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Our First Yondan

posted 15 Oct 2018, 00:00 by Robin Reid

JKS Bradford is very pleased to announce that Robin Sensei has achieved Yondan (4th level black belt), having been examined by Kagawa Sensei, Kanayama Sensei and Alan Sensei. To date, this is the highest grade achieved in the history of the club. Big osu to him. 

Final Figure

posted 12 Nov 2017, 06:19 by Robin Reid

JKS Bradford would like to thank everyone who sponsored us for our recent Punchathon event. The idea was to raise £500 by each person doing one thousand punches in just half an hour. Not only did we complete the challenge with a few minutes to spare but together we managed to raise a total of £835.50! Big OSU to all who participated and to everyone who donated.

Video highlights of the event can be viewed here:

We did it!

posted 18 Oct 2017, 16:05 by Robin Reid   [ updated 18 Oct 2017, 16:06 ]

Today, members of JKS Bradford turned up to do our fundraising Punchathon - 1000 punches in half an hour. With double punches, triple punches and even targeted punches all thrown into the mix, this was a proper challenge. However, not only did we complete it with time to spare but initial estimates suggest that we smashed our £500 goal (exact figure to follow).

Congratulations to Robin, Kirsten, Louis, Deb, Adam, Sidi, Sharaz, Nadia, Harvey and Ayaan for rising so magnificently to the occasion! Thank you to Jacqui and Alison for coming along to support us and for helping out with the videoing. And a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us. OSU!

Congratulations to Adam!

posted 18 Oct 2017, 04:21 by Robin Reid

Adam Hussain has been training with us for about three years, having made the switch from another non-JKS club. I'm pleased to announce that he successfully attained Shodan at the Autumn Seminar. Well done, Adam, keep up the hard work. Osu! 

A Fond Farewell

posted 9 Mar 2017, 14:49 by Robin Reid

On Wednesday we said a final farewell to Paul Sensei. There was a very good turnout for his funeral. Indeed it was standing room only in the crematorium, which gives some indication of how much Paul touched people’s lives. Karateka from near and far were present in good number, including Alan Sensei, Mike Gude Sensei, Richard and Louis, all of whom had travelled some distance to be there. Some former club members (Doreen, Oliver and Moz) came also to pay tribute. And, of course, all the current adult members of the club Robin, Shambu, Louis, Chris, Deb, Sidi, Jacqui and Alison) were present, as well as Sami who managed to get time off school. Even Kagawa Shihan was present in the guise of a letter of condolence, which Alan Sensei presented to Christine and the family.

The ceremony was more of a celebration of Paul’s life than a mourning of his passing. The welcome music was Elbow’s “One Day Like This” and we filed in and stood at the back and round the sides until the entire room was filled to capacity. After a brief introduction from the vicar (Rev Ray Biddiss) and a prayer of hope there was a moving tribute to Paul, a man devoted to his family and especially his wife Christine. As the story goes, they couldn’t stand each other when first they met but as fair fortune had it they met again a year later and just hit it off. Second only to his family was karate. As we all know, Paul loved his karate. Indeed, we were told afterwards that he was lain in the coffin dressed in his karate dogi, his belt properly tied, as overseen by his brother Mark, himself an accomplished martial artist.

After the tribute came a few moments of reflection, accompanied by The Hollies singing “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Then following a prayer of thanksgiving for Paul’s life came the committal. At this point the coffin is usually removed from view. On this occasion, however, it remained for people to come up and pay their own personal tribute. Morecambe and Wise sang their signature song “Bring Me Sunshine” as people began to file towards the coffin or out of the door. The karate fraternity waited to the end and gathered round the coffin and, taking our lead from Alan Sensei, bowed and stood in respectful silence for some minutes. It was a highly emotional experience.

We gathered afterwards at The Royal Oak in Eccleshill where photos of Paul’s life adorned the room. We chatted and drank and nibbled and learned more about Paul’s condition. The cancer in his bowel had spread to his brain and it was that that had proved fatal.

And so the chapter ends but the story continues. Paul will be sorely missed but in JKS Bradford his spirit lives on.


Paul Sensei

posted 27 Feb 2017, 06:23 by Robin Reid

JKS Bradford is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Paul Sensei after a short illness. He complained of being unwell in January and died in the care of Marie Curie on Sunday 26th February 2017. May he rest in peace.

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Not One But TWO

posted 30 Oct 2016, 08:18 by Robin Reid

Major congratulations to both Deb and Sami who today graded  to Shodan at the Autumn Seminar. Big OSU to both of them. This takes the number of Dan grades in Bradford to eight.

It's Back!

posted 6 Oct 2016, 08:48 by Robin Reid

Hurrah! We have finally managed to recover our domain extension. This had been sitting in limbo ever since our previous Webmaster left us. So now you can access the website via, as well as, and Spread the word!

Club Meeting 30th January

posted 27 Jan 2016, 13:40 by Robin Reid

2016 Annual General Meeting Agenda

1. A review of the 2015 JKS Bradford Meeting minutes.

2. Recruitment of new members.

3. Gradings and JKS England events & competitions.

4. Club communication.

5. Attendance.

6. Fund raising. 

7. Sharing club responsibilities.

8. Open forum - any other business.

A New Man

posted 4 Nov 2015, 16:27 by Robin Reid   [ updated 4 Nov 2015, 16:32 ]

Congratulations to Louis San on a successful transition to adulthood, as he celebrates his 18th birthday. Louis, you are a most fine young man and you ought to be proud of yourself. Have an excellent day, a superb year and a successful adult life. 

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