November 2019


well done to this months club student of the month 

Ava Harrison 

village gym 

Grandad Achieves 2nd Black Belt after 45 years 

Grandad finally achieves his 2nd black belt!

At the grand old age of 65 years Sensei Dave Fraser, a proud grandfather achieved his 2nd Dan black belt last weekend at Ken Shu Dojo in Victoria Lane, Whitefield under the guidance of Renshi Daz Barber and Shihan Ken Makin.It was back in 1975 that he passed his first black belt.

Dave started his Karate Career in 1972 and worked his way through the ranks under his well-respected Sensei Dave Jones. For his 1st Dan blackbelt his grade panel consisted of Sensei Roy Stanhope, Sensei Peter Constaindine and Sensei Stan Knighton of the then Shukokai Karate Union (SKU), he trained and competed successfully in many competitions. 

Last weekend, over 2 days and 11 hours he proudly stood in front of a very esteemed panel which consisted of the two 6th Dan’s above with over 70 years of experience between them along with Sensei James Coletrup 4th dan, Sensei Brad Kay 2nd dan who have a combined experience of over 35 years. The other three who graded along with Dave, Dylan, Becks and Beth have a combined age that is still 20 years less than his 65 years. And yet he remains thankful to them for their encouragement and support. 

“When I was told I passed my 2nd Dan grading the relief swept over me. I became emotional knowing that over 45 years later I succeeded in passing. I could not believe it. I respected the fact that they supported a geriatric (in age, not in mind) and could see I could do it.”

Renshi Barber asked him if there were any differences between this and his previous gradings. He replied: “To gain a black belt at KSD was harder and more demanding than back in the ’70s”.


Shigeru Kimura (back left) Sensei Dave Fraser (Bottom row, 3rd from left) 1970’s

He clearly has a love for the sport. Karate was different in those days, none of this namby-pamby stuff you see on YouTube. We were taught to win and win hard. Blood and glory were often the remit to succeed in those days. The SKU was a force to be reckoned with. I had the opportunity and pleasure to train under the founder of modern Shukokai Karate Soke Shigeru Kimura 10th Dan who sadly passed in 1995. The training was special never to be repeated,


Talking of his passion for Karate today, Dave explains;

“I believe that all children today would benefit from Karate and the respect, the strength of character, fitness and discipline it instils. We see it with children of all backgrounds, who all come together to study the art of Karate, they become part of the Karate family and work their way through the ranks.”

“I came back to train at KSD karate in Whitefield over 7 years ago. The club instils the traditional style of Shigeru Kimura and continues to be a strength, not only producing world champions but has traditional beliefs without the politics and money factory approach most “karate” clubs to have these days. Honestly, I look at the classes here and see the family that has been created from the new students at the back to the black belts. The respect for each other and the style is second to none.”

Will dave continue on his karate journey?

“Well, after a hot bath and a glass of Rioja and a week of recovery training I will see, I would love to continue and gain my 3rd Dan but that is another minimum 3 years away.”

“I implore anyone to take up traditional Karate, for your mind body and soul, You’re never too young or old. My grandchildren and children are so proud of me, I hope they pick up a little some of what I have achieved.”

KSD Karate, 12a Victoria Lane, Whitefield, M45 6BL, http://ksdkarate.club/ 




always the pinicle of the ken shu dojo it was Black Belt grade weekend 

Over 2 days and 10 hours , working the whole syllabus plus 30 rounds of kumite we're pleased to announce 3 rank promotions and one new black belt 

3rd Dan - Rebbeca Page 

2 nd Dan - David Fraser & Bethany Castle 

1st Dan Dylan Kenyon 


The Ken Shu Dojo 4th In house compertition 

This compertion saw our largest entry of competitors to date with many a novice competing 

The Ken Shu Dojo squad was in attendance also but we kept them sperate 

as usual we have 3 sections to our comps  , Kihon flow drill , Kata and Kumite 

we had , Little Warriors , Super Samurias , Cadets , Senior Cadets and Seniors 

Each catagory having one over all sectional winner 

The Winner of the Little Warriors  Zac Mullen

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, Super Samurai Ava Harrison ,

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Cadets Jack Symons ,

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Senior Cadets Olivia Holden ,

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Seniors Rebecca Page 


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The over all Ken Shu Dojo 2019 Grand Champion 

Olivia Holden 

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Kyu Grading 

Well done to the following members who graded 

9th Kyu - Anna Anotai

8th Kyu - Adam Popadic , Hubert Karmoski, leo sachro

7th kyu , andy peers  , noah peers , hannah peers , liam peers , jasper anderson , oliver hindle assesment  , ryan hindle assesment  , Dan Derbyshire , christian cullen  

6th kyu Louis Hannah 

3rd kyu Nathan Fryer 

1st kyu Logan Harrison , Ava Harrison 



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