Steven Beresford – 6th Dan
During his martial arts Career he has attended courses throughout the country and competed in competitions at all levels and also represented the WUMA British Open Squad.
Sean Smith, his instructor was a massive influence on his martial arts career and Steven’s aim is to carry on the high standard taught and pass on the knowledge passed on to him.
Steven takes great pride watching his students representing the club in competition and looks forward to future success.
His proudest moments are grading his first student through to 1st Dan, Nathan Haywood in January 2014 and first student from white belt to black belt Katie Strangward in February 2016. Another proud moment in July 2017 seeing Aaron Lloyd from White to Black belt becoming the youngest at the age of 13 this record was surpassed by Rachel Osbaldestin in 2019 passing Black Belt at the age of 11.
Another proud moment in 2016 was the opening of a new club ran by Kim Hedley at Hamsteels Community Centre taking JSKD further afield to more students. This has led to further clubs been opened in West Rainton, Willington and Kirk Merrington and when all come together the standard has been maintained and hopes for further growth further afield.
Sensei Steven is looking forward to the future of the club at Belmont Community School and feels the venue in the Sports Hall will provide the club with the building blocks to grow further and reach much more students with the art of Shotokan Karate.
Steven is DBS registered and also holds the Martial Arts Instructor Training Level 1 qualification.
Instructors - 2nd Dan
Katie decided a couple of years ago she wanted to do a martial art, to improve her fitness levels, and decided upon Karate. She spent a few weeks trying out different clubs in the Durham area before deciding on this Junsui Shotokan Karate Do. She had already tried out two other clubs before coming along to a trial lesson at this one (as she wanted to make sure she picked the right one) and she immediately felt the Sensei at this Club was professional and had a really good balance between the required discipline in the lessons for this sport and the personal encouragement he gives to develop his students. She didn’t know anyone else at the Club but when she went in she was made to feel really welcome by everyone and have very quickly made lots of new friends.
About a year after joining, She volunteered to start helping Sensei with the training of the ‘Little Tigers’ junior class. “I have thoroughly enjoyed this as I have not only been able to help develop their new Karate skills but I have also developed completely new skills of my own in teaching; all of this helps towards my target of becoming a black belt, too. I should also point out that another added bonus to all of this is that I am now much fitter – I can actually do press-ups now!
So, what I’d say is, if you are considering joining a martial arts club or thinking about any new physical activity, I’d encourage you to come along to our Club and give it a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!”
Katie is the first student to attain 1st Dan and 2nd Dan Black Belt from white belt under Sensei Steven Beresford.
Katie is DBS registered and also holds the Martial Arts Instructor Training Level 2 qualification.
Instructors - 1st Dan
“The first two lessons were free, so it was well worth a shot. Everyone was really friendly and helpful at the club, which was very welcoming. Two years on and I’ve never looked back.”
Charlotte is now a qualified assistant instructor and helps run the Hamsteels branch of JSKD.
“This is something I never would have thought when I started in 2015. I definitely wouldn’t have thought about karate if it hadn’t been for my Mum, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without Sensei Steven and JSKD. The atmosphere at the club is amazing, and I’ve made some great friends. I really look forward to my future at JSKD.”
Charlotte is DBS registered and also holds the Martial Arts Instructor Training Level 1 qualification.
Rebecca started Karate just to get out of the house and thought she wouldn’t actually like it, but she was wrong.
“I love doing Karate, everyone is nice and when I started Karate I was scared I wasn’t going to fit in and do well. Sensei Kim encouraged me and reassured me I was doing an amazing and each lesson I leave with a smile on my face. This club is like a second family and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Rebecca is working towards the Martial Arts Instructor Training Level 3 qualification.
“I joined Karate because mum asked me if I wanted to join and I said yes, I enjoyed doing it because I did it with my mum. I got student of the day and made lots of new friends. I like teaching because it is fun and you pass your knowledge on to the lower grades.”
James is also a record setter at JSKD becoming the youngest ever to achieve 3rd Kyu and on course to break Rachel’s record for 1st Dan.because mum asked me if I wanted to join and I said yes, I enjoyed doing it because I did it with my mum. I got student of the day and made lots of new friends. I like teaching because it is fun and you pass your knowledge on to the lower grades.”
James is also a record setter at JSKD becoming the youngest ever to achieve 3rd Kyu and on course to break Rachel’s record for 1st Dan.