Ashington SKC News Article

Congratulations to our students who successfully passed their Dan Gradings with Sensei Billy Higgins, 8th Dan, Sensei Frank Brennan, 8th Dan and Sensei Garry Harford, 8th Dan in Sunderland on Sunday 23rd May!
SANDAN (3rd Dan)
Gemma Gibson
NIDAN (2nd Dan)
Denny Shy
SHODAN (1st Dan)
Charlotte Reason
Callum Caldwell
Katie Knox
Georgie Lawrence
This grading was part of the KUGB's first Dan Gradings since March 2020 and some of our club members have been waiting a long time for this well-deserved result!
A message from Sensei Jill:
Well done to all our students who graded yesterday at Whitburn Church of England Academy, especially as it has been a really difficult year. We have trained on Zoom, in business park fields/football ground car parks, and only recently inside in a small hall!
Well done to Gemma passing 3rd Dan, Denny passing 2nd Dan, and Charlotte, Callum, Katie and Georgie passing 1st Dan. We had no failures, but a few referrals for kata only, which means those students passed two thirds of their grading, and just need to improve their katas. Sensei Trish and I can do this, if we get a clear run over the next few months, and no further restrictions to get in our way.
A special mention must be made to Gemma Gibson who passed 3rd Dan. I know she has been training hard all this year, in addition to running her own club with her brother Dylan. A dedicated karateka and we are proud of her!

Gemma Gibson and Denny Shy receiving their licences from Sensei Brennan

Charlotte Reason and Callum Caldwell receiving licences from Sensei Brennan

Katie Knox and Georgie Lawrence receiving their licences from Sensei Brennan

The successful graders with Sensei Jill Kelly and Sensei Trish Bruce