Updated – 28th December 2020

1st Dan Grading

Due to my absence late in the year due to Covid Isolations, we had been preparing Ben Barley who joined in August for his 1st Dan grading. Video and lots of messages had been exchanged during lockdowns and isolations to prepare him ready for the grading. There was also much for me to think of, to adapt the grading slightly due to restrictions and after the grading I was pleased with the substitutes used to ensure Ben was challenged.

Again the grading was different with just 1 student grading so keeping atmosphere and motivation was key with no one to drive Ben onwards at his side. As usual Ben was asked to provide an essay which can be read here and also teach a class, all completed prior to the grading. The grading itself took around 2hrs 30mins with Ben completing all the techniques from the 1st Dan Syllabus and also some from previous syllabi. Ben was also asked many questions along the way to test his knowledge and performed all the Kata for the grade and some performed multiple times.

A well deserved pass and we look forward to how Ben develops in the future at JSKD.

Kyu Gradings

On the 19th December we held our first Kyu grading of the year at hamsteels, it was a strange grading with small groups spread over 5 hours which would under normal circumstances take us 2-3 hours to complete. Everyone performed briliantly well and I was particularly pleased with them and also their instructors for having them ready after a stop start year. We look forward to hopefully grading everyone who missed out over the first 3 month of 2021.

Open for under 18s only

Due to Covid Tier 3 restrictions we are open again to just under 18s with limited spaces. Any Tier changes will of course change the retsrictions and we will update when we know more.

Lockdown 2

Here we are again closing the clubs due to another lockdown, please keep an eye on facebook and emails whilst we work on training modules and maybe online training.  Please keep training you have all done so well.

New Club opening in Darlington

We are excited to announce we have a new club opening in Dalrington at Whessoe Parish Hall on Thursdays 5:30 – 6:15pm and 6:30 – 7:15, with extra classes to be added based on interest starting on the 1st October.  The classes will be ran by Sensei Jon Barley and Sensei David Pounds

New Prices

We have reviewed our prices this year after the prices have not changed since 2007 when the club opened.  We still believe our prices are very reasonable.  The new prices come into effect from 1st March 2020.

Lesson Prices

15 Years and below – £3

16 Years + – £3.50

Membership – £25 includes free Karate Suit

Membership  Renewal – £15

Other change

Little Tigers Striped Belt Gradings – £10

Iain Abernethy Seminar 2020

JSKD hosted a Seminar with Iain Abernethy on the 1st February 2020 at Belmont School.  The theme was Tekki Kata and which looked at a flow drill which covered the whole Kata.  In the second part the methods of the drill were put into live practice.  Thanks all for the great attendance and we are looking forward to the next one on the 19th September, start booking now! To reserve your ticket please get in touch via email

Little Tiger Mascot

Our little tiger mascot after a few month of great suggestion from parents and students finally has a name.  Kiyoshi which translates as a male Japanese name for Pure in keeping with club name Junsui which also means Pure.