19 attempting the grading and all 19 passing. 

An award for “outstanding grading” was given to Oliver Hipperson for showing great effort and attitude, with Sarah Gardiner very close showing her extensive preparation and readiness for the grade. 

All deserve congratulations though as vast improvements have been made across the board. 

Grading results:

• 9th Mon (Red/White belt): 

Abigail Galazka

Ben Wilkins

Ross Ford

• 9th Kyu (Red): 

Charlotte Wilcock

Kelly Gibson

Maria Matthews

Oliver Hipperson

Max Flower

Harry Chandler

George Foley

• 8th Kyu (Orange):

Rachael Wilkins

Terry Ford

Sam Ford

Davis Matthews

• ...

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Jack Petchy Award, June 2016

Congratulations to Amy Marsh on receiving the Jack Petchy Foundation award for “Outstanding Achiever” for her help on Saturday mornings with the Disability Karate classes. She provides invaluable help every week and has helped make a difference in the children’s lives. 

Well Done Amy!  


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Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan Course, Ripon, May 2016

The BSKA hosted Sensei Dave Hazard at the Hombu dojo up in Ripon, and Sensei John Gardiner, Helen Marsh and Amy Marsh made the journey up to train with him and Sensei Ady Gray and our BSKA friends.

Sensei Hazard deliver an excellent course as usual covering Kata Kanku Dai, kihon and kumite.

Next course up in Ripon with Sensei Hazard will be in November.


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ESKF British International Open – London, May 2016

A small squad competed at the ESKF British International Open Championships held in London, with over 18 countries in attendance it was a very large and high standard event. 

The squad came away with two bronze medals in hard fought categories.

Helen Marsh won bronze in women’s Veterans kata and John Gardiner won Bronze in the Mens Kata event.

Amy Marsh and Toby Fane also competed but didn’t manage to place this time. 

John Gardiner was also presented with an award during the opening ...

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AMA Southern Open Championships, Maidstone, Kent- April 10th 2016

The JKG squad were back in action at the AMA Southern Open Karate Championships, the squad of 6 came away with a gold and a bronze medal in this tough competition. With the WUKF World championships fast approaching many of the international competitors used this event as part of their preparation, as did our selected squad members competing in Dublin in June (John Gardiner, Helen Marsh, Megan Marsh and Amy Marsh).

Sebastian Lambert and Tiziana Lawrence couldn’t make it past the ...

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