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Student of the year 2012 - Paul Monigatti     
Student of the year 2013 - Matthew Fletcher
  Student of the year 2014 - Ross Thomson     
Student of the year 2015 - Ross Thomson     

Forthcoming Events  
GKA Course & Grading - 10/12/16 

 

NEWS...

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2/12/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

A very good effort at tonights Kumite and Conditioning school of excellence. The 2hr session focused on: kamae positioning, distance work, attacking style and core strength.

Well done to invited students: Ross Thomson, Lewis Graham, Stephen Passe, Olivia Fail, Aliya Brear and Alan Douglas.

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18/11/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

Good detailed two hour session tonight, at the senior grade kata invitational school of excellence, covering Gojushiho Sho and Enpi.

Well done to invited students: Katie Fitzsimmons, Mads Gabrielsen and Jillian Gabrielsen.

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K.Fitzsimmons, M.Gabrielsen, J.Gabrielsen,

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11/11/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

Very good standard at tonights junior grade kata invitational school of excellence, covering in depth Heian Sandan and Heian Yondan.

Well done to all invited students: Adam Clark, Stephen Passe, Owen Donnelly, Ryan Risby, Alan Douglas and Lucy Brear.

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A.Clark, S.Passe, O.Donnelly, R,Risby, A.Douglas, L.Brear,

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5/11/16 

Dan Grading Success...

Many congratulations to the GKAs Cameron Murray who successfully passed his shodan (black belt) grading examination today in Dunfermline. This makes Cameron the first in the academy to pass a dan grading under the new JKS syllabus. Well done! Oss!

 

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Cameron Murray - 1st Dan

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28/10/16 

GKA Free Dan Grading Preparation Class...

Well done to our 1st Kyu's: Marnie Thomson, Jillian Thom, Cameron Murray, Amit Walkay, Olivia Fail and Aliya Brear, who attended the academys free Dan grade preparation class.

 

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C.Murray, A.Brear, J.Thom, O.Fail, A.Walkay

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24/10/16 

Koji Arimoto Sensei...

World class kata training with the JKS' Koji Arimoto Sensei covering Unsu and Gankaku in the honbu dojo, Dunfermline.

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Marnie Thomson, Arimoto Sensei, Ross Thomson

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23/10/16 

JKS Scotland National Championships 2016...

Congratulations to GKA's Campbell Fletcher who placed 2nd in kata and Katie Fitzsimmons who placed 3rd in kumite at the 2016 JKS Scotland National Championships held in Grangemouth. 

And also to the rest of our squad, many of which were competing for the very first time...very well done! Oss!

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Katie Fitzsimmons - 3rd place
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Owen Donnelly in action during round 2

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17/10/16 

JKS Scotland National Championships 2016 - GKA Selection...

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Congratulations to the GKA members selected to compete in the JKS Scotland National Championships this coming Sunday 23rd in Grangemouth.

 

Josh Cronin

Owen Donnelly

Lewis Patrick

Charlie Hart

Cameron Murray

Olivia Fail

Aliya Brear

Ross Thomson 

Campbell Fletcher

Lewis Graham

Katie Fitzsimmons 

Matthew Fletcher

Ben Fail

With less than one week of hard training left to go, may we wish our squad the very best of luck! Oss!

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16/10/16 

JKS Senior Squad Training...

Great 2hr session today at the JKS senior squad training held in the Honbu Dojo, Dunfermline.

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Ben Fail & Katie Fitzsimmons pictured with the squad

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2/10/16 

2016 SKGB Kumite Championships...

Congratulations to GKA's Ben Fail who placed 3rd in the 2016 Scottish Karate Governing Body National Kumite Championships held in Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh.

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30/9/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

A very demanding session at tonights Kumite and Conditioning school of excellence. The 2hr intensive class focused on: kumite specific plyometrics, closing distance, reaction work and competition control.

An outstanding attitude was shown by all invited students: Katie Fitzsimmons, Ethan Sung, James McCann, Gordon Waddell, Olivia Fail, Ross Thomson, Charlie Hart, Jillian Gabrielsen, Owen Donnelly, Findlay Murray and Adam Clark.

Only 3 weeks left until the JKS National Championships! Please contact Sensei Fail for further information.

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23/9/16 

GKA Free Dan Grading Preparation Class...

Well done to our 1st Kyu's: Marnie Thomson, Cameron Murray, Findlay Murray, Olivia Fail and Aliya Brear, who attended the academys free Dan grade preparation class. The main focus of tonights study was syllabus Kihon. Great effort! Oss!

 


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M.Thomson, C.Murray, F.Murray, O.Fail, A.Brear

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18/9/16 

Luca Valdesi / JKS Junior Squad...

A very busy post grading Sunday for the GKA with; preparation training for the forthcoming JKS National Championships well underway in the dojo, Ross Thomson training with world champion kata legend Luca Valdesi in Clydebank and Olivia Fail travelling to the JKS Honbu dojo in Dunfermline to train on the JKS junior Scotland squad. We are extremely proud of our dedicated, motivated and talented karateka. Oss! 

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Olivia Fail - JKS Honbu Dojo

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Sensei Valdesi & Ross Thomson

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17/9/16 

GKA Kyu Grading Examination...

Many congratulations to the 43 GKA students who successfully passed their grading examinations today in Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. Outstanding effort and attitude displayed by all. Oss!

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GKA Junior Grades
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GKA Senior Grades

The academys next grading will be Saturday 10th December.

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10/9/16 

JKS World Championships 2016...

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The 4th JKS World Championships took place in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow over Friday and Saturday of this weekend. Very well done to all JKS Scotland squad members, some fantastic performances and results!

Also, congratulations to Paul Giannandrea for his absolute professionalism in organising and managing this hugely successful event.

Oss! 

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Ross Thomson, Matsue Sensei, Kagawa Shihan, Kanayama Sensei, Yamaguchi Sensei

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9/9/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

Tremendous attitude by students at the GKA's Kumite and Conditioning invitational school of excellence. The extremely demanding 2hr session focused on controlling distance (maai) and counter timing followed by intense physical conditioning.

With only 6 weeks left until the JKS National Championships, our academy is working very hard in preparation for this prestigious event.

Well done to all invited students: Ethan Sung, Vaughan Hart, Katie Fitzsimmons, Charlie Hart, Olivia Fail, John Murray, Findlay Murray, Luis Angeles, Jillian Gabrielsen and Mads Gabrielsen.

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E.Sung,V.Hart,K.Fitzsimmons,C.Hart,O.Fail,J.Murray,F.Murray,L.Angeles,J.Gabrielsen,M.Gabrielsen

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4/9/16 

JKS Scotland Kumite League...

 Well done to all GKA members who attended the JKS kumite league in the Honbu dojo, Dunfermline.

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3/9/16 

JKS Scotland Elite Squad...

Many congratulations to Ben Fail who was invited to train on the JKS Elite Squad.

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2/9/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

Very good standard by students at the GKA's junior grade kata invitational school of excellence, covering individually and in team format, katas: Heian Shodan/Nidan/Sandan and Tekki Shodan.

Well done to all invited students: Owen Donnelly, Luis Angeles, Trish James, Olivia Fail, Paul Gallagher, Lucy Brear & Claire Gallagher.

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O.Donnelly, L.Angeles, T,James, O.Fail, P.Gallagher, L.Brear, C.Gallagher

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26/8/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

Very technical class tonight at the GKA's senior grade kata invitational school of excellence, covering katas: 5 Heians, Tekki Shodan, Bassai Dai, Junro Shodan & Junro Nidan.

Well done to all invited students: Katie Fitzsimmons, Olivia Fail, Aliya Brear, Jillian Gabrielsen, Cameron Murray & Lewis Graham

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K.Fitzsimmons, O.Fail, A.Brear, J.Gabrielsen, C.Murray, L.Graham

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15/8/16 

Glasgow Karate Academy Affiliated to the Japan Karate Shoto Federation...

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Dear GKA members,

I am writing to inform you that the Glasgow Karate Academy (GKA) is no longer affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB). 

As Chief Instructor, I have made the very difficult decision to take our academy in a different direction. However, this is a decision I firmly believe to be in the best interest of our academy and I have no doubt that it will benefit every one of our members.

As of this day, we are now affiliated the the Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS) and intern are members of the Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB), British Karate Federation (BKF) and the World Karate Federation (WKF).

We now have full access to many JKS and SKGB benefits including: access to the JKS national squad, elite squad and the SKGB all styles karate squad. And many traditional/sport competitions and courses available to our members at local, national and international level.

With the recent news that karate will be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this is a fantastic opportunity for our competitive members to aim for the highest accolade in sport.

There are of course a number of changes to the teaching syllabus and it is therefore very important that all members are training regularly at the academy. 

All updates will be posted regularly on our website and Facebook page.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself.

 

Many thanks for your continued support.


Sensei Ben Fail 


http://www.glasgowkarateacademy.co.uk/

http://www.jksscotland.com/

http://www.skgb.com/

http://britishkaratefederation.co.uk/

http://www.wkf.net/

 

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12/8/16 

Dan Grade Success...

Many congratulations to GKA member and Sensei; Vaughan Hart, who through hard work and diligence successfully passed his Shodan (1st Dan) grading examination at the KUGB Lancaster Summer School course. Oss!

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Sensei Brennan, Vaughan Hart, Sensei Sherry

Also well done to all 17 GKA members who trained on the weeks course.

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GKA Contingent pictured with KUGB senior instructors

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3/8/16 

Training times update...click here

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25/6/16 

****All classes running as normal during the summer holiday period****

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24/6/16 

GKA Invitational School Of Excellence...

Very good atmosphere in the dojo tonight at the GKA's invitational school of excellence, covering in depth katas: Chinte and Kanku Sho.

Well done to all 10 selected students: Chantelle Allan, Paul Monigatti, Matthew Fletcher, Katie Fitzsimmons, Ross Thomson, Campbell Fletcher, Vaughan Hart, Olivia Fail, Marnie Thomson and Aliya Brear. 

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Chinte

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Kanku Sho

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C.Allan, P.Monigatti, M.Fletcher, K.Fitzsimmons, R.Thomson, C.Fletcher, V.Hart, O.Fail, M.Thomson

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18/6/16 

KUGB Scotland Squad Training...

Well done to our national squad today who where put through their paces during 2 hours of Kata followed by 2 hours of Kumite training in Gourock.

GKA Students in attendance were: Chantelle Allan, Katie Fitzsimmons, Paul Monigatti, Matthew Fletcher, Ross Thomson and Campbell Fletcher.

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KUGB Scotland National Squad

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4/6/16 

GKA Kyu Grading Examination with Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan...

Many congratulations to the 40+ GKA students who were successfully graded by Sensei Frank Brennan in our Kirkintilloch dojo.

Our next grading with Sensei Brennan will be Saturday 10th September. 

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Glasgow Karate Academy

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29/5/16 

GKA's Newest Dan Grades...

Congratulations to the following GKA students who successfully passed their Dan grading examinations under Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan, in Manchester. 

  • Lewis Graham - 1st Dan (Shodan)
  • Paul Monigatti - 2nd Dan (Nidan)

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P.Monigatti & L.Graham

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