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Training and Grading with Sensei Frank Brennan, 8th Dan

Sunday 19th May 2024

Our first grading of the year will take place on Sunday 19th May at Ashington Leisure Centre with Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan).

Times (subject to change):
10:30am-11:45am (training for brown and black belts)
12:00pm-1:00pm (pre-grading training)
1.30pm onwards (grading)

£25 - training and grading
£10 - training only

Saturday 27th April 10:00am - 6:00pm              KUGB National Championships

David Ross Sports Village Beeston Lane, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey, Nottingham

Saturday 9th March 10:30am - 3:30pm             KUGB Liverpool Youth Championships 

FireFit Youth and Community Hub 115 Upper Warwick Street, Princes Park, Liverpool

Sunday 6th October 10:00am - 5:00pm              KUGB Northern Regions Championships

CitySpace Building Chester Road, Millfield, Sunderland

Saturday 9th November 10:00am - 6:00pm      KUGB National Student & Youth Championships

Venue TBC

Sunday 17th November 10:30am - 4:00pm         KUGB free brown & black belt course and dan grading

CitySpace Building Chester Road, Millfield, Sunderland

Sensei Gary Harford


Sensei Garry Harford (8th Dan) is a full-time instructor as well as a Dan and Kyu Grading Examiner. Garry has represented the KUGB for many years as a judge and referee for National and International competitions. Sensei Harford’s achievements include 1st place in Kata and Kumite in the Shotokan Cup and EKB All Styles Kumite Champion in 1987, being member of the the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) team that won the EKB Championship in 1985-88 inclusive, but the highlight of his career was being a member of the team that won the 1990 World Shotokan Championships held in Sunderland.


Sensei Harford is an excellent instructor and a member of KUGB's Technical Committee and we are happy to have him as one of our Grading Examiners.

Sensei Frank Brennan

Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) is a renowned instructor, both Nationally and Internationally. Sensei Brennan is coach to the KUGB National Squad and is proud to have produced many Junior European and World Champions, after his own competition career saw him winning both senior Kata and Kumite events to become Grand Champion of Europe no less than four times.


Sensei Brennan is a member of the KUGB's Technical Committee and we are happy to have him as one of our Grading Examiners.

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