HX Karate Cup

North West Karate Academy, based in Newton-le-Willows and St Helens, recently participated in the HX Karate Cup in Huddersfield with a squad of eight members, six of whom were first-time competitors. Competing under the association banner of Karate-Do-Federation, the team returned with 2 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals. The team came 10th out of 32 other associations/clubs.

First-time competitors George Bradbury and Arusnan Thayabaran performed well in the boys’ +30kg under 10 years Kumite, winning silver and bronze medals respectively. They both narrowly missed out on their final matches.

Liam Potter (not pictured) won a silver medal in the male senior -75kg Kumite, while Alfie Macdonald competed in the under 18 years +76kg Kumite and achieved a bronze. Ewan Boyd faced an older and more experienced opponent in the U12 Kata and -35kg kumite and narrowly missed winning his first match, while Jaygo Woods gained valuable experience by competing in three rounds of Kata and narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. 

After talking a break from competing due to COVID-19 and starting families, brothers and instructors Zach and Luke Scott found success in their categories. Zach won gold in the senior male +84kg category with comfortable victories in each round. Luke achieved veterans gold Kata in the same manner while also gaining the bronze medal in veterans kumite.

NWKA are no strangers to success in competitive karate. Before their competitive hiatus, they were an extremely successful club. They won countless medals at domestic, regional, national and international level and a large handful of students competing for their country at commonwealth, European and world level. This is just the beginning of their new journey towards success.

Adult Dan Grades 2024 (May)

Congratulations to the following students:

Joe Tinsley – Children’s Black Belt + Adult 5th Kyu Blue Belt

Alice Cooke – Children’s Black Belt + Adult 6th Kyu Green Belt

Paulina Szura – Children’s Black Belt + Adult 6th Kyu Green Belt

Adult Dan Grades 2024

Congratulations to Lewis Johns, Theo Pearson and Liam Potter on their 1st Dan Black Belts, the students have been training since they were very young and now in their late teens. Their grading consisted of Kata, Padwork, Kumite (sport and free sparring) Restraining a resistancing opponent, escapes, takedowns and submissions.

Instructor Luke Scott was awarded his 6th Dan for his contribution to Karate over 31yrs, ratified by Sensei Tony Gray 7th Dan Chief instructor of the KDF Karate Do Federation and Carl Lindley 7th Dan Former President of the EKF English Karate Federation (National Governing Body).

Children's Black Belts 2024 (February)

Well done to our new Children’s Black Belts, George Pemberton, Faye Mellor, Mia Rose Claber, Julia Wlodarz and Sophie Bastable, great performance and spirit. The cadets were also awarded their Adult 6th Kyu Green Belt.

Congratulations to Alfie MacDonald, Aariz Syed, Alex Bowen and Jack Regan who have now completed their Children’s Black Belt Assessment. Hard work to follow over the next few years working through their final Kyu grades towards an Adult Black Belt.

NWKA News Archives


Feel free to reach out with any questions or to schedule your first class. We’re here to support you on your Karate journey.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Steve

For clubs in Newton-le-Willows and St Helens

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07808048488

Contact Carl

For clubs in Cronton, Brookvale, Whittle Hall, Hood Manor

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07800920072