Academy students secure medals at Sheffield tournament

Kenshinkan Karate Academy medal winners. (S)
Kenshinkan Karate Academy medal winners. (S)

Kenshinkan Karate Academy recently took several competitors to the fourth South Yorkshire Open Championships, a large, all-styles Karate competition sanctioned by the English Karate Federation, the sport’s national governing body.

Everyone performed brilliantly, and the following students won well-earned bronze medals: Jacob Aldore (Team Kumite), Kasia Klepajczuk (Individual Kata and Team Kumite), John Longstaffe (Individual Kata), Emma Makin (Individual Kumite and Team Kumite), and Finley Pickard (Team Kumite).

At the Shindo Kai Karate Association National Kata Championships, Frank Nielsen earned a deserved bronze medal in the Adult Brown Belt Individual Kata section, whilst Damian Howden gained silver in the Adult Black Belt Individual Kata section.

Kenshinkan also recently had another successful grading, with students being put through their paces for three hours, having to display spirit, determination and technical ability in the three areas of Kihon (basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting).

The following students passed their gradings – 9th Kyu Red Tab: Jack Hanson and James Hanson; 6th Kyu Green Belt: Emma Blunstone, Lisa Milnes, Max Milnes and Thomas Swannie; 3rd Kyu Brown Belt: Megan Haneskog, Kasia Klepajczuk, Thomas Nielsen, Finley Pickard and JB Pickard; 2nd Kyu Brown Belt: Jacob Aldore, Jude Aldore, Emma Makin and Nolly Pickard.

Kenshinkan Chief Instructor Damian Howden was also awarded the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt after a special grading in front of a panel of the top instructors of the Shindo Kai Karate Association.

Kenshinkan Karate Academy has locations in Darley and Harrogate, and will start new classes this month, including a ‘Karate Kidz’ class for children aged three to six in Darley.

For further details call Damian on 01423 780490 or visit the club website at