Club & Assoc’n News

WINTER COURSE at CENTER PARCS –  A great turnout of over 40 Instructors, students & families from all our clubs attended the annual winter course at Penrith. Training was on Sat & Sun, 7.30am to 10.30am with sessions take by Doug James 8th Dan, Darren Longstaff 6th Dan, Mark Heaton 5th Dan.  Next years event is already planned for 17th to 20th January 2020 – further details from Doug James

SAT 8th December – Bethany McLeod Support Fund Presentation in Carlisle.

Chojinkai Karate Members raised a fantastic amount of £2560 for former Newcastle Club Member Bethany McLeod, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in February.

16 year old Bethany has completed a vigorous course of Chemotherapy & is now on a 2 year recovery program & the money raised will go towards a holiday, when she is well enough to enjoy it.

The cheque was presented by Chief Instructor Doug James at the Quarterly Senior Training Course. @ Trinity Leisure Centre.

SAT 17th November -AUTUMN GASSHUKU in Carlisle.

A massive ‘thank you’ to all who attended & helped to raise over 1000 pounds for The Bethany McLeod Support Fund – there is more sponsor money to come in, so well done everyone. A presentation of the final amount will be made at the Senior Course on 8th December & this section will be updated.


This was held at the Wigton Club on 22nd April – 50 members from 4 to 9 years, from Carlisle, Brampton, Wigton & Kendal Clubs entered with Jay Clarkson (Brampton Club, Centre) winning the Champion of Champions Trophy & the 9 years event – Aika Romanis (Carlisle Club, left) won the 6 & under event & Zac Clarkson (Brampton Club right) won the 7/8’s event.  Organiser Mark Heaton 4th Dan (right) was thoroughly pleased with the support & awards were also presented to ‘most improved student’ & these went to Taylor Bowes, Wigton: Harry Kendal, Brampton: Harry Clarkson, Carlisle;


42 Instructors, Students & families attended the Annual Winter Course held at Center Parcs, Penrith from 19th to 22nd January 2018.

22 attended the 2 day course, training 3 hours on Sat & Sun morning, then enjoying the park facilities for rest of the weekend.

4th Dan’s Mark Heaton & Matt Miller conducted the course along with Chief Instructor Doug James 8th Dan.


Great turnout on 13th May @ Carlisle for Spring Gasshuku to mark Doug James’ 50 years in Karate

Over 80 Instructors & Students trained in sessions with Doug James 8th Dan, Darren Longstaff 6th Dan, Mark Heaton 4th Dan & Matt Miller 4th Dan.



September 2015 – Darren Longstaff 5th Dan far left & far right is newly promoted to 1st Dan Josh Wilson

Hexham Chojinkai Karate Club Sept 2015

Neil Gatenby 1st Dan with presents from the members. He is moving job to Edinburgh after 16 years at Hexham Club. We wish him all the very best.

Neil Gatenby farewell present from the clubs

Darren Longstaff, Neil & Stephen Lambert

Darren Longstaff 5th Dan, Neil Gatenby 1st Dan, Stephen Lambert 2nd Dan

Haltwhistle & Hexham Clubs grading April 2015

Junior Grading April 15

Intermediate Grading April 15