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 - 3rd Dan
Kim became intermediate central region Kata champion in 1984, one of her proudest moments in her life.
In the early years of training Kim was lucky enough to have had instruction from Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Kawasoe. Kim achieved 1st Dan with the KUGB and was graded by Sensei Enoeda.
After many years out, bringing up her family Kim realised how much she missed Karate and decided to join Junsui Shotokan Karate Do. One of the best decisions she has ever made. “The clubs family friendly, all-inclusive ethic and Sensei Steven’s knowledge and training techniques makes it one of the best clubs I have had the pleasure training in.”
Kim states she wants to help instruct, the many talented members of this ever growing club which will be her honour.
Kim on the 20th January 2018 became the first student to be graded 3rd Dan by Sensei Steven Beresford.
Kim opened her own club in October 2016 at Hamsteels Community Centre and could not be prouder of the superb community support the club has received. Sensei Steven enjoy spending time there soaking up the great family and community atmosphere within the club.
Sensei Kim is DBS Registered and also holds the Martial Arts Instructor Training Level 1 qualification.
Instructors - 2nd Dan
“I started my karate journey when I was 12 years old. My club trained at Parkside and Hartside schools, under the KUGB. My instructor was Dougie Glendenning. Over the next 5 years, I took part in numerous competitions and courses. I gained my 1st Dan when I was 17 with Sensei Enoeda. I was lucky to have met him and Sensei Terry O’Neil. Life and work took over and 22 years later I came across JSKD when I was looking for another club for my Son Matthew. Steven, Kim and Jon’s clubs are more disciplined and the high standard reflects on each student. We started back at Parkside, with Sensei Karl Sichert. Who started the club up a year beforehand. It was great to train again with him, Sarah-Jayne and Leah from my old club. It didn’t take long to get back into training. 4 years later in June 2022, I achieved my 2nd Dan. This was one of my proudest moments and one of hardest things I’ve done! A few more of my proudest moments include my 1st Dan and winning 1st in ladies kata in the Newcastle open championships in 1996. My proudest moment to date is watching Matthew progress and follow in my footsteps. Now I just need to get my 11 year old Daughter persuaded! Whether you’re a total beginner or looking to reignite your passion for Shotokan Karate, it’s a great way to keep fit and make new friends.”
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.
Rachel joined JSKD in July 2017, to make new friends and get fit, following a period away from martial arts due to illness. She decided to give karate a try after previously focusing on judo, with the aim of learning something new. She loved it from the start and was really impressed by the professional, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere at the club: “JSKD has really high standards and is great for maintaining a high level of fitness. I particularly like how the club integrates students of all levels and ages, and has a real sense of community and a family-friendly atmosphere”.
Rachel began instructing in April 2021 and, in doing so, found a new aspect of karate she enjoyed: she very much likes teaching students of all ages and seeing them and make progress and enjoy their karate.
Rachel is DBS registered and holds the Martial Arts Instructor Training Level 2 qualification.
“I started Karate when I was 5 years old, I wanted to try something new, so my mam found a karate club called Junsui Shotokan Karate Do and after I done my first session, I thought it was AMAZING, Sensei (Teachers) are nice, everyone is friendly and I personally think that this karate club is the best!” Rachel is setting records at JSKD and is the youngest ever 1st Dan from white belt at JSKD.
“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.
Gabe started just like Zach due to his dad bringing him along. Gabe started also at 4 and followed the little tiger syllabus. Gabe really enjoys classes and also really enjoys taking the warm ups, where he is turning into a bit of a drill sergeant. Watch out if Gabe is on warm ups! He also really enjoys teaching the new little tigers particularly teaching them kata.
“I started learning karate at Jun Sui after my cousin told me how good it was I’ve been studying now for a couple of years and I love it. The club is really friendly and the senseis are great.
I really enjoy being a cadet leader as I get to pass on the skills and knowledge I have been taught to the younger members of the club.
As well as my karate, ‘m also developing leadership skills along the way. “
Cadet Leaders - Hamsteels
Lucy joined karate when she was 10 because she thought it would be something fun and different to try, and has loved it since!
“I really like doing karate at JSKD because everyone is so friendly and lessons are always interesting. It’s easy to make friends within the club, and I think being able to teach younger students is really great! The club is a great place to be because you’re always pushed to do your very best, and everyone is so supportive of each other! Training and gradings are always something I look forward to and I really enjoy doing competitions, they’re always good fun”