On Sunday 04th September we were priveledged to host KUGB Chief Instructor Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan for our Club Grading. Sensei Sherry started the day with a two hour masterclass for the Senior Grades sharing his extensive experience and expertise throughout the class. Through demonstrating a deep understanding of each technique, everyone agreed that Sensei Sherry took our karate, whether in kihon or advanced kata (Chinte), to a new level. 

Sensei Sherry also graded a number of our Kyu Grades who had worked hard in training over the summer holidays. Congratulations to the following:

1st Kyu – Rachel Poels
2nd Kyu – Mia Spall, Arthur Sharpe, Oliver Arnold, Toby Holliday
3rd Kyu – Linda Dawson, Sharon Harrison, Finley Ensor, John Sharpe, Chris Power
4th Kyu – Caroline Poels
6th Kyu – Matthew Bunter, Paul Mellish, Tommy Power
7th Kyu - Natalie Mellish
9th Kyu – Keira Sharp, Sarah Salt, Rob Hebditch, Alfie Hebditch, Oliver Clarkson

Many thanks to Sensei Sherry and to our friends from Leeds Shotokan Karate Academy who joined us on the day. We look forward to welcoming Sensei Sherry back to the dojo in the near future.

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We had another sensational day today with Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan KUGB at York Elite. In the morning Sensei Brennan took an intense class for the Senior Grades focussing on good technique, strong body movement and correct form in the kihon basics and kumite combinations. Sensei Brennan then moved on to the related group of katas Jion, Jitte and Jiin (all of which start with the same kamae of the left hand covering the right) proving expert tuition on each.

In the afternoon Sensei Brennan held a training class for all Kyu Grades before grading 34 of our students. We'd like to thank Sensei Brennan for another inspirational day and we look forward to welcoming him back to York Elite in the near future.

Congratulations to the folowing karateka who achieved their next grades:

1st Kyu:- Tom Fynn, Maia Leites

2nd Kyu - Grace Kerr, Isabelle Marron, Esme Sharpe

3rd Kyu - Oliver Arnold, Daniel Crabtree, Suzanne Greening, Lucy Heslop, Tarik Semic, Arthur Sharpe, Mia Spall

4th Kyu - Linda Dawson, Finley Ensor, Sharon Harrison, Joe Heslop, Victoria Howard, Lily Johnson, Henry Leites, Chris Power, Amina Semic, John Sharpe

5th Kyu - Carlos Odell, Caroline Poels

6th Kyu - Clementine Ensor, Sadie Heslop, Chandler Walsh

7th Kyu - Matthew Bunter, Eliza Hutchinson, Lisa Hutchinson, Paul Mellish, Carolina Odell

8th Kyu - Fabiola Martin, Natalie Mellish

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On Friday 15th Jan 2016 we held our Annual Awards Party at the Poppleton Community Centre. With around 100 attendees it was a fantastic evening with great feedback from everyone who attended.

Back by popular demand was Alan Leach and his high tech Speedquiz (www.speedquizzing.com) which as always was great fun with a whole load of challenging questions for young and old alike (and plenty of opportunity for our resident teacher parents to "clarify" a few of the answers....!!!).

After the first two rounds of quizzing we took a break for an awesome buffet prepared by Sarah and Maria, with added extras from some of our parents - many thanks to everyone who contributed.

After the grub we had another two rounds of tightly fought Q&A before the winning team, headed up by our very own Andy Coatesworth emerged victorious. Of more importance however was the intense competition between a group of Dads against their better halves. It was nip and tuck throughout but in the end the Mums (Janis, Jude and Sarah) emerged on top - we never expected anything less, (better luck next year Steve, John and Alex...!).

After the quiz we had our Annual Awards. As a club we had a fantastic year and the Instructors wanted to recognise this through the award of a number of certificates and merit awards (ippon of the year, most memorable moment etc) as well as some more dubious awards (most injury prone, best hair and so on...).

Finally we got down to the serious awards which were:

Most Improved Junior - Tarik Semic

Most Improved Senior - Suzanne Greening

Competitor of the Year - Connor Dunckley

Bushido Award Kyu Grades - Grace Kerr

Bushido Award Dan Grades - Attila Rejto

Karateka of the Year - Sam Blundell

Congratulations to all of our award winners and many thanks to all of our members and especially their families and friends who provide incredible support throughout the year. We're looking forward to a successful 2016 and hope to see you all at next year's Awards Party.  

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On Sunday 20th December 2015 we welcomed back Sensei John Holdsworth 6th Dan KUGB and Sensei Julie Nicholson 6th Dan for our end of year grading and training. In the morning there was a special training class for our Dan Grades and 1st Kyus which concentrated on the Dan Grading Syllabus including detailed execution and application of the advanced Dan Grade Kata Meikyo.

After lunch there was a training class for our Kyu Grades before the afternoon's grading began. We are delighted that the following karateka achieved their next grades:

9th Kyu - Matthew Bunter, Lisa Hutchinson, Paul Mellish, Carolina Odell

8th Kyu - Sophie Didier, Eliza Hutchinson, Chandler Walsh

7th Kyu - Clementine Ensor, Nakeisha Espina, Ibraheem Hadrami, Carlos Odell, Caroline Poels

6th Kyu - Idris Hadrami, Joe Heslop, Chris Power, Amina Semic, John Sharpe

5th Kyu - Oliver Arnold, Daniel Crabtree, Linda Dawson, Finley Ensor, Suzanne Greening, Sharon Harrison, Lucy Heslop, Henry Leites, Tarik Semic, Arthus Sharpe, Mia Spall

4th Kyu - Toby Holliday, Isabelle Marron, Esme Sharpe

3rd Kyu - Grace Kerr, Jocelin Leites, Maia Leites, Rachel Poels

1st Kyu - Charlie Hutchinson

Congratulations to everyone who graded. Sensei Holdsworth also commented on the great attitude of all our members and the quality of the karate on display.

As ever we are hugely gratefull to both Senseis for their time and their exceptional coaching for both the senior and junior classes. We look forward to their next visit (which hopefully will be a bit sooner than Christmas 2016!).

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CU logoYork Elite have been selected as an official Learning Destination for the National Children's University (CU) Scheme. The CU Scheme is aimed at 7 to 14 year olds and it's mission is to help kids find exciting and creative learning activities which they can enjoy and feel proud of their achievements. York Elite provides the ideal environment for children to take part in the scheme through participating in karate training and gradings. 

Currently there are 5 schools engaged with Children's University in York. They are Yearsley Grove, Scarcroft, Carr Junior, Stockton-on-the-Forest and Westfield. Osbaldwick and Derwent Primaries will be joining from September. The scheme is being administered by York Cares who are constantly working with schools, particularly in areas of disadvantage, who they hope will join the passport scheme. From next September they will also be trialing a move to secondary schools. 

Currently children at non-participating schools or home-tutored children are also able to sign up for passports by contacting York Cares either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 01904 323482. CU Passport

Participating Children also get the opportunity to "graduate" at York University once they have attained enough passport stamps. The next Graduation Ceremony is on Wednesday 27th March, 4pm - 6pm at The University of York. This event will see over 50 children from the city graduate with Bronze, Silver or Gold awards depending on the number of hours they've accumulated so far. As a Learning Destination, York Elite have been invited ot this ceremony.

We are delighted to be involved with this initiative as it matches our vision for York Elite as a facility for Children to develop their confidence, their character, and their skills in a fun, safe environment with the opportunity to make new friends and gain new experiences. We encourage everyone to look at the CU Scheme on http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk and give it a go.

For more information contact Niall McCreanor at the dojo.

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