Today we welcomed back Sensei Garry Harford 8th Dan KUGB to York Elite. Sensei Harford started the day with an inspirational class for Dan Grades and 1st Kyus. The 2 hour morning class was challenging and full of technical detail working on all aspects of karate - kihon, kata and kumite with a masterclass on Meikyo for Dan Grades and Bassai Dai for 1st Kyus thrown in for good measure.

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After a short break, Sensei Harford then took a training class for our Kyu Grade students before grading 29 of our students. Sensei Harford commented on how pleased he was with the improvement in a number of students and in particular the general attitude and focus in both training and grading.

Thanks from all at York Elite to Sensei Harford for a great day and congratulations to the following karate-ka for passing their grading:

9th Kyu - Sadie Heslop; Willem Sadler; Chandler Walsh;

8th Kyu - Nakeisha Espina; Carlos Odell; Tommy Power;

7th Kyu - Joe Heslop; Chris Power; Amina Semic; John Sharpe;

6th Kyu - Suzanne Greening; Oliver Arnold; Daniel Crabtree; Linda Dawson; Sharon Harrison; Lucy Heslop; Tarik Semic; Arthur Sharpe; Mia Spall;

5th Kyu - Aaron Clements; Isabelle Marron; Esme Sharpe;

4th Kyu - Grace Kerr; Maia Leites;

3rd Kyu - Isla Cordes;

2nd Kyu - Nathaniel Clements; Cai Jackson;

1st Kyu - John Dawson and Mark Grayson.

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Training and Grading with Sensei Brennan 14th June 2015

On Sunday 14th June 2015 we had a special training class for senior grades followed by grading for Kyu Grades with Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan KUGB. It was a great day all round and we're very grateful to Sensei Brennan for his time and the level of teaching. The Senior Class in particular was very intense working on form, technique, speed and power and everyone who attended commented on the excellence of the class.

Congratulation to everyone who graded in the kyu grade examinations: Eliza Hutchinson, Nakeisha Espina, Siena Mark, Chris Power, John Sharpe, Tommy Power, Carlos Odell, Jenny Fell, Amina Semic, Daniel Crabtree, Suzanne Greening, Lucy Heslop, Arthur Sharpe, Mia Spall, Oliver Arnold, Linda Dawson, Sharon Harrison, Tarik Semic, Finley Ensor, Isabelle Marron, Esme Sharpe, Henry Leites, Maia Leites, Toby Holliday, Aasiyah Surve, Grace Kerr, Jocelin Leites, Charlie Hutchinson, Sophie Fowler, and Mark Grayson.

We look forward to welcoming Sensei Brennan back to the dojo soon.

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On Sunday 22nd March we welcomed back a regular visitor in Sensei Garry Harford, 7th Dan, for our Club Grading. Sensei Harford was his usual inspirational self with a great training session in the morning for our Senior Grades in which he focussed on basic technique executed at a high level.

Training for our Kyu Grades started at 1pm followed by an intense grading for 43 York Elite Members. Everyone performed fantastically well on the day especially our most junior grades with 5 of our white belts advancing two grades to red belt; a great achievement and recognition for all of their hard training this year.

We'd like to extend our thanks to Sensei Harford again for a great day and look forward to seeing him later in the year.

The Karate-ka who graded were: Daniel Crabtree, Evren Erimhan, Jenny Fell, Suzanne Greening, Lucy Heslop, Amina Semic, Arthur Sharpe, Mia Spall, Oliver Arnold, Linda Dawson, Clementine Ensor, Ibraheem Hadrami, Sharon Harrison, Joe Heslop, Sajid Osman, Soheil Osman, Caroline Poels, Tarik Semic, Finley Ensor, Idris Hadrami, Isabelle Marron, Esme Sharpe, Aaron Clements, Toby Holliday, Maia Leites, Jocelin Leites, Isla Cordes, Max Fentiman, Jake Buckton, Nathaniel Clements, Cai Jackson, Ben Wedge, Sophie Fowler, Mark Grayson, Gracie Kilner, Mason Kilner, Matthew Poels, Daniel Cordes, Joshua Dagwell, Hugh Fowler, Thomas Howell, Charlotte Lines, Attila Rejto.

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On Sunday 14th December we had another great and innovative senior grade class from Sensei Holdsworth and Sensei Nicholson focussing on form and technique for Dan Grading. This was followed by training and grading for 45 of our Kyu Grades who all performed extremely well.

We were especially pleased that a number of our students managed to get rid of previous temporary grades achieving full passes this time around showing the progress they have made through training hard in the last few months. Keep up the good work! Special congratulations also go to Isabelle and Esme who double graded to 8th Kyu. The full results are:

9th Kyu - Oliver Arnold, Annaix Boshoff, Linda Dawson, Clementine Ensor, Ibraheem Hadrami, Sharon Harrison, Joe Heslop, Sajid Osman, Soheil Osman, Caroline Poels, Tarik Semic

8th Kyu - Finley Ensor, Idris Hadrami, Isabelle Marron, Esme Sharpe

7th Kyu - Toby Holliday, Kathryn Kerr, Henry Leites, Maia Leites, William Lightfoot

6th Kyu - Cieran Hallam, Grace Kerr, Jocelin Leites, Freddie Lightfoot, Elissia Steenson, Aasiyah Surve

4th Kyu - Jake Buckton, Nathaniel Clements, Cai Jackson, Rachel Poels

3rd Kyu - Sophie Fowler, Mark Grayson, Charlie Hutchinson, Gracie Kilner, Mason Kilner

2nd Kyu - Joshue Dagwell, Hugh Fowler, Thomas Howell, Attila Rejto

1st Kyu - Ellie Blundell, Dominic Dawson, John Dawson, Charlotte Lines, Constantino Odell, Eleanor Poels

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On Sunday 21st September 2014 we had another great class for a small but enthusiastic number of our Senior Grades from Sensei Garry Harford. Concentrating on basics from the Dan Grade syllabus, Sensei Harford treated us to another masterclass. For those members who missed the class, you missed a treat!

The class was followed by a training and grading for 31 of our Kyu Grades. The standard on display was excellent and Sensei McCartney made a point of congratulating everyone who graded on their attitude, focus, respect and the overall etiquette shown throughout the day saying "this is the best grading class I've seen in many years for the attitude shown".

Congratulations to the following Karateka who have progressed onto their next grade: Finley Ensor, Idris Hadrami, Toby Holliday, Maia Leites, Henry Leites, Edward Nussey-Waite, Aaron Clements, Cieran Hallam, Jocelin Leites, Freddie Lightfoot, Lorien Lightfoot, Elissia Steenson, Aasiyah Surve, Jake Buckton, Nathaniel Clements, Isla Cordes, Cai Jackson, Rachel Poels, Dave White, Sophie Fowler, Mark Grayson, Charlie Hutchinson, Gracie Kilner, Mason Kilner, High Fowler, Thomas Howell, Matthew Poels, Ellie Blundell, Dominic Dawson, John Dawson and Eleanor Poels.

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