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There is a Open Ken Yu Kai Course on Sunday 25th June 2017 at Droylsden Academy, Manor Rd, Droylsden M43 6QD.  It is open to all grades.  It's £10 each and please bring your licence.


In honour of the victims of the Bombing at Manchester Arena last month, we will be donating half of the profit to Manchester Emergency Fund.  We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Ken Yu Kai has 4 new Dan Grade


On May 21st, after a 2 hour Dan Grade course, followed by the 3½ hour grading, we are pleased to announce Ken Yu Kai have 4 new Dan grades.  Sensei William Pope (Head Squad Coach and Chief Instructor of Langworthy KYK) acheiving his 5th Dan, whilst Aalayah Kennedy (GKKC), Harrison Turner & Phoebe Murphy (both of St Margaret's KYK) all received their Shodan (1st Dan).  There were 7 students taking their assessments at the same time and will be aiming to take their own Dan grades in October 2017. Photos

Great turn out at the Dan Grade Course


A great turn out at the Dan Grade course of Sunday 21st May.  Karateka from many of our different clubs attended to work towards their own Dan grade levels.  Please remember that on achieving your 4th Kyu (purple), it is an expectation that attend a certain number of courses a year in order to progress to your next grade.  Please see your licence for full details. 

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KYK can boast 2 new 9th WUKF European Championships GOLD Medalists from the competition in Romania this week, along with 2 SILVER & 1 BRONZE.  Sensei Ste Surtees (6th Dan - Langworthy club) & Daniel Kinsey (2nd Dan - Eccles club) both received GOLD.  Our Veterans Kumite Team - Sensei Will Pope(4th Dan & Head Squad Coach), Sensei St Surtees (6th Dan) & Keith Leano(1st Kyu), along with Kenneth Leano - won SILVER and Archie Caldwell(1st Kyu) winning Bronze For more details click the image.


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 1 Silver & 2 Bronze at the 15th Edition MALTA OPEN.  Sensei  Michelle Knowles took Elite Squad members to compete at this highly prestigious competion last week.



Up & Coming Monthly Events





Saturday 10th – Failsworth Grading                        

Church of the Holy Family

Lord Lane, Failsworth M35 0QS  

£20 –  up to 4th Kyu

£25 – 3rd Kyu


Sunday 25th – Open Course

Time - tbc

Droylsden Academy                                                  

Manor Rd, Droylsden, Manchester M43 6QD

£10 – course fee



Sunday 23rd July - GKKC host a Kata & Kumite interclub KYK competiton

Wright Robinson Sports Village, Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8RL

Individual entries are £7.50 each, pairs £6 each and Teams £5 each

See your club Sensei for details.


for the rest of the year's events, click here.

Dan Grading - May 21st 2017.  Droylsden Academy


We are pleased to announce that Ken Yu Kai has 4 new Dan Grades.  After a 2 hour course followed by a 3½ hour grading, Sensei William Pope achieved his 5th Dan.  After a gruelling couple of years from being plagued with injuries, Sensei Will has fought hard to make a come back, both competing in European Championships in Romania 2017 and winning a Silver in Kumite with his fellow club mates he achieves his 5th Dan within the same year.   Phoebe Murphy - aged 9 (St Margaret's KYK) competed at the World Karate Championships in June 2016, bringing home the GOLD in the Under 8's female Kata.  Now aged 9, she has achieved her 1st Dan.  Aaliyah Kennedy - aged 13, (GKKC KYK), also competed at the European Championships in Italy in 2016, also achieved her 1st Dan. Harrison Turner - aged 13 (St Margaret's KYK) also achieved his 1st Dan. 


There were also 7 students that took their assessment and are all working towards taking their Dan grades in October 2017; from Langworthy KYK - Keith Leano, Cheryl Leano, Kenneth Leano, Ethan Walsh, Danny Caldwell, Archie Caldwell & Mark Lobete.  From Droylsden KYK - Holly Griffith & Caitlin Buckley.  



 9th WUKF European Championships, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

(7th - 9th April 2017)




 Both Daniel Kinsey  (2nd Dan - Eccles KYK) and Sensei Ste Surtees (6th Dan -  Langworthy KYK) are both new European Champions for 2017.   Sensei Ste  won GOLD in Kumite in the Shobu Sanbon Male Veterans open belt 51yr+ section  and Daniel won GOLD in his Male Mini Cadets Green to Black  13 -14yrs Kata  section.


 The Male Veterans Kumite Team brought home a SILVER medal in their Shobu Sanbon Male Veterans Team Kumite Rotation 36+yrs section.  The team members were Head  Squad Coach Sensei Will Pope(4th Dan - Langworthy), Sensei Ste Surtees(6th Dan - Langworthy) & Keith Leano(1st Kyu - Langworthy).


Kenneth Leano(1st Kyu - Langworthy KYK) can also boast his well earned Silver Medal from his Open Male 11yrs Kata Brown - Black section, along with  Archie Caldwell won a Bronze Medal for Boys Under 8yrs Open Kumite.  


The Elite squad members competing were Head Coach Will Pope (4th Dan - Langworthy), Ste Sutees(8th Dan - Langworthy, Demi Pope(2nd Dan - Langworthy), Daniel Kinsey(2nd Dan - Eccles), Keith Leano(1st Kyu - Langworthy), Archie Caldwell(1st Kyu - Langworthy), Kieran Leano(4th Kyu- Langworthy) & Samantha Kinsey (5th Kyu - Eccles).  Well done to you all - a fantastic performance from everyone.  Also a big thank you to Peter Kinsey(Eccles) & Mark Clarke(2nd Dan - Langworthy) for their continued support throughout the event.


For more info and photos click here

15th Edition Malta Karate Open (31st March - 1st April 2017)




Sensei Michelle Knowles took some of the Elite Squad over to this highly prestigious competition last week. The team of 7 gave a brilliant performance throughout and brought home a SILVER from the Adult Team Kumite Rotation - Sensei Michelle Knowles(2nd Dan - Mossley), Katie Hardman(1st Dan - Mossley) & Jess Maitland(1st Kyu - Mossley), along with Jess Maitland(1st Kyu) also winning an additional TWO BRONZE for her individual Kumite events.


On this occasion we didn't medal in Kata, however, valiant performances from Sensei Michelle Knowles and Katie Hardman both reaching their respective final rounds, narrowly missing out on a medal position, including a 0.1 off a pairs medal were Katie and her partner Elise Proctor(1st Dan).  


The team that competed were; Sensei Michelle Knowles(2nd Dan) Elise Proctor(1st Dan), Katie Hardman(1st Dan), Jess Maitland(1st Kyu) & Brooke Woodward(7th Kyu) all from Mossley KYK, along with Daniel Kinsey(2nd Dan) & Samantha Kinsey(5th Kyu) of Eccles KYK.  Well done to everyone involved and a big thank you to Peter again for his continued support through the event. 


For more info and photos click here

Ken Yu Kai's 36th National Championships 


At our very own Ken Yu Kai's 36th National Championships on 6th November 2016; saw plenty of medals as 8 of our clubs battled for the supreme shield.  It was the most competitive year yet, as it was a narrow margin between the 3 clubs receiving the most medals.  This years accolade went to Langworthy Ken Yu Kai with the impressive majority winners.




European Championships 11th - 16th October 2016     


GREAT NEWS.... 1 GOLD, 1 SILVER & 1 BRONZE at the European Championships.


Huge congratulations to our medal winners and Elite Squad members for competing and the European Karate Championships in Montichiari, Italy this week... Everyone worked really hard and did Ken Yu Kai very proud.


Massive Congratulations to our medal winners:-

GOLD - Samantha Kinsey (5th Kyu - Eccles KYK) in the 6yrs - 8yrs 5th Kyu + category.


SILVER - SENSEI STE SURTEES (6th Dan - Langworthy KYK) in the Veterans 51yrs - 55yrs 


BRONZE - Lucy Lowe (4th Kyu - GKKC KYK_ in the 6yrs - 8yrs 5th Kyu + category.

We also had competitors reaching 4th place positions - Daniel Kinsey & Keith Leano both in Kata.  


It's was an amazing competition, against the Elite within Europe.  All our competitors performed their best and gained invaluable experience to carry them forward in their karateka careers. Well done everyone.  For more photos of the event, please click here.



Our Ken Yu Kai Elite Squad

Back Row: Sensei Will Pope(4th Dan, Head Squad Coach,

Keith Leano(1st Kyu - Langworthy), Daniel Kinsey(2nd Dan - Eccles),

Sensei Ste Surtees(6th Dan - Langworthy),

Sensei Deborah Jones(4th Dan - Squad Coach)

Middle Row - Aaliyah Kennedy(1st Kyu - GKKC),

Farren McKorrisken(1st Kyu - GKKC),

Ellie Knight(4th Kyu - GKKC), Demi Pope(2nd Dan - Langworthy).

Front Row - Kieran Leano(6th Kyu - Langworthy), Lucy Lowe(4th Kyu - GKKC),

Samantha Kinsey(5th Kyu - Eccles),

Madison Williams(4th Kyu - GKKC), Kenneth Leano(1st Kyu - Langworthy). 

Samantha Kinsey - GOLD & European Champion 

of Under 8's Kata

Lucy Lowe - BRONZE Medallist of Under 8's Kata


Sensei Ste Surtees - SILVER Medallist of Veteran 51+ years


Ken Yu Kai can boast 9 new Dan grades.  


Dan Grading - 23rd October 2016

At the recent Dan grading, Seven Ken Yu Kai students successfully achieved their Shodan grade, with 2 other receiving their Needan.  Alongside them, five students also successfully took their Pre-Dan Assessement.  After a 2 hour course earlier that morning, Sensei Terry Pottage(8th Dan & Chief Instructor of Ken Yu Kai), presented 4 students their Shodan certificates, having achieved their grades last year.


New Dan Grades - 23rd October 2016

Back Row: Sensei Kath Perry(4th Dan - Chief Instructor at St Margarets's & Blackley KYK), Sensei Chris Baker(5th Dan - Chief Instructor at Prestwich KYK), Martin Sherman(1st Dan - Prestwich), Stanley Buchanan(1st Dan - Mossley, Sensei Terry Pottage(8th Dan & Chief Instructor of Ken Yu Kai), Sensei Ricky Birchall(7th Dan - Chief Instructor at Eccles KYK), Sensei Barrie Renton(7th Dan - Instructor at KYK), Sensei WIlliam Pope(4th Dan - Chief Instructor at Langworthy KYK).

Dan Grades Receiving their Shodan Certificates from October 2015

Sensei Chris Baker(5th Dan - Chief Instructor at Prestwich KYK,  Sensei Ricky Birchall(7th Dan - Chief Instructor at Eccles KYK), Louisa Murphy(1st Dan - St Margaret's & Blackley), Lisa Park(1st Dan - Eccles), Sensei Terry Pottage(8th Dan & Chief Instructor of Ken Yu Kai), Josh Perry(1st Dan - St Margarets & Blackley), Andrew Edwards(1st Dan Droylsden), Sensei Barrie Renton(7th Dan - Instructor at KYK), Sensei WIlliam Pope(4th Dan - Chief Instructor at Langworthy KYK).

All New Dan Grades and Assessment Students - from October 2016

Back Row: Sensei Kath Perry(4th Dan - Chief Instructor at St Margarets's & Blackley KYK), Sensei Chris Baker(5th Dan - Chief Instructor at Prestwich KYK), Martin Sherman(1st Dan - Prestwich), Stanley Buchanan(1st Dan - Mossley, Sensei Terry Pottage(8th Dan & Chief Instructor of Ken Yu Kai), Sensei Ricky Birchall(7th Dan - Chief Instructor at Eccles), Sensei Barrie Renton(7th Dan - Instructor at Ken Yu Kai), Sensei WIlliam Pope(4th Dan - Chief Instructor at Langworthy KYK)


Front Row: Hannah Dampster(1st Dan - Langworthy), Hollie Frith(2nd Dan - Broughton), Harrison Turner(1st Kyu - St Margaret's) Katie Hardman(1st Dan - Mossley), Phoebe Murphy(1st Kyu -  St Margaret's), Nathan Durkin(1st Dan - Failsworth), Nathan French (1st Dan - Prestwich), Jake McIntyre(2nd Dan - GKKC), Lexi Sahadeo(1st Dan - GKKC), Aaliyah Kennedy(1st Kyu - GKKC, Farren McCorrisken(1st Kyu - GKKC).

Dan Grades Also Receiving their Shodan Certificates (from May 2015 & Oct 2016)

Kiah Padley(2nd Dan - Droylsden), Jasmine Padley(1st Dan - Droylsden),  Sensei Terry Pottage(8th Dan & Chief Instructor of Ken Yu Kai), Chris Warr(1st Dan - Droylsden), Andrew Edwards(1st Dan - Droylsden).



2 GOLD & 1 SILVER.  

A very highly prestigious competition with 2,285 competitors, from 75 different federations and many different countries including Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Romania, Israel, USA, Russia, Malaysia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales but to name a few.

Please click here to see a video of our time in Dublin


GOLD - PHOEBE MURPHY(1st Kyu - St Margaret's) won in the UNDER 8s 3rd KYU & ABOVE


SILVER - SAMANTHA KINSEY(5th Kyu) won in the UNDER 8s 3rd KYU & ABOVE




GOLD - Phoebe Murphy(1st Kyu - St Margaret's) (on right)

SILVER - Samantha Kinsey(5th Kyu - Eccles) (on left)

Both 6-8ys 5th Kyu+ girls KATA

Ken Yu Kai Elite Squad

WUKF World Karate Championships

Dublin 2016

Back Row: Peter Kinsey(Coach), Michelle Knowles(2nd Dan - Competitor), Dave Clarke(5th Dan - Competitor), Will Pope(4th Dan - Head Squad Coach & Competitor), Sensei Terry Pottage(8th Dan - Chief Instructor of Ken Yu Kai), Kath Perry(4th Dan - Coach), Deborah Jones(4th Dan - Competitor), Ste Surtees(6th Dan - Competitor).

Middle Row: Keith Leano((2nd Kyu - Competitor), Farren McCorrisken(1st Kyu - Competitor), Demi Pope(2nd Dan - Competitor), Ellie Knight(4th Kyu - Competitor), Jake McIntyre(1st Dan - Competitor), Katie Harman(1st Kyu - Competitor), Elise Proctor(1st Dan - Competitor), Simone Anderson(1st Dan - Competitor), Kiah Padley(2nd Dan - Competitor), Daniel Kinsey(2nd Dan - Competitor), Kenneth Leano(2nd Kyu - Competitor).

Front Row: Brooke Woodward(Mascot), Dylan Robinson(6th Kyu - Competitor), Madison Williams(4th Kyu - Competitor), Samantha Kinsey(5th Kyu - Competitor), Phoebe Murphy(1st Kyu - Competitor), Jasmine Padley(1st Dan - Competitor), Nathan French(1st Kyu - Competitor), Georgia Murphy(1st Dan - Competitor).



GOLD - Ste Surtees(6th Dan - Langworthy)

Veterans 50+ Open Kumite


Ken Yu Kai at the WUKF World Karate Championships 2016 in Dublin.  This was the largest team we have ever taken to an International competition.  With 22 competitors, we came away with 2 Golds,1 Silver and number of 10 placements.  Well done to all Elite Squad, you did Ken Yu Kai very proud.

Ken Yu Kai Publicity Video

For more photographs of the grading, please visit our Failsworth & Droylsden Club photos page

Members, if you have any photos or videos of either clubs or Squad events and comps that you think would be suitable for the website, please email them to or speak to Sensei Terry Pottage