York Karate celebrate success at the last grading course of the year

York Karate spent the day celebrating a successful year with the final grading course of the year. The course was held at Fulford Secondary school with over 140 members grading and training throughout the day. The course was taken by Sensei Matt Price, 6th dan and JKS England Head Coach.

The little Dragons class

The main class

Before the gradings took place, York Karate Instructor, Simon Flint, announced who would claim Student of the Year for 2019. The winner was Lorraine Kay. Simon explained his decision, stating that 'Lorraine demonstrates all of the character traits you hope to see in a student: Commitment, dedication, hard-work, enthusiasm and above all a love and enjoyment of karate'. Lorraine demonstrates that age is no barrier for karate training, as the oldest member of the club.

Lorraine receiving the shield from last year's winner, Finlay Roe, and York Instructor Simon Flint

The Welfare Committee also made an announcement, confirming that they were able to donate £250 of the funds raised throughout the year to the local charity Candlelighters. The cheque was received by Harry Hardcastle, and his father Keith, on behalf of the charity. Keith, the deputy-chairman for the charity, explained how Harry had suffered with cancer when he was only three years old and how Candlelighters had been a huge help to Harry and the whole family.

Harry, and his father Keith, receiving the cheque from the Welfare Committee secretary, Dawn.

The gradings went very well and there were some very happy faces at the end of the day. 123 passed their exams and 5 received temporary passes. Thank you to Matt Sensei, and his wife Zoe, for running the course. It was a great day!