Successful year for Ashington Karate Club

Ashington Karate Club's 2016 class.
Ashington Karate Club's 2016 class.

Last year was a more than successful one for Ashington Karate Club.

The club’s three England squad members were then all re-selected to the national squad, and there was a new black belt in Tyler Campbell, who successfully graded after travelling to Cowdenbeath in Scotland.

Ashington Karate Club's black belts.

Ashington Karate Club's black belts.

At the KUGB National Championships, Sensei Jill Kelly was presented with a Long Standing Members certificate for being an active member of the KUGB for over 30 years and being the voluntary child protection and welfare officer for the KUGB.

And students Niamh Duddridge and Gemma Gibson were both selected to represent KUGB England in the inaugural EKC Championships.

The club also put on two demonstrations, including one in front of a large audience at The Big Event in Bedlington.

The club’s national students received medals in every competition they entered and finished the year with a first place at the Gateshead Karate Championships, which was a successful competition for the club, where their seven competitors finished with a total of nine placings including four golds.

Duddridge was once again selected to represent the KUG at the World Shotokan Karate-Do Championships in Poland, where she reached the semi-finals.

The club hosted a charity course to raise funds for DEBRA, the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) charity selected by Sensei Jill Kelly.

There was a fantastic turnout and they raised more than £300, which added to that from the rest of the KUGB, made a total of £2,500!

The club thanked the businesses in Ashington and Morpeth who contributed to their Christmas party and presentation evening last month.

All members were presented with a medal for their dedication, hard work and achievements throughout the year.

Special awards were also presented - Best Overall Senior: Niamh Duddridge; Best Overall Junior: Evie Ackroyd; Most Improved Senior: Dylan Gibson; Most Improved Junior: Thomas Davison; Best Overall Attendance: Louis Parsons.

New members are welcome to join the club, which trains on Thursday at the Josephine Butler Academy and Tuesday and Saturday at the new leisure centre in Ashington.

More information can be found at or on the club’s Facebook page.